Monday, August 18, 2008

Heheheh.....OOPS!

The truck is just fine, it'll pull through with just a couple of scratches but no major injuries. The garage door however is on major life-support with little chance of a full recovery. Let me start from the beginning.

Usually every saturday and/or sunday we take the dogs to the nearby dog park in the mornings. It keeps them socialized and it's nice to give them a change from their normal walks in the neighborhood. This saturday was no exception. We popped the pooches into the suv, I opened the garage door and we headed out. CRASH!!! Unfortunately the garage door opened much more slowly than we anticipated so the top of my truck hit the bottom of the garage door. We pulled back into the garage and got out to survey the damage. Unfortunately the bottom portion of the door had bowed out enough that we couldn't move the door in either direction so Mike and I unscrewed the bottom half of the door and put it aside. Once that was removed, the rest of the door moved on the rails just fine so we've kept it in the open position. Since there was nothing else we could do about it that morning, we headed to the dog park and grabbed some breakfast afterwards.


When we got back, I called a few companies for estimates to replace the door; Mike was too disgruntled to talk to anyone on the phone. All the companies said that no one uses wood doors anymore (too much maintenance, no insulation) so they would have to special order a new door. Everyone apparently uses steel instead....obviously except for cheap-ass builders like ours. One company came out to give us a quote (most over the phone) and showed us that replacing all our doors would probably be a good idea. We haven't done any maintenance on our doors so you can actually see water damage in the panels, the rollers are mostly rusted so they slide instead of roll. Plus everytime the garage opens and closes, it sounds like it's going to shake the rails apart. Surprisingly Mike agreed with the company so he started to research steel doors instead. These days garage doors use torsion springs (incased in a black box) with no cables or springs so it makes for a very quiet smooth door. I got some quotes from other companies on steel doors and Mike found Costco sells good steel garage doors too.



On Sunday we headed to Costco to see what they had. Our timing was good since they didn't just have the typical small area with pamphlets but there was an actual section with garage doors that day so we got to see how they looked, the differences, etc. The cost is MUCH better than most of the quotes we got. We're looking for something a little more fancy than the typical garage door this time around. If we're going to upgrade to steel, we might as well get something that looks a little nicer especially since the garage doors are the first thing that people see as they come towards our house.


Mike is rather excited to get new doors, and I'm excited to get nice and quiet doors so this little incident turned into a good thing....right?

1 comments:

Susan said...

Riiiiight! ;)