Your garage door is an integral part of your home, but often, you don’t think of it until something goes wrong. When installing a new garage door, one of the most important considerations is the garage door warranty. Most manufacturers, such as Clopay and Amarr, offer limited garage door warranties on their products. They know they offer a good product and are willing to stand behind them.
Here are some of the ins and outs you need to know about a standard garage door warranty.
How long is the average garage door warranty?
You’ll generally find that your garage door warranty covers the materials and workmanship to make the garage door is at least a year.
However, the actual length can vary from company to company. In fact, it can be different inside the company, as well. For example, you may find that they cover the overall garage door for a certain length of time, but they cover the hardware for a different period of time.
What is typically covered under a garage door warranty?
There are generally two types of garage door warranties. First, there is one that will warranty the garage door installation that is usually offered by the local dealer that installs your garage door. Then, there is the garage door warranty that the manufacturer of the garage door provides through the local dealer. The manufacturer’s warranty will often cover the cosmetics of the door, such as the paint and finish, panel sections, windows, hardware, and springs.
Keep in mind that not all garage door warranties are precisely the same. Some companies may even offer several warranties for their products. For instance, Amarr garage door warranties are based on the particular model of garage door you’ve purchased and may vary among the different models.
How much is a standard garage door warranty?
Regarding the garage door warranty cost, in many cases, a standard limited warranty is included by the manufacturer in the price of your garage door. In this case, there is no extra cost to you for warranty protection. That being said, some companies do offer additional warranties that go above and beyond the standard. For instance, Clopay garage door warranties also include their Gold Bar Limited Lifetime Warranty option.
When choosing a Clopay garage door, you can opt for this upgrade. Not only does it upgrade your warranty from the limited standard year to a limited lifetime, but it also upgrades the hardware used for the installation process.
Can anything void my garage door warranty?
A few factors can void your garage door warranty and cancel the protection you would’ve had under it. For example, under some warranties, when you transfer ownership by selling your home, your garage door warranty will be voided as the protection doesn’t transfer to the new owner. However, some warranties do transfer over, so it’s a good idea to ask if you’ve been thinking about selling your home as a warranty that does transfer can be one more positive selling point for your home.
In addition, if you fail to do any routine upkeep and maintenance on your garage door, your warranty could be void if it was required in the contract. Plus, if your garage door is damaged because of severe weather, fire, vandalism, or an accident, the warranty may not cover repairs or replacement and become void. Also, the manufacturer’s warranty will be voided if you alter the garage door after installation. In this case, you will want to check with your homeowners insurance policy to see if your garage door repairs will be covered.
How do I register my garage door to be eligible for a warranty?
One of the first things you want to do after having your garage door installed is to go through the process of registering your garage door, as this starts your warranty protection. Not registering your garage door can impact whether or not your garage door is under warranty.
If you have a garage door such as a Clopay® or Amarr garage door, there are registration platforms that you can enter your garage door information into after you have purchased your new door. You will typically add your personal information as well as the product details like where you purchased your garage door, the brand, model, purchase date, installation company, and the invoice.
How to File a Garage Door Warranty Claim
You might wonder whether you should contact the manufacturer of your garage door or the garage door company that installed your door. If your garage door needs repair and you are unsure whether your garage door is still under warranty, below are the steps we recommend:
1. Call Your Local Dealer
When you notice a problem with your garage door that you believe is covered under your garage door warranty, your point of contact is with your local dealer for the brand of your garage door rather than the manufacturer.
2. Take Pictures
It would be best to take pictures of the damage from multiple points. These pictures serve two purposes. First, they offer a visual guide to what’s going on with your garage door for the local dealer to see what’s happening with your garage door. Plus, they also serve as a record. Ensure that your pictures show all the hardware involved with the damage.
3. Do Not Attempt to Fix the Door Yourself
You may be tempted to try to fix it yourself. While you are expected to have regular maintenance done on the doors, attempting to fix your garage door issue can be considered an alteration and void your warranty. In some cases, your attempt at fixing the problem could cause it to be worse and require a more extensive repair or turn a problem that the professionals could have resolved with a repair to where the door needs to be replaced entirely. Please leave it to the professionals.
Warranty questions? Call on A1 Grage Door Service
When you purchase a garage door through A1 Garage Door Service, we’ll help you to understand the warranties that come with your product. In addition, we can assist you in pinpointing the best garage door warranty company for your needs. Our experienced staff is ready to tackle your garage door warranty questions. Call us today at (844) 236-8448.
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