Thursday, 21 April 2016

APRIL EVENTS AT WILCOX

CAMSC & Springfest, The Wilcox Way!

It was an event-filled month at Wilcox Door Service. From Springfest to the CAMSC Procurement Fair in Toronto, we were proud to present our services to new and existing members of the industrial community.

SpringFest-Industrial-Trade-Show | Industrial Showcase, Toronto | Wilcox Door

Springfest
On April 7th, it was Wilcox's 8th year attending Springfest at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. We saw many familiar faces, several of our customers and met others who were interested in utilizing our services. We'd like to thank everyone who stopped by our booth and we look forward to meeting with you in the near future!


CAMSC-Industrial-Procurement-Fair | Innovation Sponsor, Toronto | Wilcox Door
CAMSC-Industrial-Procurement-Fair | Innovation Sponsor, Toronto | Wilcox Door
CAMSC
This marks the first year Wilcox was part of the CAMSC Procurement Fair as well as being an Innovation Sponsor. We were blown away by the organization, the people we met and the overall goal to supplier diversity in Canada and the United States. Issues of diversity in Canada and the United States. Issues of diversity procurement were presented by leaders of GM, Chrysler Fiat, Kelloggs, BMO, TD and many more.  

CAMSC-Industrial-Procurement-Fair | Innovation Sponsor, Toronto | Wilcox Door
We look forward to being a part of the Procurement Fair for years to come!

Monday, 11 April 2016

BUSINESS ELITE CANADA FEATURE

Business-Elite-Canada-Wilcox-Feature | Industrial Magazine, Mississauga | Wilcox Door

Quality without Compromise  by Cheryl Long
Sometimes the simplest concept is the most effective one. At Wilcox Door, doing the job properly is one of the company’s core principles and a reason behind their outstanding success in the competitive construction sector.
The Mississauga, ON-based company has a distinguished history and an even brighter future. Dating back to 1912 when it began as Richards-Wilcox Custom Systems, once the largest manufacturer in the United States, Wilcox Door continues to lead the industry with a reputation for manufacturing and engineering excellence. The 80-employee company is best known for their cranes and custom doors, designing, engineering, manufacturing and installing products that adhere to the highest standards. That commitment to quality means they’ll search for an innovative design to meet their customers’ needs rather than rely on standardized products.
Company President and owner Bill Stewart purchased the business in 2006 when Richards-Wilcox began disassembling and selling their Canadian assets. He dropped Richards and chose the name Wilcox Door to differentiate the organization from another Richards-Wilcox door manufacturer in Mississauga owned by a U.S. firm. The two companies continue to maintain a manufacturer-distributor relationship today, and Mr. Stewart’s company still controls the Richards-Wilcox name for the crane side of the business.
“We’re a company that’s been around for a long time, we stand by our work and we have great people, and that’s really kind of the point…”
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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

CHOOSING THE BEST RESIDENTIAL GATES

Gate-Installation | Residential or Commercial Gates | Wilcox Door



Finding your Perfect Gate, The Wilcox Way!
Have you noticed that gates come in many different styles and designs? That's because every gate has a different purpose. We've put some tips together on how to properly secure your home or property with dynamic curb appeal.


Purpose
Buying a gate is like shopping for a specific occasion, determining how you will dress for it. In purchasing a gate, you too need to determine what purpose it will serve, whether for home security, a barricade from loud neighbours or to protect your plants. A wood or steel fence provides security whereas a picket fence is suitable for shielding plants. Knowing the purpose of your gate will determine what type of materials should be used such as steel, iron, aluminum or wood.

Budget

Don't buy what you can't afford. If you find the perfect gate that is out of budget. Try to find a similar alternative within your price range. However, if you need a specific gate but your budget is tight, make arrangements with your contractor and agree on a payment plan. Otherwise, start saving for your dream gate now and purchase it later on!

Gate Styles

Match the style of gate to your home. For example, if you're trying to achieve a natural ambiance, a wooden fence would work better than an iron gate. Look for specific gate designs online to narrow down your vision. Determine which shape, size and colour would best suit your property. A two/three-story house is better suited to have a tall, wrought iron gate for security yet leaving space for passers-by to appreciate your property.

Looking for the perfect gate can be daunting at times with all the options available today. However, we're confident that with these tips, you'll find your perfect match in no-time!

Safety
Most importantly, ensure the gate system you choose follows UL325 Safety Standards. Learn more through our gate safety guide.

FINDING THE RIGHT GATE SERVICE

Protect your Home and Add Curb Appeal
Gates are an essential investment for a safe property, protecting your family and possessions. Maybe you're thinking, a gate will lessen curb appeal and make my house look like less of a home. However, working with the right contractor is key building the gate perfectly designed for your home.

Research
Don't choose the first company you find. Use the internet as a tool to find local contractors that provide online brochures of the products and services they offer. When comparing your options, be sure to consider the following:
  • Company's profile; license, qualifications, work history and client testimonials.
  • Browse their products to see if they have the gate you're looking to install.
  • Check if they have a local office where you can see the gates and materials.
  • Record the company's number & email for when you're ready to contact them.
Spot the Red Flags
Most businesses write great reviews about their achievements, years of service and satisfied customers on their front page. How can you be sure that the information is factual and the company truly stands by their promises? As you work through finding the perfect contractor, look for these red flags before you seal the deal:
  • Rushing you to make a decision
  • Too much up-selling if you've already declined unnecessary offers
  • Asking for upfront payment if you have not accepted the offer
  • Giving expensive options without first assessing your gate specification
Ask the Necessary Questions
Have you made a call yet? Remember that you need a good interview to help determine whether or not the company is right for you. Focus on these questions:
  • What materials do you recommend to us and why?
  • Do you charge for estimates?
  • Do you have a cheaper option with similar features?
  • What can we expect in your procedure when you replace/install our gate?
  • What is the typical installation time?
  • Do you have a money-back guarantee?

Industrial-Residential-Gate-Installation | Property Safety | Wilcox Door
Payment Method
Most companies expect that you pay before or by the time your gate is installed. If the company accepts online payment, be sure to check the credibility of their third-party service.


Checking online testimonials for their payment software to make sure no one else has experienced issues. Your best option will be to find a contractor that is flexible enough to accept payment installments. This way, you're able to make the investment on your property while taking the time to gradually pay it off.

Have additional questions or concerns? Contact us. We're here to help!

HIRING A PROFESSIONAL RESIDENTIAL DOOR SERVICE

Why hire a professional to install doors on your home?
In an effort to save money, we typically install our own doors on our house. Some choose DIY projects to achieve a certain style of door. How hard could it be, right?
Our doors serve as an important element of our house. They shield our family from intruders and protect the house while you're away. For these reasons alone, we suggest installations be done by a professional door service to ensure a seamless process.

Door Safety
Before you consider a DIY project, understand that this could pose safety risks if not installed correctly. Ensure you have the right materials and that it is insulated and attached properly. Of course we have faith in you but we don't want the installation causing you more time, money and headache than necessary!

Save Yourself the Frustration of Installation
Have you installed a door and noticed empty spaces between the door and the jamb? Constant patchwork never seems to leave it looking like you had hoped. Design the door of your dreams and add character to your home with the help of experienced door builders.

Residential-Door-Installation-Tips | Wilcox Door
Expand your Options
Be open-minded when it comes to the style of your new door. This will open a whole world of options that will bring life to your home. Even if you have a specific door design in mind, the right door professional can advise you of how to take your idea to the next level while still keeping your budget in mind.

As this isn't an upgrade you will be making frequently in your home, be sure to explore all designs, materials and types of doors to find the best door for you!

REPLACING YOUR FRONT DOOR

Is your front door starting to crack?
Have you noticed stains or damage due to harsh weather conditions?

Does your door look obsolete compared to the latest models?

Then it's time to replace your front door! As you know, front doors do not only act as a safeguard for your family but also add curb appeal. Since the replacement process can be overwhelming, we'll help you through with some tips to keep in mind.

TIP #1 Get your door's proper measurement.
Although it seems obvious, many still purchase the wrong door size for their house. Use the old door as a template to get the correct measurements and replace the new door in the existing door jamb. Important elements in your door include:
  • Height and width of your door
  • Door jamb: take note of the spaces you need to spare for the hinges
  • Exterior opening: including the overall exterior casing
  • Approximate opening width: varies depending on the type of door
TIP #2 Pick a good door for replacement. 
What are you trying to achieve with your new door?
  • Are you renovating or changing your house style?
    Pick a door that will match the overall aura. For example, if you are going for a modern look, a sliding glass door would be better suited than a wooden door.
  • Are you replacing a broken door?
    Choose the same design you previously had with higher quality and more durability. It's okay to choose a new brand as long as you keep within your budget.
TIP #3 Inspect your new door's accessories.
What does your new door include? Even simplistic door designs can come with useful accessories such as automatic locks, one-way glass mirrors, tinted French glass or a dog hole. Depending on what your personal needs are, you can bargain a good price for a door with a good component system.

TIP #4 Recycle your old door.
Try using it in other projects such as creating wall decorations, a dog house wall or use them to barricade holes in a fence.

TIP #5 Use an experienced contractor.
This will ensure that your door is high-quality, secure and the process is stress and hassle-free. Working with a contractor allows you to make your door one of a kind and add in features to better suit your needs.