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Daniel VanDyke, President of the WINDOW EXPERTS, is a scoundrel. He is not truthful, and worst of all he is a sneak-thief. In my face, in my home, he deceitfully compares his product to samples of totally outdated competitor's products. After I caught him in his act, he wrote me an email entitled "Sincerest Apologies" (available for your review upon request). Here's an excerpt: "I was going to call you.....I wish I could have told you before you discovered it yourself"....Hmmmm, a likely SINCERE APOLOGY?Daniel Van Dyke attempted to steal $10,000 from me in overpricing an inferior product.He offered me NON-impact replacement windows for $25,000 which I purchased elsewhere for$15,000 for HI-Impact windows (NOTE:the same number of windows) Buyer, you better beware. His personality and presentation are as smooth-as-silk. He is a bonafide genuine 'snake-oil-salesman'. I am by nature a skeptic, yet he gained my total trust; I had signed a contract agreement, which had to be cancelled subsequent to my finding the truth. All documentation regarding this evaluation are available upon your request. I am not a disgruntled buyer, as I successfully escaped his scam, yet I find it my civic duty to "blow-the-whistle' on this dishonest and unscrupulous fellow and his unethical operation. Buyer, BEWARE! of Daniel VanDyke, the WINDOW EXPERTS. CJB SPECIFIC FACTS: firstname.lastname@example.org)I have filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau of SE Florida.Also, a complaint with the Florida Dept of Agriculture and Consumer Services.I signed Saturday afternoon. You say you did not realize the $10,000+ mistake until Monday. You are 10 years the President and Owner selling virtually exclusively HIGH-impact windows, and you want a reasonable person to believe that the pricing you gave me, in my home, for NON-impact windows, which was $10,000+ more than for HIGH-impact, did not make a light bulb go off in your brain...not likely, Sir. You say you caught the mistake Monday. If you had any integrity at all, you would have put all business aside, made a 90 second call (even in your car while on your way to wherever) and informed me of such immediately. Rather, you went on your scamming routine to catch your next sucker. Now you are indicating that you are also a Project Manager, "....supervising various job sites", as you wrote , yet you told me you would not be on site as you have 'highly trained professional installers'...just another made-up excuse for not having called me. You never had any intention of calling, but were on your happy way to the bank with my $10K+. I called you on Tuesday afternoon , still not enough time for you to call me to explain the so-called error? That Tuesday afternoon, for the first time, you finally admitted the overpricing. You subsequently returned to my residence and had the audacity to show me an obsolete outdated competitors product. I then showed you a photo of the current competitor's product, 'Soft Lite', and as I noted additional insulation in the competitors product in addition to the reinforced steel,you insisted your product is better, knowing Soft Lite has a higher rating than your product. Regarding the alleged $1,200 Phantom brand retractable screen, you and I both know it's $850 installed, which I have already had installed (receipt available upon request). You, being in the business, must get it at a lower cost. I expected that screen from you for reparation for your lying deceitful presentation. Mr. Van Dyk, sir, how do you look yourself in the mirror ? Please,...go away. See ya, don't want to be ya.. the lying deceitful snake oil salesman that you are.CJB
Nice guys. Would use again and recommend to anyone needing garage door service. This was my second time using this company and same great service both times.
Stopped in and had a great experience. It's very hard to see how someone would ever have a bad experience. Smiles everywhere and everyone was very helpful.Thank you.
BUYER BEWARE!!! Being a new local home owner, we decided to go looking for a new entry door. We were directed from a neighbor to Smith & Deshields in Boca to look around and ask some questions. Upon arrival we were greeted by a very standoffish representative "Scott" who basically crossed his arms and stood like a statute nodding his head to our questions, and talking to us like we were some low-life back alley street people. Wow... a very bad initial impression, but unfortunately continued with him after he was assigned to handle us. After 15-minutes of being talked down to, we made a general request for 2 quotes, which he reluctantly acted like he wrote down. He said he would call the manufacturers and get back with us in a day or 2. Nine days later we called to check on the quotes, to only receive a very abrupt receptionist saying hes at lunch. (at 4pm?)... we asked to leave him a message & to return our call but never received. The next day we called back to that same rude receptionist, but this time we demanded a manager! Funny how Scott picked the phone up immediately but to only inform us that our quotes were almost complete and he would return our info later in the day. Surprise....lol, no phone call. We then decided to call around town to some different door dealers and were pleasantly greeted and promptly quoted several doors to service our needs. Needless to say we paid cash for 2 beautiful doors, and were taken care of quickly, and without being made to feel stupid. To this day we have still not heard back from these Bozo's, and I would NEVER/EVER do business with such a completely poor excuse of a company such as Smith & Deshields. Shame on YOU! btw...this is my first ever internet review, ..but felt such a need to do so, such an awful experience. STAY AWAY from this company, as management must be blind to have people like these to represent their business!
All the technicians at Hire Authority Garage Doors are efficient and makes sure they arrive at the earliest. All of them were highly courteous, and offers reasonable price for their service.
Hire Authority Garage Doors came at my rescue with their Hurricane Master garage doors. It never let my car feel even the slightest of the storm.
The professionals from Hire Authority Garage Doors solved my problem within an hour. I called them when my garage door was making a noise.
Hire Authority Garage Doors offered me an emergency service and their resources showed up on time. That’s why I recommend them to all.
The technician from Hire Authority Garage Doors took half an hour to arrive when I called them to repair my garage door. I am quite impressed with their professional service.
A&G did a replacement on a sliding hurricane door while I was out of town. The door does not fit properly and cannot be closed in a hurricane. At first A&G said they would take a look. Then they asked me to send pictures, and now they refuse to answer the phone or respond to texts. The door can likely be adjusted with little effort by the company, but they won't take a look or respond in any way.
Some people use their garages to keep their cars safe. Others use them to store boxes of books and home decorations. No matter how a garage is used, there is one key factor they all must have in common to protect the precious items within: A functional garage door.
There is no shortage of variety when it comes to choosing a garage door. Options include different materials, styles and lifting or opening methods, each with its own unique pros and cons.
When deciding on the right garage door, the first thing to consider is the style.
Garage Door Styles
The two most common styles of garage door include:
The benefits of swing-out doors are their classic look and the ability to keep the garage ceiling clear for added storage space. The major downside of this style is the amount of time it takes to manually lock, unlock, open, and close them. They can be manual or operated by a remote control.
Perhaps the most common and recognizable style is the roll-up garage door. These features are much easier to automate than their swinging counterparts, making them a preferred choice for many homeowners. However, ceiling space must be sacrificed to make room for the door when open. These are typically automatic, but manual models are also available.
Aside from these popular models, homeowners can choose between:
Once you've determined the style of garage door, you can move on to choosing the material. Some considerations you might keep in mind include:
If you're looking for something that will withstand the test of errant basketballs and driver's education students, a vinyl door might be your best bet. These doors are hard to dent or break and don't need much maintenance to keep up their appearance. They are usually built on steel frames with polyurethane insulation and come in a limited variety of colors.
Wood can stand up to plenty of the abuse a garage door may be subject to from time to time. They are also attractive doors with many color options. They can be painted or stained at the factory or on site. One of the biggest downsides to wood garage doors is the upkeep - they may need to be repainted or restained regularly to maintain the color.
Fiberglass doors can break with a strong impact but in general are pretty sturdy. Like vinyl doors, they are built on steel frames and insulated with polyurethane.
Wood composite doors have the same aesthetic advantages of wood doors but are less expensive. They usually have a wood frame and are filled with polyurethane insulation. Some may have fiberboard skins and are designed to closely mimic wood.
It doesn't take much to dent these doors, but they aren't very expensive and require little maintenance. However, they are subject to rust, especially in damper climates.
These doors can also easily dent but don't rust. They are also lightweight, which is ideal for larger garage doors, as more weight on such a large frame could put added stress on the lifting or opening mechanism.
Five basic designs of garage door openers are available to homeowners. Two are relatively recent developments, while the other three are fairly standard and have been around for decades.
One of the biggest advantages of the direct-drive opener is how silent it is. With the motor being the only moving part of this machine, it's said to be the quietest model available. This is one of the newest designs and was developed in Germany.
Another relatively recent design, this model is ideal for a homeowner who wants to keep the ceiling clear for storage. It is set up on the wall closest to the garage door as opposed to on the ceiling, like most garage door openers.
This opener is powered by a motor that rotates a threaded-steel rod on which a trolley rides. It is a relatively quick garage door opener, though most garage doors close at the same rate for safety reasons. Additionally, they are said to be the easiest to maintain, given that they don't involve many moving parts. However, these doors have a history of problems when the temperature quickly changes, and they are noisy. If there is an apartment or office above a garage, screw-driven openers may not be the best option.
These use a chain similar to that of a bicycle. The chain pulls a trolley connected to a bar that lifts the garage door. It can be noisy and cause vibrations, given the metal-to-metal contact, though more recent models are said to be a little bit better about this.
The function of belt-driven openers is the same as chain-driven openers. The only major difference is that instead of metal chains, these door openers are built with a belt made of fiberglass, steel-reinforced rubber, or polyurethane. This brings down the noise level but increases the price.
As with most things mechanical, garage doors may begin to develop problems after a few years of use. Many typical problems are easily identified and, with the right knowledge or help from a professional, aren't too difficult to fix.
Transmitter or Remote Won't Work
The first thing you should check in this instance is the transmitter battery. Dead batteries are often the culprit, though there are other causes seen as well. If the batteries are in good shape, take a look at the cables and tracks to make sure they are clear, clean, and sturdy.
Door Doesn't Close All the Way
If you notice a gap at the bottom of your garage door after closing it, try resetting the close limit. Your door might be set to close at a higher point than the ground. It might also be set too low, and when the door reaches the ground, the sensor reacts in the same way it would if an object was obstructing its path: by retreating upward.
Door Shakes When Opening
This could be caused by debris on the tracks or wheels. Clean these first to see if this is the problem. If not, the springs might be stretched unevenly or worn out.
Door Squeaks When Opening
The rollers are most likely dry and need to be lubricated.
Door Closes Faster Than Usual
A quickly closing garage door could easily become a safety hazard. The problem is usually springs that are too stretched out. They should be replaced by a professional. Working with these large springs can be difficult, and they can quickly turn into dangerous, fast-moving metal whips.
Door Makes a Strange Sound at the Same Point Every Time It's Used
This might mean your tracks are either dented, falling, or otherwise misaligned. This is not just annoying; it's dangerous. Misaligned or damaged tracks can cause the door to cease working or to fall off its tracks. If your door seems to be working fine overall, feel free to inspect the issue further. But if your door is stuck, slanted, or looks unstable, call a professional who will have the right tools to fix the problem.
Door Sticks When Opening or Closing
If you begin to notice this around a change in seasons, check the lubricant on the tracks. Weather patterns will affect lubricant's effectiveness. Dirt or debris on the tracks could also be the cause; make sure they're clear and clean. If the tracks look fine, make sure the doors are hung evenly.
It's not uncommon for a garage door to have a problem or two every once in awhile. But, if the same issue keeps coming up or one cause has led to a variety of problems, it might be time to consider replacing your door altogether.
For someone who's familiar with tackling tough home improvement projects, installing a garage door might be a viable do-it-yourself project. It'll likely take the better part of a Saturday, and it's not a bad idea to ask for help, especially when taking off the old door.
But if you're even a little bit wary of taking on such a large task, reaching out to a professional would probably be a smart move. On average, a new garage door installation will cost around $1,000. Most homeowners end up paying somewhere between $740 and $1,400, including the installation and the door itself.
Likewise, a custom garage door could be a project that an experienced wood or metal worker can take on with the right materials, tools, and knowledge. However, for the amateur DIY-er, contacting a professional might be the best way to go. If you are unfamiliar with the project, the weight alone could prove to be an issue. Depending on the size, it could weigh as much as 200 pounds, though some smaller or uninsulated ones could be less than 100 pounds.
To keep your garage door functional for as long as possible, try to inspect it every so often to ensure everything is working properly. A problem that goes too long without attention can only get worse and wind up costing you more to repair or replace the door.
About once a month, carefully observe the door as you open and close it. If you hear or see anything unusual, take a closer look at it. The regular motion could easily loosen up some of the hardware, so take a few minutes to tighten everything up. Also, be sure that tracks, tires, and other moving parts are properly lubricated.
If your door is painted, make sure it isn't chipped or peeling. Deteriorating paint on a wooden door could let moisture in, which leads to warped doors, while a steel door could rust if water gets in.