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Buying Garage Doors


Buying Garage Door In Houston

How to Choose a Garage Door

How to Choose a Garage Door

It can’t be stated enough that your garage door is a big part of how your home looks from the outside.  The door can take up to 40% of the side of your home that you have it on. Plus, many use their garage door as their front door. This means choosing the right garage door can be a big deal. The right garage door could even increase your home’s value. Yet for many, including first-time homeowners, choosing a new garage door is not something they have done before. Others just may not know everything to consider in choosing a garage door because it’s been years since they have done so. If either of these two cases matches your circumstance, here are some considerations on how to choose a garage door.

Know What You Are Replacing.

When you are looking to replace something, it’s always good to know what you currently are replacing. Look for any documentation about the garage door from when you bought the home. Also, do not just assume your garage door measurement. Not all garage doors are standard size. If you bought a house that was previously custom-built, the garage door may be a custom size as well. To measure, you should measure the opening and the distance from the door track to the garage ceiling.

Find Out If You Have HOA Requirements.

If you live in a neighborhood with an HOA (Homeowners Association), they may already have a guideline for the garage doors they will allow. Guidelines may include that you need a wind-rated garage door in consideration to hurricanes and storms here in the Houston area.

Know Your Costs for a Garage Door.

Garage doors can vary tremendously depending on the material and the style you are looking for. Aluminum garage doors can start as low as around $500. Custom wood garage doors can run several thousand dollars. On average, expect to pay $900 to $3000 for a mid-range 16-by-7-foot door.

Learn Materials.

Garage doors come in several different types of materials. The materials include steel, aluminum, fiberglass, and wood. The 2 most common are wood and steel. We outline some of the basic differences in our Steel Garage Doors Vs Wooden Garage Doors blog post. Each of these materials has advantages and disadvantages to them. You want to get to know what they are so you can make an informed decision on what type of garage door you want.

Decide on Insulation.

It gets hot here in Houston, really hot. Due to this, you may want to consider getting an insulated garage door. Here in Houston, an insulated door prevents excess hot air from getting into your garage, lowering your cooling cost. We go more into garage door insulation at Insulated Garage Door – Have a Cooler Houston Home

Bonus Tip: DIY or Professional installation.

If you are a regular handyman (or handywoman) type of person, to save on costs you may want to buy a garage door you can install yourself. However, if something breaks during installation, you do not have a parts and labor warranty to cover any damage or needing to get a new door. With a professional garage door installation, you do get a parts and labor warranty to make sure you get want you want, and if not, it’s fixed without any extra costs. You will want to go with a reputable garage door installation company. You can read about tips for hiring a garage door contractor here.

About Spectrum Overhead Door LLC.

If you are in the Houston or surrounding area, we provide a free consultation and estimate. Spectrum Overhead Door has been providing the Houston area with award-winning garage door installation service since 2006.  Call 281-748-9542 or our East Houston office 713-557-3407 to schedule an appointment today!



Why You Should Invest In a New Garage Door

Why You Should Invest In a New Garage Door

If you’re looking to improve your home, whether to increase the value of your home or improve the functionality, you may look into a new garage door in Houston. Garage doors can take up to 40% of the façade of your home, affect the energy costs and increase your home’s security. Here is why you should invest In a new garage door (besides the fact you may be tired of your old garage door).

  • Update the look of your home.
  • Increase your home’s security.
  • Save on your energy costs.
  • Save you money on your taxes.
  • It’s an investment in your home’s value.

Updates the look of your home.

Let’s be honest, if you have a 20-year-old garage door, no matter how much maintenance you have put into the door, chances are it is going to look a little dull, worn, maybe even have a chip or two and be an outdated design. Garage door designs and materials have come a long way in 20 years. Out of the many ways to update the look of your home, a new garage door is actually one of the more inexpensive ways to do so. You can give your home an entirely new look with a modern garage door that will provide plenty of additional benefits for a fraction of the cost of a new coat of exterior paint or new landscaping.

Considerations for the look of the garage door.

In order for the new garage door to complement the exterior of your home, there are a few things to consider. You are going to want to choose a look and paint color that matches or compliments the exterior paint. You may want to consider decorative details like handles and hinges. Also, consider garage door material and finish as well. Wooden garage doors can add a great amount of warmth and charm. They also act as more a natural insulator versus a non-insulated steel door. Yet wood garage doors can be on the more expensive side and require a little more extra care, such as sealing them every 1-2 years. Unlike wood, steel doesn’t crack, warp or degrade from weather exposure. You can get steel doors now in a variety of colors as they are really easy to paint if you ever want to change the color of your door.

Increase your home’s security.

In a survey done by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, Inc. 9% of home burglary offenses were started in the garage. If you have an older garage door, you could be risking your home’s security. If your garage door does not close properly to the ground creating a seal, all it takes is someone with tools like a crowbar to get into the garage. The same could be said if you have a garage door that has been dented several times, compromising the structural integrity of the garage door.

Save on your energy costs.

Houston can get hot in the summer, and we do have a small winter when it gets cold as well. Attached garages can be a primary cause of heat gain and loss due to being the largest opening to your home with the greatest potential to allow hot or cold air to enter. Older garage doors may not be insulated or sealed properly. By insulating your garage walls and installing an energy-efficient garage door, you can save on energy bills.

Save you money on your taxes.

A new insulated garage door could save you on taxes by qualifying for tax credits. Beginning in 2016, exterior doors, exterior windows, and skylights will only be eligible for the nonbusiness energy property credit if they meet or exceed the specific requirements of the version 6.0 Energy Star program. The IRS does not make a distinction according to where the exterior door is located (house or garage). That means insulated garage doors could qualify and 10% of the cost, up to $500 could be eligible. If you meet the eligibility criteria above, you must file IRS form 5695.

It’s an investment in your home’s value.

According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2021 Cost vs. Value Report, garage door replacement has the highest return on investment of any home improvement project nationwide, recouping an average 93.8 percent of costs. This year will trend the same with garage doors are in the very top tier of investment payback, outpacing other popular projects such as roofing replacement, new windows, and even kitchen or bathroom remodels. And when you think about the other projects just mentioned, garage door replacement can be so much easier and simpler than other projects that can be done to improve your home.

Locally owned and operated with an A+BBB rating, Spectrum Overhead Door LLC is one of Houston’s most trusted garage door installation experts. If you are in the Houston or surrounding area and are considering a new garage door, Call 281-748-9542 for a FREE GARAGE DOOR CONSULTATION to get the best options on which garage door fits your budget and needs.

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Compare Overhead Doors to Traditional Carriage House Doors

Compare Overhead Doors to Traditional Carriage House Doors

Your garage door can take up to 40% of one side of your home. We have emphasized it many times, yet the fact really can’t be overstated because the right look can raise your home’s value. If you’re looking to sell your home within next 5 years or so, this could be pretty important considering Houston’s real estate market is still going strong. There are two popular garage door styles that can enhance your home in not just the looks of the garage door, but how it functions as well: overhead garage doors and traditional carriage house garage doors. We are going to compare overhead doors to traditional carriage house doors to help you better decide which one is better for your home.

What is a Carriage House Garage Door?

Carriage House garage doors, also known as “barn-style garage doors” date back to the era of the carriage house, which was meant to store horse-drawn carriages. Originally, carriage doors had some kind of intricate woodwork with cross planking and large handles. Modern carriage house garage doors can be made of wood or have a faux wood finish on top of another material like steel or aluminum.

Original carriage house garage doors were also meant to swing outward like your basic door. Though you can get them where they will open and close in that fashion; now there are other options today, where you can have them move overhead like an overhead garage door. However, there may be instances where swinging outward might be beneficial to you. Carriage doors that swing open can allow for a different configuration of the door hardware that leaves the space above the door open, allowing for more options for that space where the garage door would normally slide up.

What is an Overhead Garage Door?

Overhead garage doors are characterized by their sectional look and movement overhead. They don’t open outward like some carriage house models do. Typical overhead garage doors are made from aluminum or steel, but there are wood and fiberglass options as well.

So, if Overhead and Carriage House garage doors can go overhead, what’s the difference?

The difference between the overhead garage doors and the carriage house garage doors that go overhead is style. Regardless of the function of the carriage house, most will have an “old world” look to them with many having metal accents.

What if I have an overhead, and don’t want to purchase a new door? Is there a way to still change the look?

Our sister company, Parts 4 Garage Doors, has garage door accent packages where you can change your overhead garage door to look like a carriage house garage door.

If you are looking to replace or install a new garage door and are in the Houston area, Spectrum Overhead Door LL can help you with a free design consultation. We can help you choose the right garage door for your home.  Call our office 281-748-9542 or Spectrum Overhead Door East Houston at 713-557-3407 to schedule your no-obligation design consultation.


How Long Garage Door Will Last

How Long Garage Door Will Last

When you buy a garage door, it’s an investment for your home. After all, as we have stated before garage doors can cover up to 40% of one side of your home. Yet when you buy a garage door, because it is a big investment you will want to have an idea of how long the garage door will last.

How Long the Garage Door Will Last

The short answer, most doors will last 15 to 30 years by most manufacturers’ standards. Yet when you look at that number, that is a pretty big gap, by double of years to be precise. Why such a big gap? This is because there is a lot of determining factors in determining the lifespan of the garage door.  Of course, first is to consider what exactly worn out means. This is important because some people will wait on replacing the garage door until a major mechanical part like the torsion spring breaks. Others will simply replace worn out parts and keep the door. Others consider things like worn paint, dents or damages to the door and so on.

Another determining factor is what the door is made out of. An aluminum or steel garage door will last 20 years or more. A wooden garage door should last about the same amount of time or even longer, depending on if you are taking proper care of the garage door. And this goes into our next part, proper care of the garage door. Wooden garage doors need to be sealed every couple of years, especially if you live in a wet climate like here in the Houston area.  Otherwise, the door can swell, get heavier, and cause damage to the garage door springs or opener. That turn can cause more damage to the door if the door gets crooked or stuck. An aluminum and steel garage doors need to inspect to make sure the paint does not chip off and expose the metal, causing rust.

Another factor is the usage and other garage door parts such as your torsion springs. Your torsion springs are what keep your garage door from just slamming down as they help the door defy gravity to open and close. The lifespan of a garage door spring is measured in garage door cycles, with the garage door going up and down one time considered a cycle. Most garage door springs are rated for about 10,000 cycles.

The life expectancy of a 10,000-cycle spring translates these estimates based on daily usage.

  • Two times daily should last about 13-14 years
  • Four times daily should last about 6-7 years
  • Six times daily should last about 4-5 years
  • Eight times daily should last about 3 years

The daily use of your garage door does not just affect the springs, but other parts as well, such as your garage door opener. The opener has a similar lifespan of about 10 to 15 years. This again is also determined in part to use and maintenance of the opener. Now, why do we mention parts other than the garage door? Because in order to get the most out of your garage door and extend its lifespan your garage door parts need to be regularly maintained as well. If you want to know more about getting the most out of your garage door, read our post, Extend the Life Of Your Garage Door

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!


5 popular garage doors for 2020-2021

5 popular garage doors for 2020-2021

2020 has been anything but normal. That can be said for just about every industry out there. Yet if you own a home, you have your own place that you can bring some sense of normalcy to your life in. One place you can do that with is your garage door. If your garage door is 15-20 years old, or you’re looking to remodel your home, a new garage door can refresh your home’s look. After all, it is up to 40% of your home’s façade. With that in mind, here are 5 popular garage doors for 2020-2021 that we see are emerging in garage door trends.

5 popular garage doors for 2020-2021


One of the most interesting styles that we see that are emerging are Plank garage doors. Plank garage doors are cedar planks that run horizontally. They generally have tinted glass as well. These types of garage doors can bring an interesting texture, warmth, depth, and subtle dimension to the outside of a home.


Full-view glass garage doors.

We are also starting to see contemporary styles and designs gaining even more traction on the back half of 2020 and we feel that will continue into 2021. One of these contemporary designs we are seeing is the use of Full-view glass garage doors. Full-view aluminum garage doors are engineered of aluminum and glass. These offer great light options. There are a variety of glass options to use, including frosted, tinted, and clear. Also, instead of just brushed aluminum finish, there are other options as well such as Dark Bronze, and powder coat just to name a few.

A couple of special considerations do need to be thought of before getting this type of door. Full-view glass garage doors are typically heavier than the standard steel door. Also, this door is more difficult to insulate and relies heavily on the insulation value of the type of glass used.


Insulated Steel Garage Doors.

Here in Houston, TX it gets hot, real hot. And yet, it still gets pretty cold in the winter as well. For these reasons, many homeowners are requesting insulated garage doors. Insulated steel doors feature a layer of polyurethane insulation in between steel. Insulated garage doors are a great way to help keep your garage cool in the summer and warm in winter while saving you in energy costs in the long run. Even heat escaping through your garage in the winter and coming in the garage in the summer may not be enough to make a significant impact each month on your electricity bill, but those small costs add up over time.


Overlay Carriage Garage Door.

Overlay carriage garage doors are made by a variety of materials including Steel, Fiberglass, or Wood and have a layered or “overlay” look to them.  They can be both insulated and non-insulated. These garage doors have a style that adds depth to the design of the garage door.



The Traditional Raised Panel.

Among other things, this year has made one thing noticeably clear, the need to be economical. The traditional raised panel still is still being requested for many homes and is a great choice for this reason. Traditional raised panel garage doors are one of the inexpensive options out there. Though they are the classic garage door look, with a variety of color and material choices, you can customize them to your own look.  They can be made from aluminum or steel and you have the option of insulation. A wide variety of window options are available, including decorative, architectural, and double-top window sections that also give you the chance to let natural light in and add a decorative touch as well.


Though 2021 could feel as unpredictable as this year as been, there are some really impressive garage door trends coming out that can still get you excited about choosing the right garage door for your home. If you’re in the Houston area, Spectrum Overhead Door LLC has been installing garage doors since 2006 and would love to give you a free consultation. Fully invested in the community, we are dedicated to giving each customer award-wining garage door service. If you are thinking about a new garage door, contact us either at our Main Office: 281-748-9542 or East Houston office 713-557-3407 for your free consultation today!


5 most popular garage doors for 2019-2020

5 most popular garage doors for 2019-2020

Your garage door can cover up to 40% of your home’s façade. So if you are looking to update your curb appeal, or just need to replace an old door, choosing which garage door style becomes important. Yet there are so many choices with new materials and styles coming out. There are so many garage doors to choose from and they vary in style, material, and durability. We have gathered the top 5 garage door styles for 2019-2020

Traditional raised panel – Traditional raised panel garage doors are one of the most common and inexpensive options out there. They include square or rectangle panels and while they are made in wood, the cheaper options are faux wood and not as durable.

raised panel garage door

Stamped carriage house – These doors are a throwback to a time gone by. Made to replicate the look of the doors of a carriage house (where one would store their horse-drawn carriage) these doors are often shaped from steel but finish with an embossed wood finish. They are very decorative and can be a beautiful addition to a traditional style or farm style home.

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Stamped shaker– One garage door style becoming popular with homeowners as of late is called the stamped shaker garage door. Simply put, the square design or imprint is STAMPED into the metal door created a simple but elegant design that will accent ANY home. These doors come in a variety of colors as well so you can be sure to match the look and feel of your house.

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Accent wood tones – Imagine the beauty and art of the most beautiful wood floor you have ever seen. Now, imagine that look, as your garage door. Yes, accent wood tone garage doors are GORGEOUS…and, they are not even wood!  The process involves digitizing some of the most beautiful wood available and recreating that look on a steel door…the beauty of real wood and the durability of real steel, a thing to behold indeed. With 5 colors and wood styles to choose from, you can certainly find one to your liking. As you might imagine, these doors are a more expensive option, but well worth the upgrade.

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Overlay carriage house door- Another very attractive garage door option are overall carriage house doors. These doors are made by securing steel or wood panels directly onto an existing garage door. They are decorative as well as durable and the color and style options are varied. These are an excellent option if you want to put a new face onto your old garage door.

overlay carriage style garage door

These in some ways just scratch the surface of what is possible with garage doors. There are a lot more designs available to choose from than ever before. Spectrum Overhead Door LLC of Houston offers new garage door installation and has a large assortment of doors for our customers to choose from. Our helpful staff is always happy to assist you with these important choices and will be able to answer any questions that you may have. As always, our on-site consultations in Houston are free of charge.

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