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Beware of garage door scams!

October 20, 2016

Martin Door & Window urges every customer and potential customer to make sure that the company they are choosing for their garage door or window needs is, in fact Martin Door & Window. Recently we have learned that a Texas-based garage door company continues to operate in the St. Charles/St.Louis area, posing as Martin Door & Window, offering low or discounted service calls then charging high prices and performing poor quality work.

The names they use include :

  • GDS or Garage Door Services
  • Neighborhood Garage Door Service
  • St. Louis’ Choice Garage Doors 
  • St Charles’ Choice Garage Doors
  • Arnolds Choice Garage Doors
  • St Louis Neighborhood Garage Doors
  • St. Charles Martin Garage

Customers who have chosen this garage door company have reached out to Martin Door & Window when the work they’ve requested from the fake company isn’t up to standard and find out too late that they haven’t been dealing with the real Martin Door & Window all along.

So how can you tell if you’re getting garage door service from Martin Door & Window?

  • First, contact Martin Door & Window at  636-271-4913 or 314-892-5029 or at http://www.mdstl.com/contact-us/ after you book your appointment from an ad you see online.
  • If the service vehicle is unmarked, do not accept service. Martin Door & Window service and repairmen always drive trucks with the Martin Door & Window logo prominently displayed.
  • Also, if the serviceman is is not in Martin Door & Window uniform do not accept service.

If you feel you are a victim of one of these bogus garage door scams contact Martin Door & Window. We are a family owned and operated business and we care about our community and our customers. We want to ensure that you get the very best garage door and window services you can – and you will only get them from the real Martin Garage Door & Window.

Top 5 reasons to call a garage door service and repair professional

September 16, 2016

If your garage door isn’t working correctly, don’t try to find the problem and fix it yourself. Not only is do-it-yourself garage door repair unsafe, it can also be more costly than having it done by garage door professionals if you don’t get it right the first time. And most garage door repairs can e done quickly by a garage door technician, saving you stress and hassle. 

Below are the top five reasons to call a garage door service and repair professional. If your garage door is showing any of these signs, give Martin Door & Window a call. We promise fast, expert service for all of your garage door needs. 

Your electric garage door opener runs but the door doesn’t seem to move.

This usually happens because the emergency release is disconnected or the opener gear is stripped. In both cases, a garage door repair from a professional is necessary. 

The remote controls or keyless entry isn’t working when you use your electric opener,  so your garage door won’t go up or down.

When this happens, the solution could be as simple as changing the battery. In other cases, the remote or keyless entry is faulty or you have a bad receiver board in the opener. A garage door technician can diagnose the problem quickly and offer a solution.   

Your garage door goes up about 6 inches and goes back down.

This is a common problem – and usually a broken spring is to blame.  The good news, however, is that it is usually a quick repair.  Don’t attempt to fix a broken garage door spring on your own because it can result in injury. 

Your garage door is making a loud popping noise. 

That sound you are hearing could be caused by steel door sections that are cracked and weak, or the track is bent. You could also have some broken hinges/bad rollers.

Your garage door won’t go down.

The garage door safety photocells are likely misaligned or dirty, A loose wire or object blocking the path of the safety photocells are also possible causes. 

If you’re experiencing one of these problems with your garage door, call the team at Martin Door & Window. We can have your garage door working again in no time. 

Skip Bornmueller retires from Martin Door & Window after 16 years

August 19, 2016

Roy “Skip” F. Bornmueller started working at Martin Door & Window in 2000, after already having a long career in the garage door industry. Skip got his start in 1979 at Maplewood Mill Garage Door Company as a service man, where he repaired garage doors. He then went on to Raynor Door as a door installer, when the company bought Maplewood.

After three years with Raynor, he held positions at Cox Brothers Garage Door Company and Bi State Loading Dock, eventually purchasing the Overhead Door Division of Bi State Loading Dock and renaming it Bi State Overhead Door.

Skip sold Bi State Overhead Door about eight years later and went to work for Birdsong Door as a Service Manager until 2000, when he came to work for Martin Door & Window as a commercial salesman.

“Skip has always had an old school work hard, work ethic,” said Jack Kaelber, VP at Martin Door & Window. “He has been a great asset to Martin Door & Window for the past 16 years. Skip’s knowledge and comradery will be truly missed.”

Born and raised in St. Louis, Skip graduated from Afton High School in 1964 and attended Meramec Community College before enlisting in the United States Navy in 1966.

He served two tours in Vietnam on the USS Comstock and returned home three years later to begin his career. In 1969, Skip married his wife Becky. Today they have two adult children, 4 grandchildren & 3 great grandchildren.   

Skip’s last Day at Martin Door and Window is August 31. He’s looking forward to tackling as many hobbies as possible once he retires.

Congratulations on your Retirement, Skip! Everyone at MD&W wishes you a happy, healthy, fun filled retirement filled with family and friends.

The Garage Doors, Windows, Entry Doors, and Garage Door Screens You Want Now

July 28, 2016

Summertime is in full swing, which means you’ve likely been enjoying long, sunny days sipping cool glasses of iced tea on the porch or patio, or in the garage. It’s also the perfect time of year to plan for replacing your windows, entry doors, garage doors, and garage door screens in St. Louis. If these updates are on your to-do list, it’s time to get your projects started while the weather is still great.

Garage Doors

If your garage door is difficult to lift, sagging, or needs a makeover, now’s the time to replace it with a new one that’s easy to operate and maintain. A new garage door provides safe, secure, and easy access to your garage—plus it can boost your curb appeal in an instant. Whether you’re looking for a contemporary design in steel and glass, or a carriage house style in wood or steel \Martin Door and Window can help you find the right operation and look for your home. Our selection of Clopay garage doors includes a variety of compositions and finishes, each with solid construction and insulation that will keep your garage cooler in warm months, and warmer in the cold.

Garage Door Openers

Perhaps your garage door opener has stopped working or sometimes malfunctions. Or maybe you just wish your opener had different features. Martin Door and Window is here to make your garage-door-opening-dreams come true. Our selection of highest quality LiftMaster openers and accessories is sure to provide you with the functions you want. Battery backup. Wi-Fi connectivity. Wall mounted openers. Update your garage door system now—you’ll be so happy you did, especially the next time you come home and it’s storming or snowing.

Replacement Windows

Do you have drafty windows? Do they look worn out? Do you sometimes have foggy double panes? Are they difficult to operate or clean? Do your storm windows add to the difficulty? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time for new windows. Martin Door and Window’s experienced staff is ready to help you select and install the most efficient and stylish windows in your home. With easy to maneuver sliding and locking parts, durable designs, and energy-efficient features, you can eliminate air leaks and enjoy the energy savings now and in the cooler seasons ahead.

Entry Doors

A new front door is a perfect way to give your home an entirely new look. A new back or side door can change your coming-home experience every day. If you’re finding that opening and closing your door isn’t as smooth as it could be, or that your door style isn’t quite the architectural style you want for your home, it’s time for an upgrade. From entry doors and patio doors, to storm and screen doors, we can help you select the right door for making the perfect entrance. With Martin Door and Window, you can enjoy customized designs and professional installation, elevated by the energy cost reduction that comes with a new door.

Lifestyle Screens

Is your garage an extension of your home? Is it your party room, man cave, or summertime rec room? A garage door screen may be the perfect addition to your garage experience. The Lifestyle garage door screen system is a fully retractable, spring-loaded garage screen door that works with your existing garage door and turns your garage into a cool, bright, pest-free space in seconds.

Hopefully you now have some good ideas for the projects you’d like to accomplish by the end of this summer. Whichever one of these speaks to you, Martin Door and Window of St. Louis is here to help you complete yours with precision and style. Call us today to discuss your plans.

Financing

Remember: Martin Door & Window also offers 18 months same as cash financing as well as several other financing options to suit your financing needs!

Martin Door & Window is an EPA Lead Safe Certified Firm!

June 17, 2016

At Martin Door & Window, we are committed to offering our customers the best, most professional service possible. We are an EPA lead safe certified business and follow EPA established guidelines and rules when working in places where lead paint is present.

What you should know: In 2010, the EPA established a rule that applies to all persons who are paid to perform renovation, repair and painting projects where painted surfaces are disturbed in pre-1978 housing, child care facilities and schools where lead paint is present. Window and door replacement companies were also impacted by the rule.

We are required to distribute an EPA lead safe informational brochure in advance of our work and to follow lead-safe work practices outlined in the training, including proper clean up and verification testing to determine compliance with the rule, as well as requirements for proper record keeping.

The rule also requires all firms that perform renovations for compensation must be EPA lead safe certified and use certified renovators who are responsible for ensuring compliance with the rule’s work practice standards and for training workers on the work practices on the job.

We care about your health. Make sure to always use EPA lead safe certified contractors including painters and contractors.

Spring Garage Door Promotion!

April 28, 2016

It’s time for Spring Renovation – and one of the easiest ways to bring curb appeal to your home is with a new garage door. Our Spring Promotion makes it easy. Until May 31, Martin Door & Window is offering: 

FREE Remove & Haul of Old Garage Door and Track

On All New Steel Back Insulated

Garage Doors

Double Wide Door – $80.00 Value

Single Wide Door – $60.00 Value

 Interested? Give us a call at (636) 223-8331, or visit: http://www.mdstl.com/contact-us/

Tips on How to Choose the Best Garage Door for Your Home

March 25, 2016

Spring is the time of year when homeowners start thinking about spring-cleaning – and you know how this goes – with spring cleaning spring home renovation. One of the easiest spring transformations you can give your home is to replace your garage door. In fact, now is the time if the harsh winter months battered your garage door’s structure. 

Below are some things to consider before choosing the best garage door for your home.

Does It Have Style?

When you’re replacing the existing garage doors, the choices can be a bit confusing since there are so many options. First, you need to think about the style of the new garage door. For example, styles like the Avante collection, created with contemporary aluminum and glass, work great with modern homes. The Canyon Ridge collection, which features the texture of natural wood in a style that is reminiscent of carriage house doors, is a great compliment to a traditional style home. 

To Insulate or Not Insulate?

In a climate like the one in Missouri, you’ll need to consider a new garage door that is insulated to protect the items inside. Whether your garage is attached or not, you want to keep the garage insulated from the harsh cold of winter as well as the warmth of summer. Customers often choose insulated doors because they provide energy efficiency especially for a garage that is attached to the home.

What’s It Made Of?

When choosing a garage door, it’s important to consider what materials it’s made from. Every door we sell at Martin Door is built to last. In fact, our Clopay doors are constructed with hot-dipped galvanized layers as well as baked primer and topcoat. Your garage door will not need repainting every year and many of our collections – like the Clopay Classic collection – are available in three, two or one-layer construction with an Intellicore and vinyl backed insulation. 

Can I Afford It?

Expensive garage doors are not necessarily better than more inexpensive options. For those working with a limited budget, Clopay offers a variety of collections guaranteed to be easy on your pocketbook. Like more expensive doors, they too will provide long-lasting durability and energy-efficiency for extra to the homeowner. 

The garage door you choose for your home should match its design and style – all while being affordable, energy-efficient and durable. Ready to tackle that spring home improvement project? Martin Door and Window has a huge variety of garage doors and one is sure to add curb appeal to your home. Contact us today! 

Cold Weather Garage Door Tips

February 18, 2016

Garage doors have a tough job during the winter. With freezing temperatures, strong winds and damaging precipitation, garage doors can take a beating all winter long. To help keep your residential or commercial garage doors in good condition and free from drafts, try these winter garage door tips for maintenance and troubleshooting.

Examine Moving Parts

The rollers, tracks and springs are especially susceptible to extreme cold. As you look over these moving parts, it is very important to be careful around the torsion springs and cables. You do not want to adjust the tension on the springs because the garage door could malfunction and physically hurt you. If you do have defective rollers or broken springs, be sure to contact a professional to repair these parts.

Inspect the Lubrication

With low winter temperatures, grease and oil tend to thicken and cause your garage door to run roughly. To help keep these parts clean, you can gently wipe any grease build-up off the rollers and tracks. In addition, it is helpful to apply a high-grade white lithium grease lubricant spray on the rollers, bearings, hinges and springs.    

Check the Garage Door Insulation

To keep your garage door warm, you should check the garage door weather strips for proper sealing. When water freezes around the bottom of a closed garage door, the seal can rip or peel away when the door is opened. You may have an expensive heating bill or unwanted pests if the garage door strips are damaged. As much as possible, keep your garage door clear of ice and snow to prevent any damaged weather stripping.

Evaluate Garage Door Windows

If your garage doors have windows, you should also check the window seals for any peeling or cracks. Obviously, damaged window seals will need to be replaced, but the window’s frame and glass may need to be fixed as well. 

Clean the Door’s Exterior

You may find debris or salty build-up on your garage door’s exterior during a severe winter. By cleaning off the outside of your garage door with a suitable cleaning product, you can prevent rust, or surface damage.

Test Remote Control Batteries

Cold weather also has an adverse effect on batteries. If your remote control garage door opener seems sluggish or spotty, be sure to replace the batteries right away so you are not left out in the cold.

These garage door tips are easy to perform but could help a lot in keeping your garage dry and in good condition this winter. If you need help with your residential and commercial garage doors in the St. Louis metro area, be sure to contact Martin Garage Door & Window for assistance.

Winter Garage Storage Tips

January 27, 2016

Your garage is much more than a place to keep your car safe from the elements. It’s also a perfect place to store items that are better left out of the house. With a little organization help, you can transform your garage into a place to store anything from sports equipment to tool and cleaning supplies. 

Check out this great article for ways to make the most out of one of the most important and useful places on your property: your garage! 

8 Tips for a Supremely Organized Winter Garage

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