Some quick facts about sectional residential garage doors
Our most cost friendly, but still a quality garage door runs $930 installed for a 2 car garage including remounting your old operator and haul-away of the old door.
The most expensive residential door we’ve done is in the $10,000 / door neighborhood.
Our average customer spends about $2400 on a nice door w/ new operator.
1. See CHI’s Door Visions. Snap a pic of your house, then see which door will look good on it.
Price – More insulation is more expensive.
noise – More insulation is always a quieter running door.
weight – More insulation is heavier
durability – more insulation means the door can take some mild abuse (kids and cars) and be in far better shape.
# of sections – more sections and the door will roll smoother – a 3 panel door will be ‘jerkier’ than a 4 section.
Track radius – Larger radius = smoother operation. We usually use the largest radius track that your home will allow.
Expected life cycle
With most new doors you can expect a major service 10-15 years.
Most CHI doors come with 15,000 cycle springs (about 50% more than most competitors)
About Door manufacturers
All manufacturers offer basic steel doors, insulated steel doors, and various grades of `carriage house’ style doors.
CHI – Our primary brand, they offer their higher end product for less money than competitors and their service to us has been very good. Doors show up on time with correct hardware, color, style, and glass. Rush orders may be available.
Clopay – An industry benchmark, not a bad product, they offer some styles not available from anyone else.
Windsor – New doors are no longer available in our area. Builder cost friendly doors.
Amarr – excellent pinch proof design, they offer some styles not available from anyone else.
Martin – Pinch proof panels and tracks standard, high cycle springs standard. Doors are not very quiet. Expensive. Some styles not available from anyone else (copper)
About new garage door openers:
We sell almost exclusively LIftMaster. They make a very solid, reliable product line with ubiquitous market presence and part availability.
Horsepower – How much do I need? 1/2 horsepower will work for almost all properly maintained and installed doors. There isn’t much of a price break to go with a lower power model even though even an old 1/4 Hp motor will operate nearly all doors.
Chain drive – Cheapest, noisiest – Expect a major service in about 10 years
Belt drive – Quiet, major service at 20 years.
DC belt drive – Quietest, these models haven’t been around long enough for us to determine service life, but have thus far been very reliable and we think it’s reasonable to expect a major service at 20 years.
Jackshaft opener – Quiet, needed for special installations, these models haven’t been around long enough for us to determine service life, but have thus far been very reliable and we think it’s reasonable to expect a major service at 20 years.
About other opener brands:
Genie – Hit and miss, their older stuff was simple and reliable, but some of their newer stuff (last 10 years) is questionable.
Martin – Amazingly quiet openers. Difficult to setup, program remotes, keypads, and adjust.