Moved Into An Older Home? Gear Up Your Garage With These Updates

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Moving into a new residence is always exciting, but the purchase of a home may involve making repairs and necessary updates. While you may focus your time and energy on the house's interior function and décor, spending some time inside the garage is also important. You may solely park your vehicle in your attached garage or utilize it for storing lawn care equipment and holiday decorations. No matter why and how you use the space, updating your garage interior and garage door is imperative for your home's value and safety. Using this guide, you can update your older home's garage, increasing safety and appeal while also conserving energy.

Opener Update

Although this is shocking, an estimated 20,000 emergency room visits stem from injuries related to garage doors annually. Due to this number, inspecting your garage door opener is essential for protecting your family, pets, and belongings.

If your home was built in 1993 or earlier, you most likely will need a completely new garage opener system. Beginning in 1993, governmental regulations stated all garage systems must contain special sensors to prevent entrapment during the opening and closing of the door. This equipment stops and reverses the opening and closing of the garage door if a person or object is sensed.

Consider replacing the entire opener system or adding the sensing equipment to your existing opener.

After replacing the opener system, be sure the control is at the right height on the garage wall. The opener control should be installed on the wall at least 5 feet from the floor of your garage, since most children are unable to reach this area.

Energy Updates

Heating and cooling your home can be costly, but you can reduce costs by conserving energy wherever possible. Insulation is a great barrier of protection for your home's interior, but you can also add this protection to your garage door.

Use the following steps to insulate your garage door, preventing air from escaping and moisture from developing inside garage:

  1. Measure the inside of your garage door and cut sheets of thick reflective foil to fit.
  2. Place the sheet of foil directly on the door panel, folding and tucking in corners to hold the foil in place.
  3. Trim off any excess foil using a utility knife.
  4. Connect the reflective foil to the door securely using aluminum foil tape.
  5. If you have a second door, repeat the process to insulate.

After insulating your garage door, you can also seal the space between the closed garage door and the garage floor. Apply a vinyl seal to the door threshold using weather stripping to prevent air loss while also protecting the interior of your garage from the outdoor elements.

Curb Appeal Updates

Your older home may need a few updates to enhance its curb appeal, but you may not know where to begin. Fortunately, updating your garage door is a simple way to enhance your home's curb appeal.

To get started, rent or buy a pressure washer to clean the entire exterior of your home. After drying, use sandpaper to scrub away rusted areas before applying a coat of paint, if necessary. Use glass cleaner to wash any glass windows of your garage door, as well.

For a small cost, you can add decorative hardware to the garage door. This hardware is sold in kits at most home improvement stores and is easy to install. Add the longer pieces of aluminum or wrought iron to the corner areas of your garage door. Then, mount the decorative handles to the center of your door. The decorative hardware creates a unique style similar to old carriage garages, which enhances your home's curb appeal and value.

Your garage may be just a place to put things, but with a few updates, it can be a valuable part of your home. Using these tips, you can turn an older home's garage into a safe, energy efficient, and appealing space. For more information, contact a local garage company or visit sites like


5 February 2016

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