When we want a fresh look we go to the hair salon or we go to the local mall and change our wardrobe. You can do the same thing with your house, starting with your Garage Door. Most people think that in order to get a fresh looking curb appeal they need to install a whole new garage door! This isn’t true! With a few simple tricks you can give your old door a brand new makeover at half the cost of installing a new garage door! Follow these tips below and increase your home’s value at a fraction of the cost!
Change the Color
The first, and most obvious, step to a garage door makeover is to change the door’s color! Whether you have a wood or steel door, painting it is a simple action that can be done in a weekend and drastically alter your doors appearance. First you need to make sure to choose the correct color. Traditional design tells us that the garage door should match the color of the house. However, modern home builders are choosing to use the garage door color to accent the house and provide a popping wow factor to the curb appeal. Whichever color you decide on, changing the color of the vinyl trim around the garage can really frame your door and make it pop off your house! Be sure to fill in any cracks on wood doors and sand out any rust on steel doors before applying any paint!
A simple and inexpensive option to make your garage door look new is to add some garage door decorative hardware! The hardware can be purchased at your garage door dealer for a minimal amount and is easily applied with a few screws and a hand drill. Adding hardware to your door can give it the impression of being a carriage house door that swings open from the sides rather than a traditional garage door. This step can make any boring garage door look like a premium carriage garage door and really stand out from your neighbors!
Exterior Garage Lamps
One easy option most people forget about is lighting! Take a picture of your house on your phone and take it with you to your local hardware store so you can go over the different styles available and make sure you get the one that fits your home best. Adding exterior lights on each side of the garage door can really wow your neighbors and make your garage door the focal point of your curb appeal. As an added bonus, it makes your house safer too!
Upgrade Your Hardware
Is your door leaking water from underneath? Replace your bottom rubber seal!
Is the door noisy and screams when you open and close it? Upgrade your rollers and have a professional maintenance it.
Is the door clunky and jerks back and forth? Upgrade the automatic garage door opener!
Whatever issue your door is having, if you choose to give it a makeover, be sure to replace and upgrade the parts as well. Many times you can replace your moving parts for just a fraction of the cost of replacing the entire garage door. The replacement parts come with a better warranty and often times are a better quality product than you originally had on your door to begin with!
Bottom line, if you’re on a budget, or if you just like saving a bunch of money, instead of replacing your garage door for a fresh curb appeal, simply spend a weekend giving it a makeover. And call us for a free estimate on replacing the parts on the door to ensure you’re newly made over door lasts another 20 or 30 years.
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