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Fantastic Social Media Tools for Garage Door Businesses!

Posted by Brian Clark on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 @ 09:15 AM

This week, we invite you to read this great article we found in the Fall 2014 DASMA Insider Magazine.  We certainly do appreciate Tom Wadsworth for letting us share.  We at Eden Coast can attest to the value of both Facebook and Houzz.  Both avenues have been great relationship builders for us.  We'd love to hear from you about your experience with Facebook, Houzz or any other Social Media tools you have found helpful to grow new and existing relationships with customers!

Although we have provided the article below, you can click on it to view a larger copy at the dasma website. 

 

Social Media

If you would like to browse the entire on-line magazine, here is the link:  http://www.dasma.com/PubMagInsider/093014/093014DAS.html.  In addition, if you want to check out the houzz website:  http://www.houzz.com/

We always invite your insight and experience!  Please share in the comment section below!

Until next time,

Brian

Tags: B2C, b2b, b2b, B2C, eden coast, garage doors, garage door dealer, architect, builder, homeowner

7 Tips on Custom Composite Garage Doors

Posted by Brian Clark on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 @ 09:15 AM

ID 100206688Kristen Bosse of Georgia State Homes was kind enough to do an interview with Brian Clark, our Director of Sales and Marketing in an effort to get to know more about our business and why we do what we do.  We have copied a part of the interview here and have included the link where you can read the article in its entirety.  Thank you Kristen, for taking the time to get to know about us! Enjoy the article!

 

Can you briefly go over the main options that homeowners need to decide on when they're considering a new custom garage door?

Whether it is a replacement door or for new construction, a great place to start is your local garage door dealer who's familiar with what's out there. Here are some key topics for discussion with your dealer about your composite door purchase:
Can I have any design I want?
Would I like to add windows to one or more sections?
Can I have any color that I want?
Can I match a wood that I like or that is already on my house?
What level of insulation is appropriate?

 

What are some of the most popular garage door styles and features for most homes?

In terms of style, customization is what distinguishes us from the rest. Our attention to detail and dedication to quality are the cornerstones of our success. We do have some designs that are requested more frequently than others, but when it comes to a custom composite door, the design and finish are as individual as the owners and their homes.

As for features, you may wish to incorporate windows into your door or embellish the door with some decorative hardware. It's totally dependent on your vision.

 

How well do your garage doors stand up to the environment?

We have a large number of our doors installed in Florida. That is one of the harshest environments anywhere with its extreme heat, humidity and coastal exposures. The main advantage of using composite materials to clad the door is that it is fully customizable and it is a better alternative than wood. The composites we use will not rot or decay. The finishes we apply, be it paint or stain, are from the highest quality manufacturers and are designed to stand up to all temperatures and harmful UV rays.

 

And for the rest of the story, click on the link next to "Check out my interview" below....

 

Check out my interview, 7 Tips on Custom Composite Garage Doors on Georgia State Homes, one of the top sites for Georgia homes for sale, including Douglasville, GA homes for sale. Georgia State Homes also services Florida real estate and North Carolina homes for sale.

 

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Tags: alternatives to wood doors, composite garage doors, eco-friendly door material, b2b, B2C, rot free and maintenance free, composite garage door design, eden coast, window design, customized glass options, home improvement, garage doors, garage door design, architect, homeowner, finish on composite door

Tips and Tricks - Garage Door High Lift

Posted by Brian Clark on Wed, Sep 03, 2014 @ 08:15 AM

describe the imageHere’s the scenario: You’re at a sales appointment and the customer says “I want to put a car lift in my garage to store another vehicle and I need the door to go up as close to the ceiling as possible.” They go on to ask for specific dimensions and clearances, but you’re not really sure about how it will all come together. Here are a few tips I’ve gathered to help clarify high-lift issues. 

First, let’s define what high-lift is.
Simply put, high lift is the difference between the height of the door and the bottom of the horizontal tracks.

My “Rule of Thumb” for maximum high lift (up to 64” using 2” track) is Headroom minus 10”. Let’s look at an example:
  • The door you will be installing is 8' high (96")
  • The total front wall height is 12' (144")
  • This means the headroom is 48" 
  • The maximum high lift would be 48"-10" or 38".(The 10"deducted is the space needed for the horizontal track (2") plus the drums and end bearings). 
  • The distance from the floor to the underside of the horizontal track would be the door height plus the high lift. In this example 96"+38"=134" (total front wall height minus 10") 


I hope this helps the next time you need to figure a high lift job. Many thanks to C.H.I Overhead Doors for the majority of the drawing.

Please feel free to download our Headroom Requirements Worksheet for your use. 

If you have any tips and tricks you would like to share, feel free to email me at brian@edencoast.com. As always, we encourage your comments or suggestions in the section below. Thank you!

Tags: garage doors, garage door design, garage door dealer, builder, homeowner

Top 7 Tips for Choosing a Garage Door Repair Company

Posted by Brian Clark on Thu, Aug 07, 2014 @ 01:38 PM

 

Our thanks goes out to Tom Wadsworth and the DASMA Insider for these great tips to help you when you need your garage door repaired. Please share this with your friends. I’m going to print a copy and tape it to the inside of my garage door right now!

How to choose a garage door repair company (2)

As always, we encourage your comments and suggestions in the area provided below.

 

 

 

Tags: B2C, B2C, home improvement, garage doors, garage door dealer, builder

Eden Coast's Garage Door Dealer Spotlight

Posted by Brian Clark on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 @ 09:07 AM

Allied Naples ShowroomIn an effort to share with you some of the many outstanding garage door dealers in the country, I would like to introduce a recurring segment on our blog: The Dealer Spotlight.

 

Allied Doors West Florida, Inc.

Contributed by Steven Romanelli

  

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Allied Doors West Florida, Inc. has been serving Southwest Florida’s garage door needs since 1991. We are a family owned and operated business who specializes in garage doors, garage door openers and garage door repairs. Allied Doors West Florida, Inc. is one of the largest sellers of garage doors and garage door openers in Southwest Florida, and our commitment to customer service is unsurpassed. We proudly offer Amarr, C.H.I. and Eden Coast doors and are a LiftMaster ProVantage dealer. We furnish and install doors rated for all wind code areas including Miami-Dade.

In addition to our dedication to customer satisfaction, Allied Doors West Florida, Inc. is also committed to our community. We have installed many garage doors for Habitat for Humanity in Lee and Collier Counties and also contribute to various local charities such as Builders Care, KidsCan and Naples Equestrian Challenge.

Our business is fully licensed and insured and all of our technicians are full-time employees. Our highly trained and qualified staff is dedicated to superior standards of product installation, service, and dependability. From quality steel garage doors to custom made wood and composite garage doors we are a one stop shop.

Because change and innovation are constant, Allied Doors West Florida, Inc. strives for consistent improvements in policy, procedures and technology to promote continuous growth toward new levels of excellence. Our showroom is “second to none” and a good example of this principle.

If you’re unfamiliar with Allied Doors West Florida, Inc., take a few moments to surf over to their site. They are extremely knowledgeable and a fine example of a quality garage door dealer.

 

 

If you are a dealer interested in being put in “The Spotlight” please email me directly at Brian@EdenCoast.com

 


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Improve Curb Appeal Instantly with Your Garage Door Design

Posted by Brian Clark on Mon, Jun 02, 2014 @ 08:40 AM

038Decorating the outside of your home is just as important as decorating the inside. Your sanctuary is your single most expensive investment, and you want to make sure it reflects your unique taste. Replacing window panes, doors, and planting trees and shrubberies are all part of making the outside appealing and attractive to your neighbors, visitors and even potential buyers. However, there is one outdoor feature that homeowners either forget about or never think to improve: their garage doors.


The garage door is typically the largest opening in your home and often is a majority of the home’s front elevation. If you are looking to sell your home, prospective buyers, for example, will look at every aspect of your home including your garage door. To add value and beauty to your abode's exterior, consider creating ways to improve curb appeal instantly with a garage entry design that you can implement yourself. You can be as imaginative and as original as you choose.

Who doesn't want to increase the value of their property? When you add new garage doors and other curb appeal features to the outside of your home you are increasing your home's value. You don't have to be traditional when it comes to decorating or designing your garage door. There are many styles, colors and options available. Don't be afraid to be different. After all, you are the one that will drive up to it every day. So, why not be happy with it?


The type of design you choose will determine how much attention your home will receive. For example, if your garage doors are on the front of your house, there are ways for you to make this work in your favor. You can choose large section panels with an overlay, or custom design something to complement the architectural design of your home. Overlay doors are usually more expensive to purchase initially, but they can give your home unmatched style, beauty and character.

 
Overlay doors are typically steel sectional doors to which material is applied on the exterior. Materials used for overlay include composite, fiberglass, foam, PVC and wood. Composite overlays are a good choice due to the fact that they require much less maintenance than do wood or wood-based materials. Insulation is another cost-effective option for keeping heat trapped inside the garage during the winter months, or keeping the garage interior cooler in warmer climates. If you use your garage as a workshop or for other events you might want to consider an insulated door.

 
Ultimately, the garage door design you choose should be exactly what you want. It is always a great idea to look through magazines or search for online designs to spark your creativity. After all, you invest a lot of labor, time, and money into your home, so don’t forget the value of a spectacular garage door.
 

Tags: B2C, B2C, wood doors, home improvement, garage doors, garage door design, overlay doors composite garage door design

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