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Four Considerations Before You Buy
09-14-2017
Posted by: Kimberly Kratz

 

 Conventional, Carriage or Contemporary?

Whether you are building a new home or replacing the garage door on your existing home, always consider the surrounding aesthetic and try to match design elements already present in the exterior. "Your garage door should blend seamlessly with the exterior of your house," says Michael Trenwith, office manager of Monarch Door Company. Do your windows have grilles or an arched top? What is the overall direction of the material? What color are your shutters and entry door? Keep in mind a modern, full-view door will appear out of place on a colonial house just as a carriage-style door would on more contemporary architecture. But with so many sizes, styles and colors, you never have to settle. "Garage doors have come a long way," agrees Chad Lichtenwalner, sales manager. "Our customers are often surprised to find out just how many choices there are."

 

What's In a Door?

Not all garage doors are insulated equal. Some leave the insulation exposed. Others add a layer of steel to the interior, sandwiching the insulation between the exterior and interior skin. Some are not insulated at all. The type of insulation determines not only the potential R-value of a door, but the relative strength. Three-layer doors are more rigid, quiet and dent-resistant than their one and two-layer counterparts and the thermal resistance of the door should never exceed that of the exterior walls. "Polystyrene offers a more cost-effective way to insulate a door and is appropriate for most circumstances," says Lichtenwalner. "Polyurethane is considerably denser and lends itself to conditions where climate control is paramount." Above all, be sure to maintain realistic expectations. "If you have at least one exterior wall that is not insulated, an insulated garage door is not likely to help much," says Trenwith.

 

How High is the ROI?

Did you know that installing a new garage door consistently ranks as one of the top five home improvement projects that produce the highest return at resale? According to Remodeling Magazine, homeowners can expect to recover nearly 84 percent of their investment in a new garage door. This may come as a surprise to many homeowners, but makes sense once you consider the average garage door takes up to 30 percent of the front façade of your house. "It increases your curb appeal," says Lichtenwalner. "No doubt about it."

 

Need a Smooth Operator?

Much like the door, garage door operators have experienced an evolution of their own. From internal battery backup systems to Wi-Fi compatibility to whisper-quiet direct current motors, the current generation of operators can meet every need from utility to luxury. No power? No problem! Bedroom above the garage? Keep dreaming. Not sure if you left the garage door open? There's an app for that.

 

 

Monarch Door Company has been serving Bucks, Montgomery, Northampton and Lehigh County since 1959 and is still the only locally owned door dealer in Quakertown. With 30 doors on display and a new showroom, customers are given an exceptional opportunity to appreciate how a door may look on their house, barn, or business. Garage doors may have changed a lot over the years, but their unwavering dedication to customer satisfaction has not. Call them at (215) 536-7192 today!

  • Four Considerations Before You Buy

  • Four Considerations Before You Buy

  • Four Considerations Before You Buy

  • Four Considerations Before You Buy

  • Four Considerations Before You Buy