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    Our latest project was for homeowners looking to tackle a long list of home improvement projects in their newly purchased home. In addition to some painting on the outside and minor repairs, they also wanted to replace their garage door.

    The garage door that came with the house was in so-so condition. Their main problem was just that they are boring, and not their ideal style. They painted their home a bold blue, so the boring white garage door just didn’t mix.

     

     

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    After calling us, we got to work finding a garage door that was their style and matched the house perfectly!

    They ended up choosing an Amarr door, the Oak Summit 1000 series. When it came to finish, they went the opposite of white. They chose a beautiful Walnut finish. The door includes a recessed design, walnut finish and Thames windows for added character.

    They called Perfect Solutions to help them land on a garage door that would meet their needs!

    With new doors, often times comes a brand new garage door opener. It just makes sense to get an opener that will allow the new doors to open and close smoothly! Our customers went with a new LiftMaster Screw Drive 1/2 HP opener. It’s super quiet and a great compliment to this beautiful Amarr door.

     

    After

    amarr oak summit 1000 garage door installation

     

    Isn’t it beautiful!? The Oak Summit series is a great choice. It’s affordable, and more importantly, insulated. An insulated door is a great feature for any garage door, especially in the hot Texas summer!

    Amarr doors are known to be affordable doors, so customers on a budget love the affordability they get for the quality door. The Oak Summit door is a metal carriage house door. Metal is cheaper than wood, but you can still get the great carriage house look! Metal is also more low maintenance than wood, so it’s not only affordable but easier too!

    The Oak Summit series comes with over 70 options for design. So it’s really the perfect balance of style, affordability and customization.

     

     

    Close Up on Oak Summit 1000 Garage Doors by Amarr

    amarr oak summit 1000 garage door installation

    Hardware Update!

    We went back a few weeks later to install the homeowners hardware choice on the door. Looks even better!

    Our customer called us recently because his garage door, as you can see below, is only opening part of the way. Frustrating to say the least. Thankfully we were able to come out on the same day and fix the problem!

    When we arrived, this is what happened anytime he or we clicked the garage door remote and tried opening the door. You see how it gets stuck when it gets about half way up.

     

     

    The first step is always troubleshooting when a garage door isn’t behaving properly. We eventually landed on the garage door being too heavy for the opener to open and close it properly.

    Why was the door too heavy?

    The torsion springs that were installed on the door were too small. The size of your garage door springs is important in ensuring your garage door opener can handle the weight of your door. Too big or too small springs can have a negative impact.

    In the video below, you’ll see how the garage door opens now after we installed the right sized springs. The door opens all the way smoothly and easily. In the last part of the video, our tech is ensuring the door is opening properly both automatically and manually to catch any issues before leaving.

     

    We not only installed new springs that are the right size, but we installed 2. A dual spring system is what we recommend all the time. It has a higher upfront cost but in the long run, you get more life out of your springs and your opener. 1 spring just doesn’t do the job when it comes to carrying the weight of your door and working well with your opener.

    The customers were happy that their garage door finally opened and closed easily. A quick afternoon repair and one more happy customer!

    Garage doors can provide easy access into your home for your family, as well as unwanted intruders. Many criminals will specifically target the garage door, especially if there are no security measures in place to deter them. The team at Sugarland Texas Garage Doors strongly encourages you take the necessary precautions to prevent garage door break-ins for the safety of your family and the security of your belongings. Following a few inexpensive and simple steps will make it significantly harder for intruders to break into your home.

    Here are six simple steps to prevent garage door break-ins:

    1.      Close the Garage Door

    It may sound ridiculously obvious, but many people leave their garage door open during the day, especially while they are doing work outside. Although thieves might not attempt to break into your home while you are there, leaving the garage door open will show potential criminals the valuable contents of your garage.

    2.      Keep Interior Door Locked

    Countless people leave the door between their home and garage unlocked for easier access. Even if you have a solid steel door with the highest level of security features, you should still have a deadbolt and a peep-hole on the interior garage door. It should be treated the same way as any other door to your house.

    3.      Install Sensor Lights

    You should have strategically placed outdoor lighting throughout your property if you are concerned about intruders breaking into your home. These lights will scare off any unwanted visitors.

    4.      Use a Key-chain Remote

    A common mistake people make is leaving the automatic opener remote in the car. Thieves can break into your car, steal the remote, and then break into your home. A key-chain remote that you keep with you is a great way to prevent garage door break-ins.

    5.      Frosted Decorative Windows

    Windows make garage doors look more stylish and sophisticated. Sugarland Texas Garage Doors carries garage doors with windows in a variety of designs, sizes, and materials. For security purposes, we strongly recommend that the windows are frosted or tinted. It is also a good idea to make sure the windows are not large enough for a person to squeeze through.

    6.      Invest in Better Technology

    Automatic garage doors openers are now available with fingerprint recognition and rolling-code technology to make it significantly harder for criminals to access your automatic opener. Please feel free to call Sugarland Texas Garage Doors for a free quote on any of our brand name garage door openers.

    All it takes is following these six simple steps and you can prevent garage door break-ins at your house.

    Our latest custom installation project was at this gorgeous house in Sugar Land. We installed custom wood carriage house doors as part of this homeowners house renovation.

    These carriage house style doors are very popular right now. And for good reason! They don’t just look good. Wood garage doors are a quality material for garage doors. This upgrade gives your home’s value a major boost!

    You can see in the photo below the garage doors on the house before the switch. They look fine, in need of some new paint maybe. The doors had been pounded with the hot Texas sun for years and they were pretty weathered. Otherwise they were in good shape.

    The homeowners chose Carriage House doors that are steel-backed and made from wood. They have a great old-world look to them.

    The Carriage House doors have a great blend of style and function and new technology. So you as the homeowner get the best of both worlds: beautiful wood doors and safe, quality doors.

    Below you can see the side by side of the new and old doors. Already on it’s way to looking amazing!

    You can really tell the difference here between the old and new. In the first picture the doors looked just a little weathered and in need of paint. But you can really tell the difference in quality.

     

    The darker wood in the new doors also looks much better in contact with the lighter exterior paint!

    Here’s an up close shot of the new doors. The new metal hardware and other accents are a great touch to elevate the style. With custom garage doors, the options of style and customization are endless! Some of the popular styles from Carriage House include: Virginia, Carolina, Cambridge, Tuscan, Barcelona, Santiago and Park City. You can see those hardware styles here.

     

    And for the grand finale…

    wooden carriage house doors

    Tuesdays morning our customers called us with a problem. Their main garage door went off its tracks and some rollers and cables fell on the door. Uh-oh!

    off track garage door sugar land texas  off track garage door sugar land texas

    When we arrived we found few problems.

    1. The opener adjustments were wrong.
    2. The size of the springs were wrong for the door.
    3. The cables were bad.

    On top of this, the customers have a beautiful classic car in their garage, and the fit is very tight. We needed to make sure we fixed the door and didn’t do any damage to their car.

    broken garage door cable

    Bad cable

    How we fixed it:

    The first thing we did was leveled the door. This allowed us to then put all of the rollers back in the hinges. Then we were able to remove the old springs tension.

    The next step was addressing the cables. We replaced the bad cables with heavier gauge cables that are the right fit for this garage door. We also installed new springs that are the proper size to support the weight of the garage door.

    Since the upper panel of the garage door was also cracked, and the door model had been discontinued, we installed a 16′ strut for reinforcement. We also added a center style mount to mount the opener “J” arm to keep things solid.

    The last thing we noticed during our inspection and job completion was that the opener installer had adjusted the opener force to the maximum.

    This max setting means that the opener uses all of it’s power to lift and close the door. This is not a good idea for many reasons. The most important reason is if your door is set at the max setting, your door will close too forcefully and can injure a person or property. You always want a professional to set the force properly. The setting depends on the weight and type of your door for a proper setting.

    Once we completed all of these repairs, the customers can now enjoy opening and closing their garage door safely, and enjoying their beautiful classic car!

    fixed off track garage door

    This customer called us when he ran into his garage door on accident one morning while rushing to work.

    Yikes! Not only was he embarrassed, he also needed a functioning garage door for his home security! A broken garage door is an invitation for burglars and home invaders.

    Once we arrived and inspected the damage, we all decided replacing the door was the best option. There was so much damage it would have cost more to fix the door vs. just replacing it. You can’t see in this picture that there is also a single car garage door to the right. That door was in fair condition as well, so an accident turned into an upgrade for this homeowner.

    Our customer decided against custom garage doors, and chose a door we happened to have in stock! We were able to go grab them and install them on the same day! How’s that for customer service!

    He chose these UDT Short Panel 25 Gauge Garage Doors.

    The biggest part of this job wasn’t installing the brand new doors, it was safely removing the existing doors.

    How We Un-Installed the Damaged Garage Door

    The springs on the door that was hit were still loaded. So the first step in safely getting this door down was putting the damaged door back on the tracks to support it while we properly removed the springs.

    After that, we were able to safely take the garage door off the tracks and get rid of it. Once the door was out, we noticed some rotting wood in the frame. Then we were able to get started framing out the new opening for the new garage doors.

    Next up: installing a new steal, new tracks, and the new doors!

    Don’t they look great!?

    Once the doors were installed, we installed new trim and a vapor barrier for the doors. We used wire to reinforce the stucco around the doors. Now for the finishing touches: texturing the areas of the house that were affected by the accident and repainting everything to match!

    These UDT doors come with a lifetime crack warranty and rust warranty, which is great! These doors are more durable than his previous doors, which clearly is necessary! These doors will do a great job to stand up to daily use for years to come!

    This garage door has several cracks…

    If your door looks anything like this, you might have a cracked panel, or panels.

    What are the signs of a cracked panel?

    Typical signs of a cracked panel include:

    • Your garage door is making loud, popping sounds.
    • If you have issues closing your garage door, it might be a cracked panel.
    • If you see any dents in your garage door, this is a good visual indicator that you have a cracked panel.

    A cracked panel is a big safety hazard! Your garage door can collapse if the panel cracks aren’t fixed in a timely matter.

    How to Fix a Cracked Panel

    There are 3 fixes for a cracked panel.

    1. You can replace the panel that is cracked. If your garage door model has panel replacements available, this is simple. If not, this might not be an option.
    2. You can fix the crack temporarily. To do this, you can install braces to support the damaged panel or panels. This fix can last for a year or so, but ultimately the panel or door will need to be completely replaced.
    3. The last option is to replace your entire door. If you can’t find a panel replacement, this is really your only option. But sometimes it’s a blessing in disguise. If you have an older door, or your door is already cracked and will be prone to more cracking, it can be more cost effective in the long run to replace the door. Doors today have much better warranties, including protecting against rust and cracks, so you don’t run into problems down the line.

    Remember, a cracked panel doesn’t just look bad or make your garage door noisy –  its a safety hazard. If you aren’t sure if your panel is cracked, give us or another garage door company a call today. We can come out and take a look and let you know if there is a problem or not. And if there is, break down your options to address the problem.

     

    A common quick job and upgrade we do for clients is installing garage door insulation on an existing garage door.

    Insulating your garage door is an easy DIY job if you’re up for it!

    The biggest concern you need to watch out for is accounting for the added weight to your garage door after the insulation is installed.

    If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that the weight of the door affects the size of your springs, your garage door opener, and more. You need to make sure the amount of weight you are adding doesn’t affect the ability for your opener, cables, and springs to work properly.

    Oftentimes a spring will break or a garage door won’t open properly because the spring size isn’t the right size to match the weight of the door. It can cause the opener to not work properly or even break (safety hazard!) if the parts aren’t sized properly.

    If you want to do this job yourself, go ahead! And then spring (ha!) for an inspection by a licensed garage door repair company to ensure it is a job well done and the other parts of your door are functioning properly.

    Top Reasons to Insulate Your Garage Door

    1. Temperature control. Especially if you use your garage to work out, work on home projects, etc, an insulated door is great to keep it cooler in summer and warmed in winter.
    2. Steel backed insulation can make your garage door stronger!
    3. Insulation also acts as a noise barrier, especially if you live on a busy street! This is again helpful if you are working in your garage and want a quieter work space.

    There are many great reasons to insulate your door. Make sure it is done properly and you’re good to go!

    We repair a lot of snapped and broken cables. Your cables help to reduce the tension which helps extend the life of your springs, both torsion and extension springs. They also allow your garage door to open and close more smoothly. If a spring breaks, which we see often, the cables can help keep the garage door from crashing down and causing even more harm or damage.

    There are 3 kids of garage door cables:

    1. Safety cables
    2. Torsion spring cables
    3. Extension spring cables

    We often are asked how thick should cables be and does it make a difference. The answer is yes!

    Thin cables tend to wear faster. They can break or snap more easily as well. Just imagine a garage door going up and down, and all of a sudden a cable snaps! The thicker cables are, logically, more durable. They can carry even more tension and weight to help support your springs and the weight of your garage door.

     

    Usually this is the spot of where garage door cables can snap. That loop you see in the picture below is connected to a bracket at the bottom of the garage door.

    garage door cables repair thickness

    Even though thicker cables are always better, you don’t want to have a cable that is too thick. This is why you pay a professional, since they can determine the exact thickness your specific door and springs require to work optimally. You need a cable that is thick enough to handle the load of your garage door. But if your cable is too thick, it can impede the door from moving smoothly over your pulley and drums.

    As a note, the higher the gauge on a cable, the thicker it is. You want to find the right gauge and thickness for your specific door. A smaller door doesn’t need as thick of a cable as a larger one.

    Our clients, Llana and Colby bought their first house together last year. As they were doing what all new homeowners do when they move in – making updates and small repairs, they noticed something about their garage door:

    As you can see, the upper panel is damaged so it isn’t level with the rest of the door. Upon further inspection, they realized the previous owners must have done some garage door repairs on their own. Clearly, they didn’t know how to properly install a new garage door opener. The bad installation job for the opener damaged the upper panel.

    Before we arrived, the opener was mounted to the garage with a piece of wood. A big no no! Not only should you use proper materials generally, you can see the result of using just wood to mount and support the opener, on the panels.

    This is what a proper mount should look like:

    Never fear, we arrived to help Llana and Colby out! Thankfully the garage door isn’t a discontinued model, so we were able to replace the upper panel. After that, we re-balanced their garage door. And finally, installed a center style mount, to mount the garage door opener to the door correctly.

    Looking good!