Top 3 Garage Door Trends in 2018

Are you thinking of updating your garage door in 2017? There are some hot trends in the garage door industry that you may want to consider before you begin shopping for a new garage door. From color and materials to sustainability and efficiency, the new options in garage doors can add beauty and value to your home. Here are the top three garage door trends you will find for 2018.

  1. Efficiency is key. From insulated doors to new technology in the garage door openers, efficiency is a key component of the hottest garage doors this year. Insulation can help reduce energy costs and improve sustainability. New technology makes it simple to manage the security of your garage – Wi-Fi in your garage door opener allows you to control your opener from your smartphone.
  2. Wood and Glass. Both wood and glass doors are popular material choices this year for garage doors. Solid wood doors are beautiful and durable; a complete frosted glass paneled door is another option, or combining the glass and wood together.
  3. Bright, primary colors are trending for 2017 for garage door style. Expect to see bright blue and red garage doors popping up throughout stylish neighborhoods. If you don’t want to completely replace your garage door, adding a fresh coat of paint can give your existing door a quick makeover.

If you are ready to update your garage door with some of the trendy options available for 2018, call your local garage door service company. They can help you explore the different features and styles that are available to give your garage door a makeover this year.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Buford, GA 30518
770-985-3355

Choosing the Right Size Garage Door

If you are building a new garage, you have many options when it comes to the size door or doors you install. Not only do you need to decide between single and double doors, the sizes of the doors need to be determined as well. Here are some of the options available in standard garage doors to help you choose the right size for your needs.

Standard Garage Door Sizes

If you are on budget, your best bet is to stick with a standard size garage door. These are made in large quantities and are readily available through garage door installation services.  Even with standard doors, you have many choices in sizes and types. You have the option of single, double, and even standard doors for recreational vehicles.

  • Single garage door size. For one door per vehicle, the single door is used.  The standard sizes for single garage doors are: 8×7, 9×7, 10×7, 8×8, 9×8, and 10×8. There are other options, but these are the most common. Standard garage doors are usually 7 or 8 feet high, with the width as a variable.
  • Double garage door sizes. Double garage door can accommodate two vehicles or larger trucks.  It is common for a garage to have one large double door versus two single doors. Standard sizes for double garage doors are also 7 or 8 feet in height, with varying widths: 12×7, 14×7, 16×7, 12×8, 14×8, and 16×8.
  • RV garage door sizes. A typical RV garage door will be tall, with a similar width as a double garage door. Fifth wheels, travel trailers and smaller motor homes can use RV garage doors that are 12’W x 12’H.  Class A motor homes require at least 13’ clearance, with normal size at 14’ W x 12’H.

To determine the best size door for your garage, discuss the options with your garage door installer. There are custom size options available, but they tend to cost more. Make sure to measure your larger vehicles and consider future purchases when choosing your garage door sizes.

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Habpro
The Garage Door Specialists
Dacula, GA 30019
(770) 985-3355

Advantages of Steel Garage Doors

Garage doors come in a variety of materials, all with pros and cons. Solid wood doors can be beautiful and durable, but tend to be more expensive and heavier than other types. Fiberglass and composite wood doors are light and cost-effective, but they may not have the durability or strength of other materials. Steel garage doors have several advantages over other types, making them a popular option for homeowners:

  • Strength and durability. Steel doors are strong and can last for many years, making them a wise investment. The steel construction can withstand wind storms; plus, steels deters intruders that would use a weak garage door as an entry point into your home.
  • Insulation. Steel garage doors can be insulated, coming in high insulation values for better efficiency. This can help reduce energy costs for heating or cooling in the home or garage. Isolated doors also help improve sound-proofing and privacy.
  • Light-weight. Steel doors can be lighter in weight than solid wood doors, putting less stress on the garage door opener.
  • Cost effective. Steel can be a cost-effective option for a quality garage door that will last, especially when compared to solid wood doors.
  • Versatile design. Steel garage doors come in many styles. Choose from stamped panels, faux wood, window options and many design styles.
  • Easy to clean and maintain. Steel is easy to clean; a quick scrub with water and soap can remove dirt and debris.

If you are considering replacing your garage door, look at the options available in steel. You can have a beautiful, strong garage door that will last at an affordable price.  Call your local garage door service company to discuss the many options available.

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Habpro
The Garage Door Specialists

Add Classic Style to Your Home with Carriage Garage Doors

For most homes, the garage doors are prominently placed, making them one of the first things people notice when they come to visit. While standard garage doors are fine, they do not add any style to your home. If you want to enhance the elegance of your home, carriage-style garage doors can add a classic beauty to the front of your home.

Carriage doors originally were designed to open from the middle, with hinges on either end. These were common on carriage houses for centuries, before the auto garage was created. Modern carriage-style doors can still be equipped with hinges, but most people prefer the convenience of overhead, roll-up garage doors. You can have both the classic style of the carriage door and the convenience of an overhead with the new designs available.

Most carriage-style doors are either made from wood or with a faux wood exterior. There are many fixtures to choose from, including faux hinges, handles and other adornments to make your modern overhead door appear like a classic carriage door. You can also choose the type of wood and pattern, along with a vast variety of styles. These beautiful doors can come with windows or be completely solid, the choice is yours.

Upgrading to carriage-style garage doors can make a big difference in the curb appeal and beauty of your home. You may be surprised how changing this one fixture can give your home a whole new look. Talk to your local garage door service company about the options available for adding carriage-style garage doors to your home to improve the aesthetic appeal and value of your home.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Can Replacing Your Garage Door Increase the Value of Your Home?

Are you considering selling your home? If so, you probably have already considered what steps you can take to get the most money out of your investment. Most sellers do not want to sink too much more money into a home that they plan to sell, but there are some home improvements that can add value. One of these is replacing an old garage door.

So why would a new garage door add more value than adding a spa or other improvement to your home? Mainly, it is due to curb appeal. There isn’t a tangible value you can place on curb appeal, but it does mean more money when you sell. How a potential buyer feels about your home when they first see it is a big part of the buying decision.

According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value report, replacing your garage door is one of the highest value to cost improvements you can do. Most home improvements do not retain the same value as cost. While you may just break even on the cost of a new garage door, the value is in the improved curb appeal. The garage door is often one of the first things people see when coming to your home, including potential buyers. An updated garage door can add beauty to your home, especially with all the stylish options available.

Even if you are not selling your home, you want it to retain its value and look its best. Talk to your local garage door service company about the options available to replace an old garage door. You will be amazed at the difference this small improvement can make on the curb appeal of your home.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Prepare Your Home for the Next Big Wind Storm

Whether you live in a hurricane alley or anywhere else in the country, wind can cause extensive damage to your home. Roofs can be damaged, trees can fall and if your garage door is not secure, your whole home could be in danger. Wind storms seem to be more prevalent in recent years, making it necessary to prepare your home against possible damage.

Garage Doors and Windstorms

Garage doors can be the biggest risk to your home in a wind storm. If you have an attached garage, wind can destroy your garage door and access your home. Once the garage door is compromised, your entire home is unprotected against the storm. High winds can remove your roof from the inside and cause extensive damage to every wall in your home, as well as your possessions.

The best protection against wind damage to your home is securing your garage door entrance. Wind resistant doors that can withstand 100 MPH or high winds give you the security you need in a major storm. In many areas of the country, high wind resistance for garage doors is now required in new homes. However, if you have an older home with an attached garage, these requirements may not have been met when installing your existing garage doors.

Don’t put your entire home at risk for damage due to poor quality garage doors. Call your local garage door service company to inquire about high wind resistant garage doors. This is a small investment that can protect your home and family during a major wind storm. You never know when the next big storm will hit your region, so don’t delay.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA
770-985-3355

Give Your Garage a Facelift

When it comes to home improvements, often the garage is the last place homeowners spend money. After all, they live in the house, not the garage. However, when it comes to making a home more attractive from a visitor’s point of view, the garage is often the first thing they see. A new garage door can go a long way in sprucing up the exterior of your garage, while offering many other benefits as well. Here are a few excellent reasons to consider giving your garage a facelift with a new garage door.

  • Improved curb appeal. What your home looks like from the curb is important; it actually can improve the value of your home. A new, stylish garage door can up your home’s curb appeal and increase its value.
  • Energy efficiency. If you have an attached garage, investing in a new insulated garage door can help improve your energy efficiency and lower monthly utility costs. Plus, insulated doors can help reduce noise traveling in or out of the house.
  • Safety. If you have an old garage door that is starting to wear out, consider replacing it for safety concerns. Old hardware and warped fittings can lead to garage door failure and cause injuries. Also, worn doors are more likely to fail during severe wind storms, putting your home at risk for damage.

If your garage door is over a decade old or is in need of repair, consider replacing versus repairing or painting. Upgrading to a higher quality garage door that is insulated and stylish is a wise investment into your home that will look great while adding value to your property.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Is it Time to Replace Your Garage Door?

Buying a new garage door is probably not the first item on your wish list. However, considering your garage door is most likely the largest entrance to your home, it is worth the investment. Once they begin to wear, an old garage door can detract from the beauty of your home, as well as become a safety and security problem. Here are a few signs that it is time to replace your garage door in 2015:

  • Operation issues. If you notice that your old garage door hesitates or makes excessive noise as it’s opening or closing, it may be time to replace your door and hardware. Over the years, the hardware and door can become dented, weak and rusted, making it difficult for the door to function. This puts extra stress on your opening system, reducing the life-span.
  • Energy costs. For homes with attached garages, a poorly insulated garage door can affect the energy costs for the whole home. Worn weather stripping and inferior insulation in the door can let in outside air, costing you plenty in energy bills.
  • Curb appeal. Your garage door is one of the first things people see when they come to your home. If the door is dented, has peeling paint or cracks, it can become an eyesore that detracts from the curb appeal of your home. A new garage door can make a big difference in the overall appearance of your home.

If your garage door is 15-20 years old, there is a good chance that it’s time to consider replacing it with a newer model. Talk to your local garage door service company about the many beautiful and efficient garage door models that are available.

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Dacula, GA 30019
(770) 985-3355

New Garage Door Installation

When planning your dream home, the type of garage doors you want may not be the first thing you think of. Exterior colors, windows, paint, cabinets, and trim may be what you spend hours trying to decide on — but don’t let the garage be a disappointment to your finished masterpiece. There are several options available when it comes to new garage door installation. Traditional steel doors are found on many homes, but there are also options for steel carriage house doors, premier steel carriage house doors, and wood carriage house overhead garage doors. All of these options offer a different look to the exterior of your home, so it is important to find the one that best suits your desires. 

Many people like the look that windows give on garage doors. Windows can add another level of charm and appeal and enhance the look of a home. However, some people prefer not to have windows in order to have an extra measure of privacy. When chosen carefully, but garage doors with windows and without can add curb appeal to homes. There are also many options for colors. Of course, it is always recommended to stay within the color scheme of your house and any Home Owners Association rules, but choosing the right color, or colors, for your garage can add a level of sophistication and beauty. Garage hardware can also take a plain garage door and give it a little something extra. 

There are many more options than most people realize when it comes to choosing a new garage door. But the most important choice out of all of the varieties of doors is to always choose a highly skilled, licensed, and insured garage door company to do business with.

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Can Your Garage Door Withstand Severe Weather?

Not all garage doors are created equal, especially when it comes to weather resistance. Although every garage door is designed to handle a certain amount of the elements, homeowners in regions where high winds, hail and extreme temperatures are common need more protection. When severe storms hit, a garage door that isn’t equipped to handle these extremes can buckle under the pressure. 

Customizing Garage Doors For Extreme Weather Conditions

A garage door often needs to keep more than just your vehicles safe and protected. Many garages are attached to homes, making them the first line of defense against both intruders and extreme weather conditions. A garage door which is not designed to handle extreme conditions can become compromised, leaving the garage and home exposed. 

Most garage door companies offer customization of the doors they sell to handle extreme weather. Some options that can help a garage door last longer and hold up when you need it the most include: 

  • Wind resistance. Garage doors can be customized to handle high winds, great for areas which have experienced hurricane-type conditions.
     
  • Insulation. For extreme hot and cold weather, well-insulated doors can keep out the elements and also can help with reducing heating and cooling costs.
     
  • Active reinforced garage doors. Homeowners who live in areas prone to hurricanes can order active reinforced doors, which can be reinforced with braces when storms are about to hit.
     
  • Passively reinforced garage doors. Passively reinforced doors are ready to withstand hail and high winds without adding braces before the storm. 

Having a garage door capable of handling the severe weather in your region can put your mind at ease when those storms start rolling in. In the long run, they can save money off repairs and energy as well as increase the security of your home.

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