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A garage door is often the largest moving object in a home or commercial business facility. An improperly installed door and operator system can lead to entrapment and subsequent injury - or worse.

Therefore, selecting the right person to install and service your door and/or operator system is an extremely serious decision.

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There are thousands of garage door dealers in business today. What can you do to assure yourself of selecting the right one?

At Midwest Garage Door Company, we understand that buying a garage door is a significant investment for your home. That is why we feel it is important to educate consumers on what to look for when selecting the right dealer.

Next time you're in the market to buy, remember these five checkpoints:
Experience
Workmanship
Code and Regulatory Compliance
Insurance Coverage
Financial Integrity

Experience
Of all the five checkpoints, this is perhaps the easiest to validate. How long has the company been in business? If a new company, do the principals have experience in the door and operator industry? How much experience?

Workmanship
This may be the most important checkpoint. It is also easy to verify. Does the door dealer have satisfied customers? If so, do they have letters of recommendation from their customers? Depending on the project, you may want to talk to a customer or two.

Code and Regulatory Compliance
There are numerous requirements pertaining to the safety and installation of a garage door system. Federal, state and local codes and regulations must be followed. Ask the dealer you select about how they comply with the codes in your city.

Insurance Coverage
It is important that the door dealer carry proper insurance on their business and employees. One checkpoint is to ask for a copy of the company's Certificate of Insurance. If they don't have one or hesitate to comply with your request, it could be a negative sign.

Financial Integrity
Depending on the size of your project, the financial integrity of a door dealer can be very important. Although this is a sensitive issue, a dependable, honest door dealer won't mind telling you about the basic financial integrity of their company.

These questions take only moments to answer, yet they can help you avoid tremendous problems in the future.