Indianapolis garage door installers explain maintenance, prices
These highly rated Indianapolis-area garage door installation experts open up about the garage door business and explain when homeowners should spring to action.
Who we spoke to:
Jim Rice, owner
Duane Keller, owner
Tim King, owner
Beech Grove, Ind.
What’s the most common reason customers call you?
Jim Rice: It’s about 50-50 people wanting service for a broken garage door or to replace garage doors or openers.
Duane Keller: The most common service we do is broken springs on garage doors with people locked in their garage.
Tim King: They need service on a garage door or the operator. The door won’t open.
What’s typically the first thing that fails on a door, and how often should owners inspect their door to avoid issues?
Rice: Every spring on every garage door will break. After so many thousand times up and down, it gets metal fatigue and snaps. At least once a year, you should disconnect the garage door springs and lift the door up manually to see how well it’s balanced. Unless you hear metal screeching or something breaks, you don’t need us.
Keller: Springs, especially here in Indiana because of the temperature changes. A lot of people call for a maintenance check-in on their garage door. Sometimes it’s a waste of time and money. Sometimes it doesn’t hurt. If your garage door is noisy, not going up level or the electric motor seems to be straining, that’s the time to have it checked.
King: A spring generally fails from fatigue before anything else, depending on frequency of use. Homeowners should perform visual inspections four or five times a year to spot loose fasteners, frayed cables or crooked roller wheels. Properly installed, quality garage doors can easily go years before we’re needed.
What’s the lifespan of a garage door, and what’s the most important maintenance to prolong it?
Rice: If you take care of the garage door, it will last and basically all you need to do is change the springs every 10 years or so. It depends on the amount of use the door gets. Some get used like a front door, and they’ll wear out quicker. Replacing springs, getting the right spring on the door and keeping the moving parts lubricated, those are pretty big things.
Keller: We carry a three-year warranty on most parts and some have a lifetime guarantee. But some of these new garage doors, if they’re never hit, should last 10, 15, 20 years or more, no problem. The important thing is lubrication with WD-40 or a lightweight oil on the springs to keep them from jumping and binding up, and keep things away from the garage door tracks.
King: Quality steel garage doors have such long lifespans that after 30 years installing them I still don’t know. There are wood garage doors still in good shape after 60 years. Unfortunately, poor quality garage doors on the market may fail within a few years. The best maintenance is fixing a small problem before it becomes large and keeping a proper finish on the exterior.
What’s the replacement cost for a two-car garage door?
Rice: Usually around $900 to $1,000 for a standard garage door depending on quality. It depends on door construction.
Keller: Approximately from $700 to $1,000, and it goes up for certain designs or specialty garage doors.
King: The cost starts at $665 for non-insulated garage doors or $900 for good insulated garage doors without windows.