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August 6, 2019

Things to Know Before You Buy a Garage Door

You’ve done quite a bit to your home’s exterior to boost the curb appeal. It’s taken some time, but you have new replacement windows, modern siding, sleek shingles and a gorgeous front door that is simply jaw-dropping. There’s only one thing left on your list: a new garage door. You saved it for last because you want this final update to be the cherry on top of the sundae. Plus, shopping for garage doors is a time-consuming process. You want to select a good one that will last - hopefully a lifetime. Let’s talk about a few things you should know before you buy so you make the best choice possible. 

While you’re shopping for the door, also make sure to shop for a new opener. If you’re already replacing one part of your garage door, it’s best to replace both at the same time. We have heard some individuals say, “My opener is working just fine, so I shouldn’t have to replace it.” Our response is that we try to focus on the big picture, saving you time, money and unnecessary frustration down the road. Think of it this way; the opener will break down eventually, so by replacing it at the same time as your door, you’re likely to save money on labor costs. Otherwise, you pay for labor now (with the new door) and labor later (with the new opener). 

Don’t blow your budget, but don’t sacrifice quality either. There are a number of things to look for in the quality of a new garage door. One more thing for you to think about is the steel gauge. If an uninsulated steel door is what you choose to go with, do your research and ask questions. For example, make sure the door is at least 24-gauge steel (which is the level of thickness). The higher the number, such as 25 or 26-gauge, the thinner the steel. Does this really matter? Absolutely, and here’s why: if you have a 26-gauge steel garage door, don’t be surprised if a rock tossed by a lawnmower blows a hole through it. For top quality doors, trust us - go with a 24-gauge.

Now that you know a few important details about garage doors, you need to know where to shop. Check out Fischer Lumber in East Alton. We proudly carry quality doors that are safe, secure and energy efficient - all by Hörmann Garage Doors. Each Hörmann door boasts more than just beauty for that final bit of curb appeal you’ve been searching for. These products contain an insulated polystyrene core for durability and energy efficiency. Avoid cheap garage doors - call us at (618) 259-7434 or drop by our showroom anytime. Our knowledgeable staff will answer your questions and help you find the Hörmann door that’s right for you and your home.