How to choose the right garage door company
A garage door is typically the largest moving object in the home and in commercial business facilities. An improperly installed door and operator system can exert tremendous force when the door closes. This could lead to entrapment of children or adults and subsequent injury or worse. Therefore, we’ve provided the information below to outline how to choose a garage door company. Selecting the right person to install and service your garage door is a very, very serious decision. It is not one you should take lightly!
There are a variety of sources for you to turn to purchase or obtain service for garage door products. The most popular source is the door dealer professional. Garage door dealers are the most reliable and dependable due to several important reasons. These reasons include: experience, knowledge and the very fact that door dealers make their living by selling, installing and servicing door systems.
There are thousands of door dealers in business today. What can you do to assure yourself of selecting the right garage door dealer in Tampa? Check the following five areas before you choose a garage door company:
Of all the five checkpoints, this is perhaps the easiest to validate. How long has the company been in business? If a new company, do the principals have experience in the door and operator industry? How much?
This may be the most important checkpoint. And, it is also very easy to verify. Does the door dealer have a satisfied customers? If so, do they have letters of recommendation from their customers? Depending upon the project, you may want to talk to a customer or two.
- Code and Regulatory Compliance
There are numerous requirements pertaining to safety and the installation of a garage door system. Federal, state and local codes and regulations must be followed. Ask the dealer you select about how they comply with the codes in your city to make sure you are hiring experts on garage doors Tampa, FL residents can trust.
- Insurance Coverage
It is important to you that the door dealer carry proper insurance on their business and employees. One checkpoint is to ask for a copy of the company’s Certificate of Insurance. If they don’t have one or hesitate to comply with your request, it could be a negative signal.
- Financial Integrity
Depending on the size of your project, financial integrity of a door dealer can be very important. Although this is a sensitive issue, a dependable, honest door dealer won’t mind telling you about the basic financial integrity of their company.
How can you protect yourself?
Use only locally certified contractors.
- Have your contractor show you their State Contractor’s Card
- Have your contractor show you their Hillsborough County Contractor’s card
- Does your contractor have their certificate number on his car or truck?
To determine if the contractor chosen is licensed, certified, bonded and insured, or has a permit for the work they is doing on your home, call the City of Tampa Inspectional Services Division at 813-223-8321 or the Hillsborough County Building Bureau at 813-272-5652.
If you are looking for the most professional garage door installer in Tampa, call us today!