When choosing a new garage door for your home, or hiring a company to make repairs on your broken garage door, you may be asking yourself “ do I go for the company with the “nicer” more expensive options or choose the cheaper one to save money? At the end of the day what you’re really debating is quality vs cost.
You have already invested a significant of money into your home, and a garage door is essential to that investment. Choosing the right garage door can have a Return of Investment of 93.8% if done properly.
As inflation continues to rise, we have seen a trend across the industry of homeowners cutting corners to lower costs on home maintenance including their garage door and operating systems.
Unfortunately, many homeowners do not understand the detrimental effects of cutting costs on things such as a new garage door, replacing garage door parts, and servicing a garage door.
In this article, we will discuss cost vs quality and the importance of choosing quality over cost.
Cost Vs. Quality
Buying a new garage door can be an overwhelming experience for homeowners. With so many options it can be tempting for homeowners to turn to companies that provide low-cost doors, parts, and installation. The companies promoting these do a great job of convincing the homeowner that although the costs are low, the quality is still high, however, that is not always the case.
So why is there such a problem in the garage door industry with low-cost, high-quality value propositions?
Simply put, when companies focus too much on cutting costs in order to supply customers with lower-cost products and services, they are often required to take shortcuts in order to achieve these lower costs.
Lower-quality parts and services run the risk of being defective and not lasting very long. This results in many costly repairs and even replacements early on.
It is essential for homeowners to look at their garage door and operating system as an investment. Buying low-cost, often low-quality doors and parts creates a short-term fix, resulting in more repairs, and more money spent in the long run.
Higher Quality, Cost, and Benefits
It’s not uncommon for higher quality products to result in a higher cost. There are many reasons why this is the case in the garage door industry. Higher quality doors require higher quality materials that are harder to source and are typically more expensive.
The manufacturing process requires more attention to detail to ensure quality, resulting in the company hiring more employees to oversee the process and ensure quality standards.
But what are the benefits of investing in higher quality garage doors and services?
Higher quality, higher cost products, and services benefit homeowners in many ways. Some of these benefits include:
- Longer Lifespans
- Fewer Repairs Needed
- Low Maintenance Costs
- Services that are done right
- Little Inconvenience To The Customer
- Product and Service Warranties
- Improves Home Value
Other benefits of companies that value quality does so by providing their employees with substantial training, resulting in a fine-tuned process, with highly skilled technicians.
Highly skilled technicians have the ability to quickly diagnose and resolve any garage door issue you may be experiencing. Their ability to quickly repair or replace garage door parts properly ensures homeowners are inconvenienced very little, and will not require multiple costly repairs shortly down the road.
Low Quality, Low Cost, Low Value
As companies cut corners to achieve low costs for their customers, it can be expected that these products and services will result in low quality. Generally, customers can expect low-cost companies to provide equal value service, including unskilled workers, faulty products, and disappointing customer service.
Low-quality, low-cost products, and services negatively affect homeowners in a variety of ways, some of these include:
- Short lifespan – Expensive Replacement
- Repetitive Costly Repairs
- Faulty Parts
- Multiple Reworks
- Slow Service
In an order to cut costs, many garage door companies will cut training for their technicians, often resulting in shotty repair and replacement services that require multiple reworks, and often resulting in other issues with the garage doors. These companies make up their low-cost parts and services by adding on additional parts and services needed after a quote is already given. With homeowners trusting that these companies are being upfront, they often agree to additional charges without question.
Benefits Of High-Quality Parts
Cheap garage doors and materials often can not withstand the repetitive use, elements, and human error that their counterparts can. Low-cost materials often result in the components wearing out at an expedited rate. High-quality parts and materials are more likely to be durable, withstanding significant wear and tear, resulting in a longer life span. The benefits of high-quality garage doors, parts, and service include less maintenance and increased home value.
As stated above, higher quality doors and parts are able to withstand significant wear and tear as they are highly durable.
Low-quality garage doors and parts on the other hand often result in repetitive, expensive maintenance and repairs.
While low-cost materials may look and operate properly for a short time, it is not uncommon for these to need to be replaced quickly. Due to the number of repairs low cost, and low-quality parts require, homeowners will spend more money long-term to keep their garage doors looking good and working properly.
Increase Home Value
One of the major benefits of investing in your garage door and using high-quality materials and service is the increase in value it offers your home. Working with a company that prides itself on the quality of products and services they offer will ensure doors that last, and look great while doing it.
While cheap options can be tempting, they don’t hold up in looks or operation over time.
For homeowners looking to sell their homes, this is an important concept to consider.
Using low-quality garage doors on your home may indicate to the buyers that shortcuts were made and that the home will require many repairs and renovations over time.
This may result in buyers being less inclined to be interested in the property, requiring the seller to lower the selling price.
Installing a high-quality garage door such as a Coachman Carriage House Door by Clopay shows the buyer that the homeowners took great thought and care in their home and will result in increased home value, and higher selling price.
Using high-quality doors and parts may take a larger investment on the front end but will ensure that your door looks great and lasts for a long time.
While choosing the cheaper option may not seem like an issue at first, homeowners will feel the negative impact down the road. These products often end up costing more due to the fact that they need to be repaired and replaced more often. While quality materials may cost more upfront, they save you money in the long run. That is why it is recommended to work with a company that values quality and offers upfront pricing.
Work With OGD®
Garage doors are not something you want to skimp on when it comes to quality. Work with reputable technicians to provide high-quality work and that it is all completed safely and in a timely fashion. When the time comes to repair or replace your garage door, call us for the industry’s highest quality garage doors or fill out one of our online forms to schedule an appointment.