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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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3 Benefits to Sealing Your Garage Door

We often recommend a garage door sealing when we are servicing a garage door. Most people say no, because they feel it’s an unnecessary expense. And while it does cost money, there are 3 big benefits to doing it that you might want to consider before you decline.

 

Why Should I Seal My Garage Door?

The main job of a garage door seal is to fix the gaps under your garage door. There are 4 main advantages of sealing. They include keeping insects out, energy efficient benefits, and home security.

Below we’ve gone into more detail about each advantage.

  1. Garage door sealing prevents insects from entering your garage!

Insects are a pain. If you have electronics in your garage, they can do a number on those as well. They love to start colonies in electronics! A good garage door seal prevents this from happening.

Insects can easily crawl through gaps in your garage door and bring more with them! An airtight seal goes a long way to stopping these insects from a way in.

Depending on where you live, poisonous insects like spiders or scorpions can also come through gaps in your door. Even more reason to seal your garage doors!

  1. Sealing your garage door is energy efficient!

Controlling the temperature in your attached garage door directly affects the temperature in your home. Sealing any gaps in your home’s windows and doors helps to save on energy. And so does sealing your garage door.

The cooler your garage is in the summer, and warmer in the winter, will help to keep your home’s temperature regulated as well.

In the hot climate in Texas, the money spent on sealing your garage doors will soon equal the savings on your energy bill!

  1. Sealing your garage door keeps your home secure.

Burglars love when they find a garage door with a broken seal. If there is a gap big enough for a crowbar to fit under, even better!

Many burglaries actually happen because of the gaps in your garage door. Sealing your garage door can keep your car and other items in your garage safe, and prevents an access point to the rest of your home.

Benefits Outweigh the Cost of Garage Door Sealing

We have found that the benefits of sealing your garage door outweigh the cost of having the sealing done. Whether it’s home security or energy savings, the ROI is there.

Ask your garage door tech next time you see him to seal your doors!

 

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Commercial Roll-Up Garage Door

A Safe Work Environment

One of the most dangerous elements of the work place are commercial roll-up garage doors. These types of doors are extremely heavy and under an immense amount pressure. Improper care and maintenance of a roll-up door can cause great bodily injury as well as death. Those industries that must use commercial roll-up garage doors are responsible for not only ensuring that their doors are up to inspection, but that all employees have been thoroughly trained in operating them.

Not that long ago the United States Department of Energy and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released clear warnings about essential precautions of operating these types of doors in the work place. One of the first steps to ensuring that the work environment is as safe as possible is to have commercial roll-up garage doors professionally installed and maintained. Vigilance in this area should never be lax as it can introduce a clear and present danger.

Precaution Points

All staff members should be instructed in the safe operation of commercial roll-up garage doors. Once understood employees should also be required to sign a list of instructions and safety tips to ensure that they are familiar with these procedures. Below is a list of points to be noted:

  • Again, the importance of professional installation and maintenance cannot be stressed enough.
  • Ensure that roll-up garage doors are equipped with up-to-date functioning auto reverse infrared sensors.
  • Commercial roll-up garage doors require diligently scheduled routine maintenance.
  • During maintenance all roll-up doors should be both visually and physically inspected for signs of wear and tear which might cause malfunctions.
  • Remove all obstructions from the vicinity of the door, especially prior to operating it.
  • Never stand close to a roll-up garage door, particularly while it is in operation.
  • Note the position, open or closed, of all commercial roll-up doors at all times.
  • Never allow untrained individuals to perform repairs on roll-up doors. Hire only highly trained specialists for these tasks.
  • Ensure that all unauthorized individuals, especially children, keep a safe distance between them and the garage door.

Danger Signs

While it is vital to employ a professional for installation, repair and maintenance of commercial roll-up garage doors, staff members should also be trained in visual inspection precautions. It is important to carefully examine all roll-up doors on a routine basis to check for warning signs. These signs should be noted, if found, and related to a professional garage door specialist immediately.

One significant malfunction indicator is that the door begins to open and close too rapidly or sluggishly. This is generally due to its aging process. It may require lubrication or small adjustments. It may also mean that certain parts, if not the entire roll-up door, requires a replacement. Others signs to watch for include damage to any components, fraying cables, and loose hardware. This can prevent serious injuries and casualties.

All of these precautions should not be a deterrent from using commercial roll-up garage doors. They are one of the most important, as well as convenient, tools in the work place to drive productivity forward. The experienced team members at Perfect Solutions Garage Door are on standby waiting for inspection and maintenance appointments to be scheduled. Allow our garage door specialist to assist in maintaining a safe work place environment.

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Garage Door: Safety Cable Repair

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

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

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

Reasons for Garage Door Safety Cables

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

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

Safety Cable Installation

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

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

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Garage Door Injuries

The average garage door usually remains functional for many years as long as it receives proper maintenance. A large number of parts began to wear down after about 8 and 10 years. Many parts are integral to the safe function of your garage door and inspection combined with maintenance is essential. Visual inspection can help prevent garage door mishaps.

Garage doors are extremely dangerous and many home owners do not realize exactly how dangerous they can be. These are very heavy and under intense pressure. One slip or snap could mean bodily harm or death. At the very least it can cause damage to property and incur expensive costs to complete repairs not only to other property such as vehicles, but to repair the door as well.

Prevent the Most Common Garage Door Injuries

Below is a list of the most common injuries, their causes, and how to prevent them. It is important to set strict rules about the operation of garage doors It is also vital that those allowed to do so know exactly how to operate them safely. Garage doors are not toys and should never be played with.

  • Do not allow children or anyone else play with the garage door. This includes operation buttons and controls. This can result in horrible injuries and, in some cases, death every year. Be sure all people, animals, and objects are completely clear of the garage door when it is in operation. Control buttons should be mounted no less than 5 feet high.
  • Children often try to race the garage door to see if they can beat it while it is closing. This is an extremely dangerous act and should never be referred to as a game. The garage door is heavy and can break bones or even kill anyone trapped.
  • Fingers and hands are reported as crushed or pinched in emergency rooms more than 7,000 times every year. Ensure that all people and their appendages are clear of the door before attempting operation.
  • In the event that the garage door has suffered any type of impact a garage door specialist should be called upon. The door may have suffered unseen, but extremely dangerous damage. He/she can inspect it for damage and repair it so that it is in safe working order once again.
  • Malfunctioning garage door openers are dangerous as well. Electricity can not only cause severe burns, but it can kill you. Be sure to contact a qualified professional technician, if you have no experience repairing and working with wiring.

Be Safe: Go with a Pro

Always contact a garage door specialist for repairs and/or maintenance. These individuals are highly trained and are well aware of all of the associated precautions. Inexperienced individuals should never attempt to repair, replace, or complete maintenance on any garage door, especially to springs and safety cables. There are a number of tests that the tech will perform as well as a visual inspection during maintenance to ensure it continues to operate safely.

We at Perfect Solutions Garage Door are highly trained professional garage door techs. Our highest priority is your satisfaction and your family’s safety. Give us a call and allow us to take the worry out of your hands today. A malfunctioning garage door should be addressed immediately for the safety of the entire home.

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Five Ways to Avoid Garage Door Accidents

Your garage door may seem innocent enough and safe, but there are some cases where garage doors can cause injury to some people.  The sad thing is that these injuries are the fault of the garage owners themselves and are totally avoidable. If you want your family to be safe from garage door accidents, you can minimize the risk by implementing some safety measures.

Keeping Your Garage Doors Safe

Just like any device, garage doors should be used with caution to prevent damages and accidents. Here are some ways to keep you and your family safe from garage door accidents:

  1. Keep the remote out of children’s reach.

One of the common dangers of garage doors comes from children playing with the remote to open and close the door. Not only will this damage the door, it can also harm your children if they are underneath the door when they close it. To avoid this, hide your garage door remote in a safe area out of children’s reach. If you have a door leading from the garage into your home, keep this door locked when children are at home to prevent them from going inside this area.

  1. Always open and close all the way.

When opening the door to get inside your garage, always make sure that it is opened all the way. If it is only partially open, it will put too much tension on the spring, which can snap and send the door crushing down. If a person happens to be under the impact site, he can get seriously injured.

  1. Check the reversing mechanism monthly.

The reversing mechanism ensures that if the garage door is closing and it notices that something is underneath the door, it will go back up to avoid accidents. However, some conditions prevent it from doing so, like for example if the sensor is covered in dust. To test if the mechanism works, place a tissue roller on the bottom of the door and close it. If it reverses, then it is good. If it does not reverse, contact a garage door technician right away.

  1. Learn how to use the emergency release feature.

The emergency release feature ensures that you can manually open the garage door in case of power outages.  If the garage door accidentally closes on someone and their feet are trapped, you can use this to open the door in a hurry.

  1. Always check the garage door.

Visual investigation at least once a week can help keep your garage door safe. You should check the spring for any signs of wear and tear. Also, listen to the sound your garage door makes. A squeaky sound may mean you need to lubricate the parts.

Monthly Maintenance is Necessary

A garage door in good condition is a safe door.  This is why it is important to invest in monthly garage door maintenance with a reliable garage door company.  Having professional technicians check the condition of your garage door may be the best safety strategy of all.  The tech will be able to check and determine if your garage door needs repair before any accidents can happen.

Nobody has to get injured because of garage doors. As a garage owner, you should never neglect your garage door and follow the tips above to make it safe.

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How to Safeguard Your Garage Door

Safeguard direction. Yellow traffic sign with cloudy sky in the background.The garage door is one of the most indispensable parts of the family home and yet it’s also the most ignored when it comes to security. Due to technology, garage doors of today are more digital than ever and are so automated that it’s easy to think that it will always work.

However, it’s important for homeowners to know the basic ways they can ensure that their garage doors are working properly to avoid accidents and are doing its job in keeping it safe from intruders. Here’s a great list to take note of:

1.     Talk to the kids

The most common garage door related accidents always involve small children. Due to their naturally wandering ways, they are fascinated with the knobs and buttons of garage doors. This is why it is important for parents to really inform their children that garage doors are not play things and like knives or the kitchen, these are not part of their play area.

They can accidentally open the door and leave the home open to outsiders or worse, place themselves on the closing door and be pinned down. To avoid accidents, it is important to discipline small children and inform them of the dangers of playing with the garage door.

2.     Always test the door

At least once every month, place an object under the automatic garage door as it is closing. The sensors must be able to sense the object, stop closing, and automatically retract. This ensures that the automation capabilities of the door are working very well to prevent car destruction or anything dangerous to happen.

Changing of passwords is also recommended especially after routine maintenance checks.

3.     Do not leave the garage door remote control inside the car

Thanks to technology, drivers can basically close their garage doors from the comfort of their own cars while they focus on being on the road. However, leaving the remote control is a rookie mistake that car owners cannot afford to make. In instances of carjacking, it would be much easier for the bad guys to get a hold of the owners’ home and have access to it through the remote.

Instead, make use of one’s phone in connecting to the garage door. It’s much safer and harder to track should the car be compromised.

4.     Padlock the garage door when in vacation

It is easy to rely on technology when out for vacation for weeks at a time. But with technology also comes the hackers who can easily unlock a door. Instead, choose the old school way of locking from the inside and installing CCTV cameras and sensors to alert the owner should any intruder decide to make a move and target a house. Coordinating with the local police is also a good practice as they can help in patrolling around the area. They can also be one of the recipients of the alerts to respond to the house should the owners be on vacation.

In the end, due diligence always pays off for homeowners when it comes to their garage door.

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Child Proofing your Garage Door

garage_door_safetyChildren play with doors all day but if there is one door you want them away from, it’s the garage door. This door can cause horrific injuries or even death if it is not child proofed. Although there is no perfect method to keep things from hurting the little ones, we have compiled a few things, which when adhered to, can reduce the chances of a garage door accident involving kids.

Ensure that the reverse mechanism works properly     

The reverse mechanism is a technology that opens the door when it comes in contact with anything solid before it locks into place. The mechanism is a must-have for all garage doors according to the law. Now, if the photoelectric sensor that controls the reversing is not working, a garage door can come down on your child with tragic consequences. To avoid this, regularly check whether the door is reversing if it comes in contact with a small wood plank, for example.

Some people remember to check the reverse movement and forget to adjust the force at which the door reverses. Ideally, the slightest opposition before full closure should trigger the reverse mechanism. This way, if the door ever came in contact with a toddler, it would not press down rather it would reverse. Check to ensure that you door reverses when it encounters a relatively low resistance.

Place the door controls out of reach of kids

Placing the door controls high prevents kids from reaching the switch and playing with the door. When kids are closing and opening the door for fun, they are likely to cause damage to the motors, which run the door. As a result, the door may jam and come down on them since there is no motor to control the reversing.

Regularly inspect the electrical wiring to the door

The electrical cables to the garage door switch should always be inspected because any exposure can lead to untold damage. The equipment kept in the garage may accidentally expose the wiring and a child may touch a live wire. To prevent this, it is recommended that you regularly check for any exposed cables, especially near the switch.

In the event of a storm, keep the garage door locked at all times

If you live in an area that gets hit by storms regularly, the best thing to do after a storm is keep the garage completely out of bounds for kids. This is because storms cause a lot of damage and the door may have taken a beating, making it unstable and therefore unsafe for children. The garage should only be used after it has been inspected and everything found to be in good working condition.

Additionally, if your children store their playthings in the garage, make sure that they understand that the garage door is not to be played with. In some families, kids are only allowed to access the garage through a door from inside the house and never by the main garage door. These and other small precautions can be the difference between a healthy kid and a funeral home.

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How To Keep the Garage Door Working for Longer

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Steel carriage garage door

Keeping your garage door working well for a long time is desirable since it not only saves money that is needed for multiple repairs, but also because it ensures that you can get in and out without much ado. The garage in many homes has a door that leads inside the house, making it an easy point of entry for intruders. It is therefore very important that the door is in good shape; otherwise, the consequences can be really bad.

So how do you keep a garage door working well for longer?

Lubricate the hinges

Many people will remember to oil their car, the lawn mower, and other equipment but not the garage door hinges. When lubricating the garage door, ensure that you use thick oil or grease. This allows the door to open and close easily. Lubricating the garage door also reduces the noise made when opening and closing it. You also avoid replacing the hinges every few months by having the hinges oiled.

Inspect for weaknesses regularly

Testing the garage door for points of weakness allows you anticipate repairs before they are needed. Remember the door is an access point to your home that should be able to keep out intruders. The door also protects your cars from elements of the weather and burglars. When inspecting for weakness, focus on the locking mechanism. Locking mechanisms fail and many people ignore repairing them.

Keep the door dry

Water promotes rust and ruins paint work. If you intend to keep the repair people away, ensure that the garage door isn’t in contact with water for long periods. This means that you have to shovel the snow away in winter, for example. Keeping the garage door dry also protects the cars and other equipment inside from too much moisture.

Don’t leave the door open when it should be closed

Leaving the garage door open when it should be closed tends to exert too much pressure on hinges. This in turn weakens the m and forces you to keep repairing them. If your garage door rolls down from the roof, resist the temptation to keep it hanging in midair. Keeping the garage door closed also keep out dirt.

Keep the frame sturdy

The garage door is hinged on a frame that needs to be sturdy. This is especially important if the frame is wooden or metallic since metal is likely to weaken with rust while wood can rot away. By regularly checking the frame for rust and rot, you avoid having the door weaken.

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The paintwork on a door is good for the aesthetics but more important it keep the door protected. Wooden doors should especially have an oil paint coating to prevent them from soaking up water and rotting away. Metallic doors should also have a paint coat since any small exposure leads to rusting.

These are but a few simple things that can save you from having to spend on big repairs or an entirely new garage door installation.

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Top 10 Security and Safety Hints for Garage Doors

Garage Door Safety and SecurityApart from being the entrance to the place you park your vehicle, (and maybe store your tools and sports equipment as well) a garage door acts as a massive, mechanical entrance way into your home. Preventable accidents and burglaries involving garage doors happen way too often, mostly as a result of complacency.

Perfect Solutions Garage Doors wants to make sure your home’s garage door doesn’t compromise your family’s safety, or present a weak point in your home security.

Here are the top 10 security and safety hints for garage doors:

  1. Test your garage door opener’s reversing mechanism once a month. To do this, place an object in the path of your home’s garage door as it is closing. The door should reverse immediately upon contact. If it doesn’t do so the auto-reverse sensor is not working and needs immediate repair or replacement. The Consumer Product Safety Commission passed regulations in 1993 stating that all garage door openers must have a working auto-reverse sensor to prevent children and pets from being injured.
  2. A garage door should be examined on a monthly basis. Check for any damage to the pulleys, cables, rollers or springs. Never attempt to work on these parts yourself, or any items connected to them. The mechanisms are under extreme tension and only a certified garage door technician should attend to them. Perfect Solutions Garage Door has a team of trained technicians that can replace or repair any part of a garage door.
  3. The internal door, giving access to your home, should be kept locked. While this may seem inconvenient, the added protection for you and your family makes it well worthwhile.
  4. Children should not be allowed to play with garage door remote controls. Make sure your controller is kept out of their reach.
  5. Install sensor lights around your garage entrance to scare away intruders.
  6. Make sure you and your family know how to use the emergency release for your home’s garage door. There should be a cord hanging from the opener’s motor.
  7. Intruders can get into your home by breaking into your car and stealing the remote door controller. Don’t keep your controller in an unoccupied car. Perfect Solutions Garage Door can provide you with a keychain remote.
  8. You should never use the manufacturer’s access codes on the remote control or opener if they are not equipped with rolling-code technology.
  9. Disconnect the power supply to your home’s garage door whenever you know you will be away for a few days.  Alternatively, you can have a switch installed to lock the control console when you are absent for a while.
  10. Don’t leave your home’s garage door open for lengthy periods of time, even when you are at home. Thieves will scope out neighborhoods during the day and they come back to any that look promising. If the garage door is open, you could be showing off your valuables to someone who intends stealing them.
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