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Paint Your Garage Door

There are several different reasons home owners decide to pain their garage doors. For some, it is a cosmetic decision and they have simply become tired of the old look. For others, it is maintenance and protection. It can prevent future damage and save money in the long run. The very first step is to decide between a water or oil based paint. Oil based paint is generally that which is chosen for exterior painting, while water based paint resists stains best. It is wise to purchase a primer and a finish as well. Some more expensive paints do not require one or the other.

Prep

  • Use a pressure washer to thoroughly clean metal garage doors and a garden hose for those constructed of wood. A pressure washer is not recommended for wooden doors as it may damage them. Use a stiff brush and mild detergent to remove tough dirt and/or stains. Use a scraper to remove any peeling paint and sandpaper to smooth the surface.
  • It is also best to sand any areas of metal garage doors which show rust. Use a paintable caulk and/or wood filler for patching and filling cracks. Be sure to remove any wood scrapes or splinters before trying to apply the paint.
  • Place cardboard and or drop cloths down to protect the garage floor and driveway. Masking tape and plastic sheeting or trash bags can be used to protect windows, trim, and/or siding.
  • Use a high quality brand paint to prime the garage door especially, if it is new and has never before been primed or if you are painting it a different color from the previous time. Ensure that it is the correct primer for your garage door’s material, whether wood or metal. Apply a thin coat of primer with a roller or sprayer. A brush can be used; however, it may show streaking, especially if the painter is inexperienced.

A Fresh Coat

  • Disconnect the garage door opener. This is to allow you to open the garage door manually from the outside and paint one panel at a time.

Tip: Avoid painting the rubber gasket on the bottom of the garage door.

  • Mix the paint thoroughly by shaking as well as stirring it with a stick. Pour a large amount into a bucket or paint pan and seal that which remains in the original paint bucket.
  • Apply a thin layer of paint evenly using a roller, sprayer, or wide brush. Allow the first coat to dry completely before applying the second coat. A second coat is recommended for the best results. Start at the lower portion of the door working upward one panel at a time.
  • Use a wide brush to apply two thin, even coats to the garage door trim as well. To gain extra precision angle your paint brush.
  • Remove and dispose of all of the plastic, cardboard, and tape. Use a flat razor to remove any paint from the window panes. Rinse the brushes, roller, and buckets or pans until the water runs clear for acrylic or latex paint. A solvent based cleaner will be needed for clean up if an oil based paint was used.

 

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Garage Door: Safety Cable Repair

Safety cables may be the single most protective feature of your garage door. They prevent broken springs from injuring loved ones and/or damaging valuable property. Though they are lighter, they resemble garage door cables. Safety cables attach to the wall in closest proximity to the stationary pulleys. Sometimes they are attached to the garage door track. The cables are then laced through springs, and attach to the support as the garage door spring.

Garage door safety cables are relatively simple to install. They can generally be purchased as a kit which contains all of the necessary hardware. In most instances, it only requires about an hour for installation. Inspect your garage door track in order to create a comprehensive list of required parts. This includes fasteners, s-hooks, and eyebolts etc. This way should the kit not contain everything you will need, you will have it on hand.

Kits, garage door components, required tools, and necessary safety wear may be purchased online or in a home improvement store. These items may also be available at a local garage door company as well. The garage door owner’s manual most likely contains an order form; however, this will probably be the most expensive route.

Reasons for Garage Door Safety Cables

Garage door springs are responsible for an immense amount of pressure. Should the spring snap without safety cables in place the result could be extensive damage to valuable property, severe bodily injury, or even death. The amount of pressure which would drive the spring across the garage creates enough force to penetrate a wallboard which is double layer and 5/8 inches thick. This amount of force can completely destroy a windshield which can cost $400 or more to replace.

As mentioned replacement and/or installation is quite simple. It requires lacing the cable through the garage door spring and being able to remain steady while on a ladder. Upon the installation of one side all moving components should inspected prior to installing the cable on the opposite side. Ensure that the garage door system in functioning properly. It is also important to make sure that the safety cable is not pulled too taught. A minute amount of slack is just perfect.

Safety Cable Installation

  • First thread the open end of the safety cable through the horizontal hole in the metal garage door frame. This should be in close proximity to the location at which pulley’s cable affixes. The hole closest to the opening of the garage door is best as this will reduce the possibility of binding.
  • Next thread the garage door safety cable upward through the middle of the spring.
  • Now, lace the garage door safety cable through the hole which is located in the upper portion of the metal spring support that is vertical. This should be the location at which the spring is attached. Loop the safety cable back and then use a cable clamp to secure it to itself.
  • The last step is to slowly test the function of the garage door to ensure it is not going to bind or inhibit the door.

Our team of garage door specialists will be happy to visit your home and install a brand new set of safety cables for your family. Just give one of our caring reps a call now. We can assist you with any and all of your garage door needs.

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Glass Garage Doors

More and more home owner are considering glass for their garage doors. Most all garage doors will require replacement at some point and time, especially if the family spends several decades in the home. Many home owners replace their garage doors to simply give their homes a fresh, new look. There is a wide range of options to consider when garage door shopping in today’s market.

Glass for garage doors has many advantages and, of course, it has a few disadvantages. A garage door specialist is best qualified to provide your family with these as well as all of your exciting options. Remember that a new garage door is an extremely important home investment which should be carefully weighed before making any commitment.

Glass Door Advantages

As mentioned, glass for garage doors offers several benefits. For example, glass lends a sophisticated appeal to the entire home. This increases the value of the home and the property for resale. It can also be beneficial, if there are strict zoning regulations for curb appeal. Consider some of these other benefits.

  • Home owners have the choice to coordinate the windows in their new garage door with their home’s windows offering it a bit of personalization and customization.
  • Smaller glass windows along the upper portion of the garage door can allow natural light to enter the garage. This is especially beneficial, if the garage doubles as a home office, rec room, or workshop. Natura light will immediately banish the dark and gloom that often plagues garages.
  • Glass offers many stylish options because of the variety of sizes and shapes. It is also possible to find stained or tinted options as well, if the family wants to retain the shade in the garage area.
  • Professionally installed glass garage doors are made of sturdy and durable materials. They generally only require simple, minimal routine maintenance. Rust is not generally an issue for these types of doors either.

Disadvantages of Glass Garage Doors

All decisions, purchases, and investments have at least a few disadvantages. The goal should be to weigh the pro against he cons in order to decide which suits your family and home best. For example, home owners often find that glass for the garage door, while absolutely gorgeous, is also one of the more expensive options. Opting for glass can increase the cost by anywhere from $200 to over $500.

  • Many home owners decide against glass for security and safety reasons. Glass makes it easier for criminals to not only see into the home, but to gain entrance.
  • Though insulated glass is available it is not generally air tight like those with no glass.
  • The insulated type glass is also more expensive.
  • Installation of the glass may take a bit longer than standard garage doors.
  • Glass is much more fragile and is susceptible to stray ball or storm ravaged tree limb.

Contact One of Our Pros

The crew at Perfect Solutions is made of caring professionals who are at your disposal. Call one of our highly trained garage door techs today to discuss the installation of your brand new garage door complete with beautiful glass windows. We offer an extremely wide array of comprehensive garage doors services and would be delighted to start your project today.

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Misaligned Garage Door Sensors: Common Operational Issue

One of the most common causes of garage door malfunctions is misaligned sensors. This is basic and generally simple to correct; however, it is an often overlooked caused. One of the first things a garage door tech inspects when a client states that it will not close properly is the sensor.

The sensors, or eye, for an automatic garage door is in place to increase safety. If this sensor detects something in the path of the door, it will not allow the garage door to close. One sensor is placed on either side of the door and they create a beam of light. Should that beam be interrupted, the door will not close. This prevents not only property damage, but injuries and even death.

Simple Fixes

In most cases the sensors that complete the beam or eye is pretty delicate and can be easily jarred out of line. If the beam is not properly aligned, the sensors perceive this as an object. The door no longer closes because the sensor believes that someone or something is in is path. A simple adjustment to realign it generally does the trick.

  • Evaluate the situation to determine the exact issue. A garage door which will open, but not close indicates that the eye requires some adjustment. This is also true, if it only closes part of the way and then opens again. In some cases, the indicator light may blink a couple of times and/or it may click during operation.
  • Inspect the area in the path of the sensor beam to ensure nothing is in its way. Very small objects as well as only the corner or tip of an object in the path can disrupt the beam.
  • Check to see if the LED lights are on. If one is off or blinking and the other is on, it is possible one of them received a slight bump. Try manually manipulating the sensor which is off gently and only very slightly. When/if the light turns back on, the garage door should operate properly again.
  • Another common sensor issue is that they simply need to be cleaned. It is a good idea during your periodic visual inspection of the garage door to include cleaning the sensor eyes. Use a damp, clean cloth to gently wipe the clean. Try the manual adjustment once again to see if both lights will turn on now.
  • Loosen the bolts and screws securing the pivot brackets in order to adjust them slightly. Try moving them up, down, in, and out. The return of the LED lights usually indicates that the beam is connected and functioning properly again.
  • Sometimes the sensor are not mounted at the exact same height which is extremely important to their proper functioning. You or your garage door specialist may need to remount them at the correct height.
  • Visually inspect all of the wires which lead to and from the photo eye. Gently untangle any that have become twisted. In the event that you find damaged wires contact a professional technician to come and repair them.

Rely on our Expertise

Most sensor issues require only simple quick fixes. It can be more complex and/or serious. Those who have no experience or the time to correct the issue should contact a professional repairman. Our team at Perfect Solutions is ready and waiting to answer all of your garage door questions or visit your home to correct any sensor issues that your family may be having.

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Garage Door Rollers Replacement

Many home owners consider replacing garage door rollers to be a Do It Yourself task, though not all of them have the time required to do so. Regardless of whether you lack the experience or the time, it is best to contact a professional to complete this task. It is important to keep your garage door operating at maximum capacity at all times. After all, your garage door is not just a convenience, it is also a protection and security measure.

Upper Roller Replacement

  • Close the garage door and pull the release handle. Use the remote button raise the carriage of the opener and disconnect the electrical cord after the carriage has ceased moving.
  • Use a socket wrench to loosen the top roller mount bolts and slide the roller and retainer bracket away from the mount. To release the roller angle its axle inward. Slide the axle away from the bracket.
  • Place the new roller in the bracket. Angle it and slide the front end of the roller into the track. Turn the axle toward the door. Align the bracket with the mount bolt. Secure the bracket and roller onto the mount using a socket wrench to tighten the nut. Repeat with the second upper roller, if required.
  • Reconnect the opener to its power source. Push the remote button connect the carriage with its arm as it lowers. Lower and raise the door a few times to ensure it is operating properly.

Lower Roller Replacement

  • Lift the garage door to its raised position. Disconnect the opener from its power source. Release the carriage by pulling its handle.
  • Put a clamp on the track on the opposite side of the garage door from where you are replacing the roller. Tighten the clamp onto the track approximately 12” under the top of the garage door opening.
  • Find the junction of the straight, vertical track and the 90 degree elbow portion of the track right below the roller which is damaged. The curved lip of the straight track segment right below the junction must be bent with a set of slip joint pliers. Ensure that the width of the bend is enough to slide the roller out of its track.
  • Manually roll the door down to center the roller at the widest segment of the channel’s bend.
  • Sandwich a screwdriver in the middle of the roller and the channel. Use the screwdriver to pry the roller from its track. The roller should clear the track, if you pull the corner of the door inward.
  • Slide the damaged roller out of the axle mount. Slip the new one in. Push the door back into place next to its track and slip the roller back in. Push the door up to put the new roller into the elbow section of the track. Use a hammer to straighten the bent track. Repeat for the second lower roller, if required.
  • Reconnect the arm to the opener’s carriage and reconnect its power source. Test the operation a couple of times.

Caution:

The garage door springs are affixed to the lower mounting bracket. Removing the nuts and/or the bracket is extremely dangerous as it could cause the garage door to fall.

 

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Signs It Is Time to Replace Your Garage Door Opener

Garage door openers are rather simple machines and most generally last for many years. As with the case with any machine, they do eventually malfunction or quit working all together. It is then time to look for a new one which has added tech features. It is important to distinguish between the need for a replacement and a need for repair or reprograming.

Safety First

It has been mandated since 1993 that all garage door openers be equipped with a safety feature known as a reversal mechanism. This feature uses a set of sensors to detect objects in the path of the door. When one is detected, the door automatically reverses directions. If a garage door opener does not possess this feature or it has malfunctioned, it is essential to have the opener replaced with one that features auto reverse.

Noise Pollution

As garage door openers age they may begin to make louder noises during operation. As technology advances quieter garage door openers are being introduced to the market all of the time. If yours is alerting your neighborhood when you are leaving for work or waking loved ones upon your return it may be time to retire the old one. The newest chain drive models are quitter than their parent versions. The jackshaft and belt drive versions are said to be the quietest on the market.

Tech Options for Annoyances

A weak garage door opener or one in which the sensors are going bad forces owner to manually hold the button to operate it. This is an extreme annoyance and hassle for the whole family. Simply replacing your old opener will relieve you of this annoyance and provide your family with additional security.

As mentioned, garage door openers with new technological features are being introduced to the market every day. One example is known as the rolling code. This offers both your loved ones and valuables additional security from the criminal element. It generates a new code each time the opener is used to prevent criminals from hacking into your home.

Today’s advanced garage door openers feature apps for your convenience. Liftmaster, for example, offers an app for both computers and smart phone which is compatible with one of their garage door opener models. This app allows for remote control such as closing, opening, and monitoring from any location which offers an internet connection. Many home owners opt to upgrade to the Liftmaster model and app for convenience and security reasons.

Keypad Access

Today’s garage door openers offer outdoor keypad for access. This is extremely handy for children as well as repairmen. Individuals may gain access to the garage through a program code which is stored in the keypad when you are away from home.

Blackout Backup

Another convenient feature garage door openers offer is a battery backup. The backup battery automatically powers your opener during a power outage. The battery backup generally provides up to ten cycles of operation. Once power is returned will recharge itself to prepare for the next blackout.

Decision Clarification

Our professional crew at Perfect Solutions Garage Door  is knowledgeable in all garage door matters including automatic openers. We can help you decide which suits your unique family and household budget. Just give us a call to discuss any of your garage door issues.

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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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