Selecting the Right Garage Door Company
As a consumer, you like most others want a service company you can trust to work at your home. Here are a few things that can help you in selecting a Garage Door dealer.
- Code and Regulatory Compliance
- Insurance Coverage
- Financial Integrity
Of all the five check points, this is perhaps the easiest to validate. How long has the company been in business? Do they have commercial and residential experience?
This may be the most important checkpoint. Does the garage door company have online reviews? Can they give you copies of letters of satisfied customers? Ask if they have any customers you can call to verify their work.
Code and Regulatory Compliance
Does the company you are selecting stand behind the business code of conduct with the International Door Association? Do they display and carry signed copies of this? Do they honor city codes and permit requirements?
It is most important that the door dealer carry proper insurance on their business and their employees. One checkpoint is to ask for a copy of the company’s Certificate of Insurance. If they don't have one or hesitate to comply with your request, it could be a negative signal.
Depending on your project it might be of interest to ask what the financial structure of the company is. Are they in debt up to their ears? Or do they live under the principal to pay as you can. Grow only when you can afford too.
Just as you want your garage door system to operate properly every time you need it, you also want it to operate safely at all times.
After all, the garage door is the largest and heaviest moving object in most homes. It can cause injury or even death if damaged or misused.
Garage Door Care wants to make sure that you and your family know how to operate and maintain your garage door system safely at all times. You are the key to garage door safety.
Here are 10 things everyone in your household should know about garage door safety. It’s a good idea to review these with everyone in your household from time to time – especially children.
1. The garage door and garage door opener are not toys. They are dangerous if misused, and can cause serious injury or even death.
2. Children should never be allowed to play with the garage door or its operating system. Children should never stand, run or play under or near any garage door, especially when the door is open or moving. Learn more about garage door safety for children.
3. Adults should not allow children access to the remote controls or push button wall controls for garage door opener systems; these should be kept out of reach of children. The push button wall control for a garage door operating system should be mounted at least five feet off the floor, out of the reach of children. Learn more about garage door safety for children.
4. Never stand or walk under a moving garage door. Never try to enter or exit the garage by racing under a moving garage door.
5. When opening or closing the garage door, always keep the door in view until the door is fully opened or fully closed. Make certain that no adults, children or animals try to enter or exit while the door is closing.
6. Keep fingers and hands away from door sections when the door is opening or closing to avoid injury.
7. Keep your garage door properly maintained to keep it operating safely. Annual maintenance by a trained service technician is recommended. There are other tests and maintenance tasks that you can perform. Learn more about garage door maintenance.
8. Remember that your garage door opener uses electricity, which can shock or kill if mishandled. Service should be performed by a trained service technician. Locate a qualified professional near you.
9. Never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables. These are under extreme tension and can cause severe injury or even death. These are best repaired by a trained service technician.Locate a qualified professional near you.
10. If someone has backed into the garage door (yes, it does happen – all of us are in a hurry at one time or another), it’s a good idea to have the door inspected and/or repaired by a trained service technician. Even if the door doesn’t appear to be severely damaged, the operating system may have become misaligned and wear prematurely, creating what could be a dangerous environment.Locate a qualified professional near you.