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3 Surprising Things Your Garage Door Warranty WON’T Cover

3 Surprising Things Your Garage Door Warranty WON’T Cover

What’s Actually Warrantied May Surprise You… And Not In A Good Way.

BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER

Who doesn’t love a good warranty? 

When you buy something, you want to know it’s built to last. A robust warranty is a promise to you that it will.

Many garage door companies advertise robust warranties—15 years, 25 years, and even a lifetime of protection. 

That’s great, right? 

Sure… until you read the fine print.

When you actually dig into the warranty, you’ll discover this lengthy protection only applies to the paint finish. It covers you in case the finish fades or corrodes. 

That’s all well and good. But it’s where the robust coverage starts and ends. 

The parts of your door that are most prone to issues—hardware, rollers, panels—are typically covered for just one or two years.

If you’re lucky.

Bottom line…

You Aren’t Protected Where You Need It Most. And That’s Intentional.

Like we discuss on our Premium Parts page, garage door companies tend to cut corners in the places you can’t see. They use bargain-barrel materials they know won’t last. 

This is where a lot of companies mislead their customers. They bury their bare-minimum hardware warranty in the fine print… while advertising their lengthy paint-finish warranties.

Don’t get me wrong. A finish warranty on fading and corrosion is important. But with today’s excellent finish technology, these issues just aren’t all that common. This is especially true in the Carolinas, where the type of weather we get rarely causes garage door corrosion. 

So that 25-year finish warranty? It’s about as useful as a 25-year warranty on damage via volcanic eruption.

3 Common Issues Your Garage Door Warranty WON’T Cover

Many garage companies use cheap plastic rollers when installing your door. The plastic is so low-quality that these rollers can develop flat spots shortly after installation. 

This can cause the rollers to drag and catch on the track, which can lead to BIG issues. Your door may start to open crookedly as the flat spots “catch” on one side. Or your door can start to crease in the middle as the motor lifts it (more on that in the next section).

Unfortunately, garage door warranties label these flat spots “normal wear and tear.” That means even if they do develop flat areas while under warranty, the company won’t cover them. So if you need to replace your rollers—and repair any ancillary damage they’ve caused—you’re looking at $200 or $300.

Flat spots in the rollers also increase the chance of the actual door forming a crease down the middle. This is especially true if the door is just a single layer of steel (as opposed to doors with insulation and multiple steel layers).

Why does creasing occur?

Your garage door motor pulls your door from the middle. Flat spots can cause the rollers to drag, which creates extra tension as the motor attempts to lift the door. Over time, this tension causes a crease to develop in the door’s panels.

Like rollers, panels typically come with severely limited warranty protection. Creasing, like roller flats spots, is simply considered normal wear.

That means if your garage door starts to fold down the middle, YOU foot the bill for the fix.

Garage door companies typically install 10,000-cycle springs. This means your garage door can go up and down 10,000 times before the springs break down. 

Ten-thousand cycles sounds like a lot... but it’s not!

Let’s crunch the numbers…

  • Your garage door company installs 10,000-cycle springs.
  • On average, we’ll say your garage door gets used twice per day—once by you and once by someone else in your household. That’s a total of 4 cycles (2 up and 2 down) per day, which is 1,460 cycles per year
  • 10,000 total cycles divided by 1,460 cycles per year is 6.8 years

That means your springs will last less than seven years before they break down. By then, the warranty will be well expired. 

And replacing those springs? It’ll set you back $200 to $500.

The Best Warranty? Premium Parts. Period.

We do things a little differently at Presto. Instead of selling based on the cheapest price, we deliver maximum VALUE.

That means we install the absolute highest quality materials—down to the finest detail:

  • 50,000-cycle springs: Our high-end springs provide you with top-notch performance for DECADES.
  • Nylon ball-bearing rollers: We use special nylon-encased ball bearing rollers to eliminate the chance of flat spots.
  • Multi-layered door panels: Our standard is to install door panels with multiple layers for enhanced strength and energy efficiency.
  • Literally everything else: Garage doors have over 50 moving parts. We utilize high-end materials for every last one of them.

The parts we’ll install on your door won’t just last decades longer. They’ll also save you thousands of dollars in the long run. 

Even better? Investing in these top-notch materials up front adds very, very little to the cost for new garage door installation. Visit our Premium Parts page for the details.

Get In Touch Today

If you’re looking for THE longest lasting garage door for your money, reach out to us now. We would love to provide you with our famous Presto Design Consultation™ in-person or via a virtual appointment

We’ll help you choose the PERFECT door for your needs, tastes, and budget. And we’ll install it with the highest quality, longest lasting parts on the market. Period.

Welcome to true peace of mind.

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  • Hi, I'm Tisha Broome. I'm one of the owners here at Presto. I'm an expert in helping clients choose the right garage door, garage floor and gutter system. I can also help you with all of your repair and maintenance needs. You can text me with any questions. I typically respond in less then 15 minutes during normal business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

  • Terry Caldwell
  • Hi, I'm Terry Caldwell. I've been a member of the Presto Team since 2015. I've been working with clients to choose their perfect product solution since 2018. Before that, I was our lead garage door installer and then our lead repair technician. I can help you find solutions to even the most difficult problems. Feel free to text me your questions. I typically respond in less than 15 minutes during business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

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    Polyaspartic Garage Floors Vs. Epoxy Garage Floors: What’s Better For Carolina Homes?

    Polyaspartic Garage Floors Vs. Epoxy Garage Floors: What’s Better For Your Home?

    Let’s Compare These Popular Concrete Coatings To See Which Is Worth Your Money.

    BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER

    If you’ve been researching garage floor coatings for your home, you’ve likely come across two main options: epoxy and polyaspartic. Both can transform any garage floor into a stunning showpiece, so it’s understandable if you’re having a hard time deciding which is better.

    Don’t worry. I’ve done your homework for you.

    While epoxy and polyaspartic coatings look similar, there is A LOT more going on than meets the eye. These coatings are VERY different in several categories.

    In this article, I’ll break down these differences one by one… and arm you with the knowledge you need to make the best decision.

    But First, A Crash-Course In Floor Coatings

    When deciding between epoxy and polyaspartic, it’s good to know the composition of the materials.

    Epoxy floor coating is made of a resin aspect and a hardener aspect. It’s typically applied in layers that consist of a primer, color base coat, and two polyurethane surface coatings.

    Polyaspartic floor coating is a corrosion-resistant hybrid material similar to polyurethane. Scientists developed polyaspartic in the 1990s to coat the steel used in bridges. In 1996, it was even used to coat the Beaucatcher Tunnel that leads to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Both options are virtually maintenance-free. And they can both make your garage look amazing. 

    But that’s where the similarities end. Now let’s dive into the differences…

    Durability

    Epoxy Floor Coating

    Epoxy has a hard and durable finish. It stands up well against heavy use and the daily demands of your garage. 

    The drawback here is that epoxy becomes rigid when it dries. This can make epoxy floor coating susceptible to scratches and scrapes. And though it does provide some resistance against chemical and liquid spills, these items can cause corrosion.

    Polyaspartic Floor Coating

    Being twice as thick as epoxy, polyaspartic floor coating can last up to 400% longer. Whatever punishment you throw its way, polyaspartic stands tall.

    Polyaspartic is also heat-resistant, which is surprisingly important for garage floor coatings. When you pull into your garage, your tires are hot from driving. This heat can cause epoxy coatings to lift away from the concrete beneath it. The chemical composition of polyaspartic prevents this entirely.

    Curing Time

    Epoxy Floor Coating

    You’ll need about 48 hours of curing time before you can walk on epoxy coating and put back your belongings. As for your vehicle, you’ll have to wait about five days before you can safely drive on epoxy coating.

    If you have patience and a temporary place to store the items in your garage, this won’t be a problem. But many homeowners today are just too busy to be able to wait that long.

    Polyaspartic Floor Coating

    Curing time is where polyaspartic holds a HUGE advantage over epoxy. Installation takes about four hours. Two hours after installation, polyaspartic flooring is cured enough to walk on and replace your belongings. In just 24 hours, it’s fully cured so you can drive on it. 

    This makes polyaspartic a popular choice among homeowners who need high-quality floor coating… without the wait.

    Curing timeframe for our polyaspartic coating. (Click to enlarge.)

    Installation

    Epoxy Floor Coating

    The average installation time for epoxy coating on a garage floor is one to two days. Epoxy can only be installed in temperatures between 50⁰F to 80⁰F. If it’s not installed in this “sweet spot,” epoxy has a tough time adhering to the floor.

    The longer installation process even affects the quality of the product. On average, 80% of epoxy installation expenses go to labor. That means just 20% of the actual project cost is accounted for in the material used for the coating. The installation eats up so much cost margin that the quality of the product itself suffers.

    Polyaspartic Floor Coating

    Polyaspartic coating can be installed in the blistering heat or near sub-zero temperatures—it’s not picky! It bonds to the floor with commercial-grade adhesion in the dead of winter or the dog days of summer.

    Polyaspartic requires less installation time than epoxy, which means more of your money goes into the actual materials. Labor accounts for 60% of costs, while materials (as in, the actual coating) account for 40%. That’s twice as much value in the product itself!

    Polyaspartic Vs. Epoxy Cost Breakdown

    Air Quality

    Epoxy Floor Coating

    Certain epoxy coatings can affect your garage’s air quality through off-gassing. Off-gassing is the release of airborne particles or chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). 

    In the case of epoxy, inhaling its VOC-infused fumes can harm your respiratory system. High amounts of exposure can even lead to asthma. 

    Some newer epoxy coatings address the off-gassing issue. But it’s smart to research the VOC properties of any epoxy product you’re considering.

    Polyaspartic Floor Coating

    Polyaspartic is so low in VOCs that it meets the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) compliance. 

    Polyaspartic coatings are not only safe to breathe, but they’re also virtually odorless. Contrast this with epoxy coatings, which have a strong chemical smell that lingers a long time after installation.

    Looks

    I’ll keep this section brief since both floor coating systems can make your garage look phenomenal. (For proof of that, visit our Garage Floor Gallery to take a look at some of the beautiful polyaspartic options we offer.)

    The real difference isn’t necessary in the looks… it’s how LONG those looks last. And the fact is that polyaspartic coatings are just plain superior at resisting scratches, spills, fading, and everyday punishment the typical garage floor takes.

    Bottom Line: Polyaspartic Is Just Plain Superior

    Though epoxy and polyaspartic coatings look similar, polyaspartic is—in my view—the clear-cut winner.

    The superiority of polyaspartic is why we utilize it in our Presto NextGen 4-Hour Flooring. It costs us a little more, but the results are more than worth it. Being able to provide our customers with a beautiful, durable garage floor in ONE DAY is something we just can’t pass up.

    Get A Beautiful Garage Floor In One Day

    Contact us today to schedule a free Design Consultation for your garage floor. You can either set an in-home meeting or schedule a Virtual Consultation. It’s up to you!

    An expert Design Consultant will help you decide the perfect design for your floor. On installation day, our in-house craftsmen will bring your gorgeous new garage floor to life in just a few hours.

    We look forward to hearing from you.

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  • Hi, I'm Tisha Broome. I'm one of the owners here at Presto. I'm an expert in helping clients choose the right garage door, garage floor and gutter system. I can also help you with all of your repair and maintenance needs. You can text me with any questions. I typically respond in less then 15 minutes during normal business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

  • Terry Caldwell
  • Hi, I'm Terry Caldwell. I've been a member of the Presto Team since 2015. I've been working with clients to choose their perfect product solution since 2018. Before that, I was our lead garage door installer and then our lead repair technician. I can help you find solutions to even the most difficult problems. Feel free to text me your questions. I typically respond in less than 15 minutes during business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

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    Presto Guard Vs. LeafFilter: Which Is The Best Gutter Protection For Carolina Homes?

    Presto Guard Vs. LeafFilter: Which Is The Best Gutter Protection For Carolina Homes?

    See How Our Exclusive Gutter Guard Compares To The Industry’s Most Well-Known Gutter Protection.

    BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER

    At Presto, we carry our own exclusive line of gutter protection: Presto Guard [Presto Guard]. It’s a micromesh system like LeafFilter, the most well-known gutter guard in the country.

    The two gutter covers have a lot in common:

    • Completely enclosed systems
    • Low-profile design
    • Install over existing gutters
    • And, as I mentioned, micromesh screens

    But research a little deeper, and you’ll discover these two gutter guards provide very different performance. They are NOT created equal.

    Let’s look at a few key categories to find out why…

    Debris Management

    LeafFilter

    LeafFilter utilizes a surgical-grade stainless-steel micromesh system. Micromesh is the best form of gutter protection since it can block debris as small as shingle sand.

    The screen itself isn’t LeafFilter’s issue; it’s that the product lays pretty much flat over your gutters. It’s typically installed at an 11-degree angle, so it acts as a “shelf” that collects debris over time.

    Presto Guard

    Presto Guard also sports surgical-grade stainless-steel micromesh. Virtually nothing can penetrate it. Leaves. Dirt. Shingle grit. You name it.

    And, unlike LeafFilter, nothing collects ON it. A big reason for that is Presto Guard is pitched at the angle of the roof. This appropriately angled installation eliminates the “shelf” effect of flat-lying gutter guards.

    presto gutter guard pitch slope
    Presto Guard’s angled installation prevents buildup.

    Verdict: Both gutter guards have stainless-steel micromesh screens. But for debris management, Presto Guard’s pitched installation ensures no buildup on the cover itself.

    Clog Warranty

    LeafFilter

    LeafFilter comes with a lifetime clog-free guarantee on the interior of your gutters. That means your actual gutters will never clog as a result of debris accumulation.

    Sounds great, right? It is! 

    But what this warranty doesn’t cover is something that can be just as damaging as clogged gutters: clogged SCREENS. 

    LeafFilter’s micromesh screen contains three divots, but the screen is mostly flat. This allows debris to stick to the screen and build up over time. So while you won’t have to worry about your actual gutters clogging, you do have to regularly brush and clean LeafFilter to wash away the dirt accumulation.

    Presto Guard

    Presto Guard is the ONLY gutter cover with a Lifetime No-Clog Guarantee on the screen itself. 

    How? Presto Guard’s breakthrough raised S-curve technology.

    The S-bend on Presto Guard elevates the debris that lands on it. The debris can’t sit flat, which prevents it from sticking to the screen. This allows winds as low as 10mph to blow off debris with ease.

    Presto Guard’s S-bend ensures a clog-free screen.

    Verdict: Both gutter guards come with a Lifetime No-Clog Guarantee on the interior of the gutters. But only Presto Guard has a Lifetime No-Clog Guarantee on the actual screen.

    Water Flow

    LeafFilter

    LeafFilter’s screen contains three parallel divots to slow down water enough to filter into the gutters. This design works in light and moderate rainfall, but tests show it falls short during heavy rain. 

    When there’s a downpour, rainwater cascades right over the screen and spills over the side of your gutters. This creates the one thing you’re trying to avoid—MAJOR moisture damage to your home.

    Circled: Water spilling over the competition’s gutter cover.

    Presto Guard

    I mentioned the raised S-curve in the Clog Warranty section. This design pulls double duty in that it keeps your gutter clog-free WHILE handling the heaviest rain.

    The elevated curve in the screen slows down water by diverting its path. This “stalls” the flow of the water so it has sufficient time to enter your gutters. The result? No spillovers!

    Tests show Presto Guard can handle up to 20 inches of rainfall per hour. To put that in perspective, the most rainfall recorded in a 24-hour period in North Carolina is 35 inches.

    Presto Guard’s S-bend prevents spillovers.

    Verdict: Both gutter covers have designs intended to divert water into your gutters. But Presto Guard’s breakthrough S-curve creates vastly superior performance.

    Durability

    LeafFilter

    LeafFilter’s micromesh screen is made of surgical-grade stainless steel. The screen is rust-proof, which is ideal for an outdoor project.

    LeafFilter’s frame is made of vinyl PVC. Vinyl is a decent material, but it expands and contracts with temperature changes. Since LeafFilter is bolted to your gutters, the vinyl frame doesn’t have room to move. As a result, the frame can warp and bow in as little as a few years.

    Since LeafFilter’s screen is held to the frame with caulking, this warping can cause the screen to detach from the frame. You can find videos of this with an online search. The results aren’t pretty.

    Presto Guard

    Like LeafFilter, Presto Guard has micromesh made of surgical-grade stainless steel. The big differences in durability are A) the frame and B) how the micromesh is attached to the frame.

    While LeafFilter’s frame is made of vinyl, Presto Guard’s frame is 28-gauge steel that’s galvanized painted. Unlike vinyl, steel experiences virtually ZERO expansion and contraction. This eliminates warping and bowing issues common with vinyl gutter guard frames.

    Presto Guard’s micromesh is mechanically fastened to the frame. There’s no glue or caulking that can erode over time. As a result, the micromesh will NEVER separate from the frame.

    Presto Guard - Steel
    Presto Guard’s steel frame stands tall against the elements.

    Verdict: Both systems have ultra-durable micromesh screens. But Presto Guard’s steel frame and superior construction mean longer-lasting performance.

    Installation

    LeafFilter

    LeafFilter can be installed over your existing gutters. When installed correctly, it will not void your roof’s warranty.

    LeafFilter is only sold by authorized dealers. This provides more peace of mind than a DIY gutter guard since you’ll have a professional company handling the job. 

    That said, many companies outsource the installation to subcontractors. And hiring subcontractors is like buying a box of chocolates—you just don’t know what you’ll get.

    Presto Guard

    Presto Guard also installs over your existing gutters without affecting your roof warranty. The big difference is that our installers are actual EMPLOYEES.

    Having in-house installers allows us greater control over the quality of your job. We’ve rigorously vetted, background-checked, and trained every single installer on our team. It’s how we ensure you the best possible experience and results.

    Presto Guard is installed by in-house craftsmen.

    Verdict: Both systems retrofit over your current gutters. But Presto Guard is installed by actual in-house craftsmen.

    Price

    LeafFilter

    LeafFilter rubs about $30 per foot in the Carolinas. Sometimes a little more. Sometimes a little less.

    This means if you need 120 running feet of gutter guard (an “average-size” home), you’re looking at a sticker price of up to $3,600.

    Presto Guard

    Presto Guard costs around 30-45% less than LeafFilter. Installing 120 running feet of Presto Guard is about a $2,500 investment.

    Why the price difference? Because we’re an independent company. We don’t have the huge overhead of a national corporation. As a result, we don’t need to inflate our prices to cover our expenses. We can provide you with PREMIUM gutter protection at the best possible value.

    In fact, we’re offering even bigger savings than usual…

    120 running feet of Presto Guard for just $1,999!

    120 running feet of Presto Guard for just $1,999!

    That’s $500 off the normal price. And it’s for a limited time only. Reach out to us for details.

    Verdict: We’re all about providing maximum value for your money. We install our high-performance Presto Guard… without the price gouging.

    The Final Takeaway

    I’m not trying to trash the competition to bolster my company’s product. I simply believe that Presto Guard is THE best gutter protection you can get for your home. If I wasn’t positively certain of that, I wouldn’t sell it. Period.

    Even if you don’t choose Presto Guard, I hope this information helps you make a decision YOU are comfortable with—no matter what that decision may be.

    For more information, contact us to schedule a free Design Consultation today. You can choose either an in-home appointment or a Virtual Consultation. Either way, we’ll provide you with the assistance and education you need to make the right choice for your home.

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  • Hi, I'm Tisha Broome. I'm one of the owners here at Presto. I'm an expert in helping clients choose the right garage door, garage floor and gutter system. I can also help you with all of your repair and maintenance needs. You can text me with any questions. I typically respond in less then 15 minutes during normal business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

  • Terry Caldwell
  • Hi, I'm Terry Caldwell. I've been a member of the Presto Team since 2015. I've been working with clients to choose their perfect product solution since 2018. Before that, I was our lead garage door installer and then our lead repair technician. I can help you find solutions to even the most difficult problems. Feel free to text me your questions. I typically respond in less than 15 minutes during business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

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    Why I’ll Never Sell Another Cheap Garage Door For As Long As I Live

    Why I’ll Never Sell Another Cheap Garage Door For As Long As I Live

    Growing Up Poor Made Me Believe People
    Always Want The Cheapest Price.

    I Found Out The Hard Way
    That I Was Wrong.

    BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER

    I grew up in impoverished conditions. 

    My family and I grew up in a small single wide mobile home. With six kids, my parents struggled to put food on the table and provide any amenities. And at 14 years old, I started working construction to help buy some of my own food, clothes, and little extras.

    Because of my childhood, I had what you’d call the “poverty mindset” for most of my life. I was raised to look for the cheapest possible products—whether it was food, clothes, or anything else—every time I bought something.

    This mentality was still seared in my brain decades later when I started in the garage and gutter industry. 

    I was conditioned to instinctively choose the lowest price. So I figured homeowners who needed new garage doors (and, really, everyone else in the world) had the same mindset.

    As a result, I started out selling the “lowest-common-denominator” garage doors. Bottom-of-the-barrel, barebones junk.

    Flimsy steel. Cheap motors. Zero insulation. No wind-load resistance. I sacrificed every ounce of quality to keep prices to the absolute minimum.

    Hey… it’s what (I thought) my customers wanted!

    Reality Punched Me In The Face

    It cost my company $300 for a garage door. We installed them for $499. 

    Margins were razor-thin. The garage doors were garbage. As you can imagine, this created some problems. 

    Okay, A LOT of problems.

    First, we received a TON of customer complaints. The doors were naturally going to break down since they were such low quality. We scrambled day in and day out to stay one step ahead of the enormous backlog of warranty work. But more claims kept piling onto Warranty Mountain every day.

    The second issue was the installer turnover. The company barely made enough to scrape by, so I wasn’t able to pay the salary needed to acquire—and retain—top talent. This attracted some unreliable people to the installer positions. And the installers who WERE good at the job only stuck around until they found a higher-paying job.

    Every workday was helter-skelter. And it forced me into an epiphany… 

    Sacrificing quality to sell at the cheapest price was the absolute WRONG approach.

    Reality punched me in the face. But that’s okay. I’m a retired boxer. 

    I can take a hit.

    Shift In Mindset; Shift In Standards

    After a few years of running the company this way, I went back to the drawing board. I completely overhauled our standards to ensure every aspect of the business oozed quality.

    Here are a few ways we evolved the company almost overnight:

    • Kick cheap products to the curb: The first thing we did was get rid of any and all junk products we sold. Today, we offer private lines of premium-quality garage doors, garage floors, gutters, and gutter guards.
    • Utilize high-end parts exclusively: Garage and gutter projects have a lot of small details you CAN’T see. We utilize premium parts on every single one. Period.
    • Install Wind-Rated Doors ONLY: 90% of garage doors that companies install today fail to meet local wind-load codes. ALL of our garage doors are reinforced with heavy-duty systems that can easily handle winds as high as 130mph. 
    • Increase starting installer pay by 50%: This attracts better-qualified candidates and eliminates installers from having to rush through jobs to put food on the table. Our crews make a great wage, so they can slow down and take their time to do your job right.
    • Hire professional Design Consultants: A surprising amount of decisions go into garage and gutter projects. I brought expert Design Consultants aboard to educate and help guide you to the best solution for your specific needs.

    Invest in cutting-edge customer service tech: From our garage door project visualizer to our high-tech communication programs, we utilize the latest technology to provide you with a pleasant experience.

    The Result Is Night Versus Day

    “Remodeling” this company has had a dramatic impact on homeowner satisfaction. Our customers had never been happier. We’ve even accumulated over 1,000 positive reviews on sites like Google and Angie’s List.

    Selling cheap jobs for cheap prices? Been there. Done that. Never doing it again.

    Selling high-end solutions for maximum value? That’s the Presto way. ZERO exceptions.

    To get the company to this point, I had to radically transform my notions of money and spending. No easy feat, considering these notions were instilled in me from birth.

    But sometimes reality punches you in the face, and you finally see things clearly.

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  • Hi, I'm Tisha Broome. I'm one of the owners here at Presto. I'm an expert in helping clients choose the right garage door, garage floor and gutter system. I can also help you with all of your repair and maintenance needs. You can text me with any questions. I typically respond in less then 15 minutes during normal business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

  • Terry Caldwell
  • Hi, I'm Terry Caldwell. I've been a member of the Presto Team since 2015. I've been working with clients to choose their perfect product solution since 2018. Before that, I was our lead garage door installer and then our lead repair technician. I can help you find solutions to even the most difficult problems. Feel free to text me your questions. I typically respond in less than 15 minutes during business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

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    Garage Organization Ideas

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    My Garage Organization Project

    BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER

      After spending years struggling to get my garage space clean and organized, I’ve decided to start looking into some products that may help me finally solve the issue. My garage shelves are typically covered in shoes, paint cans, tools, and plenty of items that belong in the garbage.

     One corner of my garage is a pile of rakes, shovels, brooms, and some old broom sticks that we used to attach to a roller when we were painting. Another corner is the catch all for large items like bicycles and a drum of recycles. Overall, my garage is a massive eye-sore. It’s a 2 car garage that will never hold more than 1 car. I’m also worried about all of this junk causing damage to my car. 

    About 18 months ago, I called a local company to come out and give me a quote on garage organization products. I’m still waiting on those guys to show up. Due to the poor response from them, and another company in that space, I’ve started contacting manufacturers to gather supplies to start doing this myself. I don’t want to do any of the work myself, but I want to source the best products, and choose the right contractors to do the install. 

    Below, I am going to outline my plan, and hopefully, provide some inspiration. 

    Cost to Renovate Rooms in Your Home

    Before spending a lot of money on my garage, I want to make sure that I get a good return on my investment. I’ve been in my house for 10 years, and we are planning to upgrade in the next few years. I looked at my home value estimate on Zillow and it’s value is about $172 per sq ft. There are other higher value homes around, so I think I’ll be safe on getting my money back. I also think buyers would be thrilled with purchasing a home with a garage that  is as pleasing to the eye as the inside of the house. I was doing research online and these are the typical prices for home renovations on specific rooms. 

    Kitchens: $250 per sq ft

    Baths: $275 per sq ft

    Garages- $22 sq ft

    Cleaning Out The Space

    Junk removal truck

    I own my own construction company, so I have plenty of trucks to use. However, I really don’t want to use my valuable time and business resources for a garage clean up. I plan to use a service like 1-800-Got-Junk to remove items that I don’t want. They are a full service company. They will not only load up the things that I don’t want, but they will take these items to the dump. I gave them a call to gather pricing information. 1-800-Got-Junk bases their rates on volume. A single item like a fridge or a sofa is $139.00. That’s their minimum. They have 13 different price points based on how much you fill their truck. A full truck is $619.00. I don’t think I’ll need that. I believe I’ll have a ⅓ truck load that needs to be removed, so that is going to cost me $359, or roundabout $385 after tax. 800-Got-Junk Rate Card. 

    Free Resources

    For those that don’t want to spend money to clear out the space, there are free resources that you can use. 

    GoodWill–  They will pick up gently used furniture, bulk items and appliances that still work. They have a 2 items minimum. You must also be within 25 miles of a location. 

    Salvation Army – Can schedule online pick up of large goods like furniture, chairs, books, household goods, and even clothes.

    Habitat For Humanity – Free pick up of furniture, appliances in working order , building materials and more.

    Wheels for Wishes – Get a tax deduction by donating boats, cars, RVs, motorcycles, and jet skis.

    Storing My Valuables

    I’m planning on removing all items from my garage so that I can upgrade the floors. I will need a place to put my valuables. In my area, there is a company called PODS. They will deliver a storage container to my home. I spoke to one of their reps, and he gave me pricing for a unit that is 16’ long and 8’ wide. The delivery fee is $88.99. The rental for up to one month is $179.99. Once I’m done, the pick up fee is another $88.99, and the insurance on the POD is $10.00. After tax, the storage is going to cost me roughly $400. I’ll need help loading up the pod and then later removing the items. I should be able to hire that labor for $400 total. 

    Flooring

    Once I empty my garage, I want to focus on putting in a garage floor that is aesthetically pleasing and will last a long time. My son had 2 dirt bikes until recently, and there are oil stains on the floor.

    I have had epoxy coatings applied to my driveway twice in the past few years. The most recent was in the past 6 months. In both cases, the coatings came up when we drove across them. The coatings were applied well, and we waited as recommended to drive on the concrete. In both cases, it didn’t work. I found a term online called “hot tire pick up.” Based on this experience, and my experience with epoxy coatings in my homes, I would never apply epoxy again. 

    Two Flooring Choices

    When I started researching floor coverings I found out that some garages are not suited for floor coatings. Some contractors skip the steps of putting down moisture controls under the concrete, and these coatings will peel up almost immediately. I decided to do a moisture test in my garage. 

    In this test, I took a piece of plastic and taped down 3 sides. Then, for a reason I’m not sure of, I was told to place a pebble underneath the plastic and tape it down. If I remove the plastic, and there is moisture, apparently, I can’t use a floor coating. In that case, I’ve found a company that sells very attractive and reasonably priced garage floor tiles. The reviews on the product are great. The only caveat is that these tiles are a  floating floor and they do not do well if you turn the car on them. I haven’t found any information to say that they are damaged, but the tiles can pop up and then you have to push them back down into place. Not a big deal for me, but like most, I like to have all of the facts. On another note, the tile and floor coatings seem to be about the same $6-7 a square ft installed. 

    Barring a moisture issue, the flooring I’m planning to install is a polyaspartic garage floor coating. This coating is not affected by hot car tires, and has a painless installation process. I’ll be sure to post those images when we are all done. I’ve found a reputable installer that will apply the coatings that I purchase. I don’t have the tools to do the job myself. The floor grinder with vacuum system looks to be about $30,000.00 with the diamond blades. I actually felt ok when I was quoted $2900 for my 22 x 22 garage.

    Garage Slat Wall

    As I stated earlier, I have loads of items on my garage floor. I found a solution online called slat wall. The slat wall I liked most is made out of durable PVC. It comes in a variety of colors, and works well with accessories that will help me get organized. I spoke to several previous customers that had this product installed. There was a franchise in my area that was installing these PVC slat walls in the early 2000s. They folded up during the recession, but the franchisee gave me the names of the customers. I had a list of folks that had their slat walls installed over 10 years ago. Not one person regretted the purchase. Many had moved to new homes, and took their garage organization products with them. The slat wall comes in 1’ x 8’ panels that look like siding. I’m planning to do one full wall in my garage. It’s 22’ long and I’m going up 8’. The slatwall and labor is going to cost me roughly $1600-1800.00.

    Organization Accessories

    For me to turn my garage into the space I want, I’m going to need to buy quite a few accessories. The great thing is that these products are scalable. I can add more accessories as needed. For now, I need a bike rack, a golf bag holder, something to handle garden tools and a few other accessories. I plan to start out with an accessory package that cost roughly $500-600.00.

    slat wall

    Garage Cabinets

    In my garage, I have a few issues. My sons love shoes, so we have loads of them around. I need a cabinet with doors to organize these because they are expensive and are now caked in dust. 

    I decided to place cabinets at the end wall of the garage. I want to keep one of the side walls clear, so that I have new space to fit 2 cars. The wall is 22’ wide, but there are steps on the left. I think a 10’ span of cabinets will get the job done. I decided on gray cabinets. The color is neutral and will not be a deterrent for future buyers. I want a countertop area and I chose butcher’s block. The cabinets will include a tall cabinet on the right that’s 31” wide and 68” tall. This should handle our shoes. There will also be a cabinet on the left side that will handle our paint cans as well as have drawers for extra storage. The cabinet set up as shown will cost me roughly $4000 delivered and installed. 

    That puts my project at right around $9885.00. This worked out to exactly $20.42 per sq ft, which is what I found estimated online before I started my research. I think I could take a few shortcuts and save on clean up and storage, but that would take away from my work and family time. 

     

    By The Numbers: 

    • $385 Clean out
    • $400 POD
    • $200 labor to place items in the pod. 
    • $200 to organize items back in the garage. 
    • $2900 Flooring
    • $1800 Slat Wall
    • $4000 Cabinets

    Total- $9885.00 divided by 484 sq ft = $20.42 per sq ft

     

    I plan to kick off my garage renovation after the Covid-19 crisis is over. This gives me time to do additional research, post my blog, and hopefully, get exciting feedback and ideas. 

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  • Hi, I'm Tisha Broome. I'm one of the owners here at Presto. I'm an expert in helping clients choose the right garage door, garage floor and gutter system. I can also help you with all of your repair and maintenance needs. You can text me with any questions. I typically respond in less then 15 minutes during normal business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

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  • Hi, I'm Terry Caldwell. I've been a member of the Presto Team since 2015. I've been working with clients to choose their perfect product solution since 2018. Before that, I was our lead garage door installer and then our lead repair technician. I can help you find solutions to even the most difficult problems. Feel free to text me your questions. I typically respond in less than 15 minutes during business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

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    Best Roofing Materials for Your Garage

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    Best Roofing Materials for Your Garage

    BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER

    Just as with your house, the roof is also undoubtedly the most important part of your garage. If you are building a new garage, restoring an old one, or simply repairing or replacing its roof, the kind of roofing you choose is very important. It protects the garage from the outside elements, from the sun, rain, snow, prevents any leaks and similar damage, keeps insects and similar small animals outside, and keeps all of your belongings inside safe and dry.

    There are various options to choose from, depending on what your needs are, what kind of a garage you are building, and what you intend to use it for. When it comes to those options, they are usually somewhat different than the roofing options for a house, but there are also some that can be used for both. Installing a roof on a garage is a much simpler and faster project, mostly because it is a smaller space and you will not need as much material nor spend too much money. Here are some of the best and most common roofing materials for garages.

    Rolled roofing

    If you are planning to build, or already have a garage with a low pitch or that has a low sloped roof, then rolled roofing is going to be your only option. These kinds of garages are generally the simpler, faster and cheaper to build, but you can’t really choose the type and style of roofing. Similarly to these garages, rolled roofing systems are also cheaper than most other materials. On the other hand, they are also a little less durable against extreme weather conditions, such as hail, and against leaks. If your area doesn’t get much rain or hail, than rolled roofing should present no problem. It is made of asphalt, the same material that asphalt shingles are made, but it comes in the form of rolls which are applied in horizontal strips across the roof. This is the ideal roofing material for DIY projects, because it is the simplest one to install and does not require a professional to do it.

    Metal roofing

    If you are in need of a strong, durable and non-flammable roof for your garage, then metal roofing would be a good option of you. Whether you keep your car in the garage, or use it as a space for doing business, a playroom, a craft room, or for storing some sensitive or even hazardous things and materials, then you need proper and durable protection. Metal roofs reflect heat, so your garage and the things stored there will not get too heated. Reflecting heat also makes them energy efficient, which means they can save both energy and money on your bills. They are lightweight, they prevent leaks, and they also look good and add to your curb appeal. There are different types of metal roofing you can choose from, such as corrugated steel, which is durable and very easy to install; standing seam metal, which is one of the most popular ones; aluminum or coated steel, among a variety of others.

    Asphalt shingles

    When it comes to residential roofing, asphalt shingles are the most popular choice in the United States, and so it is for garages as well. Some of their main benefits is that they can suit many different styles since they come in a variety of colors, so it should not be a problem to try to match the garage with your house roof. They are also very light, so there will be no excess weight on your garage or structural issues to worry about. Asphalt shingles do not absorb water, so there is a very low possibility of water damage, leaks, frost and similar damages.

    On the other hand, it has to be mentioned that they tend to absorb heat, so your garage is likely to get rather warm during hot and sunny weather. Make sure that things you are storing inside are not sensitive to high temperatures, and that they will not be damaged. If you want to decrease the amount of absorbed heat, use lighter colored shingles for your roof.

    Not in the Charlotte area, and need a new garage door? Visit our Amarr Garage Door door designer. You can build and buy a new commercial or residential garage door online.

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  • Hi, I'm Tisha Broome. I'm one of the owners here at Presto. I'm an expert in helping clients choose the right garage door, garage floor and gutter system. I can also help you with all of your repair and maintenance needs. You can text me with any questions. I typically respond in less then 15 minutes during normal business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

  • Terry Caldwell
  • Hi, I'm Terry Caldwell. I've been a member of the Presto Team since 2015. I've been working with clients to choose their perfect product solution since 2018. Before that, I was our lead garage door installer and then our lead repair technician. I can help you find solutions to even the most difficult problems. Feel free to text me your questions. I typically respond in less than 15 minutes during business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

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    Mooresville Building Permits

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    Mooresville Building Permits

    BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER

    In the beautiful and thriving city of Mooresville, construction sites are around every turn.

    Over the past 2 decades, the Lake Norman area has grown to be one of the most thriving areas in the region. It seems that every week a new business is opening, or a new housing development springs out of the ground.

    The work on these sites ebb and flow. There is rarely a constant because these job sites have to be poured over with a fine tooth comb by local inspectors.

    These inspections ensure that these projects are built to the highest possible standards.

    The question that we often get from homeowners and small businesses is if they need to apply for a building permit on their small projects.

    The issue that many of us run in to is that there is no simple answer.

    A company like ours operates in several different counties, and keeping up with the changes can be tough.

    Like you, we have no desire to be in the midst of a project and get in hot water with the local inspection office.

    Installing a New Garage Door

    When it comes to installing a new garage door, there is often a few questions that spring up other than design and door quality.

    There is always a matter of satisfying local building codes and what those upgrades are going to cost.

    When the local building inspectors are involved, there are some standards that must be met.

    Other than framing and opening preparation, there is a matter of on your new door.

    If you are building a new structure, garage doors are inspected for windrating as part of the overall inspection of the project.

    General contractors handle the permits for these projects and garage doors are typically under that permit umbrella.In this region, 90 mph is the standard when installing a new garage door.

    If you are in the market for a new door be sure that your quotes include this upgrade.

    Replacing a New Garage Door

    If you are replacing an existing garage door, you may not need a permit at all.

    In most areas around Charlotte, projects like garage door repairs, ceiling fans, painting, etc may not require specific permits.

    After looking over the Iredell County website I could find no information about stand alone garage door projects.

    Below, I have created a link to the Iredell county permit office, so that you can be sure that you don’t need to have permits in place for your next small remodeling project.

    Click here to go to the Iredell County Permit Office’s site.

    Keep in mind that when considering starting a new project that it is the sole responsibility of the property owner to provide any applicable permits.

    If you have come across this web page looking for a garage door, feel free to look over our website.

    We provide top quality garage doors at some of the best prices available.

    We also provide garage door repair and maintenance service. Give us a call if the need for our service ever arises.

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  • Hi, I'm Tisha Broome. I'm one of the owners here at Presto. I'm an expert in helping clients choose the right garage door, garage floor and gutter system. I can also help you with all of your repair and maintenance needs. You can text me with any questions. I typically respond in less then 15 minutes during normal business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

  • Terry Caldwell
  • Hi, I'm Terry Caldwell. I've been a member of the Presto Team since 2015. I've been working with clients to choose their perfect product solution since 2018. Before that, I was our lead garage door installer and then our lead repair technician. I can help you find solutions to even the most difficult problems. Feel free to text me your questions. I typically respond in less than 15 minutes during business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

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    Unlevel Concrete

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    How To Seal Your Garage Door To Unlevel Concrete

    BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER

    Garage Door Bottom Seal for Uneven Floor

    Just the other day, I was speaking to an upset customer. This customer insisted that our technician did a poor job and that he installed their new garage door improperly. The customer stated that there was a gap at the bottom of their garage door. I agreed with the customer that I would personally come out and take a look at the new door installation. One of our newer technicians had installed the door, and figured that this would be a great opportunity to look over his work.

    When I arrived at the home, I did notice that there was a gap of several inches on the bottom right corner of the garage door. After speaking with the homeowner, I pulled out a bubble level and checked the level of the garage door and of the concrete. Our technician Eric had done a great job. The culprit of the gap at the bottom of the door was settling concrete.

    This is not the 1st time that this issue has arisen. Customers are rarely understanding. The claim is always that their old garage door did not have a gap. In nearly 90% of these instances, a wood garage door was removed. These doors are generally more than 20 years old. The concrete settled after the initial installation, and as the concrete began to settle, the door began to sag, thus creating a gap. When a door company installs a brand new door, that’s straight as an arrow, a gap is the result.

    So what are your options to close the gap?

    The most effective option is to repair your concrete. It’s not a matter of pouring more concrete, but of lifting the existing concrete. It’s a product called PolyLEVEL™. It’s a fascinating product and the cost is quite reasonable. Many Basement Systems Dealers offer this process. Locally, I would recommend Dry Pro Basement Systems.

     

    The next option that we often attempt is over-sized bottom seal. The seal that comes standard on our doors is 3-1/2” long. When this seal is folded in to the bottom retainer it hangs down approximately 1-3/4”. In situations like this, we have the ability to substitute the standard rubber seal for 7” bottom rubber. This is not the ideal solution, but will often keep wind from blowing in to the garage and close the gap.

    The final option is to install garage door threshold. Threshold can often work on gaps that are less than 1”. Any larger and it’s best to go with one of the other options. Before we were aware of PolyLEVEL™, it was not uncommon for our company to employ the use of both threshold and 7” bottom rubber to close gaps on the bottom of garage doors. While it’s always best to opt for repairing your concrete, these other methods have been a value to our company for more than a decade.

    Call us today and we will provide you with a vendor to repair your concrete. Our company would be happy to supply you with the materials for other solutions such as longer bottom seal and threshold.

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  • Hi, I'm Tisha Broome. I'm one of the owners here at Presto. I'm an expert in helping clients choose the right garage door, garage floor and gutter system. I can also help you with all of your repair and maintenance needs. You can text me with any questions. I typically respond in less then 15 minutes during normal business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

  • Terry Caldwell
  • Hi, I'm Terry Caldwell. I've been a member of the Presto Team since 2015. I've been working with clients to choose their perfect product solution since 2018. Before that, I was our lead garage door installer and then our lead repair technician. I can help you find solutions to even the most difficult problems. Feel free to text me your questions. I typically respond in less than 15 minutes during business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.