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

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

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

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

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

Pick the right garage door style. 

The most popular garage door styles include:

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

Garage Door Material Options

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

Consider the Size of Your Garage Door

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

Where do you shop for garage doors?

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

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

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Garage Door Repair in 4 Steps

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

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

Step 1: Inspect your tracks.

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

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

Step 2: Clean your tracks.

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

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

Step 3: Check your alignment.

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

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

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

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

Step 4: Check your hardware!

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

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

 

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

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Different Types of Garage Door Openers

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

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

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

Chain Drive Garage Door Openers

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

Screw Drive Garage Door Openers

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

Belt Drive Garage Door Openers

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

Installing a Garage Door Opener

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

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

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

 

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How to Polish Your Wood Garage Door Using Natural Cleaner

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

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

How to Make Beeswax Polish For Your Wood Garage Door

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

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

How to Clean Your Wooden Doors with Beeswax Polish

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

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

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

 

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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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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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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!

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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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