If you are considering replacing your old garage door here are a few things for your consideration that could save you some money on a new garage door
These tips are for those of you on a budget. If you are fortunate enough to have an unlimited amount of money to spend on your new garage door, you should not have to read any further. In that case your biggest problem will be having to choose among the almost unlimited styles and colors of doors available. We will cover that topic for you in a later post.
Can You Install the Door Yourself?
If you have a bit of skill in this area and some time on your hands, you might consider buying your door and installing it yourself. This can lead to some savings.
Downsides to a self install:
- You might be surprised at the amount of savings you will receive. Many reputable garage door companies will be getting the garage door and all the hardware at a reduced cost, so the installation costs you save might not be as much as you would expect.
- Preloading and releasing the tension on a torsion spring can be extremely dangerous to the uninitiated. We do not recommend the homeowner try this.
- Getting the job done right, and maintaining your warranty. A good local overhead door company will provide a guarantee on their work, should anything go wrong later.
- Disposing of your old door. The overhead door company that installs your new door will haul off your old door as part of the installation cost. Removing and recycling your old door can be a problem for DIY’ers.
Shop around – get some quotes. This is much easier to do than the first option and is a no brainer. You should get a couple (or more) quotes from local overhead door companies. Get some references while you are at it. Make sure your quotes are for the same product and services.
Don’t pay for features you don’t need
- Insulation. If you live in a very temperate climate, you might not need as much insulation in your door that you would in harsher climates. Be aware that insulation also provides noise reduction as well as temperature control. An uninsulated garage door will create more noise during operation.
- Style. There are some really beautiful custom and carriage style doors available. Yes, they would look great on your house, and even though a new custom door can totally change the curb appeal of your home, if you are on a budget, you might want to consider a more standard model.
- Garage door openers. If your door is lightweight and you won’t be operating it more than a normal amount, you probably won‘t need an industrial type door opener. Belt drive openers will provide a quieter operation but will normally cost more than a chain drive model. If you don’t have a room over the garage, you might not be too worried about the extra noise. The more expensive models will have a batter backup system to allow operation when you experience a loss of power and an automatic closer when you drive off and forget to close the door. You should review these options and choose those that you feel you have to have if you are on a budget.
Pick a reputable garage door company. If you are not careful, you could save a little money up front, only to shell out a lot more later if the garage door is not a quality product or the installation is not done properly. Steich Overhead Doors have been in business in the northeast Pennsylvania area for more than 30 years, and we will gladly give you a competitive estimate. Guaranteed no sales pressure. Give us a call at 215-795-2500.