When surveying your Northern Virginia home, what do you notice first? If you have no cars in the driveway, more than likely you’ll notice the garage, a wide expanse that may or may not be siteworthy. If your garage exterior happens to fall in the “not so appealing” category, it just might be time to consider a new garage door for your home in Northern Virginia.
Although a garage door is not typically a huge concern as long as it works properly, a new one can really can spruce up the “look” of your home. The following tips outline questions to ask to help you determine the garage door that will best suit your needs and those of your Northern Virginia home.
- Think Materials – Steel, Fiberglass, Wood, Aluminum, Windows or Not? Remember that windows can be more easily broken and increase the ability to “see” what is in the garage, potentially increasing risk of burglary or repair. However, they are more attractive and let in more light if you will be working in your garage often. Ask whether the door will be able to be locked manually as a security feature while you are away from your home for extended periods, too.
- Consider Existing Size – How many cars will it house? Knowing the height, width and depth of the current door will help you in knowing which models to view.
- Snowball Effect – Will replacing the door require a replacement of the garage door opener? Should you upgrade that equipment, as well?
- Safety First – Make sure that the garage door has a retracting feature to detect interference from small children or pets. And, as with any upgrade you make to your Northern Virginia home, safety needs to be considered alongside beauty.