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January 11, 2018
Garage Door Colors
Here at Boulder Garage Door in Boulder, Colorado we’ve put together some insight on choosing garage door colors. The color you choose can have a significant effect on the appearance of your home. Think about it – your garage door is a massive part of the front of your house. It should look its best. Once you read this, you’ll have a better idea on how to pick the perfect color for your garage door.
Match It Up
One tried and true method is to paint your garage door the same color as your house. This is a handy trick to make your house appear larger. Plus, it draws attention away from your garage door and doesn’t cause it stand out. This can be helpful when you want the area around your front door, or perhaps a landscape feature like a fountain, to be the focal point from the curb
But, you say, all my neighbors painted their garage doors the same contrasting color as their front door and other trim around their house. This can be an excellent technique, but best used in neighborhoods where the other homes are similar or if an HOA requires it. Otherwise, going with your own garage door colors can help your house stand out from the crowd, a smart move if you plan to sell at some point.
Use One Color
More often than not, it is better to paint your garage door all one color. You might think that contrasting colors or an interesting theme look great, but not everyone else will. This matters when it comes time to sell your home. A pink and orange zebra-striped garage door just might turn off prospective buyers. Not only does it diminish curb appeal but buyers will immediately start thinking about how much it will cost to repaint or replace the garage door.
Let Your Personality Show
That being said, you don’t necessarily have to keep your garage door plain and boring if you don’t want to. Especially if you’re not interested in resale value right now, you can do what you want. Also, some neighborhoods are full of houses with interesting and unique garage doors. In that case, you can feel free to experiment a bit and let your personality show, and it won’t look hugely out of place.
So, go ahead and try painting the accents a different color. Or, get crazy and use your garage door to paint a mural. If you want your home to be unique and different, that will most certainly do the trick.
We hope this information about garage door colors has been helpful. For more information, please contact us at Boulder Garage Door. We have over 40 years of experience with garage doors in Boulder, Colorado and the surrounding area so we can help you make the right choice. As a family owned and operated business, we are small enough to make our customers feel like part of the family, yet we’re experienced enough to help you with any garage door expertise you might need. Call today.
January 11, 2018
Reasons to Add Garage Door Windows
At Boulder Garage Door, we love to share valuable information with our customers, and today we’ll talk about reasons to add garage door windows. Not only are garage door windows very stylish, making your home look great, but there are also some practical reasons to consider adding them.
Obviously, one of the key reasons to add garage door windows is the natural lighting you’ll get in the garage. This is particularly helpful if your garage doesn’t have any other windows to provide light.
Garages are often known for their dark, dreary interiors. You can never find anything in there because you can’t see well enough to find it. While you can install lighting or flip on the bulb in your garage door opener, forgetting to turn off the lights can lead to energy waste.
Add Aesthetic Appeal
As much as people hate to admit it, aesthetic appeal is and always will be very important. People prefer to look at things that look pretty. For this reason, aesthetics dramatically affects the resale value. So, if you are thinking of selling your home soon, be sure to choose a nice garage door to up your curb appeal. One of the ways to make your home look extra stylish is to add windows to your garage door. This breaks up the monotony of solid panels, which brings us to our final reason.
Adding garage door windows gives you a lot of customization options. Choose from a myriad of different shapes, types, and styles of glass to make the perfect combination and create the ideal look for your home. Remember, garage doors take up the majority of the front of your home. So, it is important that your door looks amazing. Otherwise, it will simply be a big distraction from the beauty of your home.
You may think that making your home look nice is all well and good, but what about security? Don’t windows make it easier for people to see inside your garage and potentially break in? What about if a kid throws a ball at your door and hits the window?
These are valid concerns, but there are ways around them. For the most part, the windows won’t reveal much to the average passerby. Someone would have to walk right up to your garage door to take a peek in the windows. If that bothers you, you can simply choose a tinted glass that makes it harder to see.
As for kids throwing balls, it is true that glass is less sturdy than other materials. However, the tempered glass used in garage door windows is very durable and can stand up to stray balls, even the occasional rock flung from the lawnmower or downpour of hail.
We hope these reasons to add garage door windows have gotten you thinking. If it is time to replace a garage door, why not choose something extra elegant? Our friendly staff here at Boulder Garage Door in Boulder, Colorado can help you select the perfect customized garage door for your home. You’ll be amazed at the difference the right garage door makes in making your home look fabulous!
December 19, 2017
When to Replace Your Garage Door
As a homeowner, it’s good to know the signs of when to replace your garage door. At Boulder Garage Door in Boulder, Colorado, we have a few quick tips for you. Your garage door is a critical part of not only the security of your home but also its curb appeal. Knowing when to replace it helps plan to keep your home safe and looking great!
Your Garage Door Hasn’t Worked Right for a While
Sudden garage door problems are usually easily fixed. But if your garage door has been struggling for a while, it may be time to get it replaced. The reason for this is that garage door parts wear out over time. So, if you find that a problem slowly presents itself, that’s a sign for a new door.
Your Garage Door Has Sustained Significant Physical Damage
If you backed into your garage door or a tree falls on it during a heavy storm, it may have sustained significant physical damage. Once more than one panel has been damaged, it usually makes more financial sense to buy a new garage door rather than replace multiple parts of it. This is particularly true if your door is already relatively old and the whole thing could use a bit of freshening up.
Your Garage Door Is Old
Speaking of old doors, sometimes it is just time to get a new one even if it isn’t damaged. Old doors don’t look as good, and part of the garage door’s function is aesthetics.
You might think a fresh coat of paint is all your door needs, but that may or may not be true. Paint can freshen up a faded door, but it can’t freshen up an old mechanism. You could end up pouring money into a garage door that will wear out in a short period of time.
Newer garage doors are also safer. They come with extra safety features and protect better against break-ins. Security and safety are things that you can’t put a price on. One of the most notable features is if a person or pet walks under the door while it is closing, the door will automatically reverse direction. This is hugely important in reducing the likelihood that the door will hurt someone.
Your Garage Has Been Broken Into
It’s rare, but some ingenious thieves figure out how to get around the security features on newer garage doors. More commonly, however, they get into garages with old doors.
Whether your door is old or new, if a thief figured out how to get in, that’s a bad sign. Something isn’t right about its security features. Even if it’s just that they figured out the code; merely changing the code may not be enough. After all, you don’t know how they figured it out in the first place.
Now that you have some insight on when to replace your garage door, call us at Boulder Garage Door and we’ll help you pick out the perfect new garage door for your home.
December 2, 2017
When to Repair Your Garage Door
How do you know when to repair your garage door? Boulder Garage Door in Colorado offers these tips to help you troubleshoot. Obviously, repairing your door is typically cheaper than having to buy a new one. But what problems can be fixed? Today, we’ll cover common problems that may be repaired.
The Door Stops Working Suddenly
You get up one morning and head out to work, only to find that nothing happens when you push the garage door opener button. What do you do? What’s wrong with the door?
Luckily, in this scenario, it is usually an easy fix. If something essential breaks on a garage door it doesn’t often happen suddenly. Most commonly in these cases, the batteries have died in your remote. Try to open it with a different one or from the wall button. If that doesn’t fix the problem, go ahead and call a professional to come and take a look.
The Door Seems Heavier Than Usual
Garage doors are extremely heavy. So, to mitigate the weight and take some pressure off the opening mechanism, heavy-duty springs are used.
Over time, those springs start to wear down and are not as effective as they used to be. That is what usually causes a garage door to start feeling heavier and open slower. If you’re wondering when to repair your garage door, this is a big one. Putting it off will only cause damage to your lift mechanism.
Springs are easy to repair, but you should always call a professional to do the job. Mishandling springs can cause serious injury (or worse) due to the pressure involved.
One Damaged Panel
If your garage door is damaged, but the damage is limited to only one panel, it is usually more cost-effective to simply replace that one panel. It’s an easy fix and won’t take too long. However, if the damage is spread over more panels, it usually ends up making sense to replace the garage door completely. If you’re not sure, talk to one of our professionals. They’ll be happy to advise!
The Door Sags
If your garage door is sagging to one side, that is usually an indicator of an imbalanced door. The spring on one side of the door is probably wearing out faster than the other. This puts uneven pressure on your lift mechanism, which causes unnecessary extra wear and tear. Get this problem fixed quickly to avoid causing damage to the motor.
Luckily, it’s also an easy fix. It is usually just a matter of having your springs replaced and the garage door rehung. Then you should be good to go!
Now that you know when to repair your garage door, you just need to know who to call. Our friendly staff here at Boulder Garage Door are happy to help with all your garage door repair and installation needs. Give us a call to schedule an appointment for your garage door fix.
We have been repairing and installing garage doors around Boulder for over 40 years. So when you call us, you can feel safe knowing that you have the best in the business working on your garage door.
November 17, 2017
Garage Door Types and Styles
Today, this handy guide to garage door types and styles by Boulder Garage Door will help you make an informed decision when that time finally rolls around. So, if your garage door is tired and worn, clanking in its tracks, or you’re simply thinking about replacing it for an updated design, our experts will help you make the best decision for your taste, home style and budget.
Garage doors are an essential part of your home. Not only are they important for keeping your valuables safe from burglars but also they make up a considerable part of the curb appeal of your home. A garage door accounts for about 20% of the front of most homes. With a garage door taking up so much space you can imagine how a faded, beat up old garage door can make the wrong impression and even detract from your resale value.
Replacing them with the right garage door types and styles is a popular home improvement project. The reason for this is that it looks great, offers a good return on the investment, and usually isn’t too expensive up front in the whole scheme of things. Of course, the price depends on what kind you choose, but in general, you can expect a good return.
Get ready to learn everything you ever wanted to know about garage door types and styles!
Garage Door Types
First, let’s talk about four different types of garage doors. Garage doors can swing out, swing up, slide to the side or roll up. Which model will work best for you depends on the style of your home and how your garage is built.
The most common choice is a roll-up sectional. However, these types do require about 14 inches of headroom. If you don’t have enough space, there are specially built tracks that cost more but require less headroom. If your garage is the opposite, (it has a high ceiling), there are also specially-built tracks for that.
If the roll-up door doesn’t work for your situation, in the case that you need to keep the ceiling clear, then swing out or sliding doors make great options too.
Garage Door Styles
There are a variety of garage door styles to choose from these days. They are all great options, and the right one for you mainly depends on what you want it to look like and what will work with the style of your home. For example, you won’t want to choose a traditional style garage door to put on a contemporary style home. That will just end up looking out of place.
There is an excellent option for those that want the look of the old style swing doors but the convenience of a roll up. Many manufacturers are making roll-ups that are made to look like the old style, complete with fake hinges on the sides and handles in the center.
Garage Door Materials
Beyond choosing from different garage door types and styles, is selecting the material. Each type has pros and cons. Again, it depends on what you are looking for and what will work for your home in regards to the type of material.
Wood is very hardy and stands up well to the type of abuse that garage doors usually see, such as balls bouncing off it and the like. The look is very traditional and charming and very difficult to achieve in other types of materials.
However, wood garage doors require a fair amount of maintenance and are more susceptible to warping and cracking because of humidity and temperature changes. To keep them looking great, you have to repaint or refinish them often. They also tend to fall closer to the more expensive end of the price spectrum, especially if you want a real, solid wood door. Plus, the warranties typically don’t extend beyond the first year.
Steel is an excellent choice if you like the idea of low maintenance. It’s strong and secure but yet still close to the inexpensive side of the spectrum. It does dent easier than wood and any scratches will rust so they should be repaired quickly.
You can choose a thicker gauge steel which will be harder to dent and scratch, or you can even get a steel door that comes with a fiberglass front. It’s handy to have the strength of steel but not have to worry about the dents and rust. You will have to repaint the exterior once in a while because fiberglass paint fades over time. These garage doors often come with lifetime warranties, which is a distinct advantage to the consumer.
Aluminum doors are inexpensive but not very sturdy. In fact, most folks are now turning to sturdier versions that have fancy extras. Unfortunately, you have to pay for all those extras, so the price tag on this door makes it cost prohibitive for some. Aluminum is a very light material so it is favored for use as an extra wide double door so the opening mechanism won’t have to work so hard to haul it up.
Garage Door Insulation and Energy Savings
Common sense dictates that an insulated garage door is a better choice for energy savings. However, this isn’t true in all cases. If your garage is unheated, there isn’t that much to insulate against!
It’s better to insulate whatever wall is shared with the home. The reason for this is that many items that people keep in garages are toxic and give off toxic fumes. It’s better for those fumes to be able to escape freely and not be trapped in your garage.
We hope that reading about these different garage door types and styles have inspired you to choose the right look for your home. If you’re still wondering about what you should choose, give us a call at Boulder Garage Door. We have over 40 years of experience working with garage doors in the Boulder area so trust us when we say we have the expertise to help you choose the right garage door types and styles. Plus, once you pick out your perfect door, our expert installation team will have it fully installed in no time!