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It’s not often that you get to buy a new garage door. There are lots of things to take into consideration before you decide to repair your current one, or purchase a new one.
What style is your home?
There is a garage door style to fit every home; whether it is a bungalow, Victorian, Georgian or country-style house. Whatever your style, there is a garage door to suit it. There are lots of design choices to choose from: wooden, classic, rustic or roller garage doors. The key factor for all of these options is that it needs to be relatively maintenance free and also suit your home. So what factors do you need to take into consideration before you buy?
Firstly you need to figure out what you use for garage for. Is it just for your vehicle? Or do you prefer to use it for storage? Could it be that you prefer to use it as a living space or somewhere to work on DIY projects? Depending on your usage you will need to make sure that you have the best insulation, seals and components ready for your new garage door.
Whatever your budget Garage Doors Newcastle will have a repair service or door to suit your needs. For example; if you are going for a traditional look the roller garage door would be more suited to you budget, especially if you’re using the garage as an office space.
Door openers have become an increasingly useful tool for garage doors. It allows you to open or close the door at a distance, so you can drive straight inside. This cutting edge technology means that you can even install an app straight into your smart phone, making the process of opening and closing your garage door even more convenient.
Adding in windows to your garage door could be the perfect solution if your garage doesn’t have windows. You’ll need to take some time to consider which panels to replace with windows, but remember that it should be closely matched to your front door to provide continuity.
Selling your home
If you decide to sell your home in the future, picking the perfect garage door is a big factor in upping the kerb appeal and increasing your home’s value.
Renovating your garage door
Your current garage door might be in perfect working order but it’s starting to look at bit worn down. You can’t really afford to go to the expense of replacing the door (after all, it works fine) so what can you do to freshen it up?
The most inexpensive way to update your garage door is by painting it a different colour. Depending on the type of doors you have you’ll need to do a bit of prep work beforehand. With metal doors make sure to sand off any rusty spots. Wooden doors will need to be sanded and have any cracks filled in. A power wash will be required before for each door.
When deciding on the colour you could look to have it blend in with the current surroundings, or have it be bold and stand out.
You don’t have to stick with a block of colour. Instead you could add a faux wood look to your door. Creating a simple wood effect isn’t that difficult and could take around one afternoon. You will need to clean the door thoroughly before applying the stain. Apply brush strokes one section at a time and finish it off with a clear glaze for that long lasting effect.
Another effective way to add kerb appeal is to add some architecture detail. You could add faux windows, which are easy to create. This look can be achieved by taping off sections of your garage door to create the ‘windows.’ Then use an exterior primer and finish with satin finish black enamel on each panel. Once dry, remove the tape to reveal the finished panels.