We at A Better Garage Door get lots of questions regarding garage door replacement, the process, the cost, the benefits and a lot more. It’s understandable. The garage door is the largest single component of a home’s exterior, and the single largest moving part of the house. Garage doors are the most popular entry portal for most non-urban homes in America today, and they have a huge impact on the way a house looks. As such, replacing your home's garage door is an important step which will impact your home's value, safety, convenience, and appearance for years to come. In this post we’re going to go through the most frequently asked questions we encounter on a daily basis about replacement garage doors, to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision regarding garage door replacement for your home.
ANSWER: DIY garage door replacement is not advised for a number of good reasons. First of all, it’s dangerous. People have died working around garage door springs. It takes a highly-trained professional to know how to handle them properly. Second, garage doors typically weigh several hundred pounds. Make a mistake and it could lead to a catastrophic accident. Also, installing the door yourself will likely void the warranty.
ANSWER: We get this question a lot lately. People are eager to take advantage of new technologies that allow for the remote operation of all types of household appliances. In this case the answer is “Yes”. You can choose to have hardware installed that will allow you to operate the new garage door by way of a smartphone app from anywhere in the world you can find an internet signal.
ANSWER: There are so many variables that go into pricing a garage door that providing one single answer to this question is impossible. The width of the door, the material, whether it’s insulated or not, the type of garage door opener mechanism and more will all affect the price. That said, $1,000 to $2,000 could be considered a ballpark figure for an average single-width garage door (installed). Just bear in mind as we said that any of the above listed variables could affect that price.
ANSWER: Today’s garage doors are more dependable than ever before. They’re also quieter, run smoother and often require fewer repairs over the course of their life than garage doors from just a generation ago. We recommend you schedule a twice-yearly checkup of your door just to be sure everything is properly lubricated and operating at peak efficiency.
ANSWER: Just as installing replacement garage doors yourself will likely void the warranty so will fixing the door yourself, or having the local handyman do it. In addition, garage door service professionals will provide a warranty on any parts installed and will guarantee the work they did for a period of time. You won’t get that if you fix it yourself or rely on a handyman.
ANSWER: One of the many advantages of having the pros from A Better Garage Door upgrade your garage doors is that they will dispose of the old garage door and its parts for you. We do this virtually every day and have rigid protocols in place regarding the proper disposal of garage door waste materials.
ANSWER: That depends entirely on the details of your insurance policy. Some will. Others will not. In all honesty it may cost more to add such coverage to your homeowner’s policy than it would take to repair any storm damage. But it’s obviously your call. Talk to your insurance agent.
ANSWER: Virtually any replacement garage door material can be painted at a later date if you wish. Wood, steel, fiberglass and other materials will all accept a coat of paint. If you decide to paint your door the most important things are that the surface is properly prepared and that you are using the right type of paint for the material.
ANSWER:It seems to be one of the givens of homeownership that the garage door will last as long as you want it to. But is that actually true? As is the case with many things, the expected duration of your garage door depends on a variety of factors. Most manufacturers claim garage doors will last 15-30 years. However, if you treat your garage door well and use it sparingly you may be able to extend its life (almost) indefinitely. On the other hand, if you treat your garage door with benign neglect it may not last 10 years. The answer to the question also depends on your definition of ‘worn out’. Some people will insist on replacing the garage door when a major mechanical part like the torsion spring breaks. Others will simply replace worn out parts and keep the door.
With that in mind, you can see why it’s difficult to say a garage door will last ‘x years’.![New Garage Door](new-garage-door.jpg)
ANSWER: There are a few common factors that go into determining how long a garage door will last.
In other words, there’s no clearcut way to definitively say “your door will last (this) long.”
ANSWER: To make sure it lasts as long as possible, regular maintenance is essential. The following suggestions can help ensure your door has a long, healthy life.
ANSWER: While regular maintenance and replacing worn out parts will certainly help extend the life of your garage doors nothing lasts forever and you’ll eventually need to buy a new one. But how will you know when you’ve crossed that line? Here are a few ways.![New Garage Door](old-garage-door.jpg)
Call the professionals at A Better Garage Door to schedule regular maintenance on your door. This will ensure it’s at its best when you need it the most during the depths of the Denver or Brighton winter. The garage door is the largest moving part of your home and adds a major level of comfort and convenience to modern domestic life. Treat it with the respect and care it deserves.
We hope you found these garage door replacement FAQs useful. If you have any questions about replacement garage doors that you didn’t see covered here give the pros at A Better Garage Door a call. We’ll be happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have about replacement garage doors.