5 Benefits of a Garage Door Replacement

Replacing an old, battered garage door can do wonders for your home’s curb appeal. While a garage door replacement may not be the most enticing home improvement project, it can provide major return on investment. Replacing an old garage door with a new one can almost pay for itself come time for resale.

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Garage Door Replacement

Are you considering investing in a new garage door? There are many benefits of replacing your garage door. Here are the top five advantages of a garage door replacement:

Attractive Appearance.

Replacing an old garage door with an updated style can do wonders for curb appeal. After all, depending on the design of your home, a garage door can take up a substantial amount of your home’s exterior. The right garage door can help to create an inviting and attractive exterior. Luckily, garage doors are available in several colors, finishes, and styles to suit any home. Since there are many garage door styles to choose from, it is important to choose a door that represents your personal style and blends in with the rest of the home.

Higher Return on Investment.

While kitchens and bathrooms might be the most popular renovation projects among homeowners, they don’t necessary provide the best return on your investment. According to Remodeling 2017 Cost vs. Value report, a garage door replacement in the South Atlantic region can see a return on investment of 80.4%, with an average job cost of $1,655 and a return of $1,330. In comparison, kitchen and bathroom remodels had an average return on investment of 68.8% and 66.1%, respectively.

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Improved Insulation.

Since garages are often not considered living space, construction standards differ from the rest of the home; this means garages aren’t as energy efficient as they could be. A new garage door can mean better insulation, which can help to keep cool air in during the summer and cold air out during the winter. In turn, this can also help to reduce energy bills.

Low Maintenance.

A huge bonus of a new garage door is that it doesn’t come with a long list of maintenance requirements. Thankfully, long gone are the days of scraping off flaking paint and repainting or refinishing wood garage doors. Most metal doors only require occasional cleaning with soap and water.

Promoted Safety.

A new garage door can mean more safety for you and your family. Most newer garage doors come with photoelectric detectors, which sense when something or someone is coming in or out of the garage when in motion.

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Interested in scheduling a garage door replacement? Good news is that a garage door replacement is a relatively affordable home improvement project in comparison to major remodeling projects. A garage door replacement has many benefits, including high return on investment, low maintenance, improved insulation, and more. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us for a free estimate.

© 2017 Hanley Wood Media Inc. Complete data from the Remodeling
2017 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at www.costvsvalue.com.”

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Guide to Replacing Your Front Door

The front door, while often overlooked, plays a large role in your home’s curb appeal.  In addition, it can play a role in the perceived value of your home. If you are like most homeowners, your front door was inherited with your home. Oftentimes, this means that your front door may not reflect the architecture of the home or your personal style. Luckily, replacing your entry door is a relatively affordable way to update the exterior of your home.

craftsman style home with mahogany front door

What Are the Benefits?

There are several benefits in replacing the front door/entry door. These benefits can include:

  1. Increased energy efficiency. Replacing your front door can mean better energy efficiency. With technological advancements, new doors typically have better insulation properties, which allows them to hold heat in the winter and keep it out in the summer. It is important to be on the lookout for doors with Energy Star stickers!
  2. Improved curb appeal. Having a front door that complements your home can greatly improve your home’s aesthetic. When choosing a door, a few factors should be considered, including: your home’s architectural style, the color of your existing siding and shutters, and your personal taste.
  3. Better security. One of the most common ways intruders break in is through the front door. A new lock system means better home security. Also, newer doors are usually constructed in sections glued together, and are fused with updated lasers and adhesives; thus, a stronger door is designed to help keep you and your family safe.

Replacing the Front Door

So let’s say that you’re sold on changing out your front door and you’re now wondering, “what’s next?” Well, in some cases replacing a door simply means replacing the old door with the new. This is called a slab or blank. On the other hand, there are times when the old door framing has to be ripped out. This includes the door jambs and threshold.

Most doors sold today are pre-hung doors. Pre-hung doors hang on hinges within the new frame and often include some type of weatherstripping. They are the perfect option for cases where the old frame was bad/rotted or if you want to install a larger door and enlarge the opening.

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Materials

There are several options for a front door as far as materials. These materials include:

Wood

Wood is the most common door material. Not only are wood doors beautiful, they are also versatile and are available in nearly any stain or paint color. In addition, they can be custom made to fit any size opening or be trimmed to fit a specific doorway. Wood doors are the material of choice for custom designs!

Unfortunately, wood doors has a tendency to warp after being exposed to the elements. Thanks to new technologies, newer wood door models have veneer skins over a wood core. This not only helps to prevent warping, it also helps to lower the cost. However, they should still be examined annually for signs of warping.

Fiberglass and Composite

Fiberglass and composite doors are both durable and maintenance-free. They are a great option since they can mimic the look and feel of a wood door, while being relatively affordable. In addition, fiberglass and composite doors are durable and can stand up to dings without getting dents. Since they are so durable, they are a great choice for harsh and humid climates. While fiberglass and composite doors are durable, energy-efficient, and versatile, they are pricier than other front door options.

Steel

Steel doors are often the most affordable option and are manufactured as part of a pre-hung system. They provide more insulation that wood doors, but typically less than fiberglass. Steel doors are prone to dents; however, most minor dents can be repaired with an auto-body repair kit. Also, if exposed to direct sunlight, steel doors can become hot to the touch. Steel doors are also prone to rust so they might not be the best choice for harsher climates. In addition, they cannot be painted so customizations are limited.

craftsman style custom home with front door with transom and side lights

Choosing Your New Door

Replacing the front door/entry door can lead to smoother operation, less maintenance, increased security, better energy efficiency, and improved curb appeal. In the end, the door you choose should reflect your personal style, as well as your home’s architecture. In addition, the color, style, and hardware chosen should make your home’s curb appeal more appealing. If you have any questions, we invite you to contact us.

Outdoor Upgrades with the Highest Return on Investment

Do you plan on moving in the near future? Many homeowners who prepare to move within the next few years often feel overwhelmed at the amount of home improvement projects that they feel their home needs. Since most people don’t have unlimited budgets, it is good to know which projects will give you the best bang for your buck. Your home’s exterior is the first thing guests will notice about your home; thus, it is important to keep your curb appeal updated. Even worse, it can steer potential buyers away.

 

Whether you plan on moving in the near future, or you simply want to upgrade your curb appeal; researching the return on investment for home improvement projects is a must, especially in the metro Richmond area. According to the 2017 Cost vs. Value report (www.costvsvalue.com), here are the top three outdoor upgrades with the highest return on investment in Richmond, Virginia:

 

3. Wood Deck Addition

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A wood deck addition is a great way to add some outdoor living space and value to your home. Wood deck additions have an impressive ROI of 62.7%. Although there are many options for wood decks, the most popular choices are lumber and cedar. One of the major drawbacks with wood decks is that it requires lots of maintenance.

An important question to ask yourself is whether you plan on hiring someone to do the maintenance, or will you be doing the work yourself? The cost of hiring someone to keep your deck in good shape can get costly quick, which is why composite decks are a popular option. Although composite decks require less maintenance, their high costs cause their lower ROI.

2. Steel Entry Door Replacement

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A steel entry door replacement has an ROI of 81.5% in Richmond, Virginia. Steel is durable, weather resistant, and doesn’t warp or rot like it’s wood counterpart. Compared to wood and some fiberglass options, steel entry doors are relatively affordable. Since wood doors require routine sanding and re-coating, steel entry doors are a good option for homeowners who prefer an entry door with low maintenance. Additionally, they provide good insulation (because of their foam core) and can even save you a couple of dollars on your heating and cooling bill!

1. Manufactured Stone Veneer

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The project with the highest return on investment in Richmond, Virginia for 2017 is manufactured stone veneer with an ROI of 102%. This is even higher than the national average of 89.4% ROI. Stone veneer creates a feeling of ageless character and aesthetic. In addition, it is manufactured to withstand time; most manufactures offer a 50 year limited warranty.

Manufactured stone veneer is one-third the weight of full-thickness stone; thus, it can be adhered to most wall surfaces. Since the product is manufactured, it comes in a variety of colors and textures-which closely resemble the look of authentic stone.

 

These are the top three home improvement projects with the highest ROI for the Richmond, Virginia area. However, you should choose your next home improvement project based off of what you believe would be the best value for you and your family. As always, call an expert for any questions on home improvement projects.

 

© 2017 Hanley Wood Media Inc. Complete data from the Remodeling
2017 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at www.costvsvalue.com

Small Curb Appeal Updates with a Big Impact

Does your home’s exterior look less than inviting? Before undergoing a huge home improvement project, consider these small curb appeal updates that yield a huge impact on your home’s curb appeal:

 

Dress Up the Front Door

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Photo: Andersen Windows and Doors

We did a previous post on replacing entry doors that covers just how much a new entry door can make a difference to your home. Check out the blog post here. Entry doors make a huge impact on guests as they enter your home. A dirty, old entry door can steer guests away and suggest a negative view of the interior of your home. By replacing or updating your entry door, you can create an inviting first impression to guests.

Replace Old Hardware

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Old hardware can date the exterior of a home. By updating house numbers, door knockers, door bells, and locks, you can significantly update your home’s curb appeal with little time and effort. When replacing hardware, make sure that all of the finishes complement one another to create a cohesive look!

Consider Lighting

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Incorporating lighting into your home’s curb appeal can make a huge difference. Lighting can create a welcome ambiance for your home, as well as add security and safety. One option would be to replace or install wall light fixtures next to your entry door. Another option would be to include some low-voltage, or solar powered, landscape lighting to light up the walkway leading to your home’s entryway.

Add Plants

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Adding plants is a great way to add life to your home’s exterior and to create some serious curb appeal. New plants can be incorporated in your landscaping, by adding flower boxes, or incorporated around your entryway. Don’t have a huge front yard, or no yard at all? Purchase ready made containers from your local garden center.

Update Mailbox

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When updating your home’s exterior, don’t forget about the mailbox! Your mailbox should complement your home’s architectural style and exterior colors. A good tip is to match your mailbox to your home’s exterior trim color and complement it with a post color that matches your siding color. Before choosing a new mailbox, it is also important to check with your neighborhood HOA to find out if a particular mailbox is required.

 

These tips are a great way to create a more inviting look for your home’s exterior. If these tips aren’t enough to transform your home, it may be wise to consider contacting an expert, such as Balducci Exteriors to help you transform your curb appeal into one that will have all of the neighbors jealous.

Should I Replace My Entry Door?

One way to instantly improve your home’s curb appeal is with an entry door replacement. A new entry door can enhance the look of your home by updating its current style, or selecting a completely different door to dramatically change up the look of your home.

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Photo: Pella Windows and Doors

Too often, homeowners choose cheap and bland doors when choosing an entry door for their home. When choosing a new entryway door, don’t be afraid of choosing something fun! Your entry door should showcase your style and personality, as well as enhance your home’s curb appeal. This can easily be achieved by adding a pop of color to your entry door that contrasts with your home’s siding and trim colors. It is also important to choose an entry door that highlights your home’s architectural style.

What should I consider when purchasing a new entry door?

Do your research ahead of time. Check out some of the available options on the market today by browsing online, as well as in-store. Manufacturers typically list their nearby showrooms, where you can see what you plan on buying in person.

Consider material. The three most popular options on the market today are wood, fiberglass, and steel. Typically, steel and fiberglass doors have a better insulating power than wooden doors. It is important to note that all of the materials available have their own advantages and disadvantages so it is important to do some research on what will be the best for your home.

Choose an experienced installer. Entry doors are often referred to as entry door systems because they come pre-made with a frame. To save some costs, you may want to choose a replacement door that is the same size as your current door. Otherwise, you’ll have to have your entryway reframed, which requires a professional.

A front door replacement can elevate your home’s curb appeal dramatically and can add value to your home. Since the front door is often the first thing people see about your home, it is important to make a good first impression. When choosing a front door, do some research ahead of time, consider the material that you prefer for your home, and choose an experienced installer.