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Garage Door Replacements – What to Look For, How, and Where

Garage Door Replacements – What to Look For, How, and Where
The dents, the broken button, the slow painful draw upwards creaking as it goes… it’s time for a new garage door. But…ah, well maybe this one came with the house, or was installed by your ex. Or a thousand other excuses that all compile into a single question you ask yourself over and over again. How do I buy a new door for something like a garage? What a good question to ask – and here’s some general information to give you the answer:
Where To Buy
Your first inclination might be to look online…but there’s a problem with that idea. As a massive item in need of installation it’s not exactly something that you can ship right to your front door off Amazon. Not that you couldn’t get a kit, or find a fine establishment online that would help you greatly – it’s just not the first place you should go. Take the time to locate in your neighborhood what type of hardware stores you have.
Some hardware/construction places sell larger items like Lowes or Home Depot. Even so, for large structures they’ll likely have to order away for them anyways so take a walk through the aisles – see the models, and the prototypes that they can show you. Ask for help – yes actually contact another human being and ask them about it. They’ll have more information that you can possibly dream up about door types, shapes, rigging systems, and more. It always pays to ask the professional for advice. Some hardware stores and shops like Ace Hardware don’t hold large items like garage doors, they only serve customers with parts like nuts, bolts, tubing, do-it-yourself kits, and other things you can carry home in your car. Always make sure that you’re dealing with a construction or heavy duty, big box hardware store, rather than something small and local that only deals with parts, packages, or even processed wood bits. A company can sell massive wooden beam, and still not hold garage doors. Always double check.
How To Buy
Another temptation for nearly every first time home buyer (or fixer) is to just get a some type of door kit and do it yourself. After all it’s not the door opener that needs replacing, its the door…isn’t it? First of all, without a professional opinion, just how exactly do you know that? Second of all, even if you’re right then how will you get the door onto it the right way without damaging the opening system if you’ve never used a kit like that before? Garage door opening systems whether old or new can be very picky about what they will or won’t allow in order to open. Some can have nothing wrong with them, but still not work right without the exact right cord strength, or pulley gear. Others have scrambled parts from five different sets that work together like a dream. But each and every one of them has one thing in common – potentially horrendous accidents when they don’t work. Everything from having a door fall on top of you and cutting off your leg, to getting a mild heat burn on your fingers can happen to those that don’t know how to install a garage door. Always have your door hung by a professional at garage door installation, and check both before and after installation by said professional. If he, or she, isn’t checking to see if the system works before and after, and following through on testing everything fire them immediately. Make sure that you look somewhere else. Whatever you do… buy new, buy fitted, and buy the time of day from someone that knows how to install for you. It’ll save you so much more than money it isn’t even funny.
When To Buy
Unlike a cute sweater, or the right kinds of boots, garage doors do not have a season. Some specific time in which they are most or least useful, or at discount prices. Meaning that the only way you’ll get one at “The Perfect Time” is if that door’s time has come and it’s on clearance. In which case – you generally don’t want that on your garage at all.
If you’re wondering when is best to replace your older garage door with something newer or sleeker, the answer isn’t exactly surprising. Despite how quickly some features go out of fashion (specific window shapes, pulley speeds, button types, etc) the practical application side of a garage door never changes, meaning that as long as the door is in one solid piece, moves up and down as it should, and seals tightly enough to keep critters out then you have no need for a new one. That being said, even the tiniest thing can make an otherwise, sturdy looking door come crumbling down if not addresses or spotted properly and promptly.
First, check the door itself – if any of the things mentioned above are out of line or could become so shortly, replace the door. Discoloration can indicate erosion of metal or plastic parts, dents and dings or catches can strain or snap the lifting system and pulleys. Not sealing can let in more than mice, and may cause the door to swell or shrink in hot and cold weather. Always see if these things are present when someone recommends a replacement. Second check the system itself. If there is fraying on a line, slow or sticking gears, wore spots on your button that make it unresponsive, or other problems that also has to go – even if the door itself is still good a new system may require a new door, so always make sure that both match up well, and fit with the size and shape of your garage opening.
For those of you that need the reminder, this article is simple – buy new/in-store, and use a professional for installation. The great giants of online purchasing are skilled at a great many things, but custom building garage doors according to homeowner specs isn’t one of them. Make sure that you use a box store or large scale online business specific to large scale construction and hardware in order to get your door. And while it may be tempting to save a little money or give you a thrill by using a kit, don’t. A professional is much less likely to get hurt, to hurt someone else, or to damage your property.

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