Nearest Garage Door Company
When your garage door is jammed and won’t open, or has stopped working halfway up, then you urgently need a garage door repair company to come over and fix your problem.
The question is – how do you find the nearest garage door company while also ensure that you will get the service you’re looking for?
Here are some tips on what to look for in your garage door company.
- Use Personal References or Google for Such Companies
The first step you need to take is to find a garage door repair company. One way to do so is by asking friends and family.
The best part of asking for personal references is that you know you’re going to get an honest answer, so if your friends or family recommend a particular repair service, then it’s worth it to check that company out.
And if that doesn’t work for you, then you can carry out a Google search to look for garage door companies that are nearest to you.
- Get Multiple Bids
Yes, we know that you need your garage door repaired as soon as possible. But are you okay with pay $500 or even $1,000 for a repair that should not cost more than, say, $150?
And it isn’t wise to settle for the nearest garage door company without doing further homework.
To avoid getting scammed, get bids from multiple garage door companies. Today, it isn’t difficult to get bids quickly.
Once you have shortlisted a few garage door repair companies, all you need to do is call them, tell them what the problem is with your garage door and ask them how much it will cost.
It would also be wise to let the repair technician know that they have to discuss all repairs with you before doing the job – especially if the repair work they are suggesting will cross the estimate given by the garage door repair company.
- Check Google Reviews
Thank goodness for the information age. It is easy to find customer reviews online today.
But do not depend on the reviews posted on the garage door company’s website.
It is best to check online forums to find out what real customers have said about the services provided by the companies you have shortlisted.
- Check Company Information
It is extremely important that you check critical information about the company that you wish to hire.
Find out about their physical address.
A reputed garage door repair company will have one, while scammers will have fake addresses. So, take a few minutes extra to find out if the address the company has listed is real or not.
Also check to see if that company has a website. Today, pretty much every company has an online presence.
And while the garage door repair company’s website may not be the most polished, you should be suspicious if you cannot find any website.
This information – along with the customer reviews – will give you a good idea about whether the garage door company near you is reliable and trustworthy or not.
- Check for Experience
When you call these garage door companies, it is best to ask as many questions as you can – especially about the experience they have in carrying out repairs on garage doors.
For example, if your home has one of those overhead doors, then it is best to ask how much experience they have in repairing such types of doors.
If they are unable to answer your questions knowledgeably or are evasive and talk in generalities, then that there is a red flag.
Once again, customer reviews will give you a good idea about how well they were able to handle similar repairs.
- Check their BBB Rating
Most garage door repair companies have a BBB rating.
While this isn’t a foolproof way of finding out whether the company is reliable or not, it will still give you a good idea about them.
So, if you have the time, then you can also check the company’s rating on the Better Business Bureau.
At the end of the day, the things you should look out for in a garage door repair company are their responsiveness, pricing, reputation, experience, courtesy and how thoroughly they do the repair work.
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.