In the Greater Toronto Area, including Vaughan and Richmond Hill, you’ll find a lot of garages. Consequently, you’ll find a big demand for garage door installation. Many businesses can sell you these products, and many will install them, but sometimes it seems easier or cheaper to use different companies from start to finish. Sure, this might be a good option if both businesses use the same brands and the same equipment. Or if it will make a substantial saving on costs. Or if both businesses are somehow affiliated with one another. However, beware of the disconnect that can occur when two unknown operators work on the same project. Things, which might seem important to you, may be overlooked or deemed irrelevant, and if things don’t turn out the way you expected it can be a difficult and protracted process to get appropriately compensated – if at all.
Potential Pitfalls of Using a Separate Supplier and Installer
So, if you’re in the market for a garage door installation here’s a few things to think about before you make your decision.
The Blame Game
It’s all too common in the business world for operators to pass on liability if there is an opportunity to do so. If you use several companies to complete a garage door installation you risk becoming involved in a tit-for-tat blame game if something goes wrong. Ambiguity over the wrong part being fitted could grind an installation to a halt with all parties refusing to take responsibility. Using one company bypasses this potential problem. A single operator from start to finish has nowhere to hide should a mishap arise.
So all goes well, then four months later something snaps off your door. Who do you call? The installer will most likely balk at any suggestion of bad workmanship, and the supplier will surely say the door was in mint condition when it was purchased. A single company can’t run away from its guarantees. If the offer included aftercare, by law that’s what you must receive.
Beware of Competitors
You get a garage door from Toronto, hauled to your home by a Vaughan contractor, and a Richmond Hill garage door installation company to finish. Maybe you want to check if they have a working history with one another. If they are familiar with one another, and get along, that’s great. If they have any disputes with one another, beware! A not-so-uncommon situation for buyers to find themselves in is to be a pawn in a game of petty one upmanship between rivals. If the opportunity arises to leave a disliked competitor in a mess, you may well have to deal with the consequences. With a one-stop business this just can’t happen. If the workmanship is poor the company will not last, and if a one-to-one contract is not honoured a business is needlessly at risk of legal action being raised against it.
Mix and Match
Having a garage door installation look the way you imagined may not be the case if two different firms are involved. Borders, skirtings, and a host of other fittings may not come as standard with the door. This means the installer will improvise with what he has. Off-set colour matches and incongruent styles can sometimes spoil an installation’s look. A single company will more than likely not make such a mistake. All fittings and finishes will be branded and matching. There is no excuse for mismatched products if the company is the sole provider and installer.
To conclude, potential problems can arise in any transaction, and the best advice is to be vigilant and always have a company produce a written contract before work begins. However, most reputable businesses need to be ethical and professional to compete in today’s marketplace, and the instances of poor workmanship are becoming less common.