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Avoiding Garage Door Scams

Many people these days keep more than just their cars in their garages so when your garage door breaks, you often need it fixed quickly. Unfortunately, this has left a lot of homeowners vulnerable to garage door scams over the years. These scams hurt both homeowners and legitimate business, by giving garage door technicians a bad name, so we wanted to shine a little light on garage door scams this month to help you avoid them in the future.

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Great American Entrepreneurs and Their Garages


What do you do use your garage for? To park your car? Maybe to store a few things? If you’re handy with tools, maybe that’s where some of them reside. But the garages of our homes aren’t just boring empty boxes, waiting to be filled by the things we can’t keep inside the house. Since garages became a standard part or accompaniment to American homes in the mid-20th century, they’ve become the incubators, the safe space, and the meeting place for some of the most inventive and influential creators of our time.

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Are Insulated Garage Doors Worth The Money?

Should You Spring for an Insulated Garage Door?

If you are building a new home or replacing an older garage door, one question you will face is whether or not to opt for an insulated garage door. You won’t be surprised to learn that an insulated garage door is going to cost a couple hundred dollars more than the non-insulated variety, but we’re here to tell you: especially in the Chicagoland area, that couple hundred bucks up front is going to save you money in the long run. Here are the three main reasons we encourage all of our customers to purchase insulated garage doors for their Chicago-area homes.

  1. 2283-steel-garage-doorsAn insulated garage door will help your energy costs in winter and summer. The exterior walls and roof of your home are insulated – so why shouldn’t your garage door be as well? After all, the garage door makes up a large portion of many homes’ facades. An insulated garage door will buffer your home from outside extreme temperatures – both hot and cold – and, as a result, will help keep your energy bills lower. As an added benefit, the vehicles you keep in the garage will be easier to warm up on those particularly icy mornings.
  2. An insulated garage door is quieter than the non-insulated option. This is especially pertinent if there are living spaces – even possibly a bedroom – over the garage. The insulation absorbs sound, making for less racket as the door goes up and down.
  3. An insulated door is sturdier than a non-insulated one. If anyone in your house might be tempted to, say, toss a tennis ball against the garage door or use it as a backdrop for goalie practice, we definitely recommend an insulated door. They stand up to dings and dents better and just aren’t as fragile as uninsulated doors.

So now that we’ve gone over the pros of an insulated garage door, the next question is whether you should go with a pan-style polystyrene, and sandwich-style polystyrene, or a sandwich-style polyurethane insulated garage door.

Pan-Style Polystyrene

Polystyrene is the same material that cheap coffee cups or disposable coolers are made from. The polystyrene is cut in blocks and secured to the interior of the garage door. It provides some insulation of both heat and sound and gives a slight bump to durability. The downside of pan-style polystyrene doors is that polystyrene itself is not the most durable substance.

Sandwich-Style Polystyrene

These garage doors are made with the same material as those in the “Pan-Style” category, but the polystyrene is “sandwiched” between two steel doors, providing greater insulation, stability, and protection for the polystyrene itself. These doors are a great middle-of-the-road choice.

Sandwich-Style Polyurethane

There’s no question about it: if you want optimal temperature and sound insulation and the sturdiest door possible, you want to go with polyurethane insulation. Polyurethane is a foam that is sprayed between the two outer layers of the garage door. The foam expands to fill the available space. It hardens, sticking to the shell of the door. Unlike the sheets of polystyrene that are cut to fit into place, the polyurethane foam fills every nook and cranny between the steel doors, providing exceptional insulation and greatly increased stability.


Whichever Option You Prefer…

We are thrilled to offer a Winter-long (2016/17) deal of $50 off your replacement or brand new garage door!

At AR-BE, we have a variety of stylish insulated garage doors of all three types: pan-style polystyrene, sandwich-style polystyrene, and sandwich-style polyurethane, as well as non-insulated pan-style doors. You can browse our style options on our website. Alternately, feel free to give us a call today and chat about how we can help you beautify your home, while also enhancing its functionality and value with a new garage door.

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8 Things To Look Over When Finding A Garage Door Installer

Garage Door InstallationIt can be tough to discover a quality team of technicians to repair your garage door or even worse, to install your brand new garage door. While some companies are more than capable, there are others who make claims they just cannot keep. What is worse is trying to find a garage door installer that is dependable—in your area.

We have prepared a list of 8 different things that will help you learn how to choose a Chicago garage door installer, today!

  1. Company Reputation

Discovering a company’s reputation locally is one of the best ways you can find a qualified garage door installer. Reading and learning about what other past customer’s experiences have been like working with a company shows their commitment.

Their commitment to delivering you the service that is promised at the price that you agreed upon.

  1. Business Location

 It is one thing to provide service to customers with nothing more than a van filled with spare parts. It is another to have an established home-base building filled with an entire infrastructure of efficiency. This is not only beneficial for an efficient company, but also speaks volumes of the customer service they can provide you. Ask yourself the following.

  • Does the service provide have a physical business location where you can shop their parts inventory, speak to staff, and be given answers to your questions?
  1. Credentials

 You not only can search for quality reviews and testimonials from past customers to measure a garage door installers reputation. There are now organizations that specialize in doing that for you. These organizations will review certain companies and assess them. Once they have completed that, they will certify them as legitimate or not.

Check out the following websites to ensure that your chosen garage door service is listed.

  1. Past Experience

 This can be a tricky subject to investigate, but if you know what you’re looking for it can be very helpful. If you find that a company may not have many reviews or suggestions given, it could just mean that they are a brand-new start up trying to make a name for themselves.

However, you should also be looking at when the company was established. Comparing the current date in line with that can expose whether this company is getting business or not. If they happen to be lacking in experience and have been open for a few years you may want to look elsewhere.

  1. Immediate Service

We live in a world of unknowns, never knowing what catastrophic event may take place. This includes your garage door’s function and integrity. Accidents happen and we have a pretty good idea that whatever your garage door is in place for is important. Protecting your assets from vandalism, thievery, and other criminal activity.

This is why it is so vital that you check to see that your chosen company offers you immediate service in case such an incident occurs. A garage door installer that doesn’t offer you around the clock service is one that may not be as legitimate as you may think.

  1. Insurance Policy

Mistakes can happen. You have to understand that or you will be living a perfectionist world. You can make the mistake of hiring a company that isn’t as qualified as they claimed to you. Even a reputable business may make a mistake while installing your garage door. They make forget an important piece or a part just might fail.

To protect yourself from such incidents, check to see that your chosen garage door installer provides itself and its clients with an insurance policy. This way if anything is to happen during or after installation, you are covered and the company will fix it with no charge to you.

  1. Free Quotes

Quotes are what most people make their final decisions with. They provide the client with a detailed representation of the services requests, the time required, the parts needed, and an estimate on the total cost. A respected garage door installer will offer these to you free of charge. That means no risk to you—while searching for the best possible service you can find.

  • Ask for a free quote from 3 different businesses before you decide. Compare each of them along with the other factors we have presented to you.
  1. 100% Guarantees

 This is not a deal breaker, however, it is an aspect that can give one garage door service provider the edge over the competition. Look to see what type of guarantees they may offer along with their garage door installer service.

Some companies offer guarantees for installation while others offer them for repairs. Look for a company that will offer you both of these, but if a company doesn’t offer any specials—don’t let that disqualify them.

Go Find A Garage Door Installer That Is Right—For You!

Ask as many questions as you can think of when you are going through this check-list. If there is an area of service that we didn’t list here but you feel is important then please ask about it. Start contacting a garage door installer in the Chicago area today—to begin your search for the best customer experience possible!

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Curb Appeal: Modernize Your Garage’s Look with Accent Planks

accent plank garage

Modern technology has done it again! Imagine a garage door with the warmth and eye appeal of wooden tones that looks almost exactly like doors made from real wood, except these garage doors are made from steel. Is that possible? One has to see it to be able to believe it.

The finishes come in the choice of beautiful cedar, classic dark oak, contemporary light oak, and powerful dark mahogany. It is very common for clients to have neighbors come over and ask, “Where did you get that garage door?” Even strangers may stop, knock on the front door, and ask the same question. They really are attractive.

The Look of Wood Combined with the Durability of Steel

Garage doors made of real wood, have many problems. This is how we used to make them in the old days. AR-BE Garage Doors has been a family business since 1947. Real wood garage doors need re-staining and re-painting almost every year to remain looking nice. The wood warps and wood garage doors quickly get out of alignment. Not to mention the problem with termites and the possibility of dry rot when wood is exposed to the outdoor elements.

Still, we have to admit to having a warm place in our hearts for those old wood garage doors because it reminds us of the good old-fashioned days. Imagine our delight when the factory designers at C.H.I. came out with the Accent Plank garage door series. We had to touch the door ourselves to convince us it was steel and not wood. That’s amazing.

Quality Construction

We like the technical specifications of these long-lasting, low-maintenance steel doors and you will too.

There are two models to choose from:

Model – 3216P

Each section is two inches thick.
Each section has four micro-grooves, which have a horizontal alignment and are spaced evenly.
The thermal breaks in the design prevent thermal transfers from outside to inside.
The insulation material used is polyurethane in a sandwich-style construction.
It does not contain any chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).
The insulation R-value is 17.54.

Model – 3285P

The construction is the same as Model -3216P.
The only difference is that polystyrene is used instead of polyurethane.
The insulation R-value is 10.29.

Both models are offered in the wood-tones of cedar, dark oak, light oak, and rich mahogany.
Many options and accessories are available.
These doors are only sold through authorized dealers.
We are the dealer for Accent Plank Garage Chicago and the surrounding areas.

Designer Ideas

Homes with the most curb appeal, catch the eye with a combination of attractive elements, which include beautifully manicured landscaping that leads the eye to the home in an inviting way. The next thing that catches the eye is usually the front door when it is made out of wood and the garage door remains somewhat unnoticed.

With an Accent Plank garage door the “front door” appeal is magnified, especially when the garage door, window shutters, and front door match in color. This creates the “wow” factor.

AR-BE Garage Doors won the Best of Southland Award for 2015. We attribute our success to always putting our customer priorities first. Once you see a beautiful Accent Plank garage door, we know you are going to love it. We look forward to installing one in your home. Call 800-339-3256 for a free consultation.

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Leave Garage Door Installation to the Professionals

man opening garage door with buttonHomeowners have a large number of resources at their disposal nowadays. With little or no expertise, homeowners can take care of household repairs and perform numerous installations that might be out of their comfort zone. This is especially true for homeowners who are handy—you know the type, they can fix just about anything around the house—and most will have a good deal of experience with handling several different types of household repairs.

But this shouldn’t be the case with installing the bigger stuff, such as garage doors.

Installing a garage door is a big task, and most people should call on the services of a professional installation specialist to do it. There are a number of reasons a professional should be called, but the most important of them is that someone who doesn’t have any experience with installing them can be at risk of injury, especially if they’re doing the installation alone. There is also the risk of improper installation to take into account.

While it might seem like doing it yourself could save you a good deal of money, the contrary could definitely be true — especially since the risk of injury is much higher than many other do-it-yourself projects. The heavy-duty spring tension involved in garage door installation are under a ton of pressure, and can snap and puncture the skin. Garage doors also weigh quite a lot; anywhere from 200-300 pounds. If a door were to snap or drop on you or someone else during the installation, it would result in a not only a loss of the door, but injury.

Installing the door improperly is another reason to call a professional installation specialist. A specialist will know how to inserts the struts and rails, calibrate the installation, adjust the track mechanism, and more. Calibrating the installation alone will make all the difference in how long the door’s individual components will stay good working service. A professional will have the know-how and expertise needed to get the door installed correctly, without using any guesswork that a novice might use.

Installing garage doors can also be time-consuming — no matter how prepared a person is. Installing a garage door can take a whole day for first-timers to do, but a professional will have it up and installed in two hours or less.

Repairing a garage door might seem simple—especially since it’s already installed—but the opposite is true. If it’s bent, missing a piece, or has a faulty spring, repairing it to good working condition is typically no different from installing a brand-new door. It can take equally as long to repair a garage door, and can be just as dangerous. Not hiring a professional can do more damage than good.

Garage Door Installation Services in Chicago

AR-BE Garage Doors has provided garage door replacement and installation services in Chicago and the greater Chicagoland area for over 60 years now. We also provide garage door repair services. Give us a call at (800) 339-3256 to schedule a garage repair or installation appointment today, or to receive an estimate.

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