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Building the Best Garage Door for Modern Homes

White contemporary house exteriorMore homes today are going the modern way in terms of design due to advances in architecture, engineering, and technology. Dubbed as Smart Homes by TIME Magazine, they are not necessarily cheaper to build but are more cost efficient to maintain due to the science that goes behind them. Their materials are literally built to last and every aspect was thought through from solar panels to zero waste management. Still, they are made of the same parts as every other house – garage doors included.

Because of this, it is important to take note of the best practices when it comes to choosing, finding, and even building the right garage door for these homes that are built with the future in mind.

1.       Get a contractor that knows exactly what you need more than want.

When it comes to modern homes, it’s not just about what one wants. Technological planning goes into it and you need to sync devices to make this happen. It is therefore important to have a contractor that have not just built garage doors before, but also understands the concept of a modern home. Safety is paramount and it is important to find someone who can look at your lifestyle and that of your family’s. Chances are, there will no longer be a need for manual garage doors as all will be via Bluetooth or infrared connections between your car or mobile phones.

Wrong syncing can mean life or death, this is why your contractor must be updated with the latest technologies when it comes to garage doors for the modern home. They can also advise on what is needed in terms of keeping the garage door from jamming and keeping its quality.

2.       Fit to measure

Next, fit the garage door properly. Measure everything and take note of the number of cars and storage one needs. Modern homes do not have too many blind spots as it takes on a more open layout to ensure flow and electrical efficiency throughout the house, so storage can be tricky.

The last thing you want is to have garage door that cannot accommodate your needs.

3.       Take note of the house’s design

All garage doors are great in itself, but if it does not fit the whole design sensibility of the house, then it becomes a complete eyesore from the outside.

Modern homes are more inclined to take advantage of industrial designs and employ elements such as steel, brass, glass, and cement finishes due to the presence of solar panels on roofs, for example. Because of this, bulky garage doors or garage doors with carvings may not work as well as those with grey finishes. However, it is also an opportunity to be creative. Because of such a stark over all look, garage doors can serve as the accent piece from outside. It can be painted with punchy colors such as red or orange for a pop of color instead of the usual black or for the more adventurous, a whimsical graffiti design.

Gone are the days of boring garage door designs and modern homes providethe perfect palette for such endeavor.

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Four Reasons You Should Invest in a New Garage Door

garage doorYou might be in love with the old garage door that has been guarding your car for years, but sometimes you have to let go and let it retire.  Getting a new garage door to replace the old one is not vanity, sometimes it is a necessity. Do you need a new garage door? The following are some of the most common reasons many homeowners decide to replace their old garage door.

Personal and family safety

Garage doors, no matter how well they are made,are still subject to gradual deterioration due to usage and exposure to elements. Once they reach that point when they no longer work well, they may pose a threat to the safety of your family.  Imagine if your child is playing near you while you are working inside the garage and the door closes down on her. That would cause an injury.  While regular maintenance from a garage door company can extend the life span of your garage door, there will really come a time when you will need more than just maintenance work. You might be advised to get a new door.Newer garage door models also come with more powerful safety features to keep you and your family safe from injury.

Saving on maintenance cost

It is an undeniable fact that newer garage doors need less maintenance than the old ones. The older the garage door becomes, the more it needs repeated maintenance and that will have a big impact on the family’s budget. You may have to spend a good amount of money for a new door once, but that will cost less compared to the amount you will be spending for frequent repair work.

Cooling and Heating Costs

As garage doors get older, their insulation capability will also slowly deteriorate and the energy cost that will be used to keep it on the right thermostatic condition will eat a lot from your budget. Getting a new garage door with good insulation will save you a lot of money as well as protect the contents of the garage safe from deterioration caused by bad insulation, not to mention the relief you feel for not worrying about your garage contents during winter.

Home Value

If you ever plan to sell your home in the future, the garage door will be a big factor in the value your home. Garage doors are an integral part of the house and a run-down garage door will have a negative impact on the buyer’s impression. Having a good-looking garage on the other hand does the opposite—it helps increase the value of the home and makes it easier to sell it at a good price.

Investing on a new garage door can be one of the best decisions you can make for your home. Garage doors will not only improve the look, the safety and the value of your home, it can also significantly improve your finances.

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Ways to Give Your Garage Door a Unique Look

dog_garageIn this era of customization, people want their things to look different from the rest. Take for instance the gadgets these days.  Consumers always find ways to change the look of their phones by using mobile phone accessories. Even chargers can’t escape being dressed up by their owners.  The reason people customize their stuff is because they seek individuality. They don’t want their things to look generic.

If phones can be customized, why not customize your garage doors?  The garage door is one of the most visible parts of your house from the outside.  If you want your home to look unique, you can consider giving your garage door a makeover! Here are some tips to help you out.

The right color is the first step

A good color combination can bring out the best look of your home and a bad one can ruin the design of the entire house.  Oftentimes, people buy garage doors without thinking about how its color will affect the look of their house.  Only after they see it from afar will they realize that the color of their garage door makes their home look unappealing. If this happens to you, don’t lose hope. All you have to do is paint your garage door with a new color.

Amazing designs is the second step

Many modern homes have a three-car garage style. It’s wide and it really affects how the façade of your home looks. Most garage doors are one-color and plain and at a distance it will look like a warehouse or a barn.  Now, you wouldn’t want people to think you live in a warehouse or a barn, do you?  Luckily, there is an inexpensive way to make the plain-looking garage door better—by painting it with different designs. This will give your door some texture and depth.   You can for example design it so it will look like a castle door, or maybe you would want it to look like a row of French doors. Alternatively, you can also paint simple geometric shapes on it just to break the monotonous look. The possibilities are endless.  Of course, you need to hire a good artist to paint the designs on your garage door, but it’s worth it in the end.

Door replacement

If you have enough cash and you’ve had enough of the mundane and boring, generic garage door look, you can contact a garage door company and ask them if they have designer doors. These may cost some money, but it’s not a lost investment because a designer garage door will increase the value of your home instantly.  Not only that, it will also give you that sense of accomplishment and joy when you get home and see your exquisite garage door open up.

Giving your garage door a makeover is not vanity. In fact, it is useful and advantageous in many ways. First, it boosts your pride seeing that your garage door has a design that’s unlike everyone else’s. Second, it increases the value of your home and its curve appeal.  Finally, it will make people appreciate the look of your home.

 

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Tips for Choosing Your Garage Door

slide6When you’re building a new house, some of the things that you need to think about is your garage door. You will be presented with a lot of options. Some garage doors are heavy while others are light. Some are made of aluminum, while others are made of wood, metal or fiberglass.  If that’s not enough, they also come in myriads of colors and designs.  The truth is, choosing a garage door involves a lot of decision-making and of course, some stress.  This article aims to help you decide which garage door is right for your home.

Make sure to measure the garage opening size

Before buying a garage door, it is important to measure accurately the size of the garage opening. If the measurement is off for even just a few centimeters, you will not be able to install your new garage door.  Those who are not confident about their skills in measuring should contact the garage door company and let them take the measurement.

Think about your driveway

Some garage doors are not meant for homes with short driveways. Like for example, the type of garage door that swings out and up to open is not practical if the driveway does not have space enough for it.  For homes with short driveways, the best type of garage could be the roller type or the sectional type.

Get the color that matches your house

Garage doors are probably the biggest implement on the house and they’re highly visible to everyone.  Because of this, a person’s choice of garage door could make or break his home’s curb value.  While it’s true that garage doors are useful whether they look nice or not, it wouldn’t hurt if you choose one that will complement the total look of your home and get the appreciation of people who pass by.  Colors and the material of your garage door make all the difference in this aspect because they’re what most people will see outside your home.

Garage door materials

This article would not be complete without talking about garage door materials. Each type of material has advantages and disadvantages.

  • Wood is probably the most aesthetic of all garage door materials. It can be carved with elaborate designs or you can keep it plain.  Unfortunately, wooden garage doors are also very heavy.
  • Aluminum is the most common garage door material. It is very light and not easy to break, but it is prone to dents.
  • Steel is the strongest material for garage doors.It also looks nice and elegant, but it’s extremely heavy. Steel garage doors are good for automation.
  • Fiberglass is durable and light and can be painted different colors, but most of the time they are expensive.

Garage doors are not cheap and people have to think hard before buying one. However, despite its price, the undeniable fact is that people need them.  Garage doors are important for families who own cars because the car itself is another big investment that needs protection.   People who are in the market for garage doors should choose wisely.

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