The Biggest Impact on a Home

For something that has been so prominent in the design of new homes over recent years, the garage door has generally been seen as a Plain Jane.

But who cared, really? It was just a two-, three- or four-car structure to house the occupants’ vehicles. No one expected anything so utilitarian in nature to be a thing of beauty. But that has been steadily changed due to an amazing trend that started to gain traction in the garage door industry. That trend? Curb appeal.

It’s a phrase the garage-door industry has been using for a while. In the door industry, people like to refer to the garage door as the largest moving object in the home. In today’s home, it’s become the focal point. As the home shrinks, the garage door becomes more prevalent, particularly when it faces the street. The garage door makes up from 50 percent to 80 percent of a home’s front elevation. Viewed from the street, that’s a big part of the home.

Homeowners haven’t traditionally spent much money on the garage door, despite its prominence or its 25- to 30-year lifespan. Homeowners are realizing that a handsome garage door has a huge impact on a home’s salability thereby increasing home values and beautify neighborhoods.

That means builders also face a choice: Either install a garage door that meets neighborhood standards, move the garage to a side entry, or put it in the back, where it won’t be readily visible from the street. Like great front-yard landscaping, a good garage door design, like a carriage house style door, enriches the appearance of the home and generates tremendous value. If all homes on the block have them, the entire street and neighborhood become more valuable.

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