What to Ask When Buying a New Garage Door

When it comes to home improvement, selecting the right garage door is a decision that can impact your home’s appearance, security, and energy efficiency. After installing hundreds of garage doors in Houston, I have seen firsthand the difference a well-chosen garage door can make. In this blog post, we’ll explore the essential questions you should ask when purchasing a new garage door.

Questions to Ask About the Garage Door

What Garage Door Size Should I get

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?

Alternatively, if you have a set up where it’s two single garage doors, you have another option besides just getting two doors. You could convert those single doors into a one, two car garage door!

What Style Complements My Home?

Your garage door is a prominent feature of your home’s facade. Whether you prefer a contemporary, traditional, or custom design, ensure that the style complements your home’s architecture. Consider the color, material, and window placements, which should harmonize with your home’s overall aesthetic.

What Material is Best Suited for My Needs?

Garage doors come in various materials, including steel, aluminum, wood, and composite. Each material offers different benefits in terms of durability, maintenance, and insulation. For instance, steel doors are highly durable and low-maintenance, while wood doors offer a classic look but require more upkeep.

What are My Customization Options?

Customization can range from hardware choices, like handles and hinges, to unique panel designs or window inserts. Don’t hesitate to ask about how you can personalize your door to meet your specific tastes and requirements.

How Much Maintenance Will My Garage Door Require?

Different materials and styles require varying levels of maintenance. Ask about the frequency of maintenance tasks such as painting, lubrication, and part inspections. Opt for a door that suits your willingness and ability to perform regular upkeep.

What’s the Cost, Including Installation?

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.

How Important is Insulation?

If your garage is attached to your house, or if you plan to use the space for more than just parking cars, insulation is key. Well-insulated doors help in maintaining temperature, reducing noise, and increasing energy efficiency. Ask about the R-value, which measures the door’s resistance to heat flow.

 

Questions to Ask A Garage Door Installation Company

Deposits

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?

Liability insurance.

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?

 Issue Resolution.

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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Cece has lived in Houston all her life. She has great memories spending time with her father fishing for bass, perch, and catfish. When she was younger she enjoyed competing on a dance team and playing volleyball. Like many of us, Cece was excited to get her…                                       [Repair Techs Contd]

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