You’ve chosen the style of door you want, done your research on the recommended option for the door opener and are ready to book your installation. But did you check the warranty? Warranties vary from product to product, and it’s important you discuss the coverage on both the products you choose and what the installation company offers. There’s plenty of reasons to understand the warranty on your garage doors and openers and factor it into your buying decision.
Good Warranties and Quality Workmanship
Companies that offer a no-cost warranty on their work are more likely to do the job right the first time. Extremely short warranties, or no warranties at all, should be a red flag. Your installation company should be proud to stand behind its work and the products it offers.
It is true companies without warranties may be cheaper at the time of installation. However, the likelihood of the job being high-quality is far lower than companies who guarantee their work. The company without guarantees might not even return your call if there’s a problem. You’ll end up spending more money having a reputable company come and fix the faulty work.
Good Warranties Are Realistic
Garage doors and openers are designed to last a long time. But it is important to remember there are numerous moving parts that are under a lot of strain with regular use. This isn’t a bad thing; it is a simple fact of life. Think of it like a car — the vehicle can run for decades, but the parts under stress, like the brakes, eventually experience wear. While your garage doors and openers don’t have nearly the same intricacies of your vehicle, warranties should reflect realistic use.
Fly-by-night companies often offer warranties that far exceed others in the business. When something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It is a major warning sign if this ‘ultimate warranty’ also comes with an extremely low price tag. Check around and see what the industry standard is — chances are, reputable companies will fall within a reasonable time frame of each other. Highly rated companies will fall at the upper end of installation warranties, and quality products will offer solid limited lifetime warranties.
Understanding the Warranty Terms and Conditions
A reputable company will take the time to explain the warranty in a way you can understand it. They will be upfront about what it does and does not cover, the length of time of coverage and if any extended warranty options are available. A company who cares about their reputation and stands behind their work will give you time to read the warranty and not pressure you to sign off on the job until your questions are answered.
Don’t Make Modifications to Installations or Equipment
No matter what type of product or installation service you are dealing with, the fastest way to void your warranty is to modify the equipment yourself. If you feel something needs modification, call the installation company back. They can explain why the manufacturer has specific installation requirements, and how changing the setup could ultimately damage the opener or door. If you choose to modify the equipment or door anyway, you will likely render your warranty useless because the damage was caused by you and not a fault of the installer or equipment.
Warranties Offer Peace of Mind
When you have a reputable company standing behind its work and products, you have peace of mind knowing you have a superior installation and protection against the rare problem that can pop up.
HABPRO Garage Doors carries superior products and offers fair warranties. If you are ready to replace your garage door or opener, you can trust we will stand behind our work. Contact us today to explore your options.