Why Getting Garage Door Measurements Right the First Time is Crucial
Picking up an ill-fitted pair of pants or a sweater that’s too tight is no big deal. It’s annoying, but you can always return it. However, it’s not so easy to return a garage door that fits poorly. You’ll have to spend a ton of time, cash, and energy to fix the mess caused by installing the wrong door. So the lesson is simple and clear. When installing residential garage doors or commercial garage doors, make sure that you get all the measurements right. You can always replace a door that doesn’t fit, but why should you go through the trouble?
Why They Fail to Sweat the Details
The admonition to measure garage doors correctly the first time shouldn’t raise any questions. After all, you wouldn’t deliberately sabotage your own project. However, so many contractors bring their own work down by failing to measure door frames accurately before a garage door installation. The results are obvious. Poor fits, frame damage, and other nuisances arise when workers fail to get their numbers right. But why does this happen in the first place?
Why It Happens in the First Place
- Ego (“I’ve done this too many times”) – Some people, after doing a particular career for many years, assume that they’ve reached a level of invincibility. In other words, they can get by on skill and experience without using an ounce of caution. But things often go wrong when they least expect.
- Laziness (“It should be fine”) – On the flip side of ego, there’s the issue of laziness. Some workers are content with just barely getting the job done, and with that comes a pattern of making assumptions. These are the most frustrating people to work with, because they have the ability to prevent making costly mistakes but choose not to.
- Human error (“No one’s perfect”) – Even the most skilled contractors make mistakes from time to time. That’s why it’s not unusual to hear about ill-fitting doors even after an installation crew measured the frame properly. Generally speaking, these workers will claim responsibility for their errors and may offer some kind of credit or compensation to the customer.
- Inexperience (“They’re hack jobs”) – Not everyone who installs garage doors is qualified to do so. In fact, a lot of people who claim to possess the skills needed to get the job done have no such skills whatsoever. These individuals are somewhat like criminals – they’re convincing, perhaps even charming, yet full of nothing but tricks.
There could be a host of other reasons why slip-ups happen in terms of garage measurements. Whatever the reasons are, there’s no excuse for not getting the numbers right – unless it’s a matter of human error, of course.
The Cost of a Wrong Fit
It goes without saying that a garage door which is poorly fitted will have some repercussions. With that said, the consequences will vary depending on how inaccurate the measurements are, and the stakes will vary depending on what contractors are working on. For example, commercial garage doors carry high stakes since their purpose is to serve a warehouse or industrial facility – a source of income for many. Residential garage doors, too, can be problematic if contractors measure the frames inaccurately. The homeowners will often face significant costs and burdensome repair jobs.
Consequences of Being Off
- Delayed renovation projects – If you are hoping to complete a project by a certain time, dealing with the wrong measurements could mean that you’ll be missing your deadline. You might be in a position to allow for some extra time, but if you aren’t, then having to postpone your “finish” date will no doubt frustrate you.
- Going over budget – The bane of construction work gone wrong, besides a waste of time, is spending more money than previously planned. Whether you have the cash or not, it’s never fun having to dish out more cash than what’s anticipated. This is exactly what you’ll have to do if your garage door is the wrong size, since you’ll have to buy another one that fits.
- Loss of revenue – If you are a business owner, commercial garage doors of the wrong size not only delay renovations, but may put your operations on hold. The last thing you want is a poorly-fitted door to sabotage your business revenue. After all, it is an issue that is completely preventable if those installing it are cognisant of what they’re doing.
- Security vulnerabilities – Security risks aren’t the biggest concern of those facing measurement inaccuracies, but it can be a problem indirectly. For example, a home that’s left exposed for too long (garage door not being there while waiting for another one) becomes more susceptible to criminal activity, since it’s a large entry point.
How to Ace it the First Time
The best way to avoid having to deal with this problem is by hiring certified technicians with a proven track record. That means doing your research upfront, and learning all you can about the company who will install your door. There are various ways to do this.
First of all, a look at their website will reveal the kind of work they do (portfolio) and how many years of experience they have. Secondly, look at reviews or testimonials for social proof. A list of good reviews suggests the company is worth trusting. Mixed reviews means you should proceed with caution, and poor reviews clearly indicate a need for you to stay away. Finally, it’s a good idea to make yourself present with your technician as they measure your garage door frames. This will inform you personally of what kind of door you’ll need to fit your home or business.
Every Inch Matters
Renovations, remodeling, and minor revamps can get tricky, even complicated. But the wrong measurement for a garage door shouldn’t be a reason for this. Why? The act of getting a garage door measurement correct is something that contractors can nail with almost 100% precision. Whether they are installing residential garage doors or commercial garage doors, they can ensure that your needs are met simply by double, even triple checking your door frame requirements. By doing so, they’ll spare themselves from embarrassment, and more importantly, they’ll relieve you of unnecessary costs and burdens.
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