With the beautiful exterior of your home, is it time for an update on your existing garage door?
As an attractive garage door will significantly increase its appeal. Your garage door is an extension of your home’s exterior, so it should represent your home’s overall style. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2016 Cost vs. Value report, garage door replacement is one of the leading remodeling investments, as it can increase your home’s value at resale.
Do you prefer to have windows? Which color will accent the home properly? Which type of material do you prefer the door to be comprised of (wood, steel, composite, aluminum or glass)? With all of these elements at play, finding the perfect garage door can be a fun, but daunting process.
Garage doors can represent various concerns; safety, energy efficiency, weather-stripping, maintenance, appeal and more. For example, accenting your garage door with lighting will boast its craftsmanship and can act as a deterrent from potential intruders. Weather-stripping for the winter is essential, especially if the door below living space as this will help prevent the discomfort of cold drafts. Also, weather-stripping will create an energy efficient home, as it essentially controls the temperature within the garage itself, along with the proper insulation.
There are four main types of garage door material; steel, aluminum, wood, and wood composite. Each of these choices will play a role in insulation and durability. A steel door; which is the most common material used, is a durable option as well as energy efficient due to its multi-layer insulation, whereas, Aluminum is neither durable or energy efficient, as it is a lightweight material. Wood is primarily chosen for its looks over its insulation and durability, however, composite wood has a faux wood overlay with a steel interior.
Already have the garage door of your dreams?
Here are some tips for easy maintenance, to prevent extensive expense and repair:
- Lubricate the rollers, tracks, hinges, and all hardware with a little motor oil.
- Run a rag (with the same motor oil on that rag) along the springs to prolong their life.
- Check the sturdiness of the hinges.
- Check the rollers for; worn out ball bearings, flattened rollers, and crooked rods.
- Check for wear and tear on the tracks or loose bolts/supports
- Check the cables for wear and tear as well; essentially near the pulley.
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