If you are a homeowner, you probably understand the importance of storage space. Not only is it an essential part of your home and your family's life, but it is also one of the most important features for potential buyers.

While shocking to learn, an estimated 81 percent of buyers want a home with a garage space for storage. Due to these benefits, it is easy to see why the garage is such an imperative part of your home's appeal and value.
Of course, every garage has a door that plays an equally important part. From being able to drive your vehicle into the garage to enhancing the home's overall curb appeal, ensuring your garage door is functional, clean and attractive is essential. With this guide and a professional's help, you can repair, replace and enhance your garage door to make sure it’s both functional and appealing.


Repair

If your door is unable to close in a safe and effective manner, you should complete all necessary repairs. Depending on the age of your garage door opener, you may need to conduct repairs to bring the system up to code.
If your garage door opener was manufactured before 1993, a complete replacement of the system will be necessary. As of 1993, all openers must have photoelectric eyes.
Photoelectric eyes sense movement that will stop the door from opening or closing. If a person, pet, vehicle or other object moves in front of the eyes, the door will stop moving to prevent an injury.
Repairing an opener wall button will also be necessary if the system is older. Today, the 5-foot rule should apply to your opener system to prevent children from reaching the button and opening and closing the garage door accidentally.
Your contractor will measure the distance between the opener button on the wall and the floor. There should be a distance of 5 feet or more, which is the safest height for preventing accidents that could prove deadly.
Other repairs may also be beneficial. If the garage door if out of balance, you may hear a great deal of noise when it is opening and closing. An unbalanced door may stem from basic wear and tear over the years or an excess amount of moisture or debris that has built up over time.


Replace

There are many reasons to replace your garage door. Moisture from humidity, rain, sleet and snow can cause your door to rust over time.
This rust can lead to a more involved corrosion. Not only is corrosion unattractive, it can also prevent the door from closing completely.
Replacing rusty, corroded doors with a new door is important to ensure the door opens and closes properly, and it will also improve the look and value of your house.


Enhance

Replacing an old door with a new door in a different color or design is also beneficial. Choosing the right door for your home can increase its curb appeal. Therefore, a new door can add value to your home.
Consider a faux wood door that features dark color tones and a finish that resembles real wood. Or opt for a carriage-style door in classic white to complement any architectural style of home. Lastly, a new garage door with arched windows will add tremendous dimension and style to an ordinary home.
A door with wrought iron hardware, such as decorative hinges and handles, will also improve your home's curb appeal. A wood trellis built over your garage door is another nice feature. Add ivy or clematis vine to the trellis. These plants will grow over the entire garage door throughout the years you live in your home.
Updating your garage door will ensure it is functional, safe, appealing and valuable. To learn more about updating your garage door, consult the professionals at Edelen Door & Window today.