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 is 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.
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 slightest bit turned off by the exterior appearance of the home, they won’t even entertain the idea of viewing the inside. Improving your curb appeal can add up to 7% to your home’s sale price.
Improving your house’s curb appeal has benefits even if you don’t have plans to sell your home. The National Association of Realtors found that 80% of garage door remodels led to homeowners wanting to spend more time at home. Overall, investing in your curb appeal will let you enjoy your home more.
How Does Your Garage Door Increase Curb Appeal?
Any real estate professional today will tell you that curb appeal is important not only as it relates to the value of your home but also to 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, a new beautiful garage door may be the best investment to improve your home’s curb appeal.
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.
In a recent nationwide survey, Clopay® determined 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 typical U.S. home price at $344,141, the estimated value of a new garage door is over $13,000.
How to Update Your Garage Door
Changing up the look of your garage door can pull your home’s design together, giving your entire exterior an upgrade. If you want to present an attractive, fresh profile to your neighborhood, consider the following garage door renovations to increase your curb appeal:
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. Stick to a single color to create interest without distracting attention away from the rest of the house. Choose a color similar to the exterior or opt for a pop of contrast.
Similar to how museums highlight pieces of art, you can add lighting around your garage door to transform it into a featured area of 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.
Along with boosting its aesthetic appeal, lighting your garage door offers practical benefits, as well. The extra illumination lets you avoid obstacles and tripping hazards at night and helps deter potential intruders.
Add Finishing Touches
Steel and aluminum doors, although secure and durable, are not always attractive. Wood finish, windows, panels 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.
- Faux hardware touches, such as hinges, door handles or latches, to spice up the look of your garage door.
Any of these additions will give your home a richer presence without breaking the bank.
When to Replace Your Garage Door
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. A new door 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!
Updating your garage door can add tremendous value to your home. Since buying a new garage door is typically something you will only do once or twice in your lifetime, it’s important to make sure you choose a door that adds the most value while staying within your budget.
Here 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 overdo it. Bright colors can overshadow your home’s other great features.
- Add a frame: Frame your garage door with some molding details, accent lighting and accessories. Treat your door like the work of art that it is.
- Choose the right color: 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 the material: Some garage doors require more upkeep than others. Make sure to choose one that fits your lifestyle.
Boost Your Curb Appeal With RCS Garage Doors
Whether you’re looking to impress potential buyers or improve your home for your own enjoyment, better curb appeal starts with a beautiful garage door. RCS Garage Doors is here to help you find the perfect door to fit your house and budget.
If you’re looking for ideas, browse our photo gallery to see some of our work. 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 right for you and your home.