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There's still one month of summer left. Before those lazy, hazy days come to an end, use our get-things-done list to make the most of this fleeting season in the sun.
There's still one month of summer left. Before those lazy, hazy days come to an end, use our get-things-done list to make the most of this fleeting season in the sun.
My experience started out normal enough - had trouble with the door sticking so I decided to contact A&E Door. I hear them all the time advertising so figured they were reputable. I explained in great detail what the problem was - the manager schedules a service call. On the way to my home the tech called me and I explained what the problem was as he very quickly told me exactly what the problem was. It was a very common problem with garage stores sticking to the paint as the hot sun bakes the door. Each time the door is opened they make a loud jerk and then the door works as usual. My problem with this entire experience is that the Manager, as well as several others copied on my email, failed to give me this quick and easy solution (rub some grease where the door meets the frame). It would have saved me from calling off work, and from the $100+ they charge for a consultation. $100 for less than 5 minutes of their time is much more than any other profession I know of and seemed very high. That did not bother me though, what bothered me was that they scheduled an appointment knowing very well what my problem was...knowing it was a very easy solution, something that a child could have done. This is was a very deceptive and unethical way of doing business. I would rather pay $200 to an honest worker/company for their knowledge than $100 to a deceitful company trying to nickel and dime me in every way possible.I'm sure there must be better A&E locations, but around the Mason, OH-Warren County area, I would highly recommending going with a different company. if you know there's a huge problem, call A&E, but do not call them for a minor issue as they will gouge you. Hope this review was helpful and can save someone else the hassle!Oh, last but not least, I contacted the manager, he replied but then failed to reply after a month and a half of waiting. Very disrespectful considering how nice my email was. Do business with a company that wants it :)
After a very long day and getting 6 inches of snow. I came home; my garage door would only open a little bit then stop. Then trying it again it would close. I tried it again and it would not do anything. I called EASTGATE OVERHEAD GARAGE DOOR SERVICES PLUS crying and very upset. Not only my door wouldn't open but my car was sideways in my driveway from all the snow we got today. They came out out within 30 minutes of my phone call. When the technician arrived he ran up the driveway asking me if I was alright because he seen my car sideways in my driveway. After I told him I was fine he looked at my garage door and found that I had a broken spring. Bill fixed my door and tune it up and made it work better then it had even worked when it was installed 8 years ago.Not only did he fix my door, he shoveled most my driveway for me so I could put my car in the garage. My husband arrived and saw what he had done for me and offered him a 50 dollar tip. Bill thanked him for the offer but told us the best tip we could give him was to give him a referral. My husband was so shocked that he turned down 50 dollars and told him that he would tell everyone he knew about EASTGATE OVERHEAD DOOR SERVICES PLUS. I wish I could give them a 10 start rating but YP only offers a 1-5 star rating.EASTGATE OVERHEAD DOOR SERVICES PLUS went way beyond in my opinion. It's nice to see people caring about people instead of just making MONEY. For this I give them a 5 STAR RATING. Joyce LCincinnati, Ohio
Champion installed our patio cover. This was for an insurance claim due to a hail storm. We already had our contractor but they did not do patio covers. So we got 3 quotes, one of which was Champion. Not only did Champion have the best price but they even negotiated with our contractor for an upgraded design. The design of our previous patio cover allowed for birds to build nests in it. Birds cannot build nests with the new design of our Champion patio cover. Champion actually worked well with our contractor. The only time I personally dealt with the Champion representative was when they came out to give me the quote and they were very nice and professional. Our patio cover was installed while we were at work. I love that Champion was willing to work with my contractor and I didn't have to worry about anything. They also left the area clean. The quality and workmanship of our Champion patio cover are excellent. It's been 2 years and the patio cover still looks brand new. It's better than what was there before. We couldn't be happier with it.
I like them, they have SO much stuff and yes it's returns. They might be opened and resealed, they might be never opened, but if you've gone to the website and viewed items and READ the information given, you'll already know that what I've said above is stated. It is what it is. I've made several purchases at BID and WIN it.com and I've never been disappointed. If you HAVE concerns about the merchandise, then yes by all means go by sometime and look around. There's a whole floor downstairs of buy it now stuff. The owner and staff are the nicest people and would be happy to show you around or let you wander through to check things out. If you're looking for a specific item to examine, you should probably go in with the auction number and the item name so they can take you to it easily, 'cause they have a LOT of stuff for sale. Be an informed consumer and read the details and if you're still not sure, if you're local enough, go by and check it out.
I purchased my windows in May and was told 6-8 weeks. Within 6 weeks Champion had called that the windows were ready. They had appointments for that week also. We did have lead paint, therefore, the kids and I were asked to not be in the house. My father-in-law was overseeing the project. He was impressed how well the installers keep the area contained. Since the installment one of the windows kept bouncing back, not opening all the way, so Champion was more than willing to come out and fix that. One of the other windows seals was cracked so they are replacing that also. Every time we have called they have always been a pleasure to work with along with a “no problem” attitude.
I do like this store and the fact you can stand in one spot and look. I've been going there for years and have even found presents for my husband and father-in-law. That being said they are weird about people using their restroom. It never fails that my child has to use the restroom every time we go. One time I was told it was broken. Another time I was told they don't have one and to use the tire discounters' restroom across the parking lot. I had an armful of stuff I was going to buy but ended up having to leave.
Surprised recently when I was looking for an area rug. I spoke with the department manager about a rug that obviously had been returned and was labeled with the incorrect price. Manager sold me the rug for the lower price. It pays to speak up. Sometimes I find long lines at this store , but they only have a few checkout lanes open.
Honest, very very reliable, and resonable in price. All American Door Lock & Glass was there when they said they would be. I was quoted a price over the phone and that is what I paid once the work was done. The Lock Smith was extremly nice. Thank you All American Door Lock & Glass for all your help in my time of need.
This is a wonderful little shop with nice things for decorating, jewelry, baby items and more. I would give 4 stars but some items are overpriced (try HomeGoods for similar items for much less) and it's such a small crowded shop.
Really cute kids' clothes here and good quality, too. You can find some bargains here when they mark down their holiday merchandise. I also like the greeting cards they carry. Store is always clean and neat.
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.