Tips for Consumers

We know that within most markets there are companies and individuals who prey on consumers, especially ones who are not fully aware of how to locate a professional. Unfortunately, this is true within our very own industry and profession.

One tool you can use in your area is communicating these tips on how to locate a professional door business. You should share these tips with your local media and also any local consumer advisor organizations, and highlight them in your showroom.

Here are 10, and you can probably think of even more:
  1. Does the business have a brick and mortar office in the community?
  2. Has the business provided you with names of satisfied customers?
  3. Have you checked with the Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List or Chamber of Commerce?
  4. How long has the company been in business?
  5. Does the company carry required insurance; very important.
  6. Many companies are members of the International Door Association, these firms adhere to a strict Code of Business Practices – check it out
  7. Many companies are also accredited by the Institute of Door Dealer Education and use IDEA certified door technicians – check it out
  8. Does the company install products or repair them in compliance with local, state and federal codes?
  9. If you are requiring only repair or service work, make sure you obtain a firm estimate prior to authorizing the work. If the cost of repair or service seems extremely unreasonable, it probably is.
  10. Although it may seem unimportant, are the company vehicles clean and professionally signed? If required, do they include a contractor license number?
IDA has produced a brief video utilizing Ms. Ida that you could include on your website, and even feature in your showroom. The video is entitled “What to Look for When Selecting a Door Dealer”. Check it out by clicking here.

IDA & DASMA Continue

In their continued effort to promote our industry and the utilization of professional door and access systems dealers, IDA & DASMA implemented a public relations effort that features a unique infographic. The infographic appears on the website: You are encouraged to link to the infographic on your own website, on Facebook, or Twitter online by using this link.

Care to Share a Safety Tip?

Safety is critically important to all door dealers whether it impacts employees or consumers. In order to enhance safety awareness and opportunities for the readers of International Door & Operator Industry magazine, IDA wishes to publicize safety tips generated by door dealers for door dealers.

Many dealers have developed special safety programs and we'd like to share the best and most effective by featuring them in a future issue of the magazine.

If you would like to share something initiated by your company that works well, you're encouraged to provide details to IDA. To do so, simply send a description of your safety tip to: International Door & Operator Industry, PO Box 246, West Milton, OH 45383, or email to: If applicable, drawings and photographs are encouraged.


During its meeting on October 28, the IDA Board of Directors confirmed the following slate of nominees for the 2016 election:

Region 1
  • Paul Peloquin, Ridgefield Overhead Doors, LLC, Ridgefield, CT
  • Ron Wescott, Ron Westcott Garage Door Contractor, Weare, NH
Region 2
  • Ed Hermanns, Merchantville Overhead Door, Camden, NJ
  • Mike Whitacre, Carl’s Door Service, Inc., Baldwin, MD
Region 3
  • Chris Cunningham, Cunningham Door & Window, Louisville, KY
  • Jim McGrath, Doors Galore, Inc., Clayton, OH
Region 8
  • Kevin Pettiette, Smokey’s Garage Door, Glendale, AZ
  • Brandon Martin, Martin Garage Doors of Nevada LLC, Las Vegas, NV
  • Martin Gendreau, Garaga, Saint-Georges, Quebec, Canada
  • Joel Yackee, Haas Door Company
  • Hans Wright, Windsor Door, Little Rock, AR
  • Glenn Tocci, CHI Overhead Doors, Manchester, NH
  • Stephanie Garcia, Marantec America Corporation, Gurnee, IL
  • Jim McGinley, LiftMaster, Elmhurst, IL
Should a member in good standing wish to have their name placed on the ballot as a Nominee by Petition, the deadline is November 20, 2015.

IDA Member Services ProgramMember Savings Program Offers Huge Discounts

Additional value can be added to your IDA Dealer/Industry membership through the new IDA Member Savings Program. The new program offers collective buying power through a 150,000 business Buying Group Alliance. Significant savings opportunities include Grainger Tools (19% average savings), ADP Payroll (25% average savings), Hewlett Packard, Office Max, Staples (20% average savings), and many more!
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Dealer FIT is an invaluable managerial tool that allows you to compare financial and managerial results of your dealership against the industry norm for dealers with similar sales volumes and similar types of sales activities.  Those who participate in the Dealer FIT Survey have all the statistics relating to garage door dealership’s financial and operating characteristics. Join today! It’s quick, easy and FREE to all IDA Dealer Members. In addition to our in depth spreadsheet analysis, the new Dealer FIT report now features many full color graphs and charts. Click here for more information.

IDA Scholarship Foundation Website

The IDA Scholarship Foundation has redesigned their website to be cleaner and easier to use. IDA Scholarships are available for all IDA dealer/industry members, their family, employees, and employee families. To learn more go to:


Introduced by Gary Lombard during the 2013 IDAExpo, a complete series of Tool Box Talks are now 
available to IDA members.  These Talks are an ideal addition to your safety program and are relevant to your specific business.  To view the Talks, click here. (You will be required to login).

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