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Getting Ready to Sell: Garage Door Updates

Dorothy was ready to put up her beautiful home in El Dorado Hills for sale. She wanted to improve her curb appeal before selling to make it more marketable. This includes switching out the garage doors, upgrading the garage door openers, and painting her house.  

The garage doors was old wood doors that were 30+ years old. Her garage door openers as well were 30 years old. 

Note here that any openers made before 1993 don’t come with an auto reverse feature. This important safety feature is crucial for garage door safety, and having it will help sell your home. Auto reverse means probably what you think – that the door will automatically reserve. This happens if there is something in the way of the sensors.

You should test that your garage doors do this, regardless of whether you are selling your home. Whether you are or aren’t, you can test by simply taking a rolled up newspaper and putting it in the path of the garage door. Now close the garage door. If the door automatically reverses upon sensing the newspaper, you’re good! If it doesn’t, call a professional!

When looking at different garage door options and what would make the most sense, Dorothy’s only requirements were doors that would compliment the style of her house, and that were durable.  Besides style, nothing else much mattered, as she was planning on painting her home, including her garage doors.

Dorothy ended up choosing Clopay garage doors, their T52 model. We added plain windows, which were a nice compliment to the large windows she has throughout her home.  

Dorothy needed 2 garage doors: 1 two car garage door and 1 one car garage door. They look great, especially with the windows!

As for the garage door openers, she went with the 8065 LiftMaster 1/2HP chain drive openers. This is very durable, and very affordable! 

Ready to be put on the market and photographed!

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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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