A garage door is commonly the largest door on a house. They can be opened manually or with electronics. For most homes, the garage door is a prominent aspect of the home. On average, a garage door takes up 20% of a home’s facade. In simple terms, a garage door can significantly affect a home’s curb appeal. A newly improved garage door may contribute as much as 4% to a home’s perceived value.
Here is a list of 7 reasons to upgrade your garage door. Upgrading your garage door may include adding decals to your current garage door, painting it, improving the springs, or changing the panels. For some homeowners, an upgrade may mean replacing the garage and operating mechanism.
7 Reasons to Upgrade Your Garage Door
- Improved curb appeal
- Great return on investment (ROI)
- Increase a home’s resale value
- Reduce noise
- Improved Energy Efficiency
- Lower maintenance costs
- Improved safety and security
Improved Curb Appeal
As stated above, as much as 20% of a home’s facade may be taken up by the garage door. That means, upgrading your garage door can significantly improve the way your home is showcased from the street. You do not need to even replace the entire garage door to improve the appearance of the doors. You could simply splash on a new coat of paint or add decals to the garage door to spruce it up to make a banging impact.
Great Return on Investment
According to the analysis by Remodeling Magazine, investing $3,611 to replace a premium garage door might net you $3,520 when you sell it. That is a whopping 97.5 percent return on investment.
Increase a Home’s Resale Value
Garage doors are among the most used doors on a typical home. Some people may go months without opening their front doors, but they may use their garage doors on a daily basis. That means that a defective garage door, or one that is unappealing, may diminish the value of a home in the minds of some buyers. Therefore, a great garage door may be a compelling selling feature and a great selling point to highlight to potential buyers.
Since garage doors occupy so much of a home’s surface area, if your garage door faces a busy street or the neighborhood is prone to noise, a properly insulated garage door may buffer noise entering the home and make the occupants more comfortable.
Improved Energy Efficiency
Older garage doors are notoriously energy inefficient. This is particularly important if you have conditioned space above the garage. Most rooms above garages tend to be affected by the temperature of the garage. That means that those rooms may be warmer than other parts of the home during the summer months and cooler in the winter months. Therefore, if you do not use your garage to store chemicals and your garage door is south facing, it may be a good idea to have a garage door that is insulated to help mitigate the impact of the climate on your home. It will keep the home at a comfortable temperature throughout the year and save you money when it comes to heating and cooling.
Lower Maintenance Cost
If you have an older garage door, you may notice that it requires more maintenance and repairs. In one of my previous homes, I heard a huge commotion in the garage. When I went to investigate, the garage door had fallen. Upon closer examination, I discovered that the garage door had a failed spring. That was a huge expense. More on that another time.
Whatever your circumstance is, installing a new garage door might be the solution to lower your maintenance cost and potential safety issues. A newer garage door will save you money in the long run when it comes to maintenance.
Improved Security and Safety
A garage is an excellent security blanket for your home. It is an additional door that has to be opened before someone can get into your home. That means that the garage door will help to shield your home from burglars.
Modern garage doors come with a slue of security features and enhancements that are great selling features to modern homebuyers. Some garage doors have enhanced security features such as WIFI, cameras, motion sensors, etc. Some garage doors come with internet connectivity that allows them to be controlled remotely over the internet. That means that you could be halfway around the world and open and close your garage doors and even set schedules for your door.
A great safety feature is a safety sensor. The safety sensor on a grade door stops the garage door from closing if motion is detected under the door when the door is closing. This is is a great feature if you have pets or small children.
It can be concluded that a new, or renewed, garage door significantly improves a home’s curb appeal among many other benefits. A new garage door is estimated to provide the highest return on investment when compared to other noteworthy home improvements. A newer garage door has technological improvements that may be of interest to many buyers.