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Should You Invest in a New Garage Door?

There are many reasons to invest in a new garage door: update your curb appeal, your current garage is not functioning or broken, extra home security, and storage.

Investing in a new garage door isn’t just about looks, it’s about safety and security. Protecting not only what you keep inside your garage, but your entire home security is paramount when choosing a new garage door.

Below are 5 main reasons you should invest in a new garage door for your home.

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1.     Accessibility

It might seem obvious, but the garage is the main entry point for many homes. It’s a keyless way to enter and exit your home quickly and comfortably. Investing in a good quality door that is well-maintained will allow a hassle free way to gain entry to your home.

2.     Garage Door Curb Appeal

There are so many makes, models, and styles of garage doors on the market today, it’s easy to update your curb appeal and get a new style, and within your budget. You can customize virtually anything on your new garage door, including color and style to match your home’s decor.

A new, beautiful garage door also helps to increase your home’s resale value, making it a great investment!

3.    Garage Door Security

Garage doors are one of the main ways intruders gain entry into your home. A wood or steel garage door, with a secure lock and opener with added security features, will help keep your home safe from break-ins.

4.     Garage Door Storage

Many homeowners use their garage door, not for their car, but for storage. This doesn’t mean securing your garage door properly isn’t important if it’s being used as a storage unit. Often the items you are storing are valuable and important to you. And if you have an attached garage door, it is still an entry point to your home.

Updating your garage door will help keep your storage space secure and protected from intruders, and the elements.

5.     Upgrading Your Garage Door Technology

Automatic garage doors offer the newest technology, including keyless entry, smartphone app connectivity, and fingerprint recognition. These features not only are fun and exciting, they increase the level of security on your garage door.

Newer garage door openers also have auto-reverse safety features that will stop the door from shutting if an object is detected in its path. If your automatic garage door is 10+ years old, it is definitely time for an upgrade!

Upgrading your garage door opener, and your garage door is a quick and sometimes inexpensive way to give your home a curb appeal and security boost. It is a great investment that can increase your home’s value as well.

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Why Garage Door Safety Is Important

Most people assume that if their garage door is opening and shutting, then it’s safe to use. And while that is mostly true, it’s also true you need to ensure your garage doors are safe at all times. A garage door is a big steel or wood door, that is suspended several feet in the air. It’s held in place by screws, thin metal

A garage door is a big steel or wood door, that is suspended several feet in the air. It’s held in place by screws, thin metal tracks and a spring loaded tension setup. Ensuring these parts are working as they should takes constant care and vigilance.

While there have been many improvements to garage door safety in the last 20 years, many doors are older than this. They don’t meet essential safety standards that keep you, your car, your belongings and family safe.

Below we’ll look at ways to keep your garage door safe and how to ensure garage door safety in your home.

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Child Safety and Your Garage Door

Kids love playing in and around your garage. The remote makes this big door go up and down, how fun! But using the remote over and over again can be dangerous. Keep remotes away from children, and mount a keypad for adult use only.

 

Auto-Reverse Garage Door Safety System

All garage doors installed after 1993 have a safety sensor, as per the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s mandatory order.  The door has a sensor so that if something is in the path of the garage door, the door will automatically reverse. This helps prevents accidents and bodily injury.

It is key for the safety of your belongings and other people, to ensure your door is updated with this feature, especially if you aren’t sure whether your door was installed before or after 1993.

Test Your Garage Door’s Basic Safety Feature 

Regular maintenance of your garage door includes checking safety features. The first thing you can do during this type of check is to pull the emergency release cord. Most garage door models have this cord hanging from the motor of your garage door opener. This will allow you to open the door manually.

Once you pull the cord, you can then test the balance of the door. This is done by how easily (or not) you can open the garage door manually. You can also test the force setting of the door. You do this by evaluating in manual mode whether the door reverses with resistance.

Your opener should have a manual, which should also give maintenance instructions that you can follow. If you can’t find the manual, or you prefer a professional to perform the safety checks, call a professional garage door company. If you’re in the Houston area, call Perfect Solutions! 281-557-6351

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What Are the Signs of a Problematic Garage Door?

There are some common tell tale signs that you have a problematic garage door. Obvious ones include when your door won’t open or close properly. Or if your garage door is making a squeaky sound any time it moves.

We recommend that you investigate even the slightest hint of a problem, as the problem can only get worse and be more expensive to repair. Below are some common problems garage doors have, and what your first step to fixing it is!

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Usually, when you hear a squeaking garage door, it isn’t lubricated properly. The most common problem that results from bad lubrication is a dry roller or rollers or dry bearings.

A quick fix is to apply a lubricating fluid on the proper parts of your garage door. You can also call a professional garage door company to ensure lubrication is the fix, and to apply it properly.

Your Garage Door is Moving Too Slowly

If your garage door is moving slowly, and it isn’t rolling smoothly along the tracks, you probably have a spring problem. It’s very possible your springs are nearing the end of their life, and will need to be replaced. Better to do this BEFORE they break.

Garage Door Isn’t Closing Properly

If your garage door starts to close but forces open again before shutting completely, you most likely have an obstruction problem. There is probably an object that is triggering your sensors to not allow the door to close all the way. This is a safety concern, which is why your door won’t close. Find the object, and move it out of the path of the door.

If this isn’t the case, it might be that you have a broken cable, or a damaged cable pulley, which would need to be replaced by a professional.

Scraping Sound

If you hear a scraping sound when your door is operating, you most likely have a worn out cable. In some cases, this scraping noise is the result of an uneven reinforcement strut.

A professional garage door tech can diagnose the problem and replace the cable as needed.

 

These are the most common signs something is not right with your garage door. You should always contact a professional sooner rather than later to ensure the problems are addressed before they get worse!

If you are in the Greater Houston area, call Perfect Solutions! 281-557-6351

What You Need to Know When Buying or Replacing a Garage Door

If you are planning on installing a new garage door, or replacing your old garage door, then this post is for you!

Garage doors are an investment. A great garage door can improve your energy efficiency, give a new look and feel to the exterior of your home, and increase your home’s value. It can also be a great upgrade from a noisy, old door. It also keeps your valuables and your home safe, as it’s a barrier to entry into your home.

Garage doors come in a wide variety of materials, styles, and prices. Finding the right new garage door or replacement garage door can feel overwhelming.

Here are the top things to consider when you are replacing or installing new garage doors.

Pick the right garage door style. 

The most popular garage door styles include:

  • Flush Panels
  • Carriage House Style
  • Short-Raised Panels
  • Painted Panels
  • Long-Raised Panels
  • Contemporary Panels

Garage Door Material Options

The most common garage door materials are wood and steel. Aluminium and fiberglass are less common materials used, but are available as an option.

Consider the Size of Your Garage Door

This is less crucial if you have a good garage door company handling the ordering and installation. But ensure that the doors and styles you are looking at are available in the size you need. Measure the opening and this will help guide you to the proper size.

Where do you shop for garage doors?

The first step is finding a reputable company in your area that does garage door installation. Ensure they are licensed, bonded and insured. Read reviews about their installation and repair services, to get a feel for the quality of their work. And check that they order and work with quality garage door products, including springs, garage door openers and garage door panels.

Consider both the practical and the aesthetic points about choosing and installing a new garage door. Perfect Solutions Houston Garage Door Repair is a great choice if you are replacing and installing a brand new garage door!

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Garage Door Repair in 4 Steps

Before calling a professional garage door repair company, you can always try to troubleshoot and repair a garage door problem. If your garage door isn’t moving along the tracks correctly, or at all, you might be able to fix the problem yourself!

Follow the steps below to repair your garage door. You can always give us a call if you need some help!

Step 1: Inspect your tracks.

Inspecting your tracks is something you should do once a month anyway as part of good garage door maintenance practice. But if things aren’t working right, this is a good place to start. Inspect the tracks for bumps, debris, or any dents. Remove anything in the way of the tracks. You can try to adjust any of the track areas that aren’t smooth.

If you have any dents, a rubber mallet works well to pound those out. If this isn’t enough to straighten them out, you probably need new tracks and should call a professional.

Step 2: Clean your tracks.

Once you have inspected your tracks and cleared any debris and pounded out any dents, next is cleaning them. If you have a sticky residue on the tracks, this can make the opening and closing of your door hard.

The best way to clean your tracks is with a cloth and some water and mild cleaner. Make sure to dry the tracks well with a clean, dry cloth when you’re done.

Step 3: Check your alignment.

If your tracks are good, the next step is to check the alignment of your doors. Vertical tracks should be level, so grab your level and check it out!

Horizontal tracks should be slightly slanted toward the back of the garage. If your tracks aren’t level, you can use that rubber mallet to tap them back into place.

Be careful when tapping them though, so you don’t make them more un-level.

You should also check the mounting brackets and your track alignment after you adjust them. If the tracks still aren’t level, it’s probably time to contact a professional.

Step 4: Check your hardware!

Another easy fix for a broken garage door is checking the hardware: hinges, screws, and the plates where your springs are mounted. You want to make sure all the hardware is tight.

If you are adjusting the plates around the springs, make sure you are careful. If your garage door has only 1 torsion spring instead of 2, be even more careful. The tension on your garage door springs is very powerful and can cause injury if they break.

 

If your garage door still isn’t working correctly after these 4 steps, then it’s time to call a professional.

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Caring for Your Automatic Garage Door

An automatic garage door is a great investment for your home. If it’s maintained well, it can last for years. Caring for your door is essential to it lasting a long time. Every month, quarter and year there are simple maintenance tasks you can do to lengthen the life of your garage door.

Some maintenance tasks are quite easy for most homeowners. A professional garage door company can make sure these tasks are performed properly as well.

3 Easy Garage Door Maintenance Tasks

Weather Seals

The weather sealant on your garage door is great for protecting your garage from cold air and moisture. You can use your finger to run along the seal. If you feel any tears or cracks, you might need your doors re-sealed.

This takes a few minutes and can be done 4 times a year. A great reminder is every season change. Not only for timing, but with weather changes that are sudden, the sealant can crack or tear more easily. So it’s a good time to check that everything is sealed tight!

Garage Door Tracks

Once a month, it takes 5 minutes to wipe down your garage door tracks with a rag and look them over. Look for any dents or bumps, as these can cause the door to go off track. If you notice any debris or residue on the tracks, use the rag and get it wet to wipe it clean. Dry them completely once you’re done!

Lubrication

Lubricant is necessary if you notice your garage door is not moving smoothly on the tracks or is making noise.

We recommend using a silicone or lithium based lubricant, not WD-40 to lubricate your garage door.

Spray lubricant on: the arm bar, chain rail, hinges, metal rollers with ball bearings.

Do not spray: the chain, spring, or bottom of the chain rail.

During an annual maintenance check with a garage door company, they can easily lubricate the proper parts of the garage door for you!

 

Taking care of your garage door is essential for it to function properly. Maintaining it regularly can stop bigger problems from catching you and your bank account by surprise. Simply cleaning it and visually inspecting it every month for 5-10 minutes can make all the difference!

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Two Paint Options for Your Garage Door

Every few years it’s a good idea to give your garage door a face lift. A good cleaning, annual maintenance, and especially, a fresh coat of paint.

New paint not only makes it look better, it also helps prevent weather damage. There are 2 preferred types of paint for your garage door: Latex and Oil-Based.

This post takes a look at those two types of paints and what we recommend for your garage door paint job.

Latex Paint For Your Garage Door

Latex paints, surprisingly, don’t contain latex. Latex paint is actually made from synthetic polymers, which have similar characteristics to latex. Latex paint will not cause a reaction from anyone allergic to latex.

Latex paints are distinct in that they can be diluted with water, but when dry are water resistant. Latex paint is sometimes referred to as emulsions or acrylic paint. There are different levels of quality to latex paint, obviously the better quality is a higher price.

For garage doors, a balance between vinyl and acrylic resins present in the paint is best. The combination is a great balance between price and quality. Latex paint as you’d imagine is easy to clean, water resistant and adheres really well to your garage door. It’s also resistant to cracking, which helps the paint job last longer.

Latex paint also holds up well to alkali cleaners. This is important for garages that also double as a workshop. Alkali cleaners are great for getting out grease and stubborn stains. You can use these cleaners without damaging or cracking the paint.

 

Oil-Based Paints For Garage Doors

These are oil-based paints (ha!) that generally contain linseed oil. You can buy this type of paint in high concentration, and the thing it down during an oil based solvent. The most common solvent is turpentine.

Oil-based paints take a lot longer to dry than latex paint. They are also much smellier! If you are going to paint your garage door with an oil-based paint, it’s recommended you empty your garage before painting so the smell doesn’t stick on your things. Oil-based paints are hard to clean as well, so moving your stuff out is recommended also for this reason, to prevent any drops from ruining your belongings.

Oil-based paint despite the obvious cons, is really easy to work with. A thin coat will stick to the door well regardless of the material of the door (wood, aluminum, steel, etc). Don’t forget to use a primer if painting with an oil based paint. Especially if the door is made from metal, the paint can peel away after long sun exposure, so primer helps this.

Lastly, oil-based paints are affordable, and come in a lot of colors!

 

No matter which paint you choose, make sure to hire a good painter to do the job right!

 

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Different Types of Garage Door Openers

The difference between a garage door you have to open yourself, and with the click of a button, is a garage door opener.

You might not realize that there are a few different types of openers, each with their own price point, pros and cons. And it’s not just for opening and closing your garage door. It helps maintain the safety of your garage and home.

If you are looking to buy a new garage door opener and want to understand your options, below you’ll find more information about the 3 kinds of garage door openers: chain drive openers, belt drive openers, and screw drive openers.

Chain Drive Garage Door Openers

Chain drive openers are the most popular opener. They were also the first type of opener to be sold. They are the most affordable of the three options, and also the noisiest.

Screw Drive Garage Door Openers

Screw drive openers are more expensive than the chain drive opener. They are low maintenance, and are very easy to install.

Belt Drive Garage Door Openers

The belt drive openers work using a rubber belt, hence their name. Belt drive openers look similar to a chain drive opener. But they make almost no noise while operating. As you might expect, the belt drive openers are also the most expensive of the three. But they also have the most advanced features.

Installing a Garage Door Opener

No matter which garage door opener type you install, make sure you hire a licensed garage door company to install it for you.

There are many moving parts to a garage door, including the weight of the door, size of the springs, and thickness of the cable. You want to make sure your opener is appropriate for your garage door, and the settings are set correctly for your specifications.

If you are in the Houston, Texas area, call Perfect Solutions for a free quote and opener installation services. 281-557-6351

 

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Re-Purpose Your Old Garage Door

What happens to your old garage door when you replace your old one with a new one? You probably think, what can I do with it? It’s old. I can’t sell it. But there are some fun ways you can re-purpose the door you might not have thought about!

If you purchased your old garage door from a quality manufacturer, the materials are high quality and can be reused! Plus, it’s always great for the environment to re-use!

What to do with a metal garage door.

Metal garage doors are generally made of steel, which is a very strong material. These doors can withstand many natural elements, like wind and water, and even fire. This highly durable material can be used to create:

  • Something to hang plants on.
  • Shelves
  • Benches for your backyard.
  • A safe or vault.

The options are endless! Get creative!

What to do with an aluminum garage door?

Aluminum is also a strong metal, like steel. Except it is also malleable and light. When installing a new garage door, many prefer an aluminum door since it’s affordable while providing the same benefits as any metal.

Since aluminium is easy to manipulate, there are some fun projects that can be done with your old aluminium door:

  • Fence reinforcement
  • DIY room divider
  • Table or chairs for your backyard
  • A new grill!

What to do with your wood garage door. 

Don’t worry, we aren’t going to suggest you just burn your old wood garage door. There are some great ways to re-use the wood from your old garage door, including:

  • Accent panels for inside your home.
  • Use the wood to make new furniture. Cabinets, shelves, etc.
  • Use the old door as a headboard for your master bedroom!

Be creative!

This is a small amount of ideas of what you can do to re-purpose your garage door. There are great skilled local craftsmen you can call to do the work for you and create a unique piece of art or furniture for your home.

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How to Polish Your Wood Garage Door Using Natural Cleaner

When your wood garage door starts looking a little worse for wear, it might need a good polishing. There are tons of commercial wood polish on the market, but these days people prefer natural methods. While you can debate “green” all you want, a natural cleaner for polishing your wood door is a great idea.

Beeswax polish is cheap and simple to make, and is safe to use! Commercial wood polish usually contains petroleum as a base, and beeswax does a better job anyway!

How to Make Beeswax Polish For Your Wood Garage Door

The recipe is easy: beeswax and oil. You can use either olive oil or coconut oil. The first step is pouring the oil in a microwave safe dish. Then grate some beeswax into the oil. You want a ratio of 1 part beeswax to 4 parts oil.

Heat up the mixture in the microwave until the max is melted. This can take several minutes. Stir the wax and oil together until its totally incorporated. Let is cool, and voila! Beeswax polish!

How to Clean Your Wooden Doors with Beeswax Polish

First wipe down your doors with a vinegar and water mixture. This helps remove the dust and any other dirt from the doors and will make polishing much easier. Let the door dry naturally before you begin polishing.

Once the doors are dry, apply the polish directly onto the door. Take a soft cloth and start rubbing the polish into the door. Starting from the upper left corner and working down to the bottom right is a good method.

Apply the polish as evenly as possible. Once you’re done, wait for the wax to get hard. This can take several minutes. After the wax is hard, take your cloth and scrub the door until the wax turns glossy. Make sure to scrub the entire door for an even look.

 

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