Congratulations on making the decision to buy a new, or replace your existing garage door. Buying a garage door is simple and easy – there are just a few steps involved and there’s always someone available to give you advice if you run into trouble.
1 – Is your site is ready for a measure and quote?
While a quote over the phone is convenient, unfortunately with a garage door it’s a bit more complicated. A good garage door dealer (like us!) will visit your home and measure up your opening to ensure the most accurate quote. It is best to leave the measuring to a trained professional – Garage door dealers are trained to measure the opening and know what allowances they need to make for tracks, wheels, etc before finalising a door size.
Measurements are also dependent on the type of door and site conditions (amongst other things), so it would be a terrible idea to use the measurements from one dealer to source quotes from others. Before you decide to go with a garage door dealer, make sure they have visited your home themselves and measured up your door.
2 – Do your research before we arrive
There are a range of different types of garage doors, as well as different styles of openers and other accessories available. Not all doors will suit your garage or carport, but we’ll be able to advise you on this, once on site. Before we arrive though, it is worth doing a little bit of your own research.
You’ll need to consider:
- What type of door do you like? There are many options and styles – Steel sectionals, wood sectionals and Roller Doors are our specialities.
- What opener will suit your home and lifestyle? If you have bedrooms near the garage, a shift worker in the home, or teenagers who come in at all hours, maybe you should consider a belt-drive opener. Dominator even have openers that run from solar energy!
- There are a range of different accessories available for your door and opener, to make it more suitable to your lifestyle, such as an entry keypad. If you have pets or small children who may run under a moving door, we’d suggest installing a Safety Infra-red beam kit (Note – We recommend that Safety Infra-red beam kits are installed on all automated doors).
Things we think you should think on:
- Always check the origin of the steel you are buying, ask your sales rep if it is New Zealand colour steel that you are purchasing. A lot of imported steels are not zincalume based and can rust or delaminate very quickly, it is important in New Zealand with our weather conditions to buy the right steel that will last the distance and that is why we use New Zealand made steel from a trusted New Zealand company.
- If you live near to the sea or in a sea spray zone think of purchasing aluminium or aluminium composite. Although it is slightly more expensive it will give you the best protection against the elements.
- Check steel doors are finger safe, this technology has safety and weather advantages.
- We recommend embossed steel for roll formed door profiles. The embossment on the panels acts as a disguise for any marks that may occur over time e.g. stones flicking up as you drive away.
- If you require a smooth door we recommend going for .75mm or .95mm folded steel. These are more reliable than the light gauge products some times used..
- Do you need installation? You might if you sleep in your garage, making allowance for the higher levels of condensation? If you don’t sleep in your garage we do not recommend it. Many imported products contain harmful chemicals. If you do need an insulated door, it is a must to make sure you are buying quality New Zealand steel and insulation products.
3 – Double check any comparison quotes
If you choose to get quotes from multiple dealers and there is price difference between quotes, make sure you are comparing apples with apples. It’s important to understand the details. If the quote states a Windsor Cedar Door, for example, is it a Horizontal TV &V Cedar or a Lourve Cedar door? Is it the same size slats: 97x10mm, 127 x 10mm, 87x20mm or 127x20mm? Are the borders included?
There are many options with Windsor Cedar doors – they have different features, which mean they have different sell prices. There are also differences in openers. One of the biggest differences is in the warranty. Ask the dealer – how many years is the warranty for? Is it on-site repair or back to base? Does the warranty cover the whole opener and installation, or is it only the motor?
Make sure you full understand what you are getting, before you give your chosen dealer the go ahead.
4 – Enjoy your new door
Once your door is installed – enjoy! Should you have any concerns after installation, your first point of call should be the dealer who installed the door. Windsor Door dealers stand behind their products and workmanship.