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Stand UP for Veterans brings together resources in Orange County

We were proud to support our military veterans last week at this great event.

by Justin Massey

Entry Systems staff attend the Stand UP for Veterans event.

Justin and Bonnie with Stand UP for Veterans organizer and local realtor John Hacker.

It’s critical communities come together to support those in need. Many in Orange County are struggling to receive basic resources. Far too many of our military veterans face homelessness and other difficult life circumstances including mental illness and unemployment. In fact, 1,388 Veterans are homeless in Orange County and 6,048 veterans are unemployed at any one time. However, there are many great organizations working to improve our veterans’ quality of life.

A great turnout at the Stand UP for Veterans event in Santa Ana.

The Stand UP for Veterans event brought a wide variety of organizations providing resources to those who’ve served.

Bonnie and I were excited to attend the Stand UP for Veterans event last Thursday in Santa Ana. We heard about it through local realtor and veteran John Hacker at the Orange County Association of Realtors (OCAR). John shared with us the opportunity to get involved. Since a key value of our family’s business is community service, we were proud to support this great cause. The goal of this event was to “help United States Veterans who are homeless, displaced, disabled or otherwise in transition become integrated into our community.” Service providers came together to offer resources for mental health, medical, housing, clothing, employment, law and education/training. A beauty and massage school even gave free haircuts and massages!

Each veteran was greeted and paired with a peer mentor who guided them to resources specific to their needs.

They left with a large duffel bag filled with resources. Everything from socks and underwear to a pillow and a handmade blanket woven from plastic bags were included. This innovative blanket (see picture above) not only retains body heat for the winter, but also helps fend off moisture from the ground. We left the event encouraged to see so many people gathered to support those who’ve served and eager to find new ways to partner with veterans organizations in the future.

About Entry Systems: Established in 1972, Entry Systems, a subsidiary of Laguna Niguel Garage Door Service, Inc., is one of the longest running garage door and gate repair companies in South Orange County. As a family owned business with over 40 years experience, the company has been an industry leader providing unrivaled service since its beginning. We proudly support our veteran community and offer 10% off our standard repair visit to those who have a valid military ID.

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LiftMaster Promo: $50k Sweepstakes & Free Remote Light Controls

LiftMaster Promo: 50th Anniversary Sweepstakes- Purchase and install a new Wi-Fi garage door opener from Entry Systems, your local LiftMaster Dealer and enter for a chance to win $50,0000. Plus, get two free remote light controls!

Click here to fill out the quick online form to obtain your FREE products and to enter for your chance to win $50,000! Installation must be completed between 4/17/17 and 6/20/17. Offer valid on the installation of LiftMaster garage door opener models 8550W, 8587W, 8557W, 8360W, 8355W.

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Reclaimed Wood Garage Doors Add a Vintage Charm

Upgrading your home with a vintage reclaimed wood garage door adds more than just beauty, it adds value with a 91.5% return on investment.

by Bonnie Joy Massey

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Image Source: Barns of Sonoma

It was easy falling in love with “rural” living when I moved to Northern California to study at Sonoma State University. I would run past the vineyards, the Christmas tree farm and my neighbors’ horses, cows and chickens. I would breathe in the smell of manure and freshly baked bread from the bakery down the street (obviously an unusual pairing). But one of my favorite sights was the old dilapidated barns. They were beautiful—full of history. They were worn through and through by storms but still standing.

These structures were a far cry from the buildings I grew up with in South Orange County. I was used to strip malls and Cape Cod or Spanish style two-story single family homes. These old barns had character! They had a past—were well used, well loved. They once provided income (or so I dreamed) for hard-working farmers to support their families for generations to come. Since I grew up in our family business Entry Systems, I have a deep appreciation for small, family-run companies. I felt pride and nostalgia looking at those beautiful, historic barns.

Modern trends utilize reclaimed barnwood to beautify the home.

Naturally, as an artist and a supporter of sustainable living, I’m delighted by the vintage reclaimed wood some homeowners are using for their garage doors. They are visually stunning, and I love the fact they are authentic barn doors recycled for the needs of a modern home. Some of these doors used are over 100 years old!

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Boost your curb appeal with the beautiful, rustic charm of a vintage reclaimed barnwood garage door.

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A reclaimed wood garage door is available from Carriage House Door in three colors: Sienna, Umber and Cordovan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of our garage door manufacturers Carriage House Door out of Sacramento, California- offers these beautiful doors.

Upgrading your home with a vintage reclaimed wood garage door adds more than just beauty and charm, it adds value. This retrofit project has a great return on investment (ROI). In fact, according to Remodeling Mag’s Cost vs. Value report for last year, upgrading your home with a high-end garage door has a 91.5% ROI. This is one of the highest returns of any single home improvement project. Entry Systems would love to give you a free in-home estimate for a new garage door if you are ready to boost your curb appeal and add value to your home!

About Entry Systems: Established in 1972, Entry Systems, a subsidiary of Laguna Niguel Garage Door Service, Inc., is one of the longest running garage door and gate repair companies in South Orange County. As a family owned business with over 40 years experience, the company has been an industry leader providing unrivaled service since its beginning.

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Why Harrison Ford Has Me Considering Garage Door Safety

By Bonnie Massey

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I grew up on the Star Wars franchise, binge watching all three original episodes with my dad and three brothers when we could. My favorite was always the second one,  The Empire Strikes Back. Honestly, like many children of the eighties, the main reason I loved watching Star Wars was that I thought the rugged Harrison Ford was incredibly handsome.

Years later while working in our family garage door business, I attended the International Door Association Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. While walking through Caesar’s Palace, who did I see sitting alone, but Harrison Ford? Like an excited schoolgirl, I mustered up my courage to talk to him: “Hello?” He raised his head. I continued, “I just wanted to tell you that I have loved your movies since I was a little girl, and I wanted to thank you for making them.” He looked down shyly, shook my hand and smiled. It was an exciting moment for me to meet this actor I had looked up to for so long.

Now Harrison Ford is making news headlines, not for his acting, but for winning a lawsuit regarding an injury he sustained on a London movie set while filming one of the newest films in the Star Wars franchise: The Force Awakens.

There was a lack of communication between the person operating a hydraulic door and the actor on the set of the Millennium Falcon. The operator unknowingly closed the door while Harrison Ford was underneath it, and the door fell like a “blunt guillotine” millimeters from Ford’s face. The steel door hit him with the weight of a small car and pinned him by the pelvis to the ground as he passed underneath it. Disney was fined over $2.6 million dollars over this incident. The court was told that Ford could have been killed by the heavy door and that the production company was responsible for ensuring a safe workplace. Ford suffered fractures to his fibula and tibula, and he had a dislocated ankle. Ford was airlifted to a hospital in Oxford after the incident and later had surgery on his left leg.

Harrison Ford’s injury has raised much needed public awareness of the potential dangers associated with operating any large moving door, and this relates to garage door safety at home.

While hydraulic doors and garage doors are not exactly the same, they share some important similarities. Both are powerful machines, which provide security and convenience, but both can be dangerous if one is not careful.

It’s critical to be aware and pro-active with your garage door in order to avoid possible injuries, and keep your loved ones and yourself safe.  As the International Door Association website states: The “proper installation, operation, and maintenance and testing [of your garage door] are necessary to provide safe, trouble-free operation. An improperly adjusted garage door or automatic opener can exert deadly force when the door closes. This could lead to serious injury or death from being hit by a closing garage door or from being trapped under the door.”

This is some scary stuff! Our company, Entry Systems strongly suggests regular maintenance of your garage door and operator to ensure safe operation. You can do your own garage door safety check by following some simple steps from IDA’s garage door safety reference guide.

Remember, we are always here for our local Orange County residents, and would love to set up a maintenance plan for you to avoid those stressful emergency calls when something breaks unexpectedly!

About Entry SystemsEstablished in 1972, Entry Systems, a subsidiary of Laguna Niguel Garage Door Service, Inc., is one of the longest running garage door and gate repair companies in South Orange County. As a family owned business with over 40 years experience, the company has been an industry leader providing unrivaled service since its beginning.

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Nest Smart Thermostat: A Great (& Now Affordable) Holiday Gift

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If you’re looking to purchase a gift this holiday season for a loved one or friend who’s excited by the latest and greatest in smart home technology, you don’t need to look much further than Nest’s smart thermostat.  This thermostat retails at $250. However, currently you can receive up to $125 in rebates in addition to using the beloved Bed Bath & Beyond 20% off coupon (saving you $50 up front). Costing only $75 and offering up to $60 annually in energy bill credits, the Nest Thermostat makes an exceptional (and now affordable) holiday gift that keeps on giving.

Many homeowners may be familiar with LiftMaster, one of the leading manufacturers of garage door products in the United States. The Nest Thermostat is one of a few, smart home products (including the popular Nest Cam) that now integrates with LiftMaster’s MyQ app.  My coworkers at Entry Systems have raved about the MyQ app, which is compatible with all LiftMaster garage door motors. Instead of needing a separate remote only used for your garage door, this MyQ technology connects to a free smartphone app allowing you to open or close your door from anywhere, even if you are miles away. When my brother offered me bicycles in his garage that needed to be removed for the garage sale the next day, I stopped by at his home while he was out to dinner and texted him that I was there. He then used his MyQ app to open the garage door for me! It is also good for those who are forgetful, like me, who always wonder- “Did I leave my garage door open?” This truly is a great tool for peace of mind!

LiftMaster’s MyQ technology has advanced one step further by allowing for integration with the innovative Nest Thermostat. Using the smartphone app, you can easily look at your 10 day history use and control your home’s temperature from anywhere.  The Nest Thermostat is a big step in changing how we look at our energy use. It learns what temperatures you like so it can keep you comfortable and help you save energy. It allows you to build a personalized temperature schedule as its smart technology learns what you like. It automatically saves energy when you leave home so you don’t waste money and energy heating or cooling your home when you are away. Southern California Edison will pay you to use less energy when everyone else is using more– making it a perfect, affordable holiday gift that will not only make the recipient’s life easier, but also save them money.

If you’re interested in learning more about how the Nest Thermostat works, check out this video:

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LiftMaster Rebate: Save $30 on your new LiftMaster Garage Door Opener!

This holiday season, save $30 on the purchase and installation of a new garage door opener from Entry Systems, your local LiftMaster dealer.

Click here to fill out the quick online form to submit your LiftMaster rebate. Installation must be completed between 12/16/16 and 1/31/17. Offer valid on the installation of LiftMaster garage door opener models 8550W, 8587W, 8557W, 8360W, 8355W, 8500, 8360, 8355.

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Orange County Garage Door Specialist — Job Opening

 

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Orange County Garage Door Specialist — Job Opening

Entry Systems, a 5-star Yelp reviewed small business of 40+ years, is looking to hire a full time Orange County garage door specialist. No experience is needed, we will train.

Click Here to Apply: Orange County Garage Door Specialist

This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking to learn a new trade. This position has an emphasis on sales and requires excellent customer service skills and the ability to use hand tools to fix our customer’s garage door problems. Our company is rapidly growing and there will be opportunities for growth for the right applicant. We will provide a company truck. Basic hand tool experience is required.What does the position look like?

  • A full-time garage door specialist who gives expert advice to customers regarding repairs and sales of new equipment.
  • Play a role in creating an excellent customer service experience every time, building relationships with long-term customers.
  • Provide Full Service Garage Door Repair and Maintenance, including installation of new garage doors, garage door openers and torsion spring replacements.
  • Maintain company truck and inventory on truck.

Requirements:

  • Must have experience with hand and power tools.
  • Our company prides itself in having a reputation for being a long-time professional and honest business in our industry and all of our employees uphold this reputation.
  • Must have clean and professional appearance and be friendly and comfortable interacting onsite with our customers
  • Flexible and reliable team player
  • Fluent English speaker
  • Ability to lift 75 lbs.
  • Minimum 6 years drivers license and clean driving record
  • Ability to use iPad to record job data
  • Experience in the Garage Door Industry is a plus but not required
  • Background check/drug test may be required

Numerous Benefits include:

  • Healthcare
  • Sick pay
  • Paid vacations an holidays.
  • Opportunities for commission, overtime pay, and professional development.

About Entry SystemsEstablished in 1972, Entry Systems, a subsidiary of Laguna Niguel Garage Door Service, Inc., is one of the longest running garage door and gate repair companies in South Orange County. As a family owned business with over 40 years experience, the company has been an industry leader providing unrivaled service since its beginning.

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Entry Systems Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

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Entry Systems Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Entry Systems has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015. 

“It has been an honor to win this award year after year. Receiving this award, based off of customer feedback, demonstrates that our customers trust us to provide consistent, quality service as a leading family-owned, garage door business in Orange County,” said Bev, owner of Entry Systems.

“Only about 5 percent of the garage door companies in Orange County have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

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Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than three million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

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How to Program Your Car to a Liftmaster Garage Door Operator

Entry Systems Tech Talks: Programming Your Car to a Liftmaster Operator

In the second video of our new Tech Talks series, Jonathan, our Manager of Garage Door Operations, explains how to program your car to a Liftmaster operator using your car’s existing garage door opener buttons.

It is important for you to have easy access to your home. One great way to make your life that much more convenient is to program your car directly to your garage door operator! This will allow you another means of access into your garage and allow you to give your current garage door remote to another family member or keep it in a second car. Why not connect the technology you already have in place and make your life a little easier?

If you’ve never programmed your car’s garage door buttons, now is the time. It can be a little confusing the first time, but this video from an Entry Systems professional will allow you to DIY (do it yourself) in just a minute or two.

Here’s an overview:

Many cars these days have HomeLink buttons installed which allow you to easily program your car to open and close your garage door using a Liftmaster operator.

A car’s HomeLink usually has a small symbol of a house and three buttons, and it is most commonly placed on the roof right above the windshield on either driver’s side or in the middle.

It should look something like this:

Make sure you also have a currently programmed garage door remote so you can transfer it over to your car’s HomeLink buttons.

Now follow these simple steps:

1- Decide which car button you want to program. Press that button & make sure the light flashes slow. If the light is solid or flashes fast, hold it down until it starts flashing slow (it could take up to 30 seconds to reset).

2- Take the handheld garage door remote that is already programmed. Hold down that remote’s button at the same time as you hold down your car button until the car button’s light starts flashing fast.

(With some newer cars this is all you have to do! Press your car’s button, and if the garage door opens you are done! If the door doesn’t open, however, continue to the next step.)

3- Find the “learn button” on your garage door operator (that’s the button on the machine which pulls your door open). Push that button down quickly (just once!).

4- Now go back to your car and hold down the button you chose to program. The lights on your motor should blink once.

5- Press your car’s programmed button & your garage door should now open. You’re all done!

It’s really that easy. We’d love to hear any questions you might have, video ideas you’d love to see, or any other general feedback. Make sure to subscribe to our channel and keep up with the content we produce!

As always, if you live in the Orange County, California area we would love to be your go-to garage door service company. Check out our website to learn more about us, give us a call at (949) 495-0835 or stop by our showroom in Laguna Hills!

 

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About the Entry Systems Tech Talks:

We have launched the Tech Talks series on YouTube in order to make it easier for our customers to better understand the function of their garage door. These short videos will answer some of our most frequently asked questions, introduce you to our incredible team and provide you with the opportunity to take matters of home access into your own hands. At Entry Systems, we want to provide more than just great service to our Orange County clients. We also want to provide the opportunity for homeowners to maintain the important functions of their home in a way that is easy to use and customized to their individual needs.

 

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