Garage Door Repair - Garage Door Installation

"Local, Licensed, Bonded, Family Owned and Operated."

Center Mount Garage Door Opener Installation

Our customers needed to fix some lingering garage door issues they discovered shortly after purchasing their new home.

As they cleaned up the garage, they noticed that their garage door wasn’t straight. Not only that, it also seemed to be tilting away from their house.

They understood they needed to call the professionals in to see what was going on and figure out how to fix it. Luckily they called us to
 figure out what was going on.

We were able to get out to their home the same day, and discovered that their upper panel had some damage and was in need of replacement.

You can see the damage and tilt in the image below.

After thinking about how the upper panel may have been damaged in the first place, we finally understood that the garage door opener was the culprit.

The previous homeowners had installed the garage door opener themselves. This meant that it was done improperly. There is a reason professional garage door installers exist!

The poor installation resulted in the damage to the upper panel of the garage door.

What was the issue with the garage door opener installation?

The problem with the installation was that the garage door opener was mounted to the garage itself with a piece of wood. This is NOT the correct way to mount a garage door opener.

Always use the correct mounting materials and the right mount meant for your garage door setup.

Because the previous homeowners mounted the opener to the wood, it damaged the panel, which is illustrated below.

So, how do you fix it?

Thankfully for our customers, it was a quick fix! We installed a center mount and installed it, pictures below.

We also were able to find a replacement panel for their garage door. This meant the homeowners didn’t have to invest in a brand new door (more expensive) and could just replace a section of the damaged garage door with a new panel.

Once the panel was order, we installed a few days later when the part arrived.

Once the new panel was installed, we re-balanced the garage door. Additionally we checked that the garage door opener, garage door springs, garage censors and all other hardware was set and installed properly.

Garage Door Cable Thickness and Sizing

Garage door cables come in many sizes, so using the right size is important and has a purpose!

Every garage door is a different size and weight. So the cable needs to work well with the specifications of the each individual door.

We work on many garage door repair jobs where the issue is caused by the garage door cable snapping or breaking.

The role of the cable in the garage door is to reduce the tension of the garage door’s extension and torsion springs. The right sized cable helps to keep your springs working well and can extend the life of your springs.

Cables also work to open and close your garage door smoothly.

Most of our repair calls are for broken or snapped springs. If a garage door spring does break. the cable can help support the door enough so it doesn’t come crashing down when the spring breaks.

There are 3 kinds of cables:

  • Torsion spring cables.
  • Safety cables.
  • Extension spring cables.

Cable Thickness

Remember, finding the right cable thickness depends on the door and it’s weight. Thicker isn’t always better or stronger. It depends on the door itself.

Thinner cables can wear more quickly than thicker cables, or snap more quickly. But you always need to match the cable size with each individual garage door.

As you might imagine, thicker cables are paired with heavier garage doors, as they can support more weight and tension.

You’ll notice in the picture at the top of this post, where cables are most likely to snap. The new cable, on the left, is a little thicker than the frayed one on the right. That’s because this door required a little bit thicker of a cable in the first place.

Always consult with a professional garage door tech to make sure the right cable size is installed in your garage. It’s possible that a cable can be too thick for a garage door, which will cause the door to open less smoothly and easily, as it won’t be able to comfortably glide over your pulley and drums.

Note: When you are choosing the size of a garage door cable, the gauge of your cable is the thickness. So a higher gauge is a thicker cable.

Clopay Gallery Series Garage Door Installation

Roger and Claire had an idea to paint the exterior of their home. The current condition of their garage doors was the big indicator that it had been a while since the paint had been updated.

They initially wanted to just paint their home, and their garage doors to match.

Our first visit out to inspect the home, we noticed the garage doors were actually very old and not in great shape. The overlay was falling apart due to the direct sunlight exposure.

The garage doors were also not balanced due to the old torsion springs and all the hardware (rollers, cables and hinges) didn’t work well enough to carry the weight of the garage doors.

We sat down with Roger and Claire to calculate the cost to repair their existing garage doors and paint them vs just replacing the garage doors themselves. The costs were close enough that they decided to just go with new garage doors to enjoy the benefits of an updated model

Clopay Garage Doors Installation Project

Once Roger and Claire decided on new doors, they had to think now about what style and color they wanted since their plans had changed.

Their wish list included low maintenance garage doors, durable doors, and beautiful.

We wanted to narrow down our choice with doors that would match the style of the home.

We landed on the Clopay Gallery Series in a dark oak finish.

One of the reasons we love working with Clopay is the lifetime warranty they give on their paint system. Perfect for the hot Houston summers! The house gets a lot of direct sunlight so we liked the Clopay doors that wouldn’t require a repaint every few years.

Here are the doors after installation. They are beautiful and most of all, Roger and Claire are very happy!

Tagged

Garage Door Spring Repair Projects

We repair and replace garage door springs every week here at Perfect Solutions.

It is one of the most common repairs, and it’s also a pretty easy one to do!

We of course find ourselves dealing with old springs or springs that have just worn out and break, requiring a replacement. However we also see a lot of spring installations gone wrong, which end up causing problems and more expensive for the homeowner.

If you install the incorrect size of garage door springs, they will wear down faster and break before their lifespan is up. They can also cause issues with your garage door opener, causing it to work harder and break down faster.

Garage door springs come in different sizes and factors in size selection include weight and size of the door. The springs work to support the weight of your garage door as the opener operates the door, opening and closing it.

If the springs aren’t strong enough to support the weight of your door, your opener will wear.

Generally, the biggest issue we see besides sizing is installing one garage door spring on a door that should have 2. There are very few cases we recommend having only one spring installed on a 2 car garage door.

We always recommend upgrading to a dual spring system. While it is a slightly higher upfront cost, it will last much longer than 1 spring so in the end it’s the more affordable and longer lasting solution.

Double springs also help balance your garage door better.

We also will install a brace along with the dual springs, which reinforces the garage door and helps to prevent cracks. You can see some examples of the braces installed in the pictures above.

We always recommend having your garage door maintained by a professional once a year, at least. The company should check your springs both for health, wear and tear and general functionality, including whether the springs are the right size for your garage door.

If your garage door spring snaps, it can cause the garage door to fall quickly and suddenly in the middle of opening or closing. This is a safety hazard, both for pets, children and yourself, as well as for your car or other valuables. Please make sure to check your springs and ensure they are properly fitted and installed!

Garage Door Replacement for a Flip Remodel Project

Patrick and his wife Bethany bought a house that they planned to flip, or remodel and put back on the market again.

As you might know, if you are flipping a house you want a quick turnaround time and you want to get the house in proper shape for reselling. For this old home, that meant a FULL gut job and repair, including the garage door.

The garage door when Patrick and Bethany purchased it was falling apart. The door itself was made of wood and had rotted in many places.

Not only was the door not safe, but repairing it was out of the question. It needed to be replaced. But Patrick and Bethany didn’t want to blow the budget on a new door. It needed to be safe and functional, but that’s it!

As you can see in the photos above, the door is really not looking good!

Once we got to the site and understood the project, we also realized that the opening was not a standard size that would fit a garage door on the market. So in addition to getting and installing a new door, we would need to adjust the wood frame around the door to fit the new garage door.

Patrick and Bethany chose this 25 gauge steel garage door in white by UDT.

The 25 gauge steel offers great durability and insulation, especially for the price.

In addition to the new garage door, we installed a garage door spring. Since the door is a 1 car garage opening, we installed only 1 spring. We always recommend installing 2 springs for a 2 car garage door or a very heavy 1 car garage door.

We installed brand new tracks as well.

The only thing left to do is paint the trim around the garage and it’s a big improvement for this flip project!

Top Reasons to Insulate Your Garage Door

There are no bad reasons to insulate your garage door.

  1. Insulation offers temperature control, for both your garage and your home if the garage is attached.
  2. Steel backed insulation can make your garage door stronger and hold up better to wear and tear.
  3. Insulation is a great sound barrier. This is great if you live on a busy street, or if you use your garage for working, working out, or any other purpose.

There are some challenges to insulating your garage door to be aware of.

garage door insulation

It’s a great DIY project for a handy person on the weekend. However, you have to keep in mind a few things…

It adds weight. 

Adding insulation to your garage door adds weight. This means that your garage door system is affected.

When you add insulation, you have to check and adjust your tension on your torsion springs to help support the extra weight.

If the door is too heavy for the settings on your springs and the force setting on your garage door opener, they will work overtime and eventually break.

If you understand how your garage door system works, then installing insulation and making the necessary adjustments is easy.

If you aren’t so sure how to adjust the settings on your garage door system, then after installing the insulation, call a professional garage door company to make any needed adjustments so your garage door can operate safely.

Most garage door companies are also able to install the insulation for you. They are a great resource for what insulation is best for your door and your needs and can buy the proper amount to cover your door.

If you’re in the Houston area, give Perfect Solutions a call and we can get your garage and garage door insulated properly to help keep you cool in the hot summer and save on your energy bills!

Tagged

Custom Carriage House Doors

A customer of ours called us wanting to install custom carriage house garage doors for their home.

They were in the process of a complete home renovation and that included updates to their home’s exterior and their garage doors.

They love the carriage house style look, so that is what we zeroed in on when looking for the right doors to match their remodel.

Their existing doors weren’t so bad, just a bit weathered and needing a paint job. Instead of just adding some carriage house hardware to give the look of the carriage style, we decided to go with brand new doors.

Below you can see their old doors.

Carriage House Garage Door Installation BEFORE

The new doors they ended up choosing are wood and steel backed, for durability and insulation.

Carriage house style doors always look great, but they are great quality as well and will las for years!

In the picture below, we had installed only one of the two doors. It’s a great side by side to see how weathered the existing doors were.

Carriage House Garage Door Installation before and after

Despite the weathered look of the old doors, you can see how the deep rich wood tone in the new door really compliments the existing paint color of the home’s exterior. The contrast is perfect!

Custom Carriage House Hardware

The great thing about the carriage house style is there are many sub styles to go with when choosing hardware. You can get a specific look you want, and a unique one based on your choices.

For this project, our customer chose some iron handles and rivets to accent their beautiful new garage doors.

There are many great names for the hardware styles available to customize carriage house doors, including Tuscan, Barcelona, Park City, Virginia, Carolina, Santiago, and Cambridge. You can see the styles here.

Below is a great shot of both doors installed. Such a difference to the home’s curb appeal and best of all, our customers are happy!

http://www.carriagedoor.com/decorative_hardware.php

 

 

 

Tagged

How to Choose a Garage Door Repair Technician

If you live in the greater Houston area, you have your pick of several great garage door repair technicians to handle your garage door repair needs.

So how do you pick “the best one” or avoid working with a technician that will over charge and under perform?

Below are 3 things you should look for in a garage door technician or garage door repair company.

#1: The Right Training and Experience

Ensure whatever technician or company you choose has the right training. Feel free to ask for their license, if they are bonded, what experience they have, for customer reviews, and more. This is advice for every service provider you hire!

Remember, garage doors have many complicated mechanisms working together. You need to ensure you hire someone with experience to handle and diagnose your garage door problems.

#2: Good Reviews

Do your research on 3rd party independent reviews on any technician or company you pick!

Yelp, Facebook, and Google are great places to start. Also just googling the name of the company can show any good or bad info on the company. These sites don’t allow removal of bad reviews, and have filtering mechanisms in place to disallow fake reviews. So you know you are reading the facts when you see the varied experiences of each company.

You’ll easily get an idea of the good or bad work a company does, and see a theme through the reviews. This can help you make an informed decision!

#3: Compare Rates

The best garage door technician is not always the cheapest, but not necessarily the most expensive either.

It’s always a good idea to get at least 2-3 quotes for a job. This will help you see the average cost, and also note a company that might be overcharging. You can combine this information along with you research of the company and their reviews to make the best choice.

Tagged ,

Garage Door Panel Replacement

garage door panel replacement

Damage to bottom panels.

The one great thing about a damaged garage door is often times repair is simply a matter of replacing a panel, instead of the whole thing.

Even if there is no damage, panels can become worn or show signs of rust. A great, affordable way to remedy this issue is to replace the affected panel.

A professional garage door company can help you determine if your panel or panels need replacing, and what repair options are available and how much they will cost.

If your garage door has been manufactured relatively recently, it’s often very simple to order the matching panel from the manufacturer.

Another great way to upgrade or update your garage door is replacing the top panel. You can swap out a boring panel for a panel with decorative windows, for example.

How to Choose the Right Garage Door Panel

garage door panel replacement

Panels replaced, good as new!

If one or two panels are in need of replacement, and replacements are available, then go ahead!

Some choose to replace all panels or just get a new door. Panel replacement will depend on insulation requirements as well as other things.

The reason you need the right match in panels is for functionality. You need panels that will fit exactly to your existing panels and garage door rail so the door will open and close properly.

Your existing garage door system will dictate which type of panels are correct, and this depends on size, lift type and other mechanisms in use. A professional is your best resource to ensure you select the correct panel.

Remember, while replacing a panel or panels is often more affordable than getting a brand new door, there are many factors at play and speaking to a professional about the safest and most affordable option is always best.

If you’re in Houston, feel free to call us! We can help with your panel repair and replacement needs!

Garage Door Care: 3 Ways to Take Care of Your Garage Doors

Since garage doors are essentially outside with the elements every day of the year, all day long, they need a lot of care. Many people forget this.

Remember, your garage door not only protects the things inside your garage, but if you have an attached garage door it also helps to keep your home safe and secure.

Garage doors are also expensive, so it makes sense to invest some time and energy in maintaining them.

Garage doors can also help regulate the temperature in your home, and can help you to save on electricity and other utility bills.

Caring for your garage door is essential and below are 3 ways on how to do that!

Garage Door Care: Lubrication

If you let garage door issues get worse over time without fixing it, it can cost you more in the long run.

Lubrication is one way to help maintain your garage doors regularly.

We recommend a silicone based lubricant to grease the wires and cylinders. This will help your door open and close smoothly.

Lubricate once every 6 months for optimal performance.

Garage Door Care: Regular Professional Maintenance and Checks

There are many garage door maintenance tasks you can do on your own, but nothing keeps issues at bay like a regular check-up with a garage door professional.

Once or twice a year it’s a great idea to have a maintenance check of your door. This can help spot issues before they become a problem, and make minor repairs so your garage door is functioning optimally.

For commercial doors, we recommend quarterly maintenance checks.

 

 

Garage Door Care: Visual Checks

It’s always a good idea every month or two to visually inspect your garage door.

Do you see any paint peeling? If so, especially on an older door, schedule a painter ASAP. Once paint chips away, the material underneath is exposed and can rust and wear much more quickly.

Painting your door is much less expensive than a new door! Rust weakens the door and can cause injury or accident if weakened too much.

We recommend a paint that guarantees to be UV protecting and water resistant for extra duraiblity.

 

Take the painting job a step further by choosing one that is can guarantee UV protection and water resistance. This makes the paint work last longer and be more cost efficient in the process.

Garage Door Maintenance is a Must!

3 ways to care for your garage door include watching for signs of wear and tear, lubrication and getting regular professional checks!

Tagged , , ,