Helping You Beautify Your Home….Sun-Sentinel Feb 4, 2012

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The Doorman
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Showing exterior doors a little love now can save some expensive heartache later


Senior Special Sections Writer

A little time and preventive maintenance now can save a lot of aggravation later.

How often have you heard that advice? It applies to many products, including a home’s entry and garage doors.

Few parts of the home receive as little care, yet as much use, as its entry and garage doors. Exterior doors get a workout every day from people coming and going, and a garage door, on average, is opened and closed more than 1,000 times a year.

Add in South Florida’s heat and humidity, plus shifts in the house, and it’s easy to see how these doors can become stuck, get out of alignment, or experience wear and tear.

“It’s like tires on your vehicle: you may get 35,000 miles [of driving] out of them, but the tread will only last so long,” says Jim Falzone, of The Doorman of South East Florida, 940 Clint Moore Road in Boca Raton.

“A lot of people take their garage doors for granted. They press a button [on the remote-control door opener] and expect it to work [every time]. But, just as your car needs regular maintenance, so does your garage door.”

A garage door is the largest moving part of a home. It can get off track, springs can break, cables can become frayed, or motors can wear out. When that happens, the door won’t work, and homeowners can find themselves without transportation.

If your garage door makes a loud clicking sound like a train going down the track, a grinding noise, or a high-pitch, ear-piercing sound when it’s operated, it may be time for some maintenance.

The Doorman of South East Florida suggests an annual garage door tune-up. The company is offering a $39.95 tune-up that will help keep the garage door running smoothly and quietly. This special includes lubricating all moving parts, tightening loose nuts and bolts, and inspecting rollers, hinges, cables, springs, the bottom rubber, the exterior weather seal, and safety sensors.

Scheduling a tune-up with The Doorman takes only a day or so, and the work can be performed “relatively quickly.”

“A little bit of time now can save you a lot of aggravation later,” and head off minor issues before they become expensive problems, notes the company spokesman. “You have a 500-pound garage door rolling on two-inch wheels, it’s going to need lubricating, balancing and adjusting.”

For 25 years, The Doorman of South East Florida has provided South Florida homeowners with quality entry and garage doors. This family-owned and -operated business lives up to its name by carrying the largest selection of doors, and at the lowest prices.

“We use the highest quality materials. The best prices don’t do any good if the product is inferior.”

If your home’s exterior doors are five years old, now might be the time to replace them with impact-rated doors.

South Florida’s elements are tough on doors. Plus, South Florida building codes now require that new entry doors be impact-rated. All of the doors carried by The Doorman meet the strict Miami-Dade hurricane code.

Studies indicate that a new, hurricane-rated entry door can return as much as 150 percent of its cost. Plus, homeowners may be able to save 30 to 40 percent on their home insurance policies by installing hurricane-rated entry and garage doors.

The Doorman of South East Florida also provides a host of other services, such as maintenance on all makes of doors and garage-door openers; and repair of glass sliding doors, including rollers, tracks and locks.

Showing your home’s exterior doors a little love now can avoid some expensive heartache later.

For more about The Doorman of South East Florida, make an appointment to visit its showroom at 940 Clint Moore Road, just west of Congress Ave., in Boca Raton; visit its website at; or, call (561) 272-3667.