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New Amarr JELD-WEN Doors Available

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Effective 2/15/2011, two (2) new carriage house door designs are being added to the
JELD-WEN wood composite garage door offering. These two door designs are both available
with grooved or non-grooved options, wind load reinforcement and primed, white or
portabello finish. Pricing of these two doors are the same as the other JELD-WEN Carriage
House door designs.  Check our soon updated brochures.

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Garage Door Springs

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Garage Door Spring Systems is the Most Used Commonly on Sectional Type Overhead Doors.

Garage doors are very heavy and some type springing systems must used at the top with cables attaching to the bottom garage doors to counterbalance the weight of the door. When a garage door is opened, these springs assist in lightening the weight of the door. When closing the door, the springs keep it from slamming hard on the ground and damaging the door or causing injury.


To release the spring tension, raise the door in the fully open and clamp the door into position using a pair of vice grips in the tracks to prevent the door from moving.  Once the door is open, you can make spring adjustments to only the extension spring type systems.


Torsion spring systems adjustments are not recommended by the do it yourselfer.
Typically overhead garage door springs have a life expectancy of 10,000 cycles, unless you special ordered your door with extended life cycle springs. One cycle is an operation of an up and down.  The extension and torsion springs are tempered (hardened) steel that comes either in plain cold rolled, painted, oil soaked, or galvanized. When the garage door is closed these springs are under very extreme tension and can be dangerous causing injury.


Over time, or during the later stages of the life cycles, springs will start to fatigue, and will eventually start stretching and or breaking, usually releasing its spring load with loud bang. Most homeowners, if you are at home, hear the spring break and usually unable to find where the noise came from until you try to use your garage door the next time.


On the average I see a 10k life cycle spring last around 7 to 10 years depending on how often you use your door.  Anything over 10 years is a bonus.  For example, if you average about two cycles per day, opening and closing the door a total of 4 times as you come and go, then the life expectancy becomes 2500 days, or approximately 7 years. If you have children that drive or more adults with vehicles, then you tend to cycle the door even more often, which in turn needing a spring replacement even sooner.

Since standard lift torsion springs are winding “up” when the door is closing or going down, the fully closed position is the most stressful on the steel spring material and thus the most likely the time of breakage. This is a good thing; because failure near the top-of-travel means that you suddenly have a large heavy door coming down and crashing against the floor with the increased weight. As a rule of thumb, and for safety reasons, you should never be standing or walking under the door when it is opening or closing, especially if you do so manually instead of with an electric opener. Also automatic door operators will provide additional safety if and when the spring breaks during the door movement.

When the springs are working correctly, the door appears nearly weightless, but this is an illusion that turns into a calamity when the springs suddenly fail.

Caution:  If you need to make annual adjustments to the springs or repair the door, we recommend using a trained garage door technician to do your annual tune-ups.

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Garage Door Openers – Information on safety reversal system

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Your garage door opener uses two safety reversal systems. The most obvious safety component is the safety eye system?, which provides four to six inches of coverage along the bottom area of the doorway. To test this system, perform the following steps:

1. Start with the door in the open position.
2. Press the remote control push button to raise the door.
3. Place a box or similar object in the path of the door (obstruction the safety sensor eyes).
4. Press the remote control push button to shut the door.

The door will not move more than 1 inch, and the opener lights will flash.

The door opener will not close from a remote if the indicator light in either one of the sensors is off (alerting you to the fact that the sensor is misaligned or obstructed).

Repeat this test each month.

There are a few things to keep in mind relating to the optical safety reversal system:
The optical safety system must be installed in order for the opener to close the door normally. The system is federally mandated, and there is absolutely no way to bypass this system. If there is a sensor problem, the opener can still be used to close the garage door. In order to do so, press and hold the hard-wired wall control button, or use the keyless entry pad outside of the garage, holding the ENTER button until the door reaches the floor. Releasing the wall control button or the ENTER button before the door reaches the floor will cause the opener to reverse the door. This selection is only available through the wall control or a keyless entry system, and is not an option when using the hand-held remote control. Never commit on the safety sensors to prevent the door from closing on an obstruction. Always assure that the path of the garage door is free of any obstructions before operating the opener mechanism.The second safety system built in to the opener is designed to reverse the garage door whenever resistance or force is encountered, provided that the opener mechanism is connected and adjusted properly, and the garage door is properly balanced and aligned. This reversal system should be tested each time an adjustment to the opener is made, and also once a month.

To test the safety reversal system:

1. With the door fully open, place a 1-1/2 inch board (or 2×4 laid flat) on the floor, centered under the garage door.
2. Operate the door in the down direction. The door must reverse upon striking an obstruction.

If the door stops on the obstruction, it is not traveling far enough in the down direction. Refer to your owner’s manual for instructions on increasing the down limit adjustment, along with farther information concerning the safety reversal test. A copy of your owner’s manual can be downloaded through most manufactor’s web sites by clicking here (hyperlink to owner’s manual search page) If the door continues to fail the safety reversal test, call for a trained door systems technician. Never rely on the safety reversal system to prevent the door from closing on an obstruction. Always ensure that the path of the garage door is clear of any obstructions before operating the opener mechanism.

WARNING: Without a correctly installed safety reversal system, persons (particularly small children) can be badly injured or death by a closing garage door.
WARNING: If the opener closes the door when the safety-reversing sensor is obstructed (and the sensors are no more than 6 inches above the floor), call for a trained garage door technician.

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Tips for Deciding the Right Garage Door Company Houston Texas

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You should do some legwork and find out if your potential garage door technicians are professional to begin with.

When choosing a professional garage door company for your home, you should analyze a few things before actually calling one. First, you should do some research and find out if your potential garage door installer is professional to begin with. Make sure you check proper business license. Start by requesting for a list of jobs they’ve actually installed along with references. Do not rely or trust an ad on your local paper or the internet. Just because they have an ad it does not mean they are reliable.
Don’t let their nice, attractive personality fool you. Although they may seem to be of nice appearance, you may hire the wrong technician for your project. There is wide range of garage door repair technicians in your area to decide from. Fraudulent workers are out there, so you must filter them carefully. This article will give you a few tips on how to contract your next repair expert where you live.
Some of the most familiar things to consider before you hire your next repair technician or contractor should be as follows: 1. Check how long they have been in business? 2. Are they making any promises on their ads that can be easily voided? 3. How proficient are they, can they really handle the whole job wholly or do they seem limited? 4. Do they have referrals that you can validate? 5. Do they have a website to where you can search more about their business?

Below is a break down on the questions mentioned previous so that you can be more familiar with when calling a contractor for your home or business.

1. Find out how long they have been in business. – If you find out the company or technician has been in business for more than 5 years, then that is an excellent chance they are a dependable company. Unlike other companies that fail within the first 5 years of being in business. If the company has been in business for more than 10 years, then rest assured and has peace of mind that you are dealing with a true professional. A company cannot stay in business too long if they don’t have any referrals to back up the business.
2. Range of Garage Door Services Offered. – Can the company handle every aspect of the project or are they handling one part only and out sourcing the other? This is typical in a small startup company where they are not experienced enough and need the extra resources to finish the job up. Ask if they are going to work on the entire project alone or someone else coming in to do another aspect of the project. You must be extremely careful, your guarantee might be demanding to claim if multiple technicians perform the work. In the end, you will not distinguish who guarantees what? Be sure to commit to single person to complete the entire job right from the start.
3. Reviews and Complaints – Is the company listed with the Better Business Bureau or are they registered with Yahoo, Google and other search engines where clients have been given the opportunity to review the company? We live in an age where referrals are the new way of doing business. It is in our nature to do business with people that have been recommended by friends and family.
4. Web Presence – Do a quick search for the company in Google or Yahoo and see what comes up for their business name, many times you will see excellent or may be even adverse hits on their reputation, this way you can have a prominent idea who you are dealing with and possibly have something to ask them when you meet with them in person.

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Garage Door Repair – Is your Garage Door hanging by a thread?

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If your garage door is not operable like when it was purchased or not working in anyway, don’t just accept it. Get garage door repair service and get your overhead door back to working perfectly again.

Is your door challenging to open? Does your garage door shake when it opens and closes? Will the door not open at all? Or is your garage door stuck in a constant cycle of opening or closing? When your garage door isn’t working right, it can add considerable stress and annoyance to your life. However, the good news is that garage door repair service company is speedy, affordable, and effective. From garage door and opener tune ups, repairs to track, spring, and panel fixes, your local garage door company can help get your garage door working its best again. Before you phone the garage door technicians, be sure to analyze these quick-fixes:

(1) Make sure your garage door opener push button has new batteries.
(2) Check out all safety sensors (at the bottom of the door on each side of the tracks) to make certain they are free of debris and aligned.
(3) Remove debris like sticks, gravel, from under the door.

If these simple procedures don’t get your garage door operating effortlessly again, then you know it’s time to call in the door doctors. Garage door companies have the know how and tools to diagnose a wide array of garage door repair issues from small problems to larger safety concerns. Once they know what’s wrong with your door, they’ll be able to specify you with the one of many options to get your overhead door back on track and working in a safe way. And better yet, your garage door company can make quite sure the job is done entirely and have a warranty for their repairs that will last for years to come.

So whether you’re in need of garage door or opener tune up or a major repair, your area overhead door company is here to assist. Remember, your garage door plays a fundamental role in your home’s peace of mind and energy efficiency, as well as aesthetics, so why wait to get it fixed. Helping restore convenience to your daily routine, safety to your home, and more, professional garage door repair service can make certain your garage is restored to working order.

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Garage Doors – Wood or Steel

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Your overhead garage door is more than likely the largest moving object in your home. Garage doors are essential not only in protecting your cars from the outside harsh weather, but also in protecting your vehicles (and your house) from burglars and intruders. Depending on multiple factors, a typical double wide overhead garage door usually weighs two to three hundred pounds. Some type of springing system is equipped to counterbalance the weight of the door which in turn makes the door a mere to open by hand. Comparable to automobiles, garage doors need to be serviced once a year so you or your electric door opener has an easy life opening and closing your garage door.

Majority of the newer doors purchased today is steel. This explains the reason for the most economical decision is steel. Steel garage doors provide the minimal amount of upkeep as compared to wood with the outside elements. Although, if you prefer the carriage house appearance, some garage door manufactures provide carriage house style doors in composite and handmade western red cedar wood. The advantages of red cedar or a composite door is the ability to apply stain to match parts of your house. This is something that you can’t do with a steel overhead door. Of course, with the natural look and cost of cedar or composite, it wouldn’t make sense to paint it. Now on the other hand, the lower end wood overhead garage doors can be painted, although it is not as durable as steel and requires more maintenance. The lower end wood doors usually consist of some type of hemlock fir and masonite hard board to make up the construction. For wood, you need stain or paint to keep a wood overhead door looking good and for its longevity. Basically, seal it up from the elements and moisture from getting inside the door. We also recommend a rubber seal between the floor and the door to prevent the wood door from drawing moisture off the floor when the door is closed. Once the wood door starts drawing moisture, it will soon start to deteriorate.

Because of advances in manufacturing, steel doors have greatly improved over the last several years by providing six to eight colors to choose from. Nearly all steel door companies have the wood grain design textured surface with embossed raised panels. So now you can get the same elegant wood look even if your overhead garage door is actually made of steel. Some manufactures have gone a bit farther with steel by offering the looks of handmade carriage house western red cedar but in the low maintenance and lower costs of steel. So, unless you need a door that you want to stain match part of your house, steel door offers so many options today compared ten years ago.

Remember annual maintenance and using your garage door regularly will guarantee its continuous operation for many years to come.

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Merry Christmas 2010

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Preferred Doors want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe Happy New Year.




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New Wind Load Brochure

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Our specialty is Garage Doors, and we know what it takes to keep your family safe during the storm season and all year long. Preferred Doors is pleased to announce a new wind load brochure for it’s customer’s in wind load markets. The new 6-page brochure is available from Preferred Doors.  Call Now to schedule an appointment!  832-475-4616.

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Amarr Residential Aluminum Full View Introduction

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Amarr is pleased to announce the introduction of the Vista Collection, a residential Aluminum Full View door. Providing a modern contemporary look, the Vista transforms your garage into a bright and inviting room in your home. With the same durable construction as the Amarr Commercial Model 3550, the Vista has many unique glass options for residential applications. Ordering begins November 15, 2010.

Features and Benefits of Amarr Vista Collection:

  • 2” thick extruded commercial-grade aluminum frame provides durability, low maintenance and corrosion resistance.
  • Tongue and groove section joints and bottom weather seal provide additional protection against the elements.
  • Clear View Aluminum Strut System maximizes viewing area, adds strength and durability to doors and provides a consistent style to match the contemporary design of the full view door. Struts are available in clear anodized aluminum or white powder coat color to match the standard door finishes.
  • Attractive, modern exterior handles (2) included.
  • Standard door is available in clear anodized aluminum and white powder coat.
  • Additional powder coat colors available at a price upcharge. See attached powder coat color chart and Vista price catalog for options.
  • Standard door includes 1/8” Tempered Clear glass. Additional single pane and insulated tempered glass available at a price up charge.
  • Anodized aluminum or white powder coat panels also available.
  • Wind load options available to meet local building codes.
  • 5-year Limited Warranty on finish, materials, workmanship and hardware. 10-year Limited Warranty on insulated glass. 5-year Limited Warranty on laminated glass. Warranty attached.

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Veteran’s Day

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Veterans Day originally was held every November 11th, and though it typically falls on this day, officially the holiday is now observed on the weekday that falls closest to November 11th every year.  It was first incorporated as by President Wilson as Armistice Day in 1919.  Other countries today also still recognize November 11th as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in honor of the Armistice treaty, which ended WWI.

It was in 1938 that Armistice Day was enacted as an official American holiday.  But eventually after WWII, citizens felt that the veterans of all wars should be recognized, not just those of WWI.  So in 1954 Congress changed the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.  In America, the holiday now celebrates the approximate 2.9 million U.S. veterans with parades and ceremonies among other events.

Happy Veteran’s Day!

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