When to Invest in a New Garage Opener

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Your home’s garage door opener is a critical component in your home’s functionality, providing you with a convenient and easy way to open the garage door when you want to access your vehicle or other items stored in it. Garage openers will break from time to time, and this is a great time to invest in a new opener. However, there are other times when you also may want to invest in a new opener for your home in Las Vegas.

After You Upgrade Your Garage Door

If you have recently upgraded your garage door or if you have plans to do so in the near future, now may be a great time to make an upgrade to a new opener as well. The speed or horsepower of the engine in the opener will determine how much weight the motor can reasonably lift. The last thing you may want is for your motor to burn out because your door is too heavy, so it is wise to invest in a more powerful opener if your new door is heavier than your previous door.

When You Need More Functionality

Some garage doors are far more functional than others. All are designed to open and close your door at the push of a button, but some also offer other usage options. For example, some have a touch pad for walk-up accessibility from the exterior of the home. Some have a mobile app connection which enables you to check on the status of the door and even to raise or lower it remotely from an app on your smart phone.

How to Decide Which Door Opener to Buy

If you have made the decision to purchase a new opener, you may not be certain which option is best for you or how much horsepower you need. A smart idea is to reach out to a consultant for customized guidance and recommendations.

Simple Garage Door Troubleshooting Tips for Las Vegas Homeowners

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Generally speaking, garage doors are a godsend that make life a lot easier for Las Vegas residents young and old. For the most part, you don’t really have to worry about them provided they’ve been properly installed. Regardless, even the best models tend to malfunction at some point. Before you call in the experts, you should do the following to save yourself time and money.

Check the Tracks for Loose or Misaligned Parts

If your garage door isn’t operating correctly, kill the power and try to run it by hand. If you encounter an obstruction, you know that it isn’t the motor. Thanks to metal expansion and extraction due to heat, parts like rollers and brackets can get out of whack in spite of the quality of the components. Tighten up nuts and bolts before you freak out.

Make Sure the Sensors Are Set Up Properly

If there are no obstructions, your next best bet when a malfunction occurs is to look at the sensors at the bottom of the doors. Today’s high and even middle-end doors rely on fairly accurate sensor alignment to work correctly. Sensors should be in line with each other and free of debris. Give your sensors a good rubdown and make sure that they can see each other.

What to Do When Simple Fixes Don’t Cut It

The advice presented here will probably solve about 50% or more of your garage door problems. When those quick fixes don’t work, it’s time to find a good company that specializes in garage door repair in Las Vegas and the surrounding area. They’ll have the know-how and the tools necessary to address the unique challenges that homeowners with garage doors face in the harsh Nevada desert.

How to Find the Right Garage Door Opener

Garage door installation in Las Vegas

With new garage door installation in Las Vegas, you will have the benefit of updating the physical appearance of the exterior of the home. A garage door is one of the most noticeable features on a home’s exterior, so you can enjoy a dramatically beautiful improvement when you make this upgrade. However, when you want to enjoy improved functionality with your new feature, you may also want to update your opener.

Think About the Weight of the Door

In some cases, you may be able to use the older opener that you currently have installed, but this is not always feasible or advisable. For example, if you have upgraded from a lightweight aluminum door to a wood door or an insulated option, your new door may be significantly heavier than your previous door. The power of the opener may need to be upgraded in order to accommodate the weight of the new feature.

Consider Special Features

When you take the time and spend the money investing in a new garage door, you may also want to upgrade to a new garage door opener. Some truly fabulous options available on the market, such as those with a touch-pad entry access for walk-up entry as well as online or app-based features allow you to open and close the garage door remotely for added benefit.

Request Professional Assistance

Upgrading your opener is the perfect way to add more functionality to your new garage door, but you may not want to install the new opener on your own. You can request professional assistance for recommendations about which system is right for you, and you can request help with the installation of the new garage door opener.

Garage Sale Tips

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You know what they say: “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” Whether you are looking to make some decent pocket change or rid yourself, and your home, of some excess clutter be sure and read the following nine tips to ensure a successful, money-making sale.

Preparing Your Garage Sale

#1. Set a date, or dates, for your sale

#2. Purge: Go through your home, one room and garage at a time, and decide what to sell. If you read last month’s blog: “Spring into Garage Organization,” then you should one step of the game already. The items that make it into your garage sale pile should be in good to excellent condition. They should be something you’d willingly spend your own money on.

#3. Advertise: A lack of advertising can have negative effects on your sale. The best ways to advertise your sale are through social media, websites, and garage sale finder apps. You should also advertise your sale with brightly colored signs that are legible to read. Make sure to post your hours and address, along with directional arrows, so bargain hunters know when and where to go.

Setting Up Your Sale

#4. Organize: The way you display your items speaks volumes. Organize your sale like you would see in a store. Hand clothing on racks, separated by size and gender. Set out tables and place items in categories, such as: kitchen gadgets/utensils, sports and camping equipment, toys, tools, seasonal décor, appliances, and electronics. Supply a power source so that customers can test any working items.

#5. Price Everything: As an experienced bargain hunter, a sale without clearly marked prices is one of my biggest pet peeves, and is often the reason behind me walking from a sale. Price all for sale items as you set them out – no exceptions. “Name Your Own Price” sales generally don’t fare as well as traditional garage sales.

Maximize Your Sale

#6. Multi-household Sale: To get the most out of your sale, consider having a neighborhood sale, or inviting a friend or family member to come over and sell his/her wares right alongside you. There is nothing bargain hunters like more than a multi-household sale.

#7. Be Approachable: Always greet your customers with a friendly smile and a “Good Morning.” Offer your assistance when able to, but don’t follow your customers around or be pushy, as this can make people uncomfortable. Some good conversation starters include asking them:

  • “Are there a lot of garage sales out there today?”
  • “Can you believe how lucky we are with the weather today?”
  • “Are you looking for anything special?”

#8. Involve the Kids: Give your children a taste of private enterprise by entrusting them with their own lemonade or water stand – within your eyesight. They’re sure to get a kick out of it! Are they selling cookie or popcorn for girl/boy scouts? Set them up for success by allowing them to sell those products at your sale.

#9. Guard Your Money and Valuables: Don’t ever leave your money or valuable items unattended – not even for a second. Carry your money on you in either a fanny pack or carpenter’s belt at all times. As for valuables, keep those in a locked box or case when not showing to an interested party.

How to Diagnose the Problem With Your Garage Door

garage door repair in hendersonIt is easy to overlook the condition of a working garage door, but, when a problem arises, your life may come to a standstill. For example, your car may be stuck in the garage, or you may not be able to close the garage door for security when you leave. These are only a few of the issues that you may face when you need Henderson garage door repair services. The first step in any repair process is to diagnose the problem, and you can take a few steps to complete this process.

A Quick Visual Inspection

Initially, some homeowners may think that they can repair the damage to their garage door on their own if only they can figure out what is wrong with it. You can do a quick visual inspection of the garage door to determine if you can spot the problem. In some cases, simply lubing the track or taking other basic steps may resolve the issue. However, a garage door is a heavy component, and the spring is intensely pressure-loaded. It can be dangerous to work on a garage door on your own, so a professional diagnosis is often a better idea in most cases.

A Professional Diagnosis

Professional garage door technicians often will arrive at your home with the parts and tools necessary to complete many repair jobs on the spot. This means that your professional diagnostic appointment may also turn into a professional repair service call, and you can get the work done so that you can overcome the issue in no time.

Make the Call Today

In some cases, a broken garage door may be a bothersome inconvenience, but in other cases, it can borderline on an emergency. Now is a great time to contact a professional for assistance, and you can get a diagnostic service performed to learn more about the timing and cost associated with the repair work as a first step.

Spring into Garage Organization

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How cluttered is your garage?

Fact: 57% of homeowners with two-car garages don’t have room to park their cars inside them – let alone cram anything else in. Most of us simply use the garage as a glorified shed. Where everything from knickknacks and seasonal decorations to sports gear and lawn equipment are stored. Our endless piles of belongings often render the space impossible to utilize for its intended purpose – protecting the vehicle we drive.

When all of your belongings are properly organized, and off the floor, the garage becomes delightfully practical. Whether you dread the process of organizing, or you find it strangely soothing (sheepishly raises hand), it’s a task that has got to be done, particularly since the garage isn’t going to organize itself. Now, wouldn’t that be the dream life? Here are some tips to help get you started.

Step 1: Pencil It In

With spring in full swing, now is the perfect time to organize your garage, before the weather gets too hot and another year goes by. Over the course of a weekend, you can transform your garage from a disorganized mess, into a space that is both functional and visually pleasing. If you think you’ll need the extra hands, don’t be afraid to enlist the help of your friends and family.

Step 2: Take Everything Out

Begin the process of organizing by taking all of your belongings, right down to the last loose screw, out of the garage. An empty garage is the only way you’ll be able to rediscover all of your long lost treasures. This makes cleaning, purging, sorting, and organizing more efficient; thus saving you time. Just make sure that if you’re going to make this a weekend project, that the valuables go back in each night.

Step 3: Clean the Garage

Typically, the only room of the house exempt from routine, let alone deep cleaning is that of the garage. Because of this, the garage is often full of dust, and cobwebs. Gross! Now that you’ve removed all of the contents of your garage, it’s time to break out the dry vacuum, and pressure washer. After you’ve thoroughly vacuumed up all the dust bunnies and cobwebs, turn the pressure washer on full blast, and really let loose.

Step 4: Analyze Your Garage

Continue the process of organizing by analyzing both the space your garage provides and your possessions. Ask yourself: “Have I used this item in the past six months?” “Year?” If the answer is no to both questions, then chances are that the item has already served its purpose, and is no longer needed. For items, such as seasonal decorations, it may be better to think in terms of two-years or more.

Step 5: Sorting

It’s helpful to start out by making three piles that you’ll find useful during this step: store, get rid of, and trash. For the items you wish to get rid of, consider having a yard sale, or donating to charity. The latter is tax-deductible. Once you’ve sorted out all of your items, we find it particularly beneficial, to sort “like with like.” We suggest sorting the items you wish to keep in the following categories:

  • Tools
  • Seasonal
  • Keepsake
  • Frequently-used
  • Sports gear and camping
  • Lawn equipment and gardening

Step 6: Install Storage Units

For this step, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve accurately measured your garage’s width, height, and length to ensure any shelving units you purchase will fit, and not hinder your ability to park in the garage. Use these measurements to purchase and install appropriately sized storage shelfs, drawer units, bike racks, peg boards, and cabinets. Don’t forget to purchase lots of clear storage bins and labels.

Step 7: Bring Everything Back In

The aforementioned storage items will restore order to your garage by providing you with a specific place – where everything must return – for your belongings. Ideally, the only things taking up floor space, should be your car and items such as your lawnmower. At this point, you should have a map of where you’re belongings are going, and where they’re hopefully going to stay. Just remember to place frequently used items within easy reach and less frequently used items further away from your reach.

Step 8: Don’t Scrimp on Safety

With room to park your car in your newly organized garage, it’s important to not scrimp on safety, particularly since you’ll be using your garage door an average of four times per day. Optimally functioning garage door components (e.g. springs, pulleys, cables, rollers, etc.) are vital for ensuring your safety. If your door is need of any repair, contact Precision Overhead Garage Door Service at (702) 637-2700.

Garage Door Opener Repair

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There are few things, like pulling up to the garage door at your home and it refusing to open, that really aggravates me. Other than not opening, a malfunctioning garage door opener can cause all sorts of problems, including:

  • A door that goes down all the way, then straight back up.
  • A door that opens and closes at random.
  • A door that closes very quickly, often with a bang.
  • An opener that runs but doesn’t open the door.

Types of Garage Door Openers

Garage door openers are available in 3 types:

Chain Drive – Chain driven openers feature a bike-style chain that is slightly slacked when the door in the open position – by at least an 1/2″ above the T-rail. To date, these openers are the oldest, and most popular of the three.

Belt Drive – Belt driven openers feature a Kevlar polymer body, molded into nubby teeth on one side, which rotate through a gear to pull the trolley. The quietness of these openers make them an extremely worthwhile investment.

Screw Drive – Screw driven openers are much quieter than chain driven but nosier than belt driven openers. These openers require much less maintenance than the other options and priced lower than belt driven openers.

Troubleshooting the Opener

Fortunately, troubleshooting your opener is pretty straightforward, despite the differences in openers. First, and foremost, you’ll want to check the batteries in your garage door opener remote. Nine out of ten times, this is the reason for an opener not working, and opening the door for you.

Beyond testing and replacing the remote’s batteries, there is little that you as a homeowner can or should do. Garage door opener repair is NOT a do-it-yourself type of project – no matter how skilled you may be. Always call a professional garage door repair company to handle your opener’s repair.

The Importance of Safety Checks

Routine safety checks, along with comprehensive maintenance measures, can go a long way in ensuring your garage door opener functions optimally. The International Door Association, recommends setting aside a few minutes each and every month, to give you door and opener a visual inspection.

Add Space With A Garage Car Lift

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Cars, tools, lawn equipment, bikes, camping gear, and holiday decorations are all examples of common items that can easily be stored in your garage. Storing all these items in the garage, however, takes up valuable real estate. To take advantage of all the space your garage has to offer, it is necessary to impose some structure, such as a car lift. By installing a car lift, you’ll be able to park two cars in a one car garage, while having plenty of space leftover to stow everything else.

What is a Car Lift?

Originally designed for mechanics – as a means to repair a vehicle’s undercarriage safely – car lifts can free you from having to assume awkward positions when working on your baby, as well as free up prime real estate in your garage. They’re particularly beneficial in one-car garages. Built from high-quality materials, a car lift is a product that uses hydraulics to raise the car on either two or four posts, which extend beneath the car to lift the vehicle.

The Advantages of a Car Lift

Car lifts come in a wide variety of configurations including: above ground, in-ground, y-lift, two-post, four-post, low/mid rise, and smartlift – among others. From a storage standpoint, a four-post car lift allows you to store one car over another, thus affording you the opportunity to store your classics in the garage rather than offsite. Once you’ve changed your car’s oil without the pain of having to jack up the car, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without one.

The Skinny on Space

With the advantages of a lift hard to argue, you may have decided to start the hunt for one – but is there room in your garage for one? Generally speaking, a 10-foot height and 22-foot length garage, is probably the minimum amount of space needed to stack two cars. It’s important not to forget about overhead hazards such as the garage door, or more specifically, the garage door opener and tracks. Measure your clearance with the door opened and closed.

Not all lifts are created equal

Quality, quality, quality! Did I mention quality? A 4,000 pound car lifted in the air, can lead to catastrophe, which is why you should NEVER be stingy with your lift budget. Before you buy, check out the website Automotive Lift Institute, for a directory of certified car lift manufacturers. ALI’s mission is to “promote the safe design, construction, installation, inspection, and use of automotive lifts”.

Holiday Events In and Around Las Vegas

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Oh yes, it is the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, the holidays are most certainly a part of it, but for Nevada residents there is nothing quite like community events which reminds us of what we cherish the most…togetherness. Not only can we visit with friends and family, we can also rejoice in the magic of the season, while getting our fill of the gorgeous Nevada weather. We’re pointing you and your loved ones, especially those that have never visited Las Vegas, Nevada, to Precision Garage Door approved holiday events all throughout the Silver State.

Glittering Lights

When: November 13, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

7000 Las Vegas Boulevard North

Las Vegas, NV 89115

What: Dazzling residents for the past twelve years, Glittering Lights with three million lights along a 2.5 mile course, is Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show. This affordable, family-oriented event makes for a great holiday experience for family and friends. There are special events almost every night.

Cost: $20 per car or $55 per season pass

Magical Forest

When: November 20, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Where: Opportunity Village

6300 West Oakey Boulevard

Las Vegas, NV 89146

What: Experience the magic of the holidays at the annual Magical Forest. The Magical Forest, located at Opportunity Village, features a forest filled with hundreds of dazzling trees, the Forest Express passenger train, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, Boris the Elf’s 3D Experience, Avalanche Slide, Rudolph’s Raceway, and so much more.

Cost: Admission only for adults is $11.99 and for children $9.99. Admission with unlimited rides and attractions for adults is $21.99 and for children $18.99. There is also an additional $1.50 service fee added to each ticket when ordered online.

The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan

When: November 20, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Where: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South

Las Vegas, NV 89109

What: For the fourth consecutive year, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas welcomes the return of The Ice Rink, as Boulevard Pool is transformed into a winter wonderland high about Las Vegas Boulevard. The Ice Rink features more than 4,200-square-feet of real ice, S’mores by the fire, light snow showers, seasonal culinary offerings, and breathtaking views.

Cost: All day skating access is just $15, and from Monday to Friday, all day skating access for residents of Nevada just $10. Visitors are invited to bring their own skates or can rent a pair for $5. Skate aid rentals, for the little ones, are also available for $10. Admission to the unique winter atmosphere is free.

Santa in the Shipwreck

When: December 5-6, 12-13, 19-24, 2015

Where: Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South

Las Vegas, NV 89119

What: Have you been naughty or nice? Santa Claus is going to great depths this holiday season to visit kids during the annual Santa in the Shipwreck. With each paid admission, guests 12 and under receive a treat and complimentary photo with the big man himself, and his faithful sidekick Santa Jaws.

Cost: Admission for adults is $20; $14 for children (4-12); and free for those 3 or younger

WinterFest

When: December 10-12, 2015

Where: Henderson Convention Center & Events Plaza

200 South Water Street

Henderson, NV 89015

What: Mixing the merriment and magic of the holidays, WinterFest makes for some jolly good fun. Experience the excitement of a winter wonderland with activities for the entire family, including a Christmas tree lighting, Santa Claus visits, children’s activities and entertainment. Don’t miss the WinterFest Evening Light Parade at 5 p.m. on December 12.

Cost: Free

The Rocky Horror Christmas Show

When: December 5, 2015 @ 10:00pm

Where: Tropicana Regency Cinemas

3330 East Tropicana Avenue Suite Y

Las Vegas, NV 89121

What: Come spend the holidays at Dr. Frank N. Furter’s castle, and go see the Rocky Horror Picture Show, hosted by the Las Vegas cast of Frankie’s Favorite Obsession. This yearly tradition has many goodies in store for all those attending including an Ugly Christmas Sweater content. But hurry, tickets sell out fast!

Cost: Admission is $10. You can also purchase prop kits for an additional $2

Downtown Summerlin Holiday Parade

When: November 24 – December 24, 2015

Where: Downtown Summerlin

Sahara Avenue and 215 Beltway

Las Vegas, NV 89135

What: The whole Downtown is on parade for the holiday! Join Downtown Summerlin for 20 nights from 7:00-7:30pm each night beginning November 20th and ending December 24th for festively decorated floats. In addition to a parade of floats, there are toy soldiers, snowflake princesses and princes, nutcrackers, dancers, drummers, and holiday music to help bring out the holiday spirit in all who attend.

Cost: Free

Great Santa Run

When: December 5, 2015

Where: Downtown Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV 89101

What: There’s nothing quite like watching 10,000+ Santas race across town! The Las Vegas Great Santa Run is one of Opportunity Village’s most important fundraisers that attracts families, businesses, individuals, and global tourists to downtown Las Vegas.

Cost: Spectators can watch for free. To enter the race, however, there is a $10 charge for pets, $40 for children (12 and younger), and $65 for adults. All race registrations include a 5-piece Santa suit, participant medal, and runner goodie bag!

Happy Holidays!

The Benefits of Garage Door Replacement

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If your garage door opens and closes when you want it to, you may not give much thought to its replacement. Replacing an old door can have a lot of benefits you may not be aware of, however, all of which can make a compelling reason to trade in your old garage door with a high-quality new garage door replacement. Take a good look at your garage door. You may want to consider replacement if any of the following apply:

  • You’re unhappy with the door’s overall appearance.
  • You’re moving in near future and want to increase your home’s appeal.
  • Your current door lacks modern feature, it’s poorly insulated, or (most importantly) it doesn’t automatically reverse on contact with an object.

Benefit 1: Boost Curb Appeal

It’s only natural for a garage door to pick up a few dings and dents over the years. It may not look so good if your children, and the neighbors, bounce balls off it every day or we’ve gotten careless when parking the car one too many times. Whether your door is in disrepair or it’s just past its prime, it could be detracting from your home’s appeal, which sets the tone for your entire home. A garage door replacement can change all that!

Benefit 2: Increase the Value of Your Home

Garage door replacement continues to rank highly in terms of recouping costs on investment as evidenced in this year’s annual Remodeling Cost vs. Value report. The report, which considers the importance of first impressions, found that garage door replacements offer one of the greatest paybacks, as homeowners can recoup an average of 88.4% of their door’s cost come resale.

Benefit 3: Reduce Cooling & Heating Costs

Because older garage doors typically aren’t insulated, they owners tend to see higher cooling and heating costs, especially if there’s living quarters directly above or adjacent to the garage. Replacing an non-insulated garage door with an insulated one can help reduce your monthly utility bills. An insulated door, one with a high R-value, will aid in keeping the cold air in during the summer and out during the winter.

Benefit 4: Provide Secure Access to Your Home

The garage door is, perhaps, the easiest access point to your home. It’s quite possible that most homeowners use their garage door as their front door. And, why not? It’s much easier to get in their car and leave rather than go out the front door, open the garage, and then leave. This huge contributing factor is why the average garage door opens and closes 1,500 per year/4 times per day. A new, modern-day door adds an extra layer of home security.

Benefit 5: Increased Safety

Newer garage doors can sense when something or worse…someone, may be in the way of the door closing, and will immediately halt its descent ensuring your loved ones’ safety. They may also offer sophisticated security options, such as keypads that allow you to enter your home through the garage, even without your car. These features, and more, can help ensure you and your loved ones’ safety doesn’t become compromised.

Benefit 6: Reduce Garage Door Maintenance Time

The older a garage door gets, the more difficult its maintenance becomes. From sanding to painting, and so on, they can really take up a lot of your precious time. A new, fiberglass or steel garage door, professionally installed requires a lot less maintenance while looking great at the same time. In addition, the time saved, will allow you to enjoy life the way life was meant to be enjoyed.

Precision Garage Door Service solves a lot of problems with garage doors, and often encounters customers in need of quality garage door replacements, due to their present doors suffering from too much wear and tear after years of use. There have been those with some safety issues as well. We are currently running a $599* special on all new garage doors. Coupon cannot be combined with any other offer. Call 866.265.4824 for more info.