Preparing For a New Garage Door Installation

Preparing For a New Garage Door Installation

Reserve Wood limited edition garage doors

How to Prepare for a New Garage Door Installation in 6 Steps

Getting a new garage door for your property will require some planning. You’ve selected the perfect door, and now it’s time to make sure your space is ready for the installers.

Here’s what you should do when preparing for a new garage door installation.

1. Relocate Vehicles to the Street

Garage door installers move in and out of your garage during their visit. Before they arrive, move your cars to the road so there is room to work. Ideally, your installers will be able to pull a utility van close to the installation site to retrieve tools quickly.

2. Clean Up Garage Floors

Check the area around your current garage door to ensure all boxes, tools and other belongings are out of the way. Remember that installers may have to reach the ceiling to configure an overhead door opener, and make sure the professionals can access electronic connections.

3. Remember Your Selections

Your installers want you to be satisfied with your garage door installation. Most professionals will show you the garage door materials, hardware, and trims to verify they are correct before installation. Retrieve any order confirmation documents you have for added confidence.

4. Keep Children and Pets Away From the Garage

Garage door installers will be moving heavy materials and using power tools during the visit. Keep young ones and pets inside for safety until the garage door removal and installation process is complete. If you want to watch the installers work, do so from a safe distance.

5. Plan to Stay Home

Try to plan on being home during the installation visit. Take the day off work or coordinate times when at least one member of your household is available for questions.

6. Prepare Questions to Ask the Installers

Installers know the best ways to operate and maintain your new garage door. Make a list of questions you have for when the installation crews are visiting your home. You may want further details about warranty information and safe cleaning practices.

Choose Custom Overhead Doors for Garage Door Installation Services

Custom Overhead Doors offers a variety of Clopay® garage door styles for homeowners. We can help you decide on an overhead door assembly that works for your routine, and we complete installation services for convenience.

Go with a team that has been in business since 1989 to install your garage door and configure your garage door opener. Request our services today by completing a contact form.

Do I Need a Battery Backup for My Garage Door Opener?

Get A Battery Backup For Your Garage Door Opener

cell phone remotely opening garage door

As a homeowner with an automated garage door, you might wonder what could happen in the event of a powerful storm. The main advantage of a battery backup for a garage door opener is that you can still get your car in or out if this ever happens. Your house can have power outage protection with a backup battery to keep your overhead door running. 

What Do Backup Batteries Do?

Garage door openers provide easy access to your garage while helping protect your home and belongings. If a storm takes out the power lines, you may need to open or close your garage. Backup batteries for your openers will give you peace of mind as an alternative to opening your heavy overhead door by hand. 

Many manufacturers like LiftMaster® make their garage door openers with backup capabilities. If you don’t have one already, you can still get a battery for LiftMaster products after your initial purchase. Built with efficient power management systems, backup batteries will ensure your family’s safety and security during any natural event. 

How You Can Prepare for a Power Outage

To avoid manually opening the largest moving part in your home, you can prepare for power outages with smart technology. Using myQ smartphone control can make any automated overhead door open or close from your mobile device. With built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, LiftMaster garage door openers will pair with myQ so you can open your garage from afar. Other advantages of myQ technology include:

  • Easy package delivery: Key by Amazon in-garage delivery enables shipping personnel to leave packages securely in the garage when you’re not home. 
  • Remote activation: If you have young children getting off the bus, you can open the garage door for them when you’re on the way home from work.
  • Simple scheduling: You can sync myQ with your other home devices and create a program for when you want the door to open or close every day.

When storms happen, your home should be ready for anything. You can prepare for a power outage with a garage door battery backup that will make it easy to get in or out of your home. Your world doesn’t have to stop because of a few power lines, and we’re ready to help you plan. 

Be Ready for Anything With Our Garage Door Backup Technology

Your home is your safe haven in the event of a snow or rainstorm, and it should perform like one. You can prepare for the possibility of downed power lines by getting a backup battery for your garage door opener. Come see the team at Custom Door & Gate to browse garage door openers or request an estimate today

What Is the Best Residential Garage Door Style for You?

Garage Door Styles Explained

Canyon Ridge carriage house garage door

Your home should reflect your style, and what better than your garage door to custom-fit your aesthetic? As one of the most prominent visual parts of your home’s curb appeal, your garage door has the potential to upgrade your house’s exterior. If you’re not sure which garage door style might best match your home’s aesthetic, we’ve got options for you.

Traditional Garage Doors

For a classic house, you might consider a more traditional garage door. We provide the Classic™ collection of garage doors by Clopay® to complement your home’s natural appeal. Available in a wood or steel build, these overhead doors are a simple option with room for customizing. You can maintain the elegant, timeless appearance of your home with a traditional door made to fit what you like.

Bridgeport Steel garage door

Looking for a traditional garage door with hybrid features? Clopay’s new Bridgeport™ Steel design has recessed steel panels with three-layer Intellicore® construction for improved durability. You can show unique style with either of these traditional garage doors. 

Contemporary Garage Doors

Lovers of a modern home aesthetic will enjoy what a contemporary garage door can do for their curb appeal. If you want your house to stand out, try Clopay’s Avante® steel and glass overhead doors. You can bring natural light into your home and still retain your privacy with options to customize the glass coloring. 

Avante residential garage doors

If your house features natural wood siding or modern architecture, Clopay’s Reserve® Wood Modern garage doors are a standout addition. You can customize this handcrafted model with different splicing designs or stain colors like cedar or mahogany. 

Carriage-House Doors

The rustic look of a farmhouse can find the perfect touch with a unique carriage-house door. Clopay’s Reserve® Wood Limited Edition overhead doors feature a traditional carriage-house design with the functionality of an automatic door. You can customize this design with different paint, stain or window options to fit any aesthetic.

Reserve Wood limited edition garage doors

A carriage-house garage door meets farmhouse fashion with modern automation. Clopay’s Canyon Ridge® Carriage-House Doors give your home the best of both worlds. For an energy-efficient door with steel construction, this style is a strong option. 

Choose Your Garage Door Style With Custom Door & Gate

There are many garage door styles to choose from, and the team at Custom Door & Gate takes pride in helping customers find the perfect look for any home. Whether you’re shopping for garage door styles with windows or prefer the modern look of solid wood, we can help. Get started on enhancing your property’s curb appeal and customizing your garage door by requesting an estimate today!

Cost Vs. Value 2021

The Cost Vs. Value of a Garage Door Replacement in 2021

Many homeowners like to keep busy by working on home improvement projects. Over time, the costs of those projects can add up fast, but there is one that stands apart from the rest with its high return on investment (ROI) and relatively low cost — garage door replacements.

wood carriage house garage doors

First impressions and curb appeal make a significant difference for potential and current homeowners. That’s why exterior projects like garage door replacements have a strong ROI. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2021 Cost vs. Value results, garage door replacement is the top-ranking home improvement project to invest in within the U.S. With 93.8% of the cost recouped, replacing garage doors is one of the most affordable home improvement projects to make right now.

Garage door replacements also rank number one for highest-ROI home improvement projects in Greensboro and Raleigh, North Carolina, and number two in the South Atlantic region. More specifically, the report analyzed the cost of replacing a garage door and the cost recouped from the resale value. Raleigh, NC, for example, has a 96% cost recouped, with the cost of replacing a garage door around $3,915 and a resale value of $3,759. 

A new methodology was used to calculate the 2021 results compared to the prior Cost vs. Value reports, including real estate agents answering a more robust survey with questions relating to location. While home improvement standbys like adding a deck, remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, or installing new windows still pay off, the national average cost recouped for even the best of these is more than 20% lower than that of a garage door replacement.  

If you’re thinking of changing your home’s exterior to add value and increase its curb appeal, replacing your garage door is a great place to start.

Add Value to Your Home With Custom Door & Gate

The ROI of new garage doors makes them an attractive investment, and garage door replacements are an excellent way to quickly improve your property’s curb appeal. Whether you need to buy a new door or just want to upgrade, there are many options you can choose from. 

At Custom Door & Gate, we have a wide variety of doors available so you can find one that suits your home in function and fashion. We are proud to offer Clopay® real and faux wood, carriage house and walk-through style doors. We also provide insulated doors, which have become popular due to their energy efficiency.

Want to get the greatest garage door replacement value? Replace your garage door with Custom Door & Gate and upgrade your home’s first impression and curb appeal. Our experts will guide you through the entire process, from selection to installation. Contact us today to get started!

Top Questions to Ask Any Garage Door Company

Top Questions to Ask Any Garage Door Company

Custom Door & Gate is a certified garage door company in Raleigh, NC, that provides garage door repairs, estimates and installations. We have over 100 years of combined service in the industry, so we know exactly what you should be asking companies like ours to ensure you work with a trustworthy business.

Clopay garage door

Read on to learn some of the basic questions your garage door company should answer before beginning service.

Are Your Technicians Employees of the Company? Or Do You Use Outside Contractors?

Both company employees and outside contractors can do great work on your garage door. However, company employees take pride in the brands they represent and build their company’s reputation with every service they provide.

At Custom Door & Gate, our technicians are certified by IDEA, the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation. Our fully insured employees have served customers since 1989.

What Manufacturers Do You Offer?

Do your research on the brand names the company offers to make sure they’re reputable. 

We stock only the best doors from Clopay®. We also sell garage door openers from LiftMaster® and Blue Giant’s dock lift equipment.

What Is the Warranty on Service Work and Products?

A proper installation is only as good as the product installed. You’ll want to ensure there’s a warranty on your garage door installation and that you can reach out to the company you do business with after installation.

Custom Door & Gate guarantee our work, and, along with any manufacturers’ warranties, we also provide a 1-year warranty on our labor.

Can You Offer an Estimate?

Many garage door companies are happy to speak with you regarding their services. Reach out to a few companies over the phone or on their website to get a sense of which company will work best for you.

At Custom Door & Gate, we offer free technical advice quoting services.

How Long Will Installation of a New Garage Door Take?

The answer to this question can be complicated by various factors, including weather and repairs needed.

However, our expert technicians are methodical and expedient. Typically, a new build with us will take less than three hours, while a replacement can take about four hours.

Contact Custom Door & Gate Today

We hope these questions give you a good overview of what you should be looking for in a certified garage door company. Here at Custom Door & Gate, we are always prepared to answer these questions, as well as any others you may have about garage door estimates, repairs and installations. Call us today at 919-876-4555 or contact us online to get started with your new garage door now!

Garage Door Design Options

The Most Common Garage Door Design Options

Installing a new garage door or updating your current one is an exciting process. Choosing colors, materials and styles that complement the rest of your house is only made more rewarding by seeing your plan come to life right in front of you.

carriage house garage door

Sometimes, though, a simplistic design can become lackluster when you see it in person. If that’s the case, it’s time to do what you do when any part of your house becomes boring — decorate! Custom Door & Gate has a great selection of decorative hardware for you to dress up your garage door design with.

Decorative Hardware Options

When exploring your decorative hardware options, you have a few choices to accessorize your garage door:

  • Handles: Even if your garage door is automatic, you’ll likely want to have handles on it in case of power outage or breakage. A decorative hinge is a perfect way to add a flair of extravagance to your door.
  • Hinges: Long hinges are quite popular on garage doors, especially for buyers looking to add a rustic element to their house.
  • Plates: Adding step plates to the bottom of your garage door is excellent for balancing your door’s look if it has windows at the top.

Every Clopay® door on our website has suggested styles to fit with the door’s aesthetic. These styles are:

  • Spade: Spade handles, hinges and plates have raindrop-shaped ends that come to a long, narrow point.
  • Spear: Accessories with spears look similar to spade decorations, but the raindrop shape is more rounded.
  • Colonial: Products with this shape have a fanlike appearance with a half-oval design on the hardware ends.

Glass Options

Another common decorative element to add to your new garage door is glass windows. Clopay® also offers doors consisting of all-glass panels and aluminum frames.

If you love the design of a glass garage door but have concerns about privacy or lighting, rest assured we have various treatments available to provide you with a beautiful oasis away from the world. Aside from our clear glass, options include:

  • Gray and bronze-tinted glass.
  • Obscure glass.
  • Frosted (satin etched) glass.
  • Mirrored glass.
  • White laminate glass.

If you decide glass is not the material for you but still want the style, we offer clear and tinted acrylic or polygal and aluminum paneling as replacements.

Make Your Garage Door Stylish and Unique

Start on your new garage door design by using some of these clever ideas. If you’re ready to design your garage door with stylized plates, hinges, handles, and glass windows, contact Custom Door & Gate to request an estimate today!