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Don’t Put Off Until Tomorrow, What Can Be Done Today…..

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Misc. Garage Door Information in Plano, TX



Realizing parents with youngsters are gearing up for spring sports, school field trips, summer, etc., remembering  to have your garage door and opener maintained for the season is SO far on the back burner you can’t even see it.  And those of you who aren’t in this category, you’re getting ready for spring and summer events, so….

Get this on your calendar today!!

(Trust me, spending the small amount of time and money for maintenance now, far exceeds the time and money needed later when something breaks down on you.  And if you’re like me and my family, spending money on the garage during the summer IS NOT on our list of favorite things to do. Would much rather spend it on fun stuff, right??)

Call today to schedule a free estimate!   972-422-1695


By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

Frisco Garage Door Maintenance

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in About Our Different Garage Door Services in Plano, TX, Garage Door Maintenance in Plano, TX

Garage Door Service in Frisco, Texas

Garage Door Repair Frisco Texas

Last Monday, a customer in Frisco called in saying that her door was being very noisy and wanted a technician to come out and take a look at it. We scheduled her an appointment that same day so that we could help her figure out what was wrong,

When our technician arrived he realized that it had been a while since a technician had been out and serviced her door. The technician explained to the customer that it is very important to get your garage door and opener serviced once a year just to make sure everything is running smoothing. So he proceeded to service and maintenance her door and opener. He was able to tell the customer that was the reason her door was being so noisy.  It just needed some routine maintenance!


By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

An Example of Neglecting Your Garage Door

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Garage Door Maintenance in Plano, TX

Smashed Garage Door

Maintenance is key.  If you hear the door making unusually loud noises, you should not ignore it.  Don’t wait until it breaks at 5am on a Monday morning.  Servicing your garage door once a year is the most economical route.  A little time and money for a tune up will save you big in the long run.

Regular garage door maintenance is essential to keep your door in working order.  Our garage door tune up consists of lubricating, adjusting and balancing the garage door.  We give both the door and opener a thorough look through to make sure it is working as it should.  Even a minor adjustment can save your garage door from looking like the one above.


By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

Why Paint or Stain Your Garage Door in Plano, TX?

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Garage Door Maintenance in Plano, TX, Paint Your Garage Door in Plano, TX, Plano, TX, Insulated Garage Door

Whether you have a 40 year old wooden garage door that’s on its’ last leg, or a fairly new steel door; your garage door needs paint for several reasons.

1. Longevity

2. Appearance

3. Functionality

4. Value


LongevityOld Wooden Garage Door

Cedar faced, or wooden style garage doors are becoming more and more popular.  These doors should be stained and sealed at a minimum of once every two years.  Just like a wooden fence, if you don’t stain it, it will rot and fall apart over time- except in this case, the wood is right above your car and is a moving component.  Steel garage doors should be painted at a minimum of once every ten years.  To protect the enamel, and prevent corrosion between the panels, it is important that you paint your steel garage door about as often as you paint your home.

AppearanceStain Garage Door

A gallon of paint or stain can make a huge difference in the appearance of your home.  Whether you decide to use the color to contrast your existing trim of the house, or go with a unique design, your home will be transformed.  Note:  Be sure to check with your local HOA and city regulations first.

FunctionalityDuct Tape Garage Door, Garage Door Repair Plano Texas

Preventing rot, corrosion, an exposure are important as well.  Especially with wooden garage doors, maintenance such as painting can triple the life of your door.  Once the wood or steel begins to split or rot, the hinges, struts, and other components begin to pull loose.

ValueAmerican Flag Garage Door

This is probably the one that you really care about.  An article was published in the Dallas Morning News a few years back that revealed that Garage Door Refinishing recouped 83% of a homeowners investment on average.  This was the 3rd highest return on investment of all home renovation projects.  In other words, when you go to sell your house, you can expect the value to have gone up by 83% of however much spent to update, refinish, or replace your new garage door!

Click here to learn more about the garage door styles that we offer, including wooden look all steel garage doors.

By Nick McGregor


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.

Duct Tape Garage Door, Garage Door Repair Plano TexasYes that is duct tape.  No, it does not work!

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

WD40 Door LubeWD40



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

Preventative Winter Garage Door Maintenance

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in About Our Different Garage Door Services in Plano, TX, Garage Door Maintenance in Plano, TX

Winter Frozen Thermometer

As we enter the winter months, we’re starting to see our usual winter season problems.  Garage door openers, hinges, rollers, and more are seizing up.  The colder it gets, the tougher it is for the moving parts of your garage door and opener to stay functional.  We see this particularly in screw-driven openers, and older model garage doors.  Keeping the garage door lubricated properly can prevent the moving parts from locking up at the most inopportune times.  It’s fairly similar to why our knees ache in the wintertime.  A professional garage door technician can lubricate and adjust every aspect of the garage door system in order to help prevent this problem from arising.  

Have your garage door and opener serviced by professionals at least once per year.  The International Door Association recommends that you have service done twice per year as the temperature changes.  Preventative maintenance can save you money in the long run.  Try to think of your garage door in the same way you might think of your automobile.  Would you go 5 or 10 years without an oil change?  Unfortunately most homeowners go for 4 or more years without having their garage door and opener serviced.  Consider the fact that scheduling maintenance ahead of time can keep those bolts secure, prevent rusting, and can point out problems that might continue to worsen over time so that you can keep an eye on them.

As part of the recommendation to have service done twice a year, the service you have done just before winter can be the most important.  Rigidity caused by lower temperatures makes everything act up, and nobody wants to be sitting in their garage when it’s cold outside trying to figure out why their garage door got stuck half way open.  Do yourself a favor and lubricate all the moving parts of your garage door with proper lubricants.  But be careful, applying the wrong lubricant, or applying the wrong amount can do more harm than good.  Refer to the professionals if you’re not sure what to use, how to use it, or where to apply it.

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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