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    Our client, Peter and his wife, bought a new home. Their goal was to remodel it and then sell it for a profit. 

    One of their bigger projects for the exterior of the home was replacing the garage door and the entire garage door system. 

    The door when they purchased the home was made of wood and had not been properly maintained. It was falling apart and was beyond repair. 

    Old Wood Garage Door

    old wood garage door old wood garage door

    When we came out for the first inspection, we also noticed that the wood frame needed some work and needed to be resized since the current opening was not a standard size for any garage door on the market. 

    So adjusted the frame of the garage in preparation of the new garage door installation. Peter ended up choosing a 25 gauge steel garage door made of steel from UDT. The door is durable, inexpensive and a great choice for any garage, especially once for a flip!

    Here is the door newly installed from the outside and inside:

    new single car garage door installation  new single car garage door installation

    Notice there is only 1 spring installed. A 1 car garage door never needs 2 springs, though we recommend 2 springs for any 2 car garage, as a general rule.

    After these pictures were taken, we also installed a brand new LiftMaster garage door opener to complete the project. Now the garage door can be accessed easily from a remote or smartphone and creates a secure garage door space.

    Our client, Todd, built a very large metal garage on his property to house his many vehicles. 

    The space ended up being so big, it needed commercial sized doors to complete and secure the space. We measured the opening: 10 feet wide and 14 feet high. Wow! 

    Todd wanted durable garage doors to stand up to the elements, but he also wanted a more residential look even though he needed to purchase commercial type garage doors. He didn’t like the look of the commercial doors he had seen. 

    The last requirement Todd had was allowing as much light into the garage as possible. He didn’t want all glass doors, so we needed to find the right model that would satisfy all of these needs.

    I think we hit the nail on the head with this project. It wasn’t easy to get these doors picked out, delivered, and installed, but we did it! 

    We installed 2 beautiful 24 gauge garage doors. We were able to add a top panel of windows to allow light in without compromising the durability of the rest of the door. We also installed 2 LiftMaster 8500 jackshaft openers in order to allow for the greatest clearance for the garage. The openers install to the wall of the garage, not the ceiling which helps give more clearance.

    Looks great, right!?

    new commercial garage door installation sugar land texas new commercial garage door installation sugar land texas

    The doors will do a great job at protecting Todd’s toys inside from the elements. The top panels of windows allow a huge amount of light to come in during the day. And if you didn’t know just how big the doors were, you might not realize that they are oversized. They look just like the common residential style garage doors you see on homes all over.

    Todd is so happy to have beautiful doors, with natural light, that function for his unique space!

    We recently installed this beautiful custom glass garage door and matching entryway door for a Sugar Land customer.

    The homeowners wanted to update their home’s exterior instead of selling and buying a new house. Their kids moved out and they were ready for a change! They decided to go with a contemporary look.

    After looking through many catalogs of garage door option, they landed on the Avante collection, by Clopay. The glass is frosted, for privacy, with a contemporary black frame.

    simpson contemporary glass garage door

    This door is HEAVY, as you can imagine being made with glass. So we also installed a brand new LiftMaster 8578W opener to handle the weight of the door. The opener is a chain drive, with WiFi options and a great security system.

    The next step was installing the entry doors to match. This helps with the cohesion of the entire look and took this old ranch brick house up a notch on the contemporary scale!

    The front door they chose was the Contemporary Thermal 7404 model by Simpson. Since the door is made by a different company than the garage door, we found a style that matched perfectly. These doors, however, did not come in black. So we painted the doors black to match the black frame of the garage door.

    The door looks great! And with a view of both doors, you can see how well they coordinate!

    modern glass entry door and garage door

    If you are looking for a professional garage door company in the Sugar Land, Texas area, give us a call! We don’t just do garage door, but all exterior doors including front entry doors and side entry doors as well!

    Our doors look great, even from the inside!

    The most important thing is the homeowners are happy with their new, updated look! And look what a huge different switching out the doors does for this home. Why buy a new home to match your style, make an update instead!

    Many standard, inexpensive garage doors are just…a door. With no special decoration, no windows, no fancy materials. This is great and practical if you are on a budget or if you just use your garage to park your car. 

    Many people, however, enjoy working in their garage, working out, using it as an additional living space, or as a game room. 

    In these cases, especially when the weater isn’t perfect out, it’s nice to have a window for some natural light on days you want to keep the garage closed. 

    Windows also add a nice updated look to an otherwise plain garage door, as you can get different styles of windows to match any home design. 

    Our customer, Melanie, just bought her home. However, once she moved in, she realized her garage is very dark! 

    Instead of replacing the entire garage door, which is very expensive, and in this case, pretty wasteful since the door itself is new. We decided to save money and just replace the top panel, with a new panel that featured windows! 

    This swap saved a ton of money, and made an instant functional change as well as a design change. 

    Melanie’s door went from this: 

    standard garage door

    to this:

    added panel to garage door with windows

    Now all we have left to do is come paint the upper panel to match the existing panels, and this garage door upgrade will be complete!

    Window Types for Garage Door Panels

    You’ll notice Melanie went with plain, basic rectangle windows. But there are tons of options to choose from, including arched windows, square windows, cathedral, sunray and more.

    You can also choose a glass type to add to the design of your door, including frosted for extra privacy and sound control.

    Talk to a professional garage door company about your options, style and budget when choosing garage door windows for your garage.

     

    We got a call from a customer that their garage door panel was cracked and broken.

    We came out and saw this:

    cracked garage door panel as a result of bad garage door opener installation

    Yup…definetely a cracked garage door panel! 

    We figured out that this was a result of a bad garage door opener installation. The customer told us how their family friend said he knew how to install garage door openers and could do it for them. Since he’s not a professional, he didn’t know that you have to add a strut to reinforce the upper panel. If you don’t, the panel can…crack.  

    Thankfully, this Wayne Dalton garage door is still manufactured. We were able to order a new panel to replace the cracked one. Replacing a panel is a much cheaper option than replacing the entire door. If your garage door is no longer being made, however, replacing your panel isn’t an option. 

    The cheapest panel repair option is to just reinforce the panel and install hardware to do this. But this is a temporary fix. The ideal is to replace the entire panel or door to remove a damaged panel. 

    Once the new panel arrived, we came out to install it. Not only did we install a strut to reinforce the upper panel, as you can see here: 

    strut installed to support garage door and garage door opener

    We also adjusted the tracks since they were not aligned properly. 

    The end result: a smooth moving garage door thanks to the properly installed brand new garage door opener

    Why hire a professional garage door company?

    This story is the exact reason why you should always hire a professional for your garage door needs. Do the research to find a good company – licensed, bonded and insured and with many 3rd party high reviews. A professional garage door installer would install your garage door opener right the FIRST time, and would be less expensive than the cost it was to come out and replace this garage door panel.

    If you’re in the Sugar Land, Texas area, give us a call!

    We received a call from Kevin and Whitney to come and inspect their garage door system.

    What we found when we arrived as this:

    A broken garage door opener. A tension cable that broke. Plus, two of the garage door rollers came off as well.

     

    They had both wanted to upgrade their garage doors for a while. Now that their opener and cables broke, they figured it was a good time to replace the doors and their opener.

    After deciding what kind of style door they wanted and looking through some photos, they landed on these First United Door 325 model with carriage door stamp.

    The UDT door is a steel-backed garage door. Steel garage doors are low maintenance and strong, which means they last a long time, for little investment on their upkeep! The Universal series by 1st UDT are known for their quality and longevity.

    They chose to add Stockton windows and decorative hardware to really complete the upgraded look.

    Since we also had to replace the garage door opener since that had broken, Kevin and Whitney decided to go with the tried and true LiftMaster 8550 belt drive opener. Belt drive garage door openers are more expensive than chain and screw drive openers, but they require no maintenance! So they pay for themselves over time. They are also very quiet! The LiftMaster 8550 model also has extra security features including WiFI so you can control the door from a smartphone or tablet, and a battery backup. In case of a power outage, the door will still open and close!

      

    The new openers looks great with their new doors!

    We also installed brand new rollers, a new cable, and two new springs.
    This garage door system got a complete upgrade! The garage and openers are top quality, low maintenance and will last for years. Plus, the carriage house look they went for is timeless and classic. The doors and the design will stand the test of time, and are a great boost to the home’s value and curb appeal!

     

    Your garage door isn’t just another door in your home. Your garage is a major entry point to your home, and a big part of your exterior style and curb appeal.

    Choosing the right door is very important! It not only has a big impact, but it needs to provide the right amount of safety and security for your home.

    updated garage door installation

    Depending on how you use your garage, the level of insulation when choosing a new door is important. For homeowners that use their garage for working out, to do work, or as an additional living space know just how important a fully insulated garage door is.

    So, if you are in the market for a new garage door, you need to choose a door that is functional AND stylish, along with considering your budget.

    #1 Composition and Durability

    When evaluating new garage doors you want to focus first on composition and durability.

    Garage doors are made from fiberglass, vinyl, steel, wood and other materials. You can narrow the choices by looking at the style of your home, your budget, and how durable you need your door to be. Wood doors are beautiful, but are high maintenance and expensive. Steel, by comparison is more affordable.

    #2 Insulation Level

    Insulation comes in an R value and it’s something to consider when purchasing a new garage door. Depending on the climate and how you are using your garage door will inform you about the R value you want to look out for. The insulation in garage doors is usually polystyrene or polyurethane. Consulting with a garage door tech can help you decide what material and level you need.

     

    #3 Do your research!

    The worst thing that can happen once you choose a great garage door is to have it installed improperly. Make sure you research NOT just your new garage door, but also the installer.

    Can you find independent 3rd party reviews for them on Yelp, Google or Facebook? These review sites can help you see the entire picture. Asking around to friends and co-workers can also insure you are getting a quality company to install your new doors.

    Make sure the company you choose, at the minimum: offers a free inspection or a free quote AND that they guarantee their work. You want to find a reputable garage door installation company that can help you find a good door to match your budget and style, and install safely for you!

     

    Our customers, Robert and Jen, wanted to update the exterior of their home. They decided to invest some of their budget into a new garage door

    Updating your curb appeal with a new door is not only a style choice, it’s also a great option to increase your home’s security with the features of a new door, and provide other benefits such as increased insulation, which lowers heating and cooling bills. 

    Robert and Jen chose this beautiful Clopay Gallery garage door. 

    clopay gallery garage door

     

    The woodgrain look is gorgeous and really adds an expensive looking touch to their exterior. 

    The Clopay Gallery door also has 2″ steel back insulation. This will allow Robert and Jen to use their garage door to workout in, as it will help regulate the temperature in the hot and cold months. It will also save them money on heating and cooling bills since their garage is attached. The insulation on the back of the door looks like this:

     

    This would normally be a standard installation for this door, except Robert wanted to install a car lift in his garage. 

    In order to install a car lift, we need to get the door to open as high as possible in the garage. This type of door installation is called a “high lift”. 

    In order to maximize the amount of clearance for the garage door, we installed a LiftMaster Jack Shaft garage door opener. This opener is not an overhead opener, it is installed on the wall (not the ceiling), as you can see below. This helps gives us the clearance we need for the high lift installation. This also allowed us an early break away from the frame, so we were able to have enough clearance for the decorative hardware you see on the outside of the door, in the photo above.

     

    liftmaster jack shaft opener

    Our customer, Mary, didn’t want to sell her home. She did, however, want to rent it out. Generally, when renting a home you used to live in, you want to make some upgrades before you invite renters in. These updates are different than if you are selling your home. You want to make smart, strategic upgrades that don’t cost a lot but add a lot of value for renters.

    One of those great, easy upgrades is a garage door. A garage door can increase the security of your home, as well as up the curb appeal, which can help it rent more quickly.

    The job seemed straightforward at first, just a regular garage door replacement. Once we got there, we realized some issues.

    Mary’s door is a one piece door, as you can see below:

    one piece garage door

    Now, typically to convert a one-piece door to an overhead door isn’t a problem. But the issue with Mary’s house was the bedroom that was built in the garage.

    After some creative thinking, we were able to take an overhead door, which you can see below, and mount it as a one-piece door. Basically, this gives you the look of a standard overhead door, but with the function of a tilt door.

    Mary is looking to rent her house. This job was not your usual door replacement. She had a one-piece door which typically won’t be an issue to convert to an overhead door but the catch was the bedroom that was built in the garage. So being creative we took an overhead door and mounted it as one piece door. So you get the looks of a standard overhead door but the function of a tilt door.

    standard overhead door as a one piece door. 

    Mary is very happy with the installation, and she was able to rent her home soon after we completed the replacement job.

    Customers of ours gave us a call because they had a problem with the garage door on their rental property they own. 

    They recently had renters move out, and upon inspection, saw their garage door had been totally trashed. The garage itself was in bad shape, and the garage door had been damaged. The garage door was also off track and so was in immediate need of repair since it couldn’t be used in its current state. 

    Our customers needed to rent the home again, so fixing these problems were imperative to getting the home listed and rented again.

    We came out to have a look and found this: 

    new garage door rental 

    new garage door rental

    new garage door rental

    After inspecting the garage door and the entire system, we decided to replace the garage door completely. The first thing was ordering a new, thicker garage door. The thickness will add durability and is a great choice for a rental property where more wear and tear is expected. Thicker doors also generally last a bit longer, so this is a great choice for a rental unit as well. 

    In addition to the new door, we upgraded the moving parts of the door as well. The new parts are heavy duty, so they will stand up to any abuse. We changed out the springs, garage door rollers, and the cables. Lastly, we lubricated the moving parts so they will work optimally. 

    The last part of this repair was painting the new garage door to complement the rest of the home’s paint. We went with an almond color. White paint, if not properly maintained, can yellow with time. The almond stays the same, so it’s a great choice for a rental home.

    Now the door looks good inside, and out! Our repair and installation only took a few days, so our customers were able to get their home listed, and rented the next week!

    new garage door rental  new garage door rental