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We hired Willie after he walked us through a house he was working on down the street from us He claimed to have done all the work himself we later found out from the homeowner that most of the work was done by subcontractors and NOT WillieWillie agreed to update our kitchen He quoted us $10,500 and on May 25th we signed a contract and wrote him a check for $6000.After talking to him about more work he asked for an additional $1500 which we gave him.He cashed both of those checks on June 2ndThe agreement was that he would complete our work while we were traveling from June 9th-18th When we got home on June 18th we found our kitchen was empty and our bathroom sink was not hooked up so we brushed our teeth in the bath faucet that night.Willie told us the kitchen cabinets would be delivered to our house within 14 days.Over the next week he slowly patched our old kitchen back together but the electric still wasn't done and there were so many problems with the plumbing that we had to hire someone else to fix both sinks and finish reinstalling our bathroom cabinet-he did the job in 15 minutes.On June 22nd after pushing Willie to tell us an exact date for the kitchen cabinets to arrive, he admitted that he had not actually ordered them yet and had spent our money on other jobs. He then said he would have to wait on checks from other jobs in order to complete ours. I told him he needed to meet me at Home Depot and order the supplies-he agreed to do so but stood me up and stopped returning my texts or calls.When I confronted his crew they were shocked because they had not been paid in months and were struggling to finish other jobs due to lack of materials Willie responded to us once we threatened legal action and agreed to pay for the materials but kept missing deadlines to do so.I have given Willie every opportunity to pay us back even in small amounts, he has made no gesture to follow through on this
We hired Willie to install Exterior doors and screen doors on our home. Willie seemed pretty good at first, until we looked at our doors. The exterior doors were installed crooked. He also drilled holes in the wrong spots of our screen door. To make matters worse, Willie drilled in the door handle on our screen door in the wrong place. We were not able to close our screen door or exterior door. He left without fixing the issue. After calling Willie he apologized admitted his errors and stated he would pay us back the cost of the install and the cost of the custom screen door since we have to re-order it. It has 4 months and we still have not received payment. He has texted us stating the money is coming yet we have received nothing. He now will not answer our calls or texts. I do not recommend. We are out the cost of our door and had to hire someone else to fix the doors.
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South Shore Garage Door Repair came out the same day i called them last saturday & installed 2 new garage door springs. they were very nice & very professional & they were the best price after calling 3 other places. glad to hire a local garage door repair company then one of those franchises from out of state over charging us hard working people. Thank You South Shore Garage Door Repair.
i called South Shore Garage Door Repair this morning & the person who answered was very polite & knew right away what was wrong with my garage door after i explained to them what was happening when i tried to open my garage door with my garage door opener. i was very happy that they were able to come out today & repair my garage door at a very fair price. they were as professional as it gets and even tuned -up my garage door opener and garage door at no extra cost! i will tell all my family,friends & co-workers to call South Shore Garage Door Repair if they ever have a problem with their garage door or garage door opener.
Came on time and finished repair in a convenient manner so I could go about my scheduled day. Good Job.
They really seemed to know their business and diagnosed the problems right away. They are lowest garage door parts. They were quick, reliable. I will use them again in the future.
I am a restaurant owner in the metro Milwaukee Area. I had 800 people come in the night before Thanksgiving. My front door was all messed up. I called 4 places for a quote. I needed immediate help and only Heller glass was willing to fit me in during this busy time. Chris Heller came out the next day, did a first class job and charged me less than any of my other quotes. Being a small business, I like to support small businesses. Finding Heller glass saved me money and my problem was fixed within 24 hours. Thanks Heller Glass. Bubs Irish Pub
I had someone break into my garage a few months ago, but luckily nothing valuable was stolen. I called A1 Garage Door Service in the morning and they sent Domike, their technician, the same day! He was polite, professional and easy to talk to. He explained everything what needed to be done and fixed our garage door in less than one hour. Now our garage door works like a charm and I highly recommend A1 for all your garage door needs!
I had a problem with my garage door that I tried to fix on my own, but after a few hours wasted, I realized that I needed a professional. One of my friends has recommend A1 Garage Door Service as a good choice to help me with the door. I called their customer service and the price for the repair was OK, so we scheduled an appointment quickly. The technician that came the next morning, was very friendly and polite, fixed my garage door. The door now works flawlessly and I will surely keep A1’s phone number in my contacts.
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.