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Professional door dealers need to know what’s new in their industry by way of products, trends, technology and more. Not only do they need to keep up on the latest in garage doors and gates, but they need information on the housing market including new-home construction and home-sales figures and stats to ensure success.

  • Winds of Change
    Wind-load refers to the forces or pressures that are exerted on a structure and the components comprising the structure (i.e., garage doors, entry doors, windows, etc.) due to wind. Not long ago, the only garage door dealers that dealt with wind-load doors were in southern ...More
    November 2, 2006 Mark R. Barrow Posted in Articles
  • Yellow Pages 101
    "YELLOW PAGES ADVERTISING IS A NECESSARY EVIL." We hear it all the time; maybe you’ve said it yourself. The fact is that at least 64 percent of your new customers come from Yellow Pages (YP) directories, and it’s the No. 1 lead generator for garage door service and sales. ...More
    November 2, 2006 Posted in Articles, Marketing, Operations
  • Creating Curb Appeal
    Municipalities nationwide are enacting ordinances requiring the use of “curb appeal” techniques to beautify neighborhoods and increase home values. Major contributors to curb appeal, especially in budding neo-traditional-style developments, are carriage house garage doors, ...More
    November 2, 2006 Earl Rivard Posted in Articles
  • Sales Booster
    TECHNOLOGY IS AN EVOLVING TREND THAT CAN AFFECT MANY ASPECTS OF OUR LIVES. Such advances have made it possible to integrate accessories for added security and technology into residential and commercial garage door openers. For example, do your customers know the garage ...More
    November 2, 2006 Martial Maitam Posted in Articles
  • Commercial Operator Troubleshooting
    Troubleshooting is a form of problem solving. As defined from Wikipedia, “It is the systematic search for the source of the problem so that it can be solved.” ...More
    November 2, 2006 Roy Bardowell Posted in Articles
  • Commercial Operators
    Many dealers doing residential garage door and gate operator installations are eyeing the booming commercial market, wondering if it makes sense to expand their businesses. With the nonresidential construction market expected to grow at almost twice the 3.7 percent pace of ...More
    November 2, 2006 Dan Dombkowski Posted in Articles, Operations
  • Gate Operator Troubleshooting
    Troubleshooting gate operators can be simple if you follow the correct procedures. This article is designed to familiarize you with these procedures and provide a guideline for evaluating an operator problem. ...More
    November 2, 2006 Lawrence Bourke Posted in Articles, Operations
  • Good as Gold
    OK, maybe PDD’s annual FactBook isn’t as good as gold, but it’s definitely valuable. It’s the only resource of its kind: An anthology of articles for the door and access-control industry. This year, we’ve expanded our categories—and our page size. Plus, we’ve included 10 ...More
    November 2, 2006 Posted in Articles, Operations
  • Amarr Kicks Off Construction and Recruiting at New Plant
    Congresswoman Virginia Foxx and a large delegation of state and local officials joined Amarr Garage Doors today for the official beginning of construction at the company’s new garage door manufacturing facility, called the Carolina Plant, in Davie County. The event also ...More
    October 30, 2006 Posted in News
  • Rapid Slide-Lok Expansion Continues
    In a continuing display of corporate growth and market aggressiveness, Slide-Lok announced yet another new Master Dealer—Slide-Lok of Minnesota. The announcement comes on the heels of the announcement of Slide-Lok of San Antonio last week and Slide-Lok of Edmonton the week ...More
    October 23, 2006 Posted in News, Operations