Changing the View | Bring Flair to Your Home

Even if you’re not planning to sell your home in the near future, maintaining its exterior appearance is a smart move. Everyday home repairs are essential, of course, but occasional upgrades — new light fixtures and fresh landscaping, for example — will ensure your home stands out for the right reasons.

One of the easiest ways to enhance your home’s curb appeal is by getting a new garage door installation that commands attention. Garage doors are available in a range of designs and colors, and are worth the effort, whether they’re on the front or side of your home. Garage doors can also offer excellent return on investment (ROI). Remodeling magazine’s 2022 Cost vs. Value Report indicates homeowners can recoup more than 90 percent of their new garage door costs when they go to sell, well above the ROIs for kitchens and baths, so consider getting garage door when installing new snap lock metal roofing for some added value to your home.

Making it pretty
Many home garages include doors that are a solid color, usually white. Unless you live in a neighborhood with homeowner association covenants that specify the acceptable colors for a garage door, you can change that color to match your home’s siding, trim or exterior structure.

“You can get a plain Jane door that does the job, or you can change the style and color for a few hundred dollars more,” says Jake Nuckols, service manager of DoorTek Garage Door Service in Lynchburg. “A lot of people want their house to look nice, but for a small investment, you can make a big improvement.”

Glass panels are another way to add sparkle. Instead of a horizontal row of windows in the upper half of the door, try a column of windows, from bottom to top. Or you can opt for a door that is primarily glass, with panes of your choosing.

“You can have a full glass door that has an aluminum frame with windows,” Nuckols says. “There’s plain clear glass, tinted, frosted, opaque. Frosted is probably most popular because people don’t want a clear view straight into the garage.”

Manufacturers also offer different styles, either ready-made or custom, to complement the house’s architecture. A Tudor home can have a door that is paneled with timber accents. For a farmhouse-style home, details can be added to make a single door appear to be double carriage-house doors. Even a traditional colonial house’s garage door can be upgraded with square paneling, for visual interest. If your garage door malfunctions, you can get garage door repair raleigh to fix it.

“A standard, raised-panel door can easily be updated to carriage-style, which is super popular,” Nuckols says. “With our custom options, you can choose everything.”

Bells and whistles
Mechanically, an automatic garage door is a simple device, with an operator — or motor — that provides the power for a pulley-and-spring system to lift the door. Today’s motors can connect to a house’s Wi-Fi via a mobile app, so you can check whether the door is open or closed from a remote location. For more security, the door package can include cameras as well.

“The technology is insane now,” Nuckols says. “You can set the door to close on its own after a certain amount of time, use cameras to get full vision of the garage, even two-way audio.”

To make the garage more appealing on the inside, some doors have built-in LED lighting that turns on when the door is raised, offering greater illumination than the light typically included in the operator. You can also add a battery backup to the system. In the event of a power outage to the home, the battery will open the door as usual. No muscles needed!

Hidden benefit
Depending on the size and style of the house, an attached garage door can represent a significant percentage of the home’s total exterior. And every time the door opens, air flows in, whether hot or cold, placing added stress on the home’s HVAC system. Even though doors come in a variety of materials — galvanized metal, wood, fiberglass, aluminum — nearly all can be insulated, which is a smart investment, especially if the opening faces the sun or prevailing winds.

“We recommend doors be two inches thick with insulation and steel backing,” Nuckols says. “As soon as you open the door in the summer, you let the heat in, but the insulation is going to help.”

As with other home options, added features will increase the cost of your new garage door. But it’s worth it, Nuckols says. However, if you have a great looking garage door it it isn’t working very well then you should call in an overhead door repair or a garage door repair service for some assistance repairing it.

“Cheaper, builder-grade doors wear out and the components break faster; you’ll get 15 years maximum before it needs to be replaced,” Nuckols says. “But you can get 20 to 30 years out of the right system.

“The garage door is the first thing people see when they walk down the driveway,” he adds. “Based on the size of your home, the garage door can make up a significant percentage of curb appeal. You want to make your neighbors jealous.”


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