It’s safe to say that we often end up taking our home’s doors for granted: whether it’s the front door or the garage door, during the rush to get to work in the morning, all you want to do is get out of the house and get on the road. Similarly, at the end of the day, all you want to do is drive your car into the garage and get in out of the weather. Because of this, it’s easy to overlook the different ways that our homes benefit from our garage doors.
Garage doors and home security
This is the garage door’s function at its most basic. Like any other door, it provides access to the entrances and exits of our homes. Our cars are an important part of our daily lives, and it makes sense to make sure they are properly secured. Garage doors provide a safe haven not only for our cars, but also for everyone who lives in the house, serving to keep out the unwanted.
Garage doors and aesthetics
Garage doors generally cover a large area. Because of this, they contribute a great deal to your home’s aesthetic and curb appeal. This can be both positive and negative: an ill-maintained, or badly-designed garage door can be an eyesore that detracts from your home’s overall look and feel. Conversely, a garage door that fits and harmonizes with your home can improve your home’s look greatly.
Garage doors and home value
Garage doors consistently score in the top of Remodeling Magazine’s yearly Cost vs Value report, with returns of over 80% of the garage door’s value on a home’s resale. You might not be in the market to sell your home, but it’s good to know that any improvements you might make on your garage door will carry over in the event that you do end up putting your home on the market.
Just as your front door can come in many styles and types, there’s a garage door out there that’s just perfect for you. More on this in part II.