Garage Door Replacement: 5 Tips for Making the Right Choice

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Do you need a new garage door or are your current ones just fine? You’ll want to check out these 5 things before making the decision. 1) Check the insulation of your doors: is it worn and thinning? If so, this could be an indicator that you will save money on utility bills with a newer door. 2) Consider if there’s anything wrong with your door right now, like bent rails or hinges. A new one can fix these problems for good! 3) Is your existing door old-fashioned looking? It might be time for something more modern in style and function. 4) What about security – how safe do you feel when going in and out of the garage? Your family deserves protection from intruders. And lastly, do your homework and ask your friends and neighbours about their doors, their features and their satisfaction with the garage door installation company.

Check out the insulation and energy efficiency ratings for different garage doors. 

It is important for every household to have a garage door that has been tested and given an excellent insulation rating. Garage doors should be solid and attractive. For example, many of the doors on our website are all rated at R-value 16 or higher which ensures your home will stay warm in the winter months but also cool during summer heatwaves. 

Both homeowners with older homes as well as new construction can find insulated options from brands like Clopay, Amarr, Jay Garage Doors and Wayne Dalton. With so many choices available it’s easy to compare products side by side before making the final decision about what may work best for you!

Consider what’s wrong with your garage door right now. 

Are the rollers noisy, are the cables frayed, is it becoming hard to open manually, got broken springs, windows or dented panels? These should all be important factors in deciding whether to repair or replace a garage door. If your garage door is making a lot of noise, has frayed cables or broken windows, then it may be time to repair the old one. If you’ve been having trouble opening and closing your garage door manually for some time now as well as if panels are dented or there’s no insulation or the metal tracks are bent- maybe consider replacing rather than repairing this aged equipment. When comparing new garage doors, you’ll also want to learn about warranties and installation costs to make sure everything is taken care of before purchasing a new door. You’ll also want a good reputable garage door installer who will honour the manufacturer warranties should the need for a repair call arise.

Take into consideration the style of your home, is it Modern, traditional, Victorian etc. and choose a Garage door that compliments it. 

Decide if you want a garage door that opens from the top, centre, how about windows? Many garage door makers offer a wide variety to choose from, ranging from traditional raised panel doors to more contemporary glass and steel garage doors and even classic carriage house “barn door” style garage doors. You have a lot of options when it comes to choosing the perfect garage door for your home. You need only decide what look you want and if there are any special features that would be helpful or desired in order to make certain decisions easier on yourself. Decide which type of opening mechanism is best suited for your needs, how much light should come through – many manufacturers offer different glass styles with varying degrees of transparency, as well as carriage house doors made from natural wood among other things!

Think about the safety and security features of each garage door manufacturer, like sensors, alarms, locks, battery backup systems, smartphone-enabled openers and ever remote lockout features. 

Older garage door openers have been wrought with issues involving hackers and code grabbers who find ways to intercept your remotes opening codes and let themselves into your home. This makes investing in newer models, with current technology even more essential. Think about all these cool new trends when upgrading our most important defence – but by far one of the safest ones too-your garage door opener: advanced safety sensors that will alert you when objects block their path like cars in driveways, alarms, remote locks, battery backup systems (in case power goes out), smartphone-enabled openers (you can also add remote lockout feature!), even wireless keypads. Garage door manufacturers are always rolling out innovative new security features to keep you and your home safe.

 Research what other customers have said about their experiences with each brand to find one that’s best for you. 

In addition to the door itself you’ll want to work with experienced garage door installers that offer not only prompt, courteous & professional service, a live person on the phone 24/7 in case of an emergency and expert technicians in fully equipped company vehicles, but on-time arrival for your appointment, transparency about the exact costs and options before beginning work, and in-depth knowledge about the warranty coverage for parts & service. 

You’ve taken the time to research and invest in a new garage door. But have you made sure your installation is done right? At Santa Rosa Garage Door we offer comprehensive services that will ensure not only safety but performance as well. With our professional team on call 24/7 for emergency service, there are no worries about being left unprotected when something goes wrong with your garage door. We also honour all manufacture warranties on parts and 1 year on all our workmanship so if anything happens after one year from the date of purchase, we’ll take care of it at no cost to you! We hope this has been helpful, however, if you have any questions feel free to call today for expert advice from our team on how to get the most out of your garage doors (707) 663-3658.



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