There are some things that we simply do not give much thought to unless we must. Many people put off going to the doctor or dentist’s office until a health problem arises. Many people do not make significant changes to their diets and exercise programs until the scales display a terrifyingly high number. Perhaps it is just human nature to put off unpleasant changes and decisions until we have no other choice.
At HABPRO Garage Doors, we get it. Sometimes it is much easier not to deal with something until it becomes an issue. We all have plenty on our schedules, and we have more than enough to worry about without adding on potential problems. However, it is not in your best interest to put everything off until the last minute. Replacing your garage door is something that falls into the “don’t wait too long” category. Below are the top reasons to replace your garage door.
#1 Increased Home Value
Whether you are thinking about selling your home in the near future or not, it is always beneficial to you to think of ways that will increase your home’s value. For most people, their home is their most significant investment. Therefore, it is wise to make decisions that will add value to your investment and not deduct from it.
Your garage door is more than an entrance to your garage and home. It is part of the outward façade of your home. Your garage door can either enhance the curb appeal and perceived value of your home or detract from it. A new garage door tops the list of home improvement projects with the best return on investment at resale. According to Remodel Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, the average payback nationwide for a new garage door reaches 94% ROI (return on investment).
With the upgraded styles of garage doors these days, you can truly make a statement by choosing a beautifully designed garage door. There are numerous combinations of materials, styles, and hardware available to create an attractive and upscale look to your home’s garage doors.
#2 Added Safety
Your garage door plays a huge role in the safety and security of your family. You rely on your garage door to work correctly when you hit the automatic open/close button. You also depend on the safety sensors to do their job of stopping the garage door instantly if anything crosses their path. If you have noticed glitches in how your garage door operates, you should never take the chance that things will be alright. Thousands of people die each year in the United States from garage door malfunctions. You do not want to put your family members, friends, or neighbors in a dangerous situation.
Another way your garage door adds a measure of safety to your home is by keeping out unwanted people who intend to harm you, your family, or your possessions. You want peace of mind that your garage door will remain tightly closed once you close it. Without proper care and maintenance, a garage door can become stuck in an open position, leaving your garage (and home) unsecured.
#3 Increased Efficiency
Most homeowners know that there are ways to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and that these improvements can cut costs on bills. Yet, many homeowners do not give much thought to how energy efficient their garages are. When homeowners are surprised by their energy bills being high, they need to consider how much energy is wasted or lost in their garage.
Consider how cold your garage was this past winter. Now, consider how hot your garage has been in the past summer months. If you would describe the temperatures as very cold or very hot, then there are ways to improve the efficiency of your garage.
- Insulate your garage door. You can either purchase an insulation kit or a new insulated door. The insulation kit is more budget-friendly.
- Seal the door connecting your home to your garage. If there are gaps around your door, then air and energy are escaping. Install weather-stripping around your door frame. Generally, weather-stripping needs to be replaced every five years to keep your doors and home well insulated.
- Caulk, caulk, and caulk some more. Caulk any leaks along the outside and inside of your home’s door. Caulk is a wonderful method of reducing unwanted airflow. Caulk around windows in your garage where drafts may come in.
- Seal cracks in your garage floor. Cracks in the garage floor introduce cold ground air and gases into your garage, and these cracks allow heat to escape. A concrete sealant will prevent heated air from escaping and cold air from entering.
Your garage is an integral part of your home. If you need a new garage door, contact HABPRO Garage Doors today. We have the expertise and selection you need.
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