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How to Get a Return on Investment from Your New Garage Door

garage 1Having a new garage door installed is a relatively inexpensive way to add curb appeal to your home, particularly if your garage is at the front of your property and can be seen from the sidewalk or the road. Even so, if you are going to spend money on a new garage door, choosing wisely will help you to ensure that you see a return on the investment you are making – In other words, your new door will pay for itself in the value it adds to your home.

This short guide suggests a few things worth considering if you want to get the best ROI on your new garage door.

Maximize Energy Saving Potential

Apart from improving the aesthetic appeal of your home, there is another way in which a new garage door can pay for itself – By delivering energy cost savings. Whatever type or design you choose, ensuring your new garage door is insulated is the surest way to recoup the cost of purchase and installation. By reducing the amount of heat (or cool air if you are in a warm climate and use air conditioning) that escapes your home by way of your garage, an insulated door will make a difference, however small, to your heating energy costs.

Match the Style to Your Home

It’s surprising how often people choose a new garage door for the way it looks in photographs or in a showroom, without considering if it fits the style of their homes. For a new garage door to do your home justice and add maximum value, its style must be in keeping with the rest of your house. For example, if you have a very modern, contemporary style of home, carriage house garage doors won’t make the most suitable choice, however nice they look in themselves.

It’s All in the Overlay

Once you’ve decided upon the style of garage door which most suits your home, the hardest part of the selection process begins. Garage doors are comprised of sections which more often than not, are covered with some form of overlay to provide a certain visual effect for the door finish. The only doors which don’t have an overlay are the cheapest products made from steel. These inexpensive garage doors have a design embossed or pressed into the steel sections, typically mimicking the effect of wood grain.

While a garage door with an overlay is going to be more expensive, you will be able to choose from the widest range of designs and effects, which of course is important if you are to maximize the curb appeal of your home. You can choose from overlays made from real wood, cellular PVC or wood composite materials. Real wood overlays are the most expensive, while a door with wood composite overlays can be had for little more than the price of an embossed steel door.

Hopefully this guide will help a little when you choose a new garage door with ROI in mind. If you select a door with a nice overlay, in a style that matches your home and with insulation built-in, you should see the payback over the door’s lifetime or within the price you receive for your home if you sell.

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All About Garage Door Lubrication

garage_door_safetyMost householders are aware of the need to keep garage doors and door openers lubricated. However all too often the poor garage door gets a dose of the wrong lubrication, or is over or under-lubricated. Garage door lubrication isn’t an art form, but there are ways to get it right and of course to get it wrong. If you really want to extend the life of your garage door and door opener, follow this simple guidance and learn how to lubricate your door and opener effectively.

WD 40 Is a No-No

If there is one golden rule to follow when it comes to garage door lubrication, it’s this – Keep away from the WD-40. While some people like to believe WD-40 can cure all ills and is the perfect cleaning agent and lubricant for every application, that’s really not the case. WD-40 is actually a solvent and when you apply it to the moving parts of your garage door and opener, it will break down any good grease that’s already present and then it will dry out, creating more friction than existed before it was applied. Furthermore, once applied, WD-40 actually attracts dust and dirt.

Heavy-duty silicone spay is a far better product if you really want to use a general lubricant for all parts of your door and opener: The thicker the better. Thicker silicone spray lubricants remain effective for a long time once applied. You can use this type of lubricant on your garage door and opener every six months if your door sees a lot of use; otherwise once a year will be fine.

Tips for Greasing a Garage Door Opener Rail

When you come to grease the opener rail of your garage door, there is a second golden rule to follow. You actually just need to remember one word – Moderation. If you over-grease the rail, you will end up with a streak of grease down the outside of your garage door. Even worse, if you actually use your garage to store your car, the grease will drip onto the vehicle. Over-greasing garage door opener rails is a common mistake, but now you know, it needn’t be one that you make.

All your opener rail really needs is a light greasing from end to end. After greasing, use your controller to open and close the door a few times. As you do this, the opener trolley will plough up the excessive grease, so you’ll need to clean this off the trolley.

Lubricating Your Garage Door Rollers

Another common mistake people make is lubricating the tracks of the garage door. This is entirely unnecessary and does nothing for your garage door. It’s only the stem each door roller that needs some lubrication. Just use a heavy silicone spray lubricant on the roller stems and try to spray it well into the hinges where the roller stems are held. This will keep the rollers turning freely. Greasing the rollers and the track is the equivalent of putting grease on car tires and on the road – A pointless exercise.

That’s really all there is to the art of garage door lubrication. If you remember the word “moderation” and leave the WD 40 in the can, you’ll be able to keep your door running smoothly and noiselessly – Hopefully for decades.

 

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Why Choose a Single Panel Garage Door?

IMG_311Probably the oldest style of garage door, aside from side hinged doors, is the single panel “up and over” model. Although waning in popularity, this type of garage door is still widely available and does have a number of benefits. So in this post, we’ll look at the reasons why you might choose to install a single panel garage door in preference to the more common sectional type.

The Most Affordable Garage Door

Perhaps the most compelling reason for choosing a single panel garage door is a matter of budget. This type of door is inexpensive to buy and, due to its simplicity, to install. There are two types of single panel door, the canopy type, and the retractable type. Of these, the canopy style of garage door is the most affordable.

The Most Reliable Garage Door

In terms of reliability, the single panel, up and over door wins again. The simple mechanism and construction means there isn’t too much that can go wrong and if you should have any problems, replacement parts are relatively inexpensive.

Visual Appeal

The nice thing about single panel doors, especially when they are closed, is their aesthetic appeal. Choice of available materials is extensive and these garage doors can come with a paneled or textured appearance. They also lend themselves to the installation of glazed panels for a homely look.

Versatility

Availability in a range of standard heights and widths, single panel garage doors can be fitted to most garages, although they don’t lend themselves to unusually shaped Garage entrances. The slightly more expensive retractable doors can easily be fitted with automatic openers. This can often be a good idea, as these doors do tend to be harder to manually open and close than sectional or roller doors.

Most Secure Garage Door

When it comes to home security, your garage is a potential entry point for intruders. Thieves like to break into garages because they can close the door and then work on your home’s interior door while remaining out of view. A single panel garage door has a design, which makes life difficult for burglars. These doors are hard to get past when securely locked. Most single panel doors have multiple locking points for added protection.

Extra Advantages of Retractable Doors

The retractable type of up and over door adds a few more benefits while still being affordable. This type of door doesn’t extend so far past the garage entrance aperture when opening, so vehicles can be parked a little closer to the garage. The door retracts completely into the garage roof space, which makes for a less obtrusive look when the door is open. Finally, it lends itself to automation, which can’t be said of the canopy type.

Still a Popular Garage Door

Although a little clunky to open and close, single panel, up and over garage doors are still a popular choice, particularly for homeowners on a budget. Available in wood, steel, ABS plastic and GRP, there is a single panel door to suit most styles. A vast range of decorative designs is offered by suppliers, making these garage doors a low cost way to beautify your home’s exterior.

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How To Find a Good Company for Your Garage Door Needs

Garage door installation in Granite Bay CA 95746

Garage door installation in Granite Bay CA 95746

Finding a good garage door company is essential not only to the aesthetics of the garage, and the house by extension, but more importantly the functionality and longevity too. Many people erroneously think that all it takes is a quick internet search and a few calls or emails to find out the costs to get a good company. People who do this are likely to have their installation done haphazardly and over time end up spending a lot of money on repairs. Now, how does one go about looking for a good garage door company?

Ask around

When you visit friends and family and see that they have sturdy and very handsome garage doors, do not shy away from asking who does their installation and maintenance. Ultimately, the mark of good workmanship is manifested in satisfied customers. At perfectsolutionsgaragedoor, for example, we receive get many clients from referrals by our past and current customers. Asking around also helps you to avoid the not-so-good companies.

Consult a real estate professional

People in real estate, especially developers, have a list of the top professionals they work with. A real estate person is therefore in a position to recommend a top garage door company. The company who sold you your house should easily be able to find you a good garage door company for repairs.

The Home Depot store

People at your local home depot store know the technical people who buy regularly from them. They know who buys the proper high end equipment and supplies and who buys the regular things. If you approach them with a question, they will give you an honest opinion of the garage door repair people in your area without much ado since they have no direct interest in your garage door.

The construction company

Construction contractors keep a list of firms who they consult when building houses. They know who to go when they need specific types of garage doors. The benefit that consulting a construction company has over the others is that people who work in construction understand the different styles of garage doors and how they relate to décor styles and climatic conditions. A person in construction is for example better equipped to tell the difference between a regular repair company and a company specialized in say fiberglass garage door installation and repair.

The yellow pages

In this age of internet searches, the yellow pages have been relegated to the periphery. The simply got forgotten. What most people fail to realize is that companies that have listed with the yellow pages are likely to have been in business for a very long time. As a result, they have built up years upon years of experience and are therefore very adept at what they do. While this is not always the case, a garage door company that is listed in the yellow pages is likely to offer you exemplary service.

After making the above recommended consultations, the final decision rests with you because you will have to factor in things like personal preference and budgetary constraints.

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How to Make Your Garage Doors More Eco-Friendly and Cost-Efficient

GreenGarageDoorToday’s conscientious homeowners are constantly searching for ways to make their homes more eco-friendly and cost-efficient. Although there are many beneficial changes you can make within the interior of your home that will save money and energy, there are also several cost-effective things you can do to make your garage more environmentally friendly.

Here are a few simple tips to make your garage more eco-friendly and cost-efficient:

1.      Use Recycled Material

Garage doors made of composite steel or wood are more durable, they hold up well under severe weather conditions, and they come in an extensive selection of different sizes and styles. Due to the extensive range of design options, composite doors are available in both low and high price ranges if you are trying to stay within a pre-set budget. It is also better for the environment, since the doors are made with recycled materials.

2.      Insulate the Garage Door

Adding a layer of insulation on the inside of your garage door is an inexpensive upgrade that will save you significant money in the long run. Insulated doors are more durable, quieter, and they will help keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. If you live in a warmer climate like Roseville, CA, you can try a perforated garage door to allow more light and ventilation without affecting privacy or security.

3.      Install New Weather Stripping

If you have cracks or tears in the weather stripping along the bottom of your garage door, they should be replaced as soon as possible. All the air in your garage will penetrate towards the tiny openings and counteract the insulation. Perfect Solutions Garage Doors will be happy to give you a free quote on replacing your weather stripping if it is currently not energy-efficient.

4.      Insulate the Garage Walls

You should insulate your garage walls if you have heating and cooling vents going into the garage. Installing insulation and drywall will add a protective layer that will significantly reduce your heating and cooling expenses.

If you are buying a new garage door and you want to be eco-friendly and cost-effective, start your search looking at doors made from recycled materials. You should also invest a little money to add insulation to your garage door and walls. It will reduce your energy consumption, as well as your heating and cooling bills. If you have any questions on the most eco-friendly and cost-effective options, please contact Perfect Solutions Garage Doors for a free estimate on insulated composite garage doors.

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What You Need to Know Before Buying a Garage Door

New Garage Door Buying Tips

Most people will only need to buy a new garage door a few times over the course of their lifetime. It is something you might update every 15 or 20 years, provided that there are no issues with it. Garage door technology and materials are constantly evolving, so it is important to do some preliminary research to ensure you get the best product and the best deal.

If you are in the market for a new garage door, these are a few things you should know before approaching the first vendor.

1.      Size of Door

All of your options will be based on the size of your door. Certain sizes will require stronger mechanisms and more powerful openers. Measure the size of your current garage door or the intended size of the opening. Compare the measurements you get with standard garage door sizes on sites like Perfect Solution Garage Door. If you are unsure of the size of your door, you can always consult one of our professional installers.

2.      Material Preference

Perfect Solutions Garage Doors offers an extensive selection of garage door materials, including options that can be customized to suit the style of your home. The material you should choose for your door will depend on your budget and style of your home. If you decide to go with steel, make sure there is a topcoat designed to provide maximum rust protection. It should also be backed with rigid-foam insulation.

3.      Garage Door Safety Features

Automatic garage doors can come with many different safety features. For example, most doors that fold up in sections have shaped edges that gently push fingers out of the cracks when the sections start to close together. All automatic garage doors should also have an auto-reverse feature that stops the door from closing if there is an object detected in its pathway. This was made mandatory in 1993 by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

4.      Opener Security Features

There are all types of different automatic garage door openers on the market depending on the level of security you require. You can get a remote for your keychain, a mounted access control pad, or a system with fingerprint technology. Most openers allow you to select multiple options for added convenience.

If you are interested in buying a new automatic garage door, start by doing a little research on sites like this one. Find out all your options and establish a list of preferences before requesting a quote. Perfect Solutions Garage Door will be happy to provide you with a free estimate on any of the options you are considering.

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Why You Should Never Skimp on Garage Door Installation

A new garage door is a substantial investment in your home. It is also something that could have costly consequences if it is not done correctly. Perfect Solutions Garage Door has been called time after time because a fly-by-night, low-budget garage door installer has left a homeowner with an ugly mess and they need our expertise to fix it.

You can save yourself the hassle and headache by choosing a reputable and experienced provider who stands by their work. You may be tempted by the bargain prices, but you will get what you pay for in the end. If you are still not convinced that a professional installer is worth the money, the trained installers at Perfect Solutions Garage Door have shared some of the reasons they have witnessed firsthand.

Here are a few good reasons you should never skimp on garage door installation:

shutterstock_754108181.     Scary Safety Issues

Our garage door experts have been to the scene of too many garage door accidents in their career, and it is hard to actually pinpoint which one was the worst. They have witnessed cats, dogs, children, and adults with severe injuries caused by a door that came crashing down unexpectedly. Professional installers will make sure that never happens.

2.     Costly Maintenance and Repairs

The installers at Perfect Solutions Garage Door have extensive experience fixing and servicing garage doors that were not properly installed. Quite often, we are called after another installer has caused damage to the tracking or pulleys and the door will no longer open or close.

3.     Installers Go Out of Business

Our garage door installers are often asked to finish projects or handle maintenance problems because the original company has gone out of business. Take the time to investigate the business’ history and track record in the Sacramento area before agreeing to any work.

4.     Take the Money and Run

Unfortunately, the team at Perfect Solutions Garage Door has also found out about garage door companies taking customers’ deposits and then leaving Sacramento without even starting the job. Never trust a garage door company that doesn’t have an established location and solid reputation in the community.

5.     Get What You Want

If you are willing to spend a little more money and deal with a company that has a proven track record of quality service, you will also get the added bonus of choosing exactly what you want. There are companies like Perfect Solutions Garage Door that will let you customize your garage door and security features.

Those are five powerful reasons why you should never skimp on your garage door installation!

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Six Steps for Safely Installing a Garage Door Opener

Installing your own garage door opener can be challenging, and it is important to take into consideration some basic safety precautions to ensure the project goes smoothly. These small extra steps are necessary for preventing injury and costly property damage. They will also help make sure that the garage door ends up working the way it should.

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Here are six steps for safely installing a garage door opener:

1.     Read the Manufacturer’s Instructions

All garage door openers should come with helpful installation instructions that are specific to that model. Make sure to read through all of the steps in advance and ask the manufacturer or a local installer if you have any questions. You can also ask anyone on staff at Perfect Solutions Garage Door.

2.     Make Sure the Door Works

It is important to test the garage door before installing the opener. Make sure it is working properly and is well lubricated. You should not install a garage door opener if you can’t easily raise and lower the door manually.

3.     Remove Loose Clothing and Cords

Make sure to dress appropriately and remove any ropes or cords from your garage that could become entangled with the door. Don’t tempt fate by wearing things that could get caught in the tracks or pulley system. Garage doors are very heavy, and they are suspended high in the air. If your belt, watch, or necktie gets caught in the tracks, it could end up taking you on a dangerous ride.

4.     Don’t Adjust the Tracking

Only qualified service technicians should alter or replace any garage door cables, pulleys, or springs. Please feel free to give Perfect Solutions Garage Door a call if you come across a problem with your tracking system and you live in one of our service areas: Auburn, El Dorado, Granite, Roseville, or Rocklin.

5.     Disconnect Power at the Main Breaker

Make sure to turn off power at the main breaker box if the garage door opener requires any electrical wiring. You should also make sure to connect the power cord for the garage door opener to a properly grounded outlet.

6.     Test it Thoroughly

After the opener is installed you should test its security features and general functions. It is important to make sure the auto-reverse sensor function, emergency release, and any other safety features are all working properly.

Installing a garage door opener can be very straightforward if you follow these six steps. If you encounter any issues or concerns when you are installing it, please contact any of the experienced installers at Perfect Solutions Garage Doors for advice.

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