When your garage door is damaged or you need it replaced for another reason, you need a good quality garage door. Getting cheap ones from a discount website or store, or buying used is a bad idea for a few reasons. There is nothing wrong with saving money, but here are some major reasons not to try to save money on the garage door itself by going cheap.
First, you probably aren’t going to save that much money. Many of the doors that are for sale, used particularly, aren’t going to be much less than a new aluminum door, and unless you can find a major deal, you are probably going to be happier paying a little more for a quality door.
Second, you can’t install a door yourself. Installing one requires expertise and a professional technician because they are heavy, unwieldy and dangerous to install, particularly when it comes to the tension springs. You need to know what you are doing or you may end up with a serious injury.
Third, you may not be able to find a company that will install used or cheap doors. Companies almost always want to provide the door if they are going to install it, and don’t think that is just because it is more money in their pocket. There are major liability issues that come with installing a door that may not work properly or might cause someone injury.
Fourth, you won’t have any sort of warranty or coverage if the door does not work. Since you will likely be installing it yourself, you aren’t going to have anywhere to turn if the garage door does not work properly or if you do damage to it by trying to install it yourself. A professional company will stand behind an installation if the garage door stops working for some reason.
Fifth, you may not be able to find one that fits properly, and that means that you have an unsafe, extremely heavy object that your children, pets and you yourself are walking under. You need one fits exactly or you risk having one that opens incorrectly or sometimes not at all. You also run the risk of buying a secondhand garage door that has not been properly maintained and that means trouble for the buyer.
Sixth, you may run into problems getting service down the road, or if you want to upgrade the garage to include a remote control. If yours did not come with your home, it is always best to have it installed by a professional service company, because if you need the springs replaced or other maintenance later on, you will already have a company that is familiar with the door, and knows exactly what needs to be done to service it.
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