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What Homeowners Need To Know About Garage Doors in 2021

What Homeowners Need To Know About Garage Doors in 2021

What Homeowners Need To Know About Garage Doors in 2021

Well 2021 is finally here but what are the words to capture 2020? Yin and yang? Sadness, destruction and frustrations caused by Covid that sit right alongside the 'gift' of perspective? Maybe that's too generous. But regardless, here's to a different - maybe better - 2021. And no matter the day or the year, we're ALWAYS thankful for our customers and this won't change! But let's get down-to-business for the first blog post of the new year.

To start off, let me say that the poor ole' garage door is often the most overlooked home feature for (1) MAINTENANCE and (2) STYLE. We'll briefly touch on both.

Garage door maintenance and repair is important.

We've said it before and we'll say it again, your garage door works REALLY hard for you so be sure to give it a little TLC at least once or twice a year. If your door is newer, once a year should do the trick. If your door is older, twice a year may be better.

Are you wondering WHY your garage door needs maintenance?

Simply put, every time the door opens and closes each and every mechanism is put to use resulting in normal (and expected!) wear-and-tear. Most folks don't really think about it, but garage doors are HEAVY, weighing hundreds of pounds depending on the size and materials; therefore, the inner workings are vital to protect the door itself, your vehicles parked inside the garage as well as people and pets that may be near a moving door.

You DON'T want your garage door to come crashing down.

So the first takeaway is this: Make time for maintenance to prolong the life of your garage door and to avoid the hassles and dangers of a breakdown.

Drawing of the inside mechanisms of a garage door

Garage door construction and STYLE is important.

When it comes to construction and style, we've said it before and we'll say this again too - garage doors in 2021 are NOT your parents or grandparents garage door!

In just the recent past, garages were NOT considered a powerful exterior design element of a house and garage doors were merely basic and functional.

But those days are GONE and garage doors now are designed with plenty of style in mind. And most manufacturers categorize doors in three general ways: Traditional, Contemporary and Carriage House. Here, take a look...

Clopay short panel steel garage doors in Desert Tan with LiftMaster garage door openens for new home construction in St. Louis West County by ProLift Garage Doors of St. Louis

Shown above: Clopay short panel steel garage doors in Desert Tan with LiftMaster garage door openers for new home construction in St. Louis West County. Project and Photo Credits: ProLift Garage Doors of St. Louis.

Black steel garage doors with long panels and elongated windows, Glendale, Mo by ProLift Garage Doors of St. Louis

Shown above: One double garage door and one single garage door for homeowners in Glendale, Mo for their three car garage - black long panel, insulated steel doors with long windows for a modern look. Project and Photo Credits: ProLift Garage Doors of St. Louis.

Carriage house garage doors in light gray with windows and decorative hinges and handles by ProLift Garage Doors

Shown above: Premium low maintenance carriage house garage doors in soft gray with tall windows and decorative hinges and hardware. Project and Photo Credits: ProLift Garage Doors of Savannah.

But that's ONLY the beginning...

Garage door style is then further defined by the MATERIAL used (wood, faux wood, steel, composite, glass, aluminum, fiberglass or even a combination of materials) and the COLOR chosen (dark and light hues of every color and wood tone imagineable including factory finishes and custom colors).

In addition, garage door style is refined with options like (1) windows (no windows at all, tall or narrow, short or long, sunburst or arched, placed horizontally, vertically or in a mosaic), (2) panel patterns (raised, recessed, flush, stamped, X or Z brace and more!), and (3) hardware too (hinges, handles, or step plates).

So the second takeaway is this: Don't overlook your garage door when it comes to maximizing your home's style for curb appeal and achieving that first-impression's 'WOW' factor.

Gray garage door with recessed panels, long windows and black handles for a two car garage by ProLift Garage Doors

Shown above: Low maintenance, insulated garage door in soft gray with recessed panels, long top row windows and decorative black handles. Project and Photo Credits: ProLift Garage Doors of Chattanooga.

Key Takeaways:

  • Homeowners everywhere LOVE having the convenience of an overhead garage door with an automatic garage door opener and the snazzy curb appeal that new garage door styles can bring to any house!
  • And no matter the age of your garage door, be sure to have a tune-up at least annually - every 6 months if your door is an older model or is heavily used. The benefits? Well, when you make time for garage door maintenance, you'll prolong the life of your door and prevent minor adjustments from becoming major repairs.
  • Beyond the functionality of your garage door, consider it an essential design element for modern curb appeal. Nowadays the possibilities for creating great door style are endless with color, materials, panel patterns, windows and more.
  • Need help choosing which garage door is right for you? Just ask the pros!

New white steel garage door with windows by ProLift Garage Doors

Next Steps:

Do you think that your existing garage door needs to be repaired or replaced? Well, we can help you either way so just call us - ProLift Garage Doors of St. Louis.

If you reside in Greater St. Louis - or surrounding communities including West County, South County, St. Charles and St. Charles County - give us a try because we know ALL about garage doors so you don't have to. We're friendly and professional too!

Reach us at 636-362-6960 or visit our website to email questions or to schedule an appointment.

Outside of Greater St. Louis, Missouri call 888-754-3063.

Other Helpful ProLift Articles:

Garage Door Repairs May Be More Important Than You Think

If Your Garage Door ISN'T Broken, Fix It Anyway

How Much Does A New Garage Door Cost?

Choosing A New Garage Door: Frequently Asked Questions

More Online Resources from ProLift Garage Doors of St. Louis:

  • Want to see what's new with garage doors? Visit ProLift Garage Doors on Houzz or Pinterest for plenty of inspiration.
  • And be sure to visit our new Instagram page too!

Photo Credits:ProLift Garage Doors of St. Louis, ProLift Garage Doors of Chattanooga, ProLift Garage Doors of Savannah, ProLift Garage Doors of Milwaukee

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