One of the jobs my 2nd oldest son has done is installing or fixing garage doors. I loved when he had that job because he would often be in my area, and swing by to visit on his lunch break. ;) He learned a lot about the business, because hands-on experience is always the best experience (in my opinion), and I learned a little just by overhearing his conversations on the phone. The most important piece of information I gleaned from that period of time is that people take their garage doors very seriously, and they should. The garage door is the focal point of so many home exteriors, and in addition to being practical, it can be a great way to up the ante on the curb value of your home. The experts at Haas Door (Wauseon, Ohio) have endless ideas, tips and ways to help you select the garage door(s) that will help enhance your home, and showcase the personality of it in a way that really stands out (or blends in well, depending on your preference).
According to the 2016 Cost Versus Value Study by Remodeling magazine, a garage door replacement offers the third highest return on investment for a homeowner of a mid-range priced home (2016 Cost vs Value Report). At a projected 91.5% cost recouped, a new garage door almost pays for itself when selling a house.
"The garage door is probably the most used entryway in the home," says Nofziger, whose family-owned company manufactures insulated aluminum and steel garage doors. "Doesn't it deserve to be a welcoming entry that adds to the overall style of the home?"
Nofziger recommends these tips for selecting a garage door that can enhance a home exterior and add valuable curb appeal to a house:
Tip #1 - Step back. Before selecting a garage door stand by the street and look at your home overall. Now, think about the style of the home exterior, the colors on the house and the textures. Determine what kind of garage door --- smooth or woodgrain --- and what color or texture would best complement your home's overall exterior.
Tip #2 - Light or no light? Decide if you'd like a solid garage door or one with windows to allow light into your garage. If you choose windows, look at the style of windows on the front side of your home (including the grids) and look for a garage door with similar window styles. For example, if your home has lots of small window panes, then look for garage door windows with grids that replicate the look of smaller panes of glass.
Tip #3 - Be practical. Select a garage door that can handle weather conditions for your geographic area. For instance, a 5000 Series door can stand up to Mother Nature, even in Florida conditions, with its corrosion-resistant aluminum, thick insulation and weather-resistant paint finish.
Tip #4 - Stand out ... or stand back? Decide if you want your garage to be a stand-out focal point when looking at your house or if you want it to blend in with your home's style. There's no wrong answer. Oftentimes a stand-out door, like one in an elegant Craftsman style with a wood grained finish, can add visual dimension and appeal to a home exterior. Or, a door in a painted bronze color can stand out beautifully against a stone veneer home facade.
Tip #5 - Think of the future. A garage door selection is one that should last many years for your home. So, look below the beauty of the surface to choose a low-maintenance door that has a strong warranty and will give you years of beauty with minimal upkeep.
To assist homeowners to envision how different types of garage doors can add to the overall curb appeal of a home, Haas Door offers a free design tool called HaasCreate. In just a few steps, the online visualizer tool, located at www.haascreate.com, allows you to upload a photo of a home and outline the existing garage area. An app for the iPad, which doesn't require an internet connection to use, is also available for free at the Apple store. These kinds of features are always fun and they really do give you an idea of how something is going to look once it is in place.
HaasCreate helps to instantly create a new garage door with different styles, options and colors at your fingertips. For those people without an existing picture of their home, they can choose from sample home images. Personal product selections --- including a garage door style, color, windows, overlay colors, trim colors, handles and accessories --- allow the user to customize a garage door that enhances the home exterior.
Haas Door is located in Wauseon, Ohio, where the company manufactures steel and aluminum residential and commercial garage doors. The family-owned company holds memberships in IDA and DASMA, and produces products that are sold throughout North America. For more information on Haas Door, visit www.HaasDoor.com.