Blog on garage doors Skokie / Chicago, IL

  • Amarr offers commercial garage door in black 02/03/2014 posted 2014-02-05 05:49

    Garage Door Corporation has learned that finally a major door manufacturer is offering a factory pre-painted commercial  black garage door. Amarr announced in the dealer memo below that it will offer the commercial model 2400 ribbed garage door in factory black color beginning 02/03/2014. This is in addition to our previous post on the residential garage doors being offered by Amarr in black. Although there is a modest upcharge for this color it is far less than the cost to have a metal garage door painted in the field.

    Tags: Amarr, FAQ's, News, Product review, black garage door, commercial door, painted garage door
  • Amarr offers black garage doors beginning 02/03/2014 posted 2014-01-26 11:11

    Garage Door Corporation has learned that finally a major door manufacturer is offering a factory pre-painted black garage door. Amarr announced in the dealer memo below that it will offer short and long panel garage doors with and without bead board in factory black color beginning 02/03/2014. Although there is a modest upcharge for this color it is far less than the cost to have a metal garage door painted in the field. Garage Door Corporation has painted numerous garage doors black in the past with very good success. Doors in the Chicago are which are black face east, west and north.

    Tags: Amarr, Clopay, FAQ's, News, Product review, Wayne-Dalton, black garage door, painted garage door
  • Respect, courtesy, love and hard work - a parents lesson and responsibility posted 2014-01-16 05:23

    Every day I encounter situations where my actions are a direct result of the teachings of my parents. From the need to treat every person (customer, vendor, employee, spouse and child) with dignity and respect to the business decisions I must make daily, I find my actions are guided by the fundamental values instilled by my parents. My work ethic is a direct result how I was raised and the hard work which both of my parents demonstrated on a daily basis.

    Tags: ethics, News, family, values, work ethic
  • Amarr offering magnetic garage door decorative hardware 01/27/2014 posted 2014-01-06 17:58

    Garage Door Corporation is glad to add Amarr's Castle Rock Collection of magnetic decorative hardware to if offering. Although we have not seen physical samples yet, we expect that customers may like this option. We received a Dealer Memo from Amarr 01/06/14 as seen below:

    Tags: Amarr, Product review, Tips, decorative hardware, magnetic
  • Amarr increases prices 3.8% effective 01/27/2014 posted 2013-12-21 05:42

    Amarr has announced a price increase of 3.8% on all garage door products effective 01/27/2014.  Unlike most other vendors, Amarr charges the higher price if the order is not picked or delivered from them by the price increase date. This means any special order placed after the first week of January 2014 or stock garage door order not picked up by 01/27/2014 will be subject to the higher price.

    Amarr is not increasing the price of wood garage doors.

    Tags: Amarr, News, Pricing, 2014, price increase
  • Clopay increases garage door pricing 2.8% effective 02/03/2014 posted 2013-12-08 06:49

    Clopay has announced a price increase of 2.8% on all garage door products effective 02/03/2014.  For those who use galvanized torsion springs from Clopay (Garage Door Corporation refuses to use them) you will have and additional $10 list price increase for 2 car garage doors and a 7% increase for replacement springs.

    We will honor proposals written prior to 02/03/2014 for the time indicated at the bottom of the proposal (usually 45 days). Please contact us with any questions about how this may effect a proposal we have provided for your project.

    Tags: Clopay, News, Pricing, 2014, price increase
  • Should I use aftermarket or OEM gears in my garage door opener? posted 2013-12-02 22:28

    Every year about this time we see a sharp increase in the number of drive gear and sprocket failures in garage door openers. We have customers asking "Can I get just the large plastic gear by itself?" Most of these customers have seen "cheap" aftermarket gears on the internet. Many of these gears are made in Venezuela or other aftermarket sources and include just the large gear and not the drive gear on the motor shaft. These will work for awhile but if put any value on your time you should always change both gears at the same time and be sure to lubricate them well.

    Tags: Chamberlain, FAQ's, Instructions, Liftmaster, Opener Maintenance, Raynor, Sears / Craftsman, 41A2817, 41C4220A, bushing, gears, lubricant, opener repair, sprockets
  • Amarr Garage Doors being acquired by Swedish company ASSA ABLOY 11/07/13 posted 2013-11-07 22:45

    Garage Door Corporation has been informed that Amarr Garage Doors based in Winston-Salem, NC is being acquired by ASSA ABLOY. We hope that the transition goes well and that this improves the strength of this quality vendor.  

    Tags: Amarr, News, Product review, ASSA ABLOY, garage doors, sale
  • Raynor discontinues wood garage doors as of 11/04/2013 posted 2013-11-04 10:32

    Garage Door Corporation has been advised that Raynor Garage Doors, one of the large garage door manufacturers with dealers nationwide, has discontinued the production,  sale, and distribution of wood garage doors. Raynor is based in Dixon, IL and used to manufacture their own wood garage doors, steel garage doors (both residential and commercial) as well as garage door openers. A check of the Raynor website confirms that the wood garage doors have been removed from the lists.

    Tags: Amarr, Clopay, News, Product review, Raynor, discontinued, wood garage doors
  • Expect significant price increases January 2014 - order garage door now and save posted 2013-10-10 16:00

    Garage Door Corporation is starting to receive price increase notices from its suppliers.

    Wayne-Dalton has announced a 4.5% increase on residential and commercial sectional garage doors effective on orders placed 01/27/2014 and later.  The lase price increase was 05/02/2012. This came as a memo dated 09/27/2013 from C. Preston Bowen.

    Tags: Amarr, Clopay, FAQ's, News, Pricing, Wayne-Dalton, 2014, price increase
  • Cheap garage doors (1 or 2 layer) - Are they worth it? posted 2013-09-17 02:17

    For years we have had residential customers request “the cheapest door you’ve got”. The next comment is usually something like -”I am selling the house” or “It only has to last a few years” or “Why would I need insulation - my garage is not heated”.In most cases they are looking for a 1 layer not insulated garage door for a detached, unheated alley or side drive garage. We have seen builders install these same cheap garage doors on an attached garage with living area above the garage door just to cut their costs.

    Tags: Amarr, Clopay, Energy benefits, FAQ's, News, Pricing, Product review, Tips, 3 layer, cheap, fair prices, ideal, pan door, quality
  • It's 9/11 (Patriots Day) - We will never forget posted 2013-09-11 00:47

    It is 9/11/2013 and twelve years ago I can remember exactly what I did during the entire day. From the first Twin Tower crash to the concerns about the Sears Tower aka Willis Tower  (we are in a suburb of Chicago) to the President's address to the nation. We must never forget the lessons of 9/11.

    A simply place to see some details of the 9/11 timeline are found here

    Tags: News, 9/11, Patriots Day
  • Amarr discontinues Medium and Dark Woodgrain 06/21/2013 posted 2013-06-26 10:21

    Garage Door Corporation has been advise by Amarr (see below) that all medium woodgrain and dark woodgrain have been discontinued effective 6/21/2013. We have confirmed that replacement sections will NOT be available. Amarr is moving to a new dual direction woodgrain (similar concept to Clopay Ultragrain) moving forward. The new product is not available for order until the dates shown in the chart below.

    Tags: Amarr, News, Product review, Tips, dual direction, Ultragrain, woodgrain
  • It's Memorial Day - Emergency service only 05/27/2013 - take a moment to remember and respect posted 2013-05-27 08:25

    Garage Door Corporation will be providing emergency service only on 05/27/2013 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. We  encourage everyone to take a moment to remember and reflect on our founding fathers, friends, family, our military personnel and the meaning on the holiday. In these tough times for many it is good to remember our freedoms, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

    Garage Door Corporation will resume regular service at 0700 CDT on Tuesday 05/28/2013.  Our service area is N/NW Chicago and suburbs

    Tags: FAQ's, News, Service request, Tips, emergency service, Memorial Day, remember
  • Amarr dark woodgrain color problem - resolution expected 05/17/2013 posted 2013-05-14 06:35

    Garage Door Corporation found out on 05/02/2013 that there was a production problem with Amarr dark woodgrain garage doors. Yesterday Amarr corporate made it official when they sent a dealer memo which said:

    Tags: Amarr, News, Product review, color problem, dark woodgrain, delay, recall
  • Eckert Door Company closing - sorry to see you go posted 2013-04-27 06:57

    Garage Door Corporation wishes to express our best wishes to the employees and Eckert family during these difficult times. Eckert Door Company (Milwaukee, WI) has been one of our garage door suppliers for many years and they are closing their doors after over 50 years. Eckert manufactured wood garage doors and distributed products from other vendors too. Our usual contact was with Tim in their Carpentersville, IL distribution center. Thanks Tim for your professional service and enjoy your retirement.

    Tags: News, closing, Eckert, vendors
  • Liftmaster 8355 MyQ 1/2hp belt drive literature and owners manual online posted 2013-04-25 22:02

    Garage Door Corporation has received the pdf versions of the new Liftmaster 8355 model literature and owners manual. These are both available on our website at Literature is available on our home page and the manual is on the instructions page (click the link near the top of our home page). We expect stock on the new model next week and still have some model 3280 belt drive openers for sale. See our previous post about the additions and changes for this new model.

    Tags: Instructions, Liftmaster, News, Opener Maintenance, Product review, 8355, belt drive, instruction, literature, owners manual
  • Liftmaster discontinues model 3280 belt drive - new 8355 MyQ is the replacement posted 2013-04-25 07:51

    Garage Door Corporation has received an official announcement from Liftmaster (by Chamberlain) that the model 3280 1/2hp belt drive garage door opener has been discontinued. Rumors of this have been circulating for awhile but as seen below it is not official. In a move towards expanding the MyQ product line Liftmaster has replaced the model 3280 with the model 8355 which is a 1/2 hp belt drive with MyQ. The model 3280 was our most popular model since it was quieter than the chain drive (ie model 3255 or 3265) and was priced competitively.

    Tags: FAQ's, Liftmaster, News, Opener Maintenance, Product review, Safety, 3280, 8355, belt drive, MyQ
  • Chicago area flooding damages garage door safety eyes posted 2013-04-24 08:03

    The recent flooding in the Chicago area (especially near our Park Ridge, IL office) has damaged many garage door safety eyes (aka ir sensors). These sensors are mounted on both sides of the garage door opening and within 6 inches of the floor. All openers manufactured after 01/2003 are required to have these sensors per UL325. They are designed to reduce entrapment risks by sending an infrared light beam from one side of the garage opening to the other. If the sensors are not working properly then the garage door opener will NOT close from a remote control.

    Tags: Instructions, Liftmaster, News, Opener Maintenance, Safety, Service request, flooding, ir, reversing, safety eye
  • Clopay discontinues Model 32A flush masonite (wood) garage doors 4/10/2013 posted 2013-04-17 07:15

    Garage Door Corporation has received the following information from Clopay regarding the model 32A masonite (wood) garage door product. Below is quoted from the Clopay Marketing Bulletin.

    Tags: Clopay, News, Product review, 32a, discontinued, masonite 33
  • Our website updated to HTML5/CSS3 with WCAG 2.0 standards posted 2013-04-07 20:09

    In an effort to support newer mobile devices and improve the user experience we have updated our website to HTML5 / CSS3 with WCAG 2.0 standards. We have validated our pages against the latest standards as HTML5 is still evolving. Many of our detail pages were previously reformatted for mobile phones.

    Tags: FAQ's, IT, News, Tips, CSS3, HTML5, mobile, Wcag 2.0, website
  • Watch our garage door "accident" on NBC's Chicago Fire 4/3/13 posted 2013-04-01 07:17

    We were glad to provide and install  2 Amarr Stratford 3000 pinch resistant garage doors for NBC's hit series Chicago Fire recently. Filming was performed on location on Chicago's north side. We are told the episode featuring these garage doors will air 04/03/2013. Without giving away the plot we can reveal that an individual is severely injured by one of the 2 garage doors and is found hanging from the garage door track. Maybe he should have followed all of those safety warnings on the label!

    Tags: Amarr, Clopay, News, Safety, NBC Chicago Fire
  • It's spring break for many - secure your garage door posted 2013-03-24 19:47

    This week many of are customers in the Chicago area are on spring break. If you are going to be out of town and NOT using your garage door you may consider unplugging the motor unit from the outlet on the ceiling in the garage. This will prevent anyone from using the garage door in your absence. You can also use the mechanical slide lock on the inside of your garage door (if equipped) to act as a deadbolt lock. Be sure that you disconnect the power before using the manual lock to prevent damage to the door or garage door opener upon your return if you forget that you locked the door.

    Tags: FAQ's, Instructions, News, Tips, garage door, keyless entry, lock switch, manual lock, vacation switch
  • Garage Door Corp BLOG moved to our servers posted 2013-03-15 05:40

    We are glad to share our recent website changes to enhance usability on mobile devices and improve security. We have migrated our BLOG ( to our own servers from If you experience any issues please let us know. Please note that all comments are reviewed before being approved to reduce spam.

    Please advise if you feel that your comment was not posted in a timely manner - it may have been caught by our spam filters.

    Tags: IT, News, blog, server, spam
  • GDCORP wishes all a Happy New Year / emergency service only posted 2012-12-31 16:44

    In observance of the New Years holiday we are providing emergency garage door service in the N/NW Chicago and suburbs only from 4pm CST Monday 12/31/2012 only until Wednesday 01/02/2013 at 7am CST. You may still visit our website at for faq’s, instructions or to schedule service

    We suggest calling or send your service email request now if you would like service on Wednesday. Calls are routed with a preference to the date and time of the original request.

    Tags: FAQ's, News, Service request, emergency service, holiday, New Years 2013