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FAQs

1. WHAT ARE MY CHOICES FOR A NEW GARAGE DOOR?

The good news is that there are literally hundreds of different styles, sizes and different materials for garage doors. They also have a wide range of installed prices anywhere from $700 to $12,000.

The big categories are: steel or wood. Those are divided into traditional overhead or “Carriage style”. There are a lot of other less seen options: flush doors, rolling steel doors, one-piece doors etc. And there are a lot of other materials: copper, aluminum, fiberglass etc.

Traditional:

For a good look at builders steel doors, go to:  http://www.doortechind.com/products.html orhttp://www.martindoor.com/residential.htm.
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Steel doors are the low end of the price spread.

For traditional frame and panel wood doors check out: http://www.nwdusa.com/raised_panels.html

Wood frame and panel doors are typically run 50% more than steel doors for residences.

Carriage Style:

These doors come in a variety of materials and cost anywhere from 2 to 6 times as much as traditional steel doors.

For steel carriage style doors, go to: http://www.amarr.com/steel_classica.asp.

For Extruded Aluminum doors, go to: http://www.nwdusa.com/infinity_classic.html.

For wood, and wood steel hybrids (our most popular doors), go to: www.carriagedoor.com.

Custom designs and materials are available.

Commercial:

We sell Porvene, R & S Manufacturing and QMI rolling shutters. They are all good products.

2. HOW MUCH ROOM DO I NEED TO HAVE A SECTIONAL DOOR INSTALLED?

Lots of variation here. But first a few basics, the door has to go somewhere. The hardware takes
more side room and head room than the door itself. Door operators need room too.

For standard hardware figure on 14” + headroom and 3 ½” side room, each side. The tracks extend into the garage about 1’ longer than the height of the door itself.

Standard operators extend about 10’ 6” into the garage (for a 7’ high door).

We don’t care how high the ceiling is above the 14” or 16” headroom height.  We can go as low as 4” headroom if we need to. This costs more and there are other complications.

Any thing that gets in the way of the track extending into the garage such as stairwells or fireplaces is a headache. We have lots of tricks, but there some garages where nothing will work.

3. HOW DO I ORDER A DOOR?

Call or email us. We can quote you ballpark prices over the phone or from your plans. Then make
an appointment to come measure the opening. We will also make sure the door has room to fit. We
will also show you literature and pictures so you know what you will be getting

4. DO WE SELL OTHER PRODUCTS THAN OVERHEAD DOORS AND OPERATORS?

We also sell swinging garage doors, sliding doors and automatic gate systems. Check out our gate division atwww.access-control-systems.net.

In the spring of 2007 we will have front doors to match our stained “ Carriage style” wood doors.

5. HOW TO I FINISH AND PROTECT MY NEW DOOR?

Some doors come totally pre-finished. Some come primed from the factory. Stain grade doors are just bare wood from the factory.

We offer very high quality paint and staining at our shop. We recommend the wood doors be painted before installation.

We can deliver your door to your site prior to installation for you or your painter to finish.

6. WHAT ARE TYPICAL LEAD TIMES?

We install within a week of receiving products from manufacturers. Manufacturing lead times     vary from 1 week to 8 weeks depending on the brand and how busy they are.

Usually 2 weeks for standard doors and 6 weeks for Carriage and custom doors.

7. WHAT IS YOUR PAYMENT POLICY?

We require a 50% deposit at the time of order for custom doors.
The balance is due upon completion.

We accept credit cards.

8. WHAT IS YOUR WARRANTEE POLICY?

We warrantee our labor for one year after installation.  Doors and motors have their own warrantees ranging from one year to lifetime.

For wood doors specified finishing may be required to keep the warrantee in force.