How to Find a Reliable Garage Door Company
It’s a fairly simple idea. The more you do something, the better you are at doing it. When you bought your first home, you might not have been the greatest at fixing leaky faucets, or pointing up mortar or even keeping the grass green. But as time went on, the more often you did something, the more tips and tricks you picked up to make the process easier and/or better.
After a while, you could get to the point where there are not many things around the house that you wouldn’t at least have an idea about how to fix or replace them.
So when’s the last time you fixed or replaced your garage door?
Throughout your life, you’ll probably buy at least half a dozen cars, but you might never have to buy the thing that faithfully goes up and down every time you leave or come home. It also protects your car and everything else you manage to get into the garage. Unless you remain in the same house for 20 years or more, buying a garage door might never have popped up on your ‘to do’ list.
In one way, that’s a good thing. It’s not like it’s on anyone’s bucket list to buy a garage door. But the downside of how rare it is to buy and install a garage door is that, when it comes time to do so, how exactly do you go about it? Even your handyman neighbor probably hasn’t bought very many garage doors.
To make matters worse, the garage door retail and installation business can be tricky. Many unscrupulous installers know that you don’t buy doors very often and they take advantage of the fact. Instead of offering top quality garage doors and using best installation practices, they might sell you a lower quality door at a higher quality price. And they might install it only well enough to last as long as it takes for them to not be ‘out of business’ when you call for warranty work.
That means the first thing to do if you’ve decided to buy a new garage door is to find a trustworthy installation company that only offers doors from the most reliable and reputable manufacturers in the business.
It sounds easy, but it isn’t. Here are just a few steps you can take to find a good garage door installer.
1. Surf the Web
Most people’s first step in researching any major purchase is to hop on the internet and check out the websites of local companies. It’s a great idea, but websites can be deceiving. Before you pick a company, make a short list of those that seem like good options and do some more web research. In particular, third-party ratings sites, like Homestars and Houzz, that will give you reviews and feedback from real homeowners in your area.
2. Get a Visit
The first ‘red flag’ that you should be on the lookout for is if a company wants to give you a quotation over the phone without visiting your home. Every garage door installation situation is different and, even if they get the right measurements of the opening from you, there are other details that must be seen in person before an accurate quote can be made. The visit all gives you a chance to get a feel for the people who will be installing your door.
3. Make Sure You Have Options
Another installation company to avoid is one who offers you only a limited number of door choices from a single manufacturer (who you should check out online also). A good garage door company carries a variety of garage door types and styles, from a variety of reputable, easily identifiable manufacturers.
How important is it to find a good garage door company? Look at it this way, even the best garage door in the world will never work well if it isn’t properly installed. If you are looking for a reliable garage door company for installation or repair in the Toronto area, contact Scarboro Garage Doors! You can even stop by our showroom to view our selection in person.