When it Comes to Garage Doors, Buy American

At A-1 Fleet Door, we pride ourselves in exceptional customer service and quality products. As a garage door retailer, we have installed dozens of garage door brands, makes and models over the years, but we are proud to recommend the C.H.I Overhead Door brand to our residential and commercial customers. They have a great selection of quality products and they are 100% American made.

You should always choose to buy American. Our doors exhibit quality, craftsmanship, and value. When you choose American-made goods, you foster American economic independence. With factories in Illinois, C.H.I. products are all made in the US. American manufacturing processes are generally much cleaner for the environment than many other countries without any of the dangerous, heavily polluting processes.

We endorse the brands we sell, and we are excited to promote C.H.I. Overhead Doors this Memorial Day. We are a garage door company with values, we invest in gaining the trust and respect of our customers. Our philosophy is all about the customer. We will provide top notch service every time, without exception! When you call A-1, in addition to quality workmanship you also begin a relationship.When you call A-1, you will be treated with courtesy and respect. Our skills and service is unmatched and we promise 100% satisfaction.

 A-1 Fleet Door Garage Doors in Manchester, NH

At A-1, not only do we sell and install great overhead doors and garage door openers for our commercial and residential customers, but we offer emergency service and regular maintenance – even for doors we don’t install! Visit our website for more information about our services and products, www.a1fleetds.com

Garage Door: Painting vs. Replacing

Should you Paint your Garage Door or Replace it?

Painting Your Garage Door Vs Replacing your Garage Door

Your garage door makes up over half of the facade of your home. You door will increase the value and curb appeal of your home. When garage doors get worn down with age many home owners face the decision of fixing it or replacing it. A new coat of paint will freshen the look of your garage door but take into stock how old your door, or garage door opener is, and whether or not it’s time for an update. Just like every other technology, garage doors have changed over the years. Certain safety features are now mandatory on all models. If your garage door is more than 10 years old, it is time for a change. Even if it’s been less than that, consider how well your door works and if anything has broken, dented, or been repaired over the years. If your garage door or garage door opener has needed more than one repair, it may be time to call in professionals to get it looked at.

If your door is in good repair and is relatively new, you can consider painting your garage door to give it a fresh look. If you are interested in some DIY home improvement, here are some tips for painting a steel garage door: 

  • Clean your door first. Use a soft-bristle brush, a sponge or a sprayer on a low pressure setting. Some people chose to use a solution of low-phosphate (less than 0.5%) detergent with warm water. The ratio should be roughly 1 cup detergent to 5 gallons of water. Be sure you clean and rinse your door thoroughly and let it dry completely.
  • Lightly and down scratches or gouges on the surface.  If there is any bare metal showing, you should sand that area lightly and paint it with a primer that is suitable to properly protect galvanized steel from the elements to prevent corrosion.Make sure to remove any dust or loose material from the surface with a soft brush or wet cloth.
  • Use only high-quality latex paint that’s made for exterior use. Make sure that your paint is thoroughly mixed and apply a uniform coat over the whole door. You should paint the door within 24 hours of prepping your door to prevent any new dirt or material from getting on your door before you paint. Though the sun seems like a great help in drying your door, it can actually cause your door to dry unevenly. To minimize this effects paint your door early in the morning, or whatever time of day that your door is out of the sun.

We highly recommend replacing worn out garage doors and openers. In most cases, painting over it won’t solve the problem. For more information about your options for replacing garage door, or getting repairs or maintenance, contact us at A-1 Fleet Door Service for garage door installation, sales, and service in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Located in Derry, NH we specialize in customer service to get you the door that meets your style, schedule, and your budget. You deserve the best! Contact us today at 603.553.9797 or email us, a1fleetds@aol.com

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Why your Garage Door May Be Putting You at Risk for Break-Ins

Replacing your  garage door and garage door opener can reduce your risk of home break-ins and intruders.

You care about the safety of your family and your home. You lock your doors, and maybe even have a security system installed, but have you considered the threat created by your outdated garage door or garage door opener? According to statistics compiled across metropolitan and suburban police departments, almost half of all break ins and residential burglaries are caused by a garage door left open, or an outdated system. Your neighborhood may seem safe, but in reality Derry has been hit recently by a string of break ins this January, make sure your home is safe.

For increased safety, consider a keypad entry system mounted outside your garage door or fingerprint scan. They are a very popular garage door accessory. And if you feel like your home is at high risk you can also consider open-door alert system. The video below addresses how a keypad or remote lock system can protect you from common garage door break-in problems

New garage doors can be equipped with an open garage door monitor that can be affixed to your door system. When a garage door is left open, a warning light will indicate “open door” – a signal for you to close your garage door. Homeowners can sleep easy, knowing their garage doors are closed and their families are safe.

We also recommend closing your door when it’s not in use. You should also keep your remote on your key-ring instead of the visor clip in your car. This ensures your remote is with you at all times. Thieves who are committed enough will break into cars parked outside the garage, or even steal your remote out of your car in a parking lot and track down your house based off of the information on the documents they find in your car.

Replacing your garage door maybe an aesthetic decision to boost the curb appeal of your house, but consider replacing it to increase security as well for the sake of your family, your home, and your belongings. For more information on garage doors, openers, and garage door security systems, contact your local garage door dealer, A1-Fleet Door Service. Visit our website at a1fleetds.com or contact us directly at 603.553.9797