If your garage door is shaking, old, warped or not fitting correctly, it might be time to invest in a new one because it could be costing you more money than you realise.
Garage doors aren’t one size fits all, so it’s wise to think about what you need before you install one and how it adds to the aesthetics of your home. We often think about saving costs in our home with our energy and water bills by switching off lights and conserving water, but we seldom think about the garage door.
Once you install the garage door, it will be a prominent part of your home and an investment for years to come.
Here are 3 top reasons why a new garage door can save you cash.
Save on energy
As Australians, we live in a country which sees extreme conditions in the weather all year round. Last January, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, it was the third-warmest January on record for Australia as a whole, at 1.45 °C above average and it was the second-warmest January on record for Queensland. The latest news is that an extreme heatwave is about to sweep the country for the remaining part of the year and new year, and we might see temperatures soar more than 15 °C above average in some areas.
Opposing this, temperatures can plummet to 7 and 8 °C in winter on the Gold Coast.
But how does this relate to garage doors?
If your home has a garage attached to the central part of your house, you could be trapping a considerable amount of heat in the garage in summer or lose a great deal of heat due to air leaks in winter. Energy bills can sky-rocket if you have air-conditioning on and it’s leaking through a poorly fitted or old garage door.
By choosing a garage door that is insulated, the thermal aspects can keep a garage up to 20 degrees cooler in summer and retain valuable warmth in winter, which in turn will save you on your energy bill.
Lack of safety
The older and outdated a garage door is, the less safe it is and when your home can be a target for home invaders. According to Budget Direct, an estimated 2.4 per cent of Australian households experienced a break-in last year, which accounts for 231,000 people. It also only takes 75 per cent of burglars five minutes or less to enter a property with garages often the preferred choice of entry because of the lack of security.
Garage doors that are warped, unhinged or have faulty mechanics can make your home an easy target for home invaders.
Garage doors come with a wide range of security features and locks to provide you with peace of mind of the highest security. Additional features like wireless safety beams can also be installed which add infra-red beams for an additional layer of protection.
Increase the value of your property
Whether you’re selling your home or just looking for options for improving the aesthetics of your home, installing a new garage door can add an increase in value and allow you to save on other areas of home improvements.
One of the first things people notice when approaching a property, especially if it is set on the front of a road is the property’s kerb appeal and entranceway.
In an article by Real Estate Business, previous The Block winners explain how spending less than $5,000 to update a garage door can add up to $20,000 in value to a property.
At Gold Coast Door Centre, we can talk to you about our vast range of designs and colours and help you match your garage door style with the style of your home.
We can also provide a wide range of automatic openers to your new or existing garage door or gate, so you no longer have to brave adverse weather conditions or compromise your safety to gain internal access.