Replacing your garage door? Here how to get the best return on your investment
Real estate prices are on the rise across the country, and Colorado and Arizona are among the states where this spike is escalating fastest. This means people looking for a new place to live want to get the very best bang for their real estate buck, even when it comes to things that may seem trivial at first glance—such as the garage door. But in such a competitive market, the right garage doors could give you a leg up on competing properties for sale, especially in buyers markets such as those found in Tucson or Colorado Springs. We should know—at NationServe, we’ve been in the business of garage doors for nearly 70 years and have gained some great insights on getting the best possible value out of the biggest and most important door of your home. If you’re in the market to replace your existing garage door with something future buyers won’t be able to resist, keep reading for our expert tips on how to maximize the return on your investment, both in the short-term and when it comes time to sell.
What’s so special about garage doors?
You may be wondering why you should put so much thought into your garage door replacement. A door’s a door, after all—right? Wrong! In fact, the 2017 Cost vs. Value Report, which compares the average cost of popular remodeling projects according to their average cost and the value they retain at resale, has upscale garage door replacements in the number one spot on the list. The report found that garage door replacements had an average return on investment of 85%. In some U.S. markets, new garage doors averaged more than a 100% return! That’s leagues ahead of the first runner-up, fiberglass entry door replacements, which offer around 77.8% of recouped costs. In other words, if you had to pick a single home improvement project that’ll pay off in the long run, you’d be best off replacing your garage door.
So what should I look for in my new garage door?
If you want to make the above figures work for you, there are certain things you’ll need to consider when shopping for your new garage door. First off, notice that the number-one project on the Cost vs. Value Report is called upscale garage door replacement. This means that to get a good return on your investment, you’ll need to purchase a higher-end model. This doesn’t mean you’ll need to remortgage the house to afford it, however. The Wayne Dalton garage doors we carry at NationServe, for instance, all fit the bill for upscale—even the more budget-friendly models. When shopping around for a new door, consider the following:
- Curb appeal potential. Your garage door takes up a good portion of your home’s facade, so be sure to choose a model that complements the surrounding design style. Carriage house garage doors, for example, beautifully complement the architecture of traditional, French country, Tudor and craftsman-style homes, while ultra-modern abodes pair marvelously with stylish and sleek glass doors.
- Energy efficiency. Before you choose what material you want your new garage doors to be made out of, look into the energy efficiency and insulation properties of each option. Glass, for example, has a low insulation value (R0 to R6), while our specialty vinyl garage doors have an R-value between R10 and R13. This is especially important if you live somewhere the weather either gets extremely hot, like Tucson, or uncomfortably cold, like Colorado Springs. We have a blog all about improving home energy efficiency here.
- Maintenance. Depending on the type of door you choose, you’ll need to factor maintenance and repair costs into the overall price tag. This isn’t something you’ll need to worry about if you go with nearly indestructible vinyl, for instance, but it’s definitely an important factor for wood (which will need regular re-staining to retain its original elegance and cachet) and fiberglass (which needs an occasional clear coat application to prevent fading and discoloration).
The bottom line: when it comes to replacing your garage door, don’t settle for the plain white lackluster model. Instead, look for one that has great visual appeal, energy efficiency, insulation that’s appropriate for your location, and maintenance requirements that make sense for your lifestyle and budget.
Ready to start shopping for your next garage door? Great! It’s a wise investment that’s sure to pay off when it comes time to sell your home. Now that you know what to look for in order to get the best return on your initial spend, it’s time to dive into your options. NationServe carries a huge selection of Wayne Dalton garage doors and all the parts and accessories you could ever need, from garage door openers to motion detectors and beyond. We also offer garage door repair services from our locations in Tucson, Colorado Springs, and 16 other cities across the country. We’re America’s garage door experts. Don’t hesitate to give us a call!