Special to NHOME
Even though they’re the largest, heaviest moving objects in our homes, garage doors are easily overlooked. But with advances in styles, materials, energy efficiency and even smartphone control options, it’s a great time to think about updating your garage door system.
A Quick Style Upgrade
A new garage door can give an instant boost to any home’s appearance. Today’s garage doors come in a variety of exciting looks and materials, such carriage house style doors and affordable faux wood styles that are a fraction of the cost of hardwood.
“The new styles actually enhance the curb appeal and value of a home,” said Randy Oliver, president of Hollywood-Crawford Garage Door Company.
Hollywood-Crawford, which has provided garage doors, openers and repair services to San Antonio and the surrounding areas since 1947, offers a tool on the company’s website (www.hollywoodcrawford.com) that allows homeowners to upload a photo of their home and select from the many styles, materials, finishes and accessories available to create the perfect custom garage door.
As a home upgrade, new garage doors also offer a high return on investment. A garage door replacement recoups 91.5 percent of its cost upon resale in the San Antonio area, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2016 Cost Vs Value Report. Among exterior home upgrades that pay off, new garage doors offer a return second only to new roofs, according to a report by the National Association of Realtors. Additionally, homeowners rated new garage doors as the exterior upgrade that brought them the most happiness.
WI-FI DOOR OPENERS OFFER PEACE OF MIND
If you’ve ever left home and wondered if your garage door is open, new technology makes checking as easy as tapping on a smartphone. Wi-Fi garage door openers let homeowners manage their garage door opening systems and even indoor home lighting by smartphone whether they are across town or across the country.
Smartphone control is available in both new garage door opening systems and in retrofit packages for garage door systems with safety photo eyes.
“The Wi-Fi apps provide peace of mind and control over this home entry point. They notify you if your garage door is open and allow you to close it from your phone, as well as allow you to let family, friends or deliveries in remotely,” Oliver said. “You can even turn your home’s lights on from the app whether you are just arriving home or you’re out of town.”
With San Antonio’s hot weather, the right garage door can help improve energy efficiency and comfort in both the garage and the home. Insulated garage doors are especially important since many families use their garage as their primary entrance into the home.
When other garage walls and ceilings are insulated, an insulated garage door can be important in creating a more comfortable climate and slowing the transfer of heat into living areas. It’s a feature that’s increasingly in demand among homeowners.
“The majority of doors we sell are insulated,” Oliver says. “They create a more comfortable and less extreme temperature range in the garage, which can contribute to the energy efficiency of the entire home.”
Hollywood-Crawford offers a complete line of quality residential and commercial overhead garage doors and openers. The company has received the Super Service award from Angie’s List for nine consecutive years and is the only IDEA Accredited Garage Door Dealer in the San Antonio area.
To learn more about how a garage door can quickly, easily and affordably boost your home’s curb appeal, visit online at www.hollywoodcrawford.com or call 210-494-3434.
Photos courtesy of Hollywood Crawford