News flash: Your garage door comprises a significant amount of real estate. If your garage door is dated, in disrepair or just uninspired, replacing it can substantially elevate your curb appeal and increase the value of your home. By installing a new garage door, you can see up to a 98.6 percent return on investment in the Mountainous regions, according to this years’ Cost vs. Value Report. Additional advantages include improved safety and security, increased energy efficiency, and even greater ease of use.
Keep reading to explore new garage door options that will elevate your curb appeal.
DIY or Pro Installation?
Because professional garage door installers possess extensive experience and have access to specialized tools, they are the best choice to ensure your new garage door is installed properly and safely. Installation may even be included in the cost of the garage door when purchased from the same company. Also, customarily included is site clean-up, including disposal of your old door. Purchasing from a pro will often mean you’ll receive a warranty on the door as well.
How to Choose the Right Material?
Familiarize yourself with the various materials available today to help make an educated choice when you’re ready to buy a new garage door. You’ll also want to factor in the exterior architecture of your home, ensuring that your ultimate choice compliments, rather than detracts from its curb appeal. The goal here is, after all, to add value. Here are three of the most popular door material types for your consideration:
Wood: A natural wood garage door can add a beautiful, turn-of-the-century look that is hard to achieve with other materials, although steel can be made to look like wood. Wood is also remarkably strong and a great insulator. Before you choose a wood door, however, it’s important to consider how much maintenance you willingly want to assume. Real wood requires frequent attention to ensure it’s able to withstand Mother Nature.
Steel: There are many reasons why more homeowners choose steel over any other material. It is reasonably priced, low-maintenance, and incredibly durable. Steel is offered in a broad range of design, color, and insulation options as well. You can even choose a textured, composite clad overlay that mimics the look of real wood, but doesn’t require the necessary upkeep to ensure its longevity. Overlays are available in a variety of stains to give the illusion of a specific species.
Fiberglass: Low-maintenance and quite durable, fiberglass doors are a cost-effective option if want to elevate your curb appeal but don’t currently have the budget for a steel, aluminum or wood door. Like steel, fiberglass can be designed with composite cladding to provide you with the beauty and warmth of natural wood, without the price tag or maintenance requirements.
Full View Aluminum: You may have seen them at various venues in Downtown Chandler or Downtown Gilbert and now you can purchase them for your own home. Full view aluminum doors with their sleek aluminum framing and glass panels can really make your home stand out. Custom features include tempered, insulated, or clear glass; tinted, frosted, or translucent panels; and framed with your choice of color palette.
What Paint/Stain Color Should You Choose?
While you can certainly paint the door yourself, most manufacturers recommend having it factory finished, as they utilize high-quality paints or stain to produce a product suitable for your chosen material. You can choose from extensive color options that are UV-resistant. Another idea is to create a custom paint or stain color. The key here is to pick a color that complements the exterior of your house.
Want to elevate your curb appeal with a new garage door? Contact Sun Devil Garage Door at (480) 838-9397 to further discuss options. We can even assist you in custom designing your dream door. We are a locally owned and operated garage door repair, installation and service company, with a team of experienced professionals ready to serve residents throughout the greater Phoenix metro area.