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Garage Door Injuries

The average garage door usually remains functional for many years as long as it receives proper maintenance. A large number of parts began to wear down after about 8 and 10 years. Many parts are integral to the safe function of your garage door and inspection combined with maintenance is essential. Visual inspection can help prevent garage door mishaps.

Garage doors are extremely dangerous and many home owners do not realize exactly how dangerous they can be. These are very heavy and under intense pressure. One slip or snap could mean bodily harm or death. At the very least it can cause damage to property and incur expensive costs to complete repairs not only to other property such as vehicles, but to repair the door as well.

Prevent the Most Common Garage Door Injuries

Below is a list of the most common injuries, their causes, and how to prevent them. It is important to set strict rules about the operation of garage doors It is also vital that those allowed to do so know exactly how to operate them safely. Garage doors are not toys and should never be played with.

  • Do not allow children or anyone else play with the garage door. This includes operation buttons and controls. This can result in horrible injuries and, in some cases, death every year. Be sure all people, animals, and objects are completely clear of the garage door when it is in operation. Control buttons should be mounted no less than 5 feet high.
  • Children often try to race the garage door to see if they can beat it while it is closing. This is an extremely dangerous act and should never be referred to as a game. The garage door is heavy and can break bones or even kill anyone trapped.
  • Fingers and hands are reported as crushed or pinched in emergency rooms more than 7,000 times every year. Ensure that all people and their appendages are clear of the door before attempting operation.
  • In the event that the garage door has suffered any type of impact a garage door specialist should be called upon. The door may have suffered unseen, but extremely dangerous damage. He/she can inspect it for damage and repair it so that it is in safe working order once again.
  • Malfunctioning garage door openers are dangerous as well. Electricity can not only cause severe burns, but it can kill you. Be sure to contact a qualified professional technician, if you have no experience repairing and working with wiring.

Be Safe: Go with a Pro

Always contact a garage door specialist for repairs and/or maintenance. These individuals are highly trained and are well aware of all of the associated precautions. Inexperienced individuals should never attempt to repair, replace, or complete maintenance on any garage door, especially to springs and safety cables. There are a number of tests that the tech will perform as well as a visual inspection during maintenance to ensure it continues to operate safely.

We at Perfect Solutions Garage Door are highly trained professional garage door techs. Our highest priority is your satisfaction and your family’s safety. Give us a call and allow us to take the worry out of your hands today. A malfunctioning garage door should be addressed immediately for the safety of the entire home.

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Questions to Call and Ask Garage Door Company

There comes a point and time when you must call a trained garage door technician. Those who have had previous issues have routine scheduled inspection and preventive maintenance appointments in place. One of the most integral elements of this process is to ensure the garage door specialist is trained and is reputed to perform a professional job with a high level of customer satisfaction.
Important Considerations
• To start ask the garage door company if their technicians are trained and certified. It is also a good idea to inquire if they are required to complete professional development courses once per year or more often.
• Not all garage door companies belong to trade associations; however, those who are professionally qualified are proud of their skills and are happy to share their qualifications. These will strive to belong to the best associations possible such as the International Door Association, also known as the IDA, or have accreditation from the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation, also called the IDEA. Ask a rep about this visit the BBB website to see if the company has been graded.
• Ask the garage door company if they have customer reviews, ratings, and/or a portfolios of past projects. It is a good idea to inquire if it provides a list of past and present clients who do not mind being contacted as references.
• Speak with a customer representative to ensure that the technicians are trained to address the garage door issue at hand. Some only offer partial services while others provide a wide variety of complicated services.
• Ask if the team of specialists at that particular company services the local area and if they are familiar with its weather, regulations, and building codes. It is generally better to deal with a local company and it makes it much easier to seek the reputation of that garage door company.
• Payment methods are often a big giveaway. Professional garage door companies almost always accept several forms of payment such as credit, debit, and check cards as well as cash certified money orders. Those who only accept cash may not be on the up and up.
• Another important consideration is the inspection portion of the process. A large majority of these business offer a free inspection an estimate in advance of any type of payment or commitment.
Contact Our Service Techs
There are many questions to consider when reviewing garage door company options. It is always best to satisfy all questions and concerns prior to accepting any contract. Our team of professional garage door specialists at Perfect Solutions Garage Door will be delighted to visit your home to provide free inspection and estimate services.

  • Ask us about our comprehensive services.
  • Schedule an inspection and quote appointment.
  • Ask us what our projected completion date for your project will be.
  • Inquiry about the accompanying warranties of our premium quality products.
    Note: Never sign any agreement until you have read and completely understood what its states. Ask us about anything that seems confusing before signing it.
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Quieting a Noisy Garage Door

One of the most common complaints that homeowners have is that their garage door makes too much noise. There are several items to consider, if the garage door noise has increased. It is important to first determine the cause because it may be a warning that something more serious.
Many of the causes of the increased noise are rather simple to fix, especially for experienced DIYers. Of course many times it is not the knowledge, but time that prevents them from completing these tasks. All of the things are very good reasons to call a garage door specialist to ask for advice.

Dampen Noises

Components to inspect for the cause of the noise include loose hardware, lack of lubrication, worn out rollers, and faulty door opener anti-vibration pads. All of these things may be rectified by anyone handy around the house. Below is a comprehensive list of inspect items to determine the issue.
• Garage door hardware loosens with use and can create a great deal of noise during operation. Use a socket or traditional wrench to systematically tighten all of the hardware.
• The second cause may be that they are so worn that they have begun to squeak when they move. A quality lubricant may do the trick, if the rollers are still in good shape. Non-silicone lube is best for metal rollers; however, if they are nylon, lubricate the bearings only and do not use any lubricant for nylon rollers.

Note: WD-40 is not a lubricant, but a powerful cleaner. Never lubricate the tracks with anything. This may cause the garage door to become unbalanced due to slippage. It may be wise to consult a professional for the lubrication or replacement process.

• Springs which are in need of lubrication tend to make a great deal of racket. A metal lubricant or motor oil may be used for them. Home owners should be aware that while this is a simple task, it is also extremely hazardous. Due to intense pressure it may result in injury to persons, death, or damage to personal property. Call a garage door tech for safety.
• Move garage door hinges from side to side to inspect for damage and wear. If these are worn, they will need replacement. If the hinges are not worn, they may simply need lubrication.
• Inspect the tension on the trolley apparatus to determine if it is loose as well as whether it is a belt drive or chain drive system. A metal lube may be used for a chain drive system. A belt drive system should never be lubed or greased. Check the garage door and opener instruction manuals for exact directions. In the event that the manuals have been lost, they most likely can be downloaded for free from the respective websites.
• Note that many types of concrete garages are noisy in general even when functioning properly. The concrete amplifies the noise from the garage door operation. It may be possible to insult the garage door supports to dampen the noise.

Let Us Get Started

Our professional garage door crew at Perfect Solutions Garage Door consists of highly trained specialists. Contact us for any questions or concerns and we will be more than happy to address them. We can take care of all of your garage door needs whether you simply have no time, no knowledge, or do not have the proper tools for your project.

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Never Replace Garage Door Springs Alone

Garage door springs are perhaps one of the most important components of the door and are responsible for it proper functioning. Home owners should understand that replacing these necessary components also presents an extremely high level of danger. One of the most common garage door malfunctions is due to broken springs. All of the springs should be replaced at the same time if the garage door has two, even if the other one is not visibly damaged.

Many DIYers have successfully replaced garage door springs with no incident. It is generally best to leave these types of repairs to a professional or specialist. These individuals are not only trained, but experienced in garage door matters. The two basic types of garage door springs include:
• Torsion Springs may be found directly above the garage door while it is closed.
• Extension springs are situated on both sides over the upper tracks.

Life and Limb

Since springs are tightly wound they must control an intense amount of pressure. Generally, the heavier the garage door, the more pressure exits. One small mistake and slip can cause severe pain, if not serious bodily injury or even death. It can also cause costly damage to property such as vehicles parked in the garage as well as the door itself. The repairs can rack up extensive charges and personal damage is heartbreaking.
It is a good idea to schedule regular appointments for inspection and preventive maintenance. This is best done by a garage door specialist if the owner has no time and/or experience. The preventive maintenance will ensure the garaged door remains functioning properly for an extended amount of time and inspections allow techs to catch repairs before they become dangerous in many cases. These procedures are not extremely difficult for those who are handy; however, they do require the time to complete them. For many this is an additional cost as time is money in this fast paced world.

  • Inspections generally catch worn springs before they break.
  • A large percentage of the time the tech can also catch frayed cables before they snap.
  • The tech will inspect for loose hardware as well.
  • Another potential issue the specialist will check for is whether the springs are out of balance or not.
  • The specialist will most likely lubricate the garage door during the inspection which maintains the door’s function as well as eliminates squeaks.

Spring Brackets

Garage door springs affix to brackets located on the lower portion of the door. These brackets are responsible for intense pressure much like the springs are. Adjusting the brackets is also an extremely touchy job. It can result in injury or property damage. Many newer model garage doors have safety features to help prevent inexperienced individuals from tampering with them and being injured. On the other hand older models do not and, if the inexperienced person is determined, he/she may be able to figure out a way to tamper with them. To prevent injury, damage, or death those with little or no experience should allow a trained professional perform the adjustments.

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Why choose Liftmaster opener?

Liftmaster has been a leader in its industry for about 45 years and today well more than 2/3s of all homeowners have installed it products. In 2000 the Good Housekeeping Seal was awarded to Liftmaster for all of its garage door opener products as well as its gate access systems. Liftmaster has carried this prestigious honor and continued to retain it by providing customers with only premium quality products.

Purchase Decision
Consumers must have options when making a purchase decision and they should always do a bit of research before making a commitment. Garage door products are home investments and it is vitally important that they be treated as such. Home owners should utilize the internet to visit the official website as well as review client feedback. While on the official page check out the features to match them with family needs as closely as possible. Those who are still unsure about their purchase decisions should consult a garage door specialist in order to make one that is informed.

Seal of Approval
The Good Housekeeping Research Institute has evaluated Liftmaster products for both safety and performance in order to award the company with this prestigious Seal. The Good Housekeeping Seal assures consumers that products will be replaced or the price of the product will be refunded by them to the customer. That demonstrates the quality of Liftmaster products. So long as the product carries the Good Housekeeping Seal and were purchased from an authorized dealer these terms apply for those which malfunctions within up to two years of the purchase date.

Unsurpassed Technology and Innovation
Certified Liftmaster Garage Door Openers are unmatched for operation and unsurpassed in innovation. These products offer high tech features to convenience your family’s life and keeps everyone connected to the home base while delivering comfort as well as peace of mind. The above mentioned approval seal coupled with the number of years that Liftmaster has been in business speaks volumes not only about its products and ethical business practices, but about its excellent customer support.
Regardless of whether the Liftmaster product is for a private residence or place of business, this outstanding company strives to deliver safety; convenience; style; and client satisfaction. Consumers can always count on Liftmaster to provide excellent customer service and support. It is the top brand in the industry offering garage door openers; access controls; gate operators; and commercial garage door openers.

Call Perfect Solutions Garage Door Today
Contact our knowledgeable team at Perfect Solutions Garage Door today to discuss your options of Liftmaster quality products. We will be happy to speak with you to access your situation and match your family to one which suits you best. Our team keeps you and your family in the forefront of our business practices. We strive to deliver only what your family needs at a competitive price. Call now to allow us to address all of your garage door concerns and issues. We would be delighted to visit you at your location, inspect your garage door, and provide a competitive price quote. The garage door market can be confusing at times so allow us to clear yours and get your project started.

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Opener Damaged from a Broken Spring

Broken garage door springs are a common issue for most all home owners. It is also a frustrating issue. Be aware that replacing garage door springs should be left to a knowledgeable professional technician. Tampering with the springs can cause the door to drop unexpectedly. Garage doors can weigh anywhere from 125 to 350 pounds depending upon make and model. A falling door can not only cause property damage, but serious injury or death to persons in the path.

Garage door springs should be replaced as soon as possible to prevent further damage. Both springs should always be replaced, if the door has two even if the other spring is not broken. It is very important to understand the extent of the danger involved with garage door spring replacement. It is also important not to try to operate the door, if a springs is broken.

Do Not Force

Regardless of the issue a garage door should never be forced open except in an emergency. Forcing a resisting garage door can cause damage to the other components, hardware, and the door opener as well. These parts will need to be replaced as well, if they are damaged in any way. These additional repairs and replacements can rack up extreme charges. It is better to contact a garage door tech for these tasks. He/she should inspect the entire door during the spring replacement. Just to be sure ask and never be afraid to ask about anything you are unsure about. An honest garage door tech should encourage you to ask questions and address all of your concerns.

Spring into Step

Springs are an extremely important garage door component. They are responsible for counterbalancing the weight of the door. This lessens the burden when the garage door is in operation and makes operation easier as well as smoother. Generally springs are torqued or stretched which forces them to withstand an intense amount of pressure. These two elements make garage door springs one of, if not the, most dangerous garage door component.

Torsion and extension are the two types of garage door springs used by all garage door companies. The type of springs itself does not usually have an effect of whether forcing the door open causes damage to the opener or not. Torsion springs are wound or torqued, hence the name torsion, and extension springs are stretched. The height, weight, and track radius are the variables which determine the torsion spring wire lengths and sizes providing many options to choose from. Extension springs do not present home owners with as many options and must always be paired with garage door safety cables. The extension springs can become a fast moving projectile without the safety cables in place.

We Are Here

Our caring crew is available now to discuss your garage door issues. If you suspect that one of your garage doors springs has broken or simply have no idea what the issues is, we urge you to call today. Our garage door specialists can visit your home to quickly determine what the issues is and present you with all of your affordable options for resolving it. Your family’s safety and satisfaction are our highest priorities.

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Importance of Warranty and High Cycle Springs

The first thing for homeowners must realize is that garage door springs break. Some may last longer than others; however, in the end, they all wear out. There are maintenance tasks which will increase the life of springs and they do usually come with some sort of warranty. No type of garage door spring has an actual lifetime warranty. These are limited and/or not on the springs, but on the service provided. It is important to carefully read contracts, agreements, and potential warranties before committing to any decision. In the event that the wording is confusing, ask a customer rep or tech from the company to explain it until you are absolutely sure that you understand everything.

High Cycle vs Standard

Most professional garage door companies offer clients two types of springs. These are standard and high cycle. Many consumers already know this, but many do not realize that there are several grades of high cycle springs. Garage door springs are graded by the number of cycles they provide. Standard garage door springs are usually anywhere from 7,500 cycles to 15,000 cycles. A cycle refers to one complete operation from raised to lowered or vice versa. A spring can open and close a garage door a certain number of times before it breaks. Home owners who do not use their garage door often can expect standard springs to last a number of years.

Most families open and close their garage door several times on a daily basis. This of course dramatically decreases the number of years that the springs will last. Large families who lead busy lives should opt for high cycle springs. It is interesting to note the number of cycles that each individual company offers as high. For example one garage door company offers high cycle springs which are 18,000 while others believe that 50,000 is considered high. Again always read the fine print and ask questions about anything that concerns you.

Honest, professional garage specialists will be more than happy to clarify. The most accurate method of determining how many cycles are best suited to your home and family includes calculating the number of cycles that the garage door would be used each day. Most all customer representatives will be more than happy to assist with this calculation and determination.

Contact Us Today

Our team of professional garage door techs are on standby waiting for your call. Our specialists are highly trained and familiar with the local area. We advise our clients about which type of garage door, as well as its springs, are best suited to the region and your unique family. We only use premium quality products and supplies for every project that we complete regardless of its size. Ask us about our high cycle springs and their associated warranties. Keep in mind that the money you spend on your garage door is a home investment and should always come with a comprehensive warrantee. Call us today to discuss your next project and we will visit your home to provide you with an honest quote.

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Garage Door Maintenance

A garage door is an integral element of any home. All garage doors need routine maintenance to keep them functioning smoothly. This maintenance also increases the length of its life and prevent numerous future repair costs. Many families opt to hire a garage door specialist because they lead extremely busy lives and simply have no time to perform these tasks.

Visual and Hand-on Examination

It is important to visually inspect the garage door periodically. Many experts recommend this to be completed quarterly. The first step is to examine the garage door springs to ensure they are in peak condition and functioning optimally. There ae two basic types of springs. Extension springs are long and horizontally stretched above the garage door roller track. Torsion springs are round and mounted under extreme pressure above the door.

  1. Examine the tracks; rollers; brackets; cables; and hinges to evaluate their condition and to ensure that they are functioning correctly.
  2. Check all screws and bolts to ensure that these are tight. If any component appears to be frayed or worn, replace it as soon as possible.
  3. The garage door balance should be physically tested. If there is an opener present, disconnect the power source then disengage it. This is most commonly accomplished by tugging the cord and handle which hangs from the central track’s trolley.
  4. Lift the door to about waist height, manually, and release slowly. If the garage door rises or lowers, it is incorrectly balanced and requires adjustment.

Clean and Lubricate

The exterior of the garage door should be cleaned at least once per year or more often, if the property is in a salt-air environment. Proper and timely lubrication is important not only to a garage door’s longevity, but to its continued smooth operation. It is also essential to use the correct type of lubrication. It should be a non-silicone based product for the bearings, hinges, and springs. Some individuals use motor oil for some of the other parts; however, it is best to consult the owner’s manual and/or garage door professional.

  1. Mix one cup of mild detergent with five gallons of tepid or warm water. Use a rag or sponge to wash the garage door. Thoroughly rinse with a garden hose.
  2. Wooden garage doors must be wiped with a soft, dry rag. Once cleaned, it may be necessary to re-stain or repaint a wooden garage door.
  3. Visually inspect a wood garage door about once a year to determine, if it needs to be re-stained or repainted.
  4. Clean the inside of the door in a similar manner or use a broom to sweep away any debris and/r cobwebs.
  5. Lubricate the rollers and bearings with the non-silicone based product. Do not allow lubricant to make contact with nylon rollers or roller tracks.
  6. Use brake cleaner and a rag to clean the garage door tracks while wearing latex gloves.

Note: Be sure to make any necessary repairs along the way or schedule an appointment with a local, professional garage door contractor. Many garage door components, especially springs and cables, are under intense pressure and present a very real danger.

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Garage Door Openers: Which One is Right for You?

A garage door opener is not only a wonderful convenience, but it can increase your family and home safety. There are many types of automatic openers available on today’s market. We live in a tech world and there are many items to consider when choosing these technologically advanced products.

Types of Garage Door Openers

One of the most popular types of garage openers now features a belt drive system. It is said to be the quietest and smoothest option. It may be compared to the strength of a steel belted tire which means it is capable of lifting even the heaviest garage doors. The nearly noiseless element is a big seller for individuals with garage apartments.  The screw drive system of garage door openers lifts while the mechanism runs along a steel rod which is threaded. This type of garage door opener has the least amount of moving parts. A screw drive system also requires the least amount of routine maintenance.

The chain drive system of garage door openers raises and lowers the door as it runs down it tracks. This is the most common door opener system and it usually costs the least amount of money. It is somewhat noisier than a belt drive or screw drive system which is the biggest downside of choosing it. A new option has been introduced and instead of a screw or chain drive, it is controlled by computer software. The unit is located directly above the garage door and is the best option for those who own garages with little head room.

The Power Question

It is important to choose a door opener which uses the correct amount of power to lift the garage door. Even those who have a single and lighter weight garage door will be better off with a more powerful door opener as it will likely last longer. The absolute best choices are those which put the least amount of stress on the door and, of course, operate as quietly as possible. As a general rule, garage door openers which are considered high end operate the quickest.

Safety

All garage door openers must be equipped with some type of auto reverse mechanism as stated by federal mandate. This ensures that it will reverse direction, should something be in its path. In most cases, this is controlled by a motion sensor. A computer controlled system can monitor and control the speed at which a garage door opener operates.

A rolling code feature offers extended home security. It selects a new and the computer generates a random code every time the opener is used. This prevents thieves from hacking into the system and gaining access to the home. Garage doors also have a manual override to physically operate the door in the event of a black out.

Another consideration when shopping for a new garage door opener is a single button or multi button remote operation. The multi button remotes are most often chosen by those who own a garage with more than one bay which provide access through separate doors. The best route for choosing a new garage door opener which suits your home perfectly is to consult a garage door professional and ask him/her to resent you with your exciting options.

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Two-Spring Systems are better than one

Some of the common questions among homeowners concerns one spring system garage doors vs two springs. The two spring system is better for a number of reasons. When the spring of a single system breaks the door becomes jammed in most cases. This means vehicles are trapped inside the garage until the spring is repaired. For those who lead busy lives this may mean missing an important business meeting or, at the very least, being late for work. There are a few garage door openers on the market which enable owners with broken spring systems to open the door, but most will not.

Reasons to Upgrade

A couple of other reasons it is a good idea to upgrade to a two spring garage door system is cost and longevity. Two springs reduce the pressure as well as wear and tear on the system to less than half of only one. Two springs systems do not wear out as quickly and therefore do not need to be repaired or replaced as often. Spring replacement can become expensive, especially if it is necessary to hire a garage door specialist. It is not just the mechanisms of the garage door that must withstand the abuse of only having one spring to perform all of the work. This is also hard on the opener and it too will need to be replaced sooner. That, of course, is yet another future repair cost.

Safety First

It is important to understand the dangers involved in making any repairs or adjustments to garage door springs. These components are under intense pressure and one slip could result in expensive property damage, severe bodily injury, or even death. It is always best for those with no prior experience to hire a professional technician. The same should be said for those without the proper tools to perform these types of adjustments and repairs.

Both springs should be replaced even if only one of them breaks for safety reasons. Most professional garage door companies will only guarantee springs for one year; two at the most. Be sure to check, or ask the specialist to inspect, all of the other garage door components to be sure that they are in good shape. All parts must be in peak condition and functioning at optimal levels for the safety of the entire family. For example, it may be a good idea to go ahead and replace the safety cables, if they have become frayed or worn. Any tracks which are rusted, torn, or bent should be replaced as well.

Give Our Friendly Team a Call

The team at (insert name here) is made up of caring and professional garage door specialists. We will be happy to visit your home or property to discuss your garage door installations, repairs, and/or improvements. Give us a call so you can get started leading the best team in the industry. Our techs will never try to sell you anything that you do not need or want and our highest priority is always your complete satisfaction. We never compromise your project or use any supplies that are less than premium quality products. We look forward to working with you.

 

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