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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.


Why You Should Invest in a New Garage Door?

A new garage door is a great investment because it provides accessibility, curb appeal, security, and storage. Today’s automatic garage doors are also made with better technology and safety features. Many people are updating their garage doors because it is an inexpensive way to make their lives easier while improving the look of their home.

Perfect Solutions Garage Door has helped countless people enhance their homes by installing a more convenient automatic garage door. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about why you should invest in a new automatic garage door for your home.


Here are five fantastic reasons why you should invest in a new garage door:

1.     Accessibility

Garage door openers give homeowners a quick way to get in and out of their garage. You can even choose a convenient keyless entry system that hangs from your keychain so you don’t have to get out of your vehicle to open the door. Today’s garage door openers use the most state-of-the-art technology to ensure that they always open on command.

2.     Curb Appeal

Garage doors are now available in a variety of great custom colors, materials, and designs. Perfect Solutions has an extensive selection and can even customize a door to match your home. If your current garage door does not complement your home’s exterior, then it is time to upgrade to a high-quality door that will increase its resale value.

3.     Security

Garage doors are an alternate entryway into your home for unwanted intruders. Installing a new wood composite or steel garage door with a secure lock and state-of-the-art entry system will keep your property and home safe from break-ins.

4.     Storage

If your current garage door is not providing ample security, you are probably not using it to store any valuables. By updating your garage door to a stronger material and a more secure entry system, it will give you the peace of mind to store your car, tools, bicycles, and other valuable possessions in the garage where they belong.

5.     Better Technology

Automatic garage doors are now available with keyless entry and fingerprint recognition technology. They have new safety features like auto-reverse, which will stop the door from closing if it detects something (or someone) underneath it. If your automatic garage door is more than ten years old, it is time to replace it with a safer and more reliable version.

Inexpensive home renovations can quickly improve the curb appeal of your home without draining your bank account. Installing a new garage door with an automatic opener is not only a great investment in the resale value of a home, but it will also pay for itself by providing the homeowner with greater accessibility, curb appeal, security, storage, and technology. Perfect Solutions can help you find the right door for your home if you live in any of our service areas: Auburn, El Dorado, Granite, Roseville, and Rocklin.

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Simple Steps for Repairing a Garage Door

If your garage door is not moving up the tracks properly or it won’t move at all, you might be able to fix it on your own. Most garage door repairs are fairly simple and won’t require calling a professional, especially if you are naturally handy. Perfect Solutions Garage Door can always help you out if you get stuck along the way.

Here are some simple steps for repairing a garage door:

shutterstock_662638Step 1: Examine the Metal Tracks

Check along the metal tracks for any bumps, dents, or debris. Remove all obstructions and try to adjust any part of the track that is not smooth. You may need a rubber mallet to pound out dents. If the metal tracks are badly damaged, they should probably be replaced by a professional. Make sure to also examine the mounting brackets that secure the tracks to your walls to see if any are loose. You might need to tighten bolts or screws along the mounting bracket.

Once the tracks look good, you can try the garage door.

Step 2: Thoroughly Clean the Tracks

The tracks may look clean enough, but they could have a sticky or slick substance on them that you missed in your inspection. You can clean the tracks using any household cleaner that is formulated to remove dirt and grease. Always finish by drying the tracks and rollers with a clean cloth.

Once the tracks look good, you can try the garage door.

Step 3: Use a Level to Check Alignment

Check the metal tracks using a level to see if they are properly aligned. Vertical tracks should be completely level and horizontal tracks will slant slightly toward the back of the garage. If they are not level, you may need to use the mallet to tap them back into position. Be careful not to knock them further out of place. Double-check the mounting brackets and track alignment after you have adjusted them. If the tracks are still not level, you should probably contact Perfect Solutions Garage Doors for guidance before causing any further damage.

Once the tracks look good, you can try the garage door.

Step 4: Double-Check All Hardware

Check the hinges, screws, and the plates where the springs are mounted to ensure they are all tight. Be very careful adjusting the plates, especially if your garage door only has one torsion spring. The tension on those springs is so powerful that it could seriously injure you.

Once the tracks look good, you can try the garage door.

If the issue with your garage door is a minor one concerning the tracks, you should be able to solve it without contacting a professional. If it is still not working after these four steps, please make sure to call an experience garage door installer. Perfect Solutions Garage Door is happy to help if you live in any of our five service areas: Auburn, El Dorado, Granite, Roseville, and Rocklin. Too many things can go wrong, and it is not worth risking that heavy garage door crashing down, especially when you consider what it could land on.

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Five Essential Tips for Better Garage Door Security

shutterstock_1589767Unwanted intruders will often choose a garage door as an entry point for mischief and mayhem because it is more discreet than the front door and more accessible than a back door. Garage doors also make it easier to sneak inside the house unnoticed, especially since most people fail to lock the door connecting the garage to the house.

Perfect Solutions Garage Door wants to help our customers stay safe and secure, which is why we are positing these five essential tips for better garage door security.

1.     Lock the Inside Door

It may take away from the convenience factor for your family, since they will need to unlock the door to get inside and out, but it will also make the entryway less convenient for an intruder. You can hang up a key to that particular door on the inside of the house, so your family can bring it with them if they plan on traveling in and out of the house through the garage door. For greater security, you should have an alarm on both the garage door and the interior door to your home.

2.     Shut the Garage Door

Hopefully you already keep the garage door shut when you are not home or sleeping, but you should also keep it shut when you are doing work around the house, even if you are outside. An open garage is an advertisement to thieves of what you have inside that they might want to take. They could drive by during the day and see your fancy car, expensive toys, and high-tech equipment and then decide that it is worth a return visit when you’re not home to protect your belongings.

3.     Keep it Well-lit

Perfect Solutions Garage Door encourages all of our customers to purchase spotlighting and an interior lighting system. Intruders prefer to work in the dark, and security lighting will make it difficult for them to do their dirty work.

4.     Upgrade Your Garage Door Opener

Today’s modern garage door openers have incredible new security features that thieves haven’t figured out how to crack, like rolling code entry systems. It may be worth it to get an upgrade if your system is more than five years old.

5.     Don’t Leave the Remote in Your Car

Most modern garage door openers will come with a remote control access feature that can be hooked onto your keychain. This is much safer than the older version that hung from your car’s visor. You should protect your garage door remote the same way you protect your house key.

Perfect Solutions Garage Door can help with the installation of a new garage door opener or any other garage door security features that will help make you and your family feel more protected.