About Us

Don Lester with staff 1982

Lester's Garage Doors was the first full-time specialty garage door company in Gainesville. We were founded in 1969 by Don Lester, at the request of the Gainesville builders, with the help of God and some dear friends. In the early days, Don and two of his growing sons, Steve and Richard Lester installed the garage doors out of the family station wagon, after school and on weekends. Each of his six children worked for Lester's Garage Doors, but Richard Lester and Janet Hoeft remained throughout all the years. We are still operated by the Lester family, specializing in automatic overhead garage door and garage door operator systems. We are dedicated to serving Alachua County with the finest products  and workmanship available in the garage door industry. Known for "treating people as you would like  to be treated," we have maintained our reputation for the best service in town!


Lester's Garage Doors is fully licensed and insured, and remains an industry leader. Ed Hoeft, (Son-in-law and owner) has a Building Contractor's License, which is now required in Florida to comply with the new hurricane codes. We have completed certification for renovations on buildings with Lead-Based Paint. We are also PCI Compliant and keep your credit card and identity information secure. All our employees pass thorough background checks and drug tests.        

Why Choose Lesters?

Eddie and Janet Hoeft, owners
  • Founded on our Faith in God We recognize God as the source of our business and strive to treat people in a way to let God's light shine through us.
  • Building Contractor’s License  #CBC1251673
    First area overhead door company to acquire a building contractor’s  license. 
  • Vastly Superior Products
    Ours last 2-3 times longer than lesser quality products. 
  • Highly skilled, experienced staff   Every technician has been skillfully trained and is experienced. Several have over 29 yrs experience.  (Over 140 years combined experience). The staff at Lester's Garage Doors is better than any other staff at any other door company in the State of Florida.
  • Genuine Interest in Helping You 
    Highly recommended by your friends and neighbors. Just ask around!
  • Our Prices are Fair
    We will not overcharge or sell you parts you don’t need. We tell you up-front what the expected cost is and we stick to it!
  • Reliable We keep our commitments, arrive as scheduled, and do expert work. 
  • First Garage Door Company in Gainesville Founded by Don Lester at the request of local builders and with the help of God.
  • Family Owned and Operated
    Serving Gainesville for over 50 years. Our family has been in the same location since 1921. We will continue to be here and reachable when you need service.
  • Awarded Best of the Best in Gaineville Sun's 2016 and 2017 Reader's Choice Awards. Without even advertising or notifiying our customers of this contest, we were nominated and voted First Place as one of Gainesville's top businesses. 
  • Gold Genie Pro Dealer. The brand of garage door opener you trust.
  • UF Graduate Owner is a graduate from the University of Florida, College of Business Administration
  • Active in the Community
    Supporting charities such as area churches and schools, Catholic Charities, World Vision, Samaritan's Purse,  American Cancer Society, Springs of Hope Kenya, Focus on the Family, Walk America, Gianna's Place, plus many others.
  • Builder's Association of North Central Florida (BANCF) Member for over 40 years. The Don Lester Service Award, named after our founder, Don Lester is annually awarded by the BANCF to honor past Associate Vice- Presidents. Don Lester served as Associate Vice- President in 1978, and was a Director for many years at both the Local and State levels.
  • Environment- Friendly    Recycle steel, aluminum, plastic and paper, and re-use what we can. Paperless billing offered. Energy- efficient products offered.
  • Annual maintenence program offered to ensure you can depend on your garage door 





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