How to buy a Garage Door
Yesterday I got three calls asking if I installed garage doors.
However I have in the past and so know what questions to ask.
First you need to measure your doors opening.
Find the width at the bottom and the top. They should be the same but often they are off by inches.
Then measure the vertical opening on both the left and right side. Again because they may be different.
A standard double door will be 16 feet wide and 7 feet tall.
Anything different and it will probably cost more.
From inside the garage check to see if there is room on the sides where the rails would need to go.
Also you'll need ideally about 18 inches above the door to mount the springs and such.
Then check to see if there are any beams in the way where the horizontal track would normally be mounted.
Beams in the way or not enough header space will all increase the bill.
Now you'll need to determine if you want insulation and windows.
Insulation comes in either vinyl back or metal back.
If you have dogs and want insulation get metal back so your dog does not scratch out the insulation.
Finally you will need to call around for pricing.
Pricing is radically different based on the company even for the same make and model of door.
I've compiled a list of companies in Menifee, Murrieta, and Temecula.
You want a local company.
Not one that will have to drive for an hour.
They have a tendency to be quite unresponsive once they've collected the money.
Click on this link and print the PDF.
Use it as a worksheet and call every one.
The PDF looks sort of like the following but explains what the columns labeled A-H mean.
|Company||Address||Phone #||Website||Door Make Quoted…..||Model Quoted……..||Cost||A||B||C||D||E||F||G||H||Y#||Y||G#||G||avg||tot|
|A1 Garage Door Repair||Temecula||951–210–9543||None||10||3|
|ATA Garage Doors||Menifee||951–230–3055||None||0||0|
|Busy Bee Garage Doors Inc.||Menifee||951–831–6665||busybeegaragedoors.com||173||1||107||1||1||1|
|DC Garage Doors||Menifee||951–553–4335||dcgaragedoorco.com||55||4||37||2||3||2|
|Dependable Garage Doors||Murrieta||951–491–1840||? dependablegdoors.com||0|
|Diamond Valley Garage Door||Murrieta||951–834–4394||diamondvalleydoors.com||63||3||7||8||5.5||3|
|Driven Overhead Doors||Murrieta||951–440–7016||drivendoors.com||3|
|Dynamic Garage Door Service||Murrieta||888–229–3299||dynamicdoorstemecula.com||6||2|
|F & M Murrieta Garage Door||Murrieta||951–337–0091||www.murrietagaragerepair.com||6||3|
|Garage Door Medics – Temecula/Murrieta||Murrieta||951–223–6164||gdmedics.com/temecula-murrieta||41||5||5|
|Garage Door Repair – Menifee||Menifee||951–667–1450||garagedoorrepairmenifeeca.com||1|
|Garage Door Solutions||Temecula||760–994–4805||www.gdsgaragedoors.com||1|
|Garage Door Specialists||Temecula||951–667–9820||garagedoorspecialistsinc.com||28||8||10||3||5.5||3|
|Garage Doors Openers Repairs||Murrieta||888–995–3667||None||0|
|Heritage Garage Door||Murrieta||800–680–0019||heritagedoor.com||16||9||8||7||8||7|
|HJ Daniels Overhead||Temecula||951–663–5882||hjdanielsdoors.weebly.com||2|
|Inland Empire Garage Door||Menifee||866–935–8465||inlandempiregarage.com||3|
|Lagunas Garage Door||Murrieta||951–221–2953||None||0|
|Menifee Garage Door and Opener Repair||Menifee||951–679–3405||mgdor.com||8||10||9||5||7.5||6|
|Murrieta Garage Door Repair||Murrieta||951–261–9639||2||2|
|Murrieta’s Choice Overhead Garage Door Company||Murrieta||951–643–8565||MurrietaGarageDoors.com||2|
|N-Stall Garage Doors & Service||Murrieta||951–639–3268||nstallgaragedoor.com||40||6||1|
|On Trac Garage Door Company||Temecula||951–506–4333||ontracdoors.com||8||10||9||5||7.5||5|
|Overhead Door Solutions||Menifee||951–378–5123||? odsgaragedoorrepairs.com||116||2||4|
|Procraft Door and Glass||Murrieta||951–676–7515||procraftdoorandglass.com||0||3|
|South West Garage Door Service||Murrieta||951–389–4863||southwestgds.com/murrieta||5||2|
|Temecula’s Choice Overhead Garage Door Company||Temecula||951–330–4925||TemeculaGarageDoors.com||1|
|The San Diego Garage||Murrieta||951–239–0236||? garagedoorsinstallationmurrieta.com||0|
|West Coast Overhead Door||Menifee||951–538–8079||? wcdoor.com||1|
I did a google search for "garage door torsion springs in menifee" today and found a bunch of non-local companies.
If you are looking for local companies be careful and don't assume that just because you asked for Menifee companies you got Menifee companies.
Obviously the big franchises know how to game the Google search engine so that it shows non local results even though you asked for local.
Or they have the money to game they system.
1) "Menifee’s #1 Garage Door Repair & Installation Team"
when they are in fact a national franchise that hire companies to make them appear as the #1 of whatever city anywhere in the USA.
The closest offices these people have are in Riverside and San Diego.
2) Menifee Garage Door Specialists.
When you look at their about us page you see they are middlemen.
They say: "We connect homeowners all across the United States with the most experienced, reputable Garage Door Sales & Service contractors on the market. To that end, we’ve now developed affiliations in every state and are striving to continue expanding."
You pay them, they are located in Los Angeles, and they pay somebody around here to do the work.
Despite showing up as #2 in Googles search for Menifee they are not.
Elsewhere they state: "Proudly Serving All Cities Within Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Kern and up to the Greater San Francisco Bay Area".
4) Precision Garage Doors Sun City. Though they show up as local to Sun City they are actually a national franchise with the closest branch out of Riverside.
5) Precision Garage Doors Menifee. Though they show up as local to Menifee they are actually a national franchise with the closest branch out of Riverside.
6) Menifee CA Garage Door Repair.
Actually they just name themselves that to show up on in the search engine.
Saying they are local and can get to you 24x7.
Their real name is "24/7 CORONA GARAGE DOOR REPAIR".
Some might consider Corona "local".
Surely much closer than those national franchises google lists at the top as being local.
Still I only consider local to Menifee as being in Menifee.
7) GARAGE TORSION SPRING SERVICES IN MENIFEE.
They say "Are you looking for the best garage torsion spring professionals in Menifee, California?" but who knows where they are located.
The website uses a template and it is unclear how many are in the franchise. See terms of service.
8) Menifee Garage Door Repair
Yet they are actually out of Riverside and service all of Riverside.
Their real name is http://www.24riversidegaragedoors.com.
However they do say "Best Price Guarantee!". I wonder what that means. They don't say lowest price. Call them for kicks and know I'll beat that price.
9) Angel Garage Door Repair Menifee.
They are another national franchise as can be seen locations
I also added a ranking today.
The Y# and G# columns are how many reviews these companies got.
The Y and G columns are the rank of the top companies.
The avg and tot column are the Y and G averaged and then ranked together.
I'm at a tie for number 5 or 6 currently in the Menifee, Murrieta, and Temecula region, though I only service Menifee.
(Unless you are an existing customer or I'm desperate for work.)
Since I've only been in business a few months I am excited to see I'm already ranking.
I'll keep checking every month.
Since I don't do advertising I go way overboard in the hopes of recommendations to their friends and neighbors.
(When I'm not too worn out.)
Now however with internet reviews I hope to kill it.