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Models 3800 and 8360 Added to LiftMaster Promotion

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LiftMaster has made two last-minute additions to the promotion running August 13 – September 14, 2012:

Elite Series Model 3800: $20 off and includes a free 373P Remote Control and 377LM Keyless Entry.
Premium Series Model 8360: $30 off and includes a free 893LM Remote Control, 877LM Keyless Entry, and Battery Back-Up.

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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

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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.

 


Why Would I Replace Both Of My Torsion Springs, Rather Than Just The Broken One?

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broken spring repair houstonSo you’ve a broken torsion spring?

In case your garage door is large, heavy, to need two torsion springs you certainly wish to replace both of them at the same time to save lots of repair dollars in the near future!

Over time springs wear out, and fatigue. They will no longer have the ability to correctly counter balance the weight of the garage door. During this period your door will become heavier and heavier. Sadly, when you have a broken spring, this has been taking place for the last couple of months or years!

Why is this issue? Unfortunately, most electric garage door operators manufactured within the last 15 years have turned out to be more dependent on nylon plastic components. Openers developed today merely “guide” the door down and up not pull or push it. The opener manufactures knows this and an overhead door that is operating perfectly smooth the opener will operate for years. But in an event there’s a problem like it’s becoming heavy or the rollers are plastic and have no bearings the opener will slowly be destroyed and the property owner will need to replace or repair the opener more often.

So when you have a broken spring, we have listed some factors why you should each spring simultaneously, instead of just the one that’s broken.

1. When you have one broken torsion spring, the remaining one is certainly worn out (fatigued)! Towards the point exactly where in the event you only replace the broken spring and reset the torsion system the garage door won’t be correctly balance. The overhead door will definitely be heavy since the remaining one is worn out (fatigued) and not performing its job. Consequently, the opener will be operating overtime, or not at all, to close and open the garage door.

2. Most likely, you’ll be contacting the service business once more within the near future to replace the remaining spring when it fails. Thus you will be having twice the price of service fees, time to meet the service tech, and so on.

3. Most occasions it’ll be less expensive to replace both torsion springs at the same time, instead of each one on separate trips!

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Garage Door Repair Houston

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Garage Door Parts HoustonPerforming a Houston garage door repair is some of the most challenging issues to manage particularly if you’re not really acquainted with technical do it yourself improvements. Simply because garage doors are a combination of complex electronics, tricky-to-understand mechanical workings and hard to handle bulky products, many people hesitate performing these fixes and just hand it over to a door tech to repair the work. The issue is repairing from the doors inside your garage may cost you a great deal of cash. An easy garage door installation could cost close to a thousand dollars, and hiring technicians to repair your door’s issues will only add as much as your costs.

Significant repairs like panel and door spring replacements will generally call for the assist of professional technicians. But as significantly as you possibly can, you have to initial attempt and see in the event you can repair the issues in your personal prior to you go out and appear for assist. Within the situation which you possess a screeching garage door that causes a great deal of sounds when raising or lowering, the very first issues which you need to verify are rustic hardware and torsion springs. Individuals don’t understand it but half from the time; it’s the mixture of corroded hardware and springs that serves the culprit with regards to the issue of squealing garage doors. If you are in a position to verify these small problems initial prior to calling out the technician to complete the minor repair, you may have the ability to save a great deal of cash.

When you have a door inside your garage that doesn’t totally go down when it’s closing and it springs back up prior to reaching the ground, the primary culprit is generally a misplaced door sensor. A door sensor that’s not placed correctly will most definitely trigger your garage door to complete unwarranted acts like not closing down 100%. To repair this, just location your door sensors a bit lower than your present placement. You may also wish to verify if you will find objects and hindrances blocking the sensor simply because it could also contribute towards the stated issue.

Performing a garage door repair isn’t a simple job particularly if you’re not an “electronics” or “mechanics” type of individual. But you have to also place in thoughts that performing easy DIY door repairs won’t hurt particularly when the issues are also trivial to even call a door technician. Occasionally, a non-working door may even be fixed by merely replacing the batteries of one’s door opener. If you would like to become frugal and save much more cash within the bank, studying easy DIY repairs of one’s garage is really a must.


LiftMaster Garage Door Opener Houston Model Comparison Chart

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LiftMaster Garage Door Opener Houston Model Comparison Chart.

If every home were exactly the same, any electric door opener would do. But given that they aren’t, Preferred Doors offer various kinds of electric door opener systems and horsepower. Utilize the chart below that compares LiftMaster® models and features, and help you decide which model is perfect for you.

Preferred Doors provides garage door repair Houston, garage door electric opener full service repair and installation to the entire metro areas.

 

 

 Model  Power  Drive
System
 Warranty  Lighting  Series/Feature/Accessories
3800 DC Motor
800 Newtons
Direct Drive Lifetime Motor
Warranty
Remote Light
200 Watts
Elite Series® – Residential Jackshaft Opener
Smart Control Panel®
Premium Remote Control
8550 DC Motor
900 Newtons
Belt Drive Lifetime Motor
and Belt Warranty
2 Lights
200 Watts Total
2 Lens Covers
CFL-bulb compatible
Elite Series® – DC Battery Backup Belt Drive
Smart Control Panel® (880LM)
3-Button Premium Remote Control (895MAX)
3850 DC Motor
800 Newtons
(equivalent
to 3/4 HP strength)
Belt Drive Lifetime Motor
and Belt Warranty
2 Lights
200 Watts Total
2 Lens Covers
Elite Series® – DC Motor Belt with EverCharge® Standby Power System
Smart Control Panel®
Premium Remote Control
3595 3/4 HP Chain Drive Lifetime Motor
Warranty
2 Lights
200 Watts Total
2 Lens Covers
Elite Series©
Smart Control Panel®
Premium Remote Control
3585 3/4 HP Belt Drive Lifetime Motor
and Belt Warranty
2 Lights
200 Watts Total
2 Lens Covers
Elite Series®
Smart Control Panel®
Premium Remote Control
8360 DC Motor
800 Newtons
Chain Drive Lifetime Motor Warranty 2 Lights
200 Watts Total
2 Lens Covers
CFL-bulb compatible
Premium Series® – DC Battery Backup Chain Drive
Motion-Detecting Control Panel (886LM)
3-Button Remote Control (893LM)
3280 1/2 HP Belt Drive Lifetime Motor
and Belt Warranty
2 Lights
200 Watts Total
2 Lens Covers
Premium Series
Multi-Function Control Panel
(1) 3-Button Remote Control
3275 3/4 HP Chain Drive Lifetime Motor
Warranty
2 Lights
200 Watts Total
2 Lens Covers
Premium Series
Multi-Function Control Panel
(1) 3-Button Remote Control
3265 1/2 HP Chain Drive Lifetime Motor
Warranty
2 Lights
200 Watts Total
2 Lens Covers
Premium Series
Multi-Function Control Panel
(1) 3-Button Remote Control
3240 1/2 HP Screw Drive Lifetime Motor
Warranty
2 Lights
200 Watts Total
2 Lens Covers
Premium Series
Multi-Function Control Panel
(1) 3-Button Remote Control
3255 1/2 HP Chain Drive 4-Year Motor
Warranty
Single Light
100 Watts
Lens Cover
Contractor Series
Multi-Function Control Panel
(1) Single-Button Remote Control
3245 1/3 HP Chain Drive 4-Year Motor
Warranty
Single Light
100 Watts
Lens Cover
Contractor Series
Multi-Function Control Panel
(1) Single-Button Remote Control
3130 1/3 HP Screw Drive 2-Year Motor
Warranty
Single Light
100 Watts
Lens Cover
Contractor Series
Lighted Door Control Button
(1) Single-Button Remote Control
1355 1/2 HP Chain Drive 4-Year Motor
Warranty
Single Light
75 Watts
Lens Cover
Contractor Series
Lighted Door Control Button
(1) Single-Button Remote Control
1345 1/3 HP Chain Drive 2-Year Motor
Warranty
Single Light
75 Watts
Lens Cover
Contractor Series
Lighted Door Control Button
(1) Single-Button Remote Control

 


Garage Doors Houston Accessories Air Screens

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Houston Garage Doors AirScreens

Houston Garage Doors AirScreens

Preferred Doors  offers a simple, garage doors Houston screen solution called AirScreens that allows consumers to use their garage as another room in their home.

AirScreens are made from heavy weight, durable fiberglass and attach to the jamb of the Houston garage doors with industrial strength hook and loop material (Velcro).  All screens include commercial zippers for easy access in and out of the garage.  The screens are available in all sizes with your choice of operation—Hand-roll-up or Rope-and-pull.

These simple screens are a perfect alternative to more complex and expensive garage door screens. Best of all, AirScreens can be installed in minutes without the use of power tools.  Like most garage door screens, AirScreens do not interfere with the operation of your garage door.  However, the simple installation means you can easily remove them when not in use.

Product Features:

  • Heavy-weight fiberglass construction
  • Velcro strips attach to jamb of garage door
  • Zippers for easy access in and out of the garage
  • Hand roll-up operation (Standard)
  • Venetian blind style Rope-and-pull operation (Optional)
  • Standard sizes listed below
  • Custom sizes available