A garage door can make or break a visitor’s first impression of your home. If your garage door has seen better days, it may be time for an upgrade. Few home exterior upgrades can boost a home’s curb appeal as quickly and affordably as a new garage door – especially when the garage door is front and center.
If it’s been a while since you shopped for a new garage door, Clopay, a leading garage-door manufacturer, can walk you through an easy, simplified and fun process that takes just a few steps.
The first thing to do is browse manufacturer websites or other popular sites like Pinterest, Instagram or Houzz for design ideas. Before-and-after makeovers can be particularly wow-worthy when it comes to inspiration. Clopay offers hundreds of architecturally pleasing styles and a range of high-quality materials, including steel, wood-look composites, aluminum and glass and natural wood. They also offer advanced paint- and stain-application processes for increased durability.
Fortunately, manufacturers want to make it easy for you to sort through design possibilities by offering easy-to-use visualization tools. Interested in a one-of-a-kind design that’s uniquely you? With Clopay’s innovative Door Imagination System, you can design your own garage door and see how it would look installed on your house. Simply upload a photo of your home and experiment with different combinations of garage door designs, finishes and hardware. Whether you prefer a classic raised panel design, carriage-house style, or a more sleek and modern contemporary door, Clopay has plenty of customizable options to suit your home perfectly.
A new garage door is usually a once-in-a-lifetime purchase so you may be wondering how much to budget for the project. The cost depends on the number of doors, size, materials, insulation type and decorative extras like windows, stain or a paint finish. You can dress your house to the nines with all the bells and whistles, but it’s also possible to buy a high-quality insulated garage door—and have it installed—for less than $1,000.
Windows will add a couple hundred dollars to the cost of the door, but the impact they can have on your home is well worth the investment. Garage door openers are sold separately; however, if you already have one it should work with the new door. Newer models include battery backup and control features through your smartphone.
Plus, the door of your dreams can be installed in less than one day by a professional garage door dealer. The door itself may take a couple of weeks to arrive but installation is quick and easy. The dealer will remove the old door and hardware and install the new one with all new materials; nothing is reused. When you work with one of Clopay’s professionals, the process is managed for you. All you need to do is imagine an eye-catching design that will complement the style of your house.
You can easily find a reputable dealer through Clopay’s website. You could also look for BBB and IDA certifications, professional affiliations and positive reviews as a starting point. Be leery of “tailgaters” who may try to sweep through your neighborhood and woo you with same-day offers and deep discounts. For ultra-handy DIYers, Clopay’s EZ-SET spring system makes installation easy for you and a friend. Online tutorial videos can help if you run into a jam.
Garages today do more than just house your car in an open-and-shut fashion; they play a practical and aesthetic role in transforming your home. And here’s the best part: replacing the garage door is a reliable way to boost your home’s resale value for a relatively low time and financial investment. The average homeowner recoups nearly 100% of the cost of a new garage door at resale, according to the Remodeling 2019 Cost vs. Value Report.*
Spiff up a tired façade and in just 24 hours’ time you’ll be bursting with pride as you drive up to your new home, now the prettiest house on the block.
*Complete data from the Remodeling 2019 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at costvsvalue.com.