Out with the old and in with the new. If your garage door has been malfunctioning, acting slower than usual, making noises, or has seen better days, it might be time to change it out for a new one. Regardless of your situation, there are a few key things from Pacific Experts to keep in mind when changing out your garage door.
Make Sure All Parts Are Working
With any broken springs, you will need to call in the professionals. A garage door expert has experience working with the different parts of the garage as well as the different materials such as steel, wood, fiberglass, and aluminum. Another thing to keep in mind is making sure your garage is well balanced.
If the garage slams to the ground and cannot stay open, or looks crooked when opening, it is a good sign that your garage is not balanced. Call a professional to get your balance back because this can be dangerous for you, your car, and your kids.
Do not base your measurements on the existing door. Rather, focus on the door opening and focus on required rear clearance. Once you are ready to install, make sure that the size of the opening matches the size of the door.
For the door to properly operate you will want to measure for enough headroom when opening and closing. Lower the garage door to check that the pipes and framing are not interfering.
With modern technology we have, you can purchase a garage door that looks great and can withstand the elements for many years to come. The material and construction of the door determine its durability and the maintenance it will require to remain in good shape.
Common materials include steel, fiberglass composites, wood, and aluminum. Steel is strong, secure, and relatively easy to maintain. Plus, manufacturers make steel doors look very similar to a wood grain finish.
Installing the garage door on your own can significantly save you a lot of money if you do it right. However, a professional garage door installation can save you a lot of time by having the process be done accurately without any serious hiccups. A mid-range door installation typically costs around $300 to $2,000 depending on the size and model.
Having a professional come in to inspect your garage door prior to changing it will prevent any additional garage door repairs needed down the road. Some things they will look for are warped tracks, worn down cables and loosened brackets. Worn down springs can also be a problem for the door to properly move up and down. Avoid future repairs and invest in a professional inspection prior to changing out your garage door.