Little-Known Facts About Garage Doors

September 19, 2016

Faster than you can say “open sesame,” a new garage door can whisk your home’s curb appeal from shabby to snazzy. After all, the big lug can take up as much as a third of the home’s facade. You can’t miss it. It’s the biggest moving component on the house and usually the largest thing that people see. When you pull into the driveway, what’s staring you in the face?
To know more about the world of garage doors, our editorial team got together with Garaga to chat about these facts.

About your garage doors, did you know?

  • Your garage door can absorb 30 to 40% of a home’s facade
    How much is it worth to upgrade 30% of the facade of your house? Curb appeal is a key factor in determining a home’s resale value. A garage door for a retrofit project will cost between 0.6% and 1.6%.
  • Curb appeal helps to determine a home’s resale value
    Better-looking garage doors can increase the perceived value of a home by 1% to 4%. On a $250,000 home, that’s $1,500 to $4,000. Investing in an upscale garage door is like getting a free garage door.
  • The garage door is used more often than the entry door
    Around 45% of people enter the home via the garage door so if it makes sense to spend more on your entry door, it makes even more sense to spend more on your garage door.
  • Better looking garages are a major trend in home improvement
    The garage is still the American fascination. Men dream of building their perfect garage. But increasingly, homeowners are using their garages as extensions of their home, not only as play areas for children but also as home gyms or fitness rooms.
  • When strong winds are forecast, your home is much more likely to sustain major damage if you have one very wide door
    For safety, it is highly recommended to have two single garage doors instead of one 16-ft. wide door. From another, more design-oriented perspective, having two single garage doors with an architectural space between them gives a better look to the whole house instead of just one long, unbroken wall of a door.
  • Many children have been severely injured in garage door accidents.
    Make sure you ask your door consultant the dangers to avoid in garage doors and the safety measures to take. A garage door is not a toy. Clearly explain it to all members of your family and keep the remote control and any button to open or close the door out of children’s reach.

Keep this in mind …

If you can remember just one thing, let it be this: consider your garage door system as an important part of your home’s value. View it as a long-term investment. Contact a garage door specialist if you have any questions about this blog.
Finally, if you are interested in upgrading your garage, then it is best to consult a professional. OnWall Solutions provides an initial consultation that will help you determine the best plan and solution to remodel your garage within your preferred budget. Feel free to call us at 1 (877) 466-9255 to set up a consultation with our expert design team.