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Buy Garage Doors Online? Really?

Shopping for new garage doors in this time of limited supply and high prices can be a frustrating experience. Unscrupulous sellers are taking over the market, not just in garage doors. Technology makes it easy to misrepresent items in photos or make a totally nonexistent company look like a time-tested business online. There are many reasons to avoid buying garage doors online, sight unseen. Watch out for these online garage door sales scams.

Deep Fake: Knockoff Garage Doors Online

Just because website photos of garage doors showcase major brand names like Wayne-Dalton, doesn’t mean they’re genuine. Like knockoff luggage and handbags, it’s easy to make subpar garage door fakes. Many overseas companies specialize in just that – manufacturing replicas of popular products that resemble the real thing – but producing them as cheaply as possible with little to no regard for quality or safety.

Technical Error: Sizing Issues When Buying Garage Doors Online

Skilled garage door contractors know there’s more to sizing a garage door than taking quick measurements. Walls that are out of square make it easy to make measuring mistakes and end up with the wrong size garage door. The cost of return shipping in the event of measurement errors – if available – will be substantial – not to mention the time spent waiting on a replacement.

Lost in Transit: Shipping Delays & Damage

Garage doors – even those purchased online – are no small investment. Unscrupulous resellers will be noticeably absent once they get your credit card information. What will you do after your garage door purchase if your replacement garage doors don’t arrive as scheduled or show up damaged? You may have to jump through hoops, contending with long phone or chat wait times to speak with a representative, or wait for a ‘call back’ to no avail – then what? Online reviews, specifically from trusted sources like the Better Business Bureau, will often reflect how these businesses truly treat customers. Make sure the Bay Area garage door company you choose is licensed, insured – and exists.

Post-Delivery Cliffhangers: Garage Door Installation & Disposal

Buying garage doors online is just the beginning of replacing your garage doors. Once your new doors arrive, how will you remove the old doors? Where can you legally dispose of them? Do you have the knowledge and manpower to install your new garage doors, deal with tight spaces, lift heavy doors, connect springs, and attach the door opener? Garage door installation is a tricky, dangerous business. Professional garage door installation is integral to lasting, safely functioning doors – that’s why the price of every garage door sold by Madden Door includes professional installation (and door disposal).

Watch Out for ‘Great Online Garage Door Deals’ to Avoid Disappointment

Avoid buying garage doors online. Instead, spend a little extra energy and money making sure you get what you pay for. New garage doors should last for decades. Ensure a lasting investment with help from Madden Door & Sons. We have a stellar reputation, bringing the latest in affordable garage door solutions right to your door. Contact us at 925-208-4907 to schedule a garage door design consultation and get an in-person price quote for your Bay Area, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Pleasanton, San Ramon, or Concord home today.

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Garage Door Installation Challenges

Many seasoned do-it-yourselfers embark on garage door installations, only to find themselves struggling through the process. This home project isn’t as straightforward as others. Installing a garage door can be quite a task, even for seasoned professionals. What garage door installation challenges might you encounter along the way?

Garage Door Installations Require Special Tools and Equipment

Garage door kits often lack installation hardware. Most Pleasanton homeowners don’t know where to get the missing parts – or exactly what they need. In addition, even the most experienced do-it-yourselfers typically find themselves lacking the specialty tools necessary for a safe installation, such as a counterbalance spring system, which professional installers know is essential for lifting heavy garage doors into position. 

Garage Doors are Large and Heavy

Garage doors are big, awkward, and heavy, ranging from 100 lbs. at a minimum to 300 lbs. or more for larger doors. Errors during removal or simply managing the door’s weight can result in serious injury. A husband-and-wife duo is not enough. Multiple people are necessary to remove and install a garage door.

Ordering the Right Track System is Tricky

To order the right track system for your San Ramon garage, you must determine the track’s length and radius. If you order and install the wrong track radius, you can seriously damage your garage door. Many homeowners also forget to order the track nuts and bolts, which are sold separately.

Some Garage Door System Components are Surprisingly Dangerous 

Those who are new to garage door installation are often ignorant of door spring and cable dangers. These system components can quickly unwind and launch during installation or when improperly secured, potentially causing severe injury. Stay safe – learn more about garage door spring dangers. Garage door springs and cables are best installed by a professional. 

Houses are Rarely Square

Each garage door component must be perfectly aligned to ensure proper support and smooth operation. The door opening on your Livermore home is likely out of square, making installation extremely challenging. Tracks must be perfectly level. Hinges, brackets, axle supports, and other hardware must be precisely measured and installed. Garage doors in systems that are just slightly out of alignment can bind, getting stuck in the track, or failing to fully open or close.

Improper Garage Door Opener Placement Can Cause Big Problems

When installing the garage door opener in your Alamo home, we always install the motor and lift assembly at the door’s exact center. Many homeowners install them off-center to avoid obstructions, but this could cause the door to buckle and bind in operation. The garage door opener you choose must also be able to manage the door’s weight and include necessary safety equipment.

You Have to Dispose of Old Doors

No one ever thinks of getting rid of their old garage door until it’s out. Huge, heavy doors are tough to toss or slide out of the way. Unless you have a large pickup and your Brentwood home is near a waste/recycling facility, the easiest way to dispose of your old garage door is to hire a reliable garage door company.

Keep it together and avoid garage door installation challenges with help from your friendly neighborhood pros. Contact Madden Door & Sons at 925-208-4907 and learn about our affordable garage door and installation services in Pleasanton, San Ramon, Livermore, Alamo, and Brentwood today.

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