For anyone seeking a fast and affordable way to amp up their home’s curb appeal, an unexpected solution is hiding in plain sight: the oft-overlooked garage door. This may come as a surprise. But if you think for a moment, it makes perfect sense. After all, few exterior home upgrades pack a larger visual punch—or provide as much bang for your buck—as an investment in a new, eye-catching garage door that seamlessly matches, as well as enhances, your home’s architecture. (Especially if your garage faces the street.)
A stunning new garage door is no small thing when it comes to curb appeal—literally. As a matter of fact, some garage doors account for as much as 40% of a home’s facade. Talk about visual impact! And on the financial end, the Remodeling 2019 Cost vs. Value Report shows that the home upgrade with the best return on investment is—wait for it—a garage door. (The study reports that the average homeowner recoups a whopping 97.5% of the cost of a new garage door, which ranks number one among nearly two dozen upgrade projects. ©2019 Hanley Wood, LLC. Complete data from the Remodeling 2019 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at costvsvalue.com.)
In short, your garage door is a major architectural element that deserves more respect than it typically receives. And Clopay, one of America’s leading garage-door manufacturers, offers a dazzling array of design options—more than 1,000 in all—as well as a wide selection of colors. Think about how exciting it’ll be to quickly elevate your garage from drab to fab, plus complement your home’s architectural style. It’ll quickly be the talk of the neighborhood.
Clopay doors also are available in many different high-quality materials, ranging from steel, aluminum and faux-wood composites to glass and even many natural wood species. In addition, advanced and robust paint- and stain-application processes ensure that your new garage door will be as durable as it is beautiful for years to come.
Charming and rustic carriage-house styles? Check. Traditional multi-panel doors? You bet. Mid-century modern, contemporary or somewhere-in-between designs? Got it covered—along with sleek, customizable aluminum-and-glass doors that maximize natural light. Clopay also offers decorative windows and hardware options and lots of other ways to make your garage door a distinctive part of your home—and the star of your neighborhood.
Sure, there are many ways to improve your home’s exterior appearance. A fresh coat of paint job or new siding, for instance. Or a big landscaping makeover. But projects like that can easily take weeks and carry exorbitant price tags, too.
A new garage door can have as much or more impact on your curb appeal as those improvements. Better yet, a professional garage door dealer can install one in just a day. And it’s possible to buy an attractive, high-quality insulated garage door—and have it installed—for less than $1,000. Let’s face it: You probably spent more on lattes and coffees last year!
Furthermore, if you’re fairly handy around the house, you and a few friends could tackle the job yourselves. (Sorry—lunch and libations are on you.) Clopay’s EZ-SET spring system makes an otherwise dangerous part of garage-door installation safe and easy; you just use a drill to wind the spring to the correct tension. And if you encounter a snag, no problem—Clopay even offers an online tutorial video to help out DIYers.
There’s another good reason to consider a new garage door from Clopay: energy conservation and efficiency. Many door models can be ordered with optional insulation, which can reduce energy loss in your garage by up to 71 percent. In fact, an insulated door can keep an unheated garage anywhere from 10 to 20 degrees warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
The folks at Clopay realize that a new garage door is a big decision—typically a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. Visually, a garage door is a big part of your home. And you see it every day, so you want to get the style and color just right. To help you make a decision confidently, as well as see options you perhaps didn’t even know existed, Clopay offers an innovative solution: the Door Imagination System.
This digital visualization tool allows you to experiment with a wide range of designs and colors. Here’s how it works: Just snap a photo of your home’s exterior and upload it to the Clopay website. Then explore various door designs and colors to see how they’d look on your home. It’s just that easy.
So go ahead and start thinking about how a new garage door could potentially boost your home’s curb appeal. For a relatively modest investment and in just one day, you can quickly give your abode a visual makeover worthy of a TV remodeling show. An exciting and affordable solution to new-found curb appeal is right there in front of you, hiding in plain sight. Just add a little of your own imagination and you’ll be amazed at the results. New garage door, new house—it’ll be love at first sight all over again!