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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 …
4306 Brookwoods DrHouston, TX 77092
AMAZING SERVICE!!! After calling one of those big time advertised companies who put us on their schedule (between 6-8pm) and then cancelled on us at the last minute, I called Joey who said he could come WITHIN THE HOUR. After coming home from school/work, our garage had decided not to close. …
Serving the Pasadena Area.
Excellent service and work ethic. Told me exactly what I needed. I had a bid from another company that had other things that “needed” to be done. TJ said I didn’t need those additional things done. I appreciate his honesty. Reasonably priced. I will be using him in the future.
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 300 trucks available to provide fast, friendly, and personal…
208 E Dumble StAlvin, TX 77511
We had to call Brazoria County Overhead Doors out again. Someone locked the door and when the garage door was opened it got all messy. They fit me in today...I'm so grateful. Just last year we had our garage door spring replaced again. I guess we use it just too much. Our garage door is 15 ye…
628 Cedar Bayou RdBaytown, TX 77520
From Business: Serving East Harris, Chambers, Galveston, North Brazoria, and South Liberty Counties. We offer sales and repair service for residential and commercial garage doors and electric openers. We have everything from economical raised panel steel doors to upscale Custom Wood or Composite Estate and Carriage House-style garage doo…
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
2930 Chestnut Ridge DrKingwood, TX 77339
From Business: Welcome to Edwards Precision Garage Door and Repair Since the mid 1960's Edwards Precision Garage Door Repair has provided the Houston and surrounding area with a level of service that far exceeds our competition. We repair all makes and models regardless of age, condition, type or size. Edwards Precision Garage Door Repai…
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…
3300 Watters RdPasadena, TX 77504
These guys are fantastic. An iron pedestrian gate by the side of my house had shifted over the years, no longer worked, and was impossible to lock. I called in the morning, and Tal came by in the afternoon, diagnosed all the issues, and fixed everything in a couple hours for a fair price. I thou…
3536 Spencer HwyPasadena, TX 77504
We just moved to a new home, and our garage door is so loud it vibrates the living room :( I requested a few quotes on Yelp and went with A Plus based on Yelp reviews. I was not disappointed. Hamid was responsive and on time. He provided a reasonable quote and tuned our garage. He also gave us a…
4808 Fairmont PkwyPasadena, TX 77505
From Business: We have been expertly serving the greater Houston area for over 40 years. Servicing your garage door either in an emergency or on a routine maintenance call, we treat everyone with fair prices and personal respect. We answer calls quickly, our techs call before they show up and arrive on time. Most service is under $100 de…
999 Pasadena BlvdPasadena, TX 77506
From Business: Carport entryway spring repair is a standout amongst the most asked for administrations. It is likewise a standout amongst the most hazardous. This is particularly so if took care of by a mortgage holder with no experience or information of taking care of these kind of repairs. In the event that you feel the inclination to…
1910 Southmore Ave # 15Pasadena, TX 77502
From Business: Carport Door Pasadena TX has a wide determination of administrations for the entryway of your carport. Administrations offered incorporate repair, substitution, links, springs and opener. To be sure, there is no compelling reason to look any further in the event that you are looking for an administration supplier that addr…
5730 Fairmont PkwyPasadena, TX 77505
From Business: We have practical experience in the establishment and repair of both private and business carport entryways. We have earned faithful clients who keep on trusting our dependable administration, quality items, aggressive estimating and experienced staff. We're here to serve you.Our snappy reaction times, proficient administr…
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.
These guys are fantastic. An iron pedestrian gate by the side of my house had shifted over the years, no longer worked, and was impossible to lock. I called in the morning, and Tal came by in the afternoon, diagnosed all the issues, and fixed everything in a couple hours for a fair price. I thought I would have to replace the entire gate, but by adding better springs and welding some small additional pieces, everything was realigned and worked perfectly.Tal was smart, totally professional, friendly, and clearly took pride in his work. This job could not have been done better. I would use this company again in a second.
Excellent SAME DAY service, very friendly & professional repair technician (Avi) He explained everything in detail, including cost beforehand. I would definitely use them again. Highest rating.Thanks Pristine garage door repair la crescenta and gate repair la crescenta !!
I called ASAP on Super Bowl Sunday at 9am because a hit and run driver sent a car thru my glass / aluminum garage door in Malibu on pch David showed up 1.5 hours later and removed the damaged door then we covered the opening with tarp until he returned on Monday with a temp aluminum door so I could continue to use my garage safelyHe then ordered straight away the custom glass / aluminum door that would take 3-4 weeks to be ready It was installed today and is perfect !He does what he says, is excellent at communications and the work is perfect I could not have been more satisfied with all aspects of his work !
We just moved to a new home, and our garage door is so loud it vibrates the living room :( I requested a few quotes on Yelp and went with A Plus based on Yelp reviews. I was not disappointed. Hamid was responsive and on time. He provided a reasonable quote and tuned our garage. He also gave us a quote for a new motor. After he tuned up our garage the noise was much better!! When I am ready to install a new motor, I will definitely give Hamid a call!
I just purchased my first property, but the garage door just won't open even after I have replaced the battery. I could hear a noise where it sounded like the door is lifting up, but it doesn't open. So, called Magic TX Garage Door I just had to replaced the spring, instead of replacing the whole motor. They were quick, the technician even greased all the parts for free!
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.