Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 2.33.13 PMShopping for a new garage door can be overwhelming. With all of the many different design options, safety features, and new technology, many homeowners do not know where to begin, however, in a recent survey of garage door shoppers it was asked, “What are your top priorities when looking for a new garage door?” Here is what these homeowners had to say –

Priority #1: Appearance and Curb Appeal.
With today’s home architecture, in many cases, the garage door is a large part the façade. The doors on our home will greatly add or diminish to the character of the house. It goes without saying that consumers are looking for more than just a utility door. They are looking for good looks. To help with the task of looking good, we now take a photo of the house and then place the new door on the image of your home. By doing this you can see what the house will look like with new doors and get a good feeling before going forward with your purchase.

Priority #2: Price
There are many options such as steel, fiberglass, natural woods, full view glass doors and more. The steel doors tend to be the most economical with the natural wood and full view glass doors costing a bit more. You get more bang for your buck when choosing a steel door in a solid color or a steel door finished to look like a wood door. There are many opinions that can affect pricing such as window selection, insulation, and decorative hardware. There are good deals from reputable garage door companies, such as RAYNOR® Garage Doors, which are sold and installed by Hutchins Garage Doors here in Austin.

Priority #3: Durability
Will the door stand up to the weather conditions for your specific climate? Many stand and many will not, so it is important to choose a manufacturer that builds a good product that they will guarantee. Be sure to ask how and which materials were used to build the door, so you know it will stand the test of time. For instance, we know that RAYNOR® Garage Doors are built with high strength steel, a galvanized layer, epoxy paint and then a baked on a finish which is guaranteed against rust for at least 6 years. And there is more…

Surprisingly, safety was not a top concern although this may be because it is something that is expected from today’s consumers. Safety is always a priority at Hutchins. Here is a little info for you. Since 1993 The according to the owner’s manual or have it inspected by a professional garage door repairman. Consumer Protection Safety Commission urges consumers with automatic garage door openers to test the openers according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, to make sure they have a reversing feature. The reversing feature should then be tested monthly. If the door fails to reverse, adjust the door Additionally, owners of automatic garage door openers should teach their children about garage door safety and keep transmitters and remote controls out of children’s reach.

In our next message, we will talk about priority #4 which is low maintenance, priority #5 that is a good warranty and priority #6 which is security. All of these are important questions to ask your garage door pro when choosing a new garage door.

If you need any help with choosing a garage door to fit your style and budget or if you simply need a tune-up/safety check, Hutchins Garage Doors is here to help! Visit us at hutchinsgaragedoors.com or call us at 512-442-5301.

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