Garage Door Advice


Houston Garage Door Repair Customers

Houston Garage Door Repair Customers

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.

Contact Us About Your Garage Door Issues and Get a FREE Quote Today :

 

Garage Door Safety Tips

Garage Door Safety Tips

Your garage door is an important part of the outside of your home. It serves several purposes, from boosting your curb appeal to storing your vehicles to being used as your front door. That is why it is so important to keep in mind safety when it comes to your garage door. Both safety for you and your family so you don’t get hurt and safety so no one breaks into your home through your garage are both important.  That is why we want to go over both safety tips for you and your family using the garage door and how your garage door can help keep you safe from thieves and burglars outside.

Garage Door Safety Tips For You and Your Family.

Your Children.

Children can be curious and inquisitive. Educate your children about what the garage door does, what its basic components are, and the dangers of those components. Never let them play right close to the open garage door, just in case it comes crashing down by accident. Educating your children about garage door safety, then reinforcing that education is the best defense against injured children.

Emergency Release.

Your garage door should have a red cord that you move the garage door manually. This needs to be shown to everyone in the family, and each should be shown how to use it. This could be important during a power outage or even a house fire where you need to get out through the garage and the opener is not working.

Garage Door Safety Sensors.

Your garage door has sensors that help keep your garage door from coming down on top of anything right below it.  These are called garage door safety sensors or also known as garage door photosensors. These are a very important part of your garage door system that keeps you and your family safe. The safety sensors should be within 6 inches of the ground and pointed at each other. If you find they may not be working correctly, read Troubleshooting Your Garage Door Safety Sensors.

Garage Door Maintenance and Repairs

Always keep watch on how your garage door is operating. Inspect your garage door and perform basic maintenance on your garage door twice a year. If you find an issue with your garage door, unless you are used to home maintenance, it is best to have a professional garage door expert do your garage door repairs. Parts like the garage door springs are under a lot of tension and could cause serious harm if worked on improperly.

Garage Door Saftey Tips Against Thieves and Burglars. 

Inspect your Garage Door.

From time to time you should inspect your garage door. Look for gaps between the window and the frame of your garage door. You also want to look for gaps between the garage door and the weather stripping as well. The reason you want to look for gaps is that these are places thieves can use a crowbar on your garage door or garage door window. One of the best times to inspect your garage door is when you are performing maintenance on your garage door.

Secure Your Emergency Garage Door Release.

Yes, that red cord that you can use to manually open your garage door is good to have in case your opener quits. Yet left dangling free, a  thief can use it against you as well. A thief can reach that cord from the outside and lift that garage door. There is a quick fix for this that still allows you to be able to use It in case of an emergency. Secure the cord with zip ties. If an emergency comes up where you need to use the cord, you can cut or break the zip ties.

Never Leave Your Garage Door Open.

This sounds like common sense and in truth, it is. Yet in our busy lives, especially here in the Houston area, it is easier said than done. It is actually one of the top ways a burglar gets into the garage. That is because it is the path of least resistance if someone is looking for garages and homes to break into. If you have a habit of leaving the garage door open, there are apps that can help to remind you your garage door is open. We suggest the MyQ app that works with most garage door openers. It lets you close your garage door from wherever you are, and lets you know when the last time it was open and for how long.

Consider Frosting or Covering Your Garage Door Windows.

If someone is snooping around looking for something worth breaking into a garage for, it is hard to do that if they cannot see through the window of your garage. You can cover your windows by using curtains, frosting your windows or even use tinting. You also get the benefit of helping your energy cost as well by controlling how much light comes through your garage door window. Covering your garage door windows is something that has multiple benefits.

Installing Motion Activated Lights.

Lighting that turns on when someone approaches your driveway and garage door is convenient for you and provides an added layer of safety in case someone is prowling around. No thief wants the light shined on them when they want to break in.

Get a Garage Door Opener That Has a Built-In Video Camera.

LiftMaster has now come out with The Smart Garage Camera™. The built-in Wi-Fi® allows for smartphone control with myQ® App bypassing the need to buy a separate camera. This camera enables you to see what’s happening in the garage and has two-way communication, so you chat with someone in the garage. The camera will automatically start recording when your garage door has been opened or moved.

Install an Alarm System on Your Garage Door.

Just like there are magnetic alarm systems that detect motion on windows, there are alarm systems that do the same for garage doors. For many, simply mount the sensor to the inside of an overhead door near its bottom and then pair the sensor. This will deter a thief if they try to open your garage by sounding an alarm if they try to lift the armed garage door.

Use a Side Lock.

If you are going away for a longer period of time such as a vacation or business trip, consider installing a manual side lock. This type of lock cannot be unlocked with a remote and requires you to manually unlock with your key in hand.

Hide Your Garage Door Remote.

When you park your car for work or shopping, do not leave your remote visible where a thief can look in and see it. If they see it, it is possible they will want to break into the car and grab the remote. They can take one look at an insurance slip sitting in the glove box to find out exactly where you live. From there, it’s just as simple as going to your home while you are not there and letting themselves into your garage.

Change Your Code.

If you have used the same code for a while, a thief might be able to ferret out what that code is by the wear patterns on the buttons. Or it might be possible someone might have seen you put in the code. As a general practice, it is good to change your garage door opener code on a regular basis. We suggest about every 6 months.

Find your garage door or garage door opener has been compromised or damaged? Spectrum Overhead Door LLC has been serving the Houston area since 2006 with exceptional garage door repair service. We have satisfied hundreds of customers by building long-term relationships and treating each customer with dignity and respect while giving great service. Call 281-748-9542 to get a FREE QUOTE on your garage door repair needs today!

Contact Us About Your Garage Door Issues and Get a FREE Quote Today :

What to Do LiftMaster Error Code 4-6

What to Do LiftMaster Error Code 4-6

LiftMaster garage door openers are a brand many garage door techs and homeowners here in Houston swear by and for good reason. The garage door opener brand is one of the most reliable on the market. However, even the most reliable pieces of machinery break down. That includes LiftMaster garage door openers. If your garage door will not open all the way, sometimes your garage door opener pad will show “Error code 4-2 excessive opening force detected” to indicate that an obstruction, binding, or a sticking door was detected. This doesn’t mean your garage door opener is about break or needs to be replaced. There are several causes for this error, and not all have to do with the garage door opener itself.   We are going to go over what a LiftMaster error code 4-6 means and some common ways to fix the error.

Common Fixes for LiftMaster error code 4-6

Check The Alignment

Often, a 4-6 error code can point to an alignment problem with the sensors. Garage door sensors are 2 small little devices with lenses on the front that are positioned about 6 inches off the ground on either side of the garage door track. Measure from the ground to the garage door safety sensor on both sides and make sure they are at the same height. Also, measure from the wall the track connects to, and make sure the distance away from the wall is the same. An adjustment can be made by loosening the butterfly nut, redirecting, and then re-tightening securely.

Check for Obstacles

One thing to check for when troubleshooting the Liftmaster Error Code 4-6 is obstacles. Make sure that nothing is blocking the path of the garage door opener, as this can prevent it from functioning properly. Clear away any boxes, bikes, or other objects that might be in the way and see if that fixes the problem. Getting rid of these hindrances between the conveyance and delivery units should be adequate to make a more efficient connection amid your garage sensors.

Make Sure Your Sensors Are Clean

The garage door opener must be able to sense when something is in the way of the door to prevent injuries. Make sure that neither sensor is blocking and that they are both clean. If you have checked all these things and are still receiving the error code, please get in touch with customer service for further assistance.

 Adjust the Force Settings On the Opener

The force settings tell the opener how much power to use, and if they are set too low, the opener will not be able to open the door. To adjust the force settings, press and simultaneously hold the “up” and “down” buttons on the opener. The force setting will cycle through the three options: light, medium, and heavy. Choose the setting that best matches your door. If you still see Error Code 4-6 after adjusting the force setting, you will need to replace the batteries in the opener.

Check Door Balance

If your garage door is off balance, it will make the door hard to close, therefore possibly causing your error code. We talk about how to check your balance in 10 Tips for Garage Door maintenance. To check your garage door’s balance you’ll have to disconnect your garage door from your opener and check how well the door rests on its own. Run the door up and down a few times to make sure it moves easily within it’s the track. With your garage door moving smoothly in the tracks, run it up about halfway and let go. Does it hover in place, fall to the floor, or move upward? More than a little movement means your door is out of balance and the torsion spring (also known as a tension spring) may need to be adjusted or replaced.

 Check the Power Supply

One possible reason for receiving the Liftmaster Error Code 4-6 is an issue with the power supply. Check to ensure that the power cord is plugged into a working outlet and that the circuit breaker has not been tripped. If the power cord is plugged in and the circuit breaker is fine, try plugging the Liftmaster into a different outlet to see if that solves the problem. To authenticate this issue with your unit, use a multimeter and confirm the power flow in the outlet. If the LED bulb on the garage door opener is not lit, this is also an indication that the unit may lack power. If you still receive the error code after checking the power supply, move on to the next step.

If you have done all these steps, still have issues, or don’t have time to investigate the issues, you can all Spectrum Overhead Door LLC if you are in the Houston area. We have been repairing garage doors in Houston since 2006 with multiple service awards for excellence. Call 281-748-9542 to schedule your appointment.

 

How Do I Know If I Need a New Garage Door?

How Do I Know If I Need a New Garage Door?

Garage doors are an integral part of the home. For some homes, the door takes up a sizable portion of one part of the home’s exterior side. And even though garage door maintenance and repair can extend the life of your garage door, there will come a time when you ask yourself how do I know if I need a new garage door?

Average Lifespan of a Garage Door

The average lifespan of a garage door can vary greatly but usually fall between 15-30 years. Well-maintained aluminum garage doors can have lifespans of up to 30 years. Steel garage doors that are well maintained can also last 30 years. If you find yourself considering a new garage door, one of the first things to look at is age. If it’s over 30 years and has other issues, it’s probably best to replace the garage door.

Dents

Your garage door panels can be dented from all sorts of impacts, from a vehicle bumping the door to a tree limb to a basketball. There are two kinds of panel dents, cosmetic and structural. If your dent is more in the middle of the panel, way from the edges of each panel touch, then it is a cosmetic dent and it’s possible to fix that on your own. If the panel dent Is near the edge of the panel, that is a structural dent. Those can affect the way your garage door opens and closes. If you have one panel that is dented, you might be able to just replace that panel instead of the whole garage door. However, if two or more panels are damaged structurally, it might make sense just to replace the whole garage door. If you have had several cosmetic dents, these over the years can add up, weakening your garage door and dropping your home’s value at the same time.

Your Garage Door is Noisy

It is normal for garage doors to start making a bit more noise over time. Your door can creak and crack and groan open and closed. With some regular maintenance, this usually goes way. However, the older the garage door gets, the more it’s possible you are not going to stop the noise. If it has gotten to the point where it is really bothersome, then it’s time to consider a new garage door.

Broken Garage Door Parts

There are times that parts on your garage door are going to break, that includes rollers, hinges, handles and cables. This again kind of goes back to the age of your garage door. If it’s a newer installation, you probably should just replace the parts and you should be fine. However, older doors may have repeated parts breaking or being damaged. That is probably a sign you need a new garage door.

Security

If you have an older garage door or a lightweight one where you are worried about someone breaking into your garage, it might be time to think of a new garage door. Older garage doors don’t have the high level of security that we see on new models today. Construction methods, materials, and features have evolved over time resulting in garage doors that have more security.

Change in Home Design

If you are looking to remodel your home to update the look or drive up its curb appeal, a new garage door can go a long way in helping you with that. There are many new styles and designs that have come out in just the last 5 years that could make your home look stunning.

Sometimes the answer the question of getting a new garage door is a simple one to answer, and sometimes it is not. If you live in the Houston area, Spectrum Overhead Door LLC has been installing new garage doors since 2006. We have won multiple awards in service because we believe every customer should be treated with dignity and respect. If you are on the fence about either getting a new garage door or repairing your garage door, contact us and we can set you up with a  free consultation.

What is a Wind Rated Garage Door?

What is a Wind Rated Garage Door?

A wind-rated garage door has been tested to withstand the force of the wind on its surface. Here in Houston, they are also known as hurricane garage doors. These garage doors can be critical here in Houston as high winds can cause garage doors to fail, allowing hurricane-force winds to enter your home. This can allow an unstable buildup of pressure, causing windows to blow out and the roof to blow off. Garage door wind speeds are rated at 140mph, 150mph, and 160mph. 140 mph rated garage doors are the most common in Houston. Some newer neighborhoods here in the Houston area actually require the home to have a wind-rated garage door by the Texas WindCode.

What is the Texas WindCode

The Texas WindCode measures the wind resistance capabilities of a structure based on numeric ratings. After hurricanes devastated homes and commercial facilities in past decades, building codes became more strict to ensure increased safety even under severe winds. Many modern building codes require structures to meet specific standards to withstand hurricane-level winds and other harsh weather conditions. WindCode ratings have rigorous operating standards to help protect properties from these risks. With increased reinforcement and secure locks, these doors can withstand extreme wind speeds and severe weather while safeguarding the rest of the building.

What is a Wind-Rated Garage Door Made Out of?

Wind-rated hurricane garage doors are designed specifically with high winds in mind. They are built as Impact-resistant garage doors and have a minimum of one layer of steel. The number and thickness of the steel layers can help improve the maximum wind speed the door can withstand. Now on top of that, they can have other different types of materials such as wood paneling or aluminum.

What is the difference between a Residential and a Hurricane Garage Door?

The main difference between residential garage doors and hurricane garage doors is that the wind-rated doors are built to take on high levels of pressure and resist all kinds of weather conditions. That is why they are built with extra layers of steel and sometimes aluminum and installation as well. Residential garage doors are usually lighter and cannot stand impacts.

The Advantages of a Wind-Rated Hurricane Garage Door

Garage doors are an important part of your home. Here in Houston, it seems like the frequency of severe weather is increasing. So keeping that in mind, the likelihood your home could be in a damaging storm here in the Houston area is high. The advantage of a wind Rated hurricane garage door is the protection of your home and property inside. It’s even possible it could save your life by preventing the pressure buildup in your home.

A wind-rated garage door can also save you on property damage costs. One inch of stormwater in your home can lead to roughly $25,000 in repair costs. A wind-rated garage door can also keep winds from getting to the interior of the home causing damage as well. If you had a normal garage door in a hurricane and you have a pressure build-up, it can blow out a home’s windows, roof, and supporting walls. Those are costly damages to fix on a home.

Will I have to sacrifice looks?

Some homeowners worry that wind-rated garage doors will make them sacrifice the look of the garage door. That is simply not the case. Reinforced garage doors still have the same beautiful facades of standard doors — to an observer, a reinforced garage door looks like any other garage door. The difference is yours can withstand hurricane-force winds while looking good.

Spectrum Overhead Door LLC has been installing wind-rated garage doors in Houston since 2006. If you are looking to upgrade your garage door to a hurricane garage door, or build a new home, call us at 281-748-9542 for a free consultation and quote.

 

 

Troubleshoot Why Your Garage Door Won’t Close

Troubleshoot Why Your Garage Door Won’t Close

Dealing with a garage door that won’t close is always frustrating. It can also pose a severe security risk to your home. Your home and vehicles are exposed to thieves when your garage door is open. If you have time and are handy around the home, there are things you can do to troubleshoot why your garage door won’t close.  Here are some troubleshooting tips on why a garage door might not close completely as well as some common garage door repair solutions.

Check Your Sensors

If you have an automatic garage door opener and your garage door won’t close all the way, there might be a problem with your door’s sensors. Most garage door openers have safety lasers near the floor along the door’s tracks. If anything breaks the beam between these sensors, your garage door will either stop or start to move back up. If this is your culprit, all you really need to do most of the time is move whatever is blocking the sensors. If you have a cluttered garage that is a little too full and disorganized, something might have fallen in the way of the sensors and is breaking the beam. If you haven’t cleared out the leaves in your yard lately, something might have blown in their way. Move whatever is blocking the sensors, and make sure that they stay clear.

If there is nothing blocking the sensors and your garage door still won’t close, take a closer look at the sensors themselves. It is possible that they need to be realigned so the sensors are able to read each other. If this is the case, simply loosen one of the sensors and adjust it until you see a solid (non-blinking) light on both sensors, and tighten it so it stays in place.

Check Your Tracks

If your garage door won’t move past a certain point even though your sensors are working just fine, there might be something wrong with your garage door’s tracks or the rollers. If there’s an obstruction on the track, your garage door will either stop or start to move back up instead of trying to force its way through. This is not a bad thing since it protects your door from any further damage. If you think this is the case, check the tracks thoroughly, especially where your garage door stops. If there is an obstruction that you can safely remove, do so. If you don’t feel comfortable removing it or you can’t remove it, don’t hesitate to contact a Houston garage door repair service to fix the problem. Trying to do anything on your own when you don’t know exactly what you’re doing will just make things worse.

It is possible that the reason why your garage door isn’t closing is that the track is bent or otherwise damaged. If this is the case, there isn’t much you can do on your own. Contact someone to fix the track. Again, trying to fix things on your own could just make things worse.

Check Your Trolley

The trolley is the mechanism that pulls your garage door open and lowers it when you want it to close. It’s usually hanging from the ceiling of your garage with a rope hanging down from it. Pulling this rope will disengage the door from the garage door opener itself. If your garage door simply won’t close no matter how many times you push the button on your remote, pull this rope to see if you can connect the garage door opener to your garage door again.

Check for a Broken Garage Door Spring

If your garage door opener’s sensors and trolley seem to be working fine and there is nothing wrong with the tracks, your problem might be a broken garage door spring. These springs connect your garage door to the garage door opener, and they can break or become misaligned. If this is the case, your garage door might still move up and down, but it might be crooked or it might not close all the way. If the problem is particularly severe, your garage door opener might not work at all.

A broken garage door spring can be a serious matter, one that you shouldn’t try to fix on your own. The springs themselves are usually close to the ceiling of your garage, making them hard to reach. They also support your garage door, which could fall quickly if your springs are too badly damaged. If you think you have a broken spring, contact a Houston garage door repair company right away to fix the problem.

Check Your Remote

Finally, check the remote control for your garage door opener. It could be that you need to change the batteries, or it could be that a power surge wiped out the memory on your remote. Both issues will keep your remote from working, and both are a pretty easy fix. You can always buy more batteries for your remote at just about any store, and while reprogramming your remote is a hassle, your garage door opener’s manual should tell you how to do that.

Even though you can troubleshoot a problematic garage door most of the time, you should still never hesitate to contact a garage door repair company near you if you aren’t comfortable fixing things on your own. If the issue you are having is not a simple DIY fix, you can get help from the Houston Garage Door Repair Experts Spectrum Overhead Door LLC. For over 15 years, Spectrum Overhead Door LLC has been the go-to for Houston area garage door repair, giving fast, same-day garage door repair.

Call Now Button
Garage Door Advice