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419 Century Plaza Dr Ste 230Houston, TX 77073
From Business: Grand Design in Motion. From the moment you step into NationServe, you’ll feel it—a timeless quality, a refined approach, a confidence only experience can bring. With 22 locations across America, we’re one of the country’s largest corporately owned specialists in garage and overhead doors. We’ve built our national knowhow …
11533 Main StHouston, TX 77025
I bought a commercial garage door & opener from them for my residence / business garage door. In 30 years then have only come out a couple of times. That is good value. When they cam out they were on time and finished in a reasonable time with no call backs.
11707 S Sam Houston Pkwy WHouston, TX 77031
From Business: Vortex Doors is your specialist for industrial and commercial door repair and replacement. Family owned since 1937, Vortex is the door services industry leader in quick response, superior quality, and excellent customer service. Vortex has 31 service centers with 265 trucks available to provide fast, friendly, and personal…
133 Wilson RdHumble, TX 77338
From Business: Agape Overhead Doors is a family owned and operated company that opened it's doors in 1989. We've experienced phenomenal growth in the past years because of our dedication to customer service and reputation of providing quality products at affordable pric
4622 Evergreen StBellaire, TX 77401
As a previous customer in the late 90's, I wanted to hire them to install new garage door springs. When I called I was given an appointment and later called back and told that they did not want to service the I-10West/Katy area. This left me stranded and it was difficult to get service from ot…
219 Present StMissouri City, TX 77489
From Business: WDL Lumber, Inc. specializes in garage construction, garage conversions, custom home construction, room additions, remodeling, and all kinds of concrete work. WDL Lumber, Inc. sees every construction job from the customer's point of view. From design selections, to the construction work, the entire process is customer driv…
2950 North Loop W Ste 500Houston, TX 77092
Troy and his crew are knowledgeable, worked fast and gave suggestions on how to maintain the door properly. Seemed to have all of the supplies and were in/out very quickly. I had hired them to install my new garage door. Their price was reasonable as well. Nice crew in the town!
14902 Stuebner Airline RdHouston, TX 77069
What a pleasant surprise! KTM stood behind their work years after the repair. They were accountable, responsive, courteous and reasonable is resolving my problem. I highly recommend them ... Marsha L.
9801 Harwin Dr Ste KHouston, TX 77036
Big Edd's is owned by a personable lady who set up the Doorlink garage door/remote opener replacement for me and her employee Solis completed the install in about 3 1/2 hours in early part of Dec. 2012. This company was a referral from my father, so I would certainly recommend it to my friends. …
Have a rental property in Sugar Land area and needed the garage door opener remotes re programmed. They coordinated with the tenant and got it fixed in a day or so and emailed me the bill. Super seamless and easy. Thank you Armando
There's still one month of summer left. Before those lazy, hazy days come to an end, use our get-things-done list to make the most of this fleeting season in the sun.
Absolutely the best!!!! Bob (the owner) was not able to come out, but sent his crew. I called and 90 minutes later they were here. Shawn and his associate quickly diagnosed problem as my door was not closing. Sensor(which I didn't even know I had as it is located up by the motor and not at the usual place on the lower rail area) had been dislodged and was not aimed properly. They didn't even charge me their minimun service call fee of $89. I have been looking at replacing my door and motor for awhile for astetics and the motor is really old. After looking at Costco, Lowe's and other options, I will use no other than Quality Door Service!! They helped me in an emergency, didn't gouge me and I always prefer to support local, small businesses even if it costs me a few dollars more. Although it won't in this case. Call Bob for all your garage door needs!! PS...I never write reviews, but their efforts and service shoud not go unstated.
A+ Rating for the excellent customer service we received from Troy!. Our 20 year old garage door needed new lifts and maintenance for a long time. We called roadrunner garage door on Thursday late afternoon and by Fri at 9.30am he was at our door. His estimate was very reasonable. I asked him to start work. He and his co-worker started to work and finish it by late afternoon. The best part was he gave us couple of options and explains pros and cons of each option. We chose the option that was fitting in our budget. Our doors work so smoothly we can't believe it. We are glad we found an expert garage door technician! Thanks Troy for a nice job!
Thank you Garage Door repair! My daughter backed into our garage door and dented the garage door. It came off track and did not fully close. I called the garage door company right away to schedule an appointment. They gave me a two hour window between 12-2pm and told me the technician would call before arrival. Sure enough the technician called 20 minutes before arrival showed up on time and was able to fix my garage door. He was very polite and friendly. I think Garage Door repair for their quick response and great service.
One of the springs on our garage door snapped, and we wanted to get this fixed ASAP since we had guest coming for dinner. We called quite a few garage door repair companies in our area. Each of them was asking premium price since we wanted to get it fixed ASAP. Finally came across the roadrunner garage door and called them. They sent a technician within 45 mins. Honestly I didn't believe when they told me they will send someone within an hour. They also waived my service fees. They are the best in our area.
My daughter hit our garage door with her car last week. The door went out of track, and looked like it can fell from it any moment. We found roadrunner garage door online, and we noticed they offer same day service. I called and set up an appointment. The technician arrived on time. In an hour or so he put it back everything inline. The price was also reasonable. He also gave us a tip to improve the life of garage door chain. I definitely recommend to all.
Yesterday somehow my garage door completely stopped working. I came across Roadrunner Garage Doors website in Google and I spoke with Troy. Within an hour he stopped by and checked it out. Not sure what magic he has in his hand but just in few mins he fixed it and it started to work as it was before. I was glad he came out and fixed it so quickly. Thanks guys! It’s always good to have professional and reliable service companies in the neighborhood.
Troy and his team recently serviced my 3 doors garage. Those were old, off the track and making too much noise. Previously they had replaced garage door at my parent's location so I knew him very well. I called him and explained the problem. Next morning he came with his crew. They worked probably until afternoon and fixed all 3 garage doors. Now all the doors are very smooth and silent. Great guy! Excellent quality work at reasonable price!
My garage door broke just 2 days before the Christmas and we had to go out of town. I came across Roadrunner Garage door and spoke with Troy. He immediately squeezed us in on the same day and fixed our door by 4pm. He was patient, fair, and professional. He explained how it probably occurred, what needs to be done and how we he was going to do it. What a great guy who I will certainly call again in the future and refer to my friends.
Troy and his crew were very professional. I found them in Google. Last night my garage door spring got broken. I called them around 9am on Fri and they were here by 10.15am. They fixed the door within an hour and also did detail inspection of my garage door just to make sure everything else is working fine. Their rates were lower in compare to other companies in our area. The experience was extremely pleasant. I highly recommend them.
Big Edd's is owned by a personable lady who set up the Doorlink garage door/remote opener replacement for me and her employee Solis completed the install in about 3 1/2 hours in early part of Dec. 2012. This company was a referral from my father, so I would certainly recommend it to my friends. My old wooden door had missing panels/missing glass and the new door was a huge improvement! If you call, she'll answer!
Some people use their garages to keep their cars safe. Others use them to store boxes of books and home decorations. No matter how a garage is used, there is one key factor they all must have in common to protect the precious items within: A functional garage door.
There is no shortage of variety when it comes to choosing a garage door. Options include different materials, styles and lifting or opening methods, each with its own unique pros and cons.
When deciding on the right garage door, the first thing to consider is the style.
Garage Door Styles
The two most common styles of garage door include:
The benefits of swing-out doors are their classic look and the ability to keep the garage ceiling clear for added storage space. The major downside of this style is the amount of time it takes to manually lock, unlock, open, and close them. They can be manual or operated by a remote control.
Perhaps the most common and recognizable style is the roll-up garage door. These features are much easier to automate than their swinging counterparts, making them a preferred choice for many homeowners. However, ceiling space must be sacrificed to make room for the door when open. These are typically automatic, but manual models are also available.
Aside from these popular models, homeowners can choose between:
Once you've determined the style of garage door, you can move on to choosing the material. Some considerations you might keep in mind include:
If you're looking for something that will withstand the test of errant basketballs and driver's education students, a vinyl door might be your best bet. These doors are hard to dent or break and don't need much maintenance to keep up their appearance. They are usually built on steel frames with polyurethane insulation and come in a limited variety of colors.
Wood can stand up to plenty of the abuse a garage door may be subject to from time to time. They are also attractive doors with many color options. They can be painted or stained at the factory or on site. One of the biggest downsides to wood garage doors is the upkeep - they may need to be repainted or restained regularly to maintain the color.
Fiberglass doors can break with a strong impact but in general are pretty sturdy. Like vinyl doors, they are built on steel frames and insulated with polyurethane.
Wood composite doors have the same aesthetic advantages of wood doors but are less expensive. They usually have a wood frame and are filled with polyurethane insulation. Some may have fiberboard skins and are designed to closely mimic wood.
It doesn't take much to dent these doors, but they aren't very expensive and require little maintenance. However, they are subject to rust, especially in damper climates.
These doors can also easily dent but don't rust. They are also lightweight, which is ideal for larger garage doors, as more weight on such a large frame could put added stress on the lifting or opening mechanism.
Five basic designs of garage door openers are available to homeowners. Two are relatively recent developments, while the other three are fairly standard and have been around for decades.
One of the biggest advantages of the direct-drive opener is how silent it is. With the motor being the only moving part of this machine, it's said to be the quietest model available. This is one of the newest designs and was developed in Germany.
Another relatively recent design, this model is ideal for a homeowner who wants to keep the ceiling clear for storage. It is set up on the wall closest to the garage door as opposed to on the ceiling, like most garage door openers.
This opener is powered by a motor that rotates a threaded-steel rod on which a trolley rides. It is a relatively quick garage door opener, though most garage doors close at the same rate for safety reasons. Additionally, they are said to be the easiest to maintain, given that they don't involve many moving parts. However, these doors have a history of problems when the temperature quickly changes, and they are noisy. If there is an apartment or office above a garage, screw-driven openers may not be the best option.
These use a chain similar to that of a bicycle. The chain pulls a trolley connected to a bar that lifts the garage door. It can be noisy and cause vibrations, given the metal-to-metal contact, though more recent models are said to be a little bit better about this.
The function of belt-driven openers is the same as chain-driven openers. The only major difference is that instead of metal chains, these door openers are built with a belt made of fiberglass, steel-reinforced rubber, or polyurethane. This brings down the noise level but increases the price.
As with most things mechanical, garage doors may begin to develop problems after a few years of use. Many typical problems are easily identified and, with the right knowledge or help from a professional, aren't too difficult to fix.
Transmitter or Remote Won't Work
The first thing you should check in this instance is the transmitter battery. Dead batteries are often the culprit, though there are other causes seen as well. If the batteries are in good shape, take a look at the cables and tracks to make sure they are clear, clean, and sturdy.
Door Doesn't Close All the Way
If you notice a gap at the bottom of your garage door after closing it, try resetting the close limit. Your door might be set to close at a higher point than the ground. It might also be set too low, and when the door reaches the ground, the sensor reacts in the same way it would if an object was obstructing its path: by retreating upward.
Door Shakes When Opening
This could be caused by debris on the tracks or wheels. Clean these first to see if this is the problem. If not, the springs might be stretched unevenly or worn out.
Door Squeaks When Opening
The rollers are most likely dry and need to be lubricated.
Door Closes Faster Than Usual
A quickly closing garage door could easily become a safety hazard. The problem is usually springs that are too stretched out. They should be replaced by a professional. Working with these large springs can be difficult, and they can quickly turn into dangerous, fast-moving metal whips.
Door Makes a Strange Sound at the Same Point Every Time It's Used
This might mean your tracks are either dented, falling, or otherwise misaligned. This is not just annoying; it's dangerous. Misaligned or damaged tracks can cause the door to cease working or to fall off its tracks. If your door seems to be working fine overall, feel free to inspect the issue further. But if your door is stuck, slanted, or looks unstable, call a professional who will have the right tools to fix the problem.
Door Sticks When Opening or Closing
If you begin to notice this around a change in seasons, check the lubricant on the tracks. Weather patterns will affect lubricant's effectiveness. Dirt or debris on the tracks could also be the cause; make sure they're clear and clean. If the tracks look fine, make sure the doors are hung evenly.
It's not uncommon for a garage door to have a problem or two every once in awhile. But, if the same issue keeps coming up or one cause has led to a variety of problems, it might be time to consider replacing your door altogether.
For someone who's familiar with tackling tough home improvement projects, installing a garage door might be a viable do-it-yourself project. It'll likely take the better part of a Saturday, and it's not a bad idea to ask for help, especially when taking off the old door.
But if you're even a little bit wary of taking on such a large task, reaching out to a professional would probably be a smart move. On average, a new garage door installation will cost around $1,000. Most homeowners end up paying somewhere between $740 and $1,400, including the installation and the door itself.
Likewise, a custom garage door could be a project that an experienced wood or metal worker can take on with the right materials, tools, and knowledge. However, for the amateur DIY-er, contacting a professional might be the best way to go. If you are unfamiliar with the project, the weight alone could prove to be an issue. Depending on the size, it could weigh as much as 200 pounds, though some smaller or uninsulated ones could be less than 100 pounds.
To keep your garage door functional for as long as possible, try to inspect it every so often to ensure everything is working properly. A problem that goes too long without attention can only get worse and wind up costing you more to repair or replace the door.
About once a month, carefully observe the door as you open and close it. If you hear or see anything unusual, take a closer look at it. The regular motion could easily loosen up some of the hardware, so take a few minutes to tighten everything up. Also, be sure that tracks, tires, and other moving parts are properly lubricated.
If your door is painted, make sure it isn't chipped or peeling. Deteriorating paint on a wooden door could let moisture in, which leads to warped doors, while a steel door could rust if water gets in.