Garage doors have been essential to American homes since we started to fall in love with our cars. Just like our cars, however, garage door systems have advanced in technology, aesthetics, and value. The benefits of a new garage door are safety, energy efficiency, and increasing the value of your home.
Buying a garage door is easier than you would expect. Many dealers have massive showrooms where homeowners can see multiple options and styles. Visiting the company’s website will give you a good idea of what products they have to offer and if they have good reviews. Once you decide to go to the showroom, you can walk in and browse or make an appointment for a more personal experience. Most companies have software programs that allow you to upload a picture of your home on a tablet or smartphone and then display different doors. Some things to consider are insulation, windows, and style.
The garage is an easy access point into your home for intruders. Modern garage doors are stronger, more durable, and are better equipped with technology to ensure top notch security. You can also purchase a door system that syncs with your home security system and be alerted if the door has been opened. Another safety concern is if the door will shut or open on those coming in and out. Today, garage doors have motion sensors and automatic lighting that reduce the risk of injury.
If your garage door is well insulated and weathertight it will prevent the transfer of outdoor air into the inside of the garage. This includes keeping your garage warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This will help to lower your electric bill by keeping the transfer of unwanted air at a minimum every time you open the door to the garage. Be sure to look for doors with a R-16 insulation rating.
When you look at the front of your house, how much space does your garage occupy? Most garage doors take up 20-40% of a house’s facade. Replacing an old garage door with a new one can significantly increase the value of your home. New buyers will be happy to have a low maintenance door as well as modern curb appeal.