Are you remodeling your home? Maybe you have already hired a landscaper that has done a fantastic job, or a painter that has renewed the appearance of your house. Everything looks so fresh and beautiful except that chipped, banged up and dysfunctional garage door.

Or maybe your 16 year old decided to back the car into it (or maybe it was you).

Garage doors do take a lot of damage, whether it be from us or from the weather. The thought of undertaking the task of replacing the garage door certainly can be a headache, unless you choose to hire a garage door contractor.

When looking for a contractor, you can seek them out in either the phone book, on the Internet, or even ask some housing contractors if they know any names of dependable garage door contractors. Once you have a few names, take some time to interview them so you know you will be satisfied with the finished product. Some questions to ask are:

  • Do you hold a valid license for this area?
  • How long have you been a garage door contractor? What is your experience?
  • What sort of training have you had to qualify you for this job?
  • Are you a member in any sort of professional, relevant organizations or guilds?
  • Are you a member of the Better Business Bureau?
  • Are you both insured and bonded?
  • How many employees do you work with on an average job?
  • Do you offer free, written estimates with a price guarantee?
  • When the job is done, do you offer a guarantee on your workmanship?

Now comes the fun part - choosing your new garage door. There are so many different styles and materials available now, s if you are going for a particular "look" for your home, you will definitely be able to find a garage door to match it. Just be aware that some styles only come in certain sizes, and color choices.

Then comes the "automatic garage door opener" consideration; this may very well come included in the estimate. Just be sure to check the brand and quality of the automatic garage door opener. Some less than reputable garage door installers will purposely choose a cheap automatic opener. When it malfunctions (which it will) you then need to call the installer back again, and have them fix it, which of course costs more money.

Having a garage door installed may take any where from 3 to 6 hours, but it will be well worth the wait. Before you let the installer go, though, be sure to text out that automatic garage door opener!