Quality Vs Price
Shouldn’t Compromise Safety
There are no safety options so unimportant, they can be overlooked in pursuit of a lower price.
In looking at quality and value issues, safety considerations should not be overlooked or minimized.
A door may be lower priced, because it has far fewer safeguards built into the system.
Most safety features are optional and not mandated by the government. Just as it costs more to put multiple airbags and extra safety features in a car, so it is with garage doors.
You don’t want to overlook safety, in pursuit of a lower priced garage door.
---garage doors come in steel sections ranging from 24-gauge to as thin as 32-gauge. A 32-gauge steel door will be cheaper than its more sturdy 24-gauge counterpart, but it will also offer far less protection and be so susceptible it cannot stand up to even a pen, without being penetrated.
---the value of a garage door is often measured by its insulation on the back. Some manufacturers use injection foam to buttress a thin steel door, but foam breaks down quickly and readily, compromising any barrier the door may have presented.
---cheap rollers also cut potential costs, but also compromise the ability of a door to easily go up and down, without falling off the track onto a car, or worse yet a person under the door. Some manufacturers use a roller so cheaply made the tire or wheel on the roller breaks easily after some usage.
---cheap hinges too often compromise a door as well. They break, leaving the homeowner in a compromised position, with the potential of a sectional door coming apart.
---even the quality of a lift cable is critical. The difference between a 1/16-inch cable and a 1/8-inch cable with casing to protect against fraying is significant. A thin cable is vulnerable to fraying and the potential of a door breaking free in an unstoppable descent----one of the leading causes of garage door related deaths in the U.S.