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Updating Garage Door for New Home

Our client, Pam, bought her house recently and had many projects on her to do list. 

On of her first was updating her garage doors and the garage door openers, as they were old and not working right. Not only were the garage doors old, but they weren’t insulated. 

Pam wanted to use her garage as a workout space, so she wanted insulation that would regulate the temperature in both cold and hot weather. 

old not insulated garage doors

Another goal of Pam’s was to improve her new home’s curb appeal. The paint was ok on the home, so changing out the garage doors would give an instant boost to the look and feel of her home’s exterior. 

In the end, Pam chose two new overhead garage doors. The new garage doors are 25 gauge doors with PVC insulation to achieve the temperature control Pam wanted. 

new 25 gauge insulated garage door


Decorative Upper Panel with Windows

Pam chose upper panels with decorative windows to enjoy some natural light in the garage. They also make the garage doors look more custom and add a nice design element. 

Adding an upper panel with deocrative windows is a great way to add a specific design and style to your home without paint or other decorative elements. And it’s easy to do! You can do this on an existing door as well, not just new ones. It’s a cost effective solution if you don’t want or don’t need to replace your garage door.

On the inside, we installed 2 new LiftMaster garage door openers. The new openers have a battery backup, are WiFi enabled, so Pam can control them from her smartphone whether she’s home or away. This is a great security feature!

Overall Pam is happy with her new doors. They look great, gave a needed functional and decorative update to her home, and now she can move on to other projects while she enjoys her new home!

 

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Garage Door Installation | Old Wood Garage Door | Sacramento, CA

Paul and his wife, Karen, recently purchased a home in Sacramento, CA. Their plan was to remodel it and then sell it for a profit.

When they got to the garage, they knew they had a big project on their hands. The door was an old wooden garage door, and was falling a part, as you can see below. 

old wooden garage door sacramento, ca

In addition to needing to replace the garage door with an updated, modern one the frame of the garage was also in need of repair. The frame itself was also not the right size for any standard size garage door. 

We came in and repaired and updated the size of the frame. Then we were able to install a brand new one car garage door. 

white UDT steel garage door

The door Paul and Karen chose was this short UDT door. It is 25 gauge steel and comes in white, so no painting necessary!

We also installed a new garage door opener, and a brand new spring so the door will operate like the brand new door that it is.

udt garage door installation sacramento ca

Updating your garage door before selling is important, and will help you get more money for your home. No one wants to buy a home knowing right off the bat that they need to replace or repair the garage door and garage door parts.

This simple and inexpensive fix goes a long way! The UDT door they chose is a durable steel and will last for many years. A new spring + opener can last a good 10 years, so they can market in their listing that the garage door and its parts are new and upgraded!

Paul and Karen can’t wait to finish their house and get it back on the market! In the meantime, they are already enjoying easily opening their garage door to park their car.

 

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Commercial Garage Door Installation on Shed

Our customer, Gary built this amazing shed on his property about 3 years ago. When he built the shed, however, he left the side open with the hopes of one day installing a door to enclose it.

commercial roll up garage door

This past fall, he decided it was time to finally invest in a good commercial garage door to complete the shed. Gary had critters in and out of his shed all the time, and it just didn’t make sense to not have the opening closed up.

The commercial garage door size he needed at 16×11. We went with a commercial roll up garage door to suit his needs.

Installing a Commercial Garage Door

We ordered the door, and got to work!
commercial garage door roll up installation

The door was BIG. And heavy! Thankfully Gary had the right equipment to get it unloaded!

installing commercial garage door

Once installed, it looked great! Gary is super happy and now his shed is completely closed off from the elements, so his things and space are protected!

installed commercial roll up door

Types of Commercial Garage Doors

There are many options to choose from when looking at commercial garage doors.

You can pick full-view doors. These are great for restaurants or retail businesses looking for an industrial look.

Gary of course chose a durable industrial roll up garage door. It works for Gary’s shed, as well as auto shops or warehouses that have things to store. Industrial doors help insulate the space and help with climate control, which is great for many types of applications.

The roll up garage door that Gary chose comes in many colors, as a standard. So anyone can get a unique and custom look. It’s always great when doors come in standard colors beyond grey, beige and white, as it saves the hassle of painting the door once it’s installed.

Just like a residential door, you can insulate commercial garage doors as well. They also sell fire and smoke rated models made from steel and aluminum. These options are great depending on where you live and what you are storing inside your space.

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Garage Door Accident: Wall Repair and Garage Door Repair

We got a call from our client Jane that she was having a small problem with her garage door and we needed to get out there right away!

This is Jane’s small problem:

sacramento garage door wall repair

Yikes! Jane had accidentally pressed the gas pedal, not the brake pedal when driving out of her garage door that morning.

She ran into her garage door, as you can see. But she also hit the side wall of her house next to the garage door.

As you can see in the image above, there was a lot of damage to both her door and her wall. Thankfully we were able to fix both. Perfect Solutions owners are also licesned contractors, so we can perform this work together with our trust team of home repair experts.

After a few days, the garage door and wall were looking a little better:

sacramento garage door wall repair

We removed her garage door completely as well as the damaged wood and stucco from inside and outside the garage.

We then lifted the header and replaced all the damaged studs. We moved onto repairing the drywall, insulation and stucco of the outside of the home.

Once all that tough work was done, the door was reinstalled and primed.

sacramento garage door wall repair

The last step was painting the garage door a new color to complement the exterior of the home! Looks good!

sacramento garage door wall repair

Jane was admittedly a little embarrassed about her driving mistake, but was pleased that everything was repaired quickly, and she got to pick a new color for her door to give a new look to her home’s exterior.

We love painting garage doors, even ones that aren’t damaged, to give a simple, and cost-effective upgrade to a home’s curb appeal.

The most important thing is we repaired Jane’s garage quickly so she could feel secure in her home and have a safe place to park her car.

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Double Garage Door Opener Project | Granite Bay, CA

What a fun and unique garage door opener installation project in Granite Bay!

Our customer, Josh, called us when his garage door opener broke. We figured it would be a straightforward fix but when we arrived, we knew we had a fun problem to solve.

Josh’s existing opener was VERY old. Most likely it was installed 15-17 years ago. On our advice, Josh decided to forgo the expense of repairing the opener and invest in a new one.

Josh’s garage space is interesting, as you can see in the picture below. There are actually 2 garage doors!

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Originally, he had one opener to operate the garage door facing the road, but no opener serving the back door. The back garage door leads out to his garden and yard.

So the job was not just to replace the current opener with a new one, but also install a new system for the back door. This would allow Josh to open the door automatically instead of manually, which saves time and muscle!

The challenge here is that we didn’t have much clearance to install two openers. We had to get creative and eventually found a setup that allowed for two openers to be installed.

And we did all that in just a few hours! Josh was thrilled and is so excited to be able to open his back garage door with ease!

garage door opener repair granite bay CA

As you can see, we installed brand new LiftMaster openers. The specific model Josh chose: the LiftMaster 8355 series. It has built-in Wi-Fi, so he can operate the doors from his smartphone or tablet. The doors are belt drive openers, so they are maintenance free and very quiet!

We love LiftMaster openers as they are high quality for a great price. Read why we love LiftMaster in this post. We be these openers will last him another 15 years!

 

 

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Garage Door Replacement Project in Granite Bay, CA

We recently replaced this old, rusted garage door on our customer’s home in Granite Bay, CA.

Rebecca has lived in this house for over a decade and her garage door has been on longer than that. The door itself was in bad shape. It had rusted so severely that the door wasn’t functional anymore.

You can see the rust in the pictures below; one taken on the inside of the garage and one from the outside.

rusty garage door rusty garage door

Rebecca wanted a new door installed but she had some conditions based on the space of her garage. There wasn’t much room to install the tracks for a new door.

Thankfully we made it work and we installed the door just in time for winter and the rainy season. Rain and rust is never a good combination!

We installed a new LiftMaster garage door opener as well. So Rebecca can now enjoy a beautiful new garage door, and a quiet, smooth opening and closing experience as well.

The door looks great now!

garage door replacement granite bay, ca

Options for repairing a garage door with rust:

It isn’t necessary to replace a garage door that has some rust. In Rebecca’s case, her door was very old and she wanted and needed an upgrade.

However, if your door is newer and is rusting, it might just need a facelift.

Painting rust is a great alternative to replacing the door. If you want to paint, here are a few tips:

  1. Don’t just paint directly over rust.
  2. Clean the rust properly first and let it dry completely.
  3. Note: if your door was made before 1980, wear a mask and other protective gear. It’s possible the door contains lead, and you want to make sure you are protected.
  4. Apply a primer that is specific for preventing rust. This is the KEY to a successful paint job.
  5. Next, paint!

Painting your garage door is not only a great solution for rust but an expensive way to get a new, fresh look on your garage door and change up the style of the exterior of your home.

 

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Granite Bay Custom Garage Door Installation

John and Rebecca’s home in Granite Bay, CA was in need of a little curb appeal upgrade. They wanted to change the look of their exterior and thought a great place to start was replacing their garage door. 

Often times in planned developments of homes, the garage doors are very standard and it can make the whole neighborhood look similar. Instead of spending thousands to repaint or relandscape, installing a brand new unique garage door can help your home to stand out, and look good!

John and Rebecca ended up choosing this BEAUTIFUL Clopay garage door. The door comes with 2″ of steel back insulation, which is great for keeping the garage cooler in the hot Granite Bay summers and warmer during the cool and rainy winter.

clopay garage door installation granite bay, ca

Now generally we would perform a standard installation on this door like all garage door installs.

However, John wanted to install a car lift in his garage. Basically, this means the door needs to open as high as possible. This type of installation is called a “High Lift” installation. 

We decided that to get the maximum clearance for the High Lift installation, we also needed to not do a standard overhead garage door opener installation as well so we could save space on the ceiling.

high lift garage door installation granite bay, ca

To solve this, we installed a LiftMaster Jack Shaft opener, which is installed on the wall of the garage door, as seen below.

liftmaster jack shaft opener installation granite bay, ca

The tracks we installed with the high lift installation also gave us a gift! Since the tracks have an early break away from the frame of the home, it allowed us enough clearance to install some decorative hardware on the garage door.

We were able to install some iron handles and other accent pieces to really make a unique, custom look for John and Rebecca’s new door. This gave them a better functioning door, a smooth and quiet new opener, and a definite curb appeal upgrade!

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Updating One-Piece Garage Door On Rental Home

Our customer Marie bought a new house and was moving out. She decided that instead of selling her current house, she would rent it out.

She did some necessary repairs around the home to get it ready to rent, and knew she needed to address her garage door. The door was old. It is also made from wood and was in need of serious maintenance Marie wasn’t sure she wanted to take on.

She decided that instead of repairing her current door, she would get a new, updated door that offered security for her home, and her tenants, and would also be low maintenance for everyone.

The problem with Marie’s garage door is that it is a one-piece garage door. Converting a one-piece garage door into an overhead door isn’t typically an issue, however the garage doubles as a bedroom that had been built into the garage a while back. 

You can see the old door below: 

We found a creative solution to this problem so Marie could get a new door and keep the bedroom functional. We took a new overhead garage door and mounted it as a one-piece door. 

This gives Marie the ability to continue to use the garage as a bedroom, which is helpful for her rental opportunities. The door, however, is still functioning properly and can be converted back to a garage in the future with a working, secure door.

Here you can see the final result: 

 

For Marie, she got the look of a standard overhead door but the function of a tilt door. We think it looks great, and most importantly, Marie is happy with the final result!

Now her door is updated, functional, and looks great from the outside. Curb appeal means a lot when trying to rent out a home. Getting as many renters interested as possible gives you options and ensures you will rent the home quickly so you don’t face vacancy loss.

 

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Gallery Collection by Clopay Garage Door Installation

This Roseville, CA was built 15 years ago. The doors the house was built with were very simple, had no windows and no insulation. Every summer, the garage was very hot, and the homeowner was frustrated. He wanted to work in his garage year round.

After 15 years, they decided to replace the garage doors. They wanted something with style, with windows, and a door that was insulated.

They looked at tons of styles and ultimately decided upon the Gallery collection by Clopay. The biggest draw to these doors was that they come heavily insulated.

This style also had big windows. The outside of the door is painted to look like wood, with a wood grain paint,  so it gave them a unique style.

They chose the “Dark Oak” finish. The door itself, while painted to look like wood, is actually made of steel. Steel is very durable and much easier to maintain than real wood. It’s also less expensive.

The doors also have the carriage house style they loved. The groove panel design of the door and it’s raised panels, allow this steel door to have a vintage carriage house look.

The insulation on these doors can range from an R value of 6.3 to 18.4 depending on where you live, and what you are looking for.

The homeowners also chose some decorative wrought iron hardware to complement their new doors.

The after pictures are gorgeous. And most importantly, the homeowners are so happy with their new garage doors.

Changing out your garage doors can instantly give your home updated curb appeal, and is immediate equity into your home. The builder basic white doors this home had before looked cookie cutter and didn’t offer any practical features like insulation or natural light from the windows.

Simply changing out the garage doors gives this home an updated and custom look. Great to enjoy, and great for resale!

 

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Benefit to Hiring a Professional Garage Door Company

The main reason to hire a professional, well-reviewed garage door company is simple: less stress.

Garage doors and their parts are expensive. You want a professional who knows what they are doing to service and maintain your garage for peace of mind, if nothing else.

Some people think hiring a local handyman does the job just as well, but this just isn’t true. Only a professional garage door company, with trained, licensed, insured and bonded technicians, are qualified to work on your garage door.

Aside from peace of mind, hiring a professional company can save you tons of money and time. Fixing it yourself, or hiring someone unqualified for the job, will cost you double to fix anything since you will have to have the work redone. Save the hassle and hire a local company with experience!

 

Trust us, we have profited off the poor jobs done by other repair men and sub par companies. But we don’t enjoy charging people to do a job they’ve already paid to have done the first time around.

If you aren’t already convinced to hire a professional garage door company, below are a few more reasons you should!

Reason #1

Hiring someone or a team to repair your garage door could be thieves not professionals! Sounds crazy, but it has happened. And more than once!

One step up from thieves, is poor businessmen who perform sub-par work. They take your deposit, and then don’t finish the job, or do a bad job! This is a waste of time and money.

Reason #2

A bad installation can cause a bad accident. We have performed repair work on garage doors that failed in some way: springs broke, cable broke, unbalanced door or mis-aligned sensors causing havoc. If you don’t have your garage door and parts installed correctly, it’s an accident waiting to happen: to property or person!

Reason #3

Bad companies often go out of business. We have experienced more than one example of a homeowner paying for a job to be done, and it not being finished due to the business shutting down. Or a repair job that needs warranty work done, and the business isn’t around to do it.

Hiring a quality company means you’re hiring professionals who plan to be in business for the long run!

 

There are many reasons to hire a professional garage door company, including the ones mentioned above.

If you are in the Roseville and Greater Sacramento area, give Personal Solutions and shot! Put us to the test: read our reviews, check our BBB rating, and ask to see our proof of insurance and documentation. We’ll pass!

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