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Do you need a new garage door or have one with broken springs in Houston that require service?

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Houston TX Garage DoorsGarage doors Houston are important for making the home safe and sound even if departing town. Lots of people don’t have a clue concerning how to fix one, and sometimes, professional service might be needed. That’s why individuals have established lots of companies focused on garage door repair services. You have to think deeply before selecting the best company to set up a brand new door, change it out or simply repair it.

 

Most garage door problems have related to the springs. They lose potency and efficacy and may either start to fail or simply break. Having a damaged spring, you’ll have problems frequent lowering and raising the doorway. Altering a spring may seem simple but it’s really better and far better to employ a professional to get this done job.

 

The very first primary criteria that you should keep in mind before employing a garage door repair Houston shop agent or clients are their proficiency and just how professional they’re. The organization must be a properly-known one and also the team must have good training and experience of the area, lest they break you or repair it improperly, which could stop it all of a sudden or prevent it from working well. You will find numerous firms that are delighted to market you new door for the garage but you will find a really a small amount of them that save your money and time. Make certain they provide you solutions that stretch your dollar.

 

Another decisive and crucial factor in selecting a garage door repair specialist would be the status of the organization, reliability and also the clearness from the contract. There must be always an itemized estimate that’s signed before you decide to do anything whatsoever. Make certain that the way they are going to do the job and the price of their services is fully described. If there’s a totally free estimate, then that might be easier to do first. You ought to remember to appear if there’s a guarantee and just how lengthy it’s: existence-time or limited. The final, although not least factor, is ensuring telephone numbers and address are correct.

 

Repair services are important for making people feel safe regarding their house within the day, during the night or when departing the home. People want beauty and reliability in addition to economy that are very difficult products offered in one product. Going after low-listed cheap services will set you back greatly within the lengthy-term.

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Broken Spring

 

Remember that you will find some garage door problems that may be fixed on your own and don’t need a professional agent. If the average consumer knows what he’s doing and it has another person to assist, then doing the work yourself might be a great choice. Remember that they’re heavy and also the springs are highly tensioned. You don’t want to risk injuries to yourself varieties surrounding you. Be cautious before trying to repair it yourself.


Amarr Garage Doors Houston Expanded Residential Polyurethane Product Now Available

Posted on by Preferred Doors in AMARR, Garage Doors, Houston Texas, Overhead Doors, steel garage doors Leave a comment

November 12, 2012

The energy-efficient 2” polyurethane Olympus 500 and Designer’s Choice 500 are now available in more panel designs, more colors and no size constraints in standard 6-day manufacturing lead times. The 1-3/8” polyurethane product Olympus 400 and Designer’s Choice 400 will no longer be offered, but is available on Clearance while supplies last.  1-3/8” replacement sections are possible if existing inventory is available.

Product Specifications

Manufacturing will now occur on two different polyurethane lines – the current polyurethane continuous foam in place (FIP CFU) line and the Classica 3000 Clamshell FIP polyurethane line.  The chart below highlights the differences between products manufactured on each line.

Click here for a complete specification chart.

Shadow Lines

Both Olympus 500 and Designer’s Choice 500 have horizontal shadow lines on 21” sections only.  View the Shadow Line Chart for more information.  Designer’s Choice 500 carriage house doors do not have a center vertical shadow line.

Four new styles featuring the new stamps and colors are available for a total of six polyurethane styles.  Please contact Preferred Doors for ordering.

If you have any questions, please contact Preferred Doors 832-475-4616.


Transition Complete of Brown to Dark Brown Residential Steel Color

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September 10, 2012

The Brown to Dark Brown color transition for Amarr residential steel doors is complete. Brown is no longer offered in any residential steel collection.

To summarize the new color offering, Dark Brown is available in the following:

  • Oak Summit 1000/2000/3000
  • Hillcrest 3000
  • Designer’s Choice 500
  • Heritage 1000/2000/3000
  • Stratford 1000/2000/3000
  • Lincoln 3000
  • Olympus 500

NOTE: Dark Brown is not available in Designer’s Choice 400 or Olympus 400.

Amarr.com is up to date with this color transition. Marketing material is in process of being updated. Expected completion is 11/1/12.

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FAQ about the Homelink® Repeater Kit

Posted on by Preferred Doors in Chamberlain Garage Door Openers, Garage Door Openers, Garage Door Remotes, Homelink 2.0, Liftmaster Leave a comment
FAQ’s about the Homelink Repeater Kit for LiftMaster Models 8360 & 8550
by LiftMaster on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 12:03pm ·

FAQ about the Homelink® Repeater Kit

 

Liftmaster 855Lm HomeLing Repeater Kit can be purchased here.

For use with Chamberlain, Sears Craftsman and LiftMaster garage door openers operating on Security+ 2.0™ radios

 

LiftMaster has created a new version of our remote control rolling code called Security+ 2.0. This new technology increases radio range and virtually eliminates interference. This code did not exist prior to 2011. HomeLink is manufactured by an automotive supplier that licenses our technology for use in vehicles. HomeLink now offers a “repeater kit” that allows any HomeLink-equipped vehicle from 2000 – present to communicate with any Security+ 2.0 garage door opener. Visit www.homelink.com and follow the steps to program your specific vehicle and garage door opener to determine if you need this repeater kit.

 

Why don’t the new LiftMaster openers work with HomeLink vehicles made prior to 2007? 

 LiftMaster has created a new version of our remote control rolling code (Security+ 2.0™) that increases radio range and virtually eliminates interference. Older vehicles do not have this code in their HomeLink systems since it did not exist prior to 2007. This is not the first time that HomeLink has added new codes during the life of the product; the same situation existed back in the late 1990’s, only on a much smaller scale since HomeLink was not as popular as it is today. This does mark the first time that HomeLink has developed a backwards-compatible solution in the form of the repeater kit, thus allowing older vehicles to operate with new technology. Homeowners and dealers should be pleased that the kit exists, as many electronic products made today are rarely backwards compatible!

 

Some newer vehicles (2008 and up) still do not have the new Security+ 2.0™ code in the HomeLink system. Why did this happen?

 

 HomeLink is manufactured and designed by Johnson Controls, a large interior supplier to the automotive industry. Chamberlain (LiftMaster) gave Johnson Controls the new Security+ 2.0™ rolling code back in 2006 so they could add it to the HomeLink system in some vehicle models starting in late 2007. Many automotive companies chose not to immediately implement the new version of HomeLink for various reasons. In fact, some vehicles made in 2011 still do not have the new version. It may be that even within the same vehicle make, there are models that have the new HomeLink codes and in the same year, models that do not. This condition exists through no fault of Chamberlain or Johnson Controls; it was simply based on decisions at each automotive manufacturer to implement or delay the new version of HomeLink.

 

Which version of HomeLink is required and how can I determine which vehicles have it?

 

 HomeLink version 4.0 or higher vehicles are equipped with Security+ 2.0™. While lists do exist that show vehicles equipped and model years affected, these remain the property of the auto manufacturers and Johnson Controls; we are not permitted to distribute these lists. For the most accurate information, it is recommended that a consumer or dealer contact HomeLink directly at 800-355-3515 to determine vehicle compatibility. It may be necessary to look at the manufacturing date on the vehicle body. Another method of determining compatibility is to try to program the vehicle to a Security+ 2.0 system; if the connection cannot be made after one or two attempts, a HomeLink Repeater kit should be installed to rectify the situation.

 

Will the HomeLink repeater kit resolve difficult radio interference problems when used with a Security+ 2.0™ garage door opener?

 

Most likely, the answer is no. The HomeLink repeater uses 310 MHz signals, which may help reduce interference if there are problems at 315 or 390 MHz. Excessive interference between HomeLink in the vehicle and the HomeLink repeater kit may still create problems. Only the use of a Security+ 2.0™ garage door opener combined with either a Security+ 2.0™ transmitter or HomeLink vehicle transmitter v. 4.0 (or higher) will resolve difficult radio interference problems.

 

What happens to a HomeLink repeater when the power in the garage goes out?

The HomeLink repeater kit runs on 110 volt AC power. If the power goes out, the repeater will not work. For openers with AC motors (non-battery backup models) this is not an issue, since the opener and repeater are both inoperable when power is lost. If the repeater kit is operating a new Security+ 2.0™ battery-backup equipped garage door opener, a Security+ 2.0™ remote transmitter will be required to open the door during a power outage. In areas where residential power loss is common or recurring, it is recommended that the homeowner keep a Security+ 2.0™ transmitter in the glove box of the vehicle to allow entry during a power outage. Of course, a battery backup Security+ 2.0™ opener can always be controlled from outside the garage with a Security+ 2.0™ keypad.

 

Why didn’t the HomeLink repeater kit be designed to have a battery inside to allow operation of the repeater during a power failure?

 

The HomeLink repeater kit is a Johnson Controls branded product. Furthermore, it would be very costly to design a device that has a built-in battery that would retain power for hours or days in the event of a power failure. For those homeowners with a battery backup garage door opener, the more practical solution is for the vehicle owner to keep a spare Security+ 2.0™ remote in the glove box.

 

How many Security+ 2.0™ garage door openers can be programmed with a single HomeLink repeater kit?

The number of openers is virtually unlimited since the repeater is only acting as a “translator” to pass through commands. So there will be no problem programming one HomeLink repeater kit to multiple doors in a single garage as long as they are within range of the repeater kit mounted in the garage.

 

How many HomeLink buttons (including ones in different vehicles), can be programmed using a single HomeLink repeater kit?

 

The number of HomeLink buttons and vehicles are unlimited, just like the number of openers. One repeater kit is all that is needed for a garage, regardless of number of vehicles or garage door openers/doors.

 

What is the radio range of the HomeLink repeater kit?

 

The range of the repeater kit to the HomeLink transmitter in the vehicle will be the same as the range of a standard Security+ transmitter is today. The range of the Repeater kit to the Security+ 2.0™ garage door opener is the same as a Security+ 2.0™ remote to the opener.

 

What is included in the HomeLink repeater kit and how does it work?

 

The kit includes a plug-in 110 volt repeater and one single-button 310 MHz remote control. The repeater plugs into any outlet in the garage. The remote control is only used to “learn” the repeater code and frequency to the existing HomeLink buttons in the vehicle and will not communicate with the Security+ 2.0™ radio system in the garage door opener; Once HomeLink is programmed, the remote control will not operate the opener. It is recommended that the homeowner keep the single-button 310 MHz HomeLink remote control for future use with other vehicles if needed. For programming details, refer to the instructions included in the HomeLink repeater kit.

 

Why didn’t this repeater kit release when the first new Security+ 2.0™ models released?

 

The HomeLink repeater kit was originally intended to be a Johnson Controls product only. After discussions with Johnson Controls, it was agreed that LiftMaster would have the ability to sell the product to support the LiftMaster business, thus helping HomeLink to quickly resolve customer problems during time of installation of a new Security+ 2.0™ garage door opener.

 

What about vehicles with Car2U transmitter systems?

 

Car2U is manufactured by Lear Corporation, a competitor of Johnson Controls. Car2U has never used the rolling

code of any model Sears, Chamberlain or LiftMaster remote control. Vehicles with a Car2U system are not compatible with any version of our rolling code. Lear Car2U can be identified by three LED lights, one above each button on the product. Consumers with a Lear Car2U should be directed to contact Lear for further assistance at 1-866-572-2728.

 

Will LiftMaster dealers be able to obtain the HomeLink repeater kit for free?

 

No, dealers will have to buy the kit from LiftMaster as the kit remains the intellectual property of Johnson Controls. Chamberlain and LiftMaster are only authorized agents allowed to resell the repeater kit.

 

What will HomeLink charge consumers for the repeater kit?

 

HomeLink has set a consumer price of $49.95, not including shipping. For vehicles within their three-year factory

warranty, HomeLink may offer the repeater kit for the cost of shipping only. This offer is subject to HomeLink approval. LiftMaster dealers will be able to buy the kit from LiftMaster, and resell it for the same price to the consumer as HomeLink. For the most accurate information, it is recommended that a consumer or dealer contact HomeLink directly at 1-800-355-3515 to determine vehicle compatibility.

 

 

 

Basic Steps to Program the HomeLink

  1. Press and hold down the two outside buttons on the HomeLink in the vehicle.
  2. Release the HomeLink vehicle buttons when the indicator light begins to fl ash (after 20 seconds).
  3. Hold the new remote control 1-3″ away from the HomeLink and keep the indicator light in view.
  4. Simultaneously press and hold the remote control button with the HomeLink button you want to program. DO NOT release any buttons until the next step is completed.
  5. The indicator light on the HomeLink will begin to flash slowly during the programming. When the indicator light begins to fl ash rapidly, release the remote control and HomeLink buttons.
  6. Test the HomeLink. Press and hold the programmed HomeLink button. If the indicator light remains on the programming was successful.

What’s Wrong?? My Garage door won’t open!

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Question:

One night I was coming home from work and I opened my garage door with the remote.

The garage door opened about halfway, then I heard a loud noise and then the door slammed shut!!!

You can hear the opener still running but the door won’t move. The light of the garage door opener is also out. When I press the button on either the remote or the wall, the motor runs.

What happened to my garage door opener? Garage door opener is a Craftsman.

Answers:

The torsion spring broke. Look above the door, and you will see a spring on either side of center. One broke. Time to call in an overhead door service tech.

Broken Garage Door Torsion Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first thing I would suspicion is that one of the springs broke. You should have a main spring and two springs on either side of the door. If a spring has broken then the opener is trying to lift the door but can’t because you need the springs to counterbalance the door’s weight and this will allow the door go up.

Another possible problem could be that the automatic opener drive, either the chain type or screw type is broken.


New DecraGlass Offering Available 9/4/12

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Beginning September 4, 2012, new DecraGlass windows for Amarr residential steel garage doors will be available to order.  The DecraGlass offering is being refreshed to have more broad appealing designs at more affordable prices for homeowners.  The new Decraglass windows coordinate well with popular entryways and exterior designs found in today’s homes.

With an innovative, exclusive manufacturing process, the Amarr DecraGlass designs feature obscure, tempered glass with a baked-on ceramic coating.  The benefits of the glass are:

  • Light illumination into the garage
  • Security with minimal visibility into the garage
  • No yellowing, fading or peeling
  • Shatter-proof for increased safety
  • Limited Lifetime warranty

View the new DecraGlass offering.  Some of the designs look similar to designs that Amarr previously offered, however the designs are now made with the lifetime-guaranteed ceramic coating process, rather than the resin process.

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All We Do Are Garage Doors, Nothing Else.

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Roofing, electrical, siding, insulation, plumbing, painting, handy men, and just the other day a fence company are doing garage doors.

It seems that everybody these days seem to think that they make it installing or repairing garage doors and openers. Today there are more companies listed on search engines for garage doors and openers than we have ever seen before and a great many of them are not companies devoted to just repairing or replacing garage doors.

We see the proof of this in more ways than one and often times are damaging to the homeowner. We see this when we make a service call to a home and see terrible sloppy or incorrect workmanship done by someone previously. When inquiring, the homeowner tells us that it was done by one of the other companies that do garage door work on the side or as an extra income to their regular work. Then they have to pay us to repair it correctly. Most of the time its incorrect springs installed after the originals has broken.

Preferred Doors made the decision 1995 to devote ourselves to the sole practice of repairing, replacing, servicing garage doors and garage door openers. This is greatly beneficial to the homeowner as that we have all our expertise to their concern, we are able to learn and keep up with product updates, and negotiate with suppliers and manufacturers, all to the help the homeowner.

When calling Preferred Doors, homeowners can be assured that they will get a company that is devoted to just their concern and nothing else.

Give us a call at 832-475-4616 or visit us online at Preferred Doors


GARAGE DOORS INVITE WIND DURING HURRICANE SEASON

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Hurrican Rated Garage Doors HoustonIn high wind storms, garage doors buckle in the middle, rollers pop out of brackets and the door fails. If the pressure from hurricane force winds batter down your garage door, the pressure then builds inside your home trying to find a way out. This usually results in forcing the roof off of your home causing catastrophic structural damage.   On the plus side, horizontal and vertical struts, rollers and brackets can strengthen the door and transfer the wind load across the door to the garage structure. Unless your doors have been installed after new building codes in 2002, your home may be threatened. Retrofitting and new doors are options to consider.

NEW GARAGE DOORS HOUSTON. First, look at your existing door. If it was installed after the new building codes went into effect on March 1, 2002, it should meet the requirements for wind load in your area. A label or certification seal on the door will indicate this.

If it’s an older door, or it’s a builder grade door, you can have a new door installed that meets hurricane codes. The requirements vary depending on which wind zone you’re in. Preferred Doors can help you determine which door is right for where you live. A door must withstand higher wind load along the beaches (and therefore will cost more) than one that’s installed in inland Harris County.

There is one thing to keep in mind; the strongest door in the world won’t help if the garage is flimsily constructed.

RETROFITTING EXISTING DOORS. Retrofitting an existing door involves strengthening the panels, tracks and rollers to withstand the wind – what a new door would do. Garage door repair companies in Houston Texas can do this for you, or you may be able to find a retrofit kit that you can install or have someone install for you.

When high winds swirl around the house, they exert both pressure and suction on that big expanse of door, which is held in place only by the tracks. So your goal is to reinforce the door and the tracks. You don’t want the door to be sucked out of the tracks, and you don’t want the tracks to pull out of the ceiling or wall to which they’re attached.

Retrofitting involves giving doors rigidity against pressure and suction. U-shaped metal struts or bracing attach horizontally and vertically onto each panel of the door. But bracing the door is only part of the task.

Preferred Doors recommends adding long stem rollers with the hold in clips. The shaft, or stem, on the roller is longer so that if the door does flex in high winds, the roller won’t pop out of the hinge. The clip also helps the roller from coming out.

We also recommends adding 2×6’s anchored to the frame work around the garage door so the vertical track and jamb brackets won’t give way. Most of the time this is required for certification.

Adding struts, reinforcing the track, replacing the rollers and recalibrating the springs would certainly help in hurricane force wind storm.

You may decide that the cost of retrofitting an existing door would be better applied toward the price of a new door.

Garage door springs contain a huge amount of stored energy. An out-of-control spring can be dangerous or even deadly. This is one of those jobs that may best be left to the experts. Simply attaching plywood to the inside of the door may void the warranty or damage the motor or the track because the door is too heavy to operate properly.

The trade association for garage door manufacturers issues this caution: “Owners should avoid adding reinforcement to a garage door themselves. This will increase the weight of the door and may result in failure or collapse of the supporting tracks or other components that may not be suitable to carry the extra weight. Upgrading garage doors by adding reinforcement must be performed as a package that includes appropriate springs and hardware and supporting track.”

There are also removable posts that can be attached to a plate in the garage floor and to a header above the door. When a storm is about to make landfall, someone has to be available to put the post in place and run cables from the door to the post to prevent the door from flexing.


R-value Change to 6.64 on All Residential and Commercial Steel 2000 Double-Layer Construction Doors

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R-value Change to 6.64 on All Residential and Commercial Steel 2000 Double-Layer Construction Doors

July 16, 2012

Effective July 23rd, all Residential and Commercial steel models with double-layer construction will have an R-value of 6.64. This change is the result of a slight product modification from our insulation vendor. There is no visual difference to the product and no change in product performance. Amarr.com will be updated on July 23rd, and all sales literature will be updated upon reprint.


Garage Doors Houston Amarr DecraGlass Offering to be Refreshed

Posted on by Preferred Doors in AMARR, Garage Doors, Houston Texas Leave a comment

The Amarr Residential Garage Doors Houston DecraGlass offering is being refreshed to offer more broad appealing designs at more affordable price for homeowners. With an innovative, exclusive manufacturing process, all Amarr DecraGlass designs will feature obscure glass which provides illumination into the garage and maintains security with minimal visibility into the garage. The manufacturing process is a ceramic-frit printing that results in window designs that do not yellow, fade or peel and allows the product to have a Limited Lifetime warranty. An additional benefit of this new DecraGlass is tempered glass for increased safety.