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Garage Door Privacy Update Project in Lincoln, CA

Our client, Tony, travels a lot for work. 

One of his neighbors reported that they have witnessed people looking into garage windows during the day. No doubt scoping out what people have inside when they are not home and planning a robbery. 

Since he isn’t home all the time, Tony wanted to take some steps to increase the privacy of his garage and garage door. 

He decided to swap out his existing garage door with upper window panel for a windowless garage door, or a solid panel. 

new solid panel garage door in lincoln ca

While we were there, we also upgraded his garage door opener to a new LiftMaster model that features a battery back-up and WiFi features. Tony can now control his garage door from an app on his phone. He can open or close it remotely, and also get notifications or alerts if his garage door is in operation. 

This new garage door opener is very secure, and also passes new regulations in California requiring newly installed and purchased openers to include a battery backup option. 

liftmaster garage door opener with battery backup

Tony is happy that his garage door is a bit more secure and that he now can control his door when he’s away from home. 

Tony also installed some motion detection spotlights around his garage for added security and an upgraded lock on the door going from his garage into his home as well as his entry way door.

Low Head Room Garage Repair | Rear Torsion Spring System

Scott was working on a major remodeling project on his house which included a new garage door installation.

Due to some local regulations, he was unable to lift his ceiling height over his garage, which left him in a bit of a bind.

As you can see, there is zero clearance for an overhead garage door in the current setup and Scott was unsure of what to do.

After calling around, he wasn’t able to find anybody that could install a garage door for him.

Thankfully, Scott called us and we gave him the good news that we could do the project for him!

We were able to install the garage door and the garage door opener using a technique called a rear torsion spring system.

Rear Torsion Spring System

We used some special brackets, custom length cables and other adjustments to make it work perfectly!

A rear torsion spring system is perfect when there is low head room in a garage. Track sets come in bolted and riveted solutions and suitable for panel overhead doors.

If you aren’t able to install a rear torsion spring system on a low head room garage, you’ll need to install extension springs.

If possible though, we recommend torsion springs, both in this case and in all regular head room garages.

  • Torsion springs last longer and are stronger.
  • Torsion springs give better control while in motion.
  • Extension springs “extend” when moving and torsion springs turn. Extension springs require more parts, which means more opportunities for things to go wrong.
  • Torsion springs will wear less on your opener.
  • When torsion springs break, they don’t fly off like extension springs can. Flying off can damage cars, other property or even a person who is in the garage when it happens.

Installation of Rear Torsion Spring System

In the end, Scott got the door that he wanted installed along with a great LiftMaster garage door opener!

Replacing an Old Sliding Garage Door

Our customers have a lot of renovations to do on their new to them home. The home hasn’t been updated since the 1960’s so they have a lot of work cut out for them! 

When they made it to “replace garage doors” on their list, they gave us a call! 

The challenge for this project was to remove the center support that existed and reinforce the header in their garage. 

Once the structural work was taken care of, we were able to install their new garage door. 

They chose a 25 gauge garage door for durability and insulation. This will be nice in the hot Roseville summers!

We paired that with a Liftmaster 8355 belt drive opener for a quiet and low maintenance garage door opener. They are enjoying the upgrade of being able to control the opener from a smartphone and the automatic light that goes on when they enter the garage! 

We also installed plywood on the header of the garage and the sides of the garage to make it look more aesthetic. It helps structurally and also gives garage some character.

  

The results are amazing! The door is white instead of dark black, so the home looks fresher and cleaner than before. And the brand new door gives the home some great curb appeal and added value!

Plus, now that the door is more secure and updated, the homeowners can park inside and open the door with a push of a button instead of getting out and lifting up the door by hand. 

We also added an upper panel of windows that lets in natural light and gives the basic door a more custom and updated look.

The windows can be customized to match your preference, frosted or glazed for privacy, etc. They come in different shapes and styles as well.

High Lift Garage Door Conversion in Granite Bay, CA

Our customer, Brian, wanted to install some shelves and a car lift so he could work on his bikes in his garage. 

The solution for these needs is to raise the tracks up to give more clearance, and accompany the raised tracks with a jack shaft opener. The LiftMaster 8500 jack shaft opener installs on the wall, not on the roof of the garage. This allows for the clearance Brian needs to work on his bikes and add some shelving. 

liftmaster 8500 high lift garage door conversion granite bay

We got to work installing new steel back insulated garage doors with dual pane glass on the upper panel. The steel back doors are sturdy, resist rust and help keep the garage insulated against extreme weather. With Brian’s attached garage, he will see a lower energy bill as well due to the insulated garage doors! 

The dual pane glass window panels will also keep the heat and cold out of the garage and offer some great natural light to boot! Below you can see the difference between single and dual pane. 

single pane vs dual pane garage door glass

The last step in the high lift conversion was lifting the tracks 33″. This gives the clearance Brian needs, and as you can see in the picture, brings the tracks pretty much as high as they can go. 

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Brian is very happy with his new garage set up and we are too!

We get many requests for high lift conversions, for a variety of reasons. Many people like to store their RV and campers in their garage, so they install a high garage door, which requires a jack shaft opener and higher tracks to allow for the RV or camper to clear the opening.

Others like Brian want to install a car lift and need clearance. Some others have weird garage setups and need high lift tracks in order to access the entrance to the house.

Whatever the reason, installing a jack shaft opener and raising the tracks is an easy job and can make a world of difference in your garage!

Clopay Garage Doors in Roseville, CA

Ryan and his wife gave us a call because they had plans to paint their house and the current condition of their garage doors necessitated a paint job for them as well.

Their goal was to give the exterior an upgrade, so they figured they would paint the doors to go with the new house color.

During our initial visit and inspection, we saw that the existing garage doors were in pretty bad shape. The overlay outside was falling apart due to extreme exposure to the sun.

Additionally, the doors were not balanced properly since the torsion springs were old and the existing hardware (the rollers, hinges and cables) weren’t sufficient enough to carry the weight of the doors.

After calculating the cost of the replacement of the damaged panel and spring replacement, Ryan suggested that we might just go in a different direction and replace the garage doors instead of repairing them.

Clopay Garage Doors: Installation

Now that new doors were on the table, they had to think about what kind of garage door they wanted. They landed on this wish list: low maintenance garage doors that are durable, quiet and above all – beautiful.

We stepped outside and examined the house. The key for a successful match of a garage door is to choose a style that corresponds with the house, hence the right design, the right windows, and the right paint.

After comparing paint samples and choosing the type of insulation and construction we decided to go with Clopay Gallery Series in a dark oak finish.

clopay gallery

One of the reasons we love working we Clopay is the lifetime warranty they give to their paint system. Perfect for the hot Roseville summers!

Ryan’s house gets a lot of direct sun and he wanted a door he wouldn’t need to repaint every few years.

clopay gallery series

A week after the end of the installation, we called Ryan to follow up and he told us that the new design definitely made an impact on the neighbors and that he and his wife are very happy!

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Clopay Insulated Gallery Garage Door Installation + Landscaping

Amber began a landscaping project in her Granite Bay, CA front yard and knew something was missing in her curb appeal project: new garage doors!

She wanted to replace the standard and boring white garage doors with an upgraded wood look that included windows for some natural light. Not only did they not look very exciting, they were also 30 years old! Wow! Time for some new garage doors with updated features like better insulation and windows.

Since it gets hot in the Sacramento area, insulated garage doors were an important consideration when looking for new garage doors. If she was going to change the garage doors, she also wanted to move away from the white color scheme and try a darker wood finish.

Her home “before” shot:

Clopay Insulated Gallery Garage Door Installation

Amber decided to go with Clopay’s gallery garage doors. These garage doors are insulated via their GD2LP 2″ steel back insulation and feature long panels, SQ24 windows all with a walnut oak finish.

Don’t they look great!

clopay gallery insulated garage doors

Here is a close up:

The double row of windows is very stylish and offers a ton of natural light into her garage.

This landscaping project turned in to a full-on exterior remodel project.

The walnut oak finish really pops on this home, and the added hardware gives a custom, upgraded look.

Amber is really excited to continue working on the landscaping in the front of her home. She also is enjoying the new garage door openers we installed that replaced 10-year-old openers that were noisy and causing trouble.

Her new belt drive garage door opener is quiet, has WiFi abilities so she can open or close them from a smartphone or tablet, and includes a security light that reacts to motion. Sometimes it’s the little things!

The most important thing is Amber is happy with her new garage doors! Another satisfied customer!

 

Clopay Coachman Garage Door Installation

Our customer, Steve, called us because he was looking to upgrade his garage door. The current door came with the house when he purchased it over 10 years ago in Roseville, CA.

His current door was old, starting to rust and matched the rest of his house, but not in a good way. His garage door opener was also getting older, squeaky and loud.

He wanted to install a new garage door that would give some contrast and a much needed face lift to the exterior of his home.

Clopay Coachman

After reviewing all of his options, he decided on this beautiful Clopay Coachman garage door. It is steel backed and insulated.

The Clopay Coachman collection of doors look like wood, but are made of insulated steel and composite. So you get the look of wood, with the strength and durability of low maintenance steel.

LiftMaster 8500W

To complete the overhead garage door installation, we installed a brand new LiftMaster 8500W garage door opener. This opener has amazing updated features including WiFi ability so you can control the door from anywhere and subscription-based partner integrations. Additionally, the opener features battery backup and an automatic garage door lock, perfect for your home’s security.

This opener is a wall mount opener, which mounts to the wall of the garage instead of the ceiling. This helps save overhead space in a garage, especially if space is tight or limited.

Now all Steve needs to do is decide whether or not to paint the door or to leave it as is.

 

Steve’s new garage door looks amazing. It adds an updated, modern look to his traditional home and best of all, it’s quieter and functions way better than his old garage door. He couldn’t be happier with the upgrade, and we’re happy we were able to order and install his new garage door in less than a week’s time!

 

Updating Garage Door for New Home

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

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

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

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

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


Decorative Upper Panel with Windows

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

old wooden garage door sacramento, ca

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

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

white UDT steel garage door

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

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

udt garage door installation sacramento ca

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

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

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

 

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Commercial Garage Door Installation on Shed

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

commercial roll up garage door

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

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

Installing a Commercial Garage Door

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

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

installing commercial garage door

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

installed commercial roll up door

Types of Commercial Garage Doors

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

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

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

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

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

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