Whether you’re building or remodeling in 2014, a number of surveys show that homeowners are setting higher expectations for the outside of their home.
Good looks and low-maintenance are the attributes homebuyers value most when sizing up their options for exterior design and materials according to Professional Builder magazine’s annual Home Exteriors survey.
Great design/curb appeal was cited by 60.1% of builders and architects as the most important concern for their customers, followed by low-maintenance, and energy efficiency/ongoing cost-savings.
Planning to sell? Garage door upgrades rank in the Top 5 home improvement projects that generate the biggest bang for your buck at resale, according to the Remodeling 2014 Cost vs. Value report.
Garage doors rank high for two reasons: they are among the most affordable projects in the survey and they have the biggest impact on a prospective buyer’s first impression.
Homeowners who replace their garage door can expect to recoup an 83.7% return at resale, on average, nationwide. Steel entry door replacement is the No. 1 project.
Another notable trend: carriage house style garage doors are the “it look” among the garage door set, representing one out of every five residential doors sold today in North America. Sales in the category have tripled since 2005, when the Door and Access Manufacturers Association conducted its original survey to gauge the popularity of carriage style doors.
NEW LOOKS TO GET THE LOOK
1. Glamming up the Garage – Black is Back!
Move over white! Clopay’s new thermal reflective “cool paint” technology reduces heat absorption and retention keeping surface temperatures significantly cooler than traditional paint allowing you the brand new option of black.
2. Going All Natural.
Clopay Customer Reserve Collection – carriage house style
In addition to offering a complete line of wood doors, Clopay has introduced several eco-friendly faux wood garage door designs that have homeowners saying, “We’ll take the fake!”
Clopay Canyon Ridge Collection Limited Edition Series
Clopay’s Canyon Ridge Collection faux wood carriage style garage doors provide realistic beauty and charm in a durable, energy-efficient, low-maintenance door with composite cladding molded from wood boards. The material won’t rot, warp, or crack. The 2″-thick polyurethane insulated core provides a 20.4 R-value for year round comfort. Fourteen designs in three stain colors are available.
Clopay Canyon Ridge Ultra-Grain Series low-maintenance insulated faux wood carriage style garage door that combines steel with composite overlays.
Clopay Gallery Collection – Long Panel, Double Strength Glass w/ Arch 1 Grilles
3. A Breath of Fresh Air.
Clopay Avante Collection