“Curb appeal” is defined by Merriam Webster dictionary as “the visual attractiveness of a house as seen from the street”. Garage curb appeal is especially important because your garage door is the most noticeable feature of your home’s exterior.
When it comes to improving curb appeal, the garage tends to get overlooked. Sure, your home’s walkway, driveway, roofing, and landscaping need a refresh every several years, but your garage is no different. Remember that ignoring your garage curb appeal affects your home’s overall curb appeal. With this in mind, let’s look at some ways that your garage curb appeal can be improved.
A stylish and attractive garage door is essential for curb appeal
As much as 30% of a house’s exterior can be taken up by garage doors. A smartly chosen garage door can have just as much of a positive impact on curb appeal as a poorly chosen garage door (or an old and faded door) impacts negatively on your home’s appearance. It simply doesn’t make much sense to spend a sizable amount of time and money on your property’s exterior appearance, while ignoring how up to one third of that exterior looks.
Lots of garage door design choices broadens the opportunity to enhance your curb appeal
Consumers have a huge selection of garage door styles and custom options to choose from nowadays. The range of design possibilities with the steel, wood, fibreglass, and full view aluminum garage doors available for homes today means that finding the door that makes the most impactful difference to your curb appeal is easier than it’s ever been before.
An ultra-modern full view aluminum garage door with glass panels will beautifully complement your home’s contemporary architecture. If the classic look is more to your liking, a carriage house garage door works nicely, as will one of the many appealing styles from our wood door collection.
Two more reasons to ensure your garage door is up-to-date
In addition to the dominant exterior aesthetics they provide, garage doors are an important element of any home for two more reasons:
- Garage doors are one of the most frequently used doors in homes. Therefore, they need to be in good working order to be able to handle the frequent use they’ll get.
- Garage doors are an access point to your home, so you need your door to be secure from potential thieves. Having a sturdy and reliable garage door for your home should be considered an essential. A MyQ Technology garage security system allows you to ensure your garage is secure, even when you’re not home.
Garage doors provide a very high return on your investment
Improving your garage curb appeal by upgrading your garage door represents a sound investment on your part. In fact, adding a new garage door to your home provides one of the highest returns on investment when it comes to home improvement projects. As much as 90% of your costs for a new garage door can be recouped. Obviously, this is highly beneficial when it comes time for you to sell your house.
Aluminum capping also boosts your garage curb appeal
Another way to boost garage curb appeal is to have aluminum capping added around your garage door. Aluminum capping, which involves covering up your wooden doorframe with aluminum sheeting, has several benefits:
- it gives your home exterior a clean, finished look and attractively complements a new garage door
- aluminum capping is highly durable and requires no maintenance
- you’ll no longer need to perform maintenance involving scraping, staining, and painting your wooden garage doorframe every few years
- aluminum capping can also improve your home’s energy efficiency
Garage curb appeal matters when it comes to selling your home
A garage with strong curb appeal is something you’ll undoubtedly appreciate and take great pride in while living in your home. Furthermore, when you’re ready to move, garage curb appeal can have a significant impact on the house’s sale. First impressions are important and prospective buyers are much more likely to have a positive initial reaction to a home possessing strong garage curb appeal.
If your garage’s exterior appearance is hurting your home’s curb appeal, Garage Living has solutions to help. Schedule your free consultation with one of our design experts and you’ll be taking your first step in the right direction to improve your garage curb appeal.