When you decide that you need a new garage door installed, you will first need to select the type of door that you need. Garage doors are quite complicated electromechanical devices that have several moving parts that require continued maintenance, repairs, and at times even replacements.
If the garage door is not working properly, you do not necessarily need a new door installed. You can simply call repair expert to come and inspect it. If it only needs repairing, this can be done in a very short period of time especially if you don’t have to order for parts.
The cost of a new garage door will fluctuate depending on what you want. It is recommended that you include a garage door opener if you don’t have one. There is a considerable difference in cost between a basic one, and the one that includes bells and whistles. In this case, it is important to strike a balance between the kind of features you want and your budget.
It is also important to remember that certain models and makes of garage doors are not in production any longer, and some may not be durable. Some companies and installers may need to find or substitute parts according to your specifications and this could take some time. When this happens, go for the one with newer opening mechanisms so that you door is future proof especially for repairs.
You may also need to consider remodeling the front of our home when you are getting a new garage door. This will allow the installation of modern models and it is a cheaper way of making the front of your home looking new. This can be done by simply changing the paint of the frontal area of your home or by simply expanding the entrance.
Depending on your budget, you need to select the type of garage door opener you want to be installed. Several openers are available and each have different levels of security and noise as well as different price ranges. The chain controlled door opener is the most common and often the cheapest option. A screw driven model is midrange in terms of cost and noise compared to the other options. A belt driven opener is generally very quiet, and one of the expensive options available.
It is also possible to choose a single button door opener which requires you to push a single button in order to open the garage door. A more complex panel is also available. It has quite a number of options while opening a door. It can be backlit for easy viewing during the dark hours. The mechanism could also include a motion detector that lights up the when you step through it. It is recommended that you have at least one light on for some time after the it is opened, for security purposes.
In general, you have a choice of ½ hp or ¾ hp motors. One is suited for heavier doors but both will work on light garage doors. You should have a back-up battery in case electricity goes out frequently in your area of residence. You can also decide to have a wireless keypad installed on the outside of your house.
After you have selected the right options for your garage door, the next step is planning for the installation. You can spend some time and try to install the door yourself, or hire a professional to do it for you. The task can be complex and quite overwhelming especially if you have not done it before and in this case, the best bet is to hire a professional to do it for you.
Garage door installation requires extreme attention to detail. There is a serious risk of bodily harm if you don’t install the door springs properly. A simple choice out of inexperience to use a nail instead of a screw may lead to permanent damage or poor results. Advanced installation requires very specialized skills, which necessitates a lot of practice and time to achieve.
Garage door installation will improve the comfort of your home significantly when done properly. Correct installation will give you a trouble free experience with the new garage door.