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Choosing the Right Automatic Garage Door Opener

If your garage door opener was made before 2016, there have been a ton of recent upgrades and abilities compared to the one you have, especially if yours is several years old!

If you are looking at a new garage door opener, there is a lot to consider and a ton of features you can get! Garage door technology gets more reliable every year, and the various safety and security features go a long way in the security of your home. There is also a lot more options when it comes to the horsepower and mechanism of openers that can best suit your needs.

Choosing the Right Horsepower For Your Garage Door

You have a few horsepower choices for an automatic garage door opener: 1/3 HP, 1/2 HP, or 1 HP electric motors.

1/3 HP motors are best for lighter garage doors. Heavier garage doors like wood or steel, or a set of double garage doors needs at least 1/2HP so it can lift the extra weight.

It always makes sense to choose an opener with more horsepower than you need, especially if the price difference isn’t large. Generally the difference between a 1/3 HP and 1HP isn’t big, so it’s worth it for the extra power.

Choosing the Right Mechanism

There are 3 types of garage door mechanisms: belt drive, screw drive and chain drive.

A belt drive is the most expensive mechanism, but requires no maintenance.

A screw drive is a mid-range option, and is quieter than a chain drive opener.

A chain drive is the most affordable type and also the most commonly used. The only drawback is it can be loud and requires regular maintenance.

Choosing the Right Garage Door Opener Security Features

There are tons of great security features in new garage door openers, including:

  • Motion detectors that turn on lights when motion is detected.
  • As of 1993, the Consumer Product Safety Commission made this feature mandatory for automatic garage door openers to include an auto-reverse feature. If the door detects something in it’s path, it will open back up instead of continuing to close.
  • Rolling code technology: this changes the code every time on a remote which makes it very hard for thieves to crack it and open your door when you aren’t home.
  • There are even new features out now that use finger print recognition software for openers!

 

Choosing the Right Garage Door Company

A garage door company is a great partner in choosing the right options listed above for your home, garage door, and budget.

Please contact Perfect Solutions Garage Doors in Houston, Texas for help with selecting the right automatic garage door opener. If you live in the Sugar Land, Pearland, The Woodlands, Missouri City, Richmond, Pasadena, Spring or Greater Houston area, give us a call!

 

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3 Benefits to Sealing Your Garage Door

We often recommend a garage door sealing when we are servicing a garage door. Most people say no, because they feel it’s an unnecessary expense. And while it does cost money, there are 3 big benefits to doing it that you might want to consider before you decline.

 

Why Should I Seal My Garage Door?

The main job of a garage door seal is to fix the gaps under your garage door. There are 4 main advantages of sealing. They include keeping insects out, energy efficient benefits, and home security.

Below we’ve gone into more detail about each advantage.

  1. Garage door sealing prevents insects from entering your garage!

Insects are a pain. If you have electronics in your garage, they can do a number on those as well. They love to start colonies in electronics! A good garage door seal prevents this from happening.

Insects can easily crawl through gaps in your garage door and bring more with them! An airtight seal goes a long way to stopping these insects from a way in.

Depending on where you live, poisonous insects like spiders or scorpions can also come through gaps in your door. Even more reason to seal your garage doors!

  1. Sealing your garage door is energy efficient!

Controlling the temperature in your attached garage door directly affects the temperature in your home. Sealing any gaps in your home’s windows and doors helps to save on energy. And so does sealing your garage door.

The cooler your garage is in the summer, and warmer in the winter, will help to keep your home’s temperature regulated as well.

In the hot climate in Texas, the money spent on sealing your garage doors will soon equal the savings on your energy bill!

  1. Sealing your garage door keeps your home secure.

Burglars love when they find a garage door with a broken seal. If there is a gap big enough for a crowbar to fit under, even better!

Many burglaries actually happen because of the gaps in your garage door. Sealing your garage door can keep your car and other items in your garage safe, and prevents an access point to the rest of your home.

Benefits Outweigh the Cost of Garage Door Sealing

We have found that the benefits of sealing your garage door outweigh the cost of having the sealing done. Whether it’s home security or energy savings, the ROI is there.

Ask your garage door tech next time you see him to seal your doors!

 

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Garage Door Accident: I hit my garage door with my car!

We got a call from a customer who was having a bit of a problem. It seems she drove into her garage door on accident. Reverse vs forward can be tricky sometimes!

When we drove up, this beautiful door awaited us:

garage door accident

After inspecting the damage and the situation of her doors in general (she has a 1 car garage door next to the 2 car garage door that is broken), we decided to replace her doors. There were some cracks in her 1 car garage door. Plus the amount of labor required to fix her broken door was a big factor.

Ultimately choosing to replace both doors meant she got an upgrade, and it was honestly the most cost effective and logical solution.

Our customer chose to go with UDT short panel 25 gauge garage doors. The plus side is these doors aren’t custom garage doors, so we were able to go pick up both doors that day and install them!

Repair Process

The first step in getting her new doors installed, was removing the old doors.

For the damaged door, we had to take safety measures to ensure we removed it safely. The springs were still loaded on the door, so we put the door back on it’s tracks so we could remove the springs and door safely.

We found some rotted wood in the frame of the garage door opening, so we took care of that by removing the rotten wood and repairing the damaged area.

The next step was installing and anchoring a new seal plate and framing out the new opening to fit the UDT doors she chose. We replaced the tracks and then we were ready to install the new doors! Check them out!

garage door accident

Once the new doors were installed we got to work finishing the project! We installed the trim and a vapor barrier. Then we installed wire to reinforce the stucco. We then were able to re-stucco the wall around the garage door, and then paint to match the exterior of the house.

The UDT doors that our customer chose are a solid choice. Considering she had cracks in her old door, these doors are perfect. They come with a lifetime cracks and rust warranty. These doors are much more durable than the ones she had before. They might not survive another car crashing into them! But they will definitely stand up better to repeated wear and tear.

 

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Replacing Wooden Garage Door Project

Our latest project involved totally tearing down this existing garage door and installing a brand new one + an opener.

The owner wanted to actually use his garage door to park his car. A garage door that opens with the a push of the button was, of course, pretty necessary to achieve his goal.

The project was a big one because the existing doors were wood, and rotten in many places. We had to completely remove the door and the rotted areas before re-framing the opening.

The homeowner also wanted to access the garage with a regular walk through door, so we took that into consideration when we framed out the opening, and chose a door size.

With the doors framed out and the walk through door installed, the next step was installing the new door and then installing a new opener to make it work!

The also added insulation to this door to keep the garage regulated and comfortable.

The opener we went with was a LiftMaster 8550W. We install this opener quite often as it’s a solid choice. Affordable, great security features and WiFi abilities, so you can open and control your doors with a smartphone or tablet.

The project was a huge success. It not only looks way better with brand new doors and a coat of fresh paint but those rotted wood doors and other problems with the garage structure itself were resolved.

Now the homeowner can happily enjoy this new garage, park his car out of the elements, and control it all from his phone!

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Help! My Garage Door Only Opens Halfway!

We recently had a client with a very annoying problem. Every time he went to open his garage door, it would open part way but then immediately close again. Frustrating! You can see what we mean below:

When we got to his house, we started trouble shooting possible problems to understand why this was happening. We eventually landed on the problem: the door is too heavy for the opener to properly open the door all the way.

Upon further inspection, the reason the door is too heavy is because the torsion springs installed on the door are too small for this particular door. Properly fitting springs is a major safety feature and component to a properly functioning garage door.

As you can see below, once we switched out the old torsion spring to a new dual spring system, we adjusted the motor and the door is able to open and close safely.

We generally recommend to all customers that they install a dual spring system. Ensuring your springs fit properly is one important factor to the safe operation of your garage door. But a dual spring system goes a long way in extending the life of your springs and your garage door opener.

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Garage Door Opener Replacement

Perfect Solutions Garage Door understands that your opener is much more than a convenience. It enhances your family’s and home’s protection. It is extremely frustrating when a garage door opener goes on the fritz. The results are usually people late for work, meetings and school. Our professional crew at Perfect Solutions Garage Door will be happy to inspect yours and repair or replace it in short order.

Garage door openers are available in a range of prices with a variety of features. Before perusing those considerations, you must decide which of the two basic types of openers your home needs. These are chain driven and belt driven; however, jackshaft and direct drive openers are fairly recent developments.

Chain Driven Opener Replacement

The chain driven models, of course, are designed with a chain which somewhat resembles that of a bicycle. This chain pulls or pushes a carriage, sometime called a trolley, which is connected to a bar made of metal. The bar is referred to as a J arm and attaches to your garage door.

This produces a certain amount of noise and may not be the best option for a garage that is built under your bedroom. Newer types of chain driven openers are generally powered by DC motors and feature soft open and close technology. This makes them a bit quieter than their older predecessors.

Belt Driven Opener Replacement

Garage door belt opener

LiftMaster Garage door belt opener

Belt driven openers are designed similar to the chain driven versions; however, a belt, as

opposed to a chain, pulls and/or pushes the trolley. These opener belts are created from fiberglass, steel reinforced rubber, or polyurethane. While belt driven garage door openers are much quieter when in operation, they also cost a bit more.

Jackshaft Opener Replacement

Jackshaft garage door openers mount differently than other systems. It is affixed to the wall alongside the garage door. It is powered by a DC motor which drives the cables and pulleys. This rotates the torsion bar to operate the door. Jackshaft garage door openers are probably the most expensive type; however, it is also one of the quietest.

Direct Drive Opener Replacement

Many home owners say that direct drive garage door openers are whisper quiet. It is designed with only a single moving component which is the motor. This type of opener was developed in Germany and is also manufactured there. The motor moves on a chain which is stationary. The chain is implanted in a rail that is overhead. Direct drive and belt drive openers are generally available for around the same price.

Opener Features

All garage door openers are required by federal mandate to feature a safety reversal mechanism. If the door encounters any obstacle, it should automatically stop and reverse operation directions. Garage door openers may also feature an electric eye or infrared beam. It too is designed to stop and revers, if an object interrupts the beam. Rolling Code is another great feature of garage door openers.

Call Perfect Solutions Garage Door now and ask our expert team about installing an opener with the Rolling Code feature. We are here at your disposal 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our experienced professionals are highly trained in garage door opener repair; reprogramming; replacement; and installation.

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Garage Door Repair & Replacement Parts

Many home owners opt to complete garage door repairs themselves. For those who have the time and experience, these types of projects work out well. There are times when individuals have the required knowledge and experience; however, they are short on time. Perfect Solutions Garage Door will be thrilled to complete your project for you as well as help you sift through your many choices of garage door replacement parts.

Dangerous Complexities

Some garage doors repairs are pretty basic, while others are a bit more complex. There are a couple that are actually very dangerous. Whether danger is involved or not, it is important that a trained tech complete repairs, especially, if they involved the installation of replacement parts.

Garage door springs and cables are repairs which are considered dangerous. There is a grave amount of potential destruction even, if the individual has experience. Those who have none are putting their life and limbs on the line. Keep in mind that sets of springs should always be replaced as sets. This is whether more than one of them are broken or not. Contact our team at Perfect Solutions now to inquire

Broken garage door spring

Broken garage door spring replacement

about replacement part deals available on the market now.

Springs are in place to balance the extreme amount of weight of the garage door. If the spring snap and the door suddenly drop, it could injure or kill anyone in the way. It could also result in property damage and extensive repair costs as well. Garage door safety cables are another hazardous repair. Cables are there to protect you, your loved ones, and your property. Cable and spring repair or replacement must be done as soon as possible to prevent injury and further damage.

Basic Replacement Parts

There are a number of other basic things that can go wrong. These are not severely dangerous; however, they can be tedious and time consuming. Accidents happen regardless of how hard you try to prevent them. One result of garage accidents is bending your track.

A bent track can cause the noise level of operation to increase or possible prevent you from being able to open it at all. In many cases the track can be bent back into shape fairly easily. If you need to replace your track, call Perfect Solutions for the best at the smallest cost.

Basic Maintenance

Other basic repairs involve closing limits and safety beams. These can generally be adjusted by the average DIY home owner, but again, this depends on time constraints. Garage door maintenance can also be a simple DIY project. It requires a bit of know-how and time to complete it right. Maintenance is important to extend the function and life of your garage door. This is generally a clean and lube project; however, upon inspection, you might run into more complicated issues or need to replacement parts for the hardware components.

We encourage you to call our crew at Perfect Solutions Garage Door today for any of your family’s needs. Remember to call on us in the event that you have a garage door emergency. Our emergency services are available day or night, any time of year.

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Garage Door Replacement Panels

Accidents happen from time to time and in some case damage occurs. It seems that garage doors receive more abuse than any other element of a home. While a garage door is a sound investment, it is nothing to sneeze at. It can be costly especially if you do not know where to find supplies at reasonable prices.

One of the most common replacement parts sought are garage door panels. Perfect Solutions Garage Door is here for you when you need assistance locating one or multiple panels.

Garage Door Replacement Panels

The panels of your garage door are an integral part of the safety it provides as we

Damaged panel replacement before & after

Damaged panel replacement before & after

ll as the portion everyone in the neighborhood sees. Home owners often become frustrated when one of their panels is damaged because they believe that the entire door must be replaced. It can also be stressful when you call upon a tech who tries to sell you something that you do not actually need.

In many cases, a single panel may be replaced. It is greatly dependent upon the extent of the damage that your garage door has suffered. There is generally not a need to purchase and install a whole new door. Our professionals at Perfect Solutions Garage Doors can come out and inspect yours to determine exactly what is in order to get it functioning as well as looking like new again.

Your Safety, Our Priority

Our number one priorities are your satisfaction and your family’s safety. Once we inspect your garage door, we will present you with your available options and their respective costs. If it only requires one replacement panel, we will only suggest the one. You never have to worry about our techs trying to sell you something that your family does not need.

Our team is 100% professional and completely dedicated to our clients. We will find the highest quality products and the lowest cost to present to you. We never dawdle so your garage door will be up and running again in no time. Our team will complete your project in the timeliest manner possible and clean up our mess before we leave.

In the event that all of your panels require replacing, we are highly trained in all garage door areas. We can even install an entirely different door in case you are up for a change. We will also be happy to present you with the many high tech garage door openers available on today’s market and install that as well.

Emergency Rescue

Always remember that Perfect Solutions Garage Door is always here for all of your emergencies as well. You can call on us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and even on holidays for emergency repairs. We understand how busy family life can be. We are all family here and can turn your life right side up again.

Give our team a call for simple or complex jobs. Contact us to help find your garage door replacement panels as well as install them. We are also available to perform routine maintenance on your door to keep in it shape for years to come.

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Garage Door Replacement Rollers

Garage door rollers are extremely important to the function of your door as well as its convenience. While some rollers must be replaced sooner than others, most nothing lasts forever. If you suspect that you need garage door replacement rollers, give us a call. Perfect Solutions Garage Door will send a professional tech crew out to your home to determine exactly what you issue is.

In most cases, garage door rollers which were installed prior to 2008 are considered low standard at best. These were akin to hot wheel assembly consisting of a metal stem and plastic wheels. Even those manufactured and installed after 2008 will still need replacements at some point.

Garage door rollers Old vs New

Garage door rollers Old vs New

Garage Door Roller Issues

Routine garage door maintenance can extend the life of all of your garage door parts, including the rollers. One of the most common issues with roller malfunctions is due to grime and dust buildup. When this debris cakes into the inner part of the lip it causes an increased amount of friction.

The friction results in worn wheels and replacement rollers. Keeping them clean and lubricated is not a fix all; however, it will help. In the end, no matter how well you care for them, they will wear out. It is a good idea to protect your investment for as long as possible. When the time comes for garage door roller replacements call one of our expert reps to find out what we have to offer your family.

Keep in mind that worn rollers can cause other damages and malfunctions. This translates to future costs as well. At some point your garage door will get stuck due to the force which is exerted upon the rollers. The resulting damage is often one of two issues.

Garage Door Roller Damage

The smallest resulting issue is your cable system is damaged and deteriorates either slowly or, more likely, rapidly. Once the tension is released, both the spring and cable system will be thrown out of balance. Your garage door may also jump its track.

You will need to call upon a professional tech to align your door back into its track as well as repair your spring and cable system. If the damage is extensive, your safety cable and garage door spring systems may need to be replaced completely.

The worst case scenario is irreparable and costly damage. If the door becomes jammed and the opener does not stop running, your garage door may be completely destroyed. This will cause creases to form in the panels and your door could become a scrap metal taco. This means that your entire garage door will need replacing.

We Cater to Your Needs

We highly recommend that you call on Perfect Solutions Garage Doors and allow our techs to assess your situation. We offer routine maintenance and minor repair including roller replacements. Our team also provides expert comprehensive installation services for all garage door components. We will never skip on value and we guarantee your 100% satisfaction. We encourage you to call one of our highly skilled garage door techs for all of your emergency needs. Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

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Install Garage Door Replacement Windows

There are numerous options for garage door windows. These choices range from plain and simple to intricate and elegant. You have choices for glass, tint, and you can even opt for Plexiglas. Perfect Solutions Garage Door is available to help you find the highest level of quality windows at the absolute best prices available anywhere on the market.

Some garage door window replacement projects require the entire frame unit to be replaced. Other styles only need the insert to be switched. To ensure that you purchase the correct garage door replacement windows for your means a bit of investigation. You will need to know the proper size, its configuration, and which company manufactured the door.

Insert Garage Door Window Replacement

Install Garage Door Replacement Windows

Frames and Garage Door Replacement Windows

You must first remove all of the screws from the face of the fame. Put the screws in a safe place so you do not lose them. You may need to ask for someone to push the frame from the other side and allow you to remove it.

Put the new frame and window on top of some thin wooden strips or a section of plywood. Make sure that the outside of your frame, which is the wider one, is facing up.  Lay the template that was included on top of the window and line the guide marks up with matching frame edges. Use small pieces of masking tape to secure the frame.

Ready your drill using a 1/8th inch bit. Carefully drill your holes in the frame at the corresponding marks of the guide template. Ensure that the widest sides of your frame are facing out. Install your frame and window into the opening with the rubber seals of the edges facing inward. You will need the screws you saved to attach the frame in place.

Insert Garage Door Window Replacement

Use a putty knife to straighten the little tabs which hold the Plexiglas or glass insert edges. If it features wood stops instead, pry them carefully from the opening’s edges with the tip end of a wood chisel. Put the stops in a safe place for later.

You should wear protective work gloves for safety while using a utility knife to cut the caulk beads around the opening’s edges. Use the tip end of your wood chisel to remove all of the residual caulk from the opening.

You will need to run a uniform bead of all-weather caulk around the opening’s edges. Gently push the new panel in place. Bend the little metal tabs back against the panel’s face using your hand. In the case of wood stops, it will be necessary to run an additional bead of your caulk around the outer edges of the opening. Reinstall your stops to their original positions by hand.

Required Items

  • Masking Tape
  • Thin Wooden Strips or Plywood
  • Screwdriver
  • 1/8th Inch Drill Bit
  • Drill – Cordless or Power
  • All-Weather Caulk
  • Caulk Gun
  • Work gloves
  • Wood Chisel
  • Putty knife

Installation Tips:

  1. Certain frames do not feature a rubber seal on the inside edges. Run a bead of caulk along the edges prior to installing it into the opening.
  2. Snap-In garage door replacement windows are extremely simple to install. Pop the old window frame out using your putty knife. Push the new frame in by hand until you hear it snap into position.

Caution: Never use your bare hands with broken glass.

 

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