In this article we are going to be talking about Costco garage doors. We hope we can provide you with all the information you need to choose the ideal garage door for your property. With such tempting retail prices, many people wonder if the price is too good to be true in relation to the quality. So what’s the big deal with Costco branded doors? Are they worthwhile to buy, or a waste of money? We hope to answer that question in this article, so read on to find out what we think.
A brief history of Costco
For those who don’t actually know much about Costco, we will provide a brief history of the company. If this doesn’t interest you in any way, you can skip right onto the next section of this article.
Costco was established in Kirkland, Washington in 1983. Their primary focus was wholesale, so their plan of action was to sell a high volume of goods for as little as possible. The company grew from strength to strength in those early years, and in 1993 merged with one of the other big wholesalers at the time called Price Club. This doubled the company in size, and helped it to reach new markets as the Price Club outlets were now re-branded as Costco instead.
Costco’s focus is getting the best available price to consumers, which means many of the store locations feature skylights to save electricity costs during the day. Many items are also sold straight off the shipping pallets in order to save unpacking costs on labor. Another thing to remember is that customers must bring their own bags, this is also to save costs for consumers as it means Costco doesn’t have to keep any. All of these small little money saving ventures by the company ensures that all the savings can be passed straight onto the customer.
What kind of garage doors do they sell?
OK, so we have established that Costco go to a great deal of effort to get the best price to customers. The real question is do they compromise on quality in order to get low prices? The answer is definitely not. Having built a solid reputation for quality goods over the last 30 years, Costco has repeatedly stated that they will not sacrifice quality for better prices. Most of their products come from trusted manufacturers, and their Costco garage doors are no different. The garage doors are designed to withstand all kinds of abuse from the elements, and are made to last for many years. Quality control is a serious business at Costco, and all the products the store stock are thoroughly tested before being put on sale in store. So you can be sure that you are getting a premium product at the end of the day.
Amarr is one of the quality garage door manufacturers that Costco is currently partnered with. Amarr has been producing garage doors since 1951, so you can be sure that you will be getting an expert made product with that much experience. Their product range is quite varied, so it all depends what type of door you need for your garage. Generally the Amarr doors come in four different varieties. The custom wood carriage door is very popular, as it features heavy duty hardware for maximum durability, and is paint-able so you can customize it however you want. The other three models are steel, and you can choose between single, double or triple layer construction depending on what type of strength you need the door to be. The three steel doors are both quite similar in terms of features. For example all of them have a weather tight bottom to ensure the weather is kept out of the garage. They also all have the option of adding decorative windows, so this is something else to consider when you are picking out some garage doors. All three of these steel doors have the option of a woodgrain color, due to the fact that they are designed to look like traditional wooden doors from a distance.
When it comes to installation, it is recommended to have Amarr install the door for you. This is an optional extra sold by Costco together with the garage doors, but these guys are the experts, having done this for the last 60 odd years, so it is definitely what we would recommend. You can do it yourself if you know what you are doing, however the optional extra install offered by Costco is always going to be cheaper than buying the door then paying someone else to install it, so keep this in mind.
So how much cheaper are Costco garage doors? On average according to a few looks at other retailers prices, we would say you should look at saving around 30% of the price. This is quite a big saving, especially when you are looking at spending a few hundred dollars on a garage door.
Make sure you measure the correct dimensions too, as the four main garage door models in the Costco range do come in different sizes. Make sure you know what size you need to get before you head out and make a purchase.
Remember that Costco’s range of garage doors are also available online, so perhaps take a look on the internet first if you would like to get a rough idea of the costs involved in getting one. Once you have a rough idea you can arrange to get hold of one, which should make your garage look great for many years to come!