Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Minneapolis, Minnesota knows the importance of your home’s curb appeal. There are so many elements that make up this first impression of your home:
- Lawn care
- Tree condition
- Neatness of bushes
- Siding/paint job
- Style and condition of the windows
What many people fail to take into account is the one element that can make up as high as 40% of your home’s exterior – your garage door. The appearance of your garage door makes a big impact on the first impression of your home. What are some of the potential pitfalls of your overhead garage door that can lead to bad curb appeal? Let’s take a look.
Garage doors wear out and break down over time, just like any other part of your house. The cables that lift and lower your door can slacken over time. In addition, the torsion springs can begin to lose their tension. This will mean a lack of support that can lead to sagging and even buckling.
As this occurs, you can get a lopsided door. You’ll begin to see that the bottom seal of the door no longer makes even contact with the ground. You can also get similar gaps between the individual panels.
Faded or peeling paint
Older garage doors did not have the same quality paint as newer doors. This can lead to peeling paint, particularly on wooden doors. Even if the paint isn’t peeling, it will still fade over time. Newer doors have newer, longer lasting paint. In addition, the paint is now baked on during manufacturing. This process leads to a more durable paint that stands up to damage, as well as fading.
As paint chips and peels, the metal underneath is exposed to the elements. Over time, this will lead to rusting. This is not only an eyesore that lowers your curb appeal, it is a danger to your family. Rusting will weaken the structural integrity of your door which can lead to failure of the door. This could result in injury or even death.
Garage doors are in an accident prone area of your house. There’s heavy equipment, lawn tools, vehicles, bikes. Since most garages aren’t living space, there is usually less care taken there. As a result, collisions occur. When these collisions happen to the door, ugly damage results.
The occasional ding on the interior of the door doesn’t seem that bad. But as they accumulate, the damage can begin to show up outside. This is especially true if your door is only one layer thick with no insulation.
As mentioned above, the moving parts of your system can break down over time. When they do, you can get poor operation when opening and closing. The door can start and stop and jerk along the tracks. It can also become quite noisy. Even if the appearance is ok from a distance, once you hit that button, your first impression is ruined.
If your overhead garage door is suffering from any of these problems, it’s time for a new door. When you’re ready to upgrade the first impression of your home, Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Minneapolis, MN is your go-to place! We’re ready to help you get an all new look that’s perfect for your home. Give us a call today and one of our professionally trained technicians will be sent your way quickly. We can’t wait to help you kick your curb appeal up a few notches!