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How to Keep Your Garage Safe from Intruders

garage_door_safetyGarages are a convenient entranceway into your home, which is why many unwanted intruders will specifically target your garage, especially if you don’t have a proper security system to stop them from gaining access. The experienced professionals at Perfect Solutions Garage Doors strongly encourage you take the necessary precautions to keep your garage safe from intruders. It will definitely make it harder for criminals to break into your garage if you practice these simple security tips.

Here are a few proven ways to keep your garage safe from intruders:

1.      Invest in a Better Opener

Modern garage doors openers are now available with rolling-code technology and fingerprint recognition capabilities to make it significantly harder for criminals to access your automatic opener. Please contact Perfect Solutions Garage Doors for a free quote on any of our brand name garage door openers if you live in the Sacramento, Auburn, El Dorado Hills, Roseville, or Rocklin, CA area.

2.      Lock Your Interior Door

Many people will leave the door between their garage and home unlocked for easier access. Even if you have a solid steel garage door with the highest level of security features available, it should be kept locked at all times. You should also install a peep-hole and deadbolt on the interior garage door, just like every other exterior door to your home.

3.      Keep the Garage Closed

It may sound pretty obvious to most people, but many people leave their garage door open during the day. Although potential intruders may not attempt to break into your home while you are there to protect it, leaving the garage door open will advertise to potential criminals the valuables that are inside of your garage. If you have nice stuff, it could inspire them to visit your home when you are not there.

4.      Buy a Keychain Remote

One mistake that most people make is leaving their automatic garage door remote inside their car. Thieves can break into your car, take the remote, and then use it to break into your garage. Using a keychain remote that stays with you whenever you go is a smart way to keep your garage safe from intruders.

5.      Install Outdoor Sensor Lights

You should strategically place outdoor sensor lights throughout your property, especially around the entranceway to your garage. These lights will keep your garage and home safe by scaring off any unwanted intruders.

Investing in a better opener, locking the interior door, keeping the garage door closed, buying a keychain remote, and installing sensor lights are all proven methods for keeping your garage safe from intruders. Please feel free to contact Perfect Solutions Garage Doors if you need any assistance implementing these valuable security tips.

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How to Perform Basic Garage Door Maintenance

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Garage doors require a little basic maintenance to ensure they perform safely and smoothly, and there are many workings part that need to be kept in top condition. Fortunately, most people can perform their own basic garage door maintenance without having to call in a professional technician. However, if you are unsure of any of the following maintenance tips, please do not hesitate to call the professionals at Perfect Solutions Garage Doors. A garage door is a massive, mechanical, and costly part of your home. You should never perform any maintenance you are not confident in doing.

Here are five important tips on how to perform basic garage door maintenance:

1.      Visually Inspect the Door

The first thing you should do is visually inspect the garage door for wear-and-tear or damage. Carefully check the garage door’s tracks, rollers, springs, pulleys, and cables. Make sure the cables are not fraying and that everything is still in good working condition. You should also inspect the mounting hardware, especially hinges and screws, to make sure they are still securely in place. A visual inspection of your garage door should be performed monthly or at least quarterly.

2.      Clean the Door’s Tracking

While you are visually inspecting the garage door, you should also wipe down the tracks with a damp cloth. Make sure to remove any debris or gunk that has become wedge within the metal tracking.

3.      Lubricate Working Parts

Twice a year, you should apply a small amount of spray lubricant along the door’s tracks, hinges, and rollers. This will prevent future damage and ensure that the garage doors glides smoothly and safely along the tracks.

4.      Test Door’s Safety Features

All garage doors made after January, 1993, will have an auto-reversing mechanism to prevent anything from becoming pinned under the door. It is important to test this feature to make sure it is working properly. You can test it by sticking a rolled up newspaper in the garage door’s path while it is closing. The sensor should detect the newspaper and the garage door should automatically reverse. If it does not, please contact Perfect Solutions Garage Doors. We can either repair the opener or install one that does have this fundamental safety feature.

5.      Check the Door’s Balance

You should close the door, disconnect the automatic garage door opener, and perform a simple balance test once a month. Manually lift the door to make sure it glides smoothly with little or no resistance. After you lift the door, it should stay completely open. If it does not remain open or it is difficult to open manually, your door may no longer be balanced properly. The garage door technicians at Perfect Solutions Garage Doors can fix it if your monthly test determines it is needs to be rebalanced.

Basic garage door maintenance can be as simple as visually inspecting, cleaning, lubricating, and testing the door throughout the year. Just be sure to always keep safety in mind when you are working with a garage door. Make sure everyone is your home is aware you are working on the garage door and that it is not to be opened or closed until you let them know that your work is finished. If you discover any major issues during your maintenance and you live anywhere in the Roseville, Rocklin, ElDorado, Sacramento, Auburn, CA area, please call Perfect Solutions Garage Doors for a free estimate.

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What You Need to Know to Buy an Automatic Garage Door Opener

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Most people would assume that buying an automatic garage door opener is a pretty simple and straightforward purchase, but there are actually a lot of factors that you will need to consider. Modern garage door openers come with a wide-selection of options and special features, depending on what you need.

Here are six things you will need to know to buy an automatic garage door opener:

1.       Size

You will need to know exactly what size of garage door you own before you start to research your options. The size of the door will determine many of the other critical factors in choosing the right automatic garage door opener. Perfect Solutions Garage Doors can help you determine the size you have, if you are not sure how to accurately measure the space.

2.      Horsepower

Automatic garage doors come with a ¼, ½, and 1 horsepower motor. A lightweight single-door garage will only need an opener with a ¼ horsepower motor. Two-car garages typical require a ½ horsepower motor, unless it is a heavy carriage-style door. It is always better to make sure you have more power than you need. Keep in mind that there is normally not a significant price difference to choose an automatic opener with a more powerful motor.

3.      Drive

There are essentially three types of drive-chains for automatic garage door openers; belt-drive, chain-drive, and screw-drive. A belt-drive is the quietest type of drive mechanism and a chain-drive is the least expensive. A screw drive is the easiest to install and falls somewhere in the middle in regards to price and noise.

4.      Security

Rolling code technology is highly-recommended for automatic garage door openers, since it prevents intruders from cracking your code and breaking into your garage. There are also automatic garage door openers that use fingerprint technology to grant access into the home.

5.      Warranties

Make sure to compare warranties when you are evaluating different garage door opener models. Most automatic openers will come with a ten year warranty, but every model is different and some companies will even offer lifetime warranties.

6.      Extras

Automatic garage door openers can come with some beneficial extra features, such as battery back-up power, interior garage door lights, and additional safety features. Perfect Solutions Garage Doors will explain in detail what each automatic opener has to offer, so you can make an informed decision.

It is important to know what size, horsepower, chain, and security features you need before you buy an automatic garage door. Make sure to also look into the warranty and any extra features that make it more valuable to you. If you have any questions on buying an automatic garage door, please feel free to ask any of the experts at Perfect Solutions Garage Doors.

Seven Steps to Keeping Your Garage Safe

dog_garageGarage safety is not something most people consider until it is too late. It usually takes something drastic like a garage door crashing down on your vehicle or an intruder breaking into your home with your automatic opener before your realize that you have not been keeping your garage safe. There are so many simple steps you can take to ensure your garage door is secure and that your house cannot be accessed using the automatic garage door.

Here are the top seven steps to keeping your garage safe

1. Inspect & Clean The Tracking

The tracking along your garage door can bend or bulge overtime, especially if debris or gunk gets trapped inside it. Spend ten to fifteen minutes once a month, wiping and inspecting your garage door tracking. Make sure to also tighten or replace any screws that are loose. This will ensure that your garage door stays suspended to your ceiling and smoothly glides along the tracks.

2.       Invest in a New Opener

Modern automatic garage door openers come with some pretty impressive safety and security features. Buying an opener with rolling code technology or fingerprint recognition software will keep your garage safe and secure. Perfect Solutions Garage Doors has a wide selection of different automatic garage door openers that all offer unique safety features.

3.       Buy a Durable Garage Door

Some garage door materials, like aluminum, are easier to damage. If you don’t feel your garage door is strong enough to withstand a hard kick, it is definitely time to upgrade to a more durable material like steel, thick wood, or fiberglass with a PVC overlay.

4.       Look the Interior Door

So many people leave the door between the garage and their home unlocked. It might be more convenient to you and your family if it is left unlocked, but it is also easier for an intruder to get into the house. Hopefully you have a solid garage door and a state-of-the-art opener, so there is no risk of someone getting into the garage. I would still play it safe and keep the interior door locked.

5.       Install Sensor Lights

You can keep your garage safe by installing strategically placed sensor lights around your garage doors. You should also have a light inside your garage that automatically turns on when the garage door is opened. This will scare off intruders and make it safer for you and your family to enter the garage at night.

6.       Teach Kids Garage Safety

Children should never play around with the automatic garage door opener. Hopefully your garage door has an auto-reverse sensor, which was made mandatory in 1993 to prevent children and small pets from getting seriously hurt by garage doors, but even if it does, it could still malfunction if they are abusing the controls.

7.       Perform Annual Maintenance

Garage doors require yearly maintenance and lubrication to keep them working properly. Perfect Solutions Garage Doors has previous blogs that will walk you through basic garage door maintenance. If you are not comfortable performing the maintenance yourself, please call us for a free quote. It is always beneficial to have your door inspected by a trained technician, especially if it is an older garage door. That is the best way to keep your garage door safe.

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How to Make Your Garage Doors More Eco-Friendly and Cost-Efficient

GreenGarageDoorToday’s conscientious homeowners are constantly searching for ways to make their homes more eco-friendly and cost-efficient. Although there are many beneficial changes you can make within the interior of your home that will save money and energy, there are also several cost-effective things you can do to make your garage more environmentally friendly.

Here are a few simple tips to make your garage more eco-friendly and cost-efficient:

1.      Use Recycled Material

Garage doors made of composite steel or wood are more durable, they hold up well under severe weather conditions, and they come in an extensive selection of different sizes and styles. Due to the extensive range of design options, composite doors are available in both low and high price ranges if you are trying to stay within a pre-set budget. It is also better for the environment, since the doors are made with recycled materials.

2.      Insulate the Garage Door

Adding a layer of insulation on the inside of your garage door is an inexpensive upgrade that will save you significant money in the long run. Insulated doors are more durable, quieter, and they will help keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. If you live in a warmer climate like Roseville, CA, you can try a perforated garage door to allow more light and ventilation without affecting privacy or security.

3.      Install New Weather Stripping

If you have cracks or tears in the weather stripping along the bottom of your garage door, they should be replaced as soon as possible. All the air in your garage will penetrate towards the tiny openings and counteract the insulation. Perfect Solutions Garage Doors will be happy to give you a free quote on replacing your weather stripping if it is currently not energy-efficient.

4.      Insulate the Garage Walls

You should insulate your garage walls if you have heating and cooling vents going into the garage. Installing insulation and drywall will add a protective layer that will significantly reduce your heating and cooling expenses.

If you are buying a new garage door and you want to be eco-friendly and cost-effective, start your search looking at doors made from recycled materials. You should also invest a little money to add insulation to your garage door and walls. It will reduce your energy consumption, as well as your heating and cooling bills. If you have any questions on the most eco-friendly and cost-effective options, please contact Perfect Solutions Garage Doors for a free estimate on insulated composite garage doors.

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What to Expect from a Good Garage Door Service Technician

bigstock-Remote-Control-3731908The home improvement industry is filled with hard-working, reliable, and honest businesses. Unfortunately, it is also filled with some less-favorable scam artists who will take advantage of consumers if given the opportunity. The team at Perfect Solutions Garage Doors wants to make sure you know what to expect from a good garage door service technician, so you don’t end up spending more than you should.

Here are five things you can expect from a good garage door service technician:

1)      Thorough Industry Knowledge

A good garage door service technician knows the industry inside and out. They should be able to offer insight into certain benefits of products and not simply push the most expensive option. It is a good idea to quiz the technician by researching some facts in advance.

2)      Detailed Diagnostic Evaluation

A good garage door service technician will thoroughly test and inspect the garage door to determine the exact cause of the problem. They will also recommend the most cost-effective repair. For example, if there is a crack in the wood around the hinge. A good technician will remove the hinge, fill the crack with wood fill, and move the hinge to a more solid location. An untrustworthy garage door technician will insist the entire door needs replacing.

3)      Offer Less Expensive Options

A good garage door service technician will cover both quick fix options for short-term use and more expensive long-term solutions. If they are giving you a quote to replace a garage door or automatic opener, they should show you all the different price ranges available.

4)      Pricing Book for Parts

A good garage door service technician will arrive at your home with their pricing books for parts. They will know which items they have in stock and how long it will take for parts they don’t usually carry. Be careful about any technician that can’t give you a definite answer on the price or delivery of basic parts.

5)      Standard Parts On Hand

If you give a technician an idea of what the problem may be when you make the appointment, they should arrive with some replacements parts on hand. Most good garage door service technicians will have hinges, rollers, bearings, springs, screws, and weathering strip in their company vehicle. This way they can tackle the problem immediately if you approve their estimate.

Perfect Solutions Garage Doors has a solid reputation for being reliable and trustworthy. We would never jeopardize our future by trying to persuade a customer to spend more than they should. If you are concerned the garage door service technician you hired is not providing fair pricing, please call Perfect Solutions Garage Doors for a comparable quote. If the price is the same, at least you will know that the original company was trying to take advantage of you.

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What You Need to Know Before Buying a Garage Door

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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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The Importance of Hiring a Professional Garage Door Installer

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Installing a garage door is a significant investment in the resale value of your home. It is also something that could have scary and expensive consequences if it is not performed by an experienced installer. You can save yourself the stress and worry by hiring an established and experienced garage door company that guarantees their work.

You might be tempted to choose an inexpensive handyman or carpenter to save a little money, just make sure that you verify their credentials. A garage door installation is a complex home improvement project that should only be done by a professional. Perfect Solutions Garage Door has fixed many garage door disasters that were caused by low-budget, inexperienced home contractors.

Here are five important reasons why you should hire a professional garage door installer:

1.     Expensive Repairs or Damage

An inexperienced installer can cause expensive damage to the tracking or pulley system, they could bust the door during installation, or they could possibly cause damage to valuables in your garage. The team at Perfect Solutions Garage Door have repaired and serviced many garage doors that were not properly installed.

2.     Hire Potential Thieves

Most regular, honest people have a hard time believing the worst of others. If you hire an unprofessional or unknown installer, they could be thieves in disguise. They could take your deposit and run, or they can use the installations as an opportunity to break into your home. That’s another reason why it is so important to make sure you deal with a professional garage door company. 

3.     Dangerous Safety Issues

Our garage door experts have seen the aftermath of too many garage door accidents caused by careless installers. They have witnessed pets, children, and adults with serious injuries caused by a garage door that came crashing down unexpectedly. Hiring a professional installer will ensure that does not happen.

4.     Original Installers Close Their Doors 

Our garage door installers are often asked to finish projects or handle maintenance problems because the original company has suddenly gone out of business. Be sure to investigate the business’ history and reputation in the Sacramento area before you give them a deposit.

5.     Not Happy with the Finished Product

Professional garage door installers will help you choose the right material, make sure everything is perfectly aligned, and stand by the finished product. Perfect Solutions Garage Door even offers customized garage doors and security features, so you get exactly what you want.

Those are five important reasons why you should hire a professional garage door installer. Perfect Solutions Garage Doors has the experience and knowhow to make sure your garage door is properly installed. Please call us for a free quote before handing your deposit over to an unknown installer.

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