Make your garage door your first decision this spring

February 23, 2018
Spring is just around the corner, so before you start the yard work, consider how your home can be the perfect backdrop to your carefully manicured landscaping. A new garage door improves the appearance and value of your home. It also improves your comfort in your home, both with respect to temperature and security.

Before you order a new garage door, however, take time to inspect your current door. If your older garage door is solid and in good repair, you may be able to upgrade it with insulation or a new opener system. If the exterior is free of damage, a fresh coat of paint can make an old door look new. An expert can inspect your garage door and advise you as to whether it is worth an upgrade or you would be better off replacing it.

Once you have decided to purchase a new garage door, give the following some thought before you place that order:

Material and type

Quality garage doors are available in wood, steel, aluminum and vinyl, and can be purchased in single, double or premium layering for minimum to superior insulation. All have advantages and disadvantages, so the key is determining how you use your garage and what features are important to you. If a classic look for your colonial home is key, wood is a great choice. For superior security and maximum return on investment if you plan to sell your home, you may want to consider steel. If you want little to no maintenance, aluminum or vinyl are your best choices. If your budget is limited, consider single or double layer for basic insulation rather than premium.

Style and color

The impact of the garage door on the look of your home depends upon how visible it is. Many garage doors today claim as much as 30% of the front of the home, making the style and color a big factor if you are trying to create a particular look or improve curb appeal. It is worth taking some time to decide on the architectural look or color scheme for your home before choosing your new garage door. Choose a flush panel style for simple, clean lines, or a door that stays in the background. For a more decorative look, a door that reflects an architectural style, or a door that makes a statement, consider doors with raised panels and detail, or a carriage house style.

Windows also will contribute to the overall look of your door. Also, if you use your garage for automotive work or carpentry, windows are a great way to bring in natural light while keeping the door closed for warmth or privacy.

Your installer

Finally, choose a company to supply and install your garage door that provides expert know-how and efficient, effective installation. Your garage door professional is a key resource for advice on quality brands, safety features and extras that specifically fit your lifestyle.  At Above & Beyond, our staff has the experience and training to provide you with a garage door that improves your home, gets you the selling price you want, or provides you with that beautiful backdrop that will make your home the best-looking on the block. Get it done right the first time. Call Above & Beyond today.

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