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Should You Install Your Own Garage Door?

A new garage door is a great investment for your home, both your home security and your home’s value. It can end up costing you a pretty penny if you don’t have it installed correctly. Perfect Solutions has been called many times because low budget garage installers left a big mess for the homeowner to clean up.

Save the headache by choosing a professional garage door company, with excellent reviews on a 3rd party review site, the first time. Low installation prices sound good, but generally they are too good to be true.

Below are 5 reasons you should never install your garage door yourself, or hire a cheap company to do it.

1.    Safety

Many valuable objects, and more important, pets, children and other adults, have been hurt severely by a garage door that crashes down unexpectedly. Hiring a professional installer, or avoiding installing a new garage door yourself, can help prevent injury and damage so that never happens.

2.     Expensive Repairs

Many inexperienced installers can damage the garage door tracks and pulleys during an installation that can prevent the garage door from opening and closing properly, or at all. An experienced professional will install your door and prevent expensive and unnecessary repairs down the road.

3.    Bad Warranties

Many low budget garage door installers go out of business because of the poor quality of their work. So if you happen to be one of their last customers, the warranty they offered isn’t valid once they are out of business, and you’re left with a garage door that isn’t installed correctly. Don’t let this happen to you. Investigate an installer before you hire them, and read reviews!

4.    Find an Installer with Experience!

If you think you can handle installing a garage door on your own, think again! Unless you have extensive experience working with garage doors, and are a licensed garage door tech, you probably should avoid installing your own garage door.

Safety issues can crop up easily when the job isn’t done right. It’s one thing to fix an isolated garage door repair issue, and another to install and set up an entire automatic garage door!

5.     A little more expense on installation, goes a long way! 

Spending a little more money and using a reputable garage door installation company, will save you money in the long run. You’ll get better quality work and a warranty or guarantee on work and repairs performed.

 

The reasons listed above are just a few of the important reasons why you should never skimp when it comes to hiring a professional and qualified garage door installer!

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How to Make Your Garage Doors More Eco-Friendly

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In today’s world, homeowners are always looking for ways to make their home “green” and more eco-friendly. Even better, when these “green” upgrades also save money.

This post will look at some of the ways any homeowner can save money on energy and make their garage more environmentally friendly.

1.      Use Recycled Materials

Wood and steel are the most durable garage door material options you can choose. They do well in a variety of temperatures. There are also a wide range of wood and steel garage doors to choose from. They come in all sizes and styles.

If you have a specific budget, have no fear. Since there are so many options on the market, finding a door in your price range isn’t too difficult. A door made of composite material is also an option, budget-friendly and great for the environment since they are made with recycled materials.

2.      Insulate Your Garage Door

Insulation is a really easy and inexpensive way to go green and save money. It can save you a lot of money long term since the insulation regulates the temperature and helps keep the interior of your home hot or cold depending on the season.

There are also options to have a perforated garage door, which is great for warm climates, which allows more light and ventilation without compromising security or privacy.

3.      Weather Stripping

An easy monthly maintenance task is to check your garage door weatherstripping for any cracks or tears. If you find any, replace them ASAP! The air in your garage will go to those cracks and counteract the insulation.

You can replace your weather stripping as a quick weekend DIY project, or give us a call and we can do it for you!

4.      Insulate the Walls Around Your Door

Some homes have HVAC vents going into their garage. If this is the case for you, consider insulating the walls around your garage. Insulatoin and drywall will add a protective layer that will help to reduce your heating and cooling costs.

If you are already looking to purchase a new garage door or want to make some eco-friendly changes to your home, the 4 tips above are a great way to start. Look at doors that are made from recycled material, and invest some money in insulating your garage door and walls around it.

If you have any questions or would like a FREE estimate to put together a “green” plan for your garage, give us a call! 281-557-6351

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How to Get a Return on Investment from Your New Garage Door

garage 1Having a new garage door installed is a relatively inexpensive way to add curb appeal to your home, particularly if your garage is at the front of your property and can be seen from the sidewalk or the road. Even so, if you are going to spend money on a new garage door, choosing wisely will help you to ensure that you see a return on the investment you are making – In other words, your new door will pay for itself in the value it adds to your home.

This short guide suggests a few things worth considering if you want to get the best ROI on your new garage door.

Maximize Energy Saving Potential

Apart from improving the aesthetic appeal of your home, there is another way in which a new garage door can pay for itself – By delivering energy cost savings. Whatever type or design you choose, ensuring your new garage door is insulated is the surest way to recoup the cost of purchase and installation. By reducing the amount of heat (or cool air if you are in a warm climate and use air conditioning) that escapes your home by way of your garage, an insulated door will make a difference, however small, to your heating energy costs.

Match the Style to Your Home

It’s surprising how often people choose a new garage door for the way it looks in photographs or in a showroom, without considering if it fits the style of their homes. For a new garage door to do your home justice and add maximum value, its style must be in keeping with the rest of your house. For example, if you have a very modern, contemporary style of home, carriage house garage doors won’t make the most suitable choice, however nice they look in themselves.

It’s All in the Overlay

Once you’ve decided upon the style of garage door which most suits your home, the hardest part of the selection process begins. Garage doors are comprised of sections which more often than not, are covered with some form of overlay to provide a certain visual effect for the door finish. The only doors which don’t have an overlay are the cheapest products made from steel. These inexpensive garage doors have a design embossed or pressed into the steel sections, typically mimicking the effect of wood grain.

While a garage door with an overlay is going to be more expensive, you will be able to choose from the widest range of designs and effects, which of course is important if you are to maximize the curb appeal of your home. You can choose from overlays made from real wood, cellular PVC or wood composite materials. Real wood overlays are the most expensive, while a door with wood composite overlays can be had for little more than the price of an embossed steel door.

Hopefully this guide will help a little when you choose a new garage door with ROI in mind. If you select a door with a nice overlay, in a style that matches your home and with insulation built-in, you should see the payback over the door’s lifetime or within the price you receive for your home if you sell.

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All About Garage Door Lubrication

garage_door_safetyMost householders are aware of the need to keep garage doors and door openers lubricated. However all too often the poor garage door gets a dose of the wrong lubrication, or is over or under-lubricated. Garage door lubrication isn’t an art form, but there are ways to get it right and of course to get it wrong. If you really want to extend the life of your garage door and door opener, follow this simple guidance and learn how to lubricate your door and opener effectively.

WD 40 Is a No-No

If there is one golden rule to follow when it comes to garage door lubrication, it’s this – Keep away from the WD-40. While some people like to believe WD-40 can cure all ills and is the perfect cleaning agent and lubricant for every application, that’s really not the case. WD-40 is actually a solvent and when you apply it to the moving parts of your garage door and opener, it will break down any good grease that’s already present and then it will dry out, creating more friction than existed before it was applied. Furthermore, once applied, WD-40 actually attracts dust and dirt.

Heavy-duty silicone spay is a far better product if you really want to use a general lubricant for all parts of your door and opener: The thicker the better. Thicker silicone spray lubricants remain effective for a long time once applied. You can use this type of lubricant on your garage door and opener every six months if your door sees a lot of use; otherwise once a year will be fine.

Tips for Greasing a Garage Door Opener Rail

When you come to grease the opener rail of your garage door, there is a second golden rule to follow. You actually just need to remember one word – Moderation. If you over-grease the rail, you will end up with a streak of grease down the outside of your garage door. Even worse, if you actually use your garage to store your car, the grease will drip onto the vehicle. Over-greasing garage door opener rails is a common mistake, but now you know, it needn’t be one that you make.

All your opener rail really needs is a light greasing from end to end. After greasing, use your controller to open and close the door a few times. As you do this, the opener trolley will plough up the excessive grease, so you’ll need to clean this off the trolley.

Lubricating Your Garage Door Rollers

Another common mistake people make is lubricating the tracks of the garage door. This is entirely unnecessary and does nothing for your garage door. It’s only the stem each door roller that needs some lubrication. Just use a heavy silicone spray lubricant on the roller stems and try to spray it well into the hinges where the roller stems are held. This will keep the rollers turning freely. Greasing the rollers and the track is the equivalent of putting grease on car tires and on the road – A pointless exercise.

That’s really all there is to the art of garage door lubrication. If you remember the word “moderation” and leave the WD 40 in the can, you’ll be able to keep your door running smoothly and noiselessly – Hopefully for decades.

 

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Why Choose a Single Panel Garage Door?

IMG_311Probably the oldest style of garage door, aside from side hinged doors, is the single panel “up and over” model. Although waning in popularity, this type of garage door is still widely available and does have a number of benefits. So in this post, we’ll look at the reasons why you might choose to install a single panel garage door in preference to the more common sectional type.

The Most Affordable Garage Door

Perhaps the most compelling reason for choosing a single panel garage door is a matter of budget. This type of door is inexpensive to buy and, due to its simplicity, to install. There are two types of single panel door, the canopy type, and the retractable type. Of these, the canopy style of garage door is the most affordable.

The Most Reliable Garage Door

In terms of reliability, the single panel, up and over door wins again. The simple mechanism and construction means there isn’t too much that can go wrong and if you should have any problems, replacement parts are relatively inexpensive.

Visual Appeal

The nice thing about single panel doors, especially when they are closed, is their aesthetic appeal. Choice of available materials is extensive and these garage doors can come with a paneled or textured appearance. They also lend themselves to the installation of glazed panels for a homely look.

Versatility

Availability in a range of standard heights and widths, single panel garage doors can be fitted to most garages, although they don’t lend themselves to unusually shaped Garage entrances. The slightly more expensive retractable doors can easily be fitted with automatic openers. This can often be a good idea, as these doors do tend to be harder to manually open and close than sectional or roller doors.

Most Secure Garage Door

When it comes to home security, your garage is a potential entry point for intruders. Thieves like to break into garages because they can close the door and then work on your home’s interior door while remaining out of view. A single panel garage door has a design, which makes life difficult for burglars. These doors are hard to get past when securely locked. Most single panel doors have multiple locking points for added protection.

Extra Advantages of Retractable Doors

The retractable type of up and over door adds a few more benefits while still being affordable. This type of door doesn’t extend so far past the garage entrance aperture when opening, so vehicles can be parked a little closer to the garage. The door retracts completely into the garage roof space, which makes for a less obtrusive look when the door is open. Finally, it lends itself to automation, which can’t be said of the canopy type.

Still a Popular Garage Door

Although a little clunky to open and close, single panel, up and over garage doors are still a popular choice, particularly for homeowners on a budget. Available in wood, steel, ABS plastic and GRP, there is a single panel door to suit most styles. A vast range of decorative designs is offered by suppliers, making these garage doors a low cost way to beautify your home’s exterior.

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How To Find a Good Company for Your Garage Door Needs

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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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What You Need to Know Before Buying a Garage Door

New Garage Door Buying Tips

Most people will only need to buy a new garage door a few times over the course of their lifetime. It is something you might update every 15 or 20 years, provided that there are no issues with it. Garage door technology and materials are constantly evolving, so it is important to do some preliminary research to ensure you get the best product and the best deal.

If you are in the market for a new garage door, these are a few things you should know before approaching the first vendor.

1.      Size of Door

All of your options will be based on the size of your door. Certain sizes will require stronger mechanisms and more powerful openers. Measure the size of your current garage door or the intended size of the opening. Compare the measurements you get with standard garage door sizes on sites like Perfect Solution Garage Door. If you are unsure of the size of your door, you can always consult one of our professional installers.

2.      Material Preference

Perfect Solutions Garage Doors offers an extensive selection of garage door materials, including options that can be customized to suit the style of your home. The material you should choose for your door will depend on your budget and style of your home. If you decide to go with steel, make sure there is a topcoat designed to provide maximum rust protection. It should also be backed with rigid-foam insulation.

3.      Garage Door Safety Features

Automatic garage doors can come with many different safety features. For example, most doors that fold up in sections have shaped edges that gently push fingers out of the cracks when the sections start to close together. All automatic garage doors should also have an auto-reverse feature that stops the door from closing if there is an object detected in its pathway. This was made mandatory in 1993 by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

4.      Opener Security Features

There are all types of different automatic garage door openers on the market depending on the level of security you require. You can get a remote for your keychain, a mounted access control pad, or a system with fingerprint technology. Most openers allow you to select multiple options for added convenience.

If you are interested in buying a new automatic garage door, start by doing a little research on sites like this one. Find out all your options and establish a list of preferences before requesting a quote. Perfect Solutions Garage Door will be happy to provide you with a free estimate on any of the options you are considering.

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