Maybe your garage door has been acting up lately. Or perhaps, the repairs have become unbearable. Heck, you might want an upgrade so your home can look more modern and appealing – whatever the reason, an upgrade would be in order. For a free consultation, contact Chicago Garage Door – a firm committed to exceptional service delivery.
All the same, before you have a garage door specialist come over for an installation consultation, you should consider a few aspects. Have the information below ready so the contractor can give you an accurate quote for the job – without the usual back and forth that may cost more time and money.
- Your Home’s Style
Are you searching for a modern, sleek garage door or something that fits with the conservative look of your home? Your technician would need to know this information to advise on the ideal option.
Usually, the panel style you pick should be in line with your home’s architectural style. If you’re unsure, the contractor can guide you on which door would best serve your needs while complementing your home’s look.
Some contractors also let you explore their photo gallery and try out visualizers. By so doing, you can pick the panel style that resonates most with your style.
While we’re still on the subject, what kind of garage door do you have in mind? Will it be a roller door or a sectional overhead door? Which type of door meshes well with your den’s aesthetic? What color do you prefer? These elements factor into the final equation.
Garage doors provide some insulation – allowing you to stay toasty or comfortable indoors by keeping out the heat and cold depending on the season. And as a point of entry or exit for air, they can significantly reduce your energy bills if properly installed.
So, before the consultation, consider the insulation you need based on your area’s climate. If you live in Illinois, where temperatures can dip quickly, invest in an insulated garage door for optimal comfort. If you’re not sure about the R-value of the garage door you need, your contractor can guide you on the matter.
- Garage Door Size
Since it goes without saying that you need the correct garage door size, have the dimensions ready before the consultation. These include the width, height, headroom, and side room measurements. If you have an old door, use its measurements as a reference point.
And if in doubt, the technician can measure it for you – the idea is to estimate the size before they come over. This information makes a huge difference in estimating the time and cost of installation. Similarly, the door size impacts other aspects, such as the type of opener or springs you need.
Garage doors are crafted from wood, steel, aluminum, and composites. Each material has various benefits and drawbacks – for instance, wood is aesthetically pleasing but requires more maintenance than steel or aluminum. Steel is the most popular as it’s strong enough to withstand wear and tear. Aluminum, on the other hand, is lightweight and resistant to rust.
When ready for an upgrade, consider the material that best suits your objectives. Also, base your selection on the appearance you’re aiming for, maintenance needs, and your budget – the latter brings us to the next point.
How much are you willing to spend on the replacement or installation process? If you don’t mind splurging on all the bells and whistles, then go for it. But if you’re on a tight budget and want to know the options within your price range, let the contractor know in advance. They can advise on the available options and possible customizations based on the information you convey.
While at it, plan to ask the contractor about their warranty policy and discounts they offer for multiple door installations in one go. That way, you could save some additional cash.
- Security Needs
Where you live can impact your choice of the garage door. A standard garage door will do if your neighborhood is relatively safe. However, the technician may recommend additional safety features such as steel reinforcements, security bars, or operable windows if you live in a high-risk area. Make the selection in advance after considering your security needs.
Having this information ready can ensure a smoother consultation. Plus, your contractor can help you decide based on all the variables you present. That way, you can eliminate surprises that may arise along the way as you’ll be ready for the installation. And by transforming your home, you can look forward to a beautiful new garage door that adds value to your property.