Is an Old Garage Door Spoiling Your Home’s Appearance?

Depending on the size of your home, your garage door could be a big part of the façade; for some homes, the garage doors take up about a third of the visible space from the street. Considering how much area these doors cover, how they look can have a dramatic impact on your home’s appearance. If you are working on improving the curb appeal of your home, one of the main areas to consider is your garage doors. An old garage door can spoil the look of your home but replacing it is a quick and easy project that can have immediate aesthetic and valuable benefits.

An old garage door may have dents and damage that detract from the overall beauty of your home. While some repairs can hide these defects, if the door is 10, 15 or more years old, it may be best to replace it for safety and security as well as aesthetics.

Choosing a New Garage Door

There are many options available in garage doors, from a plain, standard door to those with windows or special designs. You want your new garage doors to match your home’s exterior to create a cohesive style. If you have an older home (built prior to 1950) or a home with a classic design, carriage-style doors can be a beautiful option that will match your home’s accents. For modern or contemporary homes, options like metal and glass doors can create a spectacular look for the front of your home and match the design of your home.

If your old garage door is impacting the beauty of your home, or having functional issues, contact your local garage door service for replacement options. It is worth the investment to keep your home safe, secure and looking its best.

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

Is it Time to Replace Your Garage Door?

How long should you wait before you replace your garage door? Many people are not sure when is the right time. Do you wait until the door is damaged or no longer functions, or replace it proactively? Here are some tips and signs on when to make it a priority to replace your garage door.

Efficiency Issues

Like many items in older homes, old garage doors may not be as efficient as new models. This can include their function and their insulating capabilities. Newer garage doors can help reduce energy costs with advanced insulation and ease of use; they can also help improve security with new options for the opening system.

Aesthetics

Your garage door is one of the first features of your home that people see when they arrive. Dents or a boring door style can impact the curb appeal of your home. Even if your garage door still functions, but it is outdated or looking worse for the wear, it may be time to replace it with a more stylish model. A new garage door can improve the beauty and value of your home.

Safety

Ensuring the safety of your home for your family should be a top priority. Damage to your garage door can create safety issues. Broken or damaged panels, hardware or other features can make your garage door dangerous. Replace your old door and opener with newer models with all the latest safety features.

A new garage door is a good investment in your home if the efficiency, aesthetics or safety is less than desirable. Talk to your local garage door company about the options available for replacing your old garage door if the time is right.

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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

Does a Dent Mean I Need a New Garage Door?

Many people own metal garage doors, either steel or aluminum. While metal garage doors can be durable and last many years, they are also prone to dents. Thinner metal like aluminum can be dented from hail, basketballs and many small impacts, while tougher steel doors are more resistant to denting. However, once dented, you may wonder whether you need to replace your garage door or if it can continue to perform as needed.

Most small dents do not require replacement of the entire door. Aluminum garage doors can dent easily – but they can also be repaired. A small dent can be gently pounded out with a rubber mallet or other dent removal techniques. If the dent cannot be removed easily, often just a panel will need replacement. Your local garage door service can inspect the door and give you a quote for a panel replacement, usually only a few hundred dollars.

When a Dented Door Needs Replacement

While most dents only look unattractive, there are cases where a dent can impact the function of your door. If the dent is severe, it can create balance issues – the impact that created the dent could also dent or weaken the tracks for the opening system. Any large dent should be inspected by a garage door professional to determine if it is compromising the safety and function of the system. If it is, the entire garage door may need replacement.

All dents in garage doors should be repaired to reduce the chance of rust and keep your door looking good and functioning correctly. If your garage door is dented, contact a local garage door service for an inspection to determine the best option for repair or replacement.

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

Tips to Find the Best Garage Door Company

Are you looking for a garage door service for installation, repair and maintenance? Like any contractor, you want to find a company that offers local service, experience, dependability and quality products. Here are some tips to help you find the best garage door company in your area.

Are They a Local Garage Door Company?

Whether you are looking at garage door companies in Atlanta or any other city, you want to find a local operator. You want a company that is based in your area, not sending an installation crew from a subcontractor. If your garage door needs service or repair, you want to know they are local and will be there if you need them.

Check Out Their Reviews

Look to their customers to learn more about their customer service and reputation. Sites like Kudzu offer reliable reviews to give you an idea of their customer satisfaction rating, which is better than only relying on testimonials on the company’s site.

Experience Matters

When hiring a contractor to secure one of the most important entrances to your home, you want an experienced expert. A company that has been around for 30-40 years has passed the test of time in the business world and offers a stable, dependable reputation. You want local experts that you can trust in your home and with the expertise to service your garage door and opener.

Services

Choose a garage door company that can handle all your needs, from new installation of doors and openers, to ongoing maintenance and repair.

Before your next garage door repair or new garage door installation, take the time to find the best company in your area. Your garage door is a key component in the security of your home and vehicles; make sure you only trust it to a local expert.

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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

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

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

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