FAQs About Garage Door Springs

FAQs About Garage Door Springs

Your home’s garage door is the largest access point and as such is the biggest security concern. That means you want to be sure it stays in top working order at all times. Besides making sure that the integrity of the garage door itself is maintained, you should also pay attention to the operation of the garage door springs. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about the springs, also known as torsion springs.

  • Can I replace garage door springs myself? It is both a question of “can you?” and “should you?” If you have the expertise, the right tools, and the ability to accurately obtain the correct replacement parts, you technically could replace them yourself. However, this is one of the most dangerous repairs to do on a garage door, so most people prefer to leave it to professionals.
  • Why do replacement garage door springs come in a two-pack? Both springs on your garage door are getting the same amount of wear and tear, so if one has broken, you should go ahead and have both replaced as the other is not far behind. As a side note, if you happen to have a garage door that was installed with just one torsion spring, ask about converting it to two as it is a better option overall and isn’t that much more expensive to replace two than it would be for just one.
  • If the new springs look exactly the same and are same length, do I have the right ones? Maybe, or maybe not. There is more to garage door springs than length and appearance, so when in doubt, consult with a professional. Using springs that aren’t rated for your garage door could result in problems down the road even if you do manage to get them installed.
  • How often should I have the garage door springs replaced? Garage door springs don’t have a “best by” date – their lifespan goes by how many cycles they have been put through. If you use the door quite frequently, you’d be looking at 3-6 years; infrequently perhaps as much as 9 or 10 years. Regular maintenance visits are the best way to keep an eye on them so they can be changed when they show signs of wearing out.

If you have additional questions about garage door springs or you would like to have yours inspected and/or replaced, give us a call at RCS Garage Doors. If they have broken and you need the repair done quickly so your home is secure again, don’t forget about our 24/7 emergency response service. We look forward to serving all your garage door needs, including repairs, maintenance, and replacement garage doors.

How to Avoid Emergency Garage Door Service This Winter

Winter is tough – even if you love snow! You know what else might agree? Your garage door, especially if you have a mishap and find yourself needing emergency garage door service. The good news is that there are a few things you can do to hopefully prevent a problem that disrupts your day. Here are a few tips:

  1. Call for Maintenance– Getting your garage door serviced before winter or at least before you need to call for emergency garage door service is a good way to avoid needing to make that call. A professional will test the garage door balance, lubricate the moving parts, replace the weather stripping (if needed), inspect and replace the rollers, check the cables, clear the tracks, and take a host of other preventative measures to make certain your garage doors are ready for action regardless of the weather.
  2. Have Your Vehicle’s Brakes Checked- Winter is not the time to have your brakes fail. Well, no time is really, but if you are finding it takes longer to stop than usual, that’s only going to be worse on slick, icy roads. It might surprise you how many emergency garage door service calls result from damage caused by driving into the closed door before it can rise completely.
  3. Keep Driveway Clear- Even great brakes can’t help if you hit a patch of ice on your driveway and slide into your garage doors. While you are at it, be sure to keep snow away from the garage door itself so it doesn’t interfere with the safety feature.
  4. Listen to the Door- Every time your garage door cycles, you should be listening and watching for anything unusual. If the door is moving in an uneven fashion or making odd noises, call for service, as the next time it might not open or close at all.

If you would like to get your garage door serviced to avoid a problem later or if you are in the middle of an emergency garage door service situation at your Charlotte, North Carolina home, give us a call at RCS Garage Doors. We have 24/7 availability so you won’t have to head off to work or go to sleep worried that your home isn’t protected because your garage door isn’t secure. We guarantee we will arrive on time and take care of repairing your door to your complete satisfaction.

How Do I Know If I Have a Broken Garage Door Spring?

If you’re like most people, your garage door gets more use than your front door. It’s the primary entry and exit point of your home, which means your garage door is going up and down several times a day, an action you typically take for granted as you push a button on your way in or out.

Then, one morning, your garage door doesn’t open. Suddenly, it’s not as simple as pushing a button and backing your car out. Now, you have a problem, and you need to find a solution.

While there could be several reasons for a malfunctioning garage door, one of the most likely explanations is that your door has a broken torsion spring.

What’s that, you ask? And what am I supposed to do about it?

Don’t worry. Most homeowners don’t know much about the mechanics of their garage door, and that’s OK. In fact, in 2014, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission reported an estimated 18,000 garage door-related injuries. To avoid being included in this statistic, it’s better to leave garage door repair to professional repair companies, which means homeowners don’t need to be experts about their garage door.

However, if you own a home with a garage, it’s essential to understand the mechanics of your door, so you can easily identify a problem. By doing this, you’ll have an easier time figuring out whom to call, and you’ll have your door operating back at its full capacity even sooner.

What Is a Garage Door Spring?

You’ll find the garage door’s spring along the top of the door inside your garage. It’s substantial and very evident. It connects to cables that wind up when you activate the garage door opener — where these cables are and how they operate depends on what kind of automatic opening system you have. This spring is essential to the functioning of your garage door. As the cables turn, the tension increases on the spring, pulling the door up. If it becomes broken or damaged in some way, it won’t operate properly, resulting in a door that doesn’t open correctly — or open at all.

Springs on a garage door should be durable. In fact, on average, they should last through 10,000 cycles of opening and closing your garage door. However, just like anything else, over time they can wear out or become damaged in some way. Ideally, homeowners should have a professional garage door repair service come out to service the springs on their garage door. This service doesn’t need to happen that often, but as your door starts to age, it’s crucial to take notice of how it’s operating and have it properly maintained.

The good news is, out of anything on a garage door, the springs are the most likely part to break, which can make it simple to diagnose when problems arise. The bad news is, a broken torsion spring on a garage door can turn into a safety hazard. So, if you discover your door isn’t opening as it should, the first thing you’ll want to check is the condition of your spring — especially if your door is getting older and you haven’t had it serviced recently.

Signs of a Damaged Garage Door Spring

If your door isn’t opening correctly, spend a few minutes inspecting it to see if you can figure out the problem. Sometimes, your spring may be damaged or worn out, but it won’t be broken. Other times, there will be a distinct break. Either way, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to discover a problem with your garage door spring. Typically, there are two ways to identify damaged or worn-out springs:

1. Balance Issues

If you have a hard time closing and opening your door — but it does still move — your door may be out of balance. You can also identify this problem if your door falls quickly after it lifts several inches, or by the door moving up and down on the track more slowly than usual. Whether it becomes faster or slower may depend on what has caused it to become unbalanced. Another telltale sign of balance issues is excessive noise as you raise it up and down.

Issues with garage door balance don’t always result from a problem with the spring, but they can aggravate an existing problem or create one if you continue to operate the door despite balance problems. Eventually, if you don’t address suspected balance issues, they can put extra strain on the spring and cause it to break or become damaged.

2. Excessive Squeaking

Over time, your springs can become worn and start squeaking. While all garage doors make some noises now and then, if you notice loud noises that haven’t been present in the past, it may be a sign that there’s a problem. Applying some lubricant to them can sometimes take care of the problem, but if you do this and there are still noises, it might be indicative of a more significant issue.

Signs of a Broken Garage Door Spring

Sometimes, a damaged spring may be a little bit harder to identify because it isn’t broken. In those cases, it takes some exploration to find the problem. That’s not usually the case with a broken spring. Trust us — if your spring breaks, you will know it. When a garage door torsion spring snapped, it will make an extremely loud, distinct bang — akin to the sound of a gunshot — because of the tension and pressure that build up in the spring. Because the torsion spring spirals around a shaft, you’ll also hear the sound of the springs as they move around that shaft. The noises are loud and distinct, and you’ll immediately be able to look up and see the break above your garage door.

If you weren’t in the garage when a spring broke, it might take some looking around to identify the problem. First, check to see if the spring is visibly intact. If there is an obvious break, you have your answer. However, sometimes the break won’t be clean, or the problem will be that the spring stretched out instead of snapping.

While looking at the spring itself can yield the most obvious answer, the garage door will also give some clues about the state of your spring. Take some time to look at the door to see if:

  • The top half of the door appears misaligned
  • The door opens a few inches and then slams down again
  • The cables attached to the springs are dangling
  • The door seems to be off track or crooked

Any of these can be signs that your spring is damaged or broken. Later, we’ll talk about the importance of calling a reputable garage door repair company to repair and replace a broken spring. But, being able to identify the source of your problem can save you — and your repair tech — a lot of time and energy, which means you can get your garage door repaired and operating smoothly again in less time!

The way a door opens or closes can provide clues that a garage door spring is broken or damaged. While many people find they cannot operate their door when the spring gets damaged or broken, sometimes people can still get their door to move. If you are able to safely move your door without doing further damage to it, your door’s movements can be helpful in identifying your problem. In general, you should look for these common signs that your garage door spring has snapped.

  1. The garage door jerks as it goes up and down.
  2. The door is crooked as it moves along the track and may become stuck in progress.
  3. The door won’t open, even when you activate the emergency release.
  4. The door falls rapidly when you put it down.
  5. The top of your garage door became bent when you tried to use the opener.
  6. There is a gap between the rings in your torsion spring.
  7. The door opens a few inches, then the safety mechanism stops it.
  8. The door goes up more slowly than usual.
  9. You override the electronic opener and the door is extremely heavy when you try to open it manually.

How to Open and Close a Garage Door With a Broken Spring

When your door still appears to be functioning — even partially — it can be tempting to ignore the problem. However, you should never ignore the signs of a broken garage door spring. Even if the door can still open and close enough for you to get your car out, allowing this problem to persist will result in further damage to your garage door and your garage door opener. If the damage is extensive, you may end up having to replace your garage door and opener, which is a much more expensive proposition than replacing a spring.

However, once you’ve identified the signs your spring is broken or damaged, you may have to wait for a little bit until a professional garage door repair company can make it out to your house. During that time, you may need to open and close your garage door. If you do, follow these tips to keep your family safe and prevent further damage:

  1. If the door is in the open position, DO NOT use the manual override to disconnect it from the opener unless you have several strong, able helpers to catch the door and guide it safely down the track. If you detach the opener without help, this could cause your door to come crashing down, potentially damaging the door or, even worse, hurting you or another family member if they are in the way.
  2. If the door is already open and you cannot close it safely, place something along either side of the track to “catch” it if the door falls while it is up. Choose something sturdy that can take the weight of your door. Remember, when you don’t have the use of your automatic opener, your door’s full weight is not spread out between the spring and the cables. It is all in the door itself. Make sure everyone in your household is aware of the problem, as well as the potential dangers, and ask them to stay away from the door until help arrives.
  3. If your garage door is closed when you find a broken or damaged spring, it’s best to keep it closed until a qualified garage door repair professional can arrive to evaluate the damage. If your car is inside the garage and you cannot wait for a repair person, never attempt to override the automatic opener unless you have several strong helpers to lift the door and keep it from falling on you or your car.

The bottom line is this: It’s essential to be able to diagnose a problem with your garage door. It can be helpful to you in figuring out the steps you need to take to address the problem and finding a reputable garage door repair company to come out to fix the problem. However, the safest thing you can do for yourself and your loved ones is to secure the door as well as you can, then call for professional repairs.

Leave Repair and Replacement to the Pros

If you searched online, you’d likely come across several websites claiming they can instruct you in how to repair or replace your garage door spring. And, if you’re like most homeowners, it can be tempting to save a few dollars and turn this into a DIY project. But, with the statistics out there about garage door-related injuries, it’s just not worth the risk to you or your family. Why?

1. It’s dangerous.

Your garage door is heavy. When the spring isn’t working, it can’t take the weight of the door. If the door comes crashing down, it can hurt someone in its path.

2. It’s difficult to get it right.

Because a broken or malfunctioning spring is a safety hazard, there’s no room for error. If you don’t install it right, someone could get hurt, or you could end up damaging your garage door. Saving money is never worth the risk of hurting yourself or someone you love. If you suspect you have a damaged or broken garage spring, it’s time to call the experts.

Providing quality service and repair in the Charlotte, N.C. area, RCS Carolinas is home to a team of experienced, well-trained professionals who are ready and able to diagnose problems with garage doors of all kinds — both residential and commercial.

While we are confident we can repair your garage door and have it working like new, if you decide it’s time to replace your existing one, RCS Carolinas can help with that, too. Offering a variety of Clopay garage doors, our showroom has many great options if you’re in the market for a well-designed, high-quality garage door.

Let us get your garage door working again. Give RCS a call and schedule your service visit today!

How to paint your garage doors

Taking up nearly 1/3 of the front-facing exterior of the average home, the appearance of your garage door has a significant impact on curb appeal. A new coat of paint not only helps protect it from the elements but can refresh the look of your entire house.

Here are the 6 simple steps to giving your garage door a fresh new finish:

Step 1: Check the weather

You’ll need three days of mild weather between 50°F – 75°F with low humidity. When choosing your painting time, plan to work when the door isn’t being exposed to direct sunlight.

Step 2: Gather your materials

The most important purchase for this project is obviously your paint and primer. Select your coatings based on the substrate (material the door is made of), performance (weather resistance, durability, etc.), finish (level of gloss), and color. Keep in mind, most modern doors are aluminum, but some older doors may be made of wood.    

One gallon of paint/primer is enough to cover a two-car garage door with some left over for touchups. If you are painting a larger surface or putting a light color over a dark color, you may need more. Ask for help at your local paint store if you’re not sure what you need.

Other tools and supplies:

  • Sponge
  • Garden hose
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Wire brush and sandpaper
  • Clean towels or rags
  • Painter’s tape
  • Drop cloth
  • Paint brush and roller
  • Step stool or ladder

Step 3: Clean the surface

Using an all-purpose cleaner, thoroughly remove all dirt and dust then rinse any residue from the door with your hose. If there are rust spots, you may need to remove them with a wire brush and sandpaper.

Step 4: Prepare your door and work area

Note: Don’t forget to park your cars outside the garage, and remove anything you know you’ll need that day before getting started.

After the door is completely dry, carefully tape off handles, hinges, windows, edges, etc. with painter’s tape. Place one drop cloth on your driveway to protect it from drips, and one inside your garage to protect the floor. If you’re painting the trim and frame a different color, tape it off, too, and paint that last.

Step 5: Prime

It’s easiest to work on the door from the bottom up. To do this, disengage the electronic opening mechanism so that you can move the door manually, then raise the bottom to a comfortable height so you don’t have to stoop. As you work, carefully lower the door in sections so you are always painting at a comfortable height.

To get a nice even coat, work from the inside of any inset panels to the outside of each section using a brush on the panels and slanted insets, then a roller on large, flat surfaces. Carefully wipe away excess as you go. Let your primer dry for at least 12 hours before applying your paint.

Step 6: Paint

Paint from the bottom up again, using the same method that you used for primer. Allow your garage door to dry for at least 12 hours before painting the frame and trim.

Looking for a completely new look (and new garage door)? Contact RCS Garage Doors to learn more about the styles we offer!

Tips for a quieter garage door

Tips for a quieter garage door

Is it a truck? Is it an earthquake? No. It’s your garage door.

If opening your garage door is a loud, house-shaking, baby-waking event, there is likely a combination of many components that have been worn and shaken over years of use. While you’ll never have a totally silent garage door, there are several factors that can cause significant noise. Some repairs can be DIY, but garage doors can be very dangerous, so many repairs require a professional.

DIY

Find the noisy culprits – Open and close your garage door several times to attempt to isolate the sources of noise. Look and listen for:

  • Rattling sections of track
  • Rollers that jump, drag, or otherwise roll unevenly
  • Squeaking hinges and chains

Tighten the nuts and bolts – It is common for nuts and bolts on the door and on the tracks to shake loose after many openings and closings. You can do this regularly to cut down on noise.

Find worn hinges – If you can see an oblong hole where the pin meets with the bracket, the hinges may need to be replaced. Metal shavings around the hinge are also a sign that it is worn. If you feel comfortable, this is a replacement you can do yourself, but improperly installed hinges are a safety hazard, so this is not a beginner DIY suggestion.

Check the garage door opener chain – A loose chain can rattle and cause the rollers to smack against the track. If you still have your owner’s manual, you may be able to tighten this up yourself following the instruction provided.

Lubricate moving parts – This should be done every six months as routine maintenance. Choose a lubricant made specifically for garage doors. This specialty product acts as a liquid but is not tacky when it dries so it does not attract debris that would gum up moving parts. Apply to springs, hinges, tracks, pulleys, rollers and other moving parts. Be sure to hit the torsion bar bearings and all pivot points.

Caution: If your garage door is belt driven, do NOT apply anything to the rubber belt

Soundproof – It is possible to control some of the sound output from your garage door, but many soundproofing solutions require a significant investment of time and money. Here are some options:

  • Install noise insulators between the motor block and the slotted metal brace that attaches the motor to the ceiling. These can be purchased from a garage door specialist
  • Add a strip of rubber between the track and the garage. The track may be rubbing against the garage, especially if it is made of concrete or brick
  • If noise and vibration are loud in a living space above the garage, purchase specialty anti-vibration pads to install between the mountings of the garage door and the ceiling

Professional

A garage door professional will be able to complete any of the above measures that you do not feel comfortable doing yourself. Remember, garage doors can be dangerous and you should only do what you are comfortable doing. Garage doors themselves can weigh 200 pounds or more and the springs necessary for their operation are under significant tension.

If the tips above don’t work, hire a professional to get to the bottom of the problem. A professional can also complete more complex and dangerous tasks to fix a door including:

  • Replacing steel rollers with nylon ones, or replacing worn nylon rollers, for smoother operation
  • Replacing the extension spring system with torsion springs if there is room
  • Replacing your chain-driven garage door opener with a belt-driven one

 

Diagnosing Cold Weather Garage Door Problems

Diagnosing Cold Weather Garage Door Problems

Winter can be tough on your home. If you don’t take the proper precautions to ensure your home is prepared for winter, the repercussions can costly and, in some cases, dangerous. Winterizing the parts of your home that are vulnerable to colder temperatures is an annual necessity, and your garage door is no exception. When the temperature begins to drop, if your garage door is not properly maintained, you may find yourself stuck out in the cold.

Here are few common garage door issues that can be caused by cold weather and how you can diagnose and resolve them.

Garage Door Won’t Open

This is a common issue in the winter months. The culprit can be one of three things. Either your opener has quit working, your garage door is frozen to the ground, or you have a broken spring.

Opener Won’t Work

The quickest way to find out if your opener is the cause of the issue, is to disconnect the door from the opener and attempt to lift the door manually. If you are able to lift the door once it is disconnected, the issue is most likely related to your opener. Check to make sure your opener remote has fresh batteries and nothing is tripping the sensors, reconnect the door and try again. If the issue persists, contact your local experts at RCS Garage Doors for help further diagnosing the issue. It is important to note to maintain the warranty on some openers, professional service is required, and if you choose to work on your opener yourself, always do so with the garage door in the closed position.

Garage Door Frozen Shut

So you disconnected your door from the opener, and it still won’t budge. If the weatherseal at the bottom of your door is resting in snow or ice, it is most likely frozen to the ground. To free the door, you can gently chip away at the ice or use warm water to speed up the melting process.

Do not try to force the door open. This could cause damage to the weatherseal, hampering your garage doors insulation efficiency. Also, do not use a chemical deicer, especially on metal doors. This can cause serious damage to your door, and lead to more costly repair bills down the road.

Broken Spring

If your garage door won’t open manually, or when trying to do so, feels like it weighs a ton, you most likely have a broken spring. This is a common occurrence in the colder months as the spring becomes weaker and more brittle when the temperature drops. On most garage doors, the spring runs horizontally across the top of the door frame. If it appears that there are two separate springs, then your spring is broken.

broken spring

Most garage door springs have a life span of 7-10 years depending on how the garage is used, so it is a good rule of thumb to have your spring inspected or replaced every 7-10 years. If you suspect your spring is broken, contact RCS Garage Doors. Spring repair can be dangerous and must be done by a professional.

Garage Door Won’t Open All the Way

If your door opens, but only partially, or is opening or closing much slower than normal, you may have a lubricant issue. Some lubricants lose their effectiveness when the temperature dips below freezing, causing them to harden and clump up, hindering your garage door’s ability to open smoothly. To fix the issue, clean the tracks and rollers with some kind of degrease. Once clean, opt for a silicone-based lubricant for better performance in colder temperatures. It is important to note that you should only use lubricant on metal garage door parts. Nylon rollers do not require lubrication and, if applied, may cause damage.

Peace of Mind

If you’re not sure you garage door is ready for winter, peace of mind is just a click away! Contact your local garage door professionals at RCS Garage Door to schedule an inspection.

The Importance of Curb Appeal

The Importance of Curb Appeal

Too often these days, when homeowners think about renovations, their minds are drawn to the interior of the home, after all, that is where they spend their time. They are not wrong in thinking this way, as interior renovations can add value to a home, but they are missing opportunities to add serious value to their home by restricting themselves to the interior. We forget the importance of first impressions, and a house’s first impression is all about the exterior. Yes, having a designer kitchen is never a bad thing, but if prospective buyers are the slights bit turned off by the exterior appearance of the home, they won’t even entertain the idea of viewing the inside.

Any real estate professional today will tell you that curb appeal is not only important as it relates to the value of your home, but also the overall aesthetics of your home. Improving the exterior appearance of your home goes beyond simply mowing the yard and manicuring the flower beds. Although pristine landscaping does help with your home’s overall aesthetics, recent studies suggest that the best investment to improve your home’s curb appeal is a new beautiful garage door.

Worn down garage doors with chipping paint or cracked windows can distract people from any other exterior improvements to your home. Due to their size and location, garage doors are often the first element of a home people see, so having a gorgeous garage door is an easy way to make a great first impression.

Clopay® conducted a recent nation-wide survey in which they to determine realtor perceptions of garage doors and how they can influence the curb-appeal and value of a home. 70% of realtors stated that a new garage door decreases the closing time for a house, while over 80% believed a new garage door can increase the average selling price by 4% depending on the style of door. With the average home price in the US at $206,300, the estimated value of new garage door is over $8,000.

BeforeAfter

Updating your garage door can add tremendous value to your home, but buying a new garage door is typically something you will only do once or twice in your lifetime, making it increasingly important to make sure you choose a door that adds the most value but is in within your budget. Below are a few tips to consider when selecting your new door.

  • Make your garage door a focal point. Select a color and design that makes your home stand out. But don’t over do it. Bright colors can overshadow your home’s other great features.
  • Frame your garage door with some moulding details, accent lighting and accessories. Treat your door like the work of art that it is.
  • Select a color that matches the overall tone of your home. It doesn’t have to match, but you should work within similar tones.
  • Pay attention to material. Some garage doors require more upkeep than others. Make sure to choose one that fits your lifestyle.

For help choosing a new garage door, check out our garage door design tool. Upload a photo of your home and “try on” different garage doors to see which door is perfect for you and your home. Or you can contact the garage door experts at RCS Garage Doors to schedule a design consultation.

The Best Time of Year to Replace Your Garage Door

The Best Time of Year to Replace Your Garage Door

If you’ve been considering replacing or fixing your garage door, hold on tight because your time is just around the corner.

After the cold and messy days of winter, the best time to replace your garage door is spring! The days of spring are longer and warmer and it’s a time known for renewal and cleaning. You’ll want to examine your system to determine what needs fixed so you can enjoy your garage through the rest of the year.

Spring Time Garage Door

The #1 reason spring is the best time of year to replace your garage door is because the industry is waiting for you. Most companies try to start their year as early as possible, meaning once the snow melts, they’re ready to negotiate with you and make a sale. Early spring is also when you’ll find the most attractive promotions on products and installations. So if you’re in the market for a new garage door, make sure you’re taking advantage of the offers as soon as they become available.

Even if replacing your garage door isn’t necessary, a proper tune-up probably is. After a severe winter, it’s common for a spring to lose its resiliency or even break into two pieces. And if your spring is more than a few years old, it might be time to consider a spring system replacement anyway. This is a great time to call in a professional who can give you a full report on your garage door functionality and spring system.

If you’re still not convinced on a replacement or tune-up this spring, here’s one more incentive: it will provide economic value. If your garage door is old or not working properly, you’re exposing your home in more ways than one. The longer you let your outdated garage door go, the more vulnerable you become to possible break-ins, due to easy accessibility, and higher energy bills. With better insulated doors, you can save on energy costs, add overall value, and increase protection. If that’s not enough for you to at least examine your garage door, what is?  

Highest ROI Home Improvement Projects

Highest ROI Home Improvement Projects

Planning to remodel your kitchen, or build that big deck you’ve always wanted? What about upgrading your garage door or entry door? Depending on what home improvement project you have slated for 2018, you may not get out what you put in. In the past, you could expect a decent ROI for most home improvement projects, but recent studies suggest this is no longer the case. So before breaking out the tools, make sure to do some research on what value your project truly has. Remodeling Magazine’s latest Cost vs. Value Report is a good place to start. 

Invest in a New Garage Door

Remodeling Magazine’s 2018 report reveals that, based on data collected in 2017, homeowners can expect to make, on average, just over 55% of the money spent on various home improvement projects. However, some projects have more value than others. Check out the top 5 renovations with the highest ROI below:

  1. Garage Door Replacement: 98.3%
  2. Manufactured Stone: 97.1%
  3. Entry Door: 91.3%
  4. Wooden Deck Addition: 82.8%
  5. Kitchen Remodel: 81.1%

If you notice, the top 4 projects are all exterior renovations, with a focus on improving your home’s curb appeal. When it comes to your home’s value, curb appeal is becoming increasingly important, and this report speaks to this trend, and explains why a new garage door sits at the top of this list with a ROI of over 98%.

If you decide a new garage door is the right home improvement project for you, contact the experts at RCS Garage Doors for a helping hand. Our team of professionals can help find the ideal door to enhance the curb appeal of your home. Also, check out our garage door designer to help find the garage door of your dreams, and contact us to schedule an installation.

Is Your Garage Door Affecting the Curb Appeal of Your Home?

Is Your Garage Door Affecting the Curb Appeal of Your Home?

 

When you think of garage door repairs, your mind automatically goes to replacing the motor, straightening the tracks, or fixing a broken spring, right? But do you ever think about aesthetic repairs?

Consider that most garage doors account for about a third of what people see when they look at houses. Yes, fixing those mechanical malfunctions are important for everyday usage, but tired, worn, peeling garage doors can easily overshadow any other exterior renovations you’ve done to make your home beautiful and welcoming.

If you want to present an attractive, fresh profile to your neighborhood, consider the following garage door renovations to increase your curb appeal:

Painted Garage Door

Paint It

The most simple and budget-conscious way to renovate your garage door is to paint it. The finish on your garage door can be easily worn down over time due to weather exposure. Refinishing your garage door will make an immediate impact on your home’s aesthetic. The color should always compliment the exterior finish of your home; they don’t need to match, but they should have similar tones.

Garage Door LightingAdd Lighting

Similar to how museums highlight pieces of art, you can add lighting about your garage door to transform it into a featured area outside your home. Consider both the shape and style of the lights you choose to achieve a modern, rustic, or subtle look for your garage door.

Add Finishing Touches

Garage Door Accents

Most steel and aluminium doors, although secure and durable, are not always attractive. Wood finish, windows, or faux hardware are easy and unique additions to upgrade your garage door aesthetic.

Faux wood finish can take your garage door from plain to stunning, while also livening up the entire exterior of your home. Windows are also a relatively inexpensive addition to your current door, but will give the impression that you installed a new door. And faux hardware touches, such as hinges, door handles, or latches, to spice up the look of your garage door. Just one of these three additions will give your home a richer presence without breaking the bank.

Replace It

If you’re dealing with a garage door that’s over 20 years old, embellishments and painting might not be worth the investment. Sometimes the best option is to simply replace it and start fresh with a brand new garage door. This will allow you to achieve the improved look you want for the exterior of your home in one step.

The way your garage door looks is just as important as the way it functions. Putting in the effort to make sure it adds to your home’s charming aesthetics will pay off in curb appeal and resale value, and leave your neighbors wondering how you did it!

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