If you live in the Pickering in Greater Toronto Area and are looking for a garage door repair company, then here 6 things you need to consider before you select one.
1. Does the Company Have a Local Service?
The GTA is a massive area, so just because a garage door repair service claims to be in the GTA, it doesn’t mean that they are located close to where you live in Pickering.
So, the first thing you need to find out is whether they have a local service in Pickering.
The advantage of using a company that is located close to you is that you can even visit them, or ask other locals about the quality of their services.
2. What is Their Reputation?
It is important to find out the reputation of a company that offers garage door repair in Pickering.
Today, all companies worth their salt will have an online presence. So, log in and check what other customers have to say about them. You can do so by carrying out on online search on Google, Bing or Yahoo!, or you can check their social media accounts.
Yes, there is the danger of fake reviews. But you will be able to distinguish such reviews from reals ones when you go through them in detail.
Real customers usually spend time describing their problem and what that garage door repair company did to fix it.
Another way to assess a garage door repair service’s reputation is by asking around. This why a local service is important.
You can ask your neighbors, friend and family who also live in Pickering if they have used that company’s services. If they don’t know, then they will know someone who does. After all, Pickering isn’t that big a place!
3. Are They Accredited?
Only deal with garage door repair companies that are accredited by organizations such as the Better Business Bureau and/or the International Door Association.
Such organizations have stringent standards in place that garage door companies need to meet before they issue an accreditation.
So, if you choose a company that is accredited, chances are you will get the kind of high-quality repair services you are looking for.
4. What Services Do They Offer?
This is a key question you need to ask. Does the garage door repair company offer 24-hour or even same-day repair services? After all, you could be facing an emergency.
Do they offer maintenance services?
Garage doors need regular maintenance to function well, and you shouldn’t have to wait for a complete break-down before you call a garage door repair company.
So, if the company you select offers all these services – with the right quality of work, then you will not have to look for another company for a long time to come.
5. Are They Insured and Do They Offer Guarantees?
Garage door repair work can be very dangerous and accidents can happen.
In such cases, if the company that is doing the work is insured against such liabilities, then you will not have to worry about additional costs.
Another thing that a good garage door repair company will do is offer a guarantee for the work they do.
They will also offer compensation (such as free repair) if the work they have done is not up to the mark.
6. Are They Giving Free Quotes?
If a company cannot give you a fairly accurate estimate of how much the repair work will cost, then you should not work with them.
They can also give you a range of options so that you can pick on that suits you best.
At the end of the day, if you find a company that is affordable, reliable, reputed and gives you guarantees for the work they do, then you are in good hands!
Garage Door Repairs tips, recommendations and frequently asked questions
Why does my garage door opener light bulb keep dying?
First, check for any shaking of the garage door during operation. Usually, excessive vibration can cause the filament in your opener's bulb to prematurely expire.
One garage spring broke. I have 2, should I replace both?
Garage door springs should ALWAYS be replaced as a set. The reason is once one spring breaks, the other one is probably not far behind, especially considering how springs weaken over time. Combining a new spring with an older one will likely cause an imbalance in your garage door's operation. If you own 2 separate garage doors and only one spring has broken, it's strongly recommended to replace the springs on each door if their springs are around the same age. Depending on your door's position, when a spring breaks it can cause serious injury as well as damage your opener.
Does my garage door require maintenance?
Yes. How often you will require garage door maintenance all depends on how much the door is being used. Generally, we perform the following to ensure your garage door is working properly and tuned up: We do a visual inspection of all the moving parts. We ensure the tracks; rollers and hinges are clean and lubricated properly. We make sure all nuts and bolts are tight and clean. We manually run the operator and door through a cycle to make sure it is running quietly and smoothly. Also, We check the door balance at various opening heights. If the garage door passes all these test, congratulations, you do not need a tune-up.
Can I use the old tracks for a new garage door?
Using old garage door tracks with a new garage door is quite dangerous. Surprisingly or not, many home and business owners try to reduce costs on a new garage door installation by reusing their old garage door track with new panels. While this might reduce the cost, the new door can get damaged faster than normal and derail.
How hard is it really to replace a garage door?
Installing a garage door isn't as simple as installing a regular door. More so, installing it incorrectly can be dangerous. You should call a professional garage door technician.
How long does it take to change a garage door?
if done properly, roughly 3 to 4 hours.