The Costs and Consequences of “Bargain” Garage Door Installations
Humans are hardwired to want the best deal possible. Way back in history, before currency was a universal fact of life, this expressed itself in the bargaining system. You’d offer something to someone else, but people would only offer what was necessary to get what they wanted. When humans began to settle down into cities and practice trades and crafts, we traded with coins instead of goods. However, the idea of being frugal was still a valued one. We can still see that urge in today’s society. Services like Groupon or LivingSocial offer a huge discount on a local business, such as 90% off for a dozen cupcakes or 60% off a two week yoga class. Even people who have never had a sweet tooth or an urge to experience meditation will eagerly sign up for these deals. The higher the cost of a service or product, the more that people will search for a cheaper alternative. It’s easy to search online to find stories of shoppers excitedly chatting about a great sale they just took advantage of, or the coupon book they found that will net them huge discounts on goods. However, despite the adrenaline rush that follows getting a great deal, some things are far too important to skimp on. A garage door installation is at the top of the list of investments that need to last. Despite its importance, many people have tried to go for a ‘great deal’ over a good job that will last. The results can be downright catastrophic. Read on for the details as to why a “bargain” installation is a decision you’ll regret time and time again.
What Are the Issues That Lead to an Inferior Installation?
On the surface, many contractors seem the same and an installation should be a simple thing. Underneath the surface though, there is the potential for countless things to go wrong. Your garage door is the first line of defense against the elements, theft, vandalism, and even infestation by raccoons, wasps, and other troublesome pests. The reason why people end up with an inferior garage door installation is that they do not properly vet the contractors on the job. There are many scams out there where seemingly hard working and trustworthy contractors will take your money and do the shoddiest job possible. These scam artists manage to thrive when people aim for a low price instead of high quality.
The Consequences of a Faulty Garage Door Installation Are No Joke
When a garage door is first installed, you may feel pretty good about getting a cheap deal. However, you’ll quickly find yourself caught in a nightmare. There are dozens of mechanisms, both large and small, that must work together in harmony every single time that your garage door opens and closes. A bad installation can cause this delicate ecosystem to fall apart immediately. Here are some of the issues you’ll likely encounter with your “bargain” installation.
- The door only closes part of the way or jams while being closed.
- The door is jammed shut due to a broken cable, bent track, or worn pulley and cannot be opened without a repair.
- The door opens and closes at a snail’s pace due to broken springs.
- The door makes loud pops, scrapes, screeches, and squeaks every time you use it because of worn rollers, frayed cables, or unlubricated bearings.
- The door is permanently stuck in the open or closed position.
With these huge issues, your garage door is now a safety hazard. Intruders can make their way in, and energy makes its way out. Pests and predators can find shelter in your garage, and any valuables may be snatched by thieves and vandals. The only way to fix an issue like this is to call in the experts for a repair or re-install, thus negating the only benefit of your bargain installation.
These Issues Can Trickle Down and Cause Even More Problems
So you now have a broken garage door that needs a repair. The damage can sometimes be so bad that you may need a whole new installation! On the surface, this is an unfortunate situation, but things can get worse from there. For instance, you may have to take time off work to arrange the new installation. You may also suffer from higher utility bills. Hauling valuables out of your garage can lead to a sore back and scraped hands. There are dozens of micro-annoyances that will build up when your home has a point of entry open to anyone and anything. One of the most insidious problems you’ll face is the fact that your home, which is your sanctuary, will feel unsafe and sullied. The psychological impact of this can diminish other areas of your life. You may initially save money on a “bargain” garage door installation, but you’ll end up paying out the nose for it – and losing out on valuable peace of mind.
How Do I Avoid These Unfortunate and Low Quality Installations?
Make sure you never rush into a deal. Take the necessary time to ensure you’re working with professionals. The first step you can take is to keep an eye on your garage door and look for the signs that it needs a repair or a replacement; if you wait for the door to break, then you’ll feel rushed to make a quick decision. Secondly, look to make sure that the people performing your installation are qualified and hold the appropriate certification. Finally, look for a company that has years of experience beneath their belt. Following these steps will put your next garage door install to a great start.
When you’re looking for a garage door installation, it’s easy to be tempted by low prices and charismatic contractors. However, there’s no substitute for working with the experts. Look for professionals who have been in the field for years and have performed countless installations. What may seem like a bargain at first could end up being a costly nightmare. Contact McKee-Horrigan Inc. at 1-888-244-4171 for a conversation about your garage door needs and the installation you have in mind. You’ll get a free quote as well as access to expertise and knowledge.