Show Your Garage Door Some Love

show your garage door some love

February is a time for love. While it’s traditionally been synonymous with fancy dinners, boxes of chocolates, extravagant gifts, and long-stemmed red roses – why not part with tradition and show your garage door some love this Valentine’s Day? After all, your relationship with your home is one that will last a long, long time.

Here are some ideas you can use to show your garage door some love.

Spiff up the paint

Your garage door is exposed to the elements. Over time, it can fade, chip and rust. Painting the door will do wonders for your whole house. One trip to your local home improvement store will unlock a world of paint options for your garage door. Before laying down a coat, however, it’s important to make sure you’re using the correct type of paint for the application (e.g., metal, wood or composite). Also of importance is the tasks of prepping and priming the door.

Fix or upgrade it

If you’ve been wondering whether to fix or upgrade your current door, consider this – garage doors have a lifespan of approximately 30 years. If your door malfunctions more often than not or it’s nearing its expiration date, it’s probably not worth your while to invest more time and money in having it repaired…yet again. Today’s garage doors are available in a wide variety of shapes, materials, and colors. They will also add enormous curb appeal to your home.

Buy it something pretty

Trending now: Smart garage door openers. Coupled with a smartphone app (iOS or Android), this technology allows you to monitor the status of your door, as well as operate it remotely. It can also integrate with other smart home devices. Other ideas include decorative hardware, window inserts, parking guides, and more. Storage cabinets, peg boards, shoe racks, and workshop lights are also good gift ideas – especially if you use your garage for more than just protecting your vehicle.

Maintain the garage door

Your garage door requires regular maintenance to ensure its operating properly. Failure to do so can lead to damage and may even render the system inoperable. To keep things in working order, you should routinely inspect the door and its components for visible wear and tear, in addition to cleaning any exposed surfaces to remove dirt and grime. Lubricate your door’s springs, hinges, rollers, and locks using a silicone spray. Other tasks may also be required. When in doubt, contact a local garage door company.

Makeover Your Garage Door for Under $40

makeover your garage door

Your garage door, believe it or not, can literally make or break your home’s entire curb appeal (especially if it faces the street, which most do). Being left to brace the elements and pressures of daily use, however, can really take its toll on any garage door which can ultimately leave it in need of an upgrade.

While upgrading your garage door with a midrange priced one has the potential to net you an 88.4% return on investment (source: remodeling magazine), it is often not something that many homeowners can readily afford to do.  But upgrading doesn’t have to mean shelling out $1,500 in one afternoon.

Something that can be done very quickly, not to mention very affordably, to get your garage door looking like new again is to gel stain its exterior. Be the envy of the neighborhood with a classy looking garage door for less than $40 – including brushes.

Here’s What You Will Need

In the span of a few hours, your garage door can go from weather damaged, to a classy looking faux wood paneled garage door – all without costing you an arm and leg. When choosing gel stain, you’ll want to make sure it is suitable for your door’s material type. A multiple surface gel stain is recommended.

All you need are the following:

  • Synthetic brushes
  • Primer (for steel garage doors)
  • Gel stain in your choice of color

Makeover Your Garage Door: Starting Now

The hardest part of this DIY project includes making time to prep the door. You will need to thoroughly clean (tip: use a quality degreaser) and then remove any peeling paint and/or rust prior to staining the door. If you have a metal (steal) garage door then you may want to consider priming it before staining as well.

This will prevent the door from rusting in the future. While it may take a bit more time, lightly sanding the door will aid in the paint adhering. Using painters tape, carefully tape off the areas that shouldn’t be painted/stained, tape off any hardware as well (if applicable).

Once the prepping is complete, you can move onto staining the door, so apply those gloves (it’ll save you from walking around with stained hands). It is also important to note that the gel stain dries fast! To receive the best results, you will want to work in the early morning or evening hours, and don’t rush.

Makeover your garage door starting with one THIN coat (a thick coat will only provide you with a sloppy looking coat). Wait 24 hours for the first coat to completely dry prior to applying any additional coats of paint. After all coats have been applied, seal your upgraded garage door for long-lasting beauty.