What Are The Benefits Of A New Garage Door?
Can the garage door be fixed? Or should it be replaced?
J.C. Tonnotti has found that summer is a popular season for tackling home improvements, especially to the exterior of your home. For those with “get a new garage door” on the top of their home improvements TO DO list, here is some information about the benefits of installing a new replacement garage door.
Some homeowners use their garage for storage and it isn’t until they begin opening and closing the garage to get out lawnmowers, bicycles, pool equipment, toys, beach chairs … that they notice that the garage door is chipping, squeaking, or just not functioning properly. Whereas other homeowners with an attached garage often use it as an additional entry into their home and have concerns about security and energy efficiency. Hence functionality, safety, and energy efficiency are some of the top concerns with their garage.
Top 3 Benefits of Installing a NEW Garage Door
You might be able to re-paint your current garage door or fix the lock, but, there are many benefits to installing a new door. Insulation, safety features, and door design are among the most dramatic benefits.
1 – Insulation / Energy Efficiency
Older garage doors were rarely insulated. In the winter cold air can into your garage and seep into your house. And in the summer some garages can feel like a sauna. New garage doors come with built-in insulation, they will keep hot air out in the summer and cold air out in the winter.
The insulation that is helping to maintain an even temperature in the summer and winter has the additional benefit of helping you save money on heating and cooling bills. Your new, insulated door is a means to improving the energy efficiency of your home. And it will also save you money.
2 – Safety
Every homeowner wants to be safe in his or her own house. An older garage door may be more vulnerable to break-ins. There are a number of safety features that can come with a new replacement door.
Newer, durable materials resist tampering and deter someone from breaking in.
New garage doors call also be much safer, especially for children and pets. These doors contain a photoelectric sensor, which will detect the presence when closing. This means no accidents with kids or pets.
3 – Improved Curb Appeal
In addition to the benefits of improved safety and energy efficiency, a new door for your garage can dramatically improve the appearance and curb appeal of your home. This is especially true if it can easily seen from the street.
Additional Options to Consider
Consider some of the many options for your new garage door – the materials used, the design, the window styles, and the color.
- Materials choices: fiberglass, aluminum, wood, and steel are just a few of your options
- Door Styles: traditional, modern, carriage house style, country/barn styles, and windowless
- Colors: some garage doors are maintenance free and have no need of paint, whereas others you can stain or paint to any color to match or contrast to your home exterior
- Window Styles: custom garage doors allow you to select the window style as well to ensure privacy or add additional light
The most obvious benefits of installing a new garage door is improved safety, energy efficiency, and improving curb appeal.