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    Green is the name of the game, and everyone is looking for ways to make every part of their life and home more green. The benefit to going green with your garage door is the money savings you can enjoy.

    Below are a few ways you can make your garage door eco friendly, and save money while you do it!

    Eco-Friendly Garage Door Materials

    Wood and steel are the best choices for a green garage door. They are both durable and do well in a variety of temperatures. Wood and steel doors come in a variety of sizes and styles as well.

    Composite material is also a good option, especially on a budget. Since they are made with recycled materials, they are also very eco-friendly as well!

     

     

    Eco-Friendly Garage Door Insulation

    Insulating your garage door is easy, and inexpensive. It’s also a great way to go green since it saves on energy bills! It helps regulate the temperature inside your garage door, so for attached garages this is great. It can help keep the interior of your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

    Some insulation options include a perforated garage door. This is great for warmer climates, as it allows more light and ventilation to come in to your garage, without compromising your privacy or the security of your garage door.

    Some homes have their HVAC system run into their garage. If this is the case, not only insulating the door but also the walls of the garage is a good idea. This adds a protective layer, which will help reduce your heating and cooling costs.

    Garage Door Maintenance

    Part of any garage door maintenance routine should include checking the weather stripping on your garage door for any tears or cracks. Replace any bad parts quickly. Air can come through those cracks, and not only counteract your insulation if you have any, but lets cooler or hot air (depending on the season) into your garage which can affect the temperature inside your home.

    Replacing the weather stripping is easy and can be done as a quick weekend DIY project. Or you can call a professional to do it!

    If you have any questions about how to make your garage door more green or would like a FREE “green” plan for your garage, give us a call! 832-532-3032

    There have been many updates and added features to garage door openers in the last few years. If your garage door opener is even 5 years old, you might be missing out on some great new security and tech features you might enjoy.

    Despite the cool features, there are some basic things everyone should know about a garage door opener before choosing the right fit for their garage door. Below are some factors to know about and consider.

    Choosing Garage Door Opener Horsepower

    There are 3 kinds of horsepower options for a garage door opener: 1/3, 1/2, and 1.

    A professional installer will know best what opener matches your door best.

    1/3 HP openers are the best choice for light garage doors.

    1/2 HP is perfect for heavier doors like wood and steel, or for a double garage door. These types of doors need at least 1/2 HP, if not 1 HP.

    If you are in between 1/3 or 1/2 or 1/2 and 1 HP, going to a higher HP is always the better option. If the price difference isn’t that great, it makes even more sense to go with a bigger HP. The price is usually not a big gap, so having more power never hurts.

    Choosing Garage Door Opener Mechanisms

    Again, there are 3 types of mechanisms you can choose with a new opener: screw drive, belt drive and chain drive.

    Screw drive openers is the middle of the road option, quieter than a chain drive but not as quiet as a belt.

    Belt drive openers are the most expensive, but require little to no maintenance, so some feel its worth the extra cost.

    Chain drive openers are the cheapest and most commonly used. The only negatives is the noise and the regular maintenance needed.

     

     

    Choosing Garage Door Opener Security Options

    There are some great new security features that come standard on many new garage door openers. These include:

    Motion detector lights. 

    Your garage door opener light will turn on if motion is detected. This is great for security and can deter intruders similar to motion detection lights around your property.

    Auto Reverse Feature 

    If your opener was made before 1993, this feature does not exist. This feature basically means that if an object is detected in the garage door path, it will immediately reverse the garage door from closing to open. This is essential for safety for children, pets and belongings.

    Rolling Code Tech 

    This is an awesome way to deter would be intruders from gaining access to your garage door. The code changes on the remote every time you open or close your door. This makes it difficult for thieves to crack your code and clone your garage door opener remote to use when you aren’t home.

    Fancy Features

    There are even features these days that use a fingerprint to open your garage door! Or openers that allow you to control the door from a smartphone or tablet app. You’d be surprised at how inexpensive these features are in a new garage door opener.

     

    Choosing a great opener that is the right size and horsepower for your specific door, and meets your needs and your budget can be tricky. A professional and highly rated garage door company can ensure you make the right choice, and install the opener for you correctly! Give M&L Garage Door Repair a call today if you’re in the Sugar Land, Texas area!

     

    Our latest job was a big switcheroo with some garage door openers.

    Our customer, Steve, has a 3 car garage, so one two car garage door and one one car garage door. The opener that was installed on Steve’s 2 car garage door was a 1/3 HP. This is too small for this size door, and would be better for his one car garage door. So, that’s what we did!

     

    Now that his one car garage door has a perfect opener, we needed to give Steve an opener that is the right size and power for his two car garage door. Steve ended up choosing a new LiftMaster 1/2 HP chain drive opener.

    It’s very important that you have the right opener for your garage door.

    There are 3 kinds of openers:

    1. Chain drive opener: This is the most common opener and uses a chain to pull or push the trolley on your garage door when opening or closing. Chain drive openers are the most affordable, but also the noisiest on the market.
    2. Belt drive opener: Belt openers use a belt, instead of a chain, to open or close your garage door. They are more expensive than chain drive, but much quieter.
    3. Screw drive opener: These are noisier than a belt drive, but less than a chain drive. They use a threaded steel rod to move the trolley. Because there are less parts on a screw drive opener as compared to chain or belt. They also require less maintenance overall, which can cut down on costs over the lifetime of the opener as compared to the other opener types.

    Openers also come with different horsepower speeds, and a professional garage door company can safely choose opener options that meet the needs of your garage door. The opener needed must be a good match for the weight and size of your garage door. In Steve’s case, 1/3 wasn’t enough for his larger two car garage door, but a great match for his one car garage door.

    We recently got a call from this rental property owner about a broken garage door at one of his rental properties. He generally likes to fix things himself, which he did here. Except instead of fixing it, he made the problem worse. Thankfully, he decided to call M&L Garage Door Repair to help him out! 

    Instead of using screws to hold the hinges, he used plastic strips, as you can see below. 


    One of the garage door cables also wrapped around the shaft, so the door was no longer level. 

    During our inspection and cable and hinge repair, we also went ahead and replaced the garage door springs as well. The springs were old and weak.

    We balanced the garage door, as well as leveled it. We also used proper screws on the hinges to repair that damage.

    You can see what a difference some cable repair and some screws make! 

    Garage Door Safety for Rental Properties

    Garage door safety is important, especially if you are a landlord. Ensuring your garage door operates safely for tenants is good practice, and can save you money and other troubles down the line. You open yourself up to liability with your renters if you don’t properly address and fix problems around your house, including your garage door.

    While a rental property is an investment, and you want to save as much as you can in repair work that you think you can do yourself, it’s sometimes necessary and advised to call a professional garage door company to handle the big jobs. At the very least, consider having an annual inspection of your garage door by a professional company to ensure things are operating smoothly and safely.

    If you are a landlord in the Sugar Land, Texas community looking for a 5 star garage door repair company, look no further! Give M&L Garage Door a call today! 832-532-3032

    An additional service any garage door company can providing when servicing your garage door is a sealing. It is an extra expense on top of the service already being performed. Garage door sealing is basically closing up any gaps at the bottom of your garage door.

    There are benefits of sealing a garage door you might not have thought about and might change your mind about spending a little extra money.

     Benefit #1: Insect Prevention!

    A good garage door sealing can make it very hard for insects or other nasty critters to enter your garage. If you have an attached garage, this is doubly important because you want to make sure insects can’t enter your home via your garage.

    If you store electronics or other items in your garage, insects love these to start colonies in! Sealing your garage door can help ensure insects don’t have a chance to do this.

    Benefit #2: Energy Efficiency

    Sealing helps regulate the temperature in your garage. Again, with an attached garage, this is even more important since the temperature in your garage can affect the temperature in your home as well.

    Speaking of sealing, sealing windows and doors in your home will have the same positive effect on your home’s temperature.

    Benefit #3: Home Security

    A broken seal is a great thing for a burglar! If the seal is broken enough to allow them to fit a crowbar underneath, even better!

    Sealing your garage door helps keep a main entrance to your home secure and your home safe.

     

    Why you should seal your garage door.

    Next time your garage door is being serviced, ask your garage door tech about sealing your garage door. The benefits are huge compared to the small cost of performing the sealing. From energy savings, to home security, garage door sealing is a great option!

    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

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    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