Blog Archives - Page 5 of 22 - Perfect Solutions Garage Door
Garage Door Repair - Garage Door Installation
916-218-4931

“Family Owned and Locally Operated”

Blog

Realtor Garage Door Fix: Damaged Panels

We have a great working relationship with realtors and realty companies. Often times they are given homes that they need to get ready to put on the market, and there is important work that needs to be done before that can happen!

One of our Keller Williams realty customers gave us a call about a mobile home they were putting on the market. The garage door was damaged and needed to be repaired before the first open house.

As you can see, the bottom two panels were damaged. Most likely at some point, someone bumped into the door with their car.

When we arrived and inspected the door we confirmed that only 2 panels were damaged. Thankfully for the realtor and the homeowner, it was only two panels, which made replacing them instead of replacing the entire door, the best choice. Replacing 2 panels is a lot cheaper than ordering and installing a new door.

We ordered 2 new panels to replace the damaged ones and got to work installing them.

The door looks great now!

Importance of curb appeal when selling your home!

The damaged panels didn’t do much to affect the functioning of the garage door, but curb appeal is very important, especially when selling a home! This quick fix, especially as compared to replacing the entire door, made a huge difference during the sales process for this home.

If you have an older garage door, it can sometimes be more cost effective to replace the entire door. Especially if you are selling your home, a new garage door adds instant value and helps tremendously with the exterior curb appeal.

In this case, the door was in great shape, and spending a small amount of money to update the damage, made all the difference!

The house sold after only 1 week on the market!

Tagged , , ,

Garage Door Panel Update with Windows

Our latest project in Roseville was with our customer, Mike. This project is a great example of how you can get a brand new look for your garage door, without the expensive project of buying and installing a brand new door.

In this case, Mike was getting bored with his plain white garage doors and wanted to update his curb appeal a bit! A few things you can do, just like Mike, is installing new hardware, replacing a panel or panels and new paint!

Before

Mike decided that he’d love windows on his garage door. He was hoping that we could find panels with the window design he liked, so instead of getting all new doors, we could just swap out his upper panels.

Well lucky for Mike, his garage doors are still being manufactured. This meant we were able to find some panels with a window design he loved. We ordered the panels, and installed them when they came in!

They look pretty good, right?

After

garage door panel update

Replacing the upper panel saved Mike a ton of money. But the work wasn’t done with the panel swap.

Since the windows added extra weight to the door, we switched out his garage door springs . This helps to properly balance and support the weight of the new door.

We also installed a new LiftMaster belt drive opener that is quiet and handles the load of his doors properly. The doors open more smoothly as well!

Switching out his garage door panels instead of getting a new door saved Mike thousands. And he got the garage door windows he was hoping for! The last step in this makeover was a quick fresh coat of paint so all the panels matched each other and Mike was good to go!

Tagged , ,

Botched Garage Door Opener Installation

The reasons why you should hire a professional garage door installer and this recent repair we did is a great example of why. 

Our customer’s friend helped them install a new garage door opener.  They figured they could save a few bucks DIY-ing the installation and the friend assured them he knew what he was doing. You can see where this is going… 

Our customer’s Wayne Dalton Garage Door suffered a crack on the upper panel because of the botched installation. 

The Problem?

When the friend installed the opener, he didn’t add a strut to reinforce the upper panel. This resulted in a crack on the upper panel when the garage door began operating.


You can see in the photo above where the crack formed. 

Above is a close up of the crack. Cracked panels are a big deal and can compromise the safe operation of your garage door. 

Once we took the garage door down, we were able to see the extent of the crack. The picture above shows the crack close-up. 

So what’s the fix?

Thankfully, this Wayne Dalton garage door wasn’t a discontinued model and we were able to order a new upper panel. Once it arrived, we removed the cracked panel. We also, of course, added a strut this time. The strut will reinforce the upper panel and prevent cracks from happening in the future.

We also adjusted the tracks while we were there and performed a quick visual inspection to make sure the springs, cables, and other garage door parts were working properly.

Above you can see the brand new strut we installed.

And above, the new panel is installed, with no cracks to be found!

 

Tagged ,

Garage Door Cable Thickness

As you can see below, garage door cables come in all different sizes. There is of course a logical reason for this. Every garage door is a different size and weight, and needs a cable that suits the particular garage door.

Unfortunately, many repair jobs that we do are caused by garage door cables that snap, or cables that break.

How to garage door cables work?

Cables help to reduce the tension garage extension and torsion springs. A properly sized cable will help to extend the life of your springs. Cables also help your door open and close more smoothly.

A common garage door problem and repair call is a broken spring. When a spring breaks, your cable plays a vital roll in making sure your garage door doesn’t fall down once the spring breaks.

Types of Garage Door Cables

  1. Torsion spring cables.
  2. Safety cables.
  3. Extension spring cables.

How thick should your garage door cable be?

Thicker isn’t always better when it comes to garage door cables. Thinner cables can wear down more quickly, and therefore break or snap faster than a thicker cable. But it really is all about finding the right balance with the size and weight of your door. Thicker cables can obviously support more weight and tension, so the heavier and bigger your garage door is, the thicker your cable will be.

In the picture above of the two cables, you see the spot where cables most often will snap. The new cable is the one on the left and you can see it’s thicker. But again, thicker doesn’t equal better. It’s best to have a professional garage door tech inspect your door and determine what thickness fits your specific door.

It is possible that a cable can be too thick. In this case, your door will be harder to open since it won’t glide over your pulley and drums easily.

The goal is to find a cable thickness that works in sync with the size of your garage door springs, and the weight of your door. When sizing the cable, remember that the gauge of your cable is the thickness, so a higher gauge is a thicker cable.

Amarr Oak Summit 1000 Walnut Garage Door

Nic and Malinda recently purchased their first home together. As part of a long list of projects they wanted to tackle, they took to upgrading the outside of their home. This included minor jobs like new paint, minor repairs, and of course, a brand new garage door.

The garage door that came with the house was in OK condition but lacked character and just wasn’t their style. And with such a bold exterior paint color and style to their home, they needed a garage door that could stand up to the rest of the house.

They called Perfect Solutions to help them land on a garage door that would meet their needs!

After looking at many garage door options on the market, and figuring out what style of door they loved most, Nic and Malinda went with a gorgeous Walnut finish door. They chose the Oak Summit 1000 model by Amarr. The door they chose include a recessed design, Thames windows, with a walnut finish.

Part of the garage door update also included a new garage door opener as well. They chose a LiftMaster Screw Drive 1/2HP opener, which is quiet and a perfect compliment to their beautiful door.

Amarr Oak Summit 1000 Garage Door Features

Amarr’s Oak Summit doors are also insulated, a great feature when in the market for any new garage door. Not only does this help in temperature regulation, but coupled with Nic and Malinda’s new LiftMaster opener, makes for a much quieter door as well!

The Amarr Oak Summit door is a great choice for the budget conscious garage door shopper! They are known to be one of the most affordable carriage house garage doors on the market. This model is a metal carriage house garage door. Metal is a great alternative to it’s more expensive counterpart material, wood. Metal is also low-maintenance compared to wood.

This Amarr door is not only affordable, it comes with over 70 design options, so style, options, and affordability can all be achieved!

Hardware Update!

A few weeks later, we headed back out to this home to install the hardware they ordered to accompany their new look! We think it looked great without, but it looks amazing with these accents!

Tagged , ,

Off-Track Garage Door Project

Our latest project included saving a beautiful classic car from destruction! Ok, so it was really about fixing an off track garage door that a beautiful classic car happened to be parked in, but we like to think of ourselves as heroes! 

Mike and Suzy called and said their main garage door went off it’s tracks and some rollers and cables had fallen off the door. 

   off track garage door

When we arrived we found even more problems. The opener needed adjusting, the size of the springs were wrong and the cables were bad.

The challenge was completing these repairs and getting the door back on track without disturbing their amazing car! The garage wasn’t huge, so working around the car was tricky. 

Steps for Repair

The first thing we did was level the door. We then put the rollers back in the hinges. Once that was done, we were able to remove the tension from the old springs.

With those tasks checked off, we replaced the cables with heavier gauge cables that are the right thickness for this door. Then we installed 2 properly fitted springs, that will carry the weight of the door correctly and support the opener.

The door also had a cracked upper panel. Since this door had been discontinued and we couldn’t order a replacement panel, we installed a 16′ strut for reinforcement, as well as a center style mount to mount the opener “J” arm.

The last fix was adjusting the opener. We noticed during the initial inspection that the opener installer had adjusted the force to the maximum. This isn’t good since it opens and closes too forcefully and can cause the door to come crashing down. This was a good reminder to get a professional to set your force properly. The setting will depend on the weight of your door as well as the type of door you have. 

And now, Mike and Suzy are ready to rock and roll!

Tagged

Installing a Center Mount Opener for Your Garage Door

These homeowners were finally ready to address some lingering issues in their garage after purchasing their home last year. As they were cleaning up and just generally inspecting areas they needed to work on, they noticed that the door wasn’t straight and tilting away from the house.

Uh-oh. Before attempting to fix it, they called Perfect Solutions right away to figure out what was going on.

We discovered that the upper panel was damaged, and needed to be replaced.

damaged upper panel

After brainstorming all the ways in which this upper panel could have been damaged, it became clear that the garage door opener was to blame. The previous owners installed it themselves, so it wasn’t done properly. The bad installation resulted in the upper panel being damaged.

What was wrong with the opener installation?

The garage door opener the previous owners installed was mounted to the garage itself with a piece of wood. This isn’t how to mount an an opener! You should always use proper mounting materials and a proper mount meant for garage doors.

Mounting it to the wood is what damaged the panel, which you can see below.

improper garage door mount

What’s the fix?

We simply remounted the garage door opener properly, with a center mount. We also found a replacement panel for their door, ordered and installed it!

After we installed the new upper panel, we re-balanced the door and made sure the opener, springs, censors, etc were all set properly.

Now that this part is done, they can keep up the great work on putting their own stamp on their new, and first, home!

center mount garage door opener

Tagged , ,

What to Do When Your Garage Door Doesn’t Open All the Way

We got a call from a customer last month that their garage door wasn’t opening all the way. Naturally, they were very annoyed and wanted to resolve the issue. Perfect Solutions to the rescue! We were able to get out to their house same day and fix the problem!

Below you can see what they meant by not opening all the way…

 

Solution: The Right Size Torsion Springs + Dual Spring System

When we arrived at our customer’s house we began the process of troubleshooting all the potential issues. The problem ended up being the heaviness of the door and the opener. The door was too heavy for the opener to properly open and close the door.

The door was too heavy because the torsion springs that were installed are too small for the garage door. Sizing your springs properly really do make a difference in the proper functioning of all of your garage door parts!

In the video below, you can see the results of installing the right size torsion springs. Now the door opens and closes all the way!

 

You can see in the video, we not only replaced the small torsion spring, but we installed a new dual spring system as well. Not only is the dual spring system more durable and stronger than 1 spring, it will increase the longevity of your springs, your opener and all the other working parts of your garage door.

There aren’t many cases that we don’t recommend installing a two spring system for your garage door. It costs a little more upfront, but is worth it in the long run. Springs are important, not just the right size, but the number as well!

Now our customer is happy since his garage doors are opening and closing as they should. Another satisfied customer!

Tagged ,

Benefits of Garage Door Insulation

We recently added this insulation to a customer’s garage door. Isn’t it shiny!?

garage door insulation

Why should you insulate your garage door?

This is a pretty straight forward DIY homeowner project, but there are some things to keep in mind if you take it on yourself.

  1. You are adding weight to your garage door when you add insulation. Your opener, springs, etc are all working to support the weight of your door. By adding weight you could add strain and tension to those parts. Depending on your insulation, weight of your door and opener, you might have to make adjustments to your springs or other operating mechanisms to compensate for the added weight. When you add weight you are also putting more strain on your opener, which can make it break down faster.
  2. You can also mess with the balance of your garage door when you add insulation. Make sure you re-balance your door when you are done.

If you still want to DIY your insulation vs having a garage door tech do it for you, you can still save money by doing this and having a garage door company come out and inspect once you are done. They can make any adjustments to your springs, ensure your opener can handle the weight, and re-balance your door.

Benefits to Insulating Your Garage Door

  • Temperature control is the main reason people choose to insulate their garage door. If you are thinking about working in your garage, setting up a home gym or whatever ideas you have, making sure you are warm in winter and cooler in summer is key. Insulation really helps this!
  • Insulation helps to make your garage door stronger! If you use steel backed insulation, this is even more true!
  • Insulation also is a great noise reducer. If you live on a busy street, insulation can really help cut down on the noise in your garage, and in your home!

Give us a call today if you want to learn more about garage door insulation!

 

 

Tagged , ,

Installing Custom Wood Carriage House Garage Doors

Our latest project for clients in El Dorado Hills, CA was installing custom wood carriage house doors as a way to make over their exterior.

Carriage House doors are very popular, not only for their looks, but for their quality. Upgrading to Carriage House doors can help increase the value of your home!

The doors were just fine before the switch, as you can see. They definitely needed some fresh paint after the sun pounded on them for years and weathered the doors. But otherwise, not bad.

The Carriage House doors that these clients installed are steel-backed wood garage doors. People love the old-world style and look they bring to their home.

The doors we installed are from the Carriage House Company. They do a great job of blending the style with function and updated technology. You get to have beautiful wood doors that don’t compromise on safety or quality.

You can see the difference in this side by side – one set of doors have been installed.

Remember how we said the existing doors weren’t that bad. You can really tell the difference here!

The darker wood of the new carriage house doors really compliments the house’s exterior paint and really updates the look.

In addition to the beautiful doors, the decorative hardware and customization options available on these custom carriage house doors elevate the look even further.

The metal details really help define a specific look. Other custom options include more metal accents, as well as decorative windows. The options are almost endless when you go for custom doors. Some popular styles include: Cambridge, Virginia, Carolina, Barcelona, Tuscan, Park City and Santiago. You can see what these look like here.

Below is the completed project, with both sets of carriage house doors installed. Looks amazing! And most importantly, our clients were more than satisfied!

Tagged , , , ,