When it comes to buying a new garage door, many people are often tempted to go with the cheapest option if they have obtained 3 or 4 quotes from a range of garage door companies. However, after working in this industry for many decades, we can honestly say that the ‘savings’ may not be what they initially seem.
We would always advise any customer to obtain a selection of quotes because it allows you to understand the range of products and services on offer, and the level of price difference across different companies. But choosing your new garage door based on the lowest price is something to consider very carefully, and whilst we understand that the price is important, it should be just one factor of many you take into consideration.
A cheap, lowest priced garage door may save you money upfront, but it could end up costing you more in the long run and this is why its really important to cover this topic.
Here are a few reasons why you should never be guided by price alone when researching for your new garage door.
Cheap garage doors can often be poorly made or made with materials that are generally the cheapest you can buy, which of course is reflected in terms of how cheap they are for the customer. They can or may be made with low-quality materials or have poor construction techniques and protocols and this can lead to premature wear and tear, which can require expensive repairs or replacements.
It is often better to pay more upfront, as this will save you money in the long run, which is why it can often be a false economy as you save money today but pay far more further down the line. A garage door is a large household purchase, a long term investment and should be made to last. By buying something of really good quality generally means it lasts longer, suffers less issues and is fit for purpose, i.e. built to really do what it needs to do, day in, day out.
Over the past 12 months the whole of the UK has seen a massively increased attention on energy prices, due to the energy crisis and the current state of the economy, which means that for every area you can reduce energy wastage, the more money you will save, and this is not only great financially but helps the climate as well.
Cheap garage doors may not be energy efficient because of the way they are made and the material they are made from, as they will be made in terms of volume and price, rather than quality and energy efficiency. The more energy efficient your garage door is, the more it will help to lower your energy bills if you are using your garage a lot, or even if you don’t, it can still be a source of heat loss, which will really affect your bills.
Safety And Security
When it comes to both safety and security, your garage door needs to be of the highest level in both, as it needs to be really unattractive to people that might want to break into your home and equally, it needs to be safe for you and your family to use. If either of these points fail to be the case, then you are just going to have a garage door that can easily be broken into and potentially a safety issue when it comes to usage.
Garage doors from the best- and well-known premium manufacturers are built with these two things in mind. They are designed with high quality materials and mechanisms and locks that are seriously secure, but they are also designed to be durable and safe to use, something that means they are tested under the most strenuous circumstances time and time again to make sure that when they are installed in your home, you know you are getting something both secure and safe.
And these two factors should be given priority when it comes to choosing a new garage door for your property.
The garage door is only one part of the project, you need to make sure that the people installing it are going to do the best possible job, offer the most exceptional service and make sure that your garage door is fitted correctly and the whole installation is finished correctly too.
How the door is fitted is so important, from the initial planning through to the delivery and the installation, which means you need to make sure that the price you pay includes an experienced company with garage door fitters and technicians that know what to do, how to do it and how to make sure everything is exceptional in terms of delivery. Will the salesperson selling you the door know what’s involved with the installation or are they simply chasing a commission?
If your garage door is installed poorly or incorrectly, you will end up with a wealth of issues going forward, so always make sure you are happy to pay a little bit more to get the installation carried out properly and that you are confident that if an issue should arise, you can get the fitters back out again!
Customer Service Levels
A well run, exceptionally staffed local garage door company has higher overheads than the opposite of that, because they need to make sure they have the right people to offer the best service to their customers.
This means that their prices could be higher, but you get what you pay for from the moment you make the initial enquiry and speak to someone who understands garage doors and what could be right for you, through to the site technician that will visit to measure up and make sure that what you want is going to be suitable. Experienced and highly trained staff cost money, and this is why if you want the best possible customer service before, during and after your garage door purchase, it is often the fact you are going to pay a little bit more, but it really is an investment which should give you peace of mind.
When it comes to the purchase of your garage door, we understand that price should and will play a role, but as we said right at the start, it should be just one of the factors you look at, not the only one, as if you want the right door, from the right company, you might end up having to pay a little bit more initially which will ensure a long term, safe and secure investment for your property.