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How to Fix a Damaged Garage Door

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Ideally your garage door will be in great working condition at ALL times. But in reality, this isn’t always the case.

It’s very easy for your garage door to get damaged. This post looks at some common sources of garage door damage.

We’ll also look at some ways you can prevent your garage door from being damaged.

Rats and Mice

They say there is probably 1 rat or mouse for every human on earth. Think about that for a second. Shudder! If this is true, that means there are over 7 billion rats and mice!

Even if that isn’t true, I’m sure we all know rats and mice are EVERYWHERE. Especially in and around our homes. Rats and mice enjoy your garage! Usually it’s an easy room to access from the outside, and it offers protection from the elements.

Rats and mice love chewing on things, including wooden garage doors and cables, both garage and electric!

The damage for your garage door is not just cosmetic, but weakening the door and creating holes. The rats and mice can then use these holes to get in and out of your garage more easily.

When it comes to eating through wires and cables, this can pose a fire hazard as well as problems with your garage door support if a cable is rendered useless.

 

 

What can you do about rats and mice in your garage?

Some tips for keeping rats and mice out of your garage:

  1. Don’t keep trash in your garage. Rats and mice like hiding in and under trash, and eating it!
  2. Get a cat! Cats love eating rats and mice (yuck!) but also can chase them away!
  3. Get traps and check them regularly. This can help reduce the rat population in your garage. You can do this yourself, or hire a pest control to spray regularly and set/change your traps.

 

Hitting Your Garage Door

Another form of garage door damage is the door getting hit, especially with big force.

This generally happens when a car crashes or runs into your garage door. It can also happen if you use your garage as a workshop or workout studio with heavy weights and tools. One small mishap can have a large object hitting your door and damaging it.

How to Prevent Damage to Your Garage Door

A few things can help reduce the chances of your garage door being hit:

  1. Make sure the garage and surrounding area is well lit. When you get can see better, less accidents happen.
  2. Don’t allow teenagers to drive the car in and out of the garage. Let them start on the street!
  3. Create a barrier or reinforcement while you work in your garage so there is less chance of the main door being hit by something.

Rodents and general human accidents are the biggest contributors to damaged garage doors. We hope this post helped you think about a few ways you can improve the chances your garage door stays safe and protected!

Having your garage door serviced at least annually can help catch any problems or damage before they turn into a bigger problem!

If your garage door is damaged, and you’re in the Houston, Texas area, give us a call!

 

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Installing 2 Garage Door Openers in 1 Garage

This job was a fun and unique one, but very challenging. Though considering the unique set up, it was a one day job and we got everything checked off our customer’s wish list!

Our customer, Mark, called us when his garage door opener stopped working. He assumed after excessive use, the opener just gave out. Mark wanted to be able to use his garage door, so fixing this was necessary.

Sounds pretty straightforward, except there’s more. The opener was definitely old, probably fifteen to seventeen years old. Mark didn’t want to fix it, just to replace it.

But in the SAME garage, Mark also had a second garage door, which faced his garden in the back, that had never had a garage door opener connected to it. So he wanted to add a second garage door opener so he could operate the second door as well.

The pictures here should help explain:

 

You can see, the same garage with two doors on either side.

You can see in the pictures above that we didn’t have much clearance or space to install 2 openers side by side. The garage is very narrow, and long. But not long enough to comfortably accommodate two full-size garage door openers. We got creative, and in the end, everything is working perfectly!

You can see the setup in the pictures below. We decided to install a new LiftMaster 8355 series garage door opener that includes built-in WiFi, so Mark can control BOTH of his doors conveniently from a tablet or smartphone.

 

What is most important is that Mark is very happy. We were even able to finish the whole job in just a few hours, which made Mark even happier!

If you’re looking for Garage Door opener repair or replacement in the greater Houston, Texas area, give Perfect Solutions a call today: 281-557-6351

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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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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 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!

garage door accident

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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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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Help! My Garage Door Only Opens Halfway!

We recently had a client with a very annoying problem. Every time he went to open his garage door, it would open part way but then immediately close again. Frustrating! You can see what we mean below:

When we got to his house, we started trouble shooting possible problems to understand why this was happening. We eventually landed on the problem: the door is too heavy for the opener to properly open the door all the way.

Upon further inspection, the reason the door is too heavy is because the torsion springs installed on the door are too small for this particular door. Properly fitting springs is a major safety feature and component to a properly functioning garage door.

As you can see below, once we switched out the old torsion spring to a new dual spring system, we adjusted the motor and the door is able to open and close safely.

We generally recommend to all customers that they install a dual spring system. Ensuring your springs fit properly is one important factor to the safe operation of your garage door. But a dual spring system goes a long way in extending the life of your springs and your garage door opener.

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Garage Door Repair & Replacement Parts

Many home owners opt to complete garage door repairs themselves. For those who have the time and experience, these types of projects work out well. There are times when individuals have the required knowledge and experience; however, they are short on time. Perfect Solutions Garage Door will be thrilled to complete your project for you as well as help you sift through your many choices of garage door replacement parts.

Dangerous Complexities

Some garage doors repairs are pretty basic, while others are a bit more complex. There are a couple that are actually very dangerous. Whether danger is involved or not, it is important that a trained tech complete repairs, especially, if they involved the installation of replacement parts.

Garage door springs and cables are repairs which are considered dangerous. There is a grave amount of potential destruction even, if the individual has experience. Those who have none are putting their life and limbs on the line. Keep in mind that sets of springs should always be replaced as sets. This is whether more than one of them are broken or not. Contact our team at Perfect Solutions now to inquire

Broken garage door spring

Broken garage door spring replacement

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Springs are in place to balance the extreme amount of weight of the garage door. If the spring snap and the door suddenly drop, it could injure or kill anyone in the way. It could also result in property damage and extensive repair costs as well. Garage door safety cables are another hazardous repair. Cables are there to protect you, your loved ones, and your property. Cable and spring repair or replacement must be done as soon as possible to prevent injury and further damage.

Basic Replacement Parts

There are a number of other basic things that can go wrong. These are not severely dangerous; however, they can be tedious and time consuming. Accidents happen regardless of how hard you try to prevent them. One result of garage accidents is bending your track.

A bent track can cause the noise level of operation to increase or possible prevent you from being able to open it at all. In many cases the track can be bent back into shape fairly easily. If you need to replace your track, call Perfect Solutions for the best at the smallest cost.

Basic Maintenance

Other basic repairs involve closing limits and safety beams. These can generally be adjusted by the average DIY home owner, but again, this depends on time constraints. Garage door maintenance can also be a simple DIY project. It requires a bit of know-how and time to complete it right. Maintenance is important to extend the function and life of your garage door. This is generally a clean and lube project; however, upon inspection, you might run into more complicated issues or need to replacement parts for the hardware components.

We encourage you to call our crew at Perfect Solutions Garage Door today for any of your family’s needs. Remember to call on us in the event that you have a garage door emergency. Our emergency services are available day or night, any time of year.

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Garage Door Replacement Panels

Accidents happen from time to time and in some case damage occurs. It seems that garage doors receive more abuse than any other element of a home. While a garage door is a sound investment, it is nothing to sneeze at. It can be costly especially if you do not know where to find supplies at reasonable prices.

One of the most common replacement parts sought are garage door panels. Perfect Solutions Garage Door is here for you when you need assistance locating one or multiple panels.

Garage Door Replacement Panels

The panels of your garage door are an integral part of the safety it provides as we

Damaged panel replacement before & after

Damaged panel replacement before & after

ll as the portion everyone in the neighborhood sees. Home owners often become frustrated when one of their panels is damaged because they believe that the entire door must be replaced. It can also be stressful when you call upon a tech who tries to sell you something that you do not actually need.

In many cases, a single panel may be replaced. It is greatly dependent upon the extent of the damage that your garage door has suffered. There is generally not a need to purchase and install a whole new door. Our professionals at Perfect Solutions Garage Doors can come out and inspect yours to determine exactly what is in order to get it functioning as well as looking like new again.

Your Safety, Our Priority

Our number one priorities are your satisfaction and your family’s safety. Once we inspect your garage door, we will present you with your available options and their respective costs. If it only requires one replacement panel, we will only suggest the one. You never have to worry about our techs trying to sell you something that your family does not need.

Our team is 100% professional and completely dedicated to our clients. We will find the highest quality products and the lowest cost to present to you. We never dawdle so your garage door will be up and running again in no time. Our team will complete your project in the timeliest manner possible and clean up our mess before we leave.

In the event that all of your panels require replacing, we are highly trained in all garage door areas. We can even install an entirely different door in case you are up for a change. We will also be happy to present you with the many high tech garage door openers available on today’s market and install that as well.

Emergency Rescue

Always remember that Perfect Solutions Garage Door is always here for all of your emergencies as well. You can call on us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and even on holidays for emergency repairs. We understand how busy family life can be. We are all family here and can turn your life right side up again.

Give our team a call for simple or complex jobs. Contact us to help find your garage door replacement panels as well as install them. We are also available to perform routine maintenance on your door to keep in it shape for years to come.

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Garage Door Replacement Rollers

Garage door rollers are extremely important to the function of your door as well as its convenience. While some rollers must be replaced sooner than others, most nothing lasts forever. If you suspect that you need garage door replacement rollers, give us a call. Perfect Solutions Garage Door will send a professional tech crew out to your home to determine exactly what you issue is.

In most cases, garage door rollers which were installed prior to 2008 are considered low standard at best. These were akin to hot wheel assembly consisting of a metal stem and plastic wheels. Even those manufactured and installed after 2008 will still need replacements at some point.

Garage door rollers Old vs New

Garage door rollers Old vs New

Garage Door Roller Issues

Routine garage door maintenance can extend the life of all of your garage door parts, including the rollers. One of the most common issues with roller malfunctions is due to grime and dust buildup. When this debris cakes into the inner part of the lip it causes an increased amount of friction.

The friction results in worn wheels and replacement rollers. Keeping them clean and lubricated is not a fix all; however, it will help. In the end, no matter how well you care for them, they will wear out. It is a good idea to protect your investment for as long as possible. When the time comes for garage door roller replacements call one of our expert reps to find out what we have to offer your family.

Keep in mind that worn rollers can cause other damages and malfunctions. This translates to future costs as well. At some point your garage door will get stuck due to the force which is exerted upon the rollers. The resulting damage is often one of two issues.

Garage Door Roller Damage

The smallest resulting issue is your cable system is damaged and deteriorates either slowly or, more likely, rapidly. Once the tension is released, both the spring and cable system will be thrown out of balance. Your garage door may also jump its track.

You will need to call upon a professional tech to align your door back into its track as well as repair your spring and cable system. If the damage is extensive, your safety cable and garage door spring systems may need to be replaced completely.

The worst case scenario is irreparable and costly damage. If the door becomes jammed and the opener does not stop running, your garage door may be completely destroyed. This will cause creases to form in the panels and your door could become a scrap metal taco. This means that your entire garage door will need replacing.

We Cater to Your Needs

We highly recommend that you call on Perfect Solutions Garage Doors and allow our techs to assess your situation. We offer routine maintenance and minor repair including roller replacements. Our team also provides expert comprehensive installation services for all garage door components. We will never skip on value and we guarantee your 100% satisfaction. We encourage you to call one of our highly skilled garage door techs for all of your emergency needs. Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

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