Your garage is the biggest entryway to your home. This means a certain amount of investment should be made when it comes to choosing the right garage door. When a garage door is an afterthought, it shows and if you’re looking to sell your home in the near future, it’s something that can turn off potential buyers. In fact, Home Advisor called a garage door replacement a “near-perfect” return on investment, because it not only improves the look of the home, but its efficiency as well. Transforming your home doesn’t have to take months—it can be as simple as choosing the right garage door.
Restore the Home’s Original Style
If your home’s style is mid-century modern, but your garage door is something the previous owners picked out on a whim because it was on sale, it’s not a good look. A classic craftsman-style home can be beautiful, but a basic door can detract from its original beauty. By choosing a door that fits with the original architectural style of your home, you give your home an instant facelift.
When you ignore your garage door, hoping it’ll fade into the background, you’re doing a disservice to your exterior (including your curb appeal). Garage doors aren’t something to hide—they’re too big even if you tried. Instead, look at your garage door as another way to enhance the overall look of your home. Embracing contrast can make your home/garage and garage door stand out in a beautiful way.
Balance the Exterior
It’s easy to put a ton of thought into the look of your front door and entryway, but forget that the garage door is an even bigger part of your home. Choosing a garage door that compliments your front door can add balance to the overall exterior of the house.
Shift Focus with Snout Houses
When a garage takes up the majority of the front of your home and sticks out, your home is what’s referred to as a “snout house.” Yes, just like a nose. Some homeowners see this is as a problem. Instead, it’s more fun to look at it as an opportunity to add more style! If you live in one of these snout houses, your garage door is going to be the first thing people notice, making it even more important to choose the best door when it comes to adding curb appeal.
Add Light with Garage Door Windows
A garage door with windows can let in natural light, making it feel more open and fresh. Letting light into your garage can also save on energy, since you may not need to use lights during the day. The main draw, however, is the boost a garage door with windows can give to your curb appeal. Plus, with customization available, it’s easy to create a garage door that complements the look of your home.
New Garage ROI
Replacing your garage door has traditionally been one of the best remodeling projects when it comes to your return on investment. The latest cost vs. value report from Remodeling Magazine places the national average cost recouped on a new garage door at 97.5%. This puts replacing an older garage door with a new one at the top of the list when it comes to return on investment.
Let’s Talk Garage Doors
If you’re still not sure what kind of door might be the best look for you, take a look at our garage door gallery. We’re proud to be a 5-star authorized C.H.I. Overhead Doors dealer, which means we offer only the highest quality garage doors and can help you customize your door to fit both the look of your home and your budget. Give us a call to learn more!