There comes a time in every garage door’s life when parts start to wear out and need to be replaced. The most commonly replaced parts are springs, cables and bearings; but every so often drums and gears may wear out too. Tempting as it is to always go with the least expensive parts, deciding to save a few bucks upfront may actually cost more in the long run. Here are 5 reasons why buying high quality garage door parts is a better way to go along with some specific examples.
Longevity: Cheaper springs will last an average of about 10,000 cycles or 3-5 years. In contrast, if you pay a little more for a better quality spring, you’ll get three times as many cycles and an average life span of 15-20 years.
Better Quality: A cheaper cable is comprised of 7 strands of steel and has a break strength of 920 lbs. A higher quality cable has nine strands and is roughly three times as strong as the cheaper model. In a nutshell, the cheaper cable is much more likely to fray sooner and eventually snap: an event which could result in severe injury or even death. Safety-wise, the difference is night and day.
Better Operation: Cheap rollers will only last through 10,000 cycles and are made of plastic with no bearings for support. Door operation is rough with this kind of equipment and the rollers will require monthly lubrication in order to keep operating. On the other hand, high quality commercial grade rollers last 50,000 cycles and are attached with 13 ball bearings to help the rollers spin and maintain quiet, smooth operation.
Increased Safety: Garage doors are heavy, and their associated parts (like high tension springs and rollers) can be dangerous when they fail. Investing just a little more in higher quality parts is like buying an insurance policy for your family’s safety. It’s worth it!
More Value Over Time: The old adage “you get what you pay for” certainly applies to garage door parts. When you go with cheaper stuff, you’re likely to pay more over the long run both in replacement and labor costs. It’s much more cost-effective to just do the job right the first time.
A good Utah garage doors vendor and repair specialist like A+ Garage Doors understands how important quality parts are to a successful and long-lasting repair job. Insist on the best!