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San Antonio, TX 78238
Joel, was on time and did a professional job for us, installing a new opener assembly and programing remotes and keypad. We'll recommend this company for any garage door problems in the future.
3505 Buena Vista StSan Antonio, TX 78207
I called this company for a garage door that was closing only half way. My doors seemingly still had original equipment in its frame work (this is a 30 year-old house), so I cringed at the thought of the cost to repair it. From my initial phone call to set up an appointment to the finished job, …
9086 Hildebrandt RdSan Antonio, TX 78222
From Business: American Overhead Door Company is a family owned & operated business since 1981. We are Authorized Service and Dealer for Genie Openers and Lift-Master. We install all types of garage doors and openers. Call today for a FREE estimate.
1018 Mineral HlsSan Antonio, TX 78260
From Business: Cobalt Overhead Doors is a family-owned local business, with a passion to provide excellent customer service. We want to be your one-stop shop for all of your garage door repair and new installation needs. We carry a variety of garage door and opener options, whether you need a quick and simple solution or a completely cus…
San Antonio, TX 78249
From Business: Patriot Overhead Doors is a family-owned and operated business located in San Antonio, that strives to provide you with outstanding quality garage door service. We are confident in our certified technicians and therefore, we offer a 100% Guarantee on Workmanship.
11234 Gordon RdSan Antonio, TX 78216
Cesar came to replace a broken spring this afternoon. I opened the garage and pulled my car inside. When I used the remote to close the door all I heard was the motor running, but the door did not close. I called and explained the situation and he turned around and came back. He was able to …
16500 Henderson PassSan Antonio, TX 78232
From Business: Jerry Garage Door Repair has all the tools, training, and expertise to handle every kind of garage door service you might need in one convenient place for one affordable price. We bring the highest quality equipment and experience with the loyalty of a local member your community so that you know you're getting the persona…
11202 Bomar LnSan Antonio, TX 78233
From Business: Texdoor is a commercial overhead and hollow metal door company that serves both apartment communities and home owners associations. It has a more than 100,000-square-foot of stocked warehouse and employs a staff of over 50 team members. The company has an inventory of hollow metal doors, frames and hardware, such as locks …
846 Culebra RdSan Antonio, TX 78201
From Business: Fast Garage Door Repairs: Broken Springs, Garage Door Damage, Off Track, Broken Door Cable, Opener Failure, Radio Control Issues. We specialize in all Commercial & Residential. Same Day Service, Emergency 24 Hour Service Available.
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We had such a wonderful experience with Stablelift repair this past month. We found out that our 1957 house slab foundation had shifted beyond the degrees of tolerance since we owned it. Unfortunately we had to repair our foundation. We received a few bids but they all recommended concrete piers which sounded like the most cost effective way to fix it without breaking the bank. But I decided to call Stablelift after reading the information on their website about their technology and superior product to the concrete piers. I spoke with Brent, the owner, and he explained their steel pier bracket, the advantages of drilling down in the bedrock (especially for San Antonio clay soils), and the technology involved. We received the estimate and it was very competitive with the pricing for the concrete pier solution. It was an easy choice for us. The foundation repair for our home was scheduled to take only one day. The team arrived and marked the areas for the piers, then they started to dig using some sort of two handled shovel and placed all dirt and rocks into trash bags so they could replace it after the foundation lift and to ensure there wasn't a mess afterwards (we absolutely loved this because we had just landscaped the entire perimeter of the house and it looked perfect and untouched after all the work). They inserted the 12 piers with a motorized system instead of having a person physically under your house. They had a scheduled lift time and the lift caused very minimal cosmetic repair to the interior sheetrock and paint, I attribute this to the technology and expertise of this team. The lead foreman, Robert, and the owner, Brent, were there throughout the day to monitor the project. I was very impressed by this whole process, the leadership, and team. I highly recommend them!
I called this company for a garage door that was closing only half way. My doors seemingly still had original equipment in its frame work (this is a 30 year-old house), so I cringed at the thought of the cost to repair it. From my initial phone call to set up an appointment to the finished job, it was evident that old-fashioned corporate values are a priority for this company. These values came in the form of high quality customer service at the onset, followed by honesty, professionalism and a well-skilled technician doing the job. It was a pleasant surprise to know that there was no service charge for the technician to give me an estimate, and after a very good explanation of the work needed (including a visual demonstration of worn parts, such as pulley's etc.), I authorized the work. My door used to squeak and vibrate significantly when closing (even when it used to close all the way). Now it closes completely, quietly and smoothly. The price was considerably less than expected. I will use them again without question.
I have to admit that I called a "big name" first (Thad Ziegler Glass), but an uninterested receptionist said they'd have to cal me back (they never did). So, I searched on, and came across ASAP Glass. Checked the reviews. All wonderful, so I gave them a call. I needed a very large custom piece for an Amish Table. They offered to come out that afternoon to measure my table and give me a quote (it was right about what I expected it to cost). They told me it typically takes a week, but I asked them if there was any way they could get it back to me in 5 days for a big dinner I was hosting. No problem! In 4 days, they came back, cleaned my table, placed the beautiful piece of glass on top, and graciously chatted with me about the joy and pain of living in and/or loving the Denver area where another of their locations is. I can not say enough about what a pleasant, PERFECT experience it was working with this company! In fact, I got a quote to do another table! I'd give them 7 stars if I could!!!
Just finished a job with Stablelift. Though no one wants foundation issues...if I had to have them there is no other company I would choose to work with, and I got bids from several! Scott and Brent and true professionals, the type that you wish for in any contractor! The are patient, honest, responsive and answer any and all questions. Their estimate and scope of work was the only one even remotely close to matching the independent structural engineers I hired assessment and plan for repair, which tells me they know their stuff. Not only were Brent and Scott great, but their work crew was so respectful taking painstaking care to minimize any disruption to my landscaping. In fact if you didn't see them here doing the work you would not even know it had been done, well accept now you can open the doors and there are no giant cracks in the house. I was so pleased with them and would highly recommend anyone doing foundation repair make sure they get a bid from this company at a minimum!
My wife ran into our garage door throwing several panels off their tracks. I called Aaron's Garage Door Service at 7:30 am and Jesse was at my house by 10:15 am, just as he said he would (10-12). He was quickly able to locate the trouble spots and explained what he was going to do and how much it was going to cost. He went to work and 30minutes later the garage door was up and running. Jesse is very professional and provided quality work. He has me as a customer for life and I would highly recommend him. Do yourself a favor and ignore the other companies that claim to be local and offer "coupons" when they just inflate the price in other ways. Aaron's Garage Door Service is THE company to call for all your garage door needs.
Michael worked from photographs sent via email and drawings to create a timeless piece of art to compliment the custom cabinetry in our hill country home. His genius is in design form and color. He literally recreated the vista from our front porch and seamlessly incorporated the mural of stained glass in a continuous pattern on four doors. The effect is stunning, yet not over the top. Michael is professional, meticulous, and a uniquely talented artist. He is attentive to the precision during installation and masterful with unexpected detail. Great work, nice guy!
In any construction project there will be unforeseen issues come up. Just nature of the beast, and Brent and his StableLift crew put our needs first, working with us to solve them. He also went above and beyond to help us in our situation, doing things that the other companies wouldn't or couldn't do. I highly recommend them for your foundation repair, not only because of the methods they use, but also because of the static tests and the warranty.
Brent and his team are great. With having a cracked foundation and a major plumbing issue I was a little stressed. Brent took the time to answer all my questions which I asked a lot of them. lol. He made me feel at ease and I was in good hands. I read a lot of horror stories and I must say I don't have a single complaint. My yard wasn't destroyed and after doing some research their system seemed to be the best. Would recommend.
Critter Done was absolutely amazing! They sealed our home and trapped all critters! Super Job!!!! I have already recommending Daniel and his crew to all my neighbors and co-workers. He was very knowledgable, professional and confident that him and his crew would be able to rid our home of the squirrels that had chewed through our roof. Thank you so much Daniel and Critter Done!
I bought a door with a built-in doggie door and at exactly one year and one day the doggie door has fallen apart I loved the door wholeheartedly until recently I have sent numerous emails on getting replacement parts or possibly warranty but have gotten no reply whatsoever so in the end $500 buys you a great door with A1 year shelf life not that impressive in my book
Homes are among the most expensive purchases you'll make in your lifetime, and it's important to make it your own, both inside and out. A fence can serve a number of purposes, including keeping a rambunctious pet or child from straying too far, creating privacy for your yard, improving the value of the house or simply making your home more secure.
More than 99,000 businesses offer fencing services and products in the United States, and the industry generates about $51 billion in revenue a year. With all of these options, homeowners can team up with a fencing contractor that meets their budget and requirements.
No fence is one-size-fits-all. Each home is different, with its own character and charm, and homeowners should expect their fence to reflect this aesthetic. Fortunately, there are a number of fence materials that you can choose from to add to the look and function of your home.
When people dream about a house with a picket fence, wood is often the material that comes to mind. Wood is the most popular fencing type in the U.S. because it provides privacy thanks to its build and height options, looks attractive, and will likely last for the lifetime of the home. The downside of this option is that the height and size can impact the price, and it can take time to install.
Aluminum may not provide the type of security that wood and other options might as it would need fill-in panels. It requires little maintenance and can be decorated any way you want. However, this type of fencing is not ideal for areas with severe weather.
If you like the look of a wood fence, but not the price, PVC could be a good option. PVC is much cheaper and can be used to replace wooden stakes and pickets. While it's not as sturdy as wood, it can significantly cut down on material costs and comes in a variety of heights and colors. A PVC fence can last for years and has a high resistance to the elements.
Vinyl is one of the cheapest and most durable fencing types on this list. A vinyl fence has four times the flexibility and five times the strength of comparable wood fences. Although it has a high upfront cost, it requires no maintenance and is overall less expensive than other options.
Homeowners that are looking to be green may find bamboo fencing to be an appealing option. Bamboo is grown naturally, rising up to a foot a year, and can be planted to create a fence. Rolled bamboo and bamboo cane options will be the sturdiest choices and are optimal for colder climates.
If you think that fences are an eyesore, an invisible electric fence might be the optimal choice. These are especially beneficial for homeowners with pets. A trench is dug along the fence's boundary, and a wire is buried within. A wireless transmitter can then interact with a pet's collar to warn the animal when it is near the edge. Pets will stay within your yard, and you won't have the bulky structure of a fence.
Now that you know what materials are available, you might have an idea of what type of fence you'd like. However, there are a few considerations you'll need to address to verify that a fence will work for your yard:
Check Your HOA Regulations
Before you can begin planning for a new fence, you'll want to double check the rules for your neighborhood. Some homeowners' associations have stipulations concerning fences including standards for what materials can be used, as well as height requirements. Using this information, homeowners can thoroughly assess their options and stay in line with HOA regulations. You'll want to refrain from building excessively tall structures unless permitted by the HOA and municipality ordinances. Without this allowance, your fence will end up costing more.
Draw the Lines
Now that you know what guidelines are in place for fences in your area, it's time to determine if a fence will work for your yard in particular. You'll need to confirm your property lines to ensure that you stay within your established boundaries. A fence consultant will need to come out and locate utilities and other obstructions that could interfere with construction. The slope and contour of the terrain can affect the measurement of your fence as well. Understanding these elements will help determine if your yard is a good candidate for a fence and make planning run more smoothly.
Lay out Your Reasons
Establishing a fence takes some time and investment, so it will be important to consider why you're installing a fence in the first place. If you have kids or pets, safety might be your main reason. You might put in a fence for privacy if your landscaping isn't enough to provide your desired level of seclusion. For those selling their home, a fence can add visual appeal and increase property value. These considerations may guide you on what type of fence will be best for your home.
To properly maintain your fence, you must first learn about what problems you may face:
Utility lines must be marked before fence installation to prevent any damages. A simple visit from a professional can save you a lot of headaches down the road.
If you build a fence that doesn't adhere to ordinances, it can cost you a lot to address. Be sure to check with your HOA and municipality for regulations concerning what is required to build a fence in your area.
If you don't maintain your fence properly, you can expect it to come down with a few problems. You may notice that your fence is leaning or sagging, and this can be a fairly expensive problem to fix. If you don't close the gate properly, your hinges might sag and prevent your gate from closing securely. Homeowners can prevent these situations by performing regular maintenance on their fences.
Fence installation often occurs in stages. First, the fence company will mark the utility lines in your yard. Then, a crew will dig posts and set them in concrete. About a week later, the company will come and install the stringers, gates, fencing material and everything else. The average installation cost is slightly more than $4,500, but it will largely depend on the materials used. It's inadvisable to try to make this a DIY project, as a high degree of skill is required, and many costly problems can result from a bad fence installation.
Aluminum, vinyl and PVC fences all require little to no maintenance. Homeowners may use soap and water to clean off these materials, but they generally don't require much more than that. These options can be good for those that want a sturdy but low-touch fence.
Wood fences, on the other hand, require a little bit more work. With exposure to the sun and the elements, wood fences are prone to cracking, warping and cupping. To prevent this, homeowners are encouraged to clean, seal and stain their fence at least every three years. Clean the fence with a specially formulated cleaner. After 15 to 20 minutes, use a pressure washer to remove any mold, mildew and debris from the fence. From there, you can seal and stain the fence to protect it and help the wood look good as new. An oil stain is recommended, as it penetrates the material and can maintain its condition for years.
With tens of thousands of fencing service companies to choose from, how do you know which one will be the best for your needs? Here are some considerations to help you make a decision:
Are There Portfolio Examples?
You'll need to do some homework on your potential contractors. First, see if they have a website and a portfolio of samples. These can indicate the provider's level of experience and highlight their capabilities.
What's Their Reputation Like?
You'll want to have a contractor that has a good reputation. Look at customer reviews as well as how long the provider has been in business. If a contractor requires an immediate decision, asks you to pay cash or doesn't provide an estimate, it should serve as a major red flag. A friend or family member may also be a good source for recommending a contractor.
Is the Work Guaranteed?
Some organizations may offer a variety of promises, such as time to completion and discounts, simply to get you in the door. It's important to question the validity of these guarantees and research whether the contractor has delivered on these commitments. If it's clear that the contractor constantly misses deadlines or doesn't meet obligations, you'll want to renew your search.
Is There a Warranty?
No matter how good a contractor is, there may be an issue with the fence a year or two down the road. You should ask about what type of warranty is offered. A warranty could help offset repair costs if you have a sagging fence, while enabling you to fix any warped or cracked panels that may occur after exposure to the elements.
Homeowners should work with a fencing contractor who is certified by or a member of one or more trade organizations. Some of the biggest associations in this industry include:
American Fence Association
Since 1962, the American Fence Association has grown to be the largest and most comprehensive resource in the industry. The group aims to benefit fence-industry professionals and customers by promoting professionalism, education and certification of its members while keeping up with the latest developments, materials, standards and tools.
The AFA has created a rigorous certification program and requires recertification every three years. Professionals must prove a history of service in the industry prior to taking the certification exam and complete the multiple-choice test.
North American Fence Contractors Association
The NAFCA is a group of fence professionals who look to bring contractors and vendors together for better affordability and accessibility to educational opportunities within the industry. It's run by a number of volunteers and encourages all contractors who want to develop their skills to join.