William Burton Becomes First North Carolina Franchisee


RALEIGH, NC (July 12, 2020) — Access Garage Doors has expanded their growing company footprint into the South Raleigh market.


Headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Access Garage Doors has led the way for garage door and electric opener services in the Southeast. The company is a top-ranking authorized dealer for Liftmaster Opener Systems, Clopay and Amarr Garage Doors. Their national headquarters employs 22 individuals who are experienced and well-trained to utilize over 100 years of combined experience to teach the entire business of installing and servicing residential garage door systems. Access awarded their first franchise in Febuary 2020 located in Naples, Florida.

Access Headquarters is enjoying 48% growth in a year over year comparison.  It’s that impressive showing and over 15+ year track record by the company that drew self-professed ‘serial entrepreneur’ William Burton to the brand as their second franchisee. “I was looking for a franchise with tremendous growth potential that shared my business philosophy of providing exemplary customer service and a quality product.  Access Garage Doors was a great fit and I’m excited about introducing the company to Raleigh customers.”


Access President and CEO Jesse Cox said, “We’ve built a strong business model based on the high-quality service selection we offer that are installed by an equally high level technically trained professional. Franchisees are trained and provided with proprietary resources to use in day-to- day operations in order to drive the overall customer experience of the Access brand.  We’re taking this model and offering it on a national level in various markets and are pleased with the initial responses we are receiving.”


Access Garage Doors nationwide franchising program provides proprietary training, ongoing support, resources including trusted associated partners and suppliers, and even home-based options to franchise owners who are just starting out. The program is designed to assist the  Access brand grow in areas where there is demand. To learn more about this program, visit Access Garage Door’s website.


Burton noted the new company will be located in Morrisville and is expected to open by August.  He anticipates employing five employees, initially with plans to double that number in 2021.


 “We’re excited to welcome William and the South Raleigh market into the Access brand family,” said Cox.  “Working together, we know this franchise will be extremely successful and we’re looking forward to supporting those efforts.”



Founded in 2005, Access Garage Doors provides service, installation, and sales of state-of-the-art residential and electric openers. Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Access is a top-tier Master Authorized Dealer for one of the largest garage door manufacturers, Clopay, and is a top-tier LiftMaster ProVantage Dealer. Access also carries brands such as Amarr Doors, Genie, Craftsman, Chamberlain, Marantec, and Sommer, and services Hormann, Wayne Dalton, CHI, Raynor, Sears, Linear, Lynx, Overhead Door, Ideal Door, Windsor Door, Stanley, Door Link, Ryobi brands. Access is a long-term member of the International Door Association, as well as the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga.


Congratulations to Access Garage Doors of Chattanooga/Headquarters on the acquisition of Williams Door Company. See the full press release below.



Published by: The Chattanoogan     05/19/2020

Access Garage Doors has acquired Knoxville-based Williams Door Company’s Chattanooga operations.

A fourth-generation company founded in 1971, Williams Door Company is a provider of residential, commercial, and industrial overhead garage doors based in Knoxville, with an established presence in the Chattanooga market for over 15 years.

Access Garage Doors president and CEO Jesse Cox said, “As we thought about acquiring the Chattanooga office of Williams Door Company, we explored the similarities between our companies and found a shared commitment of providing high quality products and the best care to customers for over a decade and half.  We’re excited to continue this legacy of high-level service to their existing area customers, as well as expand our services to new customers through this acquisition.”

Since 2005, Access Garage Doors has led the way for garage door and electric opener services in the Southeast. As a top-ranking authorized dealer for Clopay, LiftMaster, Amarr, and Genie products, Access employs nearly 20 individuals who are experienced and well-trained in installing and servicing residential and commercial garage door systems.

“As a top-tier Clopay Master Authorized Dealer, the Access name is very trusted in our industry,” said Williams Door Company president Scott Williams. “We know our Chattanooga-area customers will be in great hands and we will continue to work in tandem with Access to ensure all of our customers are taken care of.”

In order to ensure an easy transition, Access will retain Williams Door Company’s Chattanooga phone number, so current Williams customers are able to call the same number. All current warranties will continue to be honored and serviced by Access.

“We are grateful that the Williams team has placed their trust in us to continue their legacy of customer service,” said Cox. “We have great plans for Access in Chattanooga and look forward to strengthening our brand in Chattanooga and nationwide through our franchising program.”



US101 Radio had us on for their Small Business-Free Commercial Friday. Listen in as Nikki tells us all about what Access Garage Doors is up to!


Clopay’s ImagineNATION Contest is underway for 2020. This is your chance to turn those brand new garage doors into $1,000. It is easy to enter and will run until December 31st, 2020. Here are the details!

  • Contest entries must be submitted by 11:59 Est on December 31st, 2020 to be eligible
  • Entries with people and/or pets will not be considered.
  • Limit 1 entry per residence/home.
  • One winner will be chosen on the 4th Monday of each month for the duration of the contest.

For full contest rules and to enter, click here!



Automatic garage door openers are both handy and convenient. With a simple push of a button, there is no longer a need for the back-breaking, everyday workouts of manual doors. Nor do you have to worry about slamming them shut on your foot! But, there are also some dangers if you do not practice proper safety steps. Check out these three tips to help keep your family and home safe.

1. Check Safety Sensors

Safety sensors are the reason a door reverses if there is something (or someone) underneath a closing door. They are attached to the rails of a garage door and are about 6” off the ground. Testing whether your sensors are working properly or not is super easy! Simply close your door and put a basic object, like a broom, underneath. If your sensor is working properly, your door will immediately stop movement and reverse. If the door continues it’s path, please have your door inspected immediately to ensure your family’s safety.

               LiftMaster 877LM

2. Keep Your Code Secret

It’s near impossible to do anything nowadays without having to create a password. Just like passwords for your bank, social media, or favorite streaming service, keep your garage door code safe and secret! Ideally, you should keep the code within the household, but with frequent family, friend, or babysitter visits, this can seem impossible. Make a mental list of people you wish to have the code and be sure to keep it within that group. If an occasion arrives where you must share the code with someone outside this list for a one-time use, change your code once they no longer need access.

*Additional Tip: Steer away from easy-to-guess codes such as birthdays or phone numbers.

3. Keep Remotes Safe                

The best place for your outside keypad is at least 5’ from the ground so that younger children aren’t able to reach it. Make sure that the cover is undamaged so the elements are unable to damage it. Apart from the keypad outside your garage door, you may also have remotes for your cars. Be sure to keep these safe and out of sight when not in use and keep them away from any young children. If you are already following these three tips–great job, keep it up! If not, don’t worry. It isn’t too late. In just mere minutes, you can accomplish these steps, ensuring the safety of your family and home.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an inspection, contact your local Access Garage Doors today.

                         Liftmaster 893Max


Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by the tornadoes last week. We would like to thank all of the first responders who have worked around the clock to ensure the safety and well being of our community. As clean up continues, we at Access Garage Doors believe that hope shines brightest in the darkest of moments.


Is the exterior of your garage door needing some freshening up? If it is a metal garage door, wash the door as you would a car with a mild detergent and a wash mitt. Then, simply take some automotive spray liquid wax and apply it to the door. This will not only give you the sheen and the luster you once had, but also protect the door from the environment. 

Located at the Chattanooga Convention and Trade Center

Tri-State Home Show Hours

Friday, February 28, 2020 10 AM-7PM
Saturday, February 29, 2020 10 AM-7PM

Sunday, March 1, 2020  11 AM-5 PM

Cost: Admission is $12
Multi-Day Pass $20
Children 16 and Under are FREE.

Friday is Senior Day 55+ Admission is $5

 The Tri-State Home Show is February 28-March 1 at the Chattanooga Convention Center brought to you by the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga and EPB Fiber Optics.  If you are planning to build or remodel your home a trip to the Home Show is the perfect place to start. There will be over 500 booths featuring products and services for new home construction, whole house renovations, flooring, bathrooms, kitchens, landscaping, remodeling and more.  Regardless if your next project is big or small, get expert advice for your next interior or exterior needs or new home design. Bring the kids. There will be free programs throughout the weekend, kid zone activities, balloon animals and more.  Register to win great products for your home!   Everyday is giving back to the community day. A portion of your ticket cost will support our local American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity. Bring a can good for Chattanooga Area Food Bank and receive $1 off admissions.  One discount per person. Senior Pricing can not be combined with any other discount. 

Access Garage Doors Announces New Location Forthcoming and Expands Operations Nationwide With Franchise Opportunities: Awards First New Franchise

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Jan. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Access Garage Doors recently announced it had awarded its first franchise license to Florida businessman, Ricky Nelson, who will build the inaugural franchise location in Naples, Fla. Open Doors Inc., the Access Garage Doors franchise provider, now offers franchising opportunities to any entrepreneur who wants to join the Access Garage Doors team.

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome our first franchisee into the Access Garage Doors team,” said Jesse Cox, CEO and President of Access Garage Doors. “Since we began offering franchising packages, I have been completely humbled and honored that so many are taking notice of what my team and myself have worked so hard to create for the last decade and a half. We are proud to extend this opportunity to Ricky, and we look forward to helping him and his family deliver an exceptional level of products and services to his community in Naples.”

When asked about his decision to join the Access team, Ricky Nelson said: “These people truly care about what they do, and that coincides with who we are and the way we feel our customers should be treated. And if I want to be in business, why not follow a proven formula, backed by a wealth of knowledge, experience, resources, and a team we can count on?”

The new franchising package comes with a variety of amenities, including low industry flat fees, extensive training at Access headquarters, low operational costs, start-up costs at less than 35K, high-quality brands and services backed by solid marketing data, start-from-home options and much more. Learn about Access Garage Doors franchise opportunities here.

“I started off as just a helper on an install crew a decade ago. It has been amazing to be a part of Access’s monumental growth succession into a national brand.” –Chris Evans, Director of Operations.

About Access Garage Doors

Based in Tennessee, Access specializes in providing garage doors to meet a wide variety of customer needs, including low-end, non-insulated doors as well as custom wood doors. Along with installation expertise, Access Garage Doors is also an expert in garage door opener technology. And with the best warranty packages available in the industry, including unique lifetime installation and optional lifetime hardware warranties, customers are assured that every aspect of their garage door experience will be covered in the future. “Access Garage Doors: It’s What We Do.”