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How to Choose a Garage Door Company

Garage doors are meant both to keep the things in it, and your home, safe. But it’s also something functionally you need daily to get in and out of your home!

If something happens to your door, a broken spring or cable or it’s not working properly, it can seriously impact your day, and not in a good way!

When your garage door is in need of repair, choosing a garage door company that will do a good job, for a great price, can seem overwhelming. Why? Because it is! So many companies out there have poor reviews, bad customer service and take shortcuts doing the job right.

So how do you choose a good garage door company?

First, you want to do an online search (or call a friend!) for a few good options.

Make sure that the companies you call confirm they are professional, licensed, bonded, and insured.

Most garage door companies will come out and give you a quote. We recommend getting at least 2 quotes. That way you can see what the going price for that type of repair is and spot any big differences with the company.

Check reviews!

Make sure to read reviews on the companies you are interested in. Yelp and Facebook are both great options, as well as Google. Yelp is very strict about review monitoring, so you know you’ll get the mix of good and bad reviews, and know if there are any negative themes from the reviews.

There will always be a few customers who are upset about a very specific situation and write about it, but if you see that 90% of the reviews are 4+ stars with positive comments about quality, price and service, you should be good!

Does the company offer special services?

You want a company that is equipped and trained to handle all garage door related services: opener repair, opener installation, new garage door installation, spring replacement, sensor adjustment, remote programming, etc.

This means they KNOW garage doors and can handle any issue that comes up for your door.

Good Consultation Experience?

When the technician comes out to give a quote, judge them! Are they friendly? Helpful? Knowledgeable? Do they answer your questions? Did they give a quote in line with your stated budget?

Your garage door is an important part of your home, as well as your home’s security! Don’t settle for a garage door company that doesn’t meet these standards!

 

 

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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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Why Repurpose Your Old Garage Door

When garage doors are no longer functioning well, it is only right to consider replacing them with a new one from a reliable garage door company.  Imagine how much you would have to spend for maintenance if your garage door gets broken every week.  However, one question needs to be asked: What happens to the old garage door?

Repurposing Your Old Garage Door

You may immediately think of disposing it to a landfill or sending it to be recycled, but don’t be too hasty because even though old garage doors may not be useful for your garage, it can still be useful for other things, especially considering the materials they are made of.

Repurposing is a good way to deal with an old garage door and give it a new life.  Here are some compelling reasons to repurpose instead of disposing old garage doors:

  1. To avoid waste of useful materials

Your old garage door may not be fit to guard the contents of your garage anymore, but the materials it’s made of are still usable and it would be wasteful to just put them on a landfill. The panels of a wooden garage door for example can be converted into a cabinet for your clothes. Your metal garage door panels can be used to make a safe.  Imagination is the limit to the things you can do with your old garage door materials.

  1. For the environment

Wasting your old garage door materials is also a burden to the environment. For example, if you buy a new wooden coffee table, some trees will have to be cut to make them. You can save some trees by re-using the wood from the garage door panels to make one.  Metals are mined from under the earth and the more mines there are, the more damage it may do to the ecosystem. So instead of buying new metal furniture, use instead the panels from the metal garage door and help save the planet.

  1. To make money

If you are savvy with tools and have a hidden artistic talent, you can make money by making artworks out of the materials from your old garage door. Maybe you can use the wood panels as an elegant photo frame and the metal panel into unique modern art.  Then you can sell them at the flea market for some cold cash. You can also sell the old garage door itself to some companies who will repair and refurbish it for those people who are looking for cheaper options

  1. Donating it

Donating your old garage to charity like for example to the group Habitat for Humanity, does not only give your garage a new purpose, it also  gives you that sense of  fulfillment  and joy that can only come from helping others. Charities will sell these garage door materials and the money is going to be used for their projects.

Don’t Dispose of Your Old Garage Doors

Don’t dispose of your old garage doors right away. Think first if there is something else you can use it for. The materials used in these doors are high-quality, especially if you have purchased it from a reputable garage door company. They are perfect for furniture, home decor, and modern art. You can also make money from them or help others by donating them to charity.

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Four Questions to Ask Before Buying a Garage Door

The garage door is one of the most important investments a homeowner can make when in the process of improving their home. In general, it is the first level of defense against intruders and keeps the interiors of the home safe from wear and tear, especially the vehicles. Also, the garage door can keep the home within budget in terms of electric bills if it’s properly insulated to maximize the heat or cold within the house. Simply put, it can really make or break the house.

Ask Yourself These Questions Before Buying Your Garage Door

There’s more to garage doors than simply choosing one that fits the frame. Here are some tips to a more effective shopping experience:

  1. What is the overall look of the house?

Today, garage doors are not just for industrial or technical reasons. It can also be an ally in achieving the right look for the home. Is it a Mediterranean design that’s being achieved? Then choosing a nice wooden garage door is a really beautiful focal point from the outside amidst the European design of the home and sprawling gardens.

Is it more modern? Then a garage door with an aluminum frame painted in black will blend right in. However, it is important to make the door solid and sturdy to ensure the family’s security. People from the outside should not know whether there is someone in the house or not by just looking straight through the garage door.

  1. What’s the climate in your area?

Sadly, no matter how good wooden doors are, it just would not work in a place that gets submerged in several feet of snow almost all year round. The freezing and thawing can render the door useless due to water damage. In the same way, being prone to floods should also be thought of when choosing a garage door. Although aluminum or steel is perfect, it will rust from all that water. It also affects the integrity of the whole structure.

  1. What is the family’s lifestyle?

Is the family leaving the home several times a year to travel overseas? A garage door which has the complete sensors and electric lock system is a better option. Also, having CCTV’s in the garage can help ease the minds of the owners.

If the owners are looking for a more low maintenance garage door due to their lifestyle, opting for a plastic garage door also helps cut down the time invested towards upkeep. Plastic garage doors are easy to clean, is rust free, and virtually indestructible. There is almost zero need to replace it and can last for several years, making it a very smart purchase. However, compared to other materials, plastic is not as versatile design-wise.

  1. What is it for?

In addition, garage doors can be incorporated in other parts of the home and even in other requirements such as offices. When choosing a garage door, how it will be used ultimately dictates the right type to buy.

Consulting a Garage Door Company

When you are unsure what type of door to get for your home, it is best to consult experienced technicians. Companies like Perfect Solutions can help you pick the right door for your home based on your needs.

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Tips for Burglar-Proofing Your Garage Door

safetyThe garage is not only a place for cars because most people place other valuable items inside it.  The sad thing is that sometimes even the mighty garage door fails to deter determined burglars from trying to break into the garage and steal some expensive items in there. If you are living in a community that has several reported burglary, it is time that you take action and make your garage burglar-proof.

Install security cameras

Security cameras are deterrent against burglars who attempt to enter your garage. Of course, the point of stealing is not to be caught, so burglars stay away from garages with good security cameras looking at their faces. Even if the burglar is determine enough to burglarize your garage, they will not get away with it because they can easily get traced.

There are several types of security cameras. The one that is getting popular nowadays are IP Cams. These cameras can transmit real-time footage of what it captures through the internet.  Therefore, whether you are at work or in vacation, all you have to do is open the internet browser, and then open the IP address for your Camera and you can see what is happening in real time. The footage can also be saved online for viewing later on.

Garage door alarms

Installing an alarm on your garage door is another effective way to make burglars run away. Much like the alarm that are installed in cars, garage alarms are set off by shock and give a loud, high-pitched screech that would actually hurt eardrums.  Alarms also alert neighbors when someone is trying to break in and they could call the authorities. Garage door companies have all kinds of alarms you can choose from with different prices based on your budget.

Bright lights

Most burglars choose to do their evil deeds at night, under the cover of darkness so they can easily hide when someone comes along. That is why it is a good idea to install a bright light in front of your garage door to deter a would-be break in. Choosing a bright light source, which does not use too much electricity, like LED lights is a good idea. You can put the light directly above the garage door for maximum effectiveness.

Garage door maintenance

Garage doors will lose many of its strengths in time especially if they are not constantly maintained. If the garage door lock mechanism, for example, is broken, it is very easy for thieves to open it and rob you blind.  Always have your garage maintained by reliable garage experts and have them repaired when broken. That way, your garage door will be able to do its job of protecting the contents of your garage.

It is a reality that there are malicious people who make it their livelihood to steal other people’s property. The garage is one of the prime targets of burglars because it is separate from the house and no one is in it most of the time. The garage also contains many power tools that sell for many bucks in the black market. Don’t be a victim. Contact a garage door company to fortify your garage using the tips mentioned in this article.

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Glass Garage Doors for the Modern Home

Access to a garageGarage doors have a very industrial and conventional reputation as part of a home. These simply house the family car or keep the family stuff safe and away from the elements. Garage doors protect your valuables and your home from intruders. However, a certain type of garage door is making ground in turning the opinion when it comes to what these garage doors can and should do for a home.

Cue in the rise of the popularity of the glass garage doors. From something that is purchased on a need basis, glass garage doors elevate it to a design element that most modern homes welcome with open arms. They are tempered glass that is durable as it is supported by thick aluminum on the sides.

What are the benefits of glass garage doors for your home? Read on.

It’s beautiful from the outside and gives a preview of the beauty inside. 

Today, garage areas have moved beyond the car and the boxes of stocks. Contemporary home design has made garages into living spaces, which can also cover the home’s expansive kitchen and living room. Glass doors provide a seamless look from the kitchen or living room as it opens up unto the patio or garden, versus the usual main road. Instead of a wall with a door, glass garage doors are a beautiful way to showcase a beautiful kitchen from the outside and are a great way to provide a view of the outside without the need to open it especially in cases of winter or rain from the inside.

It is perfect for smaller homes and designs with an open lay-out. 

Like mirrors, glass garage doors lend a bigger and more spacious feel to homes with a much more limited space. As everything is see through, it does not cut the view, but rather adds more dimension and depth to any design compared to let’s say, walls or dividers.

Speaking of dividers, glass garage doors are not just for outside use, but are also applicable to the interiors as a form of separating living spaces in open lay-outs and bungalows. It is not just conducive to a design-driven house, it is also not as expensive to execute.

It keeps utilities down. 

Compared to full aluminum garage doors, glass garage doors let sunlight in depending on the thickness and kind of glass. This helps in lessening the need for expensive heating and is better at keeping the warmth in during winter.

It is highly customizable. 

Usually, garage doors come in made and ready for installation. What makes glass garage doors such a hit with interior designers and homeowners is that they are a joy to customize to fit the needs of the owner and the house’s design.

Different glass finishes from opaque to fully transparent add flair to a home. When it comes to the frames, those can be painted and adjusted endlessly, providing thousands of options to any homeowner.

When choosing a garage door for your home, remember that you also need to consider other factors on top of design. You also need to take into consideration your budget, how much time and money you are willing to spend on maintenance, the climate in your area, and the durability of your door. If you are unsure about these things, it is always best to consult a garage door professional who can help you make the perfect choice.

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Building the Best Garage Door for Modern Homes

White contemporary house exteriorMore homes today are going the modern way in terms of design due to advances in architecture, engineering, and technology. Dubbed as Smart Homes by TIME Magazine, they are not necessarily cheaper to build but are more cost efficient to maintain due to the science that goes behind them. Their materials are literally built to last and every aspect was thought through from solar panels to zero waste management. Still, they are made of the same parts as every other house – garage doors included.

Because of this, it is important to take note of the best practices when it comes to choosing, finding, and even building the right garage door for these homes that are built with the future in mind.

1.       Get a contractor that knows exactly what you need more than want.

When it comes to modern homes, it’s not just about what one wants. Technological planning goes into it and you need to sync devices to make this happen. It is therefore important to have a contractor that have not just built garage doors before, but also understands the concept of a modern home. Safety is paramount and it is important to find someone who can look at your lifestyle and that of your family’s. Chances are, there will no longer be a need for manual garage doors as all will be via Bluetooth or infrared connections between your car or mobile phones.

Wrong syncing can mean life or death, this is why your contractor must be updated with the latest technologies when it comes to garage doors for the modern home. They can also advise on what is needed in terms of keeping the garage door from jamming and keeping its quality.

2.       Fit to measure

Next, fit the garage door properly. Measure everything and take note of the number of cars and storage one needs. Modern homes do not have too many blind spots as it takes on a more open layout to ensure flow and electrical efficiency throughout the house, so storage can be tricky.

The last thing you want is to have garage door that cannot accommodate your needs.

3.       Take note of the house’s design

All garage doors are great in itself, but if it does not fit the whole design sensibility of the house, then it becomes a complete eyesore from the outside.

Modern homes are more inclined to take advantage of industrial designs and employ elements such as steel, brass, glass, and cement finishes due to the presence of solar panels on roofs, for example. Because of this, bulky garage doors or garage doors with carvings may not work as well as those with grey finishes. However, it is also an opportunity to be creative. Because of such a stark over all look, garage doors can serve as the accent piece from outside. It can be painted with punchy colors such as red or orange for a pop of color instead of the usual black or for the more adventurous, a whimsical graffiti design.

Gone are the days of boring garage door designs and modern homes providethe perfect palette for such endeavor.

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Garage Door Materials: Search for the Right One

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Garage doors protect a person’s car from vandals, thieves, and natural hazards like hail and snow. They also protect homes from burglars who might try to enter houses through the garage. There are times when the only barrier between a family and a dangerous situation is the trusty garage door. This is why garage doors should be made of strong and durable materials. What are the common materials of garage doors and which one is right for a particular home? Read on and find out.
Wood

Wood has been used for centuries for buildings and household furnishings. It is still one of the most favored garage door materials and for good reasons. Wood is attractive and has a rich appearance. It is elegant and has high design flexibility, so it’s customizable according to the owner’s taste. When it comes to aesthetics, wood is a big winner. It is also a better insulator than the other garage door materials.

Despite all its merits, wooden garage doors also have its drawbacks. The biggest disadvantage is the weight. Among all garage door materials, wood is probably the heaviest. This means more maintenance is needed for the garage mechanism because weight can wear down machine parts. Not only that, over time, wooden garage doors may need to be stained, painted or sanded to make them look brand new again.

Aluminum

A popular choice for a garage door material today is aluminum. It is a lightweight, rustproof metal, which makes it a good choice for those living in places that are prone to humidity and rain like coastal areas. Its lightweight nature means fewer burdens on the garage opening mechanism, so there is less maintenance. In addition, when there is a power outage, it is easy to manually open aluminum garage doors.
Like wood, aluminum also has its disadvantages. It can easily dent even with not so heavy bumps. Once aluminum is dented, it will be very difficult to fix. Aluminum garage doors may not be a very good choice in places where hail appears frequently.

Steel

Steel is the metal that drives the industrial revolution. Until now, its usefulness is still unsurpassed by any other metal. Steel is also one of the most used materials for garage doors. Steel is a very durable and strong metal as it is not easily dented and has high resistance to force. This means that a steel garage door will continue to look gorgeous even after years of use. Steel garage doors also come in different designs that fit a person’s style.

The disadvantage of choosing steel garage doors is that these have different qualities. The variations in quality also mean differences in price range. Some metal garage doors are thicker and are more durable. When ordering a steel garage door, a person should choose carefully based on his needs and location.

When choosing garage doors, a person should give enough thought on what material the garage door should be. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages, which makes it more difficult to decide. However, being well-informed will make this task a lot easier.If undecided about which garage door material to choose, it is always best to consult a garage door professional for recommendations.

 

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How To Find a Good Company for Your Garage Door Needs

Garage door installation in Granite Bay CA 95746

Garage door installation in Granite Bay CA 95746

Finding a good garage door company is essential not only to the aesthetics of the garage, and the house by extension, but more importantly the functionality and longevity too. Many people erroneously think that all it takes is a quick internet search and a few calls or emails to find out the costs to get a good company. People who do this are likely to have their installation done haphazardly and over time end up spending a lot of money on repairs. Now, how does one go about looking for a good garage door company?

Ask around

When you visit friends and family and see that they have sturdy and very handsome garage doors, do not shy away from asking who does their installation and maintenance. Ultimately, the mark of good workmanship is manifested in satisfied customers. At perfectsolutionsgaragedoor, for example, we receive get many clients from referrals by our past and current customers. Asking around also helps you to avoid the not-so-good companies.

Consult a real estate professional

People in real estate, especially developers, have a list of the top professionals they work with. A real estate person is therefore in a position to recommend a top garage door company. The company who sold you your house should easily be able to find you a good garage door company for repairs.

The Home Depot store

People at your local home depot store know the technical people who buy regularly from them. They know who buys the proper high end equipment and supplies and who buys the regular things. If you approach them with a question, they will give you an honest opinion of the garage door repair people in your area without much ado since they have no direct interest in your garage door.

The construction company

Construction contractors keep a list of firms who they consult when building houses. They know who to go when they need specific types of garage doors. The benefit that consulting a construction company has over the others is that people who work in construction understand the different styles of garage doors and how they relate to décor styles and climatic conditions. A person in construction is for example better equipped to tell the difference between a regular repair company and a company specialized in say fiberglass garage door installation and repair.

The yellow pages

In this age of internet searches, the yellow pages have been relegated to the periphery. The simply got forgotten. What most people fail to realize is that companies that have listed with the yellow pages are likely to have been in business for a very long time. As a result, they have built up years upon years of experience and are therefore very adept at what they do. While this is not always the case, a garage door company that is listed in the yellow pages is likely to offer you exemplary service.

After making the above recommended consultations, the final decision rests with you because you will have to factor in things like personal preference and budgetary constraints.

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How to Choose a Reliable Garage Door Company

bigstock-Garage-Door-Opener-20287970Depending on where you live, there are countless garage door companies advertising their services and expertise online. Every garage door company will claim to have the best deal and the most experienced installers, but sadly many fail to follow through on their promises. It is time-consuming to sort through all the fly-by-night installers and find a company that you can count on.

Here are a few fundamental tips for choosing a reliable garage door company:

Online Reputation Is Critical

The first step in choosing a reliable garage door company is doing extensive research of their online reviews. You can search in Google for the company name and just add the word review after it. For example, “Perfect Solutions Garage Door reviews”. This will show you all of the online reviews that have been posted about our company. Make sure to pick a company that has a higher than 3.5 star rating and at least a few dozen positive reviews.

Evaluate Their Expertise

Read a few articles on the company’s blog to see if they offer helpful and accurate information on garage door maintenance and security. You should also test their knowledge by asking questions that you already know what the correct answer should be.

Do some preliminary research on benefits of different garage door materials or types of automatic openers and then ask the installer their opinion. If a garage door installer says aluminum is stronger than steel, please walk away or hang up the phone. They should know their products strengths and weakness, and base their recommendations on what will work best for you.

Look for 24-hour Service

Problems with your garage door can occur at any time. It can get stuck in the tracks and it is not safe to leave your garage door open overnight, especially if there are any valuables inside. A reliable garage door company will offer their customers 24-hour emergency service.

Expect Free Estimates

A legitimate and reliable garage door installer won’t charge a customer for a consultation. They are willing to access your needs for free because their goal is to build a long-term relationship. Be leery of any company that has unusual costs like a consultation fee.

The most important tips for choosing a reliable garage door company is finding someone with positive online reviews, proven expertise, 24-hour emergency service, and free estimates. Perfect Solutions Garage Doors encourages homeowners to research our reputation and services before trusting in our capabilities. We have nothing to hide.

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