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How to Take Care of Your Garage Door

Ask most people how they care for and maintain their garage door, and they will probably just stare at you for a second and then say “nothing!”

We tend to only care about our garage doors when something goes wrong and it is in need of repair. 

However, your garage door is expensive! And it’s something you use every day. Taking time to care for it can help keep it working longer, and can also help catch a problem early before it becomes a bigger problem.

Here are a few things you can do to help take care of your garage door.

Regular Maintenance

Even if you have a professional company come out one time a year, it’s a big step in the right direction.

Many garage door companies offer a maintenance option. They will come out and ensure the opener is set properly, that the garage door is lubricated, and all the hardware, tracks and rails are functioning as they should.

Even taking care of some minor repairs yearly can avoid the costly expense of a big problem later on.

Visual Inspection Every Month

You can also give your garage door some love once a month just with your eyes!

Here are a few things you can look for:

  • Is there any paint peeling? Schedule a painter ASAP if so, to avoid rust and unnecessary wear.
  • Everything looking good – the door is running smoothly on the tracks? You hear anything that doesn’t sound normal? Does all the hardware look tight?
  • You can take a moment to wipe down the tracks, rinse off the door and clear any cobwebs from corners.

Lubricate Your Garage Door

You can have a professional garage door tech do this for you during a maintenance call, or you can do this yourself. A good rule of thumb is to do it every time the season changes or once a quarter. Even twice a year is better than nothing!

We recommend using a silicone based lubricant and grease your garage door wires and cylinders. This will help your garage door open and close properly and smoothly.

As you can see, there are a few things you can do once a month or quarter to help keep your garage door working well and avoid any costly big repairs that come out of the blue!

If you are in the Roseville or Sacramento area, give us a call and we are happy to come perform a maintenance service for you!

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Garage Door Maintenance Tips

The best way to stop garage door problems before they become a big deal, is regular maintenance. Whether you perform these garage door maintenance tips or you hire a professional to come out periodically to check on your garage, is up to you. Proper maintenance is key to longevity of your garage door parts and safe, proper functioning.

Basic Visual Inspection

Once a month, visually inspect your garage doors. Notice any wear and tear, or something that looks different from the last time you checked. Focus on: your tracks, the springs, pulleys, cables, rollers and hardware. Do you notice any fraying cables? Are there any unusual sounds when opening and closing your door?

Take a look also at the mounting hardware. These are things like hinges and screws. Are they secure? If not, secure them.

Track Cleaning

During your monthly visual inspection, it’s a good idea to take a damp cloth and clean off the tracks. Debris and dirt can build up on the tracks, which can cause problems. Wiping them down monthly is a great way to prevent issues.

Lubricate Your Garage Door Parts!

Lubricating your garage door parts is really important. This is something you can do twice a year at minimum. We recommend using a lithium or silicone spray, not WD-40. You can buy a silicone based spray lubricant on Amazon or a local hardware or home improvement store.

Spray lubricant on: tracks, hinges and rollers. Lubricating these parts helps to prevent damage to those parts, and will allow your door to slide smoothly on their tracks.

Safety Feature Check

All garage doors made after 1993 have an auto reverse feature that prevents any person or object from being pinned down by the door. Checking that this is still functioning properly about once a year is a good idea.

The best and safest way to do this is put a rolled up newspaper or similar object in the path of the garage door. Then try to close your garage door, and see if the sensor senses the object and reverses automatically. If not, call a professional to address the issue ASAP!

Is your door balanced?

Another quick check you can do once a month is checking the balance of your garage door.

To DIY this,

  1. Disconnect your opener.
  2. Manually lift the door and check that it glides smoothly on the tracks, with no resistance.
  3. If you lift the door, it should stay open.
  4. If not, or it’s hard to open manually, then your door is not balanced.

If your door isn’t balanced, call a professional garage door company to balance it for you.

Taking 10 minutes each month to check your garage door for the above issues can save you a ton of money and headaches in the future. You can often catch problems before they become an expensive repair. Checking your garage also ensures it operates safely!

If you are in the greater Sacramento, CA area and are in need of a garage door company for maintenance, call us today!

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Garage Door Semi-Annual Maintenance

One of the most important duties that homeowners are responsible for is garage door maintenance. This tasks extends the longevity of the garage door and provides safety for the whole family. Garage door maintenance is not overly complex and does not require a large amount of your time. On the other hand, most professional garage door services include routine maintenance.
Semi-annual maintenance can generally be broken down into five categories. The tasks in each are equally important in keeping your garage door functioning at maximum capacity. These steps can be completed by do it yourselfers; especially those with mechanical experience. Those who have no spare time or the required knowledge should leave it to the local garage door experts.

Visual Assessment

The first step is to assess your garage door to determine which items need attention and which do not. First use the remote to raise and lower the garage door while you stand inside to watch. Repeat this while standing outside the garage. Be on the lookout for jittering or strange noises as well as be sure that it closes and opens completely.
Inspect all of your garage door components from the smallest hardware to the tracks, springs, and cables. Any item which is damage, frayed, or worn should be replaced. Ensure that the tracks are not warped or dented. Frayed safety cables and broken springs are an extreme hazard. They present dangers to family members, human and furry, as well as your property.

Assurance Testing

Check the balance of your garage door by manually raising the door with the electric opener disconnected. This should present little to no resistance and the door should stay completely open. Any issues in this area should be addressed as quickly as possible.
Test the reversing mechanism to ensure that it is functioning as it should. Most individuals use a large block of wood as a stop. When the door makes contact with this obstacle, it should automatically stop moving then reverse directions. It is extremely important to contact a garage door tech to inspect this safety feature, if it is not working properly.

Senor Beam Testing

Use the remote to lower your garage door and an item such as broom handle to disrupt the sensor beam. If the garage door does not reverse, this is another important issue for your garage door tech. Before contacting your local tech try cleaning the eye with a soft cloth and retesting the senor beam.

Force Limit Testing

Use the wall control to close your garage door and your hand to offer the door some resistance. This should only be light pressure and the door should automatically reverse. If it continues its downward descent, move your hands, or whatever you are using to provide resistance, immediately. Contact a garage door specialist to resolve this issue.

Clean & Lube

Your garage door should be thoroughly cleaned including clearing the tracks. Any debris or dirt must be removed to prevent malfunctions. Never use lube on the track; however, it is safe to use a bit of WD-40, if necessary, to remove all of the grime. A premium quality lithium lube should be used on the hinges; arm bar; stem; nubs; and metal rollers designed with ball bearings.
Perfect Solutions Garage Door Repair is operated by some of the most experienced repair and installation experts in the industry. We are dedicated to serving our valuable clients with professional services and 100% satisfaction. We offer emergency services and repairs, day or night, any time you need us.

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Paint Your Garage Door

There are several different reasons home owners decide to pain their garage doors. For some, it is a cosmetic decision and they have simply become tired of the old look. For others, it is maintenance and protection. It can prevent future damage and save money in the long run. The very first step is to decide between a water or oil based paint. Oil based paint is generally that which is chosen for exterior painting, while water based paint resists stains best. It is wise to purchase a primer and a finish as well. Some more expensive paints do not require one or the other.

Prep

  • Use a pressure washer to thoroughly clean metal garage doors and a garden hose for those constructed of wood. A pressure washer is not recommended for wooden doors as it may damage them. Use a stiff brush and mild detergent to remove tough dirt and/or stains. Use a scraper to remove any peeling paint and sandpaper to smooth the surface.
  • It is also best to sand any areas of metal garage doors which show rust. Use a paintable caulk and/or wood filler for patching and filling cracks. Be sure to remove any wood scrapes or splinters before trying to apply the paint.
  • Place cardboard and or drop cloths down to protect the garage floor and driveway. Masking tape and plastic sheeting or trash bags can be used to protect windows, trim, and/or siding.
  • Use a high quality brand paint to prime the garage door especially, if it is new and has never before been primed or if you are painting it a different color from the previous time. Ensure that it is the correct primer for your garage door’s material, whether wood or metal. Apply a thin coat of primer with a roller or sprayer. A brush can be used; however, it may show streaking, especially if the painter is inexperienced.

A Fresh Coat

  • Disconnect the garage door opener. This is to allow you to open the garage door manually from the outside and paint one panel at a time.

Tip: Avoid painting the rubber gasket on the bottom of the garage door.

  • Mix the paint thoroughly by shaking as well as stirring it with a stick. Pour a large amount into a bucket or paint pan and seal that which remains in the original paint bucket.
  • Apply a thin layer of paint evenly using a roller, sprayer, or wide brush. Allow the first coat to dry completely before applying the second coat. A second coat is recommended for the best results. Start at the lower portion of the door working upward one panel at a time.
  • Use a wide brush to apply two thin, even coats to the garage door trim as well. To gain extra precision angle your paint brush.
  • Remove and dispose of all of the plastic, cardboard, and tape. Use a flat razor to remove any paint from the window panes. Rinse the brushes, roller, and buckets or pans until the water runs clear for acrylic or latex paint. A solvent based cleaner will be needed for clean up if an oil based paint was used.

 

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Quieting a Noisy Garage Door

One of the most common complaints that homeowners have is that their garage door makes too much noise. There are several items to consider, if the garage door noise has increased. It is important to first determine the cause because it may be a warning that something more serious.
Many of the causes of the increased noise are rather simple to fix, especially for experienced DIYers. Of course many times it is not the knowledge, but time that prevents them from completing these tasks. All of the things are very good reasons to call a garage door specialist to ask for advice.

Dampen Noises

Components to inspect for the cause of the noise include loose hardware, lack of lubrication, worn out rollers, and faulty door opener anti-vibration pads. All of these things may be rectified by anyone handy around the house. Below is a comprehensive list of inspect items to determine the issue.
• Garage door hardware loosens with use and can create a great deal of noise during operation. Use a socket or traditional wrench to systematically tighten all of the hardware.
• The second cause may be that they are so worn that they have begun to squeak when they move. A quality lubricant may do the trick, if the rollers are still in good shape. Non-silicone lube is best for metal rollers; however, if they are nylon, lubricate the bearings only and do not use any lubricant for nylon rollers.

Note: WD-40 is not a lubricant, but a powerful cleaner. Never lubricate the tracks with anything. This may cause the garage door to become unbalanced due to slippage. It may be wise to consult a professional for the lubrication or replacement process.

• Springs which are in need of lubrication tend to make a great deal of racket. A metal lubricant or motor oil may be used for them. Home owners should be aware that while this is a simple task, it is also extremely hazardous. Due to intense pressure it may result in injury to persons, death, or damage to personal property. Call a garage door tech for safety.
• Move garage door hinges from side to side to inspect for damage and wear. If these are worn, they will need replacement. If the hinges are not worn, they may simply need lubrication.
• Inspect the tension on the trolley apparatus to determine if it is loose as well as whether it is a belt drive or chain drive system. A metal lube may be used for a chain drive system. A belt drive system should never be lubed or greased. Check the garage door and opener instruction manuals for exact directions. In the event that the manuals have been lost, they most likely can be downloaded for free from the respective websites.
• Note that many types of concrete garages are noisy in general even when functioning properly. The concrete amplifies the noise from the garage door operation. It may be possible to insult the garage door supports to dampen the noise.

Let Us Get Started

Our professional garage door crew at Perfect Solutions Garage Door consists of highly trained specialists. Contact us for any questions or concerns and we will be more than happy to address them. We can take care of all of your garage door needs whether you simply have no time, no knowledge, or do not have the proper tools for your project.

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Garage Door Maintenance

A garage door is an integral element of any home. All garage doors need routine maintenance to keep them functioning smoothly. This maintenance also increases the length of its life and prevent numerous future repair costs. Many families opt to hire a garage door specialist because they lead extremely busy lives and simply have no time to perform these tasks.

Visual and Hand-on Examination

It is important to visually inspect the garage door periodically. Many experts recommend this to be completed quarterly. The first step is to examine the garage door springs to ensure they are in peak condition and functioning optimally. There ae two basic types of springs. Extension springs are long and horizontally stretched above the garage door roller track. Torsion springs are round and mounted under extreme pressure above the door.

  1. Examine the tracks; rollers; brackets; cables; and hinges to evaluate their condition and to ensure that they are functioning correctly.
  2. Check all screws and bolts to ensure that these are tight. If any component appears to be frayed or worn, replace it as soon as possible.
  3. The garage door balance should be physically tested. If there is an opener present, disconnect the power source then disengage it. This is most commonly accomplished by tugging the cord and handle which hangs from the central track’s trolley.
  4. Lift the door to about waist height, manually, and release slowly. If the garage door rises or lowers, it is incorrectly balanced and requires adjustment.

Clean and Lubricate

The exterior of the garage door should be cleaned at least once per year or more often, if the property is in a salt-air environment. Proper and timely lubrication is important not only to a garage door’s longevity, but to its continued smooth operation. It is also essential to use the correct type of lubrication. It should be a non-silicone based product for the bearings, hinges, and springs. Some individuals use motor oil for some of the other parts; however, it is best to consult the owner’s manual and/or garage door professional.

  1. Mix one cup of mild detergent with five gallons of tepid or warm water. Use a rag or sponge to wash the garage door. Thoroughly rinse with a garden hose.
  2. Wooden garage doors must be wiped with a soft, dry rag. Once cleaned, it may be necessary to re-stain or repaint a wooden garage door.
  3. Visually inspect a wood garage door about once a year to determine, if it needs to be re-stained or repainted.
  4. Clean the inside of the door in a similar manner or use a broom to sweep away any debris and/r cobwebs.
  5. Lubricate the rollers and bearings with the non-silicone based product. Do not allow lubricant to make contact with nylon rollers or roller tracks.
  6. Use brake cleaner and a rag to clean the garage door tracks while wearing latex gloves.

Note: Be sure to make any necessary repairs along the way or schedule an appointment with a local, professional garage door contractor. Many garage door components, especially springs and cables, are under intense pressure and present a very real danger.

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How to Polish Your Wooden Garage Door Using a Natural Cleaner

If your wooden garage door looks old and tired, it may be the perfect time to polish it.  Commercial wood polish would work just fine, but they could be expensive and since they are made with petroleum-based wax, it could be bad for your health and the environment. A safer wood polish that you can make at home is the beeswax wood polish.

Making the Beeswax Polish

To make your beeswax wood polish, you only need two ingredients, bees wax and olive oil or coconut oil.  First, you need to pour some oil into a microwave safe container.  Then, pound or grate some beeswax to make it easy to melt later. Add the grated or pounded beeswax into the oil, making sure that the ratio is one part beeswax and four parts oil.

Now you need to heat it up in the microwave for several minutes to melt the wax. Once it is heated, take out the mixture, which now looks like oil, and carefully stir it thoroughly until it becomes cool.  You now have your beeswax polish.

Cleaning Your Wooden Garage Door

Before you apply your all-natural and non-toxic polish, clean your garage door first using water mixed with some vinegar.  Make sure all the dust and grime are wiped out before proceeding to the next step.  After cleaning or washing the garage door, let it dry naturally.  Once the wooden garage door is dry, you can now start polishing.

Polishing the Garage Door

Using a soft cloth, apply some of your beeswax polish onto the wooden garage door starting from the upper left corner  down to the  bottom right. This is to ensure that all the parts of the garage door are polished well.  Make sure that all the nooks and cranny of the garage door are covered with the polish.  Apply evenly for a perfect look.  Once the entire garage door is polished, wait for the wax to harden. This may take several minutes.

Once the wax is hardened enough, gently scrub the wooden garage door with soft cloth until the wax begins to appear glossy and sparkly. You have to ensure no part is left un-scrubbed or else it will not look even.  Now you can enjoy a revitalized and polished wooden garage door that you can be proud of.

A Beautiful but Malfunctioning Garage Door is Useless

You may now have a sparkly wooden garage after you polish it with natural beeswax polish, but if your garage door is not functioning well, its beauty is useless.  Wooden garage doors should also be looked at and maintained by garage door professionals to make it not only beautiful, but also flawless in looks and in action.  Never hesitate to call a garage door company for your garage door problems. Always remember, beauty and function are best paired together. If you are based on Roseville and Sacramento, the company to call is Perfect Solutions Garage Door.

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Four Garage Door Sounds and What They Are Telling You

Garage doors usually do their jobs as quietly as possible. The sound you hear when they close and open are similar day in and day out. But, what if one day you hear a different sound from your garage door?  You have to listen very carefully when your garage door emits an unfamiliar sound because more likely than not, it is trying to tell you something about its condition.

Types of Garage Door Noise

Here are some of the common sounds that garage doors make when they have problems. Remember that this list is not exhaustive as your garage door may exhibit various noises if it has issues. The best practice is when you hear abnormal sounds coming from your garage door, always call professional garage door technicians to assess it for you and diagnose the problem.

  1. Motor noise

When the motor of your garage gets too noisy it may mean that it’s working harder than it usually does. You can compare this to the sound of a person groaning while lifting a very heavy object. When your garage door motor sounds like it’s struggling, it probably is. It may need some maintenance from a reliable garage door company. They may have to do an overhaul or tighten bolts on your garage door motor to make it work better.

  1. Screeching noise

Screeching noises from your garage door usually means that your garage door is out of alignment. This is a big problem because it has the tendency to worsen if not serviced right away.  Not only that, the screeching noises that a garage door makes when it has this misalignment problem can be so loud and annoying that your kids or neighbors may complain.

  1. Chugging train sound

If you hear a sound that resembles the chugging of a train, then it’s time you have a garage door company check the rollers of your garage door track. They may have worn out and may be in need of replacement. You should not try replacing the rollers yourself because you may cause more damage to the garage door. Leave it to the experts.

  1. Loud one-time snapping sound

If you hear a loud snapping sound and your garage door won’t open anymore after that, it’s probably because the torsion springs are broken.  The torsion spring does the heavy lifting job when you open the garage and makes it close slowly instead of falling with force to the pavement. Sometimes this spring will snap due to the stress it has been subjected to.  Garage door professionals can replace the torsion spring easily, but you should not do it yourself because it can be dangerous.

Getting Rid of the Noise

If you don’t like to hear these noises that indicate your garage door’s suffering, why not ask a garage door company to do maintenance work. Prevention is better than cure and it’s a lot cheaper, too.  If you have a well-maintained garage, it will serve you for a long time without breaking down. The garage door sounds enumerated here can totally be avoided with proper care and maintenance. If you are in Placer County California, you can call Perfect Solutions Garage Door 24/7 hotline.

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Six Preventive Maintenance Tips for Garage Doors

As a garage owner, you are probably worried about maintenance cost in case your garage door gets broken. Even if garage door repair and maintenance are not expensive, if your garage door keeps on having problems, the expenses will soon add up. Fortunately, for you, there are many ways to help ensure that your garage door will work well without too much maintenance.

How to Care for Your Garage Doors

Doing preventive maintenance for your garage door follows the popular principle that it’s better to be safe than sorry.  This article will guide you how to check and care for your garage door to keep them in good condition. Here are six preventive maintenance tips:

  1. Observe your garage door.

One of the most effective ways to ensure your garage door works flawlessly for a long time is by treating it like a friend. Listen and observe for any signs of distress such as jerky movements when opening and closing as well as any strange sounds. These signs usually mean something is wrong with your garage door.

  1. Tighten what’s loose.

Check the roller brackets and bolts for any looseness. These parts loosen over time as you continually use your garage door. When you notice your garage door vibrate so much when you use it, then it’s time to check these parts. Don’t delay because the longer you wait, the more it can damage your garage door mechanism.

  1. Lubricate the moving Parts.

Friction can harm to the mechanism that makes your garage door work.  The best way to counter friction is by lubrication.  It only takes around 10 minutes to lubricate the parts, but will add years to the life of your garage door. White lithium grease is the best lubricant for the chain and screw of the opener. For the overhead spring, you can buy a high-quality spray lubricant from a garage door company.

  1. Check the cables.

Check the condition of the high tension cables that lift your garage door to know their condition. However, do not tinker with them because they can snap and injure you. If the cables have broken strands and are damaged, call a garage door technician right away. Never tinker with the high-tension cables.

  1. Clean the tracks.

Debris on the garage door track can cause the garage door many problems like becoming unbalanced, malfunction, and damages to the garage door mechanisms. A lot of people neglect this even though it’s very easy to do, resulting in high repair cost and regret. Spend a few minutes every day to check the tracks and remove any debris. Michelle M. Howard of SFGate recommends using an old toothbrush to clean the inside of the tracks.

  1. Check if the garage door is balanced.

If not properly balanced, you garage door opener will have to exert more effort in opening and closing the heavy door and will lessen its life span.  However, professionals should do the adjusting of an unbalanced door or you might damage it more.

 

Garage door problems are inevitable, but with proper care and maintenance by its owner, the frequency of repair is lessened.  It only takes a few minutes a day to do your own safe checks on your garage door so add this crucial task to your list of things to do. When in need of emergency repair, call the trusted technicians at Perfect Solutions Garage Door.

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A Quick Guide to Garage Door Cleaning

Imagine taking a friend of yours to your garage to see some of your collection and a dirty garage door greets both of you. What an embarrassment! Of course you would try to explain it away sheepishly, but your friend knows that you have just been too lazy to clean your garage door. Yes, your garage door needs cleaning too especially because it is exposed to dust and other pollutants.  A dirty garage door is an unhealthy garage door and soon, you may have to spend money to repair it.

Garage door cleaning is an essential part of maintenance and won’t take so much of your time. Here are the steps to quick and effective garage door cleaning:

Step 1: Get your tools

Prepare your tools for the job—bucket, mild detergent/dishwashing soap, hose and some rag or scrub brush.  If you are using a scrub brush, you have to make sure that it is not very hard or it will scratch the finish of your garage door. You can use any mild detergent that you have at home, never use a strong detergent or your garage door will look awful in the end.

Remember:

  • Bucket
  • Hose
  • Mild detergent or dishwashing soap
  • Rag or scrub brush

Step 2: Wash and clean

  1. Fill the bucket with water and dissolve some mild detergent or dishwashing soap, not too much though or it will ruin the finish. You have to ensure that all the detergent is thoroughly dissolved in water. You have to check the bottom for soap powder that has not dissolved yet.
  2. After preparing your soap solution, attach the hose to the faucet and let the water flow. Wet the garage door using your hose. Make sure every part of the garage door is really wet so that you can proceed to the next stage without any problems.
  3. After wetting your garage door with water, get the rag or scrub brush and wet it with the soap solution you have just made, and scrub every part of your garage door. Don’t scrub it too hard though. Just be gentle but firm. To make sure that every part of the garage door is scrubbed, start from the upper left and scrub down to the bottom.   After completing one part, move the next area. Make sure it’s organized.
  4. After scrubbing, rinse the garage door using the hose.
  5. Let the garage door dry naturally.

Step 3: Inspect your garage door

  1. Check for peeling paint or warped paint. If you have a metal garage door, areas where paint peeled off are susceptible to rusting.
  2. Dust the tracks of the garage door. Stones or other debris there could affect how the garage door closes and cause many problems.
  3. Check the mechanisms of the garage doors to see if they have problems.
  4. You can also apply wax to metal doors to maintain the luster of the metal.

Clean your garage doors and check for problems at least once a month. If you spot areas that need repair work, call your trusted garage door company. Doing so will help you maximize and extend the life of your door.

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