When it comes to buying a new garage door and having it installed, it pays to deal with contractors who specialize in this process. Unless you are an exceptionally experienced and capable individual, garage door installations are best left in the hands of experienced professionals. You have several options to consider when choosing among these professionals.
Many people are enthralled with big box stores. Among their thousands of products, many of these giant retailers offer garage doors. For the most part, the inventory they carry is of decent quality at a fair price. However, the variety and choices they offer may be limited due to contractual agreements that have been worked out between the companies and their suppliers. Additionally, they may or may not have their own in-house installation department; in some cases, these stores depend on independent installers.
Another popular source for garage doors and their installation are private firms that specialize in garage door sales and service. In many cases these are family-owned small businesses, and many of the employees are members of the family as well. Often, these companies have showrooms that feature an array of products from a number of manufacturers. Companies such as these are very competitive, and their pride shows in their installation and service policies. Generally these companies have a long tradition of service in the community and are involved in community affairs. Because they are local, they feel a sense of obligation and resolve to do their best work for their neighbors and friends.
Whether you decide to hire an independent business or a larger chain to install your new garage doors, you should take the time to make sure you choose a quality provider. Many homeowners in the process of replacing their garage doors head to the internet to research product information, testimonials and references before they buy.
Smart shoppers have discovered that Angie’s List is a great way to qualify a company and its products. This website offers visitors details on a variety of tradesmen, contractors, products and companies engaged in home improvement and similar fields. Garage door installation firms would be included among those services. To be featured on Angie’s list, a contractor must come recommended by parties who have used the service. The referral is thoroughly investigated during the follow up process. Before the company is admitted to Angie’s List, it must meet strict standards. The company is then continuously monitored and its customer reviews studied. The results indicate whether the company you choose from the list has been found to be trustworthy and fairly priced.
Virtually every community holds some type of builders’ show every year. The larger, more populated cities may have major shows at which contractors and home improvement specialists congregate to display their wares. In many cases they will offer show discounts. This is a perfect opportunity to meet with door specialists to discuss and purchase new garage doors. Smaller suburban areas usually follow suit and have their own localized versions of these home shows. All of these strategies together can help ensure that you select the ideal option for your home’s garage.
Guest post contributed by David Clegg on behalf of RossDoor.com.au – Garage door specialists. David is a freelance writer who has worked extensively in interior design. His articles appear on various home improvement blogs.