Oakville Homes

February 7, 2009

Mattamy Homes – Do people in Alberta get a garage door opener?

I guess the people in Alberta are treated differently than the people in Ontario by Mattamy Homes. I just visited their website advertising their product in Alberta. They state the following”

“There’s a lot more to a new home than four walls.
We build our homes to reflect the needs of the people who will live in them. We keep the interior spaces open and inviting and take care of the many little things that help make a house a home.”

Do the people in Alberta not need a garage door opener? We have firm evidence that Mattamy Homes, in Ontario, build homes that cannot have a garage door opener fitted to the house, unless you are willing to do a very expensive and major overhaul to the garage. Do the people in Alberta get a home that can easily have a garage door opener installed or, are their homes built without the capability of a garage door opener being installed?

What do you say Alberta?

Can you shed some light on this phenomenon of a house being built whereby a garage door opener cannot be installed, unless you do a major refit of the garage? Or, maybe the magical “garage door opener” isn’t an option way out in Alberta. Maybe in Alberta, a garage door opener doesn’t make “a house a home”.

Where forth art though garage door opener?

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  1. yes, by all means we do get garage door openers in our houses. It does cost extra around $400 for a belt drive opener. Most builders don’t included them, but they are pre-wired for one. I have experience with new home builders, sat in show homes for years. I normally inlcuded them with the purchase and tell the buyers. Its in the new home for them.

    Comment by Terri Stephens — February 28, 2009 @ 3:59 pm | Reply

  2. Old story but I just bought a mattamy home in Alberta and installed my own openers. Didn’t even need extra hardware, the header was the right distance to the door to use the hardware supplied with the kit. I have a hard time believing that any garage door opener would require a “major refit of the garage”. Not sure what you consider major but any garage with a flat ceiling shouldn’t require anything more than some angle iron style hardware to mount. You saying there’s not enough structural support in the ceiling? I’d like to see this evidence..

    Comment by Aaron — January 30, 2012 @ 7:14 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for reading the blog Aaron… Yes, one would expect to be able to put in a door opener, especially when I ordered an extra plug in the ceiling to accommodate the opener. I told them I would install the opener myself. Should have left them with the problem. You see, my garage is two levels and the back lower level is too close to the opened door and the space is not big enough for the door opener. Mattamy – basically told me to suck wind.

      Anyways, I eventually bought a side mount screw opener that works but is a bit more expensive. But, I prefer it actually to the traditional ceiling mount as it takes up no space (beside the door). But, I had to wait a few years for it to come out for house installations at a reasonable cost. Mattamy recommended I go to a commerial rig with the large springs – just the kind of thing with kids around.

      Regarding the structural strength – I’m not sure but I seem to remember they put the back part on with 2×2 but don’t quote me.

      Again, thanks for stopping by…

      Comment by John Franklin — January 30, 2012 @ 9:59 pm | Reply

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