You may own a garage door, but how often do you think about it? Homeowners don’t spend that much time worrying about the status or maintenance needs of their garage doors. The most a homeowner interacts with their garage door on a daily basis is by pushing the remote button to open the door, and then pushing the button to close it again.
However, there are a few important things to look out for when thinking about your garage door. You should know how to identify the warning signs of a worn or broken door. While thinking about whether or not you need to change your garage door, consider these important facts about garage doors:
- The garage door is the largest moving component in your entire home.
- The garage door is also the largest part of your home’s front façade, taking up 30 – 40% of the space.
- 70% of homeowners use the garage door to enter their home much more often than they use the front door.
To help you take action faster and start thinking about the needs of your garage door, we’ve come up with the 7 best reasons to change your garage door. These 7 nuisances can occur with an aged or broken door, so it’s best to keep them in mind when thinking about what to buy next.
Is your garage cold?
More and more often, homeowners are using their garages as extra bedrooms, storage rooms, craft rooms, and more. A well‑insulated garage is important for health and productivity.
If you use your garage on a regular basis, you have probably learned how uncomfortable a garage can be when it’s too cold, hot, or damp. By opting in for a garage door that is equipped with at least an R‑12 level of insulation, you can make sure that you will stay warm and protected against the weather conditions. Additionally, you want to ensure that the garage door is equipped with weather stripping between the seals, edges, sections, and more.
Are you tired of painting your garage door?
Nobody wants to take on the task of painting their garage doors. Most manufacturers offer new doors that are painted with oven‑baked paint, meaning it will never fade or have need for a new layer. You can ask us about what coats of paint are applied to the door, and what galvanization technique we use to avoid rust. A baked on paint is much more weather‑resistant than paint that is applied using a spray gun or roller.
Are you straining to open your door?
Even if your door comes with a garage door opener, there may have been times where you still needed to open it manually. You only need one hand to open it manually – if you needed to use two hands, you are straining too much. The typical balanced door should weigh between 8 and 10 pounds (2.5 – 4.5 kg).
The door opener replaces human strength, which means that it applies the same type of weight that you would if you were opening it yourself. A door opener is able to lift up to 250 pounds (110 kg), which means it can also close at that same weight. Be careful while placing your foot in its path.
Do you not like to look at it?
Since garage doors take up between 30% and 40% of your home’s façade, you want to make sure it isn’t an eyesore. If you are selling your home, you should know that the garage door is the very first thing that potential buyers will look at. Make sure your garage door is up to snuff and looking as beautiful as ever.
Speak to any real estate agent about the value of a garage door. They will tell you that if your garage door is in good shape, the home is much more likely to sell. If you’re looking for a new door, you will certainly not find a lack of options. No matter what architectural style your home is, manufacturers have plenty of door options available to fit it. You can even add windows to your garage door, which can match the same model as your home’s front door.
Is it too noisy?
Nothing is more aggravating than a screeching, creaking garage door. Is your bedroom right over the garage? If so, you have an even bigger understanding of the frustrations that can occur from a loud and squeaky door. Even if the garage door is noisy, you still may be putting off getting it repaired – because that can be saved for another day, right?
It doesn’t take too long to identify the source of that annoying noise. If you aren’t able to seek out or identify the source of the noise itself, you can ask one of our garage door specialists to perform a tune up service call for you.
Tired of trying to repair it?
If you’ve tried over and over to repair your garage door, it may be time to replace your system altogether. If you’d like to read further about this necessity, check out this article from Remodeling Magazine. It shows that replacing a garage door is the third best investment that homeowners can make when remodeling their homes. On average, if you purchase a garage door and system for $1650, you can make up to 91.5% of that money back if you sell your house the following year. A closer look reveals that $1650 compared to a property which is valued at $250,000 makes the garage door investment about 0.7% of its value. Isn’t that a great investment?
Tired of getting wet due to a faulty opener?
One of the most popular service calls that garage door specialists make is in regard to an electric opener not working. If your opener isn’t working, it is time to repair it for safety and reliability reasons.
Garage doors have two automatic reverse systems, as well as a system of rolling codes that protect the access code from getting stolen. You can even buy remote door openers that can be operated through a smart phone.
Be aware that most garage door models are equipped with emergency batteries to help in situations where there is a power outage.
If you have any further questions regarding garage door replacement and its value, feel free to contact us at 905-569-9133. For further information and pricing inquiries, you can send us a request for an online quotation.
If you’re ready to build and design your new door, you can start by building a virtual version using our Design Centre. You should also take a few moments to view our image gallery for more inspirational ideas.