Choosing the right garage door opener

All Island Garage Door is proud to carry LiftMaster garage door openers, known as the quietest, hardest working and versatile garage doors you can buy. Considering LiftMaster’s wide array of models, we are confident we can help you choose one that’s perfect for your home.

Chain drive openers. LiftMaster’s chain drive garage door openers are built to handle heavy, every day use. They are perfect for families on the go and are a very budget-friendly option as well. The 8587W, for example, is one of LiftMaster’s most popular models and features a motor and i-beam rail system to lift the heaviest doors.

Wall-mount garage door openers. If you need more space in your garage, take a look at LiftMaster’s wall-mount openers that mount on the wall next to the garage door. This opens more room overhead so you can get more out of your garage space.

Belt drive openers. LiftMaster’s belt drive openers are incredibly quiet while also being durable and strong. They’re built to last and perfect for garages that are attached to homes or for communities that put a high value on quiet living. Take a look at LiftMaster’s WLED model that features 3,100 lumens of Corner to Corner LED lighting™ and built-in Wi-Fi® that allows for smartphone control with the myQ® app.

Smart garage door openers. If you’re looking to have control of your garage door from anywhere in the world, consider a smart garage door opener. These allow you to operate the garage door using your smartphone and the myQ app. They also offer secure in-garage delivery for Amazon Prime packages.

Secure garage openers. We understand that security and safety is paramount to you and your family. Many LiftMaster garage door openers offer extra safety features so you won’t have to worry about protecting your home and your loved ones.

If security is top of mind for you, consider LiftMaster garage door openers with connectivity, integrated video cam, battery back-up and automatic door lock features.

No matter what you’re looking for in a garage door opener – whether its extra security, durability, or Wi-Fi capabilities – there’s sure to be a LiftMaster garage door opener at All Island Garage Door to fit your needs. Give us a call today to learn more.

Choose the right garage door for your style of home

All Island is proud to carry a full line of beautiful residential garage doors by Clopay and we can help you choose the perfect one to elevate the look of your home. From contemporary, modern garage doors to classic and carriage house doors, you’ll find every style in the Clopay collection.

Below are some of Clopay’s most popular residential garage doors, broken down by style. Take a look and see which would be ideal for your home.

Modern Garage Doors 

The Avante Collection 

Modernize your home with Clopay’s popular line-up of aluminum and glass garage doors. The durable aluminum frame is available in a number of colors, including clear, black and bronze anodized, to complement your home style. Multiple glass options allow you to bring as much or as little natural light in as well as control the level of privacy.

The Modern Steel Collection 

Modern Steel™ Collection garage doors perfectly complement contemporary and mid-century modern home styles. Doors are available with or without grooves in multiple paint and Ultra-Grain® finishes to create the perfect look for your home.

Classic Style Garage Doors 

The Classic Collection 

Available in a wide range of looks and colors, Clopay’s Classic™ Collection steel doors complement every home so there’s no sacrificing style for strength, durability and comfort.

The Canyon Ridge Collection 

Beautiful and unique, Canyon Ridge® Limited Edition Series carriage house & louver style doors are constructed with an energy-efficient, Intellicore® insulated steel base and finished with faux wood composite cladding and overlays. The appearance is that of authentic swing-out doors but with the convenience of modern, upward operation.

Carriage House style Garage Doors 

The Coachman Collection 

The perfect blend of beauty and practicality, these carriage house doors look like wood, but they are actually crafted of multiple layers of durable, low-maintenance steel and insulation topped with a woodgrain textured composite overlay.

The Grand Harbor Collection 

When budget is the deciding factor, this low-maintenance, insulation-optional steel frame carriage house style garage door combines clean lines and classic charm to provide a popular style at a great value.

Custom Wood Doors 

The Reserve Wood Custom Series 

Working from a professional drawing or just a sketch on a notepad, Clopay can create the doors you’ve only imagined, with windows or without, in wood like Knotty Alder, Spanish Cedar, White Oak, Ironwood and African Mahogany. Each door is handcrafted from the material of your choice using your precise specifications.

No matter what style of home you have, Clopay is sure to have the perfect garage door.

Why you shouldn’t put off garage door repairs

Now, more than ever, it’s important to repair your garage door as soon as a problem arises. Not only will this keep you and your family safe, but in the event that you need to leave for an emergency, you’ll be able to access your car quickly.

No matter what time of the year or circumstances, you should never wait to have your garage door repaired. Here are the top reasons why below.

Security. Garage doors that are in need of repair can pose a serious risk to the security of your family. In fact, garages are often one of the first places a thief will try to target when it comes time for them to steal. Broken garage doors are sometimes easy to open, and broken windows can pose a security risk as well.

Convenience. Can you imagine having an emergency only to discover that your garage door or a garage door part is broken and you can’t get to your car? Or, having to park your car outside during inclement weather because you can’t open the garage door? Even if you can still open your garage door with extra time and grunt work, it’s still a hassle. Save time by getting your garage door repaired as soon as you notice the problem.

Safety. A broken garage door or garage door part can put the safety of you and your family at risk. When a garage door spring breaks, for example, it releases tension and can cause the garage door to close suddenly. Garage door spring breaks are sometimes accompanied by a spark, which can be dangerous if you get too close.

Additionally, should your garage door hinges break, your garage door can fall quickly. And, if a garage door is off its track, it can close in an erratic way that can cause harm as well.

Curb appeal. An unsightly garage door can reduce your home’s ROI, and can cause friction with your neighbors, especially if they’re trying to sell their home, because your unattractive, broken garage door could quite possibly lower their home’s value, too.

Penalties. Depending on where you live, you may be legally obligated to maintain your garage door and have it repaired as soon as a problem arises. Areas with HOAs have rules about broken garage doors and can impose a fine if they deem yours is in violation. Additionally, some municipalities enforce codes for homes that look unkept and dilapidated.

As soon as you have a garage door that needs repaired, call a garage door professional to fix the problem right. Never try to repair the problem yourself. That can lead to even more damage and even injuries.

We are here for you and all of your garage door needs.  And you can be rest assured knowing that we follow strict safety rules to keep you and your loved ones safe while we work during the coronavirus. Give us a call today at 641-472-5563 and let us help you get your garage door running at its best again.

Our Promise to You

All Island Garage Door is considered an essential business, and while we’re very happy to be able to serve our community during this challenging time, we’ve made some changes to the way we do business to keep you – and our employees – healthy.

Here is our promise to you:

We’ll remain outdoors. At All Island, we only work outside. No exceptions. And when we schedule a job, we’ll ask if anyone at home is under the weather. If so, we’ll ask them to remain inside so we can conduct business over the phone.

We wear gloves. Our technicians are required to wear a new pair of gloves when possible on the job.  

We offer contactless transactions. When it’s time to pay for services, you can do so with a credit card over the phone. You also have the option of leaving a check outside your door or mailing it to us.

By following these guidelines, we can stay healthy. 

The All Island family wishes you good health and comfort. 

How to help small businesses in Long Island during shelter in place

By now, the coronavirus has completely changed day-to-day life for our entire community, and although we remain open for business, it still feels like all the things we love to do have been put on hold. It’s a difficult time, for sure, but it’s also a time when we can show our support for local businesses. And they need it. Now maybe more than ever.

At All Island Garage Door, we love being a part of the community and care deeply about our neighbors and the small businesses we serve – not to mention the people who help us do our job better every day – from the servers we’ve gotten to know when we go to lunch, to the people who keep our trucks up and running.

Over the past week, we’ve been looking for ways we can support small businesses while they are closed. Below is the list we came up with and we thought we’d share it with you.

Go holiday shopping. In March. Here’s how you do it: First, make a list of all of your favorite local shops, then get online and see which ones take online orders. If they do, now is the time to do your Christmas shopping. Just think of how much time you’ll have come December. Here is a fantastic article about shopping local while sheltering in place.

Buy gift certificates. One day, in the very near future, we’re going to get back to a new normal. When that happens, we’ll be more than ready to visit our favorite businesses in person again. Purchasing gift cards is an investment in their future. It’s also cash for them now that you can redeem later, so it puts money in their pockets at a time when they need it the most.

Take advantage of online exercise. Reduce stress and get some exercise with an online class offered by your local fitness facility. Many YMCAs, big gyms and little studios have set up classes offered on Facebook and zoom.com. Plenty of these are free, but you if take an online class on a regular basis, you may want to send the instructor or facility a donation. You can do this easily through Venmo.

Support local charities. The coronavirus has really put local nonprofits and charities to the task. Consider going online to find out what your favorite charity needs and help out. Check out Long Island Cares for ways you can donate to help feed those in need. Need a friend to quarantine with?  Contact Animal Care Centers of NYC to foster a cat or dog while the shelter is closed.

One the greatest things about a crisis is that it shows how capable the Long Island community is doing extraordinary things. Stay well, from all of us at All Island Garage Door.

Spring cleaning for your garage 

We can’t think of a better time than now to clean out the garage. Not only is it the perfect time of the year to get your garage ready for the warmer months ahead (they don’t call it spring cleaning for nothing!), it’s also fantastic way to clear your mind during this stressful time, as we come together (and yet, remain at home) to end the spread of COVID-19.

Keeping things clean is top of mind these days, indeed. And not only does a clean home and garage help keep you and your family safe and healthy, but studies have shown that a clutter-free environment leads to less stress and more happiness. Now, who wouldn’t want that?

So if these next few weeks mean more down time at home, why not add cleaning out the garage to your list of things to do? Our list below can help get you started.

Get in the game! It’s helpful to approach garage cleaning with positivity. Don’t look at it as a chore you have to do, but a chance to clear out the old to welcome in the new. Take a look at the forecast and pick a nice sunny day to start your project. Make sure to have a great playlist of motivating music on hand, and wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Plan accordingly. When it comes to cleaning your garage, you’re going to want to do it right. That means planning for a top-to-bottom thorough cleaning of your entire garage from the floor to ceiling, and yes, the garage door, too. For this, make sure to stock up on all cleaning supplies before you begin so you can get everything done without having to run to the store.

Clean everything. And everywhere. Start by removing everything from your garage. Remove cabinets, shelving, all equipment like bikes, lawn mowers, and shovels. Use tools to remove cabinets and shelves from walls, and pile everything outside of the garage.

Then, clean beginning with the ceiling and ending with the garage door (more on that later). This is also a great time to inspect your garage for any cracks or leaks and make plans to repair.

Decide what to keep. This is the time to remember the Marie Kondo rule of letting items go if they don’t “spark joy.” Take a look at what’s in the pile from your garage and ask yourself if it’s something you really need. If it’s not, you’ve got some choices to make. You can toss it, recycle it, sell it, or donate it.

Make sure you have a plan to get rid of the unwanted items quickly. Here’s where things can get tricky. If you place the items you don’t want to keep back in your garage, there’s a good chance they’ll stay there. If you’re selling items, have an account ready if you’re selling online, or drive it immediately to the consignment store.

Do the same with items you’re donating. And if you’re giving things away, make sure the receiver is picking the item up sooner than later. Tossing it? Know when your city picks up bigger items or arrange a pickup if it’s required.

Air it out. If you’ve hosed down your garage floor, or if you’ve used powerful cleaning solutions on your garage’s floors and walls, make sure to well-ventilate before closing the garage door. Strategically place a box or shop fan in the garage to help air it out quickly.

Clean the garage door. First, gently hose the garage door down on both sides to eliminate cobwebs, dirt and other residue, then use a sponge, gentle soap (dishwashing soap works fine), and warm water to really scrub down the door. Don’t forget to pay special attention to windows on your garage door. You can clean them with any window cleaner, but for stubborn stains, we recommend using a solution of one part vinegar to two parts water.

Inspect your garage door. This is as important as keeping your garage clean and one aspect you don’t want to forget to do. Make sure there’s no rust on your garage door parts including the garage door springs, hinges and on the tracks. You can also apply a spray lubricant to the garage door springs and pulleys, but for any more garage door maintenance, it’s best to leave it up to us professionals.

This is also a good time to check your garage door opener. Clean the opener’s “eye” and properly lubricate its chain drive.

Consider what you need next. Do you need a better garage organization system? If so, maybe now is the time to add slat wall, cabinets, and maybe even a workspace if your garage is large enough. We like Organized Living’s garage activity organizers, and if you’re thinking simple and smaller scale, check out IKEA for durable, low cost storage.

Here are some great ideas to transform your cluttered garage into one of the most organized places in your home.

Reward yourself. Make sure to have a reward waiting for you once you’re ready to call it a day, like a favorite dessert or beverage or treat yourself to a night of Netflix (go ahead, you deserve it!)

The benefits of a smart garage door opener

Where would we be without our smart phones? Today our smart phone can do everything from remind us about an important meeting, track our fitness goals, and even monitor our sleep. With so many capabilities at our fingertips, it’s no wonder that now we can even control our garage doors right from our smart phones, too.

When you invest LiftMaster MyQ,  wi-fi enable garage door opener, a world of new benefits open up. You can monitor your home from your smart phone device, close the garage door when you’re away, and open the garage door for that Amazon Prime delivery you’ve been waiting for. Forget your remote? No worries. Your wi-fi remote has you covered.

Take a look at some of the fantastic things you can do with your wi-fi garage door remote:

Monitor your home while you’re away. Wi-fi garage door remotes add a layer of security and peace of mind when it comes to protecting your home from thieves. By setting up your phone to receive push notifications, you’ll be alerted when the garage door opens. You can also turn on and off your garage door’s lights even when you’re away.

Close the garage door…from anywhere in the world. Have you ever left home for a road trip, only to wonder, 200 miles later, if you remembered to close the garage door? With a wi-fi controlled garage door opener, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you can close the door from anywhere in the world.

And open it from anywhere, too. If you are expecting a deliver but can’t be there to meet the delivery driver, you can arrange for them to place the package in the garage by opening it when they arrive, and then securely close the door when they’re finished. In fact, with MyQ you can download the Key by Amazon app and synch it to your MyQ account to ensure your Prime packages are safe and secure.

Never worry about forgetting your keys again. If you forget the key to open your garage door – or misplace your remote, you can relax, because you can easily open and close the door from your phone. Just don’t forget that!

So welcome to the age of technology! Contact our team to learn more about LiftMaster’s MyQ garage door opener.

Don’t fall victim to a garage door scam

In recent years , bogus garage door companies disguised as local companies – often with names very similar to real ones – purchased millions of dollars in ads with Google. People thinking they were contacting reputable garage door companies like All Island Garage Door, were instead booking services with phony companies.

Sometimes, the clients wouldn’t realize what they’d done until it was too late, after they were charged way too much and with jobs left unfinished. That’s when they’d call us, unhappy, thinking they’d been dealing with us in the first place, and we’d have to tell them the bad news.

Luckily, Google started cracking down on these bogus garage door dealers a couple years ago, making it more difficult for them to purchase ads but there are still phony garage door companies out there preying on innocent people.

As a family-owned company in Bayport, Long Island we truly care about our community and it troubles us to hear when someone has been taken advantage of.

Don’t fall victim to a garage door scam. Below are some tips to make sure you’re dealing with the real All Island Garage Door.

If searching online, double check the name of any online ads for All Island Garage Door. If the ad is for a similar name like Island Garage Door, or All Island Garage Company, Inc. don’t book services with them.

Ask where they are located. Local garage door companies have a brick and mortar store or at least an office. Bogus ones usually don’t.

Don’t agree to services from somebody in an unmarked van or truck. Most fake garage door companies drive vehicles that have magnet logos or none at all. All Island only uses fully stocked trucks with our name prominently displayed.

Check review sites. When you visit Facebook or Google, you’ll find lots of great reviews about All Island Garage Door. If you search for companies with a similar name, you’ll find none or very bad reviews.

To learn more about fake garage door companies and how you can protect yourself from being a victim to one of their scams, check out this video from IDEA, the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation.

 

Five easy garage improvement ideas for 2020

Can you believe 2020 is here? If you’re already thinking of home improvement this year,  might we recommend putting your garage on the list?

Making improvements to your garage is always a great investment. Take a look at our list of five easy ways below. And let us know how we can help!

Invest in a new garage door. A new garage door is a great way to increase your home’s ROI, but there are many more reasons to make 2020 the year you invest in one. For example, with a new garage door you won’t have to worry about getting any repairs in the near future. And since they’re custom-fitted to your home, they offer security and are energy-efficient.

Ten reasons to invest in a new garage door

Get organized. If you’re still storing things like recreation equipment and tools every which way in your garage consider making this the year to get organized. We love Organized Living’s garage storage solutions that maximize the space in your garage while making it clutter-free.

Make it multi-purpose. How about making 2020 the year you finally make your garage one of the most multi-functioning spaces in your home? With retractable screens, you can transform your garage into a place where you can work or play, an exercise or party room, or an area for your pet.

Schedule those garage door repairs. Is your garage door squeaking or rattling when it opens and closes? If it is, perhaps now is a good time to make getting the garage door repaired now that the new year is here. .

Spruce it up with customized paint. For a long time, homeowners faced a tough task when finding paint that could be customized while also being suitable for garage door materials like steel and aluminum. Now Clopay can color match Sherwin-Williams color codes on a new garage door prior to installation. We love this paint and it’s beautiful results.

So, here’s to the new year! Let us know how we can help set any of these five ideas in motion for you. We’re looking forward to serving you in 2020.

 

Clopay’s Door Imagination System

Imagine finding the perfect garage door for your home or business without even leaving the house. It’s easy (and a lot of fun) when you use Clopay’s Door Imagination System to choose the best garage door for your home right from your computer. All you have to do is upload a photo of your home or business and start trying on doors until you find the perfect fit.

A new garage door can dramatically change the look of your home, not to mention increase your home’s ROI. But you can’t exactly return a garage door after it’s purchased and professionally installed like you can a pair of shoes. And that’s where Clopay’s Door Imagination System comes in.

What’s also great about the system is that you can see what different window options, panel styles and custom hardware will look best as well. The options are really endless, and when you’ve finally settled on the door you want, you can easily share your images with us, and we can get the ball rolling so you can have your new garage door installed in no time.

Ready to get started? Take a few pictures of your garage door, check out Clopay’s garage door collections, and start designing. Then, send your choice to us and we’ll work with you on the next steps to install your new garage door.