Tuesday, December 27, 2011

For the DIY customers

We have some customers that like to do the work on the garage door and garage door opener themselves and for those customers we do have or can always get the materials that are needed.  We carry different size extension springs, and if we don't have it we can get it. (Torsion springs we cannot sell for liability reasons, but we do have them and can install for you).  Also, for the garage door we have weather seal for the bottom or for the perimeter. We can even get you panels for most garage door's depending on the age and style of the door. We have hardware such as handles, locks, hinges, rollers, operator brackets the list goes on and on. For the garage door opener we sell, gear and sprocket sets, limit switches, trolley assembly's,motor capacitor, logic boards and anything else that can be replaced. We also have the lubricants, wax and grease to keep the parts lubed up and in working order. Of course, we also sell the wall buttons, remotes, keypads.  So DIY'ers we have you covered.  Give us a call at 817.265.2563

Friday, December 16, 2011

Garage door

Garage doors come in so many different styles and colors, This picture is a Classica, adds style and charm to your home, it comes with different styles of windows and window inserts and can be chosen to fit your own personal favorites.

This is an Oak Summitt garage door, it also has many varieties to choose from including windows and the inserts to compliment your home.

This is another series Heritage that we offer as well, you can receive a brochure to see all the different styles as well as the window, and large selection of inserts, hardware etc.

This is a Stratford, call or come by for your brochures on these popular doors or better yet have our Tech come out and let him show you all the different designs, colors, panels, window and window inserts. He can help you decide what door you want and that will help in assisting to making your home personal. Give us a call today.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Cold weather is here!!!!

I know we have been over this before but wanted to re-post as a reminder.  I do know alot of people go into there garages for whatever reason, some have washers and dryers, some have games to play out there and some just to gaze out the windows and see what is going on outside but still from the comfort of a closed door. Whatever the reason that we spend time in our garages it is pretty nice when there is no cold or chilly weather blowing from under the door or from around the sides or top. Before it gets to cold be sure and check the bottom weather stripping to check for chinks, tears or missing pieces. Also if there is air coming in from around the sides or top we have the perimeter seal, that comes in several colors to match your trim or door. When it gets cold is a good time to grease and lubricate your rollers, door track as well as your opener track, if you don't have the correct lubricants we do have our maintenance pack that comes with the spray lube and tube of grease as well as the wax stick and instructions on what to lube and grease.  You can also give us a call and we can make an appointment to come out and do a yearly maintenance on your garage door and opener, our technician will inspect your springs, cables, rollers, track's and your opener, it's also a great time to check your remotes and keypad batteries, in our showroom we do have batteries available for you. If you really want it warmer you can even add insulation to your door to make it more climate controlled as well as a stronger door. 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Toys for Tots

This year 2011 we at Alamo Door and Awning are proud to be a designated Toys for Tots drop-off location. Please feel free to visit our showroom and bring a new unwrapped gift to make a child smile at Christmas, let's show our true spirits and give to our community.

We also have our Holiday Giveaway going on our facebook page, you can go to our Facebook page and "like" the page and sign up to receive one of three free gifts, an ipad, a garage door opener and a $50 gift certificate, it's easy fast and fun.  The drawing will be held on December 23rd 2011.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Alamo Door and Awning Facebook Sweepstakes

We are going to have a contest on our facebook page and all you have to do is LIKE our page and fill out a little information and then you are entered in our contest.  First Place is an iPad and the Second Place is a garage door opener and the Third Place is a $50.00 gift card, all the prizes are awesome and I would certainly love to have any of them.  Please feel free to go to our Alamo Door and Awning Facebook page and get ready to enter our Sweepstakes. We are going to have the drawing on December 23, 2011, what a great surprise right before Christmas. 

Tell your friends and family to "Like" our page and enter in our Holiday Sweepstakes Giveaway!!!

If you share the Giveaway on your page you will receive an additional entry in the contest. Good Luck!!!

Holiday Giveaway

Friday, November 11, 2011

Another look at the New Liftmaster Technology that goes along with "myQ"

This is the control pad for the Liftmaster "myQ" technology, display shows temperature, time, tells you when your garage door needs serviced, it has a menu button that you can change settings, for lights and etc.  It's came a long way from the classic doorbell style.  It also has a motion detector that keeps you informed if door is opened that is placed inside your home.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Liftmaster® 8550 DC Battery Backup belt drive

I have been posting off and on, even on other sites about this new technology. It has so many features, some we have set up in our showroom. Just a little more to show how Liftmaster® is making your home safer and more responsive to how you live. Here is a little more information on this great technology equipment.

Auto force and electronic limits means the garage door adapts to weather and changing environmental conditions, which means less maintenance for you.

Security + 2.0 technology is designed to communicate with the garage door opener in different frequencies.  This enhanced radio virtually eliminates interference and provides you with the highest level of security.

The Protector System® safely sensors project and invisible light beam across the garage door opening and automatically reverse the door if anything interrupts the beam while the door is going down.  Garage door opener lights turn on automatically when the Protector System infrared beam is broken.

Alert-2-close warning system provides UL325-compliant audible and visual warnings that the garage door is about to close when using the Timer-to-close, or remote closing features. (Timer-2-close is for sectional doors only, not one piece doors).

Patented Posilock® system ensures the door remains securely locked when it is closed.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Garage doors

The difference that a new "modern" garage door can make to your home is endless.  We have most any style you could want to accent your home, from wood grain, to wood grain look, to long or short panels, there are lots of styles to choose from.

You can add windows, trim on the windows to dress it up, there is a large selection of windows and trim to choose from to customize your garage door. You can even choose Decraglass or Decratrim for a unique look that is all your own.

In our showroom not only do we have actual garage doors for your convenience but also we have brochures to let you be in control of how you want your garage door to look.  We sell the Oak Summit Collection and the Heritage Collection as well as the Stratford Collection.  You can view and decide if you want the 1000 (single layer of steel) or the 2000 ( layer of steel and vinyl backed insulation) or the 3000 (double  layer of steel with insulation).

We have several colors to choose from to match your home, you can also customize your panels from short panels to long panels, flush panels or ribbed.

You can also add hinges and hardware to give it an authentic look.

The possibility's are endless.

Please feel free to come in to our showroom and let us show you all the different selection and pricing for your garage door needs.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Code of Conduct

This is the code of conduct we promise to adhere to!!!

Customer Satisfaction. Of utmost importance to dealers is customer satisfaction.  Dealers should establish customer satisfaction as a top priority, and deal with all complaints in an honest, fair and timely manner.

Truth in Selling.  Dealers should avoid misleading selling techniques and practices that encourage customers to purchase unnecessary products or services.  The necessity and reasons for the selling of enhanced products should be documented in writing to customers.

Responsible Conduct.  Dealers should avoid conduct or practices likely to discredit their companies or the door and access systems industry as a whole, and shall honor their obligations and commitments to customers, employees and suppliers.  Dealers should avoid discrediting their competition or customers.

Truth in Advertising.  Advertising, corporate and product literature, letters, and sales presentations should be strictly truthful, avoiding claims which are misleading or accurate.

Product Installation.  Products shall be installed in accordance with the specific installation instructions provided by the product manufacturer.

Safety Compliance.  Dealers shall provide a safe working environment for employees and shall comply with applicable safety regulations.  In addition, dealers shall inform customers regarding safety features of products and safety precautions to be taken in the operation and maintenance of a door system.

Contracts.  All contracts, verbal and written, shall be free of ambiguities or omissions that may obscure or confuse either party's obligations.

Consultation Services.  A door & access systems dealer's professional knowledge is a valuable result of their training and experience, and when called upon for service or for technical advice, it is proper that they be paid for rendering these services.  If applicable, such charges should be acknowledged by the dealer prior to providing the service or technical advice.

Negotiated Agreements.  The code recognizes the important role of contract negotiation in which a single door & access systems dealer is selected on merit, followed by the development of required construction details and costs.  Negotiated agreements should be in writing for the protection of the dealer and dealers customers.

Bid Procedures.  When the sealed bid process is utilized, the following should apply : Dealers should not seek to obtain price information concerning a competitor's bid or proposal before all bids are submitted.

Proposal Compliance.  Proposals and product installation shall comply with all applicable building codes, ordinances, regulations and laws.

Warranties.  Dealers shall present all warranties in writing, and shall respond to warranty service on a timely basis.



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Are You Ready For Winter???

The chilly weather is making it's way here and soon the cold!!!

You need to be one step ahead with your garage door and opener. Check and maintain your track, gears, springs and rollers to make sure they are in good condition and properly maintained. Also, be sure to check the weatherseal along the bottom of your garage door, if it is cracked, torn or has come loose it will allow cold air to come in underneath the door. If there is a draft around the top and sides of your door, we carry a perimeter seal that can be installed and help with that. It is always best to have a professional check your door each year to insure everything is working properly. We have trained technicians ready to serve you, we are just a phone call away. 

Maybe you are the do-it-yourself type, we carry a Maintenance Pack that includes all the lubricants you will need and instructions to maintain your door and opener. You can purchase from any of our technicians or stop by our showroom and check out the changes that we have going on, when you want the best in technology, we have the answer for you.

Friday, October 7, 2011

A surefire way to keep anyone from entering through your garage door unless you want them to

Easily opens garage doors with advanced fingerprint sensor technology, Your unique fingerprint assures safe, convenient access to the largest door in your home.  You do not have any passcodes or pins to remember and you can store up to 10 fingerprints. It does have the rolling code technology, easy programming in just 4 steps, its wireless, weatherproff and has a slide up cover.

We set one up in our showroom and it works like a champ.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Garage door opener surge protector

Is your garage door opener protected from electrical storms and power surges? This piece of technology can literally save us as homeowners money and give us peace of mind. When the electrical storm is raging outside we can be assured our garage door opener is safe, and it is easy to install. I know when a storm is raging outside I am have made sure my electronics and appliances have a surge protector, and now peace of mind in knowing my garage door opener is also safe from surges.

Friday, September 16, 2011

New Technology and Better Security For Your Home Using Your Garage Door Opener Controls!!

This is just a few of the wonderful new technology that is available right now concerning garage doors and security for your home.

Remote Light Switch - Controls lights remotely.  You can turn on lights in your garage, yard or inside your home with your garage door opener remote control.  Use with the LiftMaster Internet Gateway to control lights from your smartphone or computer.  Another great one is  the: Garage Door Monitor - Check and close the garage door from any room in the house.  Green and red LED lights indicate whether the garage door is open or closed.  Volume controlled audible alert lets you know when the garage door is being opened, it allows you to monitor and close up to four garage doors. There is also the motion detecting control panel - Motion activated light control, adjustable light timer and lock feature for added security. Use Timer to Close to have the door automatically close after a pre-programmed number of minutes.  Wireless keybads opens and closes the garage door using a private 4 digit code.  It is able to be programmed with temporary access codes for visitors or delivery personnel.  Mounts outside of garage for convenient access.

Technology is getting bigger, better and making our homes safer. Thanks to Liftmaster and Alamo Door and Awning

Friday, September 9, 2011

Liftmaster ® - The Next Generation

As the recognized leader in garage door opener technology and related products. Liftmaster ® now offers a full line of accessories designed to make your home safer and more responsive to how you live.  Now it has new technology that is built in to our openers. This intelligent two-way communication system has the ability to manage and activate other MyQ TM enabled devices within your home, allowing you to operate your garage door or turn on and off lights from anywhere in the world.  The rolling code technology has a new code with every use, guarding against code theft.

It allows you to control and monitor your garage door opener using your smartphone or computer, its easy and fast installation through your in-home router.

Liftmaster® has lots of new technology available;

Remote light control; can turn on any lamp with your garage door opener remote control, it installs quick, simply plug into an indoor outlet, connect cord from the light you want to control and program it to your remote.

Wireless key entry; Open or close the garage door instantly with a private 4-digit code, program temporary access codes for visitors.

So much new technology is being offered from Liftmaster ® and Alamo Door and Awning.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Keypad for your Garage Door Opener


Can I add a garage door keypad to my opener? Yes you can . This question always follows someone locking themselves out of their house and they are without a garage door opener to get into their garage.  The garage door is now used more then the front door. It is a good investment. One trip form the locksmith can cost well over 100.00. Keypads cost generally around 45.00. You can add one to your specific brand and model normally but if needed there are universal ones available.
If you have a Liftmaster brand here is a really cool one you can add it is done by your fingerprint. Kinda scary! Universal key less entries are not real hard to program but if you do need help be sure to call us.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Answers to Your Garage Door Questions

Here are a few questions that are commonly asked in the garage door industry. Hope this answers a few questions you might have had or will have in the future.

How do I release the door from the operator so that I can open the garage door by hand?

With the garage door fully closed, simply pull the red release cord down toward the floor. Always take special caution whenever you release the garage door opener if the door is not in the fully closed position.

We heard a loud noise in the garage and have not been able to open the garage door since we heard the noise. What could possibly be wrong with the door?

It is highly likely that you have a broken spring that should be replaced by an experienced and qualified garage door service technician.

I have two springs on a shaft across the top of the door and one of the springs is broken. How do I know if I should change both springs or just the one spring that is broken?

We highly recommend that you change both springs at the same time, since both springs have been under the same amount of stress each time the door has been opened and closed. Unfortunately a visual inspection of the spring can not determine the further life expectancy of the spring.

The cable on the garage door appears to be fraying. Should we be very concerned about this problem?

If the cable is severely frayed to where there are only a few strands left that could break at any moment, the cable should be replaced by a qualified garage door service technician as soon as possible.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Is liftmaster really the best Garage Door Opener?

Liftmaster Vs Genie

Ok let's not start fist flying all you Genie fans. Simply put after 20 years of experience with garage door openers Lift master is the best. What would be nice is if I had a dollar for every time I did say that about them. They work straight out of the box. They are very consistent in figuring any problems they might have way before sending the units out to the public. We had the opportunity to meet someone who build the testing equipment for liftmaster and he let us in on some information about the company. He revealed to us that if one remote test bad the will not chance it and send it out. It all goes back for retesting. They have proved to be the best over the last 20 years. No I do not work for them. We are a small company that just like good products.

The most popular opener we sell is the belt drive model 3280 known for it' smooth quite operation. Next would be the 3240 screw drive and last the chain drive model 3265. If you pick one of the 3 you can't go wrong. Questions about choosing a garage door opener? Call us at 1-800-864-5701

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Garage Door Monitor Tells you when your door is up or down.

No more getting out of bed and stumbling downstairs to check if the garage door is closed. The LiftMaster® Garage Door Monitor tells you if your garage door is open or closed from any room in your home.  Really easy to install probably take you all of 10 minutes to give you peace of mind at night.
  It is amazing how many times that you will find the door open when you thought you had shut it. It is scary to think all night long you left your door open.! Here's how it happens you hit your garage door button it starts down and you go inside not waiting to watch it close fully. The door travels down almost closes and then right back up while you are now resting comfortably in your chair thinking your door is closed, but it's not!

With this garage door monitor you can sit in your chair and see if  the door is up or down by the green or red light that is on the monitor. When the door is open the lights red. When it's closed the light is green. That's it simply put. Everyone should have a garage door monitor for your peace of mind or your wifes:)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Balancing Your Garage Door

Balancing a garage door is not a circus act. It is a relationship between the weight of the garage door and the springs that counter the weight.  There is a simple way to check the balance of your garage door. An out of balance door will put extra load on your opener and can cause the opener to fail early.

To perform the test, close the door normally, detach your automatic opener. Stand at the middle of the door and lift it to the halfway mark and carefully let go. If the door closes with dramatic movement be ready to grab it.

If the door closes quickly then the spring tension is too weak; if the door continues to open the spring tension is too great. What you are looking for is no movement or very little. If the door stays in the position you put it in, you can continue on with your basic maintenance or inspections. If the door continues to move it will need additional adjustments.

We recommend that if you have a torsion spring system you call a professional. These springs hold hundreds of pounds of torque and if adjusted improperly can result in serious injuries.

Extension springs can run parallel to the track and can be adjusted. Keep in mind you should always have safety precautions in mind.

A balanced garage door will keep your automatic opener happy. Should you need to manually use your garage door it will operate easily and with proper balance.

Should you need a professional or technical support Call Us At 800-864-5701

Friday, January 21, 2011

Top 6 Reasons to Replace Your Garage Door

Nice change? You bet you can make a home look more pleasing to the eye by changing the garage doors. Take a minute to check the top 6 reasons to replace your door.

  1. Increase the value of your home – Replacing your old garage door with a newer stylish door will do wonders for the value of your home. It’s easier to sell your home when the garage looks great.

  1. Lower your heating and cooling bills with an R-16 garage door. – Properly insulating your garage door will pay for itself over time by reducing your utility bills if the garage is attached to the house.

  1. Reduce you maintenance time. – Most metal doors are low maintenance. They require mild soap and water for cleaning. No more scraping and painting.

  1. Protect items stored in your garage from the elements. – Most people use their garage not only for their cars but also their storage. To protect these items from becoming damaged by extreme heat or cold, you can choose an insulated door. You can also combine this with weather-stripping around the door.

  1. Prevent easy access to your home. – The garage door is the largest access to your home. New garage door openers now have rolling code technology. This makes it much harder to gain access when the opener uses one of 100 billion new codes each time the door is opened.

  1. Reduce the risk of injury. – Photo eyes are now mandatory on all garage door openers. The photo eyes can sense when something is in the way or passing through the opening when the door is closing. There are benefits to this, when the light beam is broken the door will reverse and go back up to prevent an injury and it will also turn on the light on the opener allowing you to see.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Preventing Garage Door Break In's

How to Break Into a Garage

Breaking into garages are easier than you think. This video has created some hysteria about publicly posting a how to break into a garage video.  Our point in showing you these 2 videos is to help you to know how to prevent a break in if possible. The first one will show you how it is done. The second one will explain how to help prevent it. Don't forget winter in the worst time for garage doors to not work correctly. Break out the spray lube and keep that garage door and opener maintained!!

Securing a Garage Door

Don't forget need any technical support Call Us Toll Free 1-800-864-5701