Whether you are building a new home, remodeling the outside look of your home, or replacing your old garage door, installing a garage door for your Houston home is a big investment. The overall look and security depend on getting the right garage door for you and having your garage door installed properly. However, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the process of getting a new garage door to the point where you are not sure what to ask when buying a new garage door. We have been installing garage doors for Houston since 2006 and have helped hundreds of new garage door customers get the right garage door. From our experience, here are a few tips on what to ask when buying a new garage door.
Questions to Ask About the Garage Door
Garage Door Size
The size of your garage door is a crucial consideration. Before you begin shopping, measure the width and height of your garage opening. Most garage doors come in standard sizes, but if your opening is an unusual size, you may need to order a custom door. Make sure you measure both the width and height of your opening, as well as the depth of the garage to ensure you get the right size door. From there, when you talk to a garage door company, you can ask ” do you carry (insert your size) garage door?
Garage Door Materials
Garage doors are available in several materials, including steel, aluminum, wood, and fiberglass. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to consider your needs when choosing. Steel doors are durable and low-maintenance, while wooden doors offer a natural look but require more upkeep. Fiberglass doors are lightweight and resistant to dents, while aluminum doors are affordable and rust-resistant. If you are talking with a garage door company, and if you don’t have a material picked out, it may benefit you to explain what you are looking for in a garage door. For example, are you looking for something extra sturdy or to let natural light in?
Garage Door Costs
Keeping in line with the different types of material are garage door costs. Some of the most affordable garage doors 8 feet by 8 feet start around $800 (25 gauge steel garage door) without installation. Instinctively from there, the better the material and the bigger the size, the higher the cost. It’s important to set a budget before you start shopping and to consider the long-term value of your investment. A high-quality, well-installed garage door can add value to your home and save you money on energy costs in the long run.
Questions to Ask A Garage Door Installation Company
One of the key things you want to find out is how is the transaction handled. If you call a garage door company and talk to their sales team, you will want to find out if there is a deposit or if all the money is paid upfront or upon completion.
Garage Door Labor and Installation.
When shopping for a garage door, it generally is better to have the garage door company install the door themselves unless you are a very handy person. That means you need to not only ask about the garage door cost, but also what the cost is to install it themselves.
Parts and Labor Warranty.
Different garage door installation companies in Houston offer different warranties. There are some that offer a warranty just on parts, some offer parts and labor warranty. Here at Spectrum Overhead Door LLC, we offer two-year parts and labor warranty on the garage doors we install. So, when you call a garage door company, ask what are your installation and parts warranties? Also ask if there is a manufacturer warranty.
Availability, Shipping, and Delivery.
Not all garage door companies carry garage doors in stock. Add in the fact you may want a custom garage door. So, you will want to ask, if you do not have this in stock, when can it be shipped and what are the shipping costs?
When an installation company comes to install your garage door, anything can happen, such as a slip and fall. A good garage door company will have liability coverage, so they cover the cost of any medical issues that arise from the installation instead of you. Ask, do you have liability insurance?
There might be an instance where the garage door installer has left, and the door comes off the hinge the next day. Or if you ordered a white aluminum garage door and come home to an almond one instead. Things happen. The good question is, how does that garage door company resolve those issues? It’s best to know beforehand. So, a good question would be, if something was not done right or I did not receive what I asked for, how do you resolve that?
Use these questions when ordering a new garage door and you should get the most out of your order from a company you can trust. If you are in the Houston area and need a new garage door, call Spectrum Overhead Door LLC at 281-748-9542 and ask us these questions. We will be delighted to answer these and any other questions you may have so you get the most out of your new garage door.
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