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Choosing the Right Garage Door Opener

New automatic garage door openers come with a ton of great features these days. If it’s been some time since you last replaced your opener, you might want to check out what is on the market. You might be surprised with what you can get, and at what cost!

In addition to all the great upgrades, there are also a ton of openers on the market now compared to 10 years ago. So finding and choosing the right garage door opener has never been easier.

Garage Door Opener Safety Features

Garage door openers on the market today have a long list of great safety features. They all have an auto reverse feature, which detects if there is an object in the path of the door. If it detects something, it will automatically reverse. This helps protect children and pets from becoming trapped under the heavy garage doors.

Another great improvement is the rolling code tech. This changes the access code every time the garage door remote is used. This makes it very hard for thieves to break your code. There are event some garage door remotes not that use fingerprint tech for extra security.

Garage Door Mechanism Types

When you are researching garage door openers, you’ll notice there are 3 kids: chain drive, belt drive and screw drive.

Belt drive openers are generally the most expensive. They require no maintenance.

Chain drive openers are the cheapest and the most common. They are louder though, and require regular maintenance.

Screw drive openers are in the middle price wise, and much quieter than chain drives.

Motor Horsepower

You’ll also notice in your research that there are 3 levels of motor horsepower: 1/4, 1/2 and 1. The horsepower you choose depends on your garage door. Lighter doors only need 1/4HP. A heavy door that is steel or wood, or a double garage door, needs 1/2HP or 1HP. This is to help lift the extra weight of the door.

Perfect Solutions or any professional garage door company can help you figure out what horsepower you need for your door.

Garage door openers are available in three levels of horsepower; ¼ HP, ½ HP, and 1 HP. A light weight, single garage door only needs a ¼ HP motor, but a heavier steel or wood set of double doors will need a ½ HP or 1 HP motor to lift the additional weight. Perfect Solutions Garage Doors can help determine the right horsepower for your garage door.

 

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Why You Should Hire a Professional Garage Door Installer

Not many people realize that a garage door is a big investment for your home, especially if you are looking to sell soon. It is also an expensive part of your home to replace, so if you are getting repair work or a new garage door installed, you want to make sure you have an experienced company handling the job.

Save the stress, and hire a garage door company who employ technicians who are highly trained and experienced. It can be tempting to hire a local handyman to perform repairs, and sometimes this works out fine. But a company that guarantees and/or warranties their work will give you peace of mind.

We have made a lot of money fixing the poor repair and installation jobs of other inexperienced techs. While this might be nice for our bank account, it is a waste of money for you! And a waste of our time, when we could have done the job for you right the first time!

We wanted to put together the top 5 reasons you should hire a professional garage door installer, even though the reasons as stated above are pretty obvious!

1.     It can cost more in the long run to hire someone inexperienced! 

An installer or handyman that isn’t licensed, bonded, and has little experience can cause expensive damage to your garage door and other garage door parts, like your tracks, pulley system and more.

2.     Risk of Hiring Thieves!

This might sound paranoid, but it’s happened! Hiring someone you don’t know, or a company that isn’t licensed for garage door work could be thieves in disguise! They can take your deposit and run, or use the repair job as an opportunity to break into your home, or scope it out.

3.     Safety Issues

We have repaired many doors that are the remains of a bad garage door accident due to a bad installation. An inexperienced installer can do a poor installation job that results in your door falling unexpectedly or causing damage to your car, or family.

4.     Out of Business!

We work on some projects that were done by a company no longer in business. Hiring a reputable company generally ensures a long lasting business and no hassles.

5.     Warranties

You can count on a quality garage door company to choose the right materials, ensure proper installation and most importantly, will stand by their work. Hiring a company that doesn’t guarantee their work, and offer a warranty on their job complete is a red flag!

These are just a few reasons why you should hire a professional garage door installer. If you are in the Houston, Texas area, consider calling Perfect Solutions Garage Door. You can reach us at 281-557-6351 for your garage door needs!

 

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Garage Door Repair: Off-Track Door

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Off-Track Garage Door in Houston, Texas

A common garage door issue is a garage door that jumps the track. It is very important that if this happens, you stop using your garage door immediately and call a professional.

If the door continues to operate while it’s off-track, you can do further damage to the door, and increase the cost of the repair.

If you catch the off-track problem ASAP and you are a handy person, it’s possible to fix the issue yourself. Sometimes it’s as simple as popping the rollers back into place, and then putting the door back on track.

If that already sounds too complicated, call us today – 281-557-6351.

Getting your off-track garage door back on track!

  1. Find the handle and rope that hangs from the midpoint of your garage door track. Make sure the garage door is closed. Then disconnect the opener from the garage door. You can do this by pulling the handle.
  2. Raise the garage door a little until the rollers align with the area near where the door is off-track. Then, use a clamp, pliers or a pair of vice grips that lock to secure the door. You can put them on the track under the lower portion of the garage door.
  3. Once that’s done, use another pair or clamps or pliers to open the track. Pick an area close to where the rollers jumped off-track. If the track is wide enough, you might be able to direct the roller wheels back onto the track.
  4. Now, close the opening using a piece of wood or a hammer. You can place this against the outer edge like a buffer. Or just tap gently on the track to straighten it. You can tap with a hammer, or a rubber mallet. A rubber or wooden mallet won’t cause much damage, like a hammer would.
  5. Once that’s complete, remove the clamps or pliers and close the door completely. Now you can press the button on your garage door opener remote to confirm it’s closed completely. While you’re doing this, the opener will snag on the garage door. Then it will snap the release apparatus into the correct position.

Your garage door and garage door opener should now function properly!

Make sure you test your garage door several times to make sure it’s working the way it should. Watch and make sure the garage door continues to open and close fully, and note any problems you might find. Problems include a place where the rollers are catching or dragging. You might have to straighten the track in those areas.

 

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Garage Door Maintenance

It is good practice to keep your garage door maintained and in good working order. This helps prevent any unforeseen problems, and keeps your doors in good condition year round.

Below are some maintenance tips to keeping your garage doors properly maintained.

 

Lubrication is Important!

A really easy thing you can do every month, or schedule a service with a garage door company, is lubricating your garage doors. Lubrication helps keep your doors working perfectly year round.

Regular lubrication at minimum should happen 3-4 times a year. Make sure to use a lubricant that isn’t greasy or sticky. If it’s sticky, it can collect dirt, dust, hair, etc that will then turn into black paste around your working parts. This is gross, hard to clean and isn’t great for your doors.

We use silicone based lubricants and these work great! You can pick up a bottle at your local hardware store. Make sure to get the hinges, tracks, springs, rollers, and locks.

Spring Garage Maintenance

Rust is also an enemy of your garage door, and is important to check for during a routine maintenance check. Rust can collect around your springs, and break them.

No matter what kind of spring system you have, extension, torsion, etc. maintaining your springs system is important for your overall garage door health.

Every spring, and more frequently if possible, is a great time to clean your garage door as well. Wipe down the tracks, get rid of cobwebs, hose down the door itself. All of these small things will keep your garage door in good shape!

Garage door maintenance done properly can ensure you stay on top of any potential problems. The last thing you want to do is have to make an emergency call to a garage door repair company because your garage doors failed you. If this does happen, call Perfect Solutions! 281-557-6351.

 

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How to Make Your Garage Doors More Eco-Friendly

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In today’s world, homeowners are always looking for ways to make their home “green” and more eco-friendly. Even better, when these “green” upgrades also save money.

This post will look at some of the ways any homeowner can save money on energy and make their garage more environmentally friendly.

1.      Use Recycled Materials

Wood and steel are the most durable garage door material options you can choose. They do well in a variety of temperatures. There are also a wide range of wood and steel garage doors to choose from. They come in all sizes and styles.

If you have a specific budget, have no fear. Since there are so many options on the market, finding a door in your price range isn’t too difficult. A door made of composite material is also an option, budget-friendly and great for the environment since they are made with recycled materials.

2.      Insulate Your Garage Door

Insulation is a really easy and inexpensive way to go green and save money. It can save you a lot of money long term since the insulation regulates the temperature and helps keep the interior of your home hot or cold depending on the season.

There are also options to have a perforated garage door, which is great for warm climates, which allows more light and ventilation without compromising security or privacy.

3.      Weather Stripping

An easy monthly maintenance task is to check your garage door weatherstripping for any cracks or tears. If you find any, replace them ASAP! The air in your garage will go to those cracks and counteract the insulation.

You can replace your weather stripping as a quick weekend DIY project, or give us a call and we can do it for you!

4.      Insulate the Walls Around Your Door

Some homes have HVAC vents going into their garage. If this is the case for you, consider insulating the walls around your garage. Insulatoin and drywall will add a protective layer that will help to reduce your heating and cooling costs.

If you are already looking to purchase a new garage door or want to make some eco-friendly changes to your home, the 4 tips above are a great way to start. Look at doors that are made from recycled material, and invest some money in insulating your garage door and walls around it.

If you have any questions or would like a FREE estimate to put together a “green” plan for your garage, give us a call! 281-557-6351

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Performing Basic Garage Door Maintenance

Garage doors need some basic maintenance to make sure they stay safe and perform as they are supposed to. There are a ton of working parts that need to be kept to a certain standard.

It’s easy to do your own basic DIY for your garage door. Hiring a professional is a hassle-free way to get it done yearly as well! If you are on the DIY side of things, read this post with the 5 basic things you can do every year to keep your garage door functioning well.

 

 

Here are five important steps to doing annual garage door maintenance yourself:

1.      Perform a basic visual inspection. 

If you do this on a regular basis, you’ll notice anything you don’t remember seeing the last time. Just look around and note any wear and tear. Check the garage door tracks, springs, pulleys, cables, and rollers. Are there any frayed cables? Is everything working as you think it should?

You can also take a look at the mounting hardware, like the hinges and screws and make sure they are secured. We would recommend a monthly visual inspection, or at least every quarter.

2.      Clean the Tracks!

While you are performing your visual inspection, take a damp towel and wipe down the tracks. This helps to remove any debris or built up dirt that can wedge itself in between the metal tracking.

3.      Lubricate!

We recommend lubricating your working metal parts about twice a year. You can buy a silicone based spray lubricant at your local hardware store or on Amazon. Spray a small amount on the tracks, hinges and rollers. This helps prevent future damage and ensures your garage door will slide smoothly on the tracks.

4.      Test Your Garage Door Safety Features

Any door manufactured after 1993 will have an auto-reversing feature that prevents anything from being pinned down by your garage door. You should do this at least once a year.

A great way to test the feature is putting a rolled up newspaper in the path of the garage door (where it closes). The sensor you have installed should detect the paper and automatically reverse.

If it doesn’t, call a professional immediately!

5.      Check Your Garage Door Balance

You can do this once a month and it takes 5 minutes. Disconnect your garage door opener if you have one. Manually lift the door and check that it glides smoothly with no resistance.

Once you lift the door, it should stay open. If it doesn’t stay open or it’s hard to open manually, your door is probably not balanced. Best to call a garage door tech to re-balance it for you.

DIY garage door maintenance isn’t that hard and takes a few minutes every month. Safety precautions to take include being aware of what you are doing, making sure everyone at your house knows you are working on the door and stays away for safety and you have a garage door company on speed dial in case something goes wrong!

If you notice any major issues with your garage doors or need a maintenance call, and you live anywhere in the Sugar Land, Missouri City, Pearland, The Woodlands, Pasadena, Richmond, Texas area, please call Perfect Solutions Garage Door for a free quote!

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How to Keep Your Garage Safe from Intruders

When thinking about your home security, you might not think about your garage door being a common entry point for criminals. Commonly we think of windows, front and side doors.

If you don’t have a proper security system in place, your garage door is actually a very common point of entry for burglars. This post will go over some necessary steps you can take to keep your home and your garage door secure.

 

1.      Invest in a Garage Door Opener with Security Features

Most garage door openers on the market now have rolling-code technology, as well as fingerprint recognition. Both of these features make it really difficult for criminals to open your garage door. If you call Perfect Solutions Houston, we are happy to give you a quote on any opener that has these features!

 

2.      Lock the Interior Door in Your Garage 

If you have an attached garage, you most likely have a door connecting your home to your garage. Usually when you leave the house, you leave this door open. Why lock it if it’s in your garage, right? Makes for easier access when you are going and coming. But it should be kept locked, especially when you are away. You should also consider installing a peep-hole and a deadbolt on this interior door, just like the exterior doors to your home.

 

3.      Keep Your Garage Door Closed

Duh, right? A lot of homeowners however leave their garage doors open during the day while they are home. While a criminal might not walk up and steal something in broad daylight or when you are home, but they will get a good look and what you have inside that would be nice to steal when you are away.

 

4.      Use a Remote Key Chain 

A common safety hazard is having your garage door opener inside your car. If someone breaks into your car and takes the remote, they can use it to break into your garage and home. A key chain remote stays with you, not your car, which is better security.

 

5.      Install Outdoor Motion Sensor Lights

A quick homeowner weekend project is to buy and install outdoor motion sensor lights around your property. The best places are around your garage. These lights help keep your home safe since intruders don’t enjoy being in the spotlight!

By investing in a better, updated garage door opener, locking your doors, keeping your garage closed, using a key chain opener and installing motion sensor lights – you can make great strides in improving the safety and security of your garage door, and your home!

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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:

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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!

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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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