5 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New Garage Door.

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Using a handyman or DIY to install the garage door.

One of the most costly mistakes people make when buying a garage door is attempting to do the installation themselves or using a handyman to complete the job. DIY garage door installations can often lead to expensive repair bills and may even void any warranties associated with your garage door purchase. Professional garage door technicians are trained in all aspects of garage door installation, repair, and maintenance. They will ensure that your garage is properly installed, to the manufacturer’s specifications, and meet all safety standards. Additionally, when you hire a professional garage door company they may offer warranties or guarantees on their services and workmanship. This provides valuable peace of mind that your garage door is safe and secure.

Buying Used Doors

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9×7 Fimbel Roaring Twenties Garage Door

Another costly mistake to avoid when purchasing a garage door is buying used garage doors. While you can sometimes find great deals on used garage doors, there’s no guarantee of the condition of the garage door and parts, or how long they will last. There are major structural components to a garage door that if compromised can cause a safety issue. Used garage doors also don’t come with any warranties or guarantees, leaving you without protection should anything fail. Buying a garage door from a reputable manufacturer will give you the assurance that all of the parts are genuine, and it comes with a warranty or guarantee. Often used doors are missing parts and it can end up costing you more in the long run to buy all the parts that you are missing.

Installing a New Door and Leaving an Antiquated Garage Door Opener.

Not replacing an outdated garage door opener can be a major mistake when installing a new garage door. Older garage door openers often do not have all the safety features required today. Newer garage door openers have photo-eye safety sensors to keep the door from closing if something is in the opening. They also have force settings to prevent the door from operating if it feels too heavy or if it wants to get stuck. Many older openers will continue to pull or push on the door to the point that they can cause damage to the garage door.

Matching a Specific Color

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Amarr Classica Garage Door Northampton, Madeira Glass in Black

Garage Doors, unlike entry doors and siding, do not come in a lot of standard colors. Picking out a standard color that works with your existing design aesthetic is your best option. Most manufacturers offer lifetime warranties on the paint and finish. As garage doors are made of steel, they can be painted but this can void the warranty and it will need to be touched up from time to time. Custom painting is available from the manufacturer, but is a costly upgrade. It is important to consider the garage door in terms of design aesthetics when picking out your garage door purchase. Choose a garage door that complements your home’s existing design elements in the standard available options while still providing an efficient and secure garage system.

Adding Shelving, Built-Ins, and Other Obstructions Around the Garage Door.

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Ductwork is where the garage door track needs to go.

Adding shelving to the garage for storage is a great way to get the most out of the space. Keep from building anything permanent that would keep a technician from being able to properly service and maintain the garage door. Any custom shelving or storage systems should be placed well above the garage door and never placed against the door or the track. When it is time to replace the garage door anything that is in the way ends up having to be cut out and removed.

In conclusion, installing a garage door can be an expensive undertaking. To ensure that you are getting the most out of your investment, it is important to avoid these five costly mistakes: Skipping Professional Installation, Buying Used Doors, Installing A New Door and Leaving An Antiquated Garage Door Opener, Matching a Specific Color, and Adding Shelving or Built-Ins Around the garage Door. With a little research and knowledge, you can prepare yourself to make an informed decision when purchasing your garage door. Be sure to choose a garage door that is professionally installed with warranties and guarantees in place for years of reliable security and operation.