When to Use a Hi-Lift Track in Plano, TX

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Garage Organization in Plano, TX, Posts for Garage Doors & Openers in Plano, TX, Your Place for Garage Door Service in Plano, TX

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What is Hi-Lift track used for and why? Well, in some cases there are people that have a lot of toys, such as, lifted trucks, boats, campers, and arranged racecars. When you think about the people that have some of these possessions, you need to ask yourself, where do they keep them? That’s when the Hi-Lift comes into play.

Space or no space

If your ceiling has enough clearance, you may be able to park two cars in the same section. When you get two Range Rovers or jump to getting monster trucks involved, you may want to possibly start thinking into a conversion. Hi-Lift is the ultimate conversion when it comes to floor space. Savvy homeowners that don’t have multiple stalls in their garage space, and also don’t care to build another, can opt to install a four-post car lift that actually elevates on car high enough to park the second vehicle underneath it.

The Ultimate Conversion

When open, a standard garage door typically interferes with an elevated car, even while a car lift is a great solution for the four-post car lift in most cases. The remedy for that would simply to proceed to your conversion. Converting the existing garage door to your soon-to-be high-lift isn’t necessary for reframing work to be done. Also know that the exterior appearance of the door will not change. People that pass by while the doors are closed will not know the difference because no structural changes take place.


Hi-Lift Basics

Standard 7-foot garage doors, the tracks curve and then level into a horizontal plane about eight feet above the garage door from opening. If you only want to lift a single car to work on it from beneath, you can do so without the conversion of a garage door to a high-lift. Just keep in mind that you WILL NOT be able to open the garage door while elevating your car.

What you need

When you are ready to start your conversion, there are a few simple things you may need to proceed. New cables, high-lift drums, support brackets, angles, new torsion springs, and additional vertical track will be needed. Our well trained technicians are equipped with all of these essentials already stocked on their trucks and ready to install. We look forward to earning your business in this exciting space to expand and appreciate this new way to love your toys!


By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door


Garage Door Weatherseal: Keep the Cold Out!

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Insulate Your Garage Door in Plano, TX, Plano, TX, Insulated Garage Door, Posts for Garage Doors & Openers in Plano, TX

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When we got a call from a customer in Plano about there being an opening at the bottom of one of our previous customers garage door, we knew right off the bat that there was a weatherseal problem. When we sent one of our senior techs out to his rescue we furthermore explained the benefits of replacing old weatherseal on the bottom of his garage door.

Weatherseal begins to shrink, crack, and no longer serve its’ primary function after a matter of only a few years in the extreme Texas heat.  He told the customer that with the winter months upon us it is more important than any other time of the year to have an accurately sealed garage door opening. This can be the transformation between 5 to 10 degrees in temperature in the garage- especially on windy days in the coldest months.  We quoted him a fair price and did the installation while we were already there since we carry the materials on all of our garage door service trucks. We were pleased to satisfy once again another client in the Plano, Texas area!

If you have questions about the benefits of replacing your bottom weatherseal on your garage door, please give us a call!  972-422-1695.


By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

Garage Door Repair: Plano, Texas

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in About Our Different Garage Door Services in Plano, TX, Garage Door Maintenance in Plano, TX, Garage Door Safety in Plano, TX, Posts for Garage Doors & Openers in Plano, TX, Types of Garage Door Repair in Plano, TX

Plano Garage Door Repair

Let’s face it, we’re in the age of Do-It-Yourself.  Well, at least attempting to do it ourselves until we hit the point of no return and have to call an expert (myself included).  And Plano is no exception to this mentality.  Sayings such as “There’s an app for that”, “I’ll Figure it Out”, and “Google It” have become the norm across all generations in the United States. What many Plano residents don’t know is that garage door repair is considered by many contractors as the most dangerous home repair.  We have many contractors, re-modelers, and handymen that actually refer their clients to us because they know how dangerous the largest moving part in your home can be.  Handymen will work on your heating and air conditioning system, plumbing, and electricity; but often won’t touch your garage door springs.  What does that tell you?

Unfortunately, to the naked eye most garage door repairs “Look Easy on YouTube”.  Installing garage door openers purchased at home improvement stores, trying to weld metal to existing garage door structures, replacing broken garage door springs, and trying to adjust the sensitivity settings and travel limits are the most common situations we run in to with our Plano, Texas residents.  Always call a garage door repair company when it comes to working on garage doors, garage door springs, garage door openers, or any electronics in relation to a your garage.  There are hundreds of sites that give great information and instructions on different aspects of garage door repairs.  Lubricating certain parts of your garage door system up to four times per year can be done on your own, but the rest should be done by experienced and professionally trained garage door service technicians.

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From over 37 years of experience we know that proper and routine maintenance of your garage door and garage door opener can double, or even triple, their life expectancy.  Below you will find a list of the basic components of our standard service for Plano residents.

At Every Garage Door Repair in Plano Texas, We:

  • Perform a Comprehensive Safety Inspection
  • Adjust and Inspect all Moving Parts
  • Lubricate all Working Parts with Appropriate Lithium Grease, Silicone, and WD-40
  • Balance Garage Door by Adjusting Torsion Spring Tension
  • Adjust and Test the Force Sensitivity Settings
  • Adjust and Test the Up and Down Travel Limits
  • Test and Adjust Infrared Safety Reversing System
  • Fully Inspect all Parts and Components and Document Problems, and Deterioration
  • Give an Overall Honest Opinion of the Condition of the Components
  • Leave a Written Summary and Invoice That Includes Your Warranty Information, Suggested Service, and Results of Our Repair and/or Service

Everything listed above is included in our garage door repairs, and we have never believed in adding on charges for service calls, additional labor, taxes, or extended service.  Please do not wait until something breaks to have your garage door repaired, and never do it yourself unless you absolutely have to.  It’s not that you cannot do it, it’s that you really shouldn’t.  Investing in professional maintenance can save you thousands of dollars over the lifespan of a home.  So if you’re in Plano, and have been thinking about doing any of the things above on your own, do us both a favor and pick up the phone.  We’d love the chance to earn your business and show you our expertise!

By Nick McGregor

Selecting the Right Garage Door Lubricant

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in About Our Different Garage Door Services in Plano, TX, Garage Door Maintenance in Plano, TX, Posts for Garage Doors & Openers in Plano, TX, Types of Garage Door Repair in Plano, TX

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The most common belief is that WD-40 fixes everything. Well, almost. Regular WD-40 can be used for many purposes in relation to servicing and repairing a garage door. However it’s not the best lubricant to use altogether. WD-40 is Great to use in order to flush out screw drives, clean out old grease, loosening joints and hinges, removing dirt and residue, extricating stuck screws and bolts, and especially to prevent rust. Regular WD-40 is NOT A LUBRICANT, rather it cleans objects and leaves them dry- NOT lubricated. WD-40 provides water displacement, and is actually a DE-greaser.

Lubriplate White Lithium Grease

Lubriplate is best used for screw drive rails, rollers, plastic gears, and bearings. Lubriplate is a long lasting, thick lubricant that performs well in cold tempuratures, and works very well for specific garage door applications that involve friction.

3-in-One Garage Door Lube Silicone Spray

3-in-one garage door lube waterproofs, protects, lubricates, and preserves rubber, plastic, vinyl, leather, metal & wood. Silicone spray is a convenient aerosol applicant of silicon. It provides general purpose lubrication to eliminate squeaking. Other purposes include lubricating, protecting and cleaning everything from hinges, locks, cables, and torsion springs. It also helps prevent rust & corrosion. This silicon spray is highly effective at covering a wide range of issues that garage doors encounter over time. There are very few applications in which this lubricant is not usable.

So which Lubricant is Best?

The 3-in-One Garage Door Lube is the best overall garage door lubricant as far as an over the counter remedy. The truth is…to properly and professionally service and maintain a garage door opener system, you’re going to need all of these lubricants- and maybe more. Please be sure to do yourself a favor and do not over-grease or lubricate the tracks, as it can cause rollers to come dislodged, and tends to build up and cause a mess over time. Keep in mind that anything you spray will be hanging over your car when the door is in the up position. It is best to gently wipe excess lubricant from any parts on the door, run the garage door a few times, and wait a few hours before parking underneath them.

By Nick McGregor

Garage Door Safety

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Garage Door Safety in Plano, TX, Posts for Garage Doors & Openers in Plano, TX

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Not many people realize that the largest moving and most dangerous object in their home is actually their garage door.  Not many of us think about the garage door until it won’t open when we’re trying to get to work that dreadful Monday, or when it won’t close when we’re trying to get to our daughters’ soccer playoff game.  The truth is that a majority of homeowners in the United States have come to rely on the garage door as their primary source of entry when the come and go.  The garage door has become the front door for most American families.

Why is this important?  Being the largest, most dangerous, and sometimes most neglected part of your home is not an ideal combination.  Garage door safety has come a long ways in the past 60 years, but routine  maintenance can prevent a major headache from happening to you.  Here are a few tips regarding garage door safety for your home.

Re-code your garage door remotes when you move to your new home.  You changed your front door locks didn’t you?  It is very simple and only takes a few seconds to make sure that none of the old neighbors or tenants have access to your garage.  This is also a great time to schedule your first maintenance to familiarize yourself with the condition of your garage door and opener.

Keep the tracks clear of obstructions.  Brooms, shovels, shelves, trash cans….you name it.  It doesn’t take much to throw a cable off of your garage door if something is caught on one side of the rails inside your garage.  Make sure that you family knows the importance of making sure that that tricycle, motorcycle, or car bumper can really get damaged if they are left in the way of a closing garage door.

Never override the safety sensors.  If you have to hold down the wall button to close your garage door, or if your door reverses; you need to schedule service immediately.  This  usually indicates that your safety sensors are out of alignment, and would fail to prevent the door from closing on your vehicle, a child, or a pet.  The garage door opener is reversing because it is telling you that it can no longer sense whether something is blocking the beam any longer because the sensors are out of alignment.

Never allow children to play in the garage unsupervised.  It is very important to be sure that you explain to your children the importance of understanding how dangerous a garage door can be.  Explain to your children how to use the garage door and garage door opener properly and safely.  Fingers can get pinched, and there are many sharp objects along the inside of the garage door itself.  Make sure that your family knows to never touch any of the moving parts at any time.

Stop running under your garage door as you close it!  If you don’t have a remote to operate the door, it is never safe to attempt to press the wall button and run out quickly underneath he garage door.

Proper instruction and education can make your garage a safer place!  If you have questions about garage door safety, make sure to consult your local professional.

By Nick McGregor


Plano Overhead Garage Door and Opener Blog

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Posts for Garage Doors & Openers in Plano, TX

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Welcome to our new garage door and opener blog!  From time to time we’ll be posting relevant information regarding your needs as an owner of a garage door and opener system.  Be sure to come back and check out our content- we’ll be including some great tips, hints, and general information along the way!  We’ll be posting garage door blogs, garage door opener blogs, and everything you need to know about current topics relevant to garage doors.

By Nick McGregor


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  • September 23, 2016:

    "We've used Plano Overhead many times since the late 1990's and have been pleased every time!"

    -Sally R.    Plano, TX
  • September 7, 1987:

    "Prompt, courteous, and took care of the job in a very professional manner.  The enthusiasm to do the job right was refreshing to say the least."

    -Jared F.    Richardson, TX
  • January 2, 2017:

    "The customer service of this company is great.  They go the extra mile to make things right.  Use this company.  They fix your problems correctly and have quick service too."

    -Richard S.    Dallas, TX
  • March 14, 1995:

    "Plano Overhead quickly diagnosed my problem, made the necessary repairs, and adjusted the door for proper operation.  All I can say is, again, thanks for the excellent service and very professional service personnel.  The cost was very reasonable as well!"

    -Lynn P.   McKinney, TX
  • December 4, 2006:

    "Great service! I couldn't be happier!  I'm just amazed that in today's hurry up, make a quick dollar and get out world, this kind of expert service and friendly attitude still exists.  I don't mind paying for this kind of service and attitude.  I'll never call anyone other than Plano Overhead!"

    -Steve S.   Wylie, TX
  • January 27, 2017:

    "My garage door spring broke this morning.  I had used Plano Overhead before and was really impressed with their customer service and the professionalism of their technicians.  They stand behind their work and their products.  I have always recommended them to people I know and will continue to do so!"

    -Mark Z.   Allen, TX
  • January 14, 2004:

    "Thank you for your timely and professional service and your reasonable prices!"

    -Emmett W.   Garland, TX
  • December 6, 1993:

    "As a small business owner myself, I would like to commend your company for taking the extra step many business fail to take these days. Please feel free to add me to your list of references."

    Johnathan T.    Plano, TX
  • March 12, 2011:

    "Great service, great price, great company."

    -Chris H.    Plano, TX
  • August 13, 2006:

    "I cannot believe I got a Thank You Note from you guys!  Your promptness, courtesy, sympathy, and efficiency all made my situation a little easier."

    Richard W.   Murphy, TX
  • June 27, 2013:

    "The entire process was fantastic.  I walked into their showroom, and a representative was more than ready to help!"

    -Tony B.    Plano, TX
  • February 23, 2017:

    "Technician arrived on time on very short notice.  He worked efficiently and completed work in about one hour.  He even took time to answer questions and go over the work!"

    -Viadhe T.    Carrolton, TX
  • May 7, 2014:

    "Everyone from the technicians to the receptionists are always so pleasant to deal with.  You will not be disappointed with this company!"

    -Betsy Y.    Allen, TX
  • May 30, 2015:

    "Service was great, very professional and helpful!"

    -Steve J.    Frisco, TX
  • August 8, 1997:

    "I appreciate the fast service.  It's great to find a company I can rely on.  I'll recommend you every chance I get!"

    Stephany R.   Richardson, TX
  • January 5, 2012:

    "It is great to find a local company that you can depend upon.  I will definitely recommend your company to others who may have problems with their garage door."

    -Christina L.     Allen, TX
  • October 31, 2014:

    "About as good an experience as you can get, the installer was professional about his business, showed up on time, and completed the job in the time estimated."

    -Mark M.     Frisco, TX
  • August 19, 2014:

    "Plano Overhead Garage Door runs their business the way consumers wish all businesses were run.  They are simply a premier service provider."

    -Arlene M.    Plano, TX
  • January 6, 2017:

    "Scheduling was very responsive both via email and over the phone.  They were very professional and timely during the install, and even programmed my vehicles to the garage door opener before leaving.  I will continue to hire Plano Overhead Door in result of my experience today and will highly recommend them to my neighbors!"

    -Jon M.    Plano, TX
  • June 17, 2014:

    "Punctual, knowledgeable, and fast."

    -Dawn H.    Richardson, TX
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