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    Our customer, Antonio, has a huge shed on his property. He likes to store his toys there and was ready to finally add some garage doors to the shed. 

    He wanted to protect his toys from the elements, and also secure them at night or when he’s away with a locked door. 

    The shed opening measured 12×14 so we needed some seriously heavy duty doors to fill this space. 

    The one request Antonio had was a non-commercial look when it came to the doors. He wanted the garage doors to look more residential, which can be challenging when you are dealing with doors of this size. 

    We found garage doors that have the right look and come in the 12×14 size needed. The doors were loaded up on our truck for delivery! We needed some major horsepower to haul these 🙂 

    Our crew framed out the opening for the doors and installed the tracks to get ready to install the doors.

    shed garage doors installation

    We installed the doors, as well as 2 new LiftMaster 8500 jack shaft garage door openers on each door. The jack shaft opener allows us to install the opener on the wall instead of the ceiling which is more common in residential applications. This allows for more clearance over head.

    When the garage doors are open, it’s almost as though they aren’t even there so Antonio has lots of clearance to get his toys in and out with ease!

     shed garage doors


    Garage Door Specs

    These beautiful insulated garage doors come with a lifetime warranty against cracks and rust. The garage doors also also 24 gauge doors with metal construction. The 24 gauge just means they are very thick, so they can withstand a lot of bumps and scratches over time. 

    The steel back construction will help to insulate the garage from harsh temperatures as well, so Antonio’s toys don’t overheat or get too cold. 

    Our customer, Penny, just bought a new house. The house is a fixer upper so she has a lot of projects on her to-do list!

    The first exterior project she wanted to tackle was updating the older garage doors that came with the house. The garage door openers as well were old, noisy and just in need of replacement after many years. 

    The other problem with her garage doors, which is why she wanted to tackle this project first, was that the existing doors are not only rusty, but not insulated. Penny works out in a part of her garage, so she wanted the space to have some temperature control in summer and winter. 

    old rusty uninsulated garage doors

    After putting together a budget, and then looking at her options within her budget for new garage doors and new garage door openers, she decided on these two overhead garage doors. They are 25 gauge doors and include PVC insulation for excellent weather control.

    We also installed two brand new LiftMaster belt drive openers. Not only are these garage door openers much quieter than the old chain drives she had, but they have a battery backup, WiFi abilities so she can open and close the doors from a smartphone app, and settings to ensure the door is secure when she is home and away.

    The new doors are beautiful!

    new 25 gauge insulated garage doors

    Penny also opted for the top panel with windows. Not only does this make the curb appeal stand out, but it adds an element of natural light as well. Penny can have her doors open when she is working out or using the garage, but can also keep them closed without sacrificing natural light inside the garage.

    Penny is very happy with her new garage doors and is working on some more projects inside on her new home!

     

    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!

    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!

     

    We repaired this damaged garage door a few weeks ago. This door had 2 damaged panels, so when we arrived, we inspected the extend of the damage.

    damaged garage door

    What happened, you ask? Our customer was leaving her house in a rush and forgot to open the garage door as she backed out. Whoops!

    Below is a picture of the door’s damage from the inside.

    inside damaged garage door

    We thought the repair would be replacing the damaged panels with new panels. Our customer had other plans. She opted to purchase a brand new garage door. Her goal was to get a more durable and thicker garage door.

    We ordered a brand new door and installed it a few days later. We installed braces to the door as well. This will help to reinforce it if another minor accident occurs. The stronger door plus the braces should help in the future to keep the door secure and undamaged!

     

    reinforced garage door with braces installed

    The photo above shows the braces installed.

    The last thing in this repair included installing insulation to the garage door. The front of the house faces west, so it gets a lot of hot Texas sun! The insulation will help to keep the garage door cooler in summer and warmer in winter. It will also help to reinforce the door as well!

    Final Garage Door Reveal!

    Once the door was installed, braces installed and insulation complete, the last step was painting the door on the outside to match the trim on the house. Painting your garage door is a great way to update your curb appeal, and you can do it without purchasing a new door!

    The door looks great now, as you can see below! The door is opening and closing much more quietly and smoothly, thanks to the brand new door and insulation! Our customer loves it as much as we do!

     

    updated garage door installation

    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

    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!

    Our latest project was a doozy! Our client wanted to finally use his garage and be able to access it easily. His old doors did not operate at all, and the doors were wood, and rotted. The job included removing the old rotted doors, reframing the opening, and then installing a new door and opener.

    These are the doors before we got started. It looks PRETTY rough!

    garage door replacement

    Once we removed the old rotting doors, we framed openings for a walk through door, and a new garage door. This not only gave our client access through the garage to park a car and have one side open for working, but also a regular door to access the garage as well.

    Below you can see the doors mid-framing.

    garage door replacement

    And now we have the walk through door installed.

    garage door replacement

     

    Next step was installing the new garage doors. We also insulated the door, to ensure a comfortable place in extreme temps.

    garage door replacement

    Once everything was in place, our last job was to install a new opener to get this door opening and closing easily! We went with the LiftMaster 8550W opener and it works great! The door comes with some great features, including WiFi so you can control the doors with your smartphone or tablet, and top of the line security features.

    This door went from old and rotting away, to new and high tech!

    If you are installing a garage door in Sugar Land, TX, for the first time or replacing an existing door, there are certain tips that you must follow. If you follow this advice, you will have a properly installed garage door that will work well and keep your family safe.

    Removal

    If you are removing an existing garage door, you should unlatch it from the pulleys and unscrew the tracks. When removing the panels, do it only one at a time to prevent the risk of injury. Once the old door is removed, you are able to take proper measurements for the new garage door.

    Measurements

    You should take more than one measurement to ensure purchasing the right size door. These measurements include the area between the top of the opening and the ceiling, the height of the door opening, the width of the door opening, and the space in the back where the door will recess when fully open.

    Once you have the proper measurements and have bought the correct door, you are ready to do the necessary preparations when installing a garage door. These preparations include weather stripping to reduce heat loss, temporary stops for the door until the equipment is installed, and organizing the necessary hardware. Make sure to note any pieces that are missing or broken before assembling and attaching the door. Installing a garage door in Sugar Land, TX, is easier when you have everything you need

    Assembly

    Attach all of the handles and hinges before inserting the door. You may want to use sawhorses to keep the door off the ground. Install the bottom piece first and make sure it is level. Assemble the track for each side and set them aside until you have completed assembling the panels. You will need to secure the panels in place until the track and rollers are installed.

    Tracks

    You should install the vertical tracks first and then the horizontal pieces. Then you are ready to attach the springs. You will want to have another person help you because you will need to lift the door up halfway to complete the installation process.

    If you take the proper precautions and follow the necessary steps, you can safely install a garage door. Many homeowners, however, prefer to retain the services of a professional. We have been helping with services such as installing a garage door in Sugar Land, TX, and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to find out how we can help.