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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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Replacing Wooden Garage Door Project

Our latest project involved totally tearing down this existing garage door and installing a brand new one + an opener.

The owner wanted to actually use his garage door to park his car. A garage door that opens with the a push of the button was, of course, pretty necessary to achieve his goal.

The project was a big one because the existing doors were wood, and rotten in many places. We had to completely remove the door and the rotted areas before re-framing the opening.

The homeowner also wanted to access the garage with a regular walk through door, so we took that into consideration when we framed out the opening, and chose a door size.

With the doors framed out and the walk through door installed, the next step was installing the new door and then installing a new opener to make it work!

The also added insulation to this door to keep the garage regulated and comfortable.

The opener we went with was a LiftMaster 8550W. We install this opener quite often as it’s a solid choice. Affordable, great security features and WiFi abilities, so you can open and control your doors with a smartphone or tablet.

The project was a huge success. It not only looks way better with brand new doors and a coat of fresh paint but those rotted wood doors and other problems with the garage structure itself were resolved.

Now the homeowner can happily enjoy this new garage, park his car out of the elements, and control it all from his phone!

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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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Do You Need An Annual Service Contract For Your Garage Door?

service contract with toolsWhen purchasing a garage door, getting an annual service contract may be the last thing on your mind Garage doors may appear to be strong, but like any part of your home, it is subject to wear and tear. After years of use and exposure to elements, the once-flawless garage door will start malfunctioning, especially if you don’t maintain it. This is where professional garage door maintenance companies will come in.

It is always better to spend on maintenance costs to prevent costly repairs later on. Here are the other reasons why an annual service contract for your garage door is worth it:

Save money from constantly buying new doors

Paying a repair company for annual or monthly garage door maintenance may add some amount into your expenses but, it’s not as huge an amount as you would spend if you buy a new one.  Even if you opt to just repair a dying garage door, it will still cost more because of possible parts replacement and labor. Maintenance is different from repair. Repair is what you do when something is broken; maintenance on the other hand, keeps things from becoming broken.  Maintenance is always cheaper than repair.

Safety of your family

Aside from saving loads of cash, monthly and annual maintenance of garage doors also do another type of saving—saving your family from danger brought by malfunctioning garage doors, especially children.  Malfunctioning garage doors are a threat to the safety of your children. For example, the garage may close suddenly while they are directly beneath or they may get hit by a torsion spring that has snapped. Making sure that there are no defective parts in your garage door will make your whole family safe.

Safety of your properties

The garage is not only the place where you store you cars, it is also a place where you put many of your power tools and other expensive products.  Who stands guard to keep your things safe inside the garage? The garage door protects the home from intruders.  If garage doors aren’t maintained well, it may become easy for burglars to break into your home.  Surely, the amount you spend on maintenance is chicken feed compared to the value of the items inside the garage.

Why not do it yourself?

You can inspect your garage door every day, but when it comes to removing parts of the garage door mechanism and tinkering with the garage door, leave it to the pros. Garage doors have high tension parts that coud snap and injure you.  If you suspect there is something wrong with your garage door, the most effective thing you can do is call a garage door repair company for proper evaluation and solution.

So, do you need an annual or monthly maintenance for your garage door? Yes, because it is better to be safe than sorry. It’s also cost-efficient. Garage doors are always used and they are easy targets to the ravages of time. Through regular maintenance, you can save your money and keep your family and properties safe.

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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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Tips for Choosing Your Garage Door

slide6When you’re building a new house, some of the things that you need to think about is your garage door. You will be presented with a lot of options. Some garage doors are heavy while others are light. Some are made of aluminum, while others are made of wood, metal or fiberglass.  If that’s not enough, they also come in myriads of colors and designs.  The truth is, choosing a garage door involves a lot of decision-making and of course, some stress.  This article aims to help you decide which garage door is right for your home.

Make sure to measure the garage opening size

Before buying a garage door, it is important to measure accurately the size of the garage opening. If the measurement is off for even just a few centimeters, you will not be able to install your new garage door.  Those who are not confident about their skills in measuring should contact the garage door company and let them take the measurement.

Think about your driveway

Some garage doors are not meant for homes with short driveways. Like for example, the type of garage door that swings out and up to open is not practical if the driveway does not have space enough for it.  For homes with short driveways, the best type of garage could be the roller type or the sectional type.

Get the color that matches your house

Garage doors are probably the biggest implement on the house and they’re highly visible to everyone.  Because of this, a person’s choice of garage door could make or break his home’s curb value.  While it’s true that garage doors are useful whether they look nice or not, it wouldn’t hurt if you choose one that will complement the total look of your home and get the appreciation of people who pass by.  Colors and the material of your garage door make all the difference in this aspect because they’re what most people will see outside your home.

Garage door materials

This article would not be complete without talking about garage door materials. Each type of material has advantages and disadvantages.

  • Wood is probably the most aesthetic of all garage door materials. It can be carved with elaborate designs or you can keep it plain.  Unfortunately, wooden garage doors are also very heavy.
  • Aluminum is the most common garage door material. It is very light and not easy to break, but it is prone to dents.
  • Steel is the strongest material for garage doors.It also looks nice and elegant, but it’s extremely heavy. Steel garage doors are good for automation.
  • Fiberglass is durable and light and can be painted different colors, but most of the time they are expensive.

Garage doors are not cheap and people have to think hard before buying one. However, despite its price, the undeniable fact is that people need them.  Garage doors are important for families who own cars because the car itself is another big investment that needs protection.   People who are in the market for garage doors should choose wisely.

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How to Know When to Replace Your Garage Door

Old Way or New WayA garage door is probably the most expensive item that can be found outside a person’s home, next to its intricate garden or swimming pool. Your garage door may look nondescript and forgettable, but it serves an important purpose of protecting your belongings such as cars, stocks, and other valuable items.

Although it is advisable for homeowners to care for their garage doors for as long as they can, a smart one knows when a garage door’s time is really up. Here are the signs that tell homeowners that it’s time to replace their garage door:

1.       Rust
There is no need to rush at the first little sign of rust, but when cycles between paint jobs are getting shorter and the brush strokes are getting longer, it is a sure sign of greater damage. Instead of wasting money on paint, it is better to go for a contractor to ring up a new cost estimate for a brand new garage door.

2.       Water damage
When water repetitively seeps in, it may be hard to salvage a wooden garage door. This type of damage is also one that sustains itself with a plethora of problems such as pests. Also, the water may affect the steel support that holds the door together, leading to more problems. A constantly moldy garage door means you may need to replace your garage door with a material that is resistant to moisture.

3.       Deep curves and bents
When your car hits the garage door, you may be left with a deep bent that is beyond repair. If this happens,it may be a wise decision to replace your garage door as these bents deteriorate over time. Also, the damage caused by the crash may actually be irreparable or too costly to repair.

4.       Wide gaps and spaces on the side
With years of continuous use, garage doors can become looser and soon, the gaps can be seen by the naked eye. For safety reasons, it is smarter to change garage doors altogether than have a security breach waiting to happen. Once big gaps are obvious, burglary and trespassing can be as easy as opening a can of meat—all it takes is a pair of wrench and a little effort.

Gaps also make the indoors prone to the ravages of the elements such as little wild animals (i.e. rats) and extreme cold or heat. This problem can also wreak havoc on one’s electricity bill, which is not worth the trouble versus simply replacing the garage door.

5.       Increasing bills for parts and repairs
Purchasing parts and doing minor repair from time to time does not seem to hurt, but calculating these in the long run really adds up. If the total cost of constant repair work is greater than an actual garage door, it would be more sensible to buy a new one.

When it comes to malfunctioning garage doors, repair may not always be the best solution. Consult your trusted garage door technician to determine if it will be better for you to get a replacement.

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Garage Door Materials: Search for the Right One

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Photo Credit: iStock Photo

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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A Quick Guide on Choosing Garage Doors

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Photo Credit: iStock Photo

When an innovative caveman first came up with the idea of a door, little did he know that he will change human society forever.  The invention of the door hails the birth of privacy and security.  Thousands of years later, humans still protect everything with doors especially their homes and beloved cars. If left unprotected, cars can fall victim to vandals and other threats. Garage doors vary in style and functionality. When choosing a garage door, a person has to consider whether he has a long or short driveway.

For Short Driveways

If space is an issue, roller garage doors would be more suitable since they don’t need much area to work on.  This garage door is made up of aluminum attached to one another horizontally to form a metallic curtain attached to a horizontal drum overhead. When the drum begins turning around, the garage door opens. It closes when the drum turns in the opposite direction.

Another choice for garage with short driveways is the overhead sectional garage door. This garage door is made up of panels attached to each other, and opens by sliding the panels up and to the garage ceiling space. Unlike the roller garage door, this type can be made from different materials. This gives sectional overhead garage more style and strength.

For More Spacious Driveways

The up and over garage door is best for people with roomy driveways. This type can be made of different materials like wood, steel or fiberglass. However, it needs more space because the door opens by swinging outside first before going up and settling on the garage ceiling. The owner has to make sure his car is in a safe distance before he opens the door or else it will hit his car.

Materials

Garage doors are made of up various materials and each has its own benefits. Choosing the right material for a garage door requires serious thinking. Each material varies in strength and in aesthetic beauty.

Wood would be a good choice for the stylish.  It is versatile and can be designed in different ways. A person can have a garage door sculpted with his image if he so chooses. This does not mean that wood is not strong. In fact, depending on the kind of wood, it can be stronger than steel. But wood should not be exposed to water.

Those who prioritize safety over beauty would more likely to choose steel garage door. Not only is steel a very strong material, it also deters most people who have plans of breaking through a garage. When people see steel they immediately think of strength and would usually just give up.

Fiberglass is considered one of the strongest materials around. But unlike steel it can be made to look just as stylish as wood. It can be expensive though so not everyone can afford it.

There is no question that garage doors are important in keeping a person’s home and car safe. Choosing the right type and material for it needs quite some thinking. But with the right information, it doesn’t take a genius to find the right one for the right home.

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Six Safety Tips for Garage Door Installation

bigstock-Girl-Opens-Old-Garage-21316331To stay safe when installing garage doors, here are six safety tips to keep in mind:

Check the springs and change them when necessary.

There are two types of springs to check: the torsion springs and extension springs. If there are squeaky sounds or quirky movements when raising and lowering the garage door, it may be due to some problem with either spring. Have the springs checked as frequently as needed and replace it when necessary.

Examine your cables.

Garage door cables prevent the springs from flinching and allow a broken spring to fall safely. Check the cables. Fully open the garage door and place a couple of c-clamps below the door’s lowest wheel to prevent the door from sliding down. Then, carefully unhook the springs, change the cable and hook up the springs again. Do not unhook the cables if the tension springs have not been released yet.

Careful with your fingers!

Most DIY-ers injure their fingers by pulling down the garage door with their fingers in between the panels. Avoid doing this. Instead, use special handles or gripping points (if you don’t have pinch-resistant joints) on the inside and outside of the garage door if your door has an opener. If you have a manual garage door, use the handles or the gripping points for safety. Again, never place your fingers in between the door panels.

Keep those controls away from children.

Kids normally play around the house and they love to experiment with things. They can go to the garage and innocently reachfor the controls that open and close your garage door. This is dangerous for your children and also for your cars and other valuables inside your garage. To avoid accidents, make sure that the garage door opener or control button is kept out of reach of small children.

Always Refer to Manual

Always have your installation manual ready. If you need to do repair work, refer to instructions for quick troubleshooting. Also, make sure that your tools are complete. The manual usually lists the things you need for garage door installation.

 

Contact a garage door technician.

If you don’t have the technical know-how or the training to install garage doors, it is best to call the experts for installation. It’s not only thesafer option, but it’s also more cost-efficient. Yes, you’ll pay for the service fees but you’ll save more in the long run because you’ll get quality installation and require less back jobs. There’s no risk for injuries on your part and these professionals can install or repair your garage doors quickly—without ever damaging your property.

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