12 Questions to Ask When Buying a New Garage Door

12 Questions to Ask When Buying a New Garage Door

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The garage door is one of the most important parts of your home. It keeps your garage safe from unwanted guests and wicked weather and adds to your home’s curb appeal. When you are looking into buying a new garage door for your home, here are some important questions to ask:

Which garage door style?

There are important design differences between different residential garage door styles. Check out our blog on garage door styles here.

Does the new garage door include a warranty?

Life happens, and sometimes it happens to your garage door. Make sure to ask the company installing your garage door what kind of warranty your door has. All Invicta garage doors are covered by our signature warranty. You can view our full Warranty Here.

What is the size of my garage door?

To ensure your next door will be a perfect fit, make sure to measure your existing door’s dimensions. Measure the width and height of the door to determine your garage door size. The two most common sizes of garage doors are 16’ x 7’ for double garage doors and 8’x7’ for single garage doors. 

What garage door material should I consider?

Depending on design preferences and your geographic location, the material you choose will vary.

Check out our blog on garage door materials and common geographical location uses Here.

Should I get an insulated door? 

We, at Invicta, would recommend you choose an insulated garage door more often than not. With insulation, your door will have better temperature and airflow control as well as noise reduction. This helps your garage door to better accomplish its job of keeping the outdoors outside. Door insulation can be expensive though, so if you live in a mild climate area, insulation may not be for you. If you live in an area where the weather varies drastically, insulation is an excellent choice.

Should I get garage door windows or not?

Garage door windows improve your garage’s curb appeal while providing natural light and customization. While we always recommend adding windows to your garage door, the choice is entirely yours.

How experienced are my installers?

At Invicta, we do not recommend that you install a garage door by yourself. Always consult a professional to facilitate the installation for you. Here’s a list of questions to help determine if a particular garage door installer is the right fit for you:How many years of service do you have as a garage door company?

  • Are your installers insured and have background checks?
  • Do you offer an installation/labor warranty?
  • Do you offer full-service installation?

  • Are you IDA registered?

Not sure where to begin?

If you’re unsure of where to start finding your garage door, you can ask your nearest garage door installer or dealer what their most common door is. This helps you to build your search from a solid starting point.

How long till I get my new garage door?

Depending on the specifics of your new garage door, the opener, and any required hardware like a new set of rails, the amount of time it takes to install can vary from dealer to dealer. Ask your nearest dealer/installer what their installation timeline is. Keep in mind that the workloads for each dealer are different.

What do I need to do to keep my garage door working properly?

From properly cleaning the door, to keeping an eye on wear and tear, there are several things that you can do to keep your garage door operating at 100%.

Check out our maintenance checklist to learn what to watch for and when it is time to call a professional. You can view the Checklist Here.

Does the estimate include space for extra or unseen costs?

When getting an estimate on your new garage door, keep in mind that most likely new hardware will be recommended. From springs and openers to cables and drums, every part of a garage door setup has a cycle lifespan that necessitates replacement or repair. For example, if your opener is older, loud, or lacks photo-eyes, your dealer will most likely recommend a new garage door opener to go with your new garage door and add it to your estimate. In short, make sure your estimate includes potential hardware, your dealer’s labor costs, springs, and the door itself. 

Should I replace my garage door opener as well?

This is a good question to ask the garage door company that comes out to provide an estimate. They can inspect the opener to determine if the opener operating well or tell you if you could benefit from a new opener. Keep in mind if your opener is 10-15 years old it would be a good idea to look at a new one at the time of your new door install. Many openers today have new features with benefits such as battery backup during power outages and smart connect openers to monitor if your garage door is opened or closed from anywhere.

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  • Questions on what to include with your new door.
  • Additional resources to help in the buying process.


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