Selecting the Right Garage Door Dealer
are a variety of sources you can turn to to purchase or obtain garage door products, the most popular of which is the door
dealer professional, such as an International Door Association (IDA) Dealer. IDA Garage door dealers are often the most reliable
and dependable source for several reasons. These include experiance, knowledge and- most importantly- the fact that IDA Dealers make
their living by selling, installing and servicing door systems.
A Primary Concern
A garage door is often the largest moving object in home or commercial business
facility. An improperly installed door and operator system can exert tremendous force when the door closes. This could lead
to the entrapment of children or adults and subsequent injury - or worse. Therefore, selecting the right person to install
and service your door and/or operator is an extremely serious decision. It is not one that should be taken lightly!
There are thousands of door dealers in business today. What can you do to assure yourself of selecting the right one? We've
provided these five checkpoint for you to use:
and Regulatory Compliance
- Insurance Coverage
- Financial Integrity
|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 easy to verify. Does the door dealer have satisfied
customers? If so, do they have letters of recommendation from their customers? Depending on the project, you may want to talk
to a customer or two.|
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.|
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.|
|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.|
Selecting the right door dealer is as simple as asking
a few questions. The most important deals with the issue of reliability. Is the dealer dependable, trustworthy, and safety-conscious?
These questions take only moments to answer, and yet they can help you avoid tremendous problems in the future.