Curb appeal can play an important role in determining the value of your home. If you are interested in improving the appearance of your home's exterior, the easiest way to accomplish this task is to invest in some garage door updates. Making your garage door more efficient and attractive will help you add value to your home.
Here are three simple garage door updates you can try in the future.
1. Use gel stain to change the color of your garage door.
High-end homes often have garage doors made to look like wood. You can easily give your own aluminum door a faux wood finish by using a bit of gel stain.
Begin by using a pressure washer to thoroughly clean the surface of your garage door. Once the water has dried, begin applying the gel stain using a paintbrush. Work one section of the garage door at a time, following the pattern of your door.
Let the gel stain dry completely, and enjoy the look of a wood garage door for a fraction of the cost.
2. Add insulation to your garage door.
While the addition of insulation might not change the appearance of your garage door, it will make your home more energy efficient. There are many types of insulation available on the market today, ranging from fiberglass batting to reflective foils.
To determine which type of insulation is best suited to meet your energy needs, consider how much temperature fluctuation exists in your climate. If the temperature gets both very high and very low, you will want to look for an insulation with a higher R-value.
Once you have purchased your insulation, simple use an adhesive to attach the insulation to the interior of your garage door. This will ensure that your garage stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer, reducing your energy costs over time.
3. Paint faux windows on your garage door.
Windows are typically found in expensive garage doors. You can give the illusion that your existing doors are more expensive than they really are by using paint to create faux windows. To complete this project, you will need some glossy black paint, painter's tape, a tape measure, and a sealer.
Begin by measuring where you want your windows to be on your garage door. Outline each window area with painter's tape to ensure that your window outline is clean once it has been painted.
Allow the paint to dry, remove the tape, and spray a coat of sealer over the top to lock the paint in place. The result is a garage door that has the high-end look of a carriage door without the expense of investing in a new door.
Taking the time to upgrade your garage door through gel stain, insulation, or faux windows can help you increase the value of your home.