It’s time to replace your garage door. You’ve put it off for as long as you could, and you’re finally giving in. Before you know it, you won’t have to listen to the squeaking and clunking or look at the dents and scratches covering the surface from years of driveway basketball and that time your teenager pushed the gas instead of the break.
Your garage door's not only outdated, an inconvenience, and a major eyesore, but you’ve realized it’s a safety concern for your family. You’re also thinking about moving in the next couple of years, and you'd like to increase the value of your home before then. Here are a few tips to help you choose wisely and recoup as much of the cost of your new garage door installation as possible.
In Iowa, a midrange garage door replacement yields an average 65.6% return on investment. A single-layer steel garage door without extra insulation would fall into this category. An upscale garage door replacement averages a 68.3% ROI in our region of the country. National averages are higher—76.9% for midrange and 85% for upscale! An example of an upscale garage door would be a durable, insulated steel door with windows and galvanized steel hinges.
Choose an insulated garage door.
As stated above, an insulated door offers a higher return on investment than an uninsulated door. Having an insulated garage door will also keep your garage more airtight, decrease energy loss in your home, and make your home and garage more soundproof. If you live in an area with extreme weather, it’s important to keep the cool air inside during the hot season and the warmth inside when it’s freezing cold, or your energy bills could skyrocket. An insulated garage door can decrease your overall energy usage and reduce waste.
Consider the style.
If you’re replacing your door with the primary goal of increasing your home’s value, choose carefully. Consider your neighborhood and the look of your house, and select a door that complements both. You don’t want to buy an overly extravagant door that costs a fortune if it doesn't fit the style of the houses near you. On the other hand, if you live in an upscale neighborhood, a basic door may not be enough. Make sure your choice is appropriate.
Consider replacing your garage door opener.
When you replace your garage door, consider replacing your opener as well if it’s old or noisy. A quiet garage door opener that runs smoothly is an attractive selling point for a home. New garage door openers are also secure and customizable. You can integrate a battery backup system (so you can operate your door during power outages) and smart technology, such as MyQ, which allows you to control and monitor your garage door from your smart phone.
If you need help picking out the right garage door for your home, we can help! Let us know if you have any questions or concerns, and we’ll help lead you in the right direction. We can get you a quote to get started--just click on the button below! You can also experiment with different types of garage doors using the Wayne Dalton Garage Door Design Center.
WD Door is located in Ankeny and serves Des Moines and surrounding communities in Central Iowa. We offer garage door repair and installation services for businesses and homes.