There are reasons why we do things, all with a different level of importance.
When it comes to garage doors (and openers), importance varies as well. It’s crazy, I know, but here are the top three reasons based on level of importance:
3rd Place:Buyer Appeal – when purchasing a home, buyers look at big exterior projects (new roof, windows and garage doors).
From the buyers’ perspective, they are often looking for both appeal and “how much $$ do I have to invest in a remodel”.
2nd Place:Resale Value – at the opposite end of the appeal spectrum is selling a home; replacing the garage door up’s the value. (Note: 1st and 2nd place goes to new roof and new windows, respectfully.
Recovered Project Costs – Recouped dollars are impressive, coming in around 90.1%. On an average, if you invest $2300 in a new garage door remodel, your recoup amount would be around $2000.
1st Place:Upgrading or, It’s Time For a Change – 39% of consumers choose upgrading and 17% are ready for a change (this may look like a low percent; however, the difference in percentage would fall under categories such as “damaged” and “dented”, or the ever-popular “my foot hit the accelerator and took out the door”!).
Better Function and Livability – The most important reason. Whether it is a “If I have to look at this door one day longer” to “If this doesn’t get fixed soon, my stress level is going to go through the roof”.
Accomplishment – This one is huge….. Homeowners, after replacing their door and openers, step back and feel a great sense of accomplishment. After all, it is a major project and you deserve to be proud.
You just changed the total look of your home – not only is it an investment with return, it’s a “face-lift” to your home.
Let’s face it, not many people know very much about garage doors until they need a new one. Good news! We created a page just for you! Below you will find information that will help you figure out what to look for in a garage door other than just the appearance. Congratulations, you’re about to be an informed shopper!
Parts and Panel Warranty
What warranty are they offering you on the parts and panels? Lifetime on both parts AND panels (Best), Manufacturer’s warranty- usually 3 to 10 years on panels and only ONE YEAR on parts (Bad). Your garage door is the largest moving part in your home, and is considered in the top 3 most dangerous things in the home as well. Don’t you want a garage door you can count on?
How long do they warranty their labor on garage door installations? 1 Year (Best), 90 days (Worse), 30 days (Bad), No Warranty- yes they’re out there! (Worst). Do they have a tailgate warranty or are they going to stand behind their work? We have several competitors that pay companies to write reviews and will put anything on their website to make you choose them. Do the research!
How many springs does their two car garage door come with? Two Galvanized (Best), Two Oil Tempered (Good), One Spring (Bad), Stretch Springs (Worst). The garage door spring is the most important piece of equipment in your home other than your air conditioner. If you treat your garage door like a front door like most people do, then it should be worth it to make sure you get the most reliable and durable springs on the market. Our Oil-tempered and galvanized spring options both come with a lifetime warranty.
What thickness of steel is their garage door made from? 24 gauge (Best), 24 gauge nominal (Bad) 25 gauge (Worse), or 26 gauge (Worst). 26 gauge steel garage doors can be bent by hand, and can actually be cut with a standard box knife. Some customers don’t think the thickness matters until a rock shoots out from their lawnmower and puts a hole through it (Yes, we’ve seen this!). 24 gauge steel garage doors on the other hand are considered top quality for the garage door industry, and this is why we are able to put a lifetime warranty on them.
What rollers does it come with? Nylon Coated Steel 11 Ball Bearing (Best), Steel 10 Ball Bearing (Good), Nylon (Worst). Rollers are like the tires on your vehicle, once the go out you are pretty much out of luck. Utilizing both a nylon sleeve AND a steel bearing core, nylon coated steel rollers are as good as it gets. Nylon coated steel rollers come with a lifetime warranty. Other than good springs, nylon rollers are the next most important in the longevity of your garage door.
What thickness of steel is their hardware made from? 14 Gauge (Best), 16 Gauge (Good), 18 Gauge (Bad). We replace broken hinges on competitors’ garage doors every day. The customer is none the wiser until a hinge breaks or a cable snaps because the company chose the builder package when they bought your new garage door from a local supplier. Our hinges and hardware are 14 gauge or thicker and come with a lifetime warranty.
Reinforcing Top Strut
Is a top reinforcing strut included? Yes (Great), No (Worst/Dangerous). Without a top reinforcing strut, the top panel of your garage door will be destroyed when your spring breaks. Struts take extra time, effort, and money- but they are a necessity. Several of our competitors skip this step to save money. Our struts are top quality and also have a lifetime warranty.
Consider Noise Level
Nylon coated steel rollers can reduce the sound that your garage door makes by over 60%. If you have rooms above or near your garage, this is a must have! Don’t be fooled by companies that quote “Nylon Rollers” but fail to mention that they are ONLY nylon with no steel. Notice our roller on the right has a steel bearing wrapped in nylon so that you get durability AND noise reduction. We’ve all heard tires on the highway that make a lot of noise, and the wheels (rollers) on your garage door are no different!
Consider Insulation Value
Garage doors are measured by what is called an R-value. The higher the R-value, the more energy efficient the garage door will be. You will often see the R-value listed on brochures or you can always ask. A double steel, sandwich style 2″ polyurethane injected insulated garage door can affect the temperature in your garage by as much as 10 to 15 degrees! The more the insulation, the quieter the door will operate as well. Thicker panels rattle and pop less as they open and close. Not to mention, they look a lot better from the inside when they’re insulated!
Think About Cost
Garage door replacement has the 3rd highest return on investment of all home renovation projects. A quality insulated garage door can save you hundreds, even thousands, over the time you are in your home. Isn’t it worth it to you to spend the extra money to get something will improve the value of your home and make it stand out? The garage door takes up a large portion of the exterior of your home, and can be a great way to make a statement without having to do major renovations.
Choose a Manufacturer
Our garage doors are manufactured by an Amish based company called C.H.I. right here in the United States. Our garage doors are 24 gauge steel, have upgraded commercial grade hardware, and are known as being the best in the industry. We are also known for our top quality craftsmanship involving custom order and specialty garage door projects. We install wooden garage doors, insulated garage doors, double-steel garage doors, wood-faced garage doors, steel doors that are painted to appear like wood, full view, fiberglass, and a wide range of carriage house or ranch style garage doors.
Browse through our impressive pictures that show how we can handle a wide range of diverse, and complicated garage door problems. Some of the transformations will amaze you. A new garage door, garage door, or even just routine garage door repairs can have a dramatic impact on the resale value of your home. In fact, a recent article published states that the installation of a new garage door retains up to 83% of it’s value during resale of the home. This makes it the second best investment you can make for your home, other than a new fence. Click on the images above to see some of the biggest, most complex, and most interesting transformations that we have seen over the past decades of garage door installations. What an amazing difference a new garage door can make on the appearance of your home!
Estimates For Your Garage Door
Replacing a garage door is an unfamiliar process for many people, so we make it simple. Since 1977, our customers have gotten a lifetime warranty on all parts and panels at no cost. We provide the best quality garage doors in the industry at an affordable price. Our belief is that quality products at affordable prices create lifetime customers. All our service technicians are professionally trained for installation, customer service, and sales. As a family owned and operated company, we make sure that our friendly company technicians can come out and walk you through the entire process. We’ll bring color samples, 2′ by 2′ samples of our garage doors, brochures, pricing information, and pretty much anything you’re looking for. We’ll take measurements, and give you all of the options you have to choose from in order to allow you to choose what suits your needs. Whether it’s a basic non-insulated garage door, or a handcrafted wooden garage door; Plano Overhead Garage Door has got you covered.
Whether you’re building a new home, renovating, or replacing an older garage door; we suggest that homeowners take each of the factors above into consideration. Some people are focused on appearance and cost is no issue, while others want the cheapest garage door possible and could care less what it looks like. The good thing is that thanks to advancements in the garage door industry, there is a garage door out there that suits just about any of your needs. Give us at Plano Overhead Garage Door a chance to exceed your expectations!
“Builder grade” is a term typically used to describe an inexpensive product made from low grade materials. Often times with garage doors, builders or contractors will use the least expensive garage doors, openers, and parts for new houses. The quality of the garage door isn’t always a priority as a homeowner, but if ignored, can be a huge headache over time. These doors and openers cannot withstand the test of time in normal conditions, which is made worse by our crazy Texas weather and sun. Builder grade doors bend, break, and buckle much easier than commercial grade causing much more expense and time to repair. Often times our customers call with what should have been a minor repair, but was made much worse because of the poor quality of the door.
What is commercial grade?
“Commercial grade” (also known as “Professional Grade”) is defined as a top quality, durable product made to endure stress from weight, wear, and weather. Commercial grade garage doors are the highest quality and most durable you can find. Garage door openers are the main way most people get in and out of their homes; however, it is also the most overlooked during home repairs. Being often overlooked but commonly used, having a quality garage door is the key to reliability. When looking for a new garage door or garage door parts be sure to ask about the gauge of steel, warranty, and cycles (for springs and rollers).
What do we install?
All of our garage doors and parts are commercial, professional grade steel. We believe so much in the quality of our product that, on every door we install, we put a lifetime warranty on all parts (springs, cables, rollers, hinges, tracks, and hardware), as well as a limited lifetime warranty on sections/panels. All of our springs are 34” oil-tempered steel, computer-calibrated to lift your door a minimum of 10,000-25,000 cycles. Our durable inside stiles are made of galvanized steel and all holes are “dimpled” for increased holding power. Our heavy duty tracks are 16-gauge steel with an added reinforcing angle to prevent warping.
We pride ourselves on providing the best quality for the best price. Our doors and openers are reliable, durable, and virtually maintenance free. All of our technicians are fully trained, full-time employees- we never hire subcontractors; therefore, they will be knowledgeable about all of our products and familiar with your door. You can be sure that customers receive a top quality door with excellent service and peace of mind.
If you are looking a great insulated garage door that is dependable, reliable, and durable, the CHI Model 2283 is the door you need! CHI manufacturing company based out of Illinois, is a company that provided us with this double-back steel door. The Model 2283 door sections are formed from 27 gauge galvanized draw quality steel. The section joints are rolled-formed into a tongue-and-groove design which produces a superior weather seal. The rollers are long-lasting to ensure consistent, efficient operation. The bottom weather seal utilizes an aluminum retainer and extruded vinyl. Concealed steel plates run continuously from top to bottom of each section for fastening hardware. It comes with commercial grade torsion springs that are coated and individually calibrated to open your garage door.
Different color options
The different color options that you can choose with the CHI Model 2283 are:
Our company does keep the White, Almond, Sandstone and Brown in stock at our warehouse. The other colors would be a special order but they are the same price as the other colors and it is only 10 business days wait for us to get the door in from CHI.
Depending on what size door you have determines how many windows you have the option of getting. The standard 2 garage door (16×7), you can choose either 4 or 8 pieces of glass. Once you choose how many pieces of glass you want, then you can choose what kind of window style you could like to go with on your garage door. The different types of glass that CHI carries for the Model 2283 are:
CHI is a great company that really knows what they are doing when it comes to garage doors. The Model 2283 is an exceptional door if you are looking for a really good quality door to last a long time and also look nice. We do carry that model in our showroom that you can come look at in person and see exactly what you are purchasing!
There are many different options you can choose from when creating your customized wood door. These options include anything from designs, to decorative hardware, to the different door types. Custom created wooden doors can be made of anywhere from cedar to bocote wood- which means a wooden door can range from $1,000 to $75,000 based on your needs. You can put hardware anywhere you want it, and can stain the wood any color that you would like. Some options include the ability to apply wood on the face of a steel garage door in order to maintain the strength of steel while displaying incredible appearances. If well maintained, wooden garage doors can be the most beautiful of them all!
Arches, Eyebrows, and Decorative Hardware
When customizing your new cedar garage door you can do as simple as you would like or you can go into great detail as well, depending on your style.
In the picture above you can tell the options that this person chose, this particular door has what we call an eyebrow design. Custom hand crafted garage doors also offer arches that give your garage door an elegant look. Then once you decide on the style rather it be a true arch or an eyebrow, you can go into more detail with your hardware and staining. It is recommended that you stain the garage door every 3 to 4 years, also it is best to put a protective seal on the door as well. Even the hardware can make all the difference in the door as well. A wide variety of hardware along with clavos are available. Die cast clavos are decorative iron pieces that a perfect finishing touch to any hardware.
If you have any further questions about handcrafted wooden garage doors, we have one of the doors in our showroom located in Plano. Please feel free to come and look at the door as well as ask questions about the doors and all the different design options there could be. We can also send out a technician to your home to measure your door and they can give you information on the doors as well.
Carriage house doors are a perfect choice when a garage door makes up a substantial portion of a home’s facade and the homeowners are looking to make a huge impression on the appearance of their home. This new line of garage doors offer the classic styling of a carriage house style door, but with the added benefit of steel and insulation so that the homeowners won’t have to choose from over purpose.
These specific doors are available in a wide array of standard widths and heights and offer both three-panel and four-panel styles. Three-panel doors offer large window options for greater “curb-appeal”, while four-panel doors have a standard size window option that is available. With each design, homeowners can choose from different stained finishes, all featuring an embossed wood-grain texture that guarantees the look of a carriage house garage door.
Make-up of a Carriage House
Each door is manufactured from hot-dipped, galvanized steel and twice-finished in paint or stain, which is baked on to resist fading and weathering. They are engineered for long-term performance that carries a limited time warranty. For additional protection against elements, a polyurethane insulation core is sandwiched between each steel door panel. This delivers both strength to the door and a higher R-value of 10.
For greater customization, homeowners can choose from various styles of decorative hardware, including faux hinges, lift handles and door pulls, angle cornered brackets, and door studs. Each carriage house collection garage door also features a white, embossed steel-back interior, which delivers a clean, finished look inside the garage.
Envision your new customized Carriage House Garage Door
To see how your new carriage house collection door will look on your home, print out a photo of your home and feel free to stop by Plano Overhead Garage Door and check out our showroom and you can visualize different options to help you choose the ideal garage door that you have always wanted for your home. We can take care of all your custom order garage door needs in the Dallas and Plano area!
If you are in the market for a traditional looking, sturdy steel door, then the CHI Model 2240 is a great choice for you! It is available in 5 different designer colors. It is an attractive top-of-the-line door that will not only compliment the looks of your home is will also be very dependable on protection for many years to come. It is designed to go with a wide variety of home styles, it is a heavy-gauge door that is fit for life.
Quality Garage Door
The door sections are formed from an industry best 24 gauge galvanized commercial grade quality steel. The panels are molded into a tongue-and-groove design which creates a really good weather seal. The long-lasting rollers create consistent, quiet, and efficient operation. Inside stiles are made of galvanized steel and stile holes are “dimpled” for increased holding power. Hinges are stamped also from galvanized steel in a “wide body” pattern for greater stability and a longer life as well. When we come out and install this door it includes the torsion spring system above the door. They are coated and individually computer-calibrated to lift your garage door. The paint has an extra heavy paint system that consists of .25 mil. primer and a rust inhibitor and a .75 mil. coating of baked-on polyester paint. The paint choices are:
What are my options?
Although this is only a non-insulated door does not mean there are not options to choose from. You can get the door in short panel or long panel, as well as, window options and paint colors. The CHI Model 2240, depending on what size door you have can come with up to 8 glass windows in it. You can choose anything from a plain glass window to some of the designer windows, such as somerset. Then with to go along with the windows you also have the window inserts. As I said before there are so many options to choose from you can either visit our website or come to our showroom to see the options you have.
What is the next step?
The next step would be to either call us with what options you have chosen online or if you came to our showroom you can schedule in person as well. If you would feel more comfortable for a technician to come out and measure and to see what his opinion would be on your new door, you can do that as well. We will always provide you with a free estimate that is good for 30 days. So just let us know what we can do to earn your business!
Do you have an annoyingly loud garage door that disturbs not only you and your family but also the whole neighborhood? Here are some common causes that a professional door installer can identify and fix in one simple visit. Nylon coated steel rollers are not just your typical steel rollers. When you get a house built you normally get just plain plastic rollers. Which are inexpensive but if you were to upgrade to nylon coated steel rollers you would be upgrading to better more quiet rollers. They also make a big difference in the whole way your garage door operates. Metal rollers operating on metal tracks tend to create a lot of noise. Replacing steel rollers with nylon coated steel rollers will bring the noise level down considerably.
What are the rollers?
The rollers are the objects that are located on the sides of your garage door that move the door up and down. There will be between 10 and 12 rollers on a residential garage door. You can do a visual check on them to see if they are damaged in any way. If the rollers are old, worn or broken, this can affect the function of your garage door as well as opener. Just like if you had bad tires on your car, new rollers will make all the difference in how your garage door and opener functions.
Types of Rollers
There are different types of rollers that you can get (from left to right):
Nylon Coated Steel
We have found that the nylon coated steel rollers work a lot better than the others. Testing has shown that they can last up to 35% longer. The reason being that they are much quieter than steel and long lasting unlike the plastic rollers. It helps your garage door go up and down much smoother as well. They may cost more than the steel or plastic rollers but in the long run it is most definitely worth it!
Taking caution when installing
You should not replace your own garage door rollers if you do not know what you are doing. Some of the fixtures in which the rollers are attached are under extreme tension and could cause injury to you, even death. We recommend you call our company if you are wanting them replaced. We always come out and give you a free estimate. Our installers do this day in and day out so they definitely know what they are doing when it comes to installing rollers. So just give us a call when you are ready to install your new nylon coated steel rollers, we can help you out!
Dents in your garage door can be aggravating and bothersome. Repairing dents on garage doors can become an item on your to-do list many times in one year. Aluminum or steel garage doors dent rather east, and with your kids playing around in close proximity, it is almost bound to happen for sure. Sometimes even just bumping against them or pushing against them can create that one annoying and inconvenient dent that will make it look less appealing. While there are many tips and tricks to bring out a dent on a garage door, it can be tedious and quite dangerous if you have not done it before.
When it comes to Dents and Dings
Here at Plano Overhead Garage Door, we do our best to repair bent and dented panels using hand tools and reinforcing struts to prevent further damage. The scope of the repair can depend on severity and replacing the panel may be your only option if there are too many big dents involved. Creases in the panel are often detrimental, as they can cause splits and folding throughout the panel. One of our highly proficient technicians can best instruct you of your less expensive options, or give you a fair-minded price on a new garage door.
For pretty small dents that appear on your garage door, hitting the door from behind it may bring out part of the dent. Then with some 12-grid sandpaper, you then need to sand it down a tad to get it prepared for using a body filler. Then after you wait about an hour or so for it to dry, you then will proceed to sand it down once more. After it is sanded down to a flush feel, then you are ready to prime the area, let that dry, and proceed to paint.
Being on the look-out
When you are in the state of deciding whether you should repair a garage door, make sure that you have the skills and know exactly what you are doing. Garage doors are heavy and can be very dangerous when you are trying to do the job yourself. Also keep in mind, be on the look-out for people that say they can do it for a few bucks and but actually don’t have the skills to fix the problem with your garage door. Anyone can give it a shot, but sometimes that just makes things worse.
Making the right choice!
You can now rest easy knowing you can stop with the confusion of pricing, to-do lists and know now you can come to us here at Plano Overhead Garage Door and avoid accidents, overpricing, and not have to worries of having an improper installation or repair done on your garage door. We know there is more to the job than just the door itself, but rather making sure the remote, track and springs are also appropriately working together as a garage door opens and closes.
One piece tilt-up garage has actually been a part of America’s home front for decades. These doors were popular on homes built in the late 1960’s and 1970’s. Even today, believe it or not, some of these doors are still used. As technology and design progress and become more advanced, older garage doors followed suit and are still dangerous as ever. While many continue to operate moderately, we here at Plano Overhead Garage Door recommend replacing them with a current, up-to-date sectional door.
Flaws of One-Piece Garage Doors
Flaws of this type of door lead to eventual disruption and breakdown. There are major safety and security issues with having a tilt-up. They were known as, “shinbusters’ because they bust your shins every time the door tilts out and up. These heavy old doors use two very large springs that are mounted on each side of the door. This type of spring can be very dangerous when worn. If and when one of these springs break, the door can slam down with full force, crushing objects or people if they’re in the way of the door’s pathway. Unlike sectional doors, that just roll straight up and utilize safe torsion spring systems that are mounted above the door.
The Aspect of these “Shin-busters”
Old Tilt-up wooden doors consisted of a single panel door that pivots out and up, sliding into a section along the ceiling of your garage. Tilt-up doors greatly reduces your overhead space in your garage as well. It’s even very possible in most cases, they can hit your car when the door is opening or closing, if it’s parked too close to the doorway.
Insulating a one-piece garage door is close to impossible to insulate, especially when we start bringing wood doors into the mix. They have no additional insulation features. Also, due to the tilt-up design of these older doors, it’s almost impossible to have a good weatherseal. Living in Texas with our cold winter months, it is very important to have a well-insulated and tightly sealed garage door to keep the elements out! Considering that most tilt-up garage doors are made from wood, they can weigh up to 300 lbs each, which brings to our attention, another safety hazard.
Time to Upgrade?
Now in some circumstances, you may be surprised if you come across a company that may install a one-piece or “tilt-up” door, but it’s HIGHLY recommended to replace or repair using a more modern sectional door. So bottom line – modern sectional garage doors made from steel are easier to maintain – are safer, work better in any weather environment that’s thrown at you, provides better insulation – lasts longer – and because they look great, will increase your curb appeal. If you have an older tilt-up door, consider upgrading soon!