Before You Buy a Garage Door, Do This! (Part 5)
You made it!
Whether you’re replacing an older door that isn’t up to par in form or function or you’re building a new home, you’ve done your homework and you have an idea of what you’re in for in terms of the decisions you’ll have to make.
You’re ready to take the plunge and purchase a new garage door.
This installment in our series is going to focus on what your next steps in the process should be – finding a trusted company, installation, and future care of your door.
(If you haven’t read the previous blogs in the series you’ll want to catch up on Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.)
Once you’re serious about making a purchase, the first thing you should do is find the right garage door company to work with.
The garage door company you choose can make or break the whole experience for you.
Here are some tips to help you find the company that’s best for you:
- Ask friends, relatives, and neighbors if they have any recommendations. Reputation matters!
- For each company you’re interested in, get references from past customers.
- Ask thorough questions about pricing and what’s included in the cost of your door. If a company isn’t forthcoming, cross them off the list.
- Make sure they are insured.
- Ask for proof that they are familiar with the codes and regulations for your area.
- Ask for detailed explanations about warranties. You want a company that will stand behind their work.
Correct installation is important. Really important. In fact, it’s just as important as the other factors that go into your garage door selection.
A door that isn’t installed correctly will cause major issues and possibly major bucks.
Luckily, you know how to find a reputable company!
While installation is usually included in the price of the door, it’s always a good idea to double-check with the company to avoid any budgetary surprises.
Cleaning and maintenance
One of the best methods for caring for your garage door is by giving it a periodic cleaning. It should be washed about once a year, though a little more frequently is fine, too.
Here’s how to wash your door:
- If it’s made of steel. First, wet the outside of the door with your hose. Wash the surface with a soft sponge or cloth and a mild cleaner, such as dish soap. Rinse the door off with the hose. You don’t need to worry about drying it off.
- If it’s made of wood or wood composite. The best method is to simply wipe the door down with a dry or slightly damp soft cloth. Wood doors will probably require a new coat of paint or stain periodically.
Pay attention to what you see and hear. One of the best and easiest ways to keep up with the functioning of your garage door is to look and listen each time you use it. Make sure it’s moving smoothly and doesn’t make any scraping or grinding sounds.
It’s best to go back to the company that installed your garage door if you have any problems throughout the life of the door.
You may find that some issues are covered by a warranty, while others may not and will require you to pay out-of-pocket. There’s quite a large variable here. The technicians who installed your door should be able to give you the information you need – or ask about the warranty before you buy.
Actually making the purchase of your new garage door is when all your planning and research is put into action.
Seek out a reputable and trustworthy garage door company to work with and get going!
Do you feel well-equipped to begin the process of purchasing a new garage door?