Diy Garage Doors Vs The Pros: Which Is Best For Your Home?

Garage doors provide extra security for any home. This is why many designers and house builders highly recommend installing a good garage door. When shopping for a garage door, one good thing to ask is: Who’s going to install it?

Here is a list that would help you decide whether it’s better to D-I-Y or to call in the pros:

Do-It-Yourself If:

1.  You’re on a tight budget. Kits for DIY garage doors are available in almost all home improvement stores and hardware retailers. They come in a variety of materials to that meet most budgets. DIY garage door prices are relatively cheaper because they are mass-produced. And, because you will be doing most of the work, you get to save on the installation costs.

2.  You’re good with tools and have access to the right tools. Many DIY hobbyists are natural born mechanics and handymen. If you feel you have a knack for properly building (or dismantling) things, going DIY on your garage door is best. This also makes it easier for you to customize the look of the door.

Many kits come complete with easy-to-install panels, hinges and tracks. You must have access to basic tools such as a drill, level rule and a ladder tall enough for you to reach the ceiling and install tracks safely and comfortably.

It also helps to have a few friends to help you out and ample time to install the door.

3. The garage opening can accommodate any standard panel size. Prefabricated garage doors come in standard sizes to fit most home garages. Take careful measurements of your garage before shopping around.

Call The Pros If:

1. You do not have the time, tools or the skills. Not everyone is born a building genius. Have the professionals measure and install the door for you if you don’t have the time or the skills to do it yourself.

Garage door sellers offer installation. They will have the proper tools to attach it in no time at all. The installation cost may add on to your total bill but it is worth considering when you want a functioning door.

2. The garage opening size or shape does not match the prefabricated sizes. Some garage thresholds are too wide or too low to accommodate the available standard sizes found in kits. Or perhaps your garage has certain architectural details that do not quite match pre-cut panels. This means having to call the professionals who specialize on customized garage doors to have panels designed and cut to your specifications.

3. You are after a particular look that is not available in the prefabricated line. There is a wide array of colors, varnish stains and styles to choose from. However, you may have to have the door customized if you are after a certain style to match the rest of your home.

Who installs the door affects garage door prices to a certain extent. While budget is one thing to consider, remember that there are other factors that will determine this aspect of home improvement.

BOLA TANGKAS