Ultra-Lite Doors Ltd.: First-class Overhead Doors
Ultra-Lite Doors Ltd. (Ultra-Lite) has grown to become the largest distributor of overhead and high-speed doors in the Calgary region, as well as a worldwide leader in the industry since 1982. “We have the best selection in the market,” says Chris Szysky, vice president of Ultra-Lite, who proudly adds that the business is still owned and operated by Al Abrahamson, who has owned Ultra-Lite for almost 30 years.
The company’s facilities include an office, a large warehouse and an expansive showroom, all of which are under one roof to serve commercial, industrial and residential clients with ease. For added convenience, Ultra-Lite sells and installs door systems from the largest and most reputable brands in North America.
Due to the company’s esteemed reputation, Ultra-Lite works with Clopay, the largest producer of overhead doors. The company also works with LiftMaster and Manaras, two of the largest door operator manufacturers in addition to Rytec for high-speed doors in commercial and industrial applications. The Ultra-Lite team prides themselves on being a one-stop shop for overhead doors.
The company has established a strong presence in the residential market by working cooperatively with homebuilders on new construction projects. The company also performs retrofits of existing houses independently for owners looking for an upgrade. The team is happy to assist any homeowner in buying a residential door, and will even remove an old door before installing the new one in order to ensure overall customer satisfaction.
But the company doesn’t stop there. The Ultra-Lite team also caters to commercial needs, and is capable of outfitting an entire shop. Ultra-Lite satisfies all sorts of commercial applications, and the team self-performs all aspects of each installation project. And the team is completely independent, meaning clients deal only with the Ultra-Lite team of 70 from selection to installation.
Ultra-Lite’s service division is one of the largest and most diversified service departments in the industry. The company repairs and maintains any brand, style or size door, regardless of where it was purchased or who installed it. Additionally, if the problem is electrical, Ultra-Lite will service control systems and electric openers. To boot, the company’s technicians are available 24 hours a day for emergency service and repair.
Qualified service technicians are available to perform checkups for every client, and the company additionally offers long-term maintenance plans upon purchase. The company’s technicians go through a full inspection checklist to maximize efficiency, making slight adjustments, lubricating applicable components and recommended replacement parts when necessary. Thus, Ultra-Lite is able to offer competitive pricing for both products and services.
Where Are They Now?
Ultra-Lite has established itself as the go-to company for egress fixtures in Calgary, and many of the high-rises in downtown Calgary have an Ultra-Lite door on them somewhere. One of the company’s esteemed landmarks is the Bow, which is the largest building by square foot constructed in the Western Hemisphere as of 2012.
One of the most frequent sources of commercial business for the company is the hospital sector in the area. Szysky estimates that his company has served most of the hospitals in the city, including the Alberta Children’s Hospital. The hospital employs a variety of overhead door solutions, from parking garage entries to loading docks. Ultra-Lite has also done installations at Calgary’s City Transit Authority buildings and a handful of auto dealerships and service centers. “We’ve done high-speed parkade doors, loading dock doors and rigid rolling doors for high-traffic areas,” Szysky says of the commercial applications.
Securing reliable labor is always a challenge in the Calgary market. However, Ultra-Lite has been very fortunate to retain the best of the best when it comes to labor in the industry. The company credits that to treating each Ultra-Lite employee like family, of which many have been with the company for 10 to 20 years.
Ultra-Lite’s experienced and growing staff is dedicated to knowledgeable, friendly and readily available service. The company’s salespeople and technicians work side-by-side with homeowners, contractors and businesses to select and install the perfect system for any application, commercial or private. Installation is quick and precise and maintenance programs are available to extend the life of the door whenever Ultra-Lite time is involved.
Ultra-Lite doors are available in a variety of aesthetic and functional styles, supplied only by the top manufacturers in the industry. The company is 100-percent Canadian-owned and -operated, and Szysky says the family aspect is a major component of Ultra-Lite’s philosophy of operation. Ultra-Lite Doors Ltd. has built a regional reputation on experience, honesty, integrity and innovation.