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Your installation crew is terrific!! I would have appreciated more directness about installation dates initially, because I was trying to plan aro…
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.
We are very happy with our new front entry door and we had a very pleasant experience with The Door Store. We went to The Door Store on a Saturday morning and we were helped by Skip who spent a lot of time walking us around the showroom, showing and explaining different options (we had no idea what we wanted) and sat down with us to show us a huge 3-ring binder of completed/installed doors that were similar to what we decided on. They had a great selection, lots of in-store samples, millions of options in terms of finishes, hardware, glass options, etc. Skip even spent time to show me their very nice in-house staining/finishing booth and some doors that were finished similarly to ours. They scheduled a time to come up to our house to do a measurement and they charged a fee I believe was reasonable for that type of service, especially given the distance our house is away from their location. Although they did have a scheduling issue with the first appointment that I was made aware of at the exact time we were to meet, they were very accommodating with a reschedule and the owner himself came to our house for the rescheduled appointment and was very apologetic about the pervious scheduling issue, was very polite and easy to work with. These things happen so I took it with a grain of salt. The door took slightly longer to come in then I originally anticipated, however nothing extreme. Skip called to follow up when the door arrived at their location, and their installation individual (I didn't catch her name) was nice about following up both via phone and email regarding our installation.The day of installation went well too, especially given the additional construction that was involved prior to our install. The two installers were very accommodating. The two installers seemed very flexible and skilled and the installation was beautiful. They could't do some of the trim work on the interior of the house because of some construction changes we had made (drywall needed to be replaced first, etc) but they cut all the trim pieces, labeled each, penciled in where they should go and showed me that they fit. They even left me with some of the nail hole filler to make sure everything matched. I was very happy with their installation.We had nothing but a great experience with The Door Store. The door is beautiful, service/sales was good and the installation was perfect. I would recommend to a friend.
The Door Store was the right choice for us when we ordered our new front door and back door. From the moment we walked into the beautiful show room to the clean up at our install The Door Store was a smooth process from A-Z! My wife and I didn’t know there was so much to getting our doors replaced. We were told 6-8 weeks and they got the job done within that time frame! We got to pick our doors, stain, and hardware all at once, saving me plenty of headaches trying to figure it out on my own! Skip showed us around the facility reassuring the quality of their doors, from their showroom to paint booth, these guys mean business! They were friendly and professional the whole way through! From the measure to installation they were on time and made sure to meet our scheduled appointments. We weren’t able to put a sign in our yard because of our HOA but we recommend them to our friends and neighbors. We love the compliments we receive on our GORGEOUS front door.
I had 13 windows in my house replaced by JDI (Rex) and his team. I initially received quotes and had “free consultations” with several local companies and after choosing JDI (because of the great price and the number of years his team of installers had been with him), I can say that I am ecstatic with the service they provided and the quality of the product I received. Rex answered all the questions I had prior to installation (and responded quickly no matter the hour).... and his team of installers were professional, quick, tidy and did a phenomenal job replacing the windows. I would not hesitate to use them again or refer JDI to anyone. P.S. – I’m not a family member and did not know anyone at JDI Windows prior to using them – so this is an unbiased review of a company with a great product and even better customer service!
I hired Jose to replace all the blinds in a new property I recently purchased to rent out in Denver, CO. And I have to say, with the grand total, I was EXTREMELY SATISFIED of not only his work and his genuine attitude but the quality of the shades! Absolute WOW! Had a re-appraisal of the property and can now rent out my property for hundreds more than what it was originally appraised for. I ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND the work of this man to any person who is in need of new blinds for a great price! Will DEFINITELY hire again! I wish he had business in California, my two homes could use his work here.
We needed a front door for a long time now. We were looking for it for a while a finally found a beautiful one, just what we wanted, at the Door Store. We were excited that the price was very reasonable, all in one package, and the service was great. Skip, a sales person, was helping us, and I can tell you, he made this whole process of getting a new door so pleasant and easy. I would defiantly recommend this place to all our friends and those who are looking for a new front door, or any other doors.
I can not say enough good things about JDI. I interviewed quite a few window companies and thought I knew who I was going to go with. My husband did a bit more research and saw some great reviews on JDI. I called them and I am so happy I did. Rex gave us options that no one else did, which saved us money. Great company, installers were great and friendly. Would definitely recommend this company if you are looking for new windows.
We are happy with the door we selected and extremely satisfied with the service we received from The Door Store. The one stop shopping concept worked really well for us, and when there was an issue with installation of the incorrect casing, we were impressed with how quickly The Door Store resolved the problem. We would recommend The Door Store and use their services in the future without hesitation.
I have now purchased a total of 4 different doors (2 sets of french doors with the blinds inside the glass) with this company. They have been SO PROFESSIONAL, reliable, neat, friendly, and their products are wonderful. I purchased double front doors that are SPECTACULAR! My neighbors' have asked for their business card. You get what you pay for. I wouldn't use any other company!
The Door Store installed a beautiful front door for us, I am very happy with it. My only complaint is we have this new beautiful front door, and they slap the old ugly door bell on and crooked no less. Maybe they could have suggested we run out and get a new one before they drill the holes (crooked) for the old one.
I had a wonderful experience working with Angela at the Door Store. We were looking for hardware for our new home and she put together a complicated order quickly. Communication was professional and timely. When I made a mistake she helped resolve it with minimal cost to me. Thanks Angela!
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.