If you are a new homeowner or a homeowner with an older garage door, you might be shopping around for a new garage door. When looking for new garage doors, it can be tempting to start wanting to look at garage door trends (mostly involved with home exterior trends). However, should you care about garage door trends? Is it worth it to chase the newest and latest in garage doors?
The answer is usually going to be, no, not really. Here is why. When you build a new home, the garage door you chose should fit your needs and the style of the home. The same is likewise on existing homes. That does not mean don’t see what styles are out there. You may find you like the look and natural lighting of a full view glass garage door, or the vintage look of a carriage house garage door. However, you don’t want to fall into the trap of buying a carriage house door does because the vintage look is in that year. Match your garage door to the style of the home and your needs.
There are a few notable exceptions to the advice above. Like mentioned before, you will want to see what styles are available and just as importantly, what materials are available. For example, year ago if you wanted a garage door that looked like wood, you got a wooden garage door. Now they have wooden overlay garage doors available, with wood pieces overlaying a steel backing. These types of garage doors give the warmth of wood, and the lightness and durability of steel. If you can get the look you want in a lighter more durable material, that is a garage door to consider.
Garage Door Openers
It would be wrong of us not to mention garage door openers. That has been where a lot of focus as been over the last few years. For example, we are now installing garage door openers with built-in backup battery, lights, and even video cameras. This is where you don’t necessarily want to chase “trends” for garage door openers, but you do want to know what tech is available to you to meet your needs. For example, if you order a lot of packages from Amazon, you probably would like to know that all newer Liftmaster and Chamberlain garage door openers work with the MyQ app from Chamberlain, where Amazon drivers can leave your packages safely in your garage.
In summation, our best advice is to review what garage doors fit your needs and the look of the home. If you are in the Houston area and are shopping for a garage door to fit a new or existing home, consider Spectrum Overhead Door LLC. We have been installing garage doors for Houston since 2006. We can come out and give you a free design consultation and installation quote. Contact us at 281-748-9542 to schedule your appointment today!
If you are building a new home, or if you are looking to replace your garage door, there are lot of looks, styles and materials to choose from. If you are a more striking, contemporary look, might we suggest glass garage doors, or what is also known as full view garage doors? Full view glass garage doors can be just the look that sets your home apart from all the others. Yet should you buy glass garage doors?
What Kind of Glass Are They Made From
Full-view garage doors can be made from several types of glass. Here in Houston, where we get a lot of storms and wind, one of the types of glass we suggest is plexiglass. Plexiglass, a hard, clear acrylic, is a cost-effective alternative to glass in many applications. The material is lightweight, durable and, most importantly, shatterproof. Also, when compared to glass, Plexiglass often offers greater transparency, as glass is more likely to reflect light, creating reflections and glares.
There are other types of glass that can be used, including polycarbonate-coated glass. Polycarbonate is less rigid than acrylic plexiglass, meaning it does not crack when drilled and is highly resistant to acids and chemicals, such as gasoline. Polycarbonate-coated glass has a low level of flammability.
Advantages Of Glass Garage Doors
There are several great advantages to full-view glass garage doors.
Make Your Home Stand Out
With full-view garage doors, your home will have an increased curb appeal that will stand out from the rest of the neighborhood.
You Have Increased Natural Light
One of the best benefits of glass garage doors is you get increased natural lighting as compared to traditional garage doors. Increasing natural lighting has the potential to lower your electricity bill, and make it easier to see in your garage all a the same time.
Glass Garage Doors are Strong and Durable.
The glass panels are framed in heavy-duty aluminum. Combine the fact they are usually made by glass panels that are either almost or are completely shatterproof and have a very strong garage door.
You Can Still Have Privacy with Glass Garage Doors
Even though glass garage doors can let a lot of natural light in, you can still get privacy as well. There are glass garage doors that have either frosted or opaque glass that allow your privacy to be kept.
Glass doors are very low-maintenance and don’t need to be re-stained or re-painted. They’re also easy to clean.
Disadvantages Of Glass Garage Doors
The only real drawback to full-view garage doors is the fact the installation is compared to steel or wood. Depending on what side your garage sits on facing the sun, you could negate any energy savings you have with increased natural lighting. With less insulation, you will have more air flowing in and out, plus that natural lighting could heat your garage up to where you need to increase your AC.
Spectrum Overhead Door LLC has been installing garage doors since 2006. If you are considering getting a new garage door installed in Houston, call us for a free design consultation.
Houston is a humid place, and it can rain a lot here. That rain and humidity can cause rust to form on both your garage door springs and the garage door itself. Once rust starts, it’s hard to contain the corrosion. Corrosion on the garage door springs can cause the garage door springs to break. Corrosion and rust on a garage door can cause weak spots on the garage door, cause the garage door to either break, get off track, leak water into the garage, or be a security issue where someone to breaks in just to name a few issues. There are things you can do to prevent rust on garage doors and garage door springs.
Garage doors are made to last 10-15 years or more, but rust and corrosion can really shorten the lifespan of your garage door. If you have a metal garage door, you have the possibility of rust or corrosion. There are two main types of metal garage doors, steel and aluminum. Now, even though aluminum does not rust, it does corrode. The best way to keep ahead of any rust or corrosion is to keep the garage door painted. That means inspecting the door twice a year to make sure the whole garage door is covered, and that there are no chips or cracks in the paint. If something impacts the garage door like a branch from a storm or vehicle, make sure to inspect the area as soon as you can. You want to make sure there is not any exposed metal on the garage door. If you find an area where your paint on your garage door has chipped, pealed or been scratched away, we have a great how to called How to Fix Chipped Paint on a Garage Door.
Garage Door Parts
Now in keeping with the garage door, you also have to give consideration to the garage door hardware and parts. Sectional garage doors, which are the most common, will have hinges between each section. You will want to inspect each hinge and replace any that are already rusted. For the others you want to apply a garage door, or all-weather lubricate to the hinges. Never use WD40! Inspect your garage door tracks and wipe them down if there is any dust or debris on them. Do not lubricate your garage door tracks. If you are using metal garage door rollers, you are going to need to lubricate them too. We suggest switching to nylon garage door rollers, as they are quieter and do not rust. You are also going to want to check your garage door cables and make sure they are not rusting to the point of about to break. If they are, it is best to replace your cables before they break.
Garage Door Springs
The standard cycle life for a torsion spring on a garage door is 10,000 cycles. That equals to about 3 to 5 years. Your garage door spring is just one big metal coil. That means they are easy to rust. Rust can greatly reduce how long the garage door spring (also known as a torsion spring) will last. Like the garage door, you need to inspect your garage door springs twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Springtime. Also, upon inspection it, it is best to also lubricate your garage door springs with garage door lubricant. This lubricant will help prevent rust and corrosion.
Garage doors, their parts, and garage door springs all are vulnerable to the elements, and that can cause rust and corrosion. However, with a little diligence and prevention, you can keep rust from being a problem. If you are in the Houston area, and rust has already gotten to your garage door or garage door springs, call Spectrum Overhead Door LLC for award-winning garage door repair service.
Here at Spectrum Overhead Door LLC, we strive to provide excellent services to each and every call. We go out of our way for our Houston garage door repair customers. We understand that, in many cases, when customers call us they are in need of help and not in the best of moods or situations. It is our job to put their mind at ease and provide them with quality service. Here is one such case in their own works (Per Google Review).
Learned about Spectrum from a neighbor and called them about a garage door repair. They said they could have a technician out between noon and 1300 hrs. the same day!!! Sure enough Efrain the technician arrived at 1210 hrs. He analyzed the problems with the door, recommended the solutions, and provided the cost for the repair. Efrain was very professional and answered all my questions. Totally satisfied and will use them again. – Rich Philpot
We treat every client like they are neighbors and treat them the way we want to be treated. That also means keeping the pricing reasonable and competitive.
I highly recommend Spectrum Overhead Door. I was able to quickly get an appointment. Cory arrived on time, was friendly and quickly repaired the garage door. The pricing was very reasonable. – LaToya Stallworth
“Corey did an AWESOME job on installing door opener, and also replacing the old, noisy rollers on the garage door and installing a brace to keep our door from buckling any further than it had. He was right on time, did his work very efficiently, and left the garage neat and clean. Also want to say Michael was so great answering all my questions when I initially called for service and giving guidance about what different openers offer and their quality; he was so helpful! Their $150 offer (if you go buy the opener) is fantastic. Am totally impressed with this company and how much they care about the customer. I will always use them in the future for any garage needs!” – Deborah McCabe
We strive to treat everyone that calls our business the way we would want to be treated if we called a service business. We strive to be fast, fair, and friendly and really explain and show you what the issue is and what we did to fix the problem.
If you have a garage door issue, look up who you are going to call and read their reviews. In our case, we encourage you to look us up online. We have plenty of reviews and customer stories just like this one all over the internet. When you need garage door repair in the Houston area, give us a call at 281-748-9542. Most days you will speak with Michael who is now our office manager and dispatcher. He has years of in-the-field experience. When you describe the problem to Michael, in most cases he or our other experts can diagnose the issue and give you a quick quote. Give us a try, and like the people in this post, you won’t be disappointed.
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The fall season is one out of two times a year you should be doing your garage door maintenance. The reason you should do your garage door maintenance in the fall is that temperature drops combined with rain and humidity can damage parts of your garage door. Yet, with a little garage door maintenance and tune-up, you will be good to go. Let’s look at what garage door maintenance you should be doing for the fall season.
Your Garage Door
We are going to start off with the garage door first. You are going to want to inspect these parts and replace and or fix any damages.
Garage Door Hinges
If you have a paneled garage door, these panels are held together with metal hinges. The moist, humid Houston air can play havoc on metal parts and make them rust. If the hinges get too rusty they can make the garage door malfunction. Check your garage door hinges for any rust and spay them down with garage door lubrication. If any of your hinges are covered with rust, it would be best to replace those hinges with new ones.
Garage Door Weather Seal.
Your garage door weather seal is your defense against fall rain getting into your garage, let alone any bugs or critters looking for warmer places during those first few cooldowns. heck to make sure your garage seals nice and tight with the ground. As the weather gets colder during the fall and winter, older the rubber is, the more chance it has to crack. If the weather seal looks old and worn, you can easily change out the weather seal yourself. Read our post on How To Prevent Your Garage From Flooding to find out how.
Clean and Repair Your Garage Door.
You will want to catch any paint damage or rust spots early. If you have any paint damage or rust spots, See our post on how to clean and fixed chipped garage door paint for instructions on how to take care of that issue. If a panel on your garage door has been dented, it might be a good idea to go ahead and replace that panel. Depending on the severity of the dent, it can affect the henges and how the garage door operates as a whole, putting undue stress and strain on the spring and opener motor.
Garage Door Hardware.
Garage Door Track.
You will want to make sure there isn’t any dust or debris that could get in the way of the garage door rollers. Wipe away any dust or debris with a damp cloth, then spray down with garage door lubrication. You are also going to want to make sure your garage door track is nice and tight to the wall. The vibrations can loosen the bolts securing the track. If the garage door track gets out of place, it can impede your garage door opening and closing and could even get it stuck in a crooked position.
Garage Door Rollers.
If your garage door rollers are nylon (like we recommend) you are going to want to check to ensure they’re not worn, cracked, or chipped. If any of them are, you will need to replace them. You can order garage door rollers here.
Garage Door Springs.
One of the biggest metal parts of your garage door system can be affected the most by the change in temperature, your garage door springs. The moist air can cause your springs to rust. When the air gets colder, metal contracts and can cause your garage door spring to break. You will want to check for rust on your springs and lubricate them down with garage door lubrication.
Your Garage Door Opener.
Chain Driven Garage Door Openers.
If your garage door opener is chain driven, you will want to look for rust and lubricate the chain according to your openers operational manual.
Older Garage Door Openers.
Garage door opener models that are upwards of 15 to 20 years old can be affected by the changing weather. The cold weather can make your garage door opener lag in it’s timing while the newer models are built to withstand the outside temperatures better.
In order to help you better prepare your garage door and garage door opener for the fall and winter, we have put together this handy one-page Garage Door Maintenance Checklist PDF.
Spectrum Overhead Door LLC has been serving Houston area garages for over 14 years with award-winning garage door repair service. Call either 281-748-9542 or if you are closer to East Houston 713-557-3407 for a free quote today with no trip charge!