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    New Garage Door Installation

    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

     

    Our latest project is a beauty! This homeowner has lived in her home for over 30 years and was finally ready to retire and downsize. That meant getting her home ready to put on the market. 

    Her home’s exterior hadn’t been updated since she bought the home decades ago. In addition to repainting the exterior, she wanted to put in new, more updated garage doors as well. While she was at it, she wanted to upgrade the garage door openers as well. They were original to the home! 

    Below you can see the old doors and paint color. 

    The home’s exterior while old and out of style, it is full of beautiful big windows. 


    When looking for new garage doors to choose for installation, we ended up picking the Clopay t52 model. It included plain windows throughout the top panel. This was a great choice to compliment the large amount of windows in the front of the home. 

    We also installed new openers in her two car and single car garage door. She chose LiftMaster 8065 chain drive openers. Both are 1/2HP and is a great choice for this home. Affordable and durable! 

    After installation, here is what the house looked like. She wanted to wait for the doors to be finished before she had the home painted.

    The doors are already such a huge improvement to the curb appeal of her home. But the final step in getting this home ready for going on the market: fresh, modern paint!

    The final result is just stunning.

    This home went on the market soon after and sold within 2 weeks! Never underestimate the power of a facelift for your home, whether you are selling or not. Investing about $5,000 with new doors, new openers and new paint can add 3x this to your home’s list price.

     

    If your garage door has been damaged or you are just looking to upgrade your garage door, then buying a new garage door might be on your to-do list. But what do you need to know when buying a new garage door to help you make the decision?

    But what do you need to know when buying a new garage door to help you make the decision?

    A garage door is an investment. A good quality door can help to improve the efficiency of your home’s energy, as well as up the curb appeal of your exterior. It can also help to increase the value of your home.

    There are many different styles, materials, and prices of garage doors on the market. Below is an overview of the options in those three categories: style, material and price.

     

    Garage Door Style

    There are different styles of garage door that can compliment the style of your home, or to give your home a new style. Styles include: flush panels, painted panels, carriage house style, long raised panels, short raised panels and contemporary panels.

    If you are working with a garage door installation company, sit down with a book of the different options and just see first what you like most. Then consider how it will compliment the style of your home.

     

    Garage Door Materials

    Once you understand the style of door you want, then consider what material you want to purchase. The most common materials are wood and steel. Aluminum and fiberglass are also options, though not as common.

    Size of Your Garage Door

    If you are working with a good garage door company, you don’t need to worry about this since they will size it properly. But make sure when you are searching for the door you want, that it is available in the size you need.

    You can measure the opening of your garage to guide you in selecting the proper size.

    Where can I find garage door options?

    First, find a reputable company in your area that does garage door installations. Make sure they are licensed, bonded and insured. Try to see if they have 3rd party reviews that are positive online. Yelp and Facebook are great options to find these reviews.

     

    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.

     

     

    Before

     

    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!