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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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Cracked Garage Door Repair and New Opener

Todd and Melissa, our customers, moved into their beautiful new home in Lincoln, CA this past year. They, unfortunately, inherited a very problematic garage door. 

cracked panel garage door

A few of the garage door panels were cracked. This can be very dangerous as it can compromise the proper functioning of the garage door.

It’s possible to temporarily repair a cracked panel by reinforcing it, but eventually, you need to replace the door as the fix only lasts a year or so. 

You can see one of the cracks here:

cracked garage door panel

In addition to the cracked panels, the garage door opener was pretty old and made a lot of noise. There isn’t really a repair for this problem, especially since it functioned properly, it was just noisy. 

Todd and Melissa decided to just go ahead and get a brand new garage door, and a new garage door opener along with it.

The door we upgraded with was an insulated, heavy-duty garage door hardware. This should stand up to many years of wear and tear before Todd and Melissa have to replace it again.

heavy duty insulated garage door hardware

The door looks great from the outside as well!

The last thing we did was install a new garage door opener. This Chamberlain model is great, includes WiFi abilities, and best of all, it’s quiet!

In the video below you can see how nice and quiet the opener sounds as the garage door opens.

Now you can see how much better the door looks and sounds! This opener is a belt drive opener, which is not only the quietest opener on the market, it’s also maintenance free.

It is generally more expensive than chain drive or screw drive openers, but after getting a new garage door, an opener that is NO maintenance is a great choice and will stand the test of time.

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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!

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Project: Replacing a Rotten Wood Garage Door

We recently completed this awesome project in Midtown, Sacramento. Our customer’s old stand alone garage door had a rotten wood garage door that only opened manually, and barely opened at that.

He wanted to use his garage for it’s intended function. That meant he wanted to remove those old wood doors and install a brand new garage door and garage door opener. He also wanted to add a walk through door so he could access the garage without having to open the big door.

Here is what his door looked like before we got started:

rotten wood garage door

Project: Remove Rotten Wood Garage Door

The project began with demo! We removed the old rotten wood garage door. All of the framing around the old door was in a bad shape and rotting as well. So we got to work removing that and just generally cleaning up the space to prep it for the construction.

Once that was done, we were able to re-frame the opening to properly fit the garage door we chose, as well as frame out the walk through door.

Here is the project after the initial framing:

rotten wood garage door

Once we completed the framing, we were able to install the brand new walk through door! Looks great, right?

rotten wood garage door

The last part of the project is of course the most dramatic, the installation of the brand new door! The door he chose is a great door, and we also insulated it to help with temperature control in his garage.

After!

rotten wood garage door

Once the door was installed and looking good, last step was all the finishing! We textured and painted the exterior.

Lastly, we installed the garage door opener to make this baby go up and down with ease! Our customer chose the LiftMaster 8550W opener. The opener has some great features including WiFi connectivity so you can control it with your tablet or smartphone.

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Garage Door Replacement Project: My Son Ran Into the Garage Doors!

We recently received a call from Paula that her garage doors weren’t looking so hot and that she might need a garage door replacement. We came out to see what she was talking about. Look what we found when we drove up:

BEFORE

Not looking so hot? That’s an understatement, Paula. Apparently Paula’s teenage son had a bit of an accident and drove into the garage doors. She called us immediately and we sent a tech out to take a look at the damage.

We decided with Paula that replacing the doors was the best solution. Her other garage door was also damaged so at that point it made sense to go ahead and replace both.

After considering several options, we eventually landed on the UDT short panel 25 gauge doors. Since they aren’t custom doors, we were able to go and get the ones she picked, and install them THE SAME DAY!

INSTALLATION

Since the springs were still loaded on the damaged garage doors, the tech first needed to put the old door back on it’s tracks. After that, he was able to safely remove both garage doors. After those were out of the way, we removed the old rotted wood we found. Then, we installed and anchored a new seal plate and framed out the new openings. Then, we replaced the tracks, and installed the new doors! Once the new doors were in we installed the trim and a vapor barrier, followed by wire reinforcement for the stucco. Now, cosmetics! We re-stuccoed the wall that was affected by the accident and installation, and matched the texture. Final step is repainting the stucco, and voila! Good as new!

AFTER

The repair and installation went smoothly, and Paula’s doors look great! The UDT doors Paula chose came with a lifetime cracks and rust warranty which are much more durable than the doors she had previously. They might not withstand another ramming from her teenager, BUT they will stand up better to every day wear and tear.

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Glass Garage Door Installation in Auburn, CA

We recently installed this new custom glass garage door for clients in Auburn, CA.

Reinhard and Stephanie were looking to update their old, dated garage doors with something new and modern. Their kids have all moved out, and instead of buying a new home, they decided to invest in remodeling their current home.

As you can see in the before, the brown color against the brown and white bricks has a very dated vibe.

glass garage door installation

What you can’t see in this picture, is the sound of the 20 year old opener which actually complimented the 20 year old garage doors! Reinhard and Stephanie didn’t just want a garage door update, but an opener update as well!

Clopay Garage Doors + LIftMaster Opener

The doors Reinhard and Stephanie ended up choosing were these Clopay doors from the Avante collection. Frosted glass doors with a black frame, in a beautiful contemporary style.

While beautiful, these doors are also very heavy. An opener that could handle it’s weight was needed. We decided on the LiftMaster 8587W opener. It’s a chain drive opener that is WiFi enabled and an upgraded security system.

With the addition of these beautiful glass garage doors, plus an upcoming front door installation to match the look and feel of the garage door, this house got a serious makeover! No painting or resurfacing the front of the house. A simply switch of garage doors makes a huge difference!

glass garage door installation

We all installed a new entry door that matches their new garage door.

glass entry door installation auburn ca

You can read all the details here.

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Four Questions to Ask Before Buying a Garage Door

The garage door is one of the most important investments a homeowner can make when in the process of improving their home. In general, it is the first level of defense against intruders and keeps the interiors of the home safe from wear and tear, especially the vehicles. Also, the garage door can keep the home within budget in terms of electric bills if it’s properly insulated to maximize the heat or cold within the house. Simply put, it can really make or break the house.

Ask Yourself These Questions Before Buying Your Garage Door

There’s more to garage doors than simply choosing one that fits the frame. Here are some tips to a more effective shopping experience:

  1. What is the overall look of the house?

Today, garage doors are not just for industrial or technical reasons. It can also be an ally in achieving the right look for the home. Is it a Mediterranean design that’s being achieved? Then choosing a nice wooden garage door is a really beautiful focal point from the outside amidst the European design of the home and sprawling gardens.

Is it more modern? Then a garage door with an aluminum frame painted in black will blend right in. However, it is important to make the door solid and sturdy to ensure the family’s security. People from the outside should not know whether there is someone in the house or not by just looking straight through the garage door.

  1. What’s the climate in your area?

Sadly, no matter how good wooden doors are, it just would not work in a place that gets submerged in several feet of snow almost all year round. The freezing and thawing can render the door useless due to water damage. In the same way, being prone to floods should also be thought of when choosing a garage door. Although aluminum or steel is perfect, it will rust from all that water. It also affects the integrity of the whole structure.

  1. What is the family’s lifestyle?

Is the family leaving the home several times a year to travel overseas? A garage door which has the complete sensors and electric lock system is a better option. Also, having CCTV’s in the garage can help ease the minds of the owners.

If the owners are looking for a more low maintenance garage door due to their lifestyle, opting for a plastic garage door also helps cut down the time invested towards upkeep. Plastic garage doors are easy to clean, is rust free, and virtually indestructible. There is almost zero need to replace it and can last for several years, making it a very smart purchase. However, compared to other materials, plastic is not as versatile design-wise.

  1. What is it for?

In addition, garage doors can be incorporated in other parts of the home and even in other requirements such as offices. When choosing a garage door, how it will be used ultimately dictates the right type to buy.

Consulting a Garage Door Company

When you are unsure what type of door to get for your home, it is best to consult experienced technicians. Companies like Perfect Solutions can help you pick the right door for your home based on your needs.

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Do You Need An Annual Service Contract For Your Garage Door?

service contract with toolsWhen purchasing a garage door, getting an annual service contract may be the last thing on your mind Garage doors may appear to be strong, but like any part of your home, it is subject to wear and tear. After years of use and exposure to elements, the once-flawless garage door will start malfunctioning, especially if you don’t maintain it. This is where professional garage door maintenance companies will come in.

It is always better to spend on maintenance costs to prevent costly repairs later on. Here are the other reasons why an annual service contract for your garage door is worth it:

Save money from constantly buying new doors

Paying a repair company for annual or monthly garage door maintenance may add some amount into your expenses but, it’s not as huge an amount as you would spend if you buy a new one.  Even if you opt to just repair a dying garage door, it will still cost more because of possible parts replacement and labor. Maintenance is different from repair. Repair is what you do when something is broken; maintenance on the other hand, keeps things from becoming broken.  Maintenance is always cheaper than repair.

Safety of your family

Aside from saving loads of cash, monthly and annual maintenance of garage doors also do another type of saving—saving your family from danger brought by malfunctioning garage doors, especially children.  Malfunctioning garage doors are a threat to the safety of your children. For example, the garage may close suddenly while they are directly beneath or they may get hit by a torsion spring that has snapped. Making sure that there are no defective parts in your garage door will make your whole family safe.

Safety of your properties

The garage is not only the place where you store you cars, it is also a place where you put many of your power tools and other expensive products.  Who stands guard to keep your things safe inside the garage? The garage door protects the home from intruders.  If garage doors aren’t maintained well, it may become easy for burglars to break into your home.  Surely, the amount you spend on maintenance is chicken feed compared to the value of the items inside the garage.

Why not do it yourself?

You can inspect your garage door every day, but when it comes to removing parts of the garage door mechanism and tinkering with the garage door, leave it to the pros. Garage doors have high tension parts that coud snap and injure you.  If you suspect there is something wrong with your garage door, the most effective thing you can do is call a garage door repair company for proper evaluation and solution.

So, do you need an annual or monthly maintenance for your garage door? Yes, because it is better to be safe than sorry. It’s also cost-efficient. Garage doors are always used and they are easy targets to the ravages of time. Through regular maintenance, you can save your money and keep your family and properties safe.

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Building the Best Garage Door for Modern Homes

White contemporary house exteriorMore homes today are going the modern way in terms of design due to advances in architecture, engineering, and technology. Dubbed as Smart Homes by TIME Magazine, they are not necessarily cheaper to build but are more cost efficient to maintain due to the science that goes behind them. Their materials are literally built to last and every aspect was thought through from solar panels to zero waste management. Still, they are made of the same parts as every other house – garage doors included.

Because of this, it is important to take note of the best practices when it comes to choosing, finding, and even building the right garage door for these homes that are built with the future in mind.

1.       Get a contractor that knows exactly what you need more than want.

When it comes to modern homes, it’s not just about what one wants. Technological planning goes into it and you need to sync devices to make this happen. It is therefore important to have a contractor that have not just built garage doors before, but also understands the concept of a modern home. Safety is paramount and it is important to find someone who can look at your lifestyle and that of your family’s. Chances are, there will no longer be a need for manual garage doors as all will be via Bluetooth or infrared connections between your car or mobile phones.

Wrong syncing can mean life or death, this is why your contractor must be updated with the latest technologies when it comes to garage doors for the modern home. They can also advise on what is needed in terms of keeping the garage door from jamming and keeping its quality.

2.       Fit to measure

Next, fit the garage door properly. Measure everything and take note of the number of cars and storage one needs. Modern homes do not have too many blind spots as it takes on a more open layout to ensure flow and electrical efficiency throughout the house, so storage can be tricky.

The last thing you want is to have garage door that cannot accommodate your needs.

3.       Take note of the house’s design

All garage doors are great in itself, but if it does not fit the whole design sensibility of the house, then it becomes a complete eyesore from the outside.

Modern homes are more inclined to take advantage of industrial designs and employ elements such as steel, brass, glass, and cement finishes due to the presence of solar panels on roofs, for example. Because of this, bulky garage doors or garage doors with carvings may not work as well as those with grey finishes. However, it is also an opportunity to be creative. Because of such a stark over all look, garage doors can serve as the accent piece from outside. It can be painted with punchy colors such as red or orange for a pop of color instead of the usual black or for the more adventurous, a whimsical graffiti design.

Gone are the days of boring garage door designs and modern homes providethe perfect palette for such endeavor.

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