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2017

March Special!

March 10, 2017

March Special! Don't miss this great chance to get your home and garage ready for spring.

This month, Martin Door & Window is offering FREE Remove and Haul on all steel back, insulated garage doors.

This includes all collections, so it's a great opportunity to get that new garage door you've been wanting to elevate the look of your home.

Contact the team at Martin Door today to take advantage of this great special! 

Martin Door & Window Carries Amarr Garage Doors!

January 05, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Door & Window is proud to carry Amarr Garage Doors! 

If you're looking for a beautiful garage door at an affordable price, take a look at our full line of Amarr Doors.  Want to learn more? Contact the team at Martin Door & Window and we'll help you choose the perfect garage door by Amarr for your home or business. 

2016

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

2015

Happy Holidays from Martin Door & Window!

December 18, 2015

Here's to New Beginnings!

Meet the newest member of the Martin Door & Window family, Jaxxson Nicholas Jones, who was born December 16 just in time for Christmas and the New Year.

Jaxx is the grandson of proud grandpa Jack Kaelber, VP at Martin Door & Window, and proud grandma Elaine Kaelber, Service Manager at Martin Door & Window, who both were at the hospital when Jaxx was born to help welcome him into the world. Mom Sonya Jones is doing great and is getting ready to celebrate her son’s very first Christmas.

Martin Door & Window wishes everyone a peaceful holiday filled with good times with family and friends. Here’s to a joyous New Year and new beginnings!

Good Tidings to All,

The Team at Martin Door & Window 

Garage Door Trends for 2016

December 14, 2015

Garage Door Trends for 2016

When it comes to creating more curb appeal for your home, one of the easiest and cost-effective ways to make it happen is by updating your existing garage door or by replacing it with a garage door that emulates your signature style.

Looking ahead to 2016, the team at Martin Door & Window put together a list of the top garage door trends of 2016 to get you inspired

Garages Aren’t Just for Cars: One of the simplest ways to create more room in your home is by adding living space to your garage. Martin Door carries a full line of LifeStyle Screens that can transform your garage into anything from a man cave, to a workout space, to a children’s play area while still letting it serve as a garage for your car.

LifeStyle Screens come in a variety of options including motorized screens and shades, and retractable screen doors and enclosures. You can also choose from three different door frame colors and screen options.        

Smart Phone Operated Garage Doors.  Thanks to LiftMaster’s newest garage door openers, you can now operate your garage door easily from your phone. The LiftMaster® 8550W Elite Series® Residential Garage Door Opener, the first with built-in Wi-Fi, lets you connect without any additional hardware. 

All LiftMaster MyQ®-enabled residential openers allow you to control your opener from anywhere with a smartphone with the the free MyQ app, as well as from a tablet or computer. This offers you peace of mind for those moments when you worry about whether or not you’ve closed the garage door.

Bold Colors on Garage Doors. Garage doors offer you the chance to make a bold statement or to bring out the unique qualities of your home. Instead of sticking with the common tan or white garage door, consider painting it a bold color to add flair. Choose a color similar to your home’s trim, entry door, or shutters so that your garage door accentuates your home’s other features.

Faux Wood Garage Doors. If you’re looking to add elegance and rustic sophistication to your home, consider a faux wood garage door. Today’s doors are stunning and resemble real wood doors. The difference is that faux wood garage doors are half the cost of real wood doors and they last longer. Made from fiberglass or steel, faux wood garage doors are also great for an insulated, warmer garage that helps block outside noise.

Larger Garage Doors. As more homeowners recognize the value of garage doors to increase curb appeal, the trend to make a larger garage when remodeling or building your new home is growing.

Ready to ring in 2016 with a new and improved garage door? Contact the team at Martin Door & Window for more tips and trends. The possibilities are endless! 

Garage Door Scam Alert - Buyer Beware!

December 02, 2015

Martin Door and Window has been targeted by GDS Garage Doors in San Diego, a company that disguises itself as various garage door companies and then delivers poor quality work at high prices. GDS has had 284 BBB complaints in the last three years.

We are working with our team to stop GDS Garage Doors from operating in our area and will continue to watch for any suspicious activity. Before hiring a garage door company, always verify that it is legitimate by visiting their website and calling the company to make sure it's local and, most importantly, legal.

Never accept services if the garage door technician shows up in an unmarked service truck. Instead, alert the Better Business Burea immediately.

For more information about GDS Garage Doors, read the Read the BBB report.

Lifestyle Screens: Martin Door & Window’s Latest (and Greatest!) Product!

December 02, 2015

Martin Door & Window is proud to now offer Lifestyle Screens that can instantly make your garage another room in your home for anything from a man cave to watch your favorite games, an entertainment room for celebrations, a place to exercise - or even a play area for the kids.Lifestyle Screens

Our Lifestyle Screens are fully retractable and come in a variety of styles, so they’ll compliment your home’s exterior and add curb appeal and flair. Some of our Lifestyle Screen options include motorized screens and shades that will automatically increase your living space and vinyl covers for your Lifestyle Screens that will keep warm air inside so you can enjoy your garage year round.

We also offer Lifestyle Screens for commercial use. The Rollaround Screen System is a great – and economical - way to both ventilate and illuminate warehouse door openings.

Other benefits of Lifestyle Screens include pest-free, UV protection so you’re able to enjoy the outdoors while still also getting the protection you need from the sun. Lifestyle Screens are made to endure heavy winds and rains and come with a limited lifetime warranty to make sure you’re happy for years to come.

For more information about Martin Door & Window’s Lifestyle Screens, give us a call or visit our showroom to see some examples. You can also visit the Lifestyle Screens website to read Frequently Asked Questions and to see the full line of screens. One is guaranteed to be the perfect solution for your garage.  

Fall Home Improvement: Now Is the Time!

December 02, 2015

Fall is a popular season, and it’s easy to see why. Fall brings the beautiful changing of leaves, the start of football season, and promise of holidays just around the corner. While it’s usually necessary to bundle up a bit when you go outside this time of year, you shouldn’t have to do this in your own home.Home Improvement

If your home seems drastically colder than it was last fall, or your heating bill is more expensive, it may be time to trouble shoot and get your home ready for winter with new products. Ready for fall home improvement? Check out these products from Martin Door & Window to get your home ready for the last few months of the year: 

Remember: Now is the time for fall home improvement so you don’t end up with extra costs and difficulties come winter. These simple and relatively low-cost additions can give your home that look you want for the upcoming holidays, and make your home a cozy and relaxing place for the cold months ahead.

Martin Door Congratulates Earl Brown!

September 13, 2015

Martin Door & Window congratulates our Top Senior Repair Technician, Earl Brown, who is retiring from field service repair at the end of July. But although he is finished working on garage doors and openers, Earl will still be a part of the Martin Door family – lending his expertise in the office part time.

Earl Brown

Earl has been in the door business since 1971 and has spent the last 20 years repairing doors and openers for Martin Door & Window.

“With an outstanding work ethic and years of experience Earl has gained the confidence and respect of customers, many of which request Earl when scheduling a service repair call,” said Martin Door VP, Jack Kaelber.

Earl plans to spend more time riding his motorcycle and getting some projects completed around his property. “The Garage Door Industry has provided me with a good living over the years. I will miss my customers as well as making their garage doors work again,” he said.

Congratulations Earl on your field retirement!

Introducing the First Garage Door Opener with Wi-fi from LiftMaster

September 13, 2015

Martin Door & Window is excited to announce that we now carry the LiftMaster® 8550W Elite Series® Residential Garage Door Opener, the first with built-in Wi-Fi, enabling customers to easily get connected for smartphone control without buying additional hardware.   Liftmaster

"This is the most state-of-the-art garage door opener available today and we're proud to offer it to our customers," said Martin Door & Window VP Jack Kaelber. "LiftMaster continues to make high quality, top-of-the-line garage door openers that are easy to operate and maintain." 

The new LiftMaster 8550W, like other LiftMaster MyQ®-enabled residential openers, gives users the ability to control their opener from anywhere with a smartphone via the free MyQ app, as well as from a tablet or computer.  It allows for a direct connection without the Internet Gateway."

“It’s a fact that MyQ-connected customers are more likely to come back to their original dealer for service and sales and recommend that business to their friends,” said John Villanueva, Vice President, of Marketing for LiftMaster. “That’s why it’s so important to make it easy to get connected, and there’s no simpler way than with the new LiftMaster 8550W."  

The new garage door openers have superior features. In addition to the new Wi-Fi feature,the 8550W is powered by a highly efficient DC motor and comes standard with LiftMaster’s fully integrated Battery Backup system, which permits operation for up to 20 cycles in a 24-hour period when the power is out. 

For more information about the new LiftMaster® 8550W Elite Series® Residential Garage Door Opener, contact us or visit LiftMaster's website.

June is Garage Door Safety Month

September 13, 2015

June is Garage Door Safety Month, and at Martin Garage Door & Window safety is top consideration all year long. The company makes sure that every garage door technician is trained on the latest safety measures and that each Martin Door service vehicle is equipped with the latest safety features, as well.

Recently, Martin Door took part in the Federated Insurance Safety and Risk Management seminar to make sure the garage door company was going the extra mile to ensure it was a safe environment for all of their employees.   

“Garage door installation can be very dangerous,” said Martin Door VP Jack Kaelber, who took part in the seminar. “Whenever we send our crews out we make sure they are prepared and taking all safety precautions. From understanding the dangers of talking on the phone while driving to using ladders safely that have met safety standards, it’s critical for our team be safe.”

Safety doesn’t stop once the garage door is installed. Garage door owners can keep themselves safe with these tips:

Keep Your Children Safe: Educate your children and make them understand that garage doors are not toys.

Have your garage door serviced regularly: The International Door Association recommends making a garage door inspection a part of your routine home maintenance. 

Avoid spring-related injuries: Keep your hands away from these areas. Maintenance on garage door springs should ideally be conducted by certified dealers to keep yourself out of danger.

Don’t DIY: Did you know there are more than 1,600 DIY related injuries per year? Leave garage door installation, service and repairs to professionals.

Steer clear of joints: One of the most common types of injury is pinching and crushing caused by the garage door’s section joints. Keep your hands away from garage door joints.

Martin Door Attends the Clopay Leadership Conference in Sonoma CA

September 13, 2015

Sonoma Ca Clopay Conference

In mid-May Martin Door & Window had the honor to attend the Clopay Leadership Conference in Sonoma, CA. The event is held every year for Clopay’s top selling Clopay authorized dealers. This year, Martin Door VP Jack Kaelber and his team attended the four day conference, where he met with other top garage door companies from across the world.

“It was an amazing opportunity to surround myself with people from all over the world who are in the same business,” said Jack. “I heard different points of view and approaches that really helped me see things from a new perspective. It was truly a life changing experience.”

Throughout the week Jack and the team attended business seminars on topics including social media, marketing and product line expansion opportunities. The week culminated in an awards ceremony honoring Clopay dealers for achieving sales and service in their markets.

In addition, the Martin Door crew had an opportunity to visit San Francisco, see the trolley cars, sample fantastic wines at Sonoma wineries, and captured some great photos of Alcatraz.

“I simply cannot say enough about the opportunity,” said Jack. “It was one of the most rewarding weeks I’ve had – both personally and professionally.”

Martin Door Cheers for LiftMaster at Talladega

September 13, 2015

Dale Earnhardt Jr. may be Jack Kaelber’s favorite race car driver, but that didn’t stop the Martin Door & Window VP from making the nine hour drive to Talladega to support Hendrick Motorsports driver Kasey Kahne and the #5 car – regularly sponsored by LiftMaster.

Kasey Kahne Lift Master Car

“It turned out to be a great weekend full of fun with friends and a chance to watch Kasey Kahne, a very talented, young driver, in the car my colleagues always root for – the number 5 car backed by LiftMaster,” said Jack, who camped over the weekend with friends just outside the world famous track.

Turned out Earnhardt Jr. won the race and Farmer’s Insurance served as #5’s primary sponsor, but Jack and his friends still had a blast cheering for LiftMaster’s car. “I’m very proud to work in an industry that supports NASCAR,” he said.

The skies were clear in Alabama that weekend and Jack and his friends captured some great shots including a beautiful sunset as night fell over Talladega. 

Sunset

2014

Sprucing Up Your Home's Exterior for the Spring

September 13, 2015

The weather has changed, and it’s time for the annual Spring Cleaning. Dust out those hidden areas, get rid of the old, and shake out those rugs. People often think of the interior of their homes when they attend to their Spring Cleaning; however, some homeowners are thinking about what can be done on the exterior of their home that would make the most difference. Because the exterior of the home can be grand in size, people tend to think that the changes they make to their home’s exterior also need to be grand. Thankfully, small changes make a huge difference. 

Brick walls and siding may adorn a home beautifully, but they are common to residential exteriors. The real focal point of a home is the garage door, and it can be as unique as a homeowner chooses it to be. For instance, Clopay Garage Doors offers greater selection in garage doors than what’s typically seen on most homes. Imagine a garage door with a walnut finish or a door with opaque glass to allow for exquisite lighting. Homeowners choose Clopay Garage Doors to either provide a uniform appearance between their garage doors and surrounding exterior or to provide a remarkable statement piece that stands out. Martin Door & Window offers several collections of Clopay Garage Doors to create a truly customized look to spruce up the exterior of the home. 

Spruce Up Spring

Improving a home’s exterior beauty provides several benefits. Beyond providing an updated look for a home, a new garage door can ensure safety in numerous ways. Older doors become worn. They are often heavy as well. Any wear and tear on a garage door creates added stress and burden on either side of the garage door. Rollers can chip, break, or wear out, which, indirectly, can cause a garage door to fall on family members, guests or animals. In addition, the safety of the home is compromised by a garage door that does not shut properly. If updating a door extends only to its surface, be sure to make necessary repairs as well. 

St. Louis residents have the pleasure of ordering through Martin Door & Window, who remains, a leader in residential and commercial garage doors. Clopay offers many collections: Canyon Ridge, Coachman, Grand Harbor, Gallery, Cypress, Classic, Avante, Reserve Wood and Classic Wood. Whether you need a whole new garage door, openers or sections, get your free written estimate today. Your updated look is right around the corner.

Smartphone Apps: The Latest Trend in Garage Door Technology

September 13, 2015

The Latest Trend in Garage Door Technology

In this day and age, leaving your home without your cell phone is nearly impossible. Whether driving in a car, walking down the street or just going to the grocery store, the modern cell phone user will always have their cell phone planted firmly in a pocket.  Another convenient possession, the garage door opener, is also a handy tool that provides instant access to your home.  Now, what would happen if these two devices became one and the same? That is, making a mobile device capable of opening and closing a garage from miles away. 


Martin Door & Window asked this question, and found a wonderful and unique answer. Enter the "Liftmaster MyQ" mobile application. This handy little app technology enables you to securely monitor and control your garage door opener and houselights with your smartphone. No longer will you have to change batteries or carry around a tiny block full of buttons. Convenience and portability is “Liftmaster MyQ”’s goal! And there’s also the fact that controlling your home’s lighting and garage door from your pocket is simply cool! You can even use the app to open your garage door for your neighbors or children, if you happen to be away from the home from any reason. You will have your house security planted firmly in your pocket at all times, along with some peace of mind.

Another wonderful perk is you are not limited to your smartphone device. "Liftmaster MyQ" is also available on tablets and computers, allowing you to have the app open and available in multiple locations for your convenience. You can simply download the app on one or all of your devices, as you see fit. Having the option of multiple backups not only gives you more options, but also is a way to ensure you access to your home will always be in safe and capable hands: your own.

Like any other app, "Liftmaster MyQ" also comes with alerts. These alerts can be received as email or pop-up (or push) notifications on your mobile device, tablet, or computer. This option will guarantee that you always know the status of your garage door and houselights.

Perhaps the most convenient aspect of this app is its affordability. For as useful as this app is, it is completely free of charge! The download is free, and there is no requirement for an annual activation fee.

Safety and convenience have always been a concern for Martin Door & Window. By making this app available to our customers, we hope to expand your ability to keep yourself and your family safe. Give the app a try and see how it works for you! After all, it is only a button click away.

For more information about the latest Liftmaster garage door openers, contact us today.

Enhancing Your Home's Curb Appeal

September 13, 2015

There are some ways to enhance a home's curb appeal that are more than obvious to anyone. Ask the least informed person about the subject and even the most unenlightened will mention things like landscaping and fresh paint. What too few homeowners realize is the tremendous impact a quality garage door can have, especially if your home faces the street. For all passersby, the garage door is the primary focal point—it’s what people see first. So why not make a good first impression?

Garage Doors are 40% of the Front of Your Home

On a typical home, a garage door will dwarf any other door or window on the property. On average, it actually takes up 30 to 40% of the front of a home.  It stands to reason, then, that its aesthetic value will be even greater because of this. Imagine a home with beautiful entry portals and premium windows installed that has a cheap, weathered garage door. The very effort to make the rest of the home appealing makes that garage door into even more of an eyesore. Now, imagine the same home with a high end garage door like a Canyon Ridge or Cypress model from Clopay. Now the biggest door on the property actually contributes to its appeal.

New Garage Door
 

Garage Door Can Be Inviting 

For many people, the sound of an automatic garage door opening brings on a visceral feeling of coming home. This is an often overlooked aspect of curb appeal. It is not enough to look like a home that someone has spent a great deal of money and/or effort on. The goal is to look like a home where people imagine themselves living. Very few things can inspire this feeling like the sight and sound of a quality garage door smoothly sliding open to welcome someone home.

Garage Doors Can Complete Your Home Theme 

Once again taking advantage of the sheer size of them, garage doors can be used to tie different style elements together into a pleasant whole. While it works for many situations, the classic white garage door with we are all familiar may be a jarring contrast to a sleek, contemporary design.  Many of our customers choose the Gallery Door Collection because it fits most houses and has a high degree of design flexibility from colors and window styles down to decorative hinge and handle options. 

Clopay Gallery Door
 

As opposed to a more generic look, a custom door actually completes the statement that this is a modern home owned by people who care about its appearance. In the vast list of things someone can do to increase the curb appeal of a home, too many forget the impact their garage doors can have on the overall scheme of things. Do not make the mistake of ignoring your garage door. No one else will.

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