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How to Repair a Garage Door

Easy to Repair Garage Door

Whether your door folds up in sections or swings open in one solid piece, all overhead garage doors are driven by a high tension spring. The garage door moves along metal tracks secured to the walls of your garage and a powerful spring(s) supplies the power to lift the massive object.

Most garage door repairs are easy, as long as there is not a problem with the spring. Any adjustments to the spring should be made by a garage door professional, like the technicians at Perfect Solutions Garage Doors. Keep in mind that the tension in your garage door spring is so powerful that it could seriously injure you.

Here are a few helpful tips on how to repair a garage door:

1.      Inspect the Metal Tracks

Examine the door’s tracks for dents, creases, or rough spots while the door is both open and closed. Try gently pounding any damaged spots back into shape using a hammer or a rubber mallet. If the tracks have significant damage, have them replaced by a professional garage door installer.

2.      Clean the Metal Tracks

You can clean the tracks while you are inspecting them for damage. Use a concentrated household cleaner to wash away any dirt or hardened grease. Be sure to clean the rollers thoroughly and then wipe down with a dry cloth.

3.      Lubricate the Metal Tracks

It is a good idea to lubricate your garage door twice a year even if you are not having issues. There are two types of lubricants you can use on an overhead garage door. The hinges, rollers, and pulley will need a little light-weight oil, while the track and springs will benefit from a silicone spray lubricant.

4.      Double Check All Hardware

Check the hinges that hold together the individual sections of roll-up garage door and replace any that are damaged. On swing-up doors, check the mounting plate for the spring to make sure the screws are secure. Sagging at one side can usually be fixed by repairing the hinges. If the wood has a crack by a hinge, take off the hinge and use wood filler to fill in the crack and screw holes. You should move the location of the hinge to an area with solid wood behind it. Replace the screw with a longer one inside of a hollow fiber plug filled with carpenters’ glue if the hole is enlarged.

5.      Make Sure the Tracks are Aligned

Use a level to make sure the tracks are properly aligned. Horizontal tracks will slant slightly towards the back of the garage. On roll-up doors, the vertical sections should be completely straight. Both tracks must be at the same height on the garage walls. If the tracks are not properly aligned, only loosen the screws (do not remove them completely) that hold the mounting brackets, and then carefully tap the tracks back into position. Recheck the tracks to make sure they’re level and then tighten the screws.

If you are unsure of any of these steps, please consult a professional garage door technician. A heavy garage door and high spring tension can cause costly property damage or bodily injury if handled incorrectly. The garage door experts at Perfect Solutions Garage Door will be happy to help with any repairs your garage door needs.

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Six Reasons to Invest in a New Automatic Garage Door

New Garage Door Opener Not a Big Investment

If you currently have a manual garage door or if your garage door opener is causing more trouble than it’s worth, it’s probably time to invest in a new automatic garage door opener. Automatic garage door openers are now more reliable and affordable than ever.

Here are six reasons to invest in a new automatic garage door:

1)      New Safety Features

Every garage door opener made since 1993 has an auto-reverse safety feature that ensures nothing or no one can get pinned underneath the massive door. They also come with an emergency manual release pull-chain in case there is ever an issue with the opener. If your garage door does not have these features, please contact Perfect Solutions Garage Door for a free estimate.

2)      New Security Features

Today’s garage door openers come with many beneficial security features like fingerprint recognition access and rolling code technology. Thieves can crack the code on older garage door openers and then break into the home using the interior garage door. New automatic garage door technology makes it practically impossible for someone to gain access to your home using your garage door opener.

3)      Safer Storage

If you have a high-quality garage door opener, you will feel more comfortable storing your valuables in the garage. Garages are the perfect place to store sports equipment, bicycles, gardening tools, and lawnmowers.

4)      Increased Home Value

If you are considering selling your home, a new automatic garage door opener will increase the resale value of your home. Potential home buyers will appreciate the convenience and security it provides. You can also update the garage door at the same time. Garage doors are now available in a variety of stylish materials, designs, and colors. Please feel free to visit any of our Perfect Solution Garage Door locations to view the wide selection of doors that we can custom order for you.

5)      Safer Home Entry

An automatic garage door provides a convenient and safe entrance way into your home. You can click your keychain remote, pull the car into the garage, and immediately shut the door behind you. This will ensure that no one has the chance to sneak in.

6)      Affordable Home Upgrade

The best part about treating yourself to a new automatic garage door is that it’s not a huge investment. You can find a reliable, state-of-the-art garage door opener for a few hundred dollars. Some models are priced as low as $150. When you consider the cost of most home repairs, an automatic garage door is one of the least expensive upgrades you can do.

A new automatic garage door opener is not a large investment, but it is definitely a worthwhile one. Please contact Perfect Solutions Garage Door if you are interested in a free quote for a new automatic garage door.

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How to Find the Right Garage Door Opener

Choose a Garage Door Opener

The last few years have seen significant advancements in automatic garage door openers. The automation technology is now more reliable, plus they come with many new safety features and advanced security measures. There is also a wider range of garage door openers to choose from, which can make it difficult to find the right garage door opener for your home or business.

Necessary Safety Features

Automatic garage door openers today, offer a variety of different safety and security features. All garage door openers manufactured after 1993 should have an auto-reverse safety feature that will detect if there is an object in the pathway of the door. The Consumer Product Safety Commission introduced this regulation to protect children and pets from becoming trapped beneath garage doors.

Another new security feature is rolling code technology. This will change the access code every time the remote is used, so it is almost impossible for thieves to break the code. There are even garage door remotes that use fingerprint recognition technology for added security.

Finding the Right Mechanism

There are three basic types of garage door opener mechanisms; belt drive, chain drive, and screw drive. A belt drive is usually the most expensive option, but it requires no maintenance. It uses a flexible rubber belt to raise and lower the door. A chain drive is the least expensive and most commonly used mechanism. Unfortunately they are louder and do require some regular maintenance. Screw drive are priced somewhere in the middle and are considerably quieter than a chain drive mechanism.

Horsepower for the Electric Motor

Garage door openers are available in three levels of horsepower; ¼ HP, ½ HP, and 1 HP. A light weight, single garage door only needs a ¼ HP motor, but a heavier steel or wood set of double doors will need a ½ HP or 1 HP motor to lift the additional weight. Perfect Solutions Garage Doors can help determine the right horsepower for your garage door.

An automatic garage door opener seems like a simple purchase, but there are several decisions that will need to be made before you can find the right one for your home or business. Be sure to consider which security features you need, the noise of the mechanism, and the power that will be required to lift the massive door. If you live in the El Dorado, Granite, Auburn, Rocklin, and Roseville area, please call Perfect Solutions Garage Doors for assistance in finding the right automatic opener.

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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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How to Choose a Reliable Garage Door Company

bigstock-Garage-Door-Opener-20287970Depending on where you live, there are countless garage door companies advertising their services and expertise online. Every garage door company will claim to have the best deal and the most experienced installers, but sadly many fail to follow through on their promises. It is time-consuming to sort through all the fly-by-night installers and find a company that you can count on.

Here are a few fundamental tips for choosing a reliable garage door company:

Online Reputation Is Critical

The first step in choosing a reliable garage door company is doing extensive research of their online reviews. You can search in Google for the company name and just add the word review after it. For example, “Perfect Solutions Garage Door reviews”. This will show you all of the online reviews that have been posted about our company. Make sure to pick a company that has a higher than 3.5 star rating and at least a few dozen positive reviews.

Evaluate Their Expertise

Read a few articles on the company’s blog to see if they offer helpful and accurate information on garage door maintenance and security. You should also test their knowledge by asking questions that you already know what the correct answer should be.

Do some preliminary research on benefits of different garage door materials or types of automatic openers and then ask the installer their opinion. If a garage door installer says aluminum is stronger than steel, please walk away or hang up the phone. They should know their products strengths and weakness, and base their recommendations on what will work best for you.

Look for 24-hour Service

Problems with your garage door can occur at any time. It can get stuck in the tracks and it is not safe to leave your garage door open overnight, especially if there are any valuables inside. A reliable garage door company will offer their customers 24-hour emergency service.

Expect Free Estimates

A legitimate and reliable garage door installer won’t charge a customer for a consultation. They are willing to access your needs for free because their goal is to build a long-term relationship. Be leery of any company that has unusual costs like a consultation fee.

The most important tips for choosing a reliable garage door company is finding someone with positive online reviews, proven expertise, 24-hour emergency service, and free estimates. Perfect Solutions Garage Doors encourages homeowners to research our reputation and services before trusting in our capabilities. We have nothing to hide.

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How to Take Proper Care of Your Automatic Garage Door

garage door tracksAn automatic garage door is an investment that should last for many years, even decades, if it is well-maintained. There are certain things you can do monthly, quarterly, and annually to extend the life of your automatic garage door and ensure that it always works when you need it.

If you are not comfortable performing any of the following maintenance tips, please contact Perfect Solutions Garage Door for a free quote. We can service and repair all types of automatic garage doors. Our service areas are Granite, Auburn, Roseville, Rocklin, and El Dorado, California.

Here are three simple maintenance tips for taking care of your automatic garage door:

1.     Clean & Inspect the Garage Door Tracks

Take a few minutes to inspect and wipe down your garage door tracks once a month. Look for any dents or bumps that could cause the door to go off track. Make sure to also remove any gunk or debris that has accumulated along the tracking. You can use a damp cloth to clean the tracks, as long as you thoroughly dry them once they are clean.

2.     Check & Replace Weather Seals

The weather sealant on your garage door protects your garage from moisture and cold air. Run your hand slowly along the seal, checking for any tears or cracks. Do this at least quarterly. A good trick is checking it every time the seasons change, since sudden temperature changes can cause damage. Perfect Solutions Garage Door can help you replace the seal if it is not in optimal working condition.

3.     Lubricate Your Automatic Garage Door

If your garage door is not gliding smoothly or if it is making a lot of noise, it may require lubricant. We do not recommend that you use WD-40 on your automatic garage parts. It is better to invest in a professional silicone or lithium spray lubricant. You should only spray the lubricant on the arm bar, chain rail, hinges, and metal rollers with ball bearings. Do not spray any on the spring, chain, or bottom of the chain rail. If you are unsure of how to properly lubricate your garage door, please feel free to contact Perfect Solutions Garage Doors.

Your garage door is a big investment, and it is important to take proper care of it. All it takes is these three simple steps to ensure it is functioning properly. If you come across any issues during your monthly, quarterly, or annual maintenance check, please give the team at Perfect Solutions Garage Door a call.

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5 Tips on How to Efficiently Organize Your Garage Storage

Your garage should be more than just a convenient place to keep your car or an additional entranceway into your home. If you have a high-quality garage door with a secure garage door opening system, you can also use your garage to safely store countless valuables without worry.

garage 1If your garage is currently easily accessible to intruders, Perfect Solutions Garage Door can help you update your garage to ensure that everything inside is properly protected before you turn it into a storage facility.

Here are five handy tips for efficiently organizing your garage into a superior storage space:

1.     Install Shelving Systems

Shelves are an easy and inexpensive way to keep your garage organized. Try to dedicate one entire wall to a shelving system, if it still leaves enough room for your vehicle. Shelves are great for organizing cleaners, motor oil, or gardening tools. You can place plastic baskets on the shelves to keep smaller items organized.

2.     Overhead Racking System

Purchase some form of racking system for the ceiling of your garage to utilize all of the available space. The overhead section of your garage is perfect for suspending sporting equipment like tennis rackets, baseball bats, and hockey sticks. It is also a great spot for things you only use seasonally like camping gear, the weed-whacker, and fishing poles.

3.     Buy a Cabinet for Your Garage

Add a simple two-door cabinet in your garage to keep all of your more expensive tools hidden and protected from the elements. If you have a tight budget, choose a cabinet made with an inexpensive wood or hard plastic. There are also some incredible steel cabinets and tool chests you can use, if you have room in your garage and the budget to afford it. It is a good idea to put a lock on the cabinet, unless you are completly confident in the security of your garage door system.

4.     Pegboards for Tools

Another great organizational tip for your garage is installing a pegboard to hang your small tools on. This will make them look neat and ensure they are easily accessible when you are using them inside of the garage.

5.     Ask a Professional

If you have an exceptionally large garage or a lot of stuff that needs organizing, you can always consult an organizational or home interior specialist for advice. The garage door specialists at Perfect Solutions can also provide some tips specific to your exact garage layout.

A garage is an extension of your home, and you should be proud of its exterior and interior appearance. If you need help securing your garage door, or you are looking for more tips on how to maximize the space, please contact the team at Perfect Solutions Garage Doors.

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What You Need to Know Before Calling a Garage Door Company

garage doorIf you are having issues with your automatic garage door, it will be beneficial to prepare yourself for the questions you will be asked before you call the repair company. Most reputable garage door companies like Perfect Solutions will ask questions on the phone, so they can serve you more efficiently once they arrive at your house.

Be leery of any garage door company that doesn’t ask the following questions during the initial phone conversation. There is a good chance they plan on dragging out the diagnostic process, so they can charge more in labor later on.

Here are four answers you should have ready before you call a garage door company:

1.       Know Your Make & Model

Professional garage door technicians will ask the make and model of the garage door opener in advance, so they can bring the right tools and spare parts to fix that particular model. The team at Perfect Solutions Garage Doors will also conduct some preliminary research to see if there are any common problems with that particular make or model.

2.       Know the Type of Drive Mechanism

It will be easier for the garage door technician to diagnosis the problem if they know what type of drive mechanism is being used, especially if it is an issue with the motor. Your automatic garage door will either have a belt-drive, chain-drive, or screw-drive system. Your owner’s manual should specify the drive mechanism if you are unsure of it.

3.       Know the Doors History & Symptoms

Most garage door companies will ask how long you have had the garage door opener and how long the problem has been going on. Make sure you can clearly describe the reason you are calling, when it started, and any steps you’ve taken to try to fix it on your own.

4.       Know the Cause of the Problem

Take a few minutes to inspect the tracking, pulleys, springs, and chains before calling the garage door company. Try to figure out what may be causing the problem on your own before the repairman visits your house. Some less-than-trustworthy companies will take advantage of homeowners by exaggerating the cause of the problem, although you will never have to worry about that happening at Perfect Solutions Garage Door.

Most garage door repairs will be easy and inexpensive if you use the right company. You can make it easier on the garage door company by knowing your garage door’s make, model, drive mechanism, history, symptoms, and possible cause of the problem. The experts at Perfect Solutions Garage Door are available if you have any questions or concerns.

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The Importance of Practicing Garage Door Safety

Garage door safety is essential, yet most people don’t give it a second thought. As long as the garage door is working, there doesn’t seem to be any cause for worry. Garage doors are huge steel or wood slabs that are suspended eight feet high in the air. They are held up by screws, thin metal tracks, and spring-loaded tension mechanisms. There is real potential for costly property damage or painful injury if you don’t practice garage door safety.

In the last fifteen years, there have been many technological advances in the automatic garage door industry, and older doors do not meet the new safety standards. If your garage door wasn’t installed within the past fifteen years, it is best to have it checked by an experienced garage door professional. The team at Perfect Solutions Garage Door is available if you live in any of our service areas: Auburn, El Dorado, Granite, Roseville, and Rocklin.

shutterstock_85743676Garage Doors Are Not a Toy

Kids love to play around with household gadgets, and garage door remotes look like a fun new toy. Overuse of the automated controls or careless horseplay as the door is opening and closing can end in disaster. It is best to keep the remotes hidden and mount the keypad out of the reach of small children to ensure their safety.

Auto-Reverse Safety System

You will probably need to switch to a newer system that was designed with today’s safety standards in mind if your door was installed prior to 1993. Back in 1993, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) made it mandatory for every garage door opener to have a safety sensor. The auto-reversing feature is essential for preventing costly accidents or personal injuries. This external entrapment protection system or electronic eye will cause the door to reverse its direction if it detects anything along the path of the door.

Regularly Test Basic Safety Features

You should regularly test your garage door’s emergency release feature to make sure it works. Most models have a short cord dangling from the opener’s motor that is clearly marked “emergency release.” Pulling this will allow you to manually open the door. After the emergency release has been pulled, you should then test the garage door’s balance (how easily you can manually open the door) and its force setting (if the door reverses with resistance).

All garage door opening systems should include a comprehensive manual that indicates any maintenance instructions for your specific garage door opener. If you can’t find your manufacturer’s manual or if it doesn’t give you the help you need, you can call Perfect Solutions Garage Door with any of your safety or maintenance questions. We have extensive experience repairing and maintaining all different types of automated garage door openers.