Pickering Ultimate Garage Door Buyer’s Guide: How to Increase Curb Appeal and Energy Savings
Located along the shores of Lake Ontario, the Toronto suburb of Pickering is best known as home to one of the world’s largest nuclear power facilities. The Pickering Nuclear Generating Station has proudly been producing 14% of Ontario’s power for decades, resulting in 4,500 jobs for hard-working locals. And, the best part is — this electricity is emissions-free, allowing us to continue protecting Canada’s natural resources and the community around us.
While many often lump Pickering in with Scarborough and Ajax because of its location between these other suburbs, Pickering itself is home to 94,00 residents. If you reside in the Pickering area, you might be living there because of a job or because your family has lived there for decades. Maybe you were drawn to the area by its lower housing costs or because of its views of Lake Ontario.
Whether you live in a detached house or a townhome in Pickering, you likely know that home improvement projects are a fact of daily life for any homeowner. The longer you live in your home, the more likely it is that you’ll want to make improvements. One home improvement that many homeowners overlook or put off is a garage door replacement.
Even though a large number of homeowners rely on their garage door as their primary entry and exit point for their home, most don’t actually pay attention to their garage door until it breaks or starts to become an eyesore. Then, they’re left to find and install a replacement as quickly as possible.
Wondering how to choose a garage door? When it comes to residential garage doors, today’s market offers a wide variety of styles and materials designed for beauty and functionality. So how do you decide on the best door for you?
Selling Your Pickering Home: Why Your Garage Door Is One of the Best Ways to Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal
One of the big reasons many homeowners decide to replace their garage door is to increase their home’s curb appeal. The term “curb appeal” is a real estate term that has come to refer to how a home looks from the street. It’s often tossed around when a house is for sale because the way a home looks on the outside has a huge impact on a potential buyer’s interest in what’s on the inside.
A relatively simple and inexpensive way to quickly improve your home’s curb appeal is to purchase a new garage door. Besides making your home more appealing to potential buyers, this change is also a great way to increase the value of your home.
According to U.S. News & World Report, four out of the five home improvement projects with the greatest ROI happen on the exterior of the home. In fact, a new garage door yields an 90% return on investment. If you plan to sell your home, you’ll see a return of at least 85% of what you spent on your door.
The point of those numbers is simple: If your home is for sale or you’re planning to put it on the market soon, it’s important to focus much of your time and effort on your home’s exterior. Sure, an updated bathroom or new carpet can be appealing to some buyers, but if people aren’t drawn to your home by what’s outside, the things you’ve done inside just aren’t going to matter.
Besides those numbers, many homeowners who are considering selling their home don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on a major renovation or remodelling project. As a result, they need to find ways to improve their home’s curb appeal without breaking the bank. That’s why installing new garage doors is a great option. Besides offering a high ROI once you’ve sold a home, it’s a relatively smaller investment up front.
Curb appeal only has a monetary value if you’re planning to sell your home, but even if you’re planning to stay put for years to come, there’s something to be said for taking pride in your home’s appearance. Putting the time and money into keeping your home looking beautiful — even if you have no intention of moving — shows your family and even your neighbours that you care.
A new garage door can also go a long way to take your home from good to great. For example, replacing an older vinyl door with a wood composite door will give your home a more elegant appearance. It will also keep your home operating efficiently, protecting your family and providing comfort for years to come.
Increase Curb Appeal at a Great Value
A new garage door is a simple way to improve your home’s curb appeal because today’s garage door manufacturers offer a wide variety of options to customize the look of a door. Rather than purchasing a cookie-cutter door that looks the same as their next-door neighbour’s and the one down the street, today’s homeowners can get creative and personalize their garage door to match the architecture of their home — as well as their personalities.
Sure, this variety can be great, but it can also be overwhelming, especially if you’ve never purchased a garage door before. Understanding what you’re looking for and what kind of door is right for you will take a little bit of shopping before you can narrow down the selection. Let us help you cut through all the information and break this decision into more manageable choices.
Before you select a garage door for your home, ask yourself the following questions.
1. What’s It Made Of?
Garage doors can be made from different materials, including steel, wood and aluminum. At Scarboro Garage Doors, we sell 3-layer insulated steel and aluminum doors because these materials hold up well in our cold Canadian climate, and they’re a great choice if you’re looking for a beautiful door on a budget.
Steel garage doors are manufactured using 3-layer construction that combines 2 layers of steel skins that are protected through a layered coating system, including a hot-dipped galvanized layer, a protective metal oxide pretreatment and a baked-on primer and top coat. Thermal break separates the interior from the exterior skin to improve energy efficiency and comfort. You can further increase the insulation and strength by installing garage doors featuring Intellicore® insulation technology. Clopay’s Intellicore is a proprietary polyurethane foam that is injected into a garage door, expanding to fill the entire structure. The result is a door with incredible strength and durability. Its dense insulation also produces a quieter door, while its industry-leading R-values (up to 20.4) provide year-round comfort and improved energy efficiency — a great option if you live on a busy street or in an area with a lot of noise.
2. What Colour Do I Want?
One of the great things about steel and aluminum doors is that they come in a wide variety of colour and finish options. You can even choose a steel door with Ultra-Grain®, Clopay’s exclusive faux wood grain finish. We love these doors because they provide the classy look of a traditional wood garage door without the maintenance or cost associated with wood.
3. Should I Add Decorative Features?
Once you’ve selected the material and colour you want for your door, it’s time to think about decorative features. Windows can be a great way to improve the look of any garage door. While it was once believed that having windows in your garage door was a safety hazard — tempting thieves to peruse your belongings before helping themselves — today’s garage door windows are high up and discourage any Peeping Toms from taking a look inside.
You can also select short or long panels to give the door some detailing. Panelled doors are a more traditional option for a traditional home or a homeowner with a tight budget. They can add visual appeal without breaking the bank.
If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, you can also purchase decorative hardware for your door. This hardware looks especially nice if you opt for a carriage house-style garage door because it makes the door look like an old-fashioned outward swinging door — even though it’s actually a modern overhead model. While the handles and hinges won’t necessarily be functional, they can add a traditional look to your door that will make it stand out against the others in the neighbourhood.
4. Should I Invest in an Insulated Garage Door?
Insulated garage doors are a great option for any home with an attached garage, especially if you have living space such as a bedroom or bonus room located directly over your garage. If you opt for an insulated door, you’ll be purchasing a model with multiple layers, ensuring additional durability as well as comfort. While an insulated door isn’t a must, we recommend it for any Pickering homeowners with an attached garage. An insulated garage door can make a difference in the interior temperature of your home as well as your home’s overall energy efficiency.
An insulated garage door is also a must for anyone who uses their garage as a workshop or for additional interior living space. While it’s not the same as a wall, an insulated garage door that seals properly can help keep temperatures in the garage more comfortable, especially if you have a heater or fan that runs when you’re using the space.
Energy Savings With an Insulated Garage Door
One of the big questions people often ask when they’re in the market for a new garage door is: Do insulated garage doors really help improve your home’s energy efficiency? And the answer is: Yes, they absolutely do. But to get the most out of an insulated garage door, it’s important to understand what it is and how it works.
An insulated garage door is comprised of a layer of insulation surrounded by layers of steel. These layers are crafted to provide extra protection that prevents outside air — hot or cold — from passing through the garage door and entering into the home. This feature is a big deal because the average garage door accounts for at least 1/3 of a home’s facade. That’s a lot of space to leave without insulation, especially during Canada’s cold winter months.
Insulated garage doors are measured by their R-Value, which is the industry’s way of referring to how well a door blocks heat from entering the interior of your home. Higher R-values are better because the higher the number, the slower the transmission of heat from outdoors to indoors. So when you’re selecting an insulated garage door, pay attention to the doors’ R-values.
When you purchase an insulated garage door, you’ll increase your home’s energy efficiency, the comfort of your family and, in many cases, the money in your savings. How?
1. Lower Energy Costs
Insulated garage doors help to make a home more energy efficient. In other words, these doors act as a barrier between indoors and out. In the summertime, this quality means the doors slow the flow of warm air into your home. In the winter, it means cold air is kept at bay.
When you prevent exterior temperatures from infiltrating your home, your home’s heating and cooling system doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain a comfortable interior environment. When your HVAC system isn’t working as hard, it’s not using as much energy. When it’s not using as much energy, you’re saving money.
However, don’t make the mistake of thinking that your garage door is the only way to improve your home’s energy efficiency along with your utility costs. An insulated garage door can’t make up for a poorly insulated home. If you’re serious about improving your home’s energy efficiency, go beyond a new garage door. Repair holes and the spots where air is leaking into your home. Repair or update old windows. Add insulation in your crawlspace and attic.
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2. Protected Valuables
Most homeowners use their garage to store at least one vehicle, as well as lawn mowers and other yard equipment. While an insulated garage door isn’t going to keep your garage the same temperature as the interior of your home, it will prevent extreme outside temperatures from coming in, ultimately protecting the valuables stored in the garage. This characteristic is especially important during winter months because extreme cold can damage the engines of cars and lawn mowers if they aren’t being used frequently.
Insulated doors are made of solid-core insulation that’s surrounded by an exterior and interior steel layer. This construction — which is different from non-insulated doors — makes insulated doors more durable. Their increased durability means your garage door is less likely to sustain damage from wind, weather or a teenager playing basketball in the driveway.
The strongest option is our Intellicore insulated garage door sections that are nearly twice as strong as a polystyrene door section of the same thickness. This enahanced rigidity provides greater resistance to everyday wear and tear. Broadly speaking, a Clopay door with Intellicore will look better and last longer when faced with the challenges the neighborhood or weather throws at it.
4. Added Value
Because a new garage door offers such a large return on investment, you’ll likely make back most of what you spend, even if you spring for a more expensive door. Besides that, an insulated door — and a garage with a more even temperature — will keep the temperature of the rooms around your garage comfortable as well. That way, if you have a bedroom or bonus room over the garage, it can become a comfortable living space rather than a room to be avoided.
In some cases, an insulated garage door also opens up the option to turn a garage into additional living space, making it comfortable enough to turn the room into a playroom or gym.
Besides adding to your home’s value with an increase in usable living space, an insulated garage door can also reduce the ambient outside noise filtering into your home. Since insulated doors have more layers of material in them, the noise from the street doesn’t filter through as easily. These doors can keep your home a comfortable and quiet oasis, even in a bustling suburb.
Doors for Every Style Home
Sure, traditional panelled steel doors are a popular option with Pickering residents. They look good and hold up well in our colder climate. But if you’re looking to kick it up a notch or give your home’s exterior a makeover, you might want to consider one of these Clopay garage doors.
1. Modern/Contemporary Garage Door
Clopay’s Modern Steel™ Collection offers crisp, clean lines that complement mid-century modern homes as well as more modern architecture. If you’re looking to update your home’s exterior, consider one of the modern garage doors from this collection. When you select a door from this series, you can choose from 13 different colour finishes, as well as long- or short-design windows.
2. Carriage-Style Garage Door
COACHMAN® Collection doors offer the traditional beauty of an old-fashioned carriage house with the modern convenience of an overhead garage door. We love these doors because they look great on so many different styles of homes, and their 4-layer steel construction can be customized with a variety of paint colours. These doors are also fun because you can add decorative hardware or cross pieces to give them a more rustic, nostalgic look.
3. Steel — Wood Composite Door
Clopay’s Canyon Ridge® Limited Edition Series doors are similar to the carriage-style models we mentioned above, but these unique doors are so special that we just had to talk about them on their own. Constructed using an Intellicore®insulated steel base, these doors are then covered with a wood composite overlay. The result is an insulated solution that’s made of steel but has the look of a traditional wood garage door.
These doors look great on a variety of home exteriors, but they’re a game-changer for historic homes and houses with a more traditional look to their exterior. And since they aren’t made from solid wood, there’s none of the cost or extensive upkeep that comes with having real wood garage doors.
Contact Scarboro Garage Doors to Discuss How to Increase Curb Appeal and Energy Savings for Your Pickering Garage Door
There’s no doubt that a new garage door will increase your home’s curb appeal and energy savings, especially if you opt for a new insulated garage door. So how do you choose from the wide variety of options on the market today? Let Scarboro Garage Doors help.
Locally owned and operated, Scarboro Garage Doors is your one-stop garage door company in Pickering. Offering affordable doors in a variety of styles, we’re proud to offer sales and service for residential garage doors of all kinds. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff can work with you throughout the entire process, from explaining your options to helping you make your selection and preparing for installation.
Our goal for each of our clients is for no one to ever regret their purchase. As a authorized distributor of Clopay garage doors, we offer our clients the chance to use the Door Imagination System, which allows them to upload a photo of their home and “try out” a variety of garage door options on their homes’ exterior. This process will allow you to try before you buy, giving you peace of mind that the choice you’ve made is the right one.
You can also visit our Scarborough showroom to view colour and material samples so that you get a true-to-life look at what you’re choosing before it shows up with our installers.
Have a garage door that needs service or repair? We can handle that too. Our experienced garage door technicians will offer high-quality, same-day service for all your garage door repair needs. If you’re in need of repairs or a new garage door, let us help. Contact Scarboro Garage Doors to discuss how to increase curb appeal and energy savings for your Pickering garage door.