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When you drive through your neighborhood, how often do you pay attention to the houses on either side of you? You may notice a particularly nice landscaping design or that one house that always seems to set their garbage out on the curb a week early, but do you go deeper than that? How often do you stop and notice a home’s garage door, for example?
Many people would probably answer not often, but both the media and the housing market tell us this may not be true. In this article, Action Garage Door is revisiting the garage door that sparked a viral sensation in 2016 and how your garage may affect your home’s overall value.
The Creative Garage Door Monster That Went Viral
In October of 2016, a Cleveland Ohio professional painter woke up with a brilliant idea to promote her art. Amanda Destro Pierson bought supplies and went to work, transforming her home’s garage door from a bland accessory into something out of a Hollywood feature film. Her garage door was completely transformed into a monster, complete with the fang-filled mouth, big menacing eyes, and the perfect alignment to allow the garage door’s natural movement to give the monster life.
After posting the video of her Monster House in action on Facebook, it quickly took the internet by storm. To date, her video has been viewed more than 33 million times, shared over 358 thousand times, and earned more than 41 thousand comments. In addition, Pierson also designed Monster House kits that started selling in the Fall of 2017.
The Subtler Impact of the Garage Door
While not every garage door will be transformed into a monster and gain millions of views on Facebook, your garage door’s appearance does play a part in the overall value of your home. As the housing market continues to skyrocket, homeowners are looking for ways to propel their home value higher. Some of the many ways that homeowners achieve this is focusing on landscaping, adding in new windows, or simply giving their home a fresh coat of paint. However, your garage door is one of the greatest investments that can be made.
The Face of Your Texas Home: The Garage Door
Regardless of whether you have a single or double car garage, the garage itself makes up at least ¼ to ⅓ of your home’s street view. People driving by will often take note of the garage first before moving onto the rest of the house, and you want to make sure yours gives your home a great first impression.
These characteristics of your garage door can boost the value of your overall home:
As mentioned earlier, people pay a lot more attention to the state of your garage door than they let on, especially when they are looking to buy. Garage doors that are covered in dirt and grime, have dents and dings, or look outdated will not fare as well in the market as a pristine garage door that shows the pride of ownership. There are several steps you can take to make sure your garage door says the best about your home.
- Make sure your garage door stays clean.
- Get your garage door maintenance done annually to ensure that it is operating properly and all minor repairs, such as straightening out small dings, are done when needed.
- If necessary, update your garage door with a newer model that boasts curb appeal, such as a Classica Garage Door or Heritage.
If your garage door is more than 5 years old, odds are that it is allowing precious conditioned air to escape from your garage, forcing your HVAC unit to work harder. When this happens, you will feel the effects on your wallet as your energy bills begin to slowly rise. There are several things you can do to remedy this problem:
- Invest in a new garage door that boasts better energy efficiency such as one from Olympus Garage Doors.
- Invest in weather and rodent seals to ensure that your garage door has a firm seal on the bottom to keep both pests and outside air from infiltrating your home.
When considering a potential new home, many buyers look for things like privacy, plenty of space to grow, and the home’s ability to keep outdoor noises to a minimum. Garage doors act as a barrier between your home and the outside world, and newer models with superior insulation can better deaden outdoor noise.
Not only that, but older garage doors, especially those that have been neglected, may produce rattling or scraping sounds when operated. This noise can be a nuisance, especially if the home has a room above the garage or a newborn baby who sleeps lightly. Proper maintenance for your garage door’s moving parts, such as springs and rollers, can help prevent these sounds and ensure that your garage door is healthy.
Want Your Garage Door to Make a Positive Impact on Your Home?
Whether you’re trying to transform your garage door into a monster house of your own or you want to improve its appearance and performance to boost the value of your home, our team can help! Action Garage Door has been faithfully serving its clients for over 30 years, providing unparalleled garage door installation and repair services to the Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston areas. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a consultation.