Mar 10

Garage doors and home value

Replacing your garage door can be costly depending on which one you buy. But if you are thinking about putting your home up for sale, you will want to get the most bang for your buck. Most people don’t think about the garage door when it comes time to sell the home, but if you consider it for a moment, your garage door is the largest architectural element on the front of your home. Here are few things you can think about if you’re thinking about making the jump to buy a new garage door.

Materials

  • Metal doors like aluminum are the cheapest and the least difficult to care for, but they’re not always the nicest looking.
  • Wood doors are easily the most sought after because the natural materials simply look nicer. They do however require more maintenance.
  • There is another sort called wood composite which is made of wood chips and by products mixed with some binding material. It’s not as bad as it sounds. It’s really very durable and requires far less maintenance that regular wood, and looks-wise it comes pretty close to the real thing.
  • Vinyl garage doors are extremely durable, and the most expensive, but require almost no non-mechanical maintenance.

Relative value of garage door features

Materials and aesthetics aside, certain types of doors are deemed more valuable than others.  For instance, if you live in a hurricane zone, a hurricane door will be viewed well. If you live in a cold part of the country, an insulated door is much sought after.

Enhancing home value

The great thing about buying a new garage door for enhancing  home value is that the added value of the door always exceeds the cost . On average every $1000 spend on the garage door returns about $1400 in home value increase. (Only new siding exceeds investment to such a great degree. ) So if you’re thinking about selling  your home, start thinking about your garage door.