It is possible to increase the worth of your home and its appeal, improve safety, guard your home against pests, keep a cleaner home and lower your utility costs with one change to your home: installing a new garage door or getting yours repaired in the Riverwoods area.
Common Garage Door Problems
There are several common garage door problems, and when they occur you put your family, friends and pets in danger of injury or fatality if they are not addressed promptly.
Common garage door problems that cause bodily harm include:
- Broken rollers
- Weather seals
If a garage door isn’t evenly balanced, one side will wear out faster than the other side, which will cause problems down the road and could suddenly break, causing the garage door to come crashing to the ground.
Homeowners often give very little attention to their garage door, yet it is one attribute that makes a drastic difference when changed. Even if a homeowner has no intention of replacing their garage door, making repairs and updating its look makes a difference. Also, adding a new garage door or repairing one instantly beautifies the home. This indirectly adds value to a home because buyers are more likely to spend more on a home that looks beautiful.
Safety: Family and Pets
A new or repaired garage door protects a home in two ways: it prevents a garage door from crashing down, and it helps to protect the home from intruders. A number of issues can cause a garage door to fall. Rollers can break, garage doors jerk as they open, and cables can become frayed amongst other issues.
Safety from Break-ins
Open garages provide free advertising to thieves. In addition, they provide a more discreet entryway into the home. Thieves are more likely to break into the home when it is dark, which means people can be inside the home sleeping. Having a secure garage door is an extra safety feature for the home.
Keep Pests Out of Your Home
Pests oftentimes find their way into a home through the garage. If a garage door doesn’t shut properly, it’s the perfect invitation to snakes and rodents. Rodents enjoy living in the garage because it is dark, relatively safe, quiet, they can find food, and they can make their nests with ease. Once rodents are in the garage, they’re especially difficult to remove. Snakes can sense when rodents are in the garage and quickly find their way in there as well. Even if rodents are removed from the garage, the smell of their fecal matter and urine they leave in their nests can attract them and others back into the garage. Repairing or replacing a garage door so that it will shut securely is one of the best ways to protect the garage and the home from pests.
Keep Your Home Cleaner
Garage doors that shut properly provide an airtight seal. This prevents debris from blowing in on windy days. It helps prevent mud from seeping in when it rains, and it prevents a buildup of excessive dust from occurring—not to mention pollution from vehicle exhaust. This, in turn, keeps the home cleaner. It will also help to keep your vehicles cleaner, washer, and dryer performing better and help to preserve your other belongings that are stored in the garage.
Cool Down Your Home
Your garage can impact the temperature of your home drastically. Like sun that is allowed to hit the exterior of the home’s windows, the garage can heat up the rest of the home by as much as ten degrees Fahrenheit. This makes a huge difference in the amount people spend on cooling their homes. For instance, if the garage heats up a home to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and homeowners wish their home to be at a comfortable 74 degrees Fahrenheit, their air conditioner will pretty much be on around the clock.
Save Money on Heating and Cooling
A home with a garage door that shuts properly can help to preserve both heat and coolness in the garage and in the home. It’s a good idea for a garage to have the proper insulation, but even having a door that shuts properly can help preserve coolness in the summer. Opening the door when it’s coolest out and keeping it shut during the warmest times of the day helps to lower the overall temperature in the home.
Ditch the Air Conditioner All-Together
Homeowners can probably get by without their air conditioners with the use of awnings and ceiling fans paired with their newly repaired or replaced garage door in the Riverwoods area. There are specially designed garage doors that help to reduce energy costs by keeping the garage insulated. Some doors are equipped with special windows that allow for natural light to enter the garage while keeping the garage cool.
Keeping the garage safe is one of the best ways to keep family and pets safe. New garage doors and newly repaired garage doors in the Riverwoods area instantly beautifies the home. It’s fast and easy to get your garage door repaired. Add a new color or other features, and see your home in a new way.