Remodeling Plans? -Think New Garage Doors!

If you’re contemplating home remodeling projects, you should be thinking about upgrading your garage doors. New garage doors will have a big impact on two key factors – Curb appeal and ROI.

In many current home designs the garage doors can be up to 30% of what people see from the street. New, upgraded doors can make a significant statement on curb appeal. If your garage doors are clearly visible to passersby, you shouldn’t ignore them during a remodel. In fact, ...

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Why You Should Replace You Old Tilt-Up Garage Door

For years the standard of quality in garage doors was the wooden one-piece tilt-up door. These doors were particularly popular on homes built in the 1960’s and 70’s and, while many continue to operate well, they should be replaced with a modern sectional door.

Here are some things to consider.

Space:

Old tilt up doors swing outward away from the door frame and reduce space and/or can hit objects (like your car) in the driveway. Sectional garage doors roll straight up.

Springs:

Tilt-up garage doors ...

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Creating Curb Appeal on a Budget

Resale value is often a major factor when deciding to make home improvements. Both structural and decorative curb appeal are important features to consider. But home improvement projects can be expensive, and many homeowners are still weary about spending money on renovations. So what’s the best way to spruce up the appearance of your house without breaking the bank?
There are many budget-friendly exterior projects that can increase curb appeal.

  • A fresh coat of paint can work wonders, whether it’s applied ...
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5 Things Every Home Owner Should Know Before Repairing Their Garage Doors

There really is a lot to know about garage doors. However, here are a few key things you (as a homeowner) should be aware of….

The most common garage door repair is the Garage door springs. They are designed to do virtually all of the work necessary to lift your garage door. Garage door springs, cables, brackets, and other hardware attached to the springs, are under very high tension and, if handled improperly, can cause serious injury.

  1. When dealing with ...
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View Your Home from a Buyer’s Perspective with these Top 10 Remodeling Projects

Your home’s curb appeal is often based on the street-view appearance and it is a buyer’s first in-person impression, particularly if they spotted your home on the Internet first. Although photographs can give a buyer an idea of the features the home offers, driving by the property provides an opportunity to see how the pieces work together with the surrounding neighborhood.

Many homebuyers drive by a home or schedule a walk-through after viewing it on the Web. Since many will do ...

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Heading out on Vacation?

So, I’m heading out on vacation – tickets, rental car – check. Furnace set low, water heater turned down – check. Lights on timer and dog to kennel – check. etc. etc.

One thing that is rarely on peoples’ checklists for vacation is their garage door. Make it simple and safe.
On your wall remote switch (where you turn lights on/off etc. is a “Lock” button. Take a couple of seconds to lock the garage door and eliminate accidental openings ...

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Another Way to Go Green

Homeowners now have another way to ‘go green’. Installing energy efficient, insulated garage doors can not only help save the planet, it can help save one’s wallet from becoming too thin.

Homes that include an attached garage can expend large amounts of extra energy heating and cooling their homes. Cold air in the winter (and warm air in the summer) can permeate a home through the garage, increasing the amount of energy needed to adequately heat or cool the home. An ...

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The Internet, Garage Doors and Curb Appeal

Want to add long-term value and attract buyers? Could consider a facelift for your garage.

Statistics show that more than 90 percent of home buyers turn to the Internet first in their home searches, often basing their decisions to learn more about a property from the photos they see of a home’s exterior. With large portions of a home’s facade often comprised of a street-facing garage door, it’s no surprise that garage door replacement is, for the second year in a ...

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Victorian House’s Facade Converted to a Folding Garage-Door

Here’s a clever architectural solution to a San Francisco homeowner’s desire to add a garage to an old Victorian home without falling afoul of rules requiring the maintenance of the original facade. The homeowner, architects and engineers figured out how to turn the original bay window into a set of fold-away garage-doors.

Toronto’s original city plan called for coach-houses and alleys behind dwellings, rather than garages in the front of the house. In the older parts of the city, these are ...

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Why Garage Doors Improve Your Homes’ Curb Appeal?

Curb appeal is an important consideration for your home – regardless of whether you’re selling or simply upgrading.

First, most people’s homes face the street. That often means their garage door is also facing the street and that the garage doors can claim as much as a third of what people see from the street.

Secondly, first impressions are as important for homes as they are for people. What does your garage door say about your home when someone gives it the ...

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