Garage Doors and Garage Door Openers in New York

by Marcus Pickett

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Between installation and repairs, in New York, garage door and garage door openers account for one of the most popular home improvement requests we get in the Big Apple. These projects also show some of the widest ranging costs in our system. Recently, new garage doors have gone for as little as $450 and as much as $3,000. Garage door openers have been installed for as little as $200 and as much as $1,200.

As a city, New York garage doors play a greater role than in many homes across the country. The premium on land means garage spaces must be maximized for residents. Garage doors are an integral part of your home's curb appeal. Likewise, New Yorkers know the importance of home security. Whether you use your garage as a primary entry and exit point for your home or not, the quality of your garage door and garage door opener is one of the biggest pieces of your overall home security. No matter what your New York garage door needs are, ServiceMagic can help you find the right contractor for the job.

New York Garage Door Repair
Most garage door repairs aren't repairs to the door itself but to garage door openers and assemblies. Although it may seem like a DIY project for handy homeowners, garage door openers can be more complicated than some people realize. Some can be dangerous to disassemble without following proper safety guidelines. Homeowners who aren't sure what they're doing will often make the problem worse. Given that the average cost of repair is only $250, and is often less for simple problems, in most cases calling in the pros is the best course of action. Of course, you should still take the time to inspect your garage door assembly and note anything that looks out of sorts, including visual or auditory clues that may signal to a professional what is wrong with the door. By having a good idea of the situation, you can save your contractor a trip to the hardware store, expedite the process of mailing a part from the manufacturer, and, in turn, save yourself time and money on the repair work.

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Choosing your New York Garage Door Opener
Screw, chain, and belt-driven openers make up the majority of garage door openers. These three basic designs also have quite a bit of variance in quality among different manufacturers and product lines. Screw-driven models, for example, are known for greater load-bearing capacity. Chain-driven models, on the other hand, are known for being noisy but cost effective. A high-end chain-driven model, however, is likely to outperform early forms of screw-driven openers. Often, the design and quality of your New York garage door opener will be determined by the material of the door and the type of use and abuse the door is expected to take. You may want to discuss your individual needs with a contractor before settling on which opener to buy for your garage.

More than the nuts and bolts of the opener, most homeowners are more interested in the automated capacity of the opener assembly. Automatic garage door openers have become the standard, rather than a luxury, for most New York-area homeowners. At the same time, don't skimp on the cheapest form of remote-controlled openers. These easy-to-crack systems won't keep your home secure from even moderately knowledgeable burglars. Although you may not need a state-of-the-art computerized garage door openers that will allow you to open and close your garage door from your office in the city, maintaining the security of your home has to be your top priority in choosing a garage door opener.

Types of Garage Doors in New York

Wood: Generally considered the most beautiful option, wood doors are also the heaviest, limiting your options for garage door openers. Wood garage doors can also warp over time.

Metal: The strongest, most durable garage doors will allow you to choose between cost and performance in terms of steel or aluminum lines. Though not as strong as steel, aluminum garage doors are more popular and easier to install.

Fiberglass: Comparable to aluminum in terms of cost and performance, fiberglass manufacturers will expand your decorative options if you can't find what you're looking for in aluminum.

Marcus Pickett is a professional freelance writer for the home remodeling industry. He has published more than 600 articles on both regional and national topics within the home improvement industry.