You’re Being Ripped Off: Garage Door Warranties Exposed

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Garage Doors | No Comments
You’re Being Ripped Off: Garage Door Warranties Exposed

A new garage door can be a game changer. No more broken tracks. No more dents and dings. No more being late for work because of motor issues.

You may have noticed after purchasing your door that it comes with a one-year warranty, which is pretty standard for the garage door industry. But did you know these one-year warranties aren’t all they’re cracked up to be? In fact, they could be costing you more money down the line.

The Truth

To put it simply: if your new garage door comes with a one-year warranty, it’s because the manufacturer knows the product won’t last. Once the warranty expiration creeps up, it’s very likely that you’ll start to notice problematic issues. Chances are you’ll call up the manufacturer, feeding them more of your money to fix problems that shouldn’t have come up in the first place.

A common style of garage door that sits under a one-year warranty is the cedar overlay door. These doors are built with a wood façade that sits atop a steel-paneled frame. The thin nature of the overlay makes these types of garage doors easier to produce. But easier doesn’t always equate to longevity. Because the cedar overlay isn’t bolted all the way through to the frame, the heavy wood panels will easily come loose in a short amount of time causing you to replace them quite often, or worse, replace the entire door altogether.

How To Avoid It

Be smart. Understanding the truth about short-term warranties gives you a proactive edge. Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask pertinent questions related to the durability and manufacturing of your door.

  • What materials are used in producing your doors?
  • How do you fasten the façade to the frame?
  • Why don’t you offer a longer warranty?

These are all questions you should be asking your garage door provider.

Cedar Garage Door

Alternative Option

A solid cedar garage door is the best option for long-lasting functionality. This means the entire door, including the frame, is manufactured from wood. When talking with your garage door provider, ask them if they offer this type of product and what type of warranty comes with it.

Premier Entry Systems’ cedar garage doors are manufactured with a unique bolting and gluing technique that ensures your hinges will never come loose. Our custom cedar garage doors have higher quality and better functionality than the cedar overlays, and our prices are comparative. But here’s the best part: we offer a five-year warranty. Our doors are built to last.

For more information about our unique manufacturing methods, or to talk with our garage door experts about your options, contact us today!