Your garage door affects your home’s safety, protection, and even energy efficiency. Learn how upgrading your property with new garage door installation can help you get the most out of your house!

Whether yours door was damaged by a recent storm or it’s just several decades old, new garage door installation can provide your home with a variety of benefits beyond improved appearance. Of course, if you’re looking to enhance your home’s looks, a stylish new one can’t hurt! Helping keep your home protected as well as ensuring it can look its best, putting in a upgraded door provides a surprising boost in energy efficiency, safety, and more!

Safety

You wouldn’t go on vacation with your front door unlocked or your garage door open. Yet, it’s amazing how often homeowners fail to realize how vulnerable an old or broken garage door can make their home. Doors that don’t shut all the way are frequently left ajar, and broken openers are dealt with by simple disengaging the automatic opener, making anyone able to open the door. If yours is damaged or not working properly, it needs to be repaired or replaced for your safety!

Protection

Did you know that a mouse can squeeze in through a hole that’s less than a half inch wide? Did you realize that ants and other insects can crawl in through tiny cracks and fissures? Have you ever considered that your old, crumbling, gaping garage door is practically putting out the welcome mat for pests? If your garage door is rotted, askew, or gaping, there is likely space for insects and vermin to get into your garage, and one step closer to your living spaces. Rodents love to make their homes in garages because they are dry, relatively warm, and often contain ample food sources like garbage cans and even stored dog food. But installing onecan help keep those critters out. When the garage door company puts in the replacement door, they’ll make sure it hangs correctly and seals properly to eliminate those holes and cracks. An easy way to protect your garage and family from insects and rodents–and the diseases they spread–installing a new one can go a long way toward safeguarding your home.

Energy Efficiency

Beyond the advances in appearance, modern units also come in insulated versions. These help keep your garage warm in winter and cool in summer by keeping the exterior air out. Even if you choose not to install one of the new insulated versions, just switching out your deteriorating old door can help seal drafts and improve heat retention. You may be asking yourself why it matters how warm or cold your garage is. After all, most are uninsulated. However, the bigger the temperature difference between your garage and your home, the more energy it will take to keep your house comfortable. That’s because every time someone opens the door between–to take the trash out, to leave in the morning, to go outside to play–air from the garage gets into the house. Cold in the winter, hot in the summer, this unconditioned air can force your heating or cooling system to work overtime, resulting in a less energy-efficient home. Simply having your contractors install a properly fitting, or better yet, insulated, garage door can help eliminate these problems.

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