Tips to Purchasing a Garage Door
So, you’ve made the decision to buy a new garage door, or replace your existing garage door.
There are just a few steps involved, and there’s always someone at Shepparton Garage Doors to give you advice, if you run into trouble.
1. Do some research, before you contact your prospective supplier. There are a range of different types of garage doors, as well as different styles of openers and other accessories available. Not all doors will suit your garage or carport. As your independent dealer, we will be able to advise you on this by discussing over the phone, at our showroom at 6 Provincial Crescent or once we are on site.
To get you started in doing your own research, look for the ‘finding the ideal door’ section on websites
such as B&D Doors www.bnd.com.au, Stramit/Taurean Door Systems www.stramit.com.au,
Steel-line Garage Doors www.steel-line.com.au, Gliderol Garage Doors www.gliderol.com.au,
Eco Garage Doors www.ecogaragedoors.com.au, and Centurion Garage Doors www.cgdoors.com.au
WHAT YOU NEED TO CONSIDER:
What type of door do I like? Steel sectional door in Colorbond or timber-look, roller door, tilting door or a custom door. For further explanation on types of garage doors, visit the ‘finding the ideal door‘ section on the door manufacturers website.
What opener will suit my home and lifestyle? If you have bedrooms near the garage, a shift worker in the home, or teenagers who come in at all hours, maybe you should consider a Whisper Quiet opener. If you have a carport you can now automate that door as well, something that wasn’t previously possible. There are even openers that run from solar energy!
What about accessories? There are a range of different accessories available for your door and opener to make it more suitable to your lifestyle.
Are you in a bushfire prone area? Consider door seals.
Do you have latch-key kids? Consider an entry keypad.
Do you have pets or small children who may run under a moving door? Consider a Safety Infra-Red Beam kit.
Is there any steelwork required to create a opening to enable for us to fit the door, ie existing carports and driveway canopies.
2. Is your site ready. Measure your opening size: Height & Width and take photos of your garage from the outside & inside. If you are building a new home you can provide us with your plan.
Phone our sales office on (03) 5831 5411 and/or email us your details & photos to email@example.com
We can then provide you a price estimation for budget purposes & answer any of your questions over the phone. By providing your street address, we can view your property using google maps street view.
If you are building a new home it’s important to confirm the maximum opening size, based on the door we provide the estimation on. If your builder or bricklayer creates a larger opening (height or width), the price may increase if the door size falls into the next price range.
3. If the price estimation is within your budget and you are ready to order, as a garage door dealer we will then visit your home and measure up your door opening – then we can provide an accurate quote.
It is not recommended that you do your own measure for your door for ordering purposes. Garage door dealers are trained to measure the opening, and know what allowances they need to make for tracks, wheels, etc before they finalise a door size.
For locations out of Shepparton, site measures are done as part of our weekly cycle.
For clients that are looking for advice on-site in regards to steelwork, door brands, door types, profiles and colours, an on-site consultation can be arranged. A fee applies for this service but will be deducted off the price when the order for the door is placed with a nominated time frame.
4. Double check any comparison quotes. If you choose to get quotes from multiple dealers, and you notice a price difference between them, make sure you question them to be sure you are comparing “apples with apples”. If the quote only says B&D Statesman for example, is it a Panelift or a Panelift Icon door? While these are both B&D doors they have different features, and warranties, which mean they have different sell prices.
There are also differences in openers. One of the biggest differences is in the warranty. Ask the dealer – how many years is the warranty for? Is it on-site repair or back to base? Does the warranty cover the whole opener and installation, or is it only the motor?
5. Enjoy your new door and opener once your door is installed – but don’t forget to get it serviced annually! Failure to service regularly may void your warranty. Should you have any concerns after installation, please give us a call.
Please feel free to ring us on (03) 5831 5411 or visit us at 6 Provincial Crescent, Shepparton.