5 Basic Choices in Garage Doors

If you are buying a new garage door, you have many options to consider. Garage doors may seem simple, but there are choices to make when you want to get the best door for your budget. Here are five basic features you will need to consider when buying a new garage door.

  1. Material. Wood, steel, aluminum or glass? Solid wood and steel are popular options, both durable and dependable. Glass on a metal frame is more expensive, but, it can offer beauty and light while adding value to your home. Aluminum can be budget-friendly and versatile, but less durable.
  2. Windows. Adding windows can be a nice way to allow natural light into the garage and add style to your garage’s appearance. You can choose frosted or tempered glass for security and safety.
  3. Insulation. Good insulation can save you money on energy costs while helping keep your garage climate controlled and sound proofed.
  4. Style. You can choose from carriage-style doors, panel designs and many other styles for your garage door. There are many more options than ever before to add beauty and curb appeal as well as function.
  5. Storm preparedness. You want to garage that can weather the storms in your region. If high winds are a possibility, choose garage doors with hurricane or high-wind resistance rating to protect your home.

Not all garage doors are the same. There are many features available that can impact the function and style of your new door. Talk with your local garage door experts about all the options available to ensure you get a garage door that will add value to your home while fitting under your budget.

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

Is a Double Garage Door Better Than Two Single Doors?

If you are designing a new garage or considering changing the configuration of your existing garage, you may wonder about double garage doors. Two-car garages usually either have a wide double garage door, or two single doors, but which is better? It all depends on your needs and preferences, but there are a few factors that can help you decide.

Climate Control

One large door will let more air into your garage every time you use it. For some homeowners, this can be a concern. Not only does it effect the temperature in your garage, it also can impact the climate control inside of the home. Two single doors can be more efficient, with only one smaller door opening at a time.

Recreational Vehicles

If you will also have recreational vehicles like golf carts or motorcycles in the garage with cars or trucks, a large single garage door may be a better choice. It can be easier to navigate getting extra vehicles in and out without a dividing section in the middle.

Malfunctions and Repairs

For those who park all their vehicles in the garage, it is important to consider what will happen if your garage door will not open. If you only have one wide door, all vehicles are stuck until you get the door or opener repaired. With two doors, you always should have one door that is working, even if the spring breaks or damage occurs to the other door.

There is not a right or wrong answer for which option is best. Consider these factors and discuss your options with your local garage door service before you decide whether a double garage door or two single doors are best for your needs.

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

What Is the ROI on Garage Door Replacements?

When considering any home improvement, especially if you plan to sell your home soon, you want to determine if it will be a good investment. Some home improvements do little to increase the value of your home, while others can pay off when it comes time to sell. This is referred to as return on investment or ROI, a factor you can use to determine whether it is worthwhile to do the improvement. If you are considering a garage door replacement before you sell, it helps to know the expected ROI.

When looking at ROI for home improvements, one of the best sources is Remodeling.com’s Cost Versus Value report. This report gives regional and national averages on what different projects cost and how much value can be recouped. Many home improvements like patio, kitchen remodels and bathroom additions only range around a 50% recoup in value of the cost, making them a poor investment. The closer you can come to 100%, the better investment the project is when considering adding value to your home.

Garage Door Replacement ROI

The 2018 Cost Vs. Value report has garage door replacement at the highest ROI of any improvement you can do to your home. The ROI is 98.3%, well above most other projects. This means it can recoup most of the cost in added value to your home. Plus, a new garage door can improve curb appeal, making your home more attractive from the street as it is one of the first features people notice.

If your garage door is looking shabby, replacing it can be a wise investment. Talk to your local garage door service company to begin exploring options for your new garage door and feel confident that it will be money well spent.

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

3 Types of Garage Doors That Fit Your Lifestyle

You wouldn’t drive the same car or wear the same clothes as everyone else, so why should your garage door be the same as the rest of the neighborhood? Garage doors are more than just openings for your vehicles – they are also one of the first features people see when they come to your home. Why settle for a boring, cookie-cutter garage door when you can choose a unique option that fits your lifestyle? Here are three types of garage doors to add pizazz to your home.

Carriage-Style

Carriage-style garage doors are perfect if you have classic taste. If you love brick, stone and elements of style that are reminiscent of the past, carriage-style doors for your garage should be right up your alley. You can choose from a wide variety of design options and accessories to make your doors completely unique. 

Modern Designs

If you have a more contemporary style, consider a garage door that reflects your personality. Choose a garage door that is unique and sleek. One option is glass garage doors, made with frosted glass panels and shiny metal to match your modern home.

Efficiency and Sustainable

Is your style green? If reducing waste and buying sustainable is your passion, your garage door should reflect your green choices. Choose a garage door that is made from recyclable materials and well-insulated to save on energy. But that doesn’t mean you can’t dress up your efficient door with style. Choose a bold color or a customized design to spice up your sustainable choice.

If you are ready to find a garage door that will fit your lifestyle, give your local garage door service a call to explore all the options available.

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Habpro
The Garage Door Specialists
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-0065

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

Basic Garage Door Options

Buying a new garage door is not a common purchase. Most people will only buy one or two in the life, so it is not surprising that most are not garage door experts. Knowing the basics is important when considering your options when buying a new garage door. Here are some of the general features and options you will need to specify when ordering your new garage door:

  • Material type. Garage doors vary in materials. Some of the most common to choose from include: steel, aluminum, wood, fiberglass, PVC and glass.
  • Garage doors come in many sizes for residential garages, most 7-8 feet in height. There are standard sizes for single or double doors and custom size options.
  • Insulation. You can order an insulated garage door for better climate and sound control. Non-insulated options are available, but it is often worth the investment to opt for insulation. Insulation is rated by the R factor, ranging up to R-18.
  • Wind resistance. Garage doors can be reinforced for wind resistance. In some states, it is required to have a minimum wide resistance on new garage doors. This can protect your home from hurricanes and high winds that can buckle standard garage doors, causing excessive damage to the garage and home.
  • Windows can offer natural lighting for the garage and a beautiful style. Many standard doors come with window design options.

These are the basics you should decide before your order your new garage door. Style and design are the final touches that you can discuss with your garage door specialists to get a door that protects your home and adds the right amount of style.

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

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

4 Reasons to Hire a Garage Door Contractor

You know it’s time to replace your old garage door and you are a do-it-yourself kind of person, but is this the kind of job you want to tackle right now? Shopping, taking things apart, and rebuilding may seem like too much for you right now. Here are several more reasons to hire a garage door contractor:

  1. Professional workmanship. When you hire a professional, they have been trained how to do the job correctly, plus they have a lot of experience to make the job easier. They will know how to get your new door up and running perfectly.
  2. Save time. Your time is a precious commodity, so you need to spend it wisely. A contractor can get you the right door and has all the tools and know how to get it up quickly. They will save you the ten trips to the hardware store too.
  3. Customer service. Having a garage door installed by a contractor usually means you get the customer service that goes with it. They’ll want to keep you happy, so you can call on them, if you ever have any problems in the future.
  4. Manual labor. You don’t want to spend your time off of work, working hard. Take some time to relax while the contractor does the heavy lifting and installing of your new garage door.

Tackling a garage door replacement may be tempting to do yourself, but there are many benefits to hiring a professional. A garage door contractor can give you professional workmanship, save you time, and give you quality customer service you are looking for in the years to come. While he does the work, you can take time to relax and in the end enjoy having a garage door that works well.

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

4 Reasons to Replace That Old Garage Door

Do you have a garage door that has seen better days? Even if it is still functional, you may want to consider the benefits of replacing it before it finally dies of natural causes. Garage doors with damaged panels, boarded up windows and other issues should be replaced before they become a hazard. Here are four excellent reasons to replace that old garage door.

  1. Safety. First and foremost, you should consider how safe it is to continuing using your old garage door. Once panels or windows are damaged, the entire structure of the door may be compromised. The last thing you want is for your garage door to get unbalanced and fall, especially on a person.
  2. Security. Broken areas on your garage door invite intruders to use them for entrance into your domain. Keep your garage and home safe from intruders and pests by replacing it with a new, secure door.
  3. Aesthetics. An old, beat up garage door detracts from your home’s curb appeal. It is one of the first things visitors see when coming to your home. Replacing a dilapidated old door can make a huge difference in the aesthetic appearance of your home.
  4. Energy conservation. Investing in a new insulated garage door can help cut down on energy costs for attached or temperature controlled garages.

Don’t wait any longer to replace an old garage door that is on its last leg. Call your local garage door service company and begin determining what style, features and options will best meet your needs. Your home and garage will look better while improving the safety, security and energy efficiency of your property.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA
770-985-3355