Tips – How to Buy Garage Doors

There are number factors to consider when choosing a new garage door including appearance, performance, space, security, maintenance, budget, ease of access and operation. It’s easier to have a particular garage door in mind and build around it than trying to choose a garage door for an existing space so it shouldn’t be an afterthought unless necessary like when you’re changing the door for an existing house.

Garage doors now are made with some materials including steel, Glass Reinforced Polyester (GRP), Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), Regular plastic, PVC plastic, and timber. There are also different types such as up-and-over doors, side-hinged, sectional and roller doors.

With so many different options, it might be confusing trying to pick one that meets all your requirements and how do you decide what those requirements are? You might also be wondering what the cost of a garage door might be. Here’s some advice on what to look for.

Specialist advice

You may or may not need the advice of a specialist in picking your door, depending on the complexity of what you need. You can get one if you need advice on colour, quality, and material or would like samples.

Quality

If you’re not experienced, it might be difficult to tell what quality garage doors are and aren’t so you need to find out what the signs are. Look at the internal face of the door, for burrs, at the paint job, whether it has sharp or rough edges. It might be easier to buy from a recognized or well known door manufacturer or supplier.

Warranty

Always go for the doors with warranty to a ensure you get the best value and some resolution if there’s a problem.

Kind of door

Review the different kinds of garage doors – sectional, roller, side hinged or up and over and get the one that’s best for you and your space.

Material

When selecting material, think about how much maintenance it might require and not just the look. Research or ask a specialist and look out for the finishing and what maintenance it might require. Maintenance will be determined by the weather in your area, the quality, the orientation, and the finish.

Security

A big issue with garages is not just covering the car but the security it provides especially if it provides access to your home. Look out for doors with Secured by Design accreditation. These are usually endorsed by the Association of Chief Police Officers. It shows that the door is designed to prevent intruders and break-ins. They have locks with anti-snap cylinders, secure remotes protected from hacking, or additional steel plates fitted to protect the locking anchor points. Ask for doors with such special features if you’re worried about security.

Professional installation

It’s best to get it right when your door is first installed. No matter how great the door is, if it is poorly installed, it won’t work as you desire. It could also cause a call-out on your warranty so as much as possible, go for an expert or experienced installer, especially with automated doors.

We offer garage door service in the following areas SurreyBurnabyCoquitlamDeltaLangleyNew WestminsterVancouverRichmondWest Vancouver and surrounding areas in BC. Contact us at (604)901-7676 and know more about Garage door repair, installation and services.

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Beverley Winnipeg
Beverley Winnipeg
06:42 12 Jan 20
Thank you thrifty garage doors for a fast effortable service!! Adam came quickly and replaced our motor. He was knowledgeable and professional. Now I can use my phone to open my garage 👌read more
Dean
Dean
05:15 12 Jan 20
Just another fly by night fake company with a fake address. Beware and only use real businesses that actually have a retail location.read more
matthew song
matthew song
20:57 31 Dec 19
Adam was very friendly and quick to respond. Job was done fast and well. Would recommend!
Will Choi
Will Choi
05:38 16 Dec 19
Good and reliable
Jovy Reyes
Jovy Reyes
02:21 14 Dec 19
Great service and friendly technician. I would recommend to everyone Thanks Adam
Jasvir Garcha
Jasvir Garcha
02:27 08 Nov 19
We are satisfied with service
Dave Z
Dave Z
00:16 27 Aug 19
Same day service, fast and professional.
Tamar Shmueli
Tamar Shmueli
07:24 20 Aug 19
called on the weekend either every other garage door company was closed or just wanted a ridicules amount just to show up Edi from thrifty was fast courteous and the final price was reasonable, and had no surprisesread more
Eddy Kravtzov
Eddy Kravtzov
06:55 20 Aug 19
5 star service 5 star quality parts 5 star price was one of the best experiences with a service provider/contractor no pressure to buy parts of other services. the tech explained everything and showed us how to check the different parts and the garage door opener thanks for being so awesome!read more
Tom William
Tom William
15:17 22 May 19
Not much help on the phone. and when they Called back they put me on hold for a 30 min. Glad I hung up and yelp someone else.read more
Ehlam Zaminpaima
Ehlam Zaminpaima
01:47 01 May 19
Every step of the way was a headache with this company. The technician was rude throughout the different transactions and was not respectful of other people's time. Once he got the work done, him and his company proceeded to harass me for payment every single day and multiple times a day until I got fed up and paid for it within two days of service. Normally, companies provide a week of time to allow customers to pay for their bill, but this company prefers to harass its customers until they get fed up with them. No courtesy or consideration whatsoever. This was definitely NOT a friendly and respectful company. Please avoid them.read more
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