Garage Door Update- Is it Time to Repaint or Replace?


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A garage door typically takes up about a third of the home’s front façade. So, when it’s starting to look rough, the whole exterior suffers.


You know you want to do something about this ASAP. But you’re not 100% sure how you’re going to do it. Will a simple coat of paint fix the problem? Or is it time to upgrade the whole door and the opener?


Today we will explore the pros and cons of each, so you can decide what’s best for your home.


Pro, Replace: Major Style Upgrade

You can completely revamp your home exterior with today’s custom garage doors in a wide variety of styles and designs. You’re not just changing or updating the colour, you’re completely changing the look and feel of your exterior.


You can add a new coach house door to give your home a country-feel and rugged exterior, while still looking modern and chic. Or you can add windows in any pattern you like. This makes for a much more stylish and interesting exterior, while bringing more natural light into the interior.


This is why people who are selling their home and update their door can expect one of the highest ROIs of any home improvement project.


Pro, Paint: Cheap and (Sometimes) Easy

You can essentially rebrand your home exterior inexpensively with a few coats of a new colour. You can save even more money if you decide to do the work yourself. However, try to remember that doing the job right is tricky and may stretch over a whole weekend.


You also need to make sure you do it on a good weather day with no rain.


Pro, Replace: More Convenience

You can also upgrade your garage door opener to one of today’s Wi-Fi-enabled openers. This gives you the ability to control your garage door remotely with a mobile app. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities. 


First of all, you’re adding more security to your home, as you will no longer be leaving your remote in your car where thieves can steal it.


Second of all, you will get push notifications of any activity on the door. This means you will get alerts when someone is trying to break in through the garage.


Being able to open and close your door remotely with your phone also means no more panicked moments of “Shoot, did I remember to lock the garage” while you’re out of town or on vacation.


Con, Repaint: None of The Above Upgrades

A paint job is a paint job. It’s going to look better. But it’s not going to function any better or bring anything new to the table.It’s more of an update than an upgrade.


Con, Repaint: More Temporary and Superficial 

The risk you always run is “How long until I have to do this again?” The finish on a new door is going to be more durable than a coat of paint, and stand up better to fading and cracking.


A new door is likely going to look better, and hold that look much longer.


If you’re weighing the two options, ask yourself why you’re doing this. If you’re looking to sell the home, a new door is almost always the best choice. However, if you just want a quick cosmetic improvement, you may be able to get away with painting. 


However, keep in mind that if you pay a painter to do it for you, you might as well spring for the new door.