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Garage Door Prices Are Increasing – Why?

In the months since COVID began, prices of consumer goods have continued to climb. Why are garage door prices increasing? Garage doors are one of many market segments experiencing extremely high demand due to homeowners’ focus on home improvements during the pandemic. Inventory is rapidly shrinking as manufacturers struggle to produce new garage doors and parts built to meet strict federal and local standards.

Supplies of Garage Door Parts and Materials are Drying Up Fast

Those in the market for new garage doors or in need of emergency garage door repairs may find parts and materials hard to come by or nonexistent. You can expect to wait an extended time for garage doors and parts like springs and garage door openers. Orders continue to get pushed further back, with no reliable ETA on new inventory. Frequently, when new garage doors do arrive (months later than expected), they come without the necessary hardware, creating installation snafus.

No End in Sight for Soaring Garage Door Prices

Since January 2021, manufacturers have raised prices on garage doors and hardware by 50%. The cost of raw materials like lumber and steel has risen exponentially over the last several months. Pandemic-related factory shutdowns, supply chain issues, labor shortages, increased transportation costs, and shipping delays continue to complicate matters, making parts and materials nearly impossible to come by. By December, industry experts expect to see an increase of 100% on garage doors and parts.

Prices on Raw Materials Continue to Climb

As the domino effect of world events continues to take its toll, the prices of raw materials needed for garage doors (and many other home improvement projects) continue to climb. High-demand materials like lumber and steel are up 35 and 40%, respectively. Plastic, concrete, asphalt, and other construction products have also drastically increased in price. The added cost of these materials inevitably trickles down to consumers, stressing businesses and buyers alike.

Do you need a new garage door or parts for the garage doors on your Bay Area, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Concord, Oakland, Pittsburg, or Brentwood home? Garage door prices are increasing – take advantage of available equipment while it lasts before costs climb higher. Contact Madden Door & Sons at 925-208-4907 to schedule your garage door installation or maintenance services today.

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Metal Garage Door Types – What is the Best for You?

Shopping for metal garage doors? The type of metal garage door that is best for your home will vary based on several factors. Madden Door & Sons has you covered, offering a wide selection of galvanized steel garage doors to meet your requirements, budget and preferences.

Tips for Choosing Metal Garage Doors for Your Home

Our metal garage door options, including steel overlay carriage garage doors, come in thicknesses ranging from 1-2 inches and are available with or without insulation. What’s the difference? Their construction impacts performance:

  • 1-layer doors:
    Our 1-layer doors feature a single sheet of molded steel, typically around 2 inches thick for structural stability. These doors are a good choice for unheated garages or sheds where noise and climate are not a concern.
  • 2-layer doors:
    Our 2-layer doors include a panel of polystyrene (Styrofoam) insulation covered by a rigid sheet of styrene for fire resistance.
  • 3-layer doors:
    Our 3-layer doors feature two sheets of 1 to 2-inch stainless steel with polystyrene or polyurethane insulation sandwiched between them.  

Choosing Between Polystyrene and Polyurethane Insulation

Polyurethane foam insulation is a superior choice if you’d like to reduce noise and heat infiltration. It’s also better for homes exposed to strong winds, and for those frequently leaving the garage door open. Why?

Inch-for-inch, polyurethane offers twice the performance of polystyrene. It adheres to the walls of the door, swelling to fill even tiny spaces. Forming dense, closed cells it will improve the thermal resistance of your garage door. The rigid composition of polyurethane insulation also imparts added tensile strength, providing twice the resistance of a garage door of similar thickness insulated with polystyrene.What type of metal garage door is best for your Livermore, Pleasanton, Walnut Creek, Vallejo, Richmond, Moraga, Lafayette, or Berkeley home? Call 925-208-4907 and talk to a garage door specialist at Madden Door & Sons to learn more.

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5 Things to Consider When Designing Your New Garage Door

Designing a new garage door? Your upcoming investment will last for decades, so it pays to spend a bit of time and effort devising the ideal garage door design. Used more than the front door of your home, a garage door functions as a moving wall, rolling up, down, and occasionally remaining suspended above your vehicle (and you). To ensure function and safety, there are many things to consider beyond garage door style and appearance.

When Adding a New Garage Door, Don’t Forget these Features

  1. Garage Door Opener
    Homeowners often forget garage door openers are a separate purchase. Luckily, we offer an array of openers alongside our doors. Considering keeping your old opener? As these wear with time, you may want to avoid the need for service by taking advantage of the new features and quieter operation of a new garage door opener now.
  2. Upgraded Springs
    Your new garage door will experience many ups and downs, and springs are the force behind this, helping your door rise easily and descend slowly. Standard springs can accomplish this for about 10,000 cycles, or 5 years of use (based on typical usage: opening/closing 5 times/day). However, with a small investment in beefier springs, you could extend this to 20,000 cycles/10 years.
  3. Better Rollers
    When integrating a new garage door, many just roll with standard equipment. However, upgrading from standard plastic rollers to ball bearing and nylon varieties will provide a 2 or 3 times longer lifespan and quieter operation.
  4. Door Reinforcements
    Proper bracing is essential to the long-term structural integrity of your garage door. Improperly reinforced, sagging doors quickly affect the lifespan of components. Ask your garage door installation professional about structural reinforcements recommended for your unique installation, including any necessary bracing.
  5. Insulation
    Consider the R-factor of your garage door selection. Insulation will greatly affect comfort if your door faces the sun or is blasted by the wind. For attached garages, insulation can also impact the overall energy efficiency of your home, as well as reduce noise.

Designing a new garage door for your El Cerrito, Fairfield, Lafayette, Oakland, Berkeley, Vallejo, Hercules, Walnut Creek, or Pleasanton property? Ensure the perfect features for your home, family, and budget. Call or visit our showroom for latest pricing and options!

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