What to Look for In a Garage Door Company

With so many options of garage door companies in your area, it can be a daunting task to choose the right one. One of the best ways to find a reputable garage door company is to get recommendations your friends and brotenneighbors on who they use and why. Once you have a few good options, research the companies online, take a trip to their showrooms, and have a sales representative stop by your home.  Before you choose, here are a few tips to consider when looking for a garage door partner.

Experience

When looking for a partner in garage doors, checking out the company’s experience level is a good place to start.  Check to see how long the company has been in business and what services they offer.  Look at customer reviews on sites like Google, Angie’s List, or Yelp.  See what other people have to say and what types of experiences they have had with the company.

Fast, Reliable Service

There is nothing worse than having a broken garage door and no one there to help you fix it.  Choose a garage door company that will be there when things go wrong with fast, reliable service.  Many reputable garage door companies have 24-hour emergency service, but it is always best to check company policies and procedures while making your choice on the best garage door company for you and your family.

Look for a company that is family-owned and operated with service as a top priority.  Especially in Florida with hurricane season, it is important to have a company on your side that can make repairing your garage door as pain-free as possible.

Safety

Safety is a big concern when installing a garage door.  Make sure the company has the expertise on how to install your door, the proper maintenance schedule for your door, and practices company safety procedures when installing your door.  Proper door installation and maintenance is key to keeping you and your family safe.

Verify that they have the proper licenses and insurance as well.  If they give you a hard time about providing either, they may not be licensed or insured which can be a safety concern.

Accredited Dealer

It is important when choosing a garage door company to look at their accreditations.  Why? Accredited companies go above and beyond the normal status quo of running a business.  They take pride in being leaders in their industry, have a commitment to quality, and train their staff on new information and technology to stay ahead of the game.

Authorized Dealer

Have you researched and selected the best garage door to fit your home and are ready to buy? Choosing a local garage door company that is an authorized dealer of your specific garage door is a must.  When the company is an authorized dealer, it means they have the expertise to install your garage door, and have the selection you are looking for.

Ready to partner with Broten Garage Door Sales for all of your garage door needs? Contact us today to get started!

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Custom Design the Garage Door of your Dreams

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The right garage door can add curb appeal to your home and, because it is usually the first thing guests see when they arrive, finding the perfect garage door can make your house stand out from the rest. Plus, installing a new garage door is a low cost improvement to your home that has the highest return on investment. With seemingly endless options on garage door styles, finding the right door can seem like an impossible task.

Garage doors can be made from several different materials including: Steel, Wood Cladded and Wood Composite Cladded, Here are a few benefits of each to help you find the door of your dreams that fits your budget.

Steel

Steel garage doors are the most common type of doors because of their durability and dependability. Steel doors are easily customizable; available in a variety of finishes that can be painted to match the color of your home. Steel can also be outfitted with overlays to give your garage door the look and feel of carriage and barn doors without the cost and maintenance of real wood.

Steel doors can be insulated or non-insulated, with multi-layer doors providing the most durability, dent resistance, and energy efficiency.

✓ Durable

✓ Low-Maintenance

✓ Energy Efficient

Wood Cladded

Longing for a custom built garage door that has a look unique as your home? Wood Cladded doors can be custom carved and sculpted making them one of the best doors for curb appeal, especially if you own a more traditional looking home.

✓ Unique Appearance

✓ Ability to Customize

✓ Energy Efficient

Wood Doors enable you to create that truly one of a kind appearance that is unique to your home and will greatly enhance the value and curb appeal

Composite Cladded

Like the idea of wood but do not want all of the maintenance.  While not m maintenance free Composite Cladded Doors give you all of the beauty of real wood without all of the maintenance  These composite materials are eco-friendly, being made mostly of recycled wood, and can be insulated for cost efficiency. Composite wood can be custom stained or painted to match the appearance of your home and require less maintenance than a traditional all wood door.

✓ Durable

✓ Custom Design

✓ Eco-Friendly

✓ Energy Efficient

Want to see what a new garage door would look like on your house?  Check out our Garage Door Imagination System!

If you are ready to purchase your new garage door, contact Broten today!

Sources:

http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/rooms-and-spaces/garage/garage-door-buying-guide

http://www.clopaydoor.com/residential/buyingguide/garage-door-materials/steel-garage-doors

 

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Garage Door Safety Month

Here are some helpful safety tips. This list is not intended to be a comprehensive list of every safety precaution. Always consult your Broten Garage Door Sales or instruction manual for safety information about your model.

  1. Replace Old Springs. Your garage door’s springs are arguably the most important and most dangerous part of your door. Springs wear out. When they break, injury can result. If you have an older garage door, have your springs inspected by a professional technician and replaced if needed. If your door has two springs, replace both, even if one is not broken. This will not only prevent any damage caused by the breaking of the second spring, but also keep your door working efficiently.
  2. Check Your Cables. Visually inspect the cables attach the spring system to the bottom brackets on both sides of the door. If these cables are frayed or worn, they are in danger of breaking, which can cause injury. Due to the dangers associated with high spring tension, these cables should be replaced only by a trained technician.
  3. Squeaky Springs? Springs can squeak and be noisy. This is caused by normal use and does not necessarily indicate a problem. Before calling a professional service technician, use a spray-on lubricant (recommended especially for garage doors.) If the noise persists, Broten Garage Door Sales for service.
  4. A Do-It-Yourself, Eh? Installing a garage door can be very dangerous and it is not recommended for a novice. DASMA (Door and Access System Manufacturers Association) recommends that a trained door system technicians install garage doors.
  5. Safety Cables. If your garage door has extension springs, you need a safety cable that runs through the spring and secures to the wall or ceiling at each end. When your garage door is down, extension springs are under high tension. If the spring breaks, it may cause injury. A safety cable can keep that broken spring contained. If you have extension springs but do not have a safety cable, call your Broten for safety inspection.
  6. Struggling Door? If your door does not go up or down smoothly, you may have an unsafe condition. Even older door systems should operate smoothly. If the awkward operation continues when the door is manually operated, you may have a spring system that is out of balance. This can cause premature wear and tear on other important door components. Spring systems are dangerous and should be repaired only by trained professionals.
  7. Tamper Resistant Brackets. Since the bottom of the brackets on the garage are connected to the door’s springs, these brackets are under extreme tension. They should be adjusted or loosened only by a trained door systems technician. Many manufacturers now include tamper resistant hardware to prevent loosening of the brackets by a novice.
  8. Use the Old Track? When buying a replacement garage door, some homeowners are tempted to save a few dollars by putting a new door on the old track. However, your old track may not fit with your new door, depending on the thickness of your sections, the weight of the door, the headroom required, the location of the garage door opener, and other considerations. The track and sections work together as a system. For the maximum performance and long life, you should use the track that designed for your specific door
  9. Regular Service. Your garage door is probably the largest moving part of your home and is typically used every day. Over time, parts can wear out and break, creating potential safety problems. Although you should provide monthly safety checks and maintenance to your garage door system, an annual visit from a trained door systems technician can keep your door operating safely and smoothly for a long time.
  10. Watch Your Fingers! Every year, many unsuspecting homeowners injure their fingers by placing them between the door sections to pull the door down. According to DASMA Standards 116, if your door lacks pinch-resistant joints, you should have lift handles or suitable gripping points on the inside and outside of the door. Even if your door has an opener, the door must occasionally be operated manually. Never place your fingers between door sections. If you manually open or close the door, use the handles or the safe gripping points!
  11. Man the Manual. Keep the owner’s manuals for your door and opener hanging near the door for easy reference. Every model of door and opener has specific safety instructions unique to that mode. Where is your Manual?
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The countdown is on…15 more days.

The official start of hurricane season is less than 15 days away. Actually we’ve already had our first named storm of the season… are you prepared? It’s a good idea to start getting prepared before the season starts..but what should you do? (besides making sure your garage door is hurricane rated) Start by visiting our Hurricane Central section of our website. You’ll find tips, product, advice, and loads of ways to prepare. Just in case.

Experts agree that one of the best things to do is prepare a family hurricane plan – an outline that specifies what every member of the family will do before, during and after a hurricane.

Some general guidelines for preparing your family hurricane plan are:         hurricane prepardness

  • Find out if you live in an evacuation zone.
  • Call your local emergency information center.
  • Decide in advance where your family will stay during a hurricane – at home, a friend’s home, a shelter or a hotel. Pick a back-up location in case there is a problem with your first choice. Make sure everyone knows the location, address and phone number.
  • Ask an out-of-town relative or friend to be your emergency contact, and make sure everyone knows that person’s phone number. Tell your contact person where you will be during the hurricane.
  • Make arrangements for those with special needs.
  • Talk to your employer about whether you will have to work in the event of a hurricane. If so, decide who will pick up the children from school.
  • Practice and review your plan.

A hurricane supply kit should be put together long before a hurricane threatens your area. Your hurricane supply kit should include:

A TWO WEEK supply of each item for each person in your home.
WATER

  • Seven gallons of water per person (1/2 gallon for drinking and 2 gallon for bathing, tooth brushing, etc.).
  • Store water in clean, plastic containers.

FOOD

  • Purchase foods that require no refrigeration and little preparation such as:
  • Ready-to-eat canned food
  • Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water)
  • Soft drinks, instant coffee and tea.
  • Lots of ice (You can freeze your water supply.)

BABY

  • Formula, bottles, powdered milk, jarred baby foods
  • Diapers, moist towelettes and special medications

PETS

  • Newspapers or cat litter for your pet’s sanitary needs
  • Moist canned foods in order to preserve water
  • Plastic sheets to cover the floor of pet’s room

MEDICINE

  • First aid kit, rubbing alcohol
  • Aspirin, non-aspirin pain reliever and antacid
  • Extra prescription medication (especially for those with heart problems and diabetics)
  • Ask your physician or pharmacist how to store prescription medication.

PERSONAL ITEMS

  • Toilet paper, towels, soap, shampoo
  • Personal and feminine hygiene products
  • Denture needs, contact lenses and an extra pair of eye glasses
  • Sun protection, insect repellent

OTHER SUPPLIES

  • Battery-operated radio, flashlights, non-electric can opener, extra batteries
  • Charcoal, waterproof matches, extra propane for gas grills (Use grills outside only.)**
  • ABC-rated fire extinguisher in a small canister
  • Portable cooler
  • Plenty of absorbent towels, plastic trash bags
  • Wind-up or battery-operated clock
  • Tarp or sheet plastic, duct tape, hammer and nails (for temporary roof repairs)
  • Cleaning supplies such as chlorine bleach
  • Aluminum foil, paper napkins and plates, plastic cups.
  • Can of spray paint (can be used to identify your home for insurance adjusters in case it’s damaged)
  • These items can cause fires and shouldn’t be stored inside the house.

CLOTHING/BEDDING

  • At least one change of clothing per person, sturdy shoes, hat and work gloves
  • Blankets and pillows or sleeping bags

If you have any questions about hurricane preparation visit our Hurricane Central page for tons of information.  Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Give us a call anytime at 1-954.946.5555

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New coupons for a new month!

May has arrived and so have great new ways to save on the products and services you use most! Broten Garage Door Sales is proud to offer the following Monthly Specials to help you to save during May. Simply print out the coupon and give us a call!

During May you can get a FREE Internet Gateway and Garage Door and Gate Monitor with the purchase and installation of a LiftMaster 8550 Garage Door operator!

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In the market for a new energy efficient garage door? Save all month on a new Clopay 9200 OR Gallery Intellicore garage door!

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Ready to upgrade your garage door operator? Step it up with a new LiftMaster 8550! Get a new LiftMaster 8550 with MyQ Technology installed for just $429!!

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We know it’s not something you’re probably ready to think about but Hurricane season is right around the corner. It’s never too early to be prepared! Get a Hurricane Tune Up for only $89 during the month of May. Better safe than sorry!

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We hope you’ll find all of these coupons useful! Feel free to forward them to friends who may be able to use them as well. Have questions? Please give us a call at 1-800.683.2768!

 

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Doing your part for Earth Day 2015

Earth DayWe all want the world to be a better place, right? We try to recycle, use less resources, and leave a smaller carbon footprint. Did you know that even your garage door can be green? Clopay Doors offers Eco Friendly garage doors that offer a greener option when replacing your garage doors. Clopay is committed to manufacturing and installing eco-friendly garage doors that enhance the beauty, safety and value of your home, and doing so in a way that reduces the overall impact on the environment in every step of the process – from product design to distribution.

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Clopay® meets and exceeds EPA guidelines for manufacturing.

  • We recycle scrap steel, cardboard and polystyrene.
  • We continuously look for ways to reduce packaging and disposable material coming into our plants.
  • In 2006, we upgraded our transport fleet to introduce 100 new trailers equipped with special track to help better secure the product during transport, reducing the potential for damage and ultimately waste from product loss.
  • The Clopay® fleet runs on low-sulphur diesel fuel and is equipped with computers to monitor idle time, engine performance and driver performance to maximize fuel efficiency.
  • Our loading and unloading procedures have been shortened to reduce carbon emissions associated with truck idling.

Broten Garage Door is proud to be the largest Clopay Doors Dealer in South Florida! We can all do our part to help Mother Earth..Everyone can make a difference!

 

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Hop on over to great savings

The Easter Bunny isn’t the only one delivering great treats this month. Broten Garage Door Sales is bringing you a whole new set of savings. During the month of April you can save on new garage doors, door/operator bundles, the latest models of LiftMaster garage door openers, and even get a free garage door tune up!

If your garage door is more than a few years old it is most likely not hurricane rated. And, if your garage door opener is more than a few years old than most likely you can’t open or close it from anywhere in the world! If you’re ready to change all that AND save money we have a great new way to save.

DOOR & OPERATOR BUNDLE – APRIL 2015

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100 OFF a single car insulated garage door | $150 OFF a double car insulated garage door with purchase of 8587 or 8550 opener and internet gateway

Expires April 30, 2015  Discount on select doors. Discount off retail price. Cannot be combined with any other specials. Must print coupon for discount. Coupon and specials are only good on product specifically mentioned on coupon.

GARAGE DOOR SPECIAL – APRIL 2015

Need just a garage door only? You’re in luck! Save on insulated garage doors during April and help keep the cool in and the heat out!

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$25 OFF a single car insulated garage for | $75 OFF a double car insulated garage door

Expires April 30, 2015

Discount on select doors. Discount off retail price. Cannot be combined with any other specials. Must print coupon for discount. Coupon and specials are only good on product specifically mentioned on coupon.

OPERATOR SPECIAL – APRIL 2015

Maybe you have a perfectly fine garage door and just need a garage door opener? Or maybe you want to be able to open and close your garage door from anywhere in the world? Our next coupon is just what you need. During April save on the best LiftMaster garage door openers!

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FREE keypad with purchase and installation of a 8557, 8360, or 8500! A $65 Savings!

Expires April 30, 2015

 

Price is for 7 ft tall door. 8 ft is an additional charge. Includes 2 transmitters and a keypad. Cannot be combined with any other specials. Must print coupon for discount. Coupon and specials only good on products specifically mentioned on coupon.

SERVICE CALL SPECIAL – APRIL 2015

Just need service? During the month of April when you schedule a service call you can add a full garage door tune up for just $89!

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Whatever your garage door needs are we’ve got a coupon to help you save! Call Broten Garage Door Sales! 1-954.946.5555

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It all began 60 years ago…

60 Years ago Broten Garage Door Sales began opening doors in South Florida. To this day Broten is a family owned business that prides itself on exceptional customer service. We’ve worked in just about every neighborhood in South Florida!

Broten Garage Door Sales is proud to be an authorized dealer for the finest manufacturers in our industry including Clopay, Cookson, Martin, LiftMaster, and ThermaTru Entry Doors. Broten is also a Clopay Presidential Award Winner and is currently one of Clopay’s top 10 dealers in the world, so when you call Broten, you know you’re calling the best.

Broten Garage Door Sales is also proud of our numerous recognitions and awards including:

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An A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
The Angie’s List Super Service Award for four consecutive years.

    
The Women Certified Choice Award for providing excellence in sales and service and becoming the “Brand of Choice” among women.

 

If you’re looking for a company that stands behind its products and service, you’ve found us! Family owned and operated right here in Broward and Palm Beach counties, we call home the same communities that you do. It is our dedication to quality and customer satisfaction that has allowed us to earn our outstanding reputation in South Florida since 1955.

So, if after reading this you remember just one thing, remember that Broten Garage Door Sales is committed to providing outstanding customer service and the highest quality products. Call us today… you’ll be glad you did! 800.683.2768

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Spring savings you’re sure to love

Every month Broten Garage Door Sales releases new ways for our customers to save money on the products and services that we think you love the most. Our goal is for you to get the products you need at a price you love. Customer service is always our #1 priority! During the month of March we’ve introduced great new ways for you to save, along with a new option! All you have to do to take advantage of these great monthly specials is print them out and give us a call!

DOOR & OPERATOR BUNDLE – MARCH 2015- Ready for a whole new door and a great, quiet fast way to open it? This is the special for you! Open your garage door from anywhere! Or double check to make sure it’s closed!

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$100 OFF a single car insulated garage door | $150 OFF a double car insulated garage door with purchase of 8587 or 8550 opener and internet gateway Expires March 31, 2015

Discount on select doors. Discount off retail price. Cannot be combined with any other specials. Must print coupon for discount. Coupon and specials are only good on product specifically mentioned on coupon.

GARAGE DOOR SPECIAL – MARCH 2015- Need just a new garage door? Save big on a beautiful new garage door. Not sure how it’s going to look on your home? No problem! Use our garage door imagination system. Click HERE. 

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$25 OFF a single car insulated garage for | $75 OFF a double car insulated garage door  Expires March 31, 2015 Discount on select doors. Discount off retail price. Cannot be combined with any other specials. Must print coupon for discount. Coupon and specials are only good on product specifically mentioned on coupon.

 

GARAGE DOOR OPENER SPECIAL – MARCH 2015

 

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$20 Savings 8550 MyQ LiftMaster Garage Door Opener for 7 ft. high door and wireless keypad for $429.

Expires March 31, 2015 Cannot be combined with any other specials. Must print coupon for discount. Coupon and specials only good on products specifically mentioned on coupon.

 

SERVICE CALL SPECIAL – MARCH 2015

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Purchase a Surge Protector for Just $20 with any standard service call. Savings of $82.95

Expires March 31, 2015 Discount off retail price. Cannot be combined with any other specials. Must print coupon for discount. Coupon and specials are only good on product specifically mentioned on coupon.

Call Broten Garage Door Sales today with questions or to redeem one of these amazing offers. Hurry though! They won’t last forever!

1-954.946.5555  

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