When was the last time you took a good look at your home from the street? With up to 50 percent of a home’s facade comprised of a garage door, updating it will dramatically improve curb appeal.
It’s no surprise that garage door replacement is rated among the best home renovation projects for returning value at resale. Did you know that 90 percent of homebuyers use the internet first in their home searches and base their decisions to visit on photos they see of a home’s exterior?So how do we decide on a new garage door? The experts from The Garage Door Depot® say there are six steps to making the right choice:
1. Consider the materials
Each material has merits and shortcomings based on durability, maintenance, design and budget. Steel is the most popular choice for its price, low maintenance and style selection.
2. Select a design style
Contemporary, Traditional or Carriage House. Choose a design with the goal to complement your home.
3. Insulation and safety features
If you use your garage as a workspace or have living space above, insulation can save energy and increase comfort. Safety features such as pinch free doors, safety sensors and keypads are some of the options to ensure your door is safe and secure.
Adding windows to your door will bring light into the garage and create enhanced curb appeal.
Choosing a complementary colour to your home’s trim, front door, brick or siding will make your garage door stand out or blend-in depending on your preference.
6. The final finishes
Decorative handles & hinges evoke the styling of carriage house doors and aluminum capping around your door frame can pull together the whole project for a finished look.
When a homeowner is considering replacing their garage door, it is likely the first time they have stopped to think about the door at all. Whether we are with the customer at their complimentary in-home estimate or speaking with them in our showroom, we take the time to educate the homeowner and guide them to a solution that will suit their home, budget and lifestyle. With today’s technology we can upload a photo of their home and superimpose various designs to aid in their decision, customers find this very helpful.
Special to EiEiHome by Diana Sargant Gibson
The Garage Door Depot® provides complimentary friendly and professional in-home consultations for new garage doors and also offer full repair services, parts and accessories.