Archive for the 'Garage Door Prices' Category

November 22nd 2010

What To Expect When Your Expecting A Garage Door Estimate And Proof Of Insurance

Last week, I installed a new garage door for the daughter of a long-time friend. I knew she was a smart girl, but she blew me away with the savvy way she went about finding the most reliable company.  I may be one of her father’s best friends, but she wasn’t going to hire my company if she could find  another company who could cut her a better deal.

She picked five other garage door companies from their ads in the yellow pages and on the internet. She requested estimates from each, then asked each to bring copies of their insurance documents when they returned to discuss the estimates.

Here are her results:

  • Company 1 brought in the lowest estimate and an auto insurance form.
  • Company 2 gave a higher estimate and a liability insurance form.
  • Company 3 had a moderate estimate — no insurance forms. Company 3 said it would show her the forms after she signed the contract.
  • Company 4’s estimate was the highest. The salesman stated the company had auto insurance and liability insurance, yet brought no forms.
  • Company 5 presented a moderate estimate. The salesman maintained his company held auto insurance, liability insurance, and worker’s compensation insurance. He said he had left the forms behind, but would email copies as soon as he returned to the office.

Which of these companies followed through when she asked them to produce copies of insurance forms? None! She told me,  “I didn’t care if they left a message on my cell phone, emailed, mailed a copy, pushed them under the front door, or sent a carrier pigeon,  but they didn’t send documents at all. ”

My guess is  they didn’t have them. The State of New Jersey requires garage door companies to be ‘fully insured’, which means:

  1. Auto insurance on each truck.
  2. Liability insurance that covers any damage to the home.
  3. Up-to-date worker’s compensation insurance.

The problem is that the state doesn’t regulate the garage door industry closely.  Just about every company has auto insurance, and most carry liability insurance. But worker’s compensation insurance is very expensive, especially for a garage door company, so many companies take a chance and never purchase it at all.

If one of its workers is hurt on the job, the company simply folds and starts doing business again under another name.

How does this affect the home owner?

The worker who is out of work and recovering from his injury has to find a way to pay his medical expenses, so he’s going to sue the home owner. After all, the accident happened on the home owner’s property.

This very intelligent young woman handled the situation perfectly. She asked up front to see the insurance documents.

I’m proud that all Precision Door  workers carry proof of all three insurances and showed them to her before she even asked.

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November 17th 2008

Garage Door Prices – How Much Does A New Garage Door Cost?

The price of a garage door can range from $600 to more than $6,000; since that price range is too large to be at all helpful, this post will help you “ballpark” the price of a garage door. We will break it down according to the type of material used, providing a summary and price range for each type of garage door; so this post should be really helpful as a first step in deciding which garage door is right for you.

The size of the door effects the price, so you should begin by measuring your garage door. Standard garage door sizes are 8×7, 9×7,16X7, 8×8, 9×8, 16×8. For each type of door, I will quote the 8×7 garage doors. Prices for a 16×7 door will naturally be nearly twice the price, a 9×7 door to be about 10% more and then add 20%-25% for doors that are 8 foot high.

The material of the door will also have a big impact on the price you pay. However, whichever door you pick you can expect to have it for a long time. So, consider your needs at least as much as you consider the price. How much you paid is long forgotten 8 to 10 years down the road. You want to make sure it is something you will be happy with; so I will provide a summary of each door type as well as the price.

Steel Garage Door – Steel is the most common material used in garage doors and also the least expensive. When purchasing a steel garage door you will need to consider how much insulation to purchase, your best bet is to match the R value of your home. A typical home is R-12. The downside to steel is that it dents the nice thing about steel is the price.

Steel Garage Price: $800-$1200

8x7 Steel Garage Door Price: $800-$1200.

Vinyl Garage Door – Vinyl garage doors are becoming popular even though they are a little more expensive for 2 mains reasons. The first is they look nicer than steel because of a more realistic wood grain pattern. The second is vinyl’s ability to resist denting, which means they are going to look nicer for a long time.

Vinyl Garage Doors

8x7 Vinyl Garage Door Price: $1100-$1500

Wood Composite – The Green Garage Door, so said because they are made primarily from recycled material. Most people buy this door because it needs to be painted and that allows one to easily match the door to the home’s exterior. This is an excellent choice when you want to paint the door but retain a modest price tag.

8x7 Wood Garage Door Price: $1,000-$1,200

8x7 Wood-Composite Garage Door Price: $1,000-$1,300

Custom Wood & Carriage House Doors – There is no arguing with the natural beauty of wood. Hemlock, Cedar & Mahogany are the most common. Hemlock is often stained and Cedar & Mahogany are absolutely gorgeous as is. These types of doors will significantly enhance the beauty of a home’s exterior. So much in fact, they will often raise the value of the home. Expect to pay significantly more for these doors than the more common styles shown above.

Stain Grade Hemlock, Cedar & African Mahogany. 8x7 Wood Garage Doors Price:$2,000-$7,000

Stain Grade Hemlock, Cedar & African Mahogany. 8x7 Wood Garage Doors Price:$2,000-$7,000

Carriage House Garage Door Price: $2,000 -$7,000

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