Garage Door Advice


When Should I Replace My Garage Door?

When Should I Replace My Garage Door?

If you have lived in your home for a while here in Houston, you know conditions can cause wear and tear on a garage door. Everything from the weather (both humid summers and the occasional freeze), to daily use, to bumps and dings, can cause your garage door to not look as good or to work as well as it used to. If this is your garage door, at some point you will start asking yourself, when should I replace my garage door? So we have laid out some things to consider when replacing your garage door.

Considerations for Replacing Your Old Garage Door

When it comes to deciding if you should replace your garage door, there are some things to consider.

TLDR

  • Age: Generally Replace After 10-15 Years.
  • Cosmetic Damage: How bad is the damage such as chipped paint or cracked panel.
  • Structural Damage: If it has a bad warp to the door, it’s time to replace it.
  • Functionality and Cost: If the door is too slow or not opening all the way, is the cost of repair higher than replacing it?
  • Energy Efficiency: One way to save money on energy bills is to install garage doors with insulation.

Age Of the Garage Door

Like anything else, things wear down and get more costly the older they get. This is also the case for garage doors. 1-2 years old are usually covered under warranty. Usually, nothing breaks down within the first 5 years. From 10-15 years, parts can start to wear down. When approaching 15 years and older, the springs and parts can get harder to find and more expensive. When it starts to seem like it will cost more to repair than to replace your garage door, the best thing to do is just to go ahead and replace it.

Cosmetic damage

One of the most common types of damage for garage door units is a cracked panel. If it’s just one panel that is damaged, you could just repair the garage door panel instead of buying a new door. However, if it’s more than one panel then it may be worth investing in a new door.

Another issue is chipped paint and fading. Fading does not interfere with the normal functioning of your garage door unit, it just affects the appeal and appearance. Chipped paint, however, could expose the metal underneath and allow the door to rust. The prime reasons behind cosmetic damage are aging, adverse weather conditions, and the occasional impact on the garage door. In general, this type of damage can be repaired at a low cost, but as stated before, if your garage door is inching its way to 15 years of its life or more, your Houston garage door experts here at Spectrum Overhead recommend replacing the garage door. It just makes sense as you are probably going to have to replace the door anyway soon, and you do not want twice the cost.

Structural damage

The most common example of structural damage is a warped door, and in most cases, it is caused by extreme temperature or severe weather conditions like Houston summers. With your garage door warping, your door may perform its operating normally. Depending on how bad the warpage is, it could be better to find a replacement for this unit. One replaces the old wooden door with the latest steel door models; they are designed to prevent rust from becoming an issue. However, if you are still in love with the wooden look, it is better to look for composite doors that have steel cores and wooden overlays.

Energy Efficiency

Your garage is one big space that can be a barrier between your home and the Houston heat. Yet if you have an older, non-insulated garage door, or have cracks in the door, garage door window, or weather stripping, more of that hot air is getting into your garage and making your AC work harder to cool your home. This is especially important if you happen to have a bedroom or other room above your garage. Builders of many older homes were more aggressive in installing insulation within the shared wall between a garage and the rest of the house, but not the ceiling – especially above a garage. If you are looking for ways to cut your energy costs, replace your old garage door with an energy-efficient door, you will immediately discover that your room above the garage is far more comfortable in both the hottest and coldest months.

Budget Considerations

In case your garage door is making too much noise or operating slower than its usual speed, the decision about whether to replace your garage door often comes down to the level of the problem compared to the budget you have to spend. Often repairs may seem the cheaper way to go, but if you have to keep repairing it because one thing breaks after another, it might be cheaper in the long run to replace the garage door. If you are not sure which is better for you, the professionals at Spectrum Overhead Door, your Houston garage door experts, can go over your situation with you and help lay out your options.

If you are in Houston, TX, or the surrounding areas, we provide a free consultation and estimate on door installation or garage door repair. Spectrum Overhead Door has been providing the Houston area with award-winning garage door installation services since 2006.  Call 281-748-9542 to schedule an appointment today!

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What to Ask When Buying a New Garage Door

What to Ask When Buying a New Garage Door

When it comes to home improvement, selecting the right garage door is a decision that can impact your home’s appearance, security, and energy efficiency. After installing hundreds of garage doors in Houston, I have seen firsthand the difference a well-chosen garage door can make. In this blog post, we’ll explore the essential questions you should ask when purchasing a new garage door.

Questions to Ask About the Garage Door

What Garage Door Size Should I get

The size of your garage door is a crucial consideration. Before you begin shopping, measure the width and height of your garage opening. Most garage doors come in standard sizes, but if your opening is an unusual size, you may need to order a custom door. Make sure you measure both the width and height of your opening, as well as the depth of the garage to ensure you get the right size door. From there, when you talk to a garage door company, you can ask ” do you carry (insert your size) garage door?

Alternatively, if you have a set up where it’s two single garage doors, you have another option besides just getting two doors. You could convert those single doors into a one, two car garage door!

What Style Complements My Home?

Your garage door is a prominent feature of your home’s facade. Whether you prefer a contemporary, traditional, or custom design, ensure that the style complements your home’s architecture. Consider the color, material, and window placements, which should harmonize with your home’s overall aesthetic.

What Material is Best Suited for My Needs?

Garage doors come in various materials, including steel, aluminum, wood, and composite. Each material offers different benefits in terms of durability, maintenance, and insulation. For instance, steel doors are highly durable and low-maintenance, while wood doors offer a classic look but require more upkeep.

What are My Customization Options?

Customization can range from hardware choices, like handles and hinges, to unique panel designs or window inserts. Don’t hesitate to ask about how you can personalize your door to meet your specific tastes and requirements.

How Much Maintenance Will My Garage Door Require?

Different materials and styles require varying levels of maintenance. Ask about the frequency of maintenance tasks such as painting, lubrication, and part inspections. Opt for a door that suits your willingness and ability to perform regular upkeep.

What’s the Cost, Including Installation?

Keeping in line with the different types of material are garage door costs.  Some of the most affordable garage doors  8 feet by 8 feet start around $800 (25 gauge steel garage door) without installation. Instinctively from there, the better the material and the bigger the size, the higher the cost. It’s important to set a budget before you start shopping and to consider the long-term value of your investment. A high-quality, well-installed garage door can add value to your home and save you money on energy costs in the long run.

How Important is Insulation?

If your garage is attached to your house, or if you plan to use the space for more than just parking cars, insulation is key. Well-insulated doors help in maintaining temperature, reducing noise, and increasing energy efficiency. Ask about the R-value, which measures the door’s resistance to heat flow.

 

Questions to Ask A Garage Door Installation Company

Deposits

One of the key things you want to find out is how is the transaction handled. If you call a garage door company and talk to their sales team, you will want to find out if there is a deposit or if all the money is paid upfront or upon completion.

Garage Door Labor and Installation.

When shopping for a garage door, it generally is better to have the garage door company install the door themselves unless you are a very handy person. That means you need to not only ask about the garage door cost, but also what the cost is to install it themselves.

 Parts and Labor Warranty.

Different garage door installation companies in Houston offer different warranties. There are some that offer a warranty just on parts, some offer parts and labor warranty. Here at Spectrum Overhead Door LLC, we offer two-year parts and labor warranty on the garage doors we install. So, when you call a garage door company, ask what are your installation and parts warranties? Also ask if there is a manufacturer warranty.

 Availability, Shipping, and Delivery.

Not all garage door companies carry garage doors in stock. Add in the fact you may want a custom garage door. So, you will want to ask, if you do not have this in stock, when can it be shipped and what are the shipping costs?

Liability insurance.

When an installation company comes to install your garage door, anything can happen, such as a slip and fall. A good garage door company will have liability coverage, so they cover the cost of any medical issues that arise from the installation instead of you. Ask, do you have liability insurance?

 Issue Resolution.

There might be an instance where the garage door installer has left, and the door comes off the hinge the next day. Or if you ordered a white aluminum garage door and come home to an almond one instead. Things happen. The good question is, how does that garage door company resolve those issues? It’s best to know beforehand. So, a good question would be, if something was not done right or I did not receive what I asked for, how do you resolve that?

Use these questions when ordering a new garage door and you should get the most out of your order from a company you can trust. If you are in the Houston area and need a new garage door, call Spectrum Overhead Door LLC at 281-748-9542 and ask us these questions. We will be delighted to answer these and any other questions you may have so you get the most out of your new garage door.

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Standard Garage Door Sizes and Considerations

Standard Garage Door Sizes and Considerations

If you are building a new house, or remodeling your current one, and looking to improve upon or build a garage, the size of your garage and garage door is an important choice. Yet, what are the standard garage door sizes and considerations for those sizes you may ask? Your standard residential garage doors come in 2 sizes, 8 foot by 7 foot and 16 foot by 7 foot. In certain areas, your building codes or HOA requirements may dictate what you can use, both in size and type. Yet there are other factors too when choosing which size to use.

What factors go into choosing a garage door size?

Garage Dimensions

Measure the width and height of your garage opening accurately. The size of your door should match these dimensions as closely as possible. Ensure your measurements are precise to avoid costly adjustments later.

Vehicle Size

Consider the size of the vehicles you plan to park in your garage. Measure the width and height of your largest vehicle, including any side mirrors or roof racks. The door should be wide and tall enough to accommodate these vehicles comfortably.

Clearance Space

Check for any obstructions within your garage, such as pipes, light fixtures, or shelving units, which might limit the available space for a garage door. Make sure there’s enough clearance for the door to operate smoothly.

Double or Single Door

Decide whether you need a single or double garage door. Single doors are typically 8 to 10 feet wide and suitable for one-car garages, while double doors range from 12 to 18 feet wide and are designed for two-car garages. Choose the option that aligns with your needs.

Garage Use

Consider how you plan to use your garage. If it’s primarily for vehicle storage, make sure the door can accommodate your vehicles. If you’ll use the space for other purposes like a workshop or storage, ensure the door size allows for these activities without restrictions.

 Aesthetics

Garage doors contribute significantly to your home’s curb appeal. Consider the visual balance and symmetry of the door with the rest of your house. The size should complement the architectural style and proportions of your home.

Local Regulations

Check with your local building codes and regulations. Some areas have specific requirements regarding garage door sizes, especially in terms of safety and fire code compliance.

Door Type

The type of garage door you choose can affect size options. Different styles, such as sectional, roll-up, or swing-out doors, may have varying size constraints. Ensure your chosen door type aligns with your size requirements.

Future Needs

Think about your future needs. If you plan to buy larger vehicles or convert your garage for additional uses, it’s wise to choose a slightly larger door to accommodate potential changes.

 Budget

Larger doors tend to cost more due to the increased materials and installation complexity. Consider your budget when determining the size of your garage door.

Option: Converting Two Garage Doors into one

Converting two separate garage doors into one is a practical option for homeowners looking to create a more spacious and versatile garage. This transformation not only offers a larger opening for easy access but also eliminates the central pillar or post that typically separates two single doors. This absence of a divider enhances the overall aesthetic appeal and functionality of the garage, making it easier to park larger vehicles, install a single wide door for convenience, or even create a seamless space for home projects, workshops, or additional storage. It’s a smart choice for those seeking a more unified and open garage design that accommodates their evolving needs and preferences. Spectrum Overhead offers two-to-one conversion services, just contact us for a in-house quote.

Whichever garage door size you need, from standard to custom, Spectrum Overhead Door LLC in Houston will help you choose and install the right garage door for your situation. Spectrum Overhead Door LLC has been installing garage doors in Houston and the Houston metro area since 2006 and has been awarded for excellence in customer service by both Angie’s List and Best Pic Reports.

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Spot a Fake Garage Door Google Business Profile

Spot a Fake Garage Door Google Business Profile

Unfortunately, it is a situation that happens all too often. You look for service on Google such as a gutter installation company in Houston, tax CPA, a plumber, an electrician, a garage door repair company, and come to find out they are either not the company they advertised, or say they are, take your money and disappear. All too often shady companies in a multitude of industries create fake Google My Business Listings. And even with Google cracking down since 2017, the problem still persists. So how can you spot a fake Google My Business listing?

First, let’s clarify what we mean by fake. There are really two breeds of fake at play when it comes to service companies. One kind is where one company will “fake” multiple locations or “fake” multiple business names, all to game the system. The others are even more nefarious, using legit business names and putting their phone numbers on those listings.

This is a serious problem in the garage door industry.

The problem has gotten so bad in the garage door repair industry that Google themselves have had t respond to it. In an post written by SEO roundtable,” Joy Hawkins pointed out even more spammy fake businesses listed in Google Maps. She said “Garage door spam on Google Maps is out of control. I just looked at a SERP where 4/20 of the top listings were real businesses.”  Danny Sullivan from  Google’s response “ Yep. We’re aware. I passed along earlier feedback, and I think we should see some improvements to better deal with this coming in the very near future.” https://www.seroundtable.com/google-garage-door-spam-fix-29687.html

How To Spot a Fake Google My Business Listing

Again, Google is trying to crack down on the problem. With that being said, new fake listings pop up all the time. And old ones can be hard to get rid of.  Here is how to protect yourself from a fake listing.

The business name is a keyword instead of an actual business name like;

  • Garage Door Repair + City
  • Keyword + Near Me
  • City + Garage Door Repair
  • Or Affordable + keyword, The Best + Keyword, and the likes.

This can be a tricky one. The reason this is done is that having a keyword in the name helps that name’s ranking in Google maps. Now Google has said they are moving away from this, but one has to just do a search to see it is not working very well, especially in the garage door repair business.

They Do not Have an Office Listed or their Location Does Not Exist.

If the business lists an address, check to see if the address is real. Many businesses use virtual addresses in cities where they are not actually located. Google has been cracking down with forcing video and picture verification, however, some do slip through the cracks.

They Answer the Phone with a Different Business Name.

This happens more times than we like to admit.  We know of one garage door company in the area that will list as multiple different companies with different phone numbers, but when you call the number it goes back to a call center and a different company name.  We legally can’t say the name of the company, but we want to make you aware this does happen.

The same phone number is used in multiple listings in different locations.

For legit Google My business listings, each location is to have it’s own number. So, if someone is using the same number for multiple locations, they are trying to game the system.

None or Manipulated Reviews

We don’t want to say all listings with no reviews are bad, as everybody has to start somewhere. Yet, we do suggest exercising caution. That being said, there are also listings where the reviews seem to reflect more “Keywords” than it should or seems a bit unnatural. Keywords in a review are a way for companies to climb rankings and some will create fake reviews in order to get higher on the list.

Google’s Suggest an Edit

The quickest way to report a fake listing is using the  “Suggest an edit”.This is because “Suggest an edit” is a machine learning mechanism and your input helps the AI decide what type of listings should be removed from Google Maps.

Avoiding Getting Scammed.

We wrote a great piece Avoid a Garage Door Scam – 5 Things You need to Know that gives some great tips on how to avoid being scammed.  Couple other things to note, most legit companies will have a mix of good and bad reviews. This is because you can’t please everyone.  A company that has all 5 star Google ratings may not be a scam, but to be sure, look them up for reviews on other sites as well.

Spectrum Overhead Door LLC is a locally owned and operated Houston garage door repair company with locations in West Houston and Channelview. Call 281-748-9542 or our East Houston office 713-557-3407 to schedule your garage door repair appointment with no trip charge today!

 

Garage Door Materials: What You Should Know

Garage Door Materials: What You Should Know

As a homeowner in Houston, selecting the right garage door is not just about aesthetics; it’s about choosing a material that can withstand our unique climate, which includes high humidity and heat. At Spectrum Overhead Door, we understand these challenges when choosing which garage doors to install and are here to guide you through the different materials available for garage doors, focusing on wood overlay and full-view styles. We’ll discuss the benefits of each material, along with considerations for maintenance and longevity and your budget.

Steel: Durable and Low Maintenance

Steel is one of the most popular choices for garage doors due to its durability and low maintenance. It’s an excellent option for Houston homes, as it stands up well against humidity and heat.

Benefits:

  • Durability: Steel doors are strong and resistant to dents and damage.
  • Low Maintenance: They require minimal upkeep, just occasional cleaning and checking for rust.
  • Insulation: Many steel doors come with insulation options, which can help with energy efficiency in Houston’s heat.

Gauge Variations: Understanding 25 Gauge and 24 Gauge Steel Doors

  • 25 Gauge Steel Doors: These are generally more economical but are thinner and less resistant to dents and impacts. They are suitable for homeowners looking for a cost-effective solution.
  • 24 Gauge Steel Doors: These doors offer greater durability and strength due to their thicker steel. They are more resistant to wear and tear, making them a better choice for homeowners who prioritize longevity and robustness.

Considerations:

  • Steel can corrode if the protective coating is damaged, so regular inspections are crucial.
  • They come in a range of prices, making them suitable for various budgets.
  • The choice between 25 gauge and 24 gauge will depend on your budget and how much durability you require.

Aluminum: Lightweight and Rust-Resistant

Aluminum is another popular material, especially for contemporary full-view garage doors.

Benefits:

  • Rust Resistance: Ideal for humid climates, aluminum doesn’t rust.
  • Lightweight: This puts less strain on the garage door mechanisms.
  • Modern Aesthetics: Perfect for full-view doors with a sleek, modern look.

Considerations:

  • Aluminum doors can be prone to dents.
  • They offer varying levels of insulation, so choose based on your energy efficiency needs.

Wood: Classic Beauty

Wooden doors, particularly wood overlay styles, offer unmatched aesthetic appeal and can be customized to fit any home design.

Benefits:

  • Aesthetic Appeal: Wood doors provide a classic, high-end look.
  • Customization: They can be tailored in design, size, and stain.

Considerations:

  • Wood can swell and warp in humidity, requiring regular maintenance.
  • They need to be refinished periodically to maintain their appearance and durability.

Wood Overlay Doors: Elegance Meets Durability

For homeowners in Houston who desire the timeless beauty of wood without the full commitment to solid wood doors, wood overlay doors present an ideal solution. These doors feature a durable, underlying structure, often made of steel or composite material, overlaid with real wood.

Benefits:

  • Aesthetic Flexibility: Wood overlay doors offer the classic appearance of wood, allowing for a range of styles from traditional to modern.
  • Durability with Style: The underlying structure provides strength and durability, while the wood overlay gives the desired aesthetic appeal.
  • Customizable: Homeowners can choose from various wood types and finishes to match their home’s exterior.

Considerations:

  • Climate Suitability: The combination of materials in wood overlay doors makes them more resistant to warping and swelling, a crucial factor in Houston’s humid climate.
  • Maintenance Balance: While they require more maintenance than steel or aluminum, they are less demanding than solid wood doors.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: Wood overlay doors can be a more budget-friendly alternative to solid wood, offering the same luxurious look at a lower cost.

Wood overlay doors strike a perfect balance between the classic charm of wood and the practical needs of durability and maintenance. They are an excellent choice for Houston homeowners looking to enhance their home’s curb appeal with a touch of traditional elegance combined with modern functionality.

Full-View Glass Garage Doors: Modernity and Openness

In the realm of contemporary home design, Full-View Glass Garage Doors have become increasingly popular, especially among Houston homeowners looking for a modern and open aesthetic. These doors consist of large glass panels encased in an aluminum or steel frame, offering a sleek, minimalist look.

Benefits:

  • Aesthetic Appeal: Full-View Glass Doors provide a modern, sophisticated look that can dramatically enhance the curb appeal of any home.
  • Natural Light: They allow an abundance of natural light into your garage, making the space brighter and more inviting.
  • Customization: Homeowners can choose from various glass types (like frosted, tinted, or clear) and frame finishes to match their home’s style.

Considerations:

  • Climate Control: In Houston’s hot and humid climate, choosing insulated glass is crucial to maintain energy efficiency.
  • Privacy: Depending on the type of glass chosen, consider the balance between natural light and privacy needs.
  • Durability and Maintenance: While the aluminum or steel frames are durable, the glass panels require careful maintenance to keep them looking pristine.

Full-View Glass Garage Doors are ideal for those who value modern design and wish to make a statement with their home’s exterior. Their ability to blend indoor and outdoor spaces seamlessly, along with the customization options, make them a compelling choice for contemporary homes in Houston.

Conclusion

Your choice of garage door material should not only complement your home’s aesthetics but also withstand Houston’s climate. At Spectrum Overhead Door, we’re dedicated to helping you find the perfect balance between style, durability, and budget. Remember, proper installation and regular maintenance are key to the longevity of your garage door, regardless of the material you choose. Contact us today for personalized guidance and to explore our range of beautiful, durable garage door options.

Why Your Garage Door Won’t Close

Why Your Garage Door Won’t Close

If you are a homeowner here in the Houston area stuck with a garage door that won’t close, that is more than just a concern, that is a security issue. It can lead to thieves getting into your garage, breaking into your vehicles or even your home. There are some things you can immediately check to find the culprit of why your garage door won’t close, as well as things you could do to fix the issue. Let’s look at the reasons.

Reasons Why Your Garage Door Won’t Close

Your Garage Door 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 laser 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,  just 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.

Your Garage Door Tracks

If your garage door will not 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.

Your Garage Door Opener 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.

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.

Your Opener 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.

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