Let's hear it for new garage doors. Studies show that replacement garage door cost versus return on investment (ROI), consistently ranks at the top for home improvement projects.
The most recent study by Remodeling magazine, confirms that replacing a garage door reaps a 98 percent return on investment. Yes, garage doors are the number one ROI for home upgrades. That's almost as good as leaving your money under the mattress. But in this case, you're also improving the curb appeal of your home and an additional perk to attract the right buyer should your home be listed for sale.
We should also mention that new garage doors can add to your garage security and provide insulated comfort for those winter man-cave projects.
The Cost vs. Value Report is an annual listing of popular home remodeling projects in the U.S. as a tool for the building trades and real estate professions.
By comparison, the ROI for a deck addition is 83%, while a minor kitchen remodel came in at 81% and 74% for new vinyl windows.
So the next time you're thinking of remodeling your house, a new garage door might be a safer, more attractive investment alternative than keeping your money in a piggy bank or under a mattress.
Garage Door System Safety - An Automatic Decision
A garage door is the largest moving object in the home. They are often operated by electric door openers. Proper installation, operation, and maintenance and testing are necessary to provide safe, trouble-free operation. An improperly adjusted garage door or automatic opener can exert deadly force when the door closes. This could lead to serious injury or death from being hit by a closing garage door or from being trapped under the door.
Safety is Everyone's Business
A few simple precautions can protect your family and friends from potential harm. Please take a few minutes to read the following safety and maintenance information. Refer to your garage door and opener's manual for details specific to the model you own. Then check the operation of your garage door and automatic opener.
Garage Door Openers are not Toys
DO NOT stand or walk under a moving door! Do not let children or adults play "beat the door". It is dangerous and can result in serious injury or death. Adults should set a good example. Know how to use the emergency release, in case someone is pinned by the door.
DO NOT let children play with or use the transmitters or remote controls. Always place and store them out of the reach of children.
The pushbutton wall control should be out of the reach of children (at least 5 feet from the floor) and away from all moving parts. Mount and use the button where you can clearly see the moving garage door.
Teach Your Children About Garage Door and Opener Safety
Garage door openers are not toys. Careless operation and allowing children to play with or use garage door opener controls can lead to tragic results. Discuss garage door safety with your children. Explain the danger of being trapped under the door.
When using the pushbutton or transmitter, keep the door in sight until it completely stops moving. Teach children never to play under or near an open garage door.
Teach children to keep their hands and fingers clear of section joints, hinges, tracks, springs and other door parts. Contact with a moving door or its hardware could cause serious injury. These injuries can also happen with garage doors that don't have automatic openers.
Routine Maintenance Can Prevent Tragedies
Take a few minutes to inspect and test your complete garage door system. Make monthly inspection and testing a part of your regular routine. Safety is everyone's business. Make garage door and garage door opener safety automatic in your home.
Monthly Maintenance Checklist for garage door and opener
Visual Inspection Springs, Rollers, Pulleys, Cables, and Track
Force Setting Test
Additional Safety Devices
Consult owner's manual for additional recommended maintenance for your models of door and opener. Or contact the professions at Aurburn Garage Doors.
Garage Door Opener Safety - An Automatic Decision
This important information is provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Safety Counsel and the Industry Coalition for Automatic Garage Door Opener Safety.