Whether you have a 40 year old wooden garage door that’s on its’ last leg, or a fairly new steel door; your garage door needs paint for several reasons.
Cedar faced, or wooden style garage doors are becoming more and more popular. These doors should be stained and sealed at a minimum of once every two years. Just like a wooden fence, if you don’t stain it, it will rot and fall apart over time- except in this case, the wood is right above your car and is a moving component. Steel garage doors should be painted at a minimum of once every ten years. To protect the enamel, and prevent corrosion between the panels, it is important that you paint your steel garage door about as often as you paint your home.
A gallon of paint or stain can make a huge difference in the appearance of your home. Whether you decide to use the color to contrast your existing trim of the house, or go with a unique design, your home will be transformed. Note: Be sure to check with your local HOA and city regulations first.
Preventing rot, corrosion, an exposure are important as well. Especially with wooden garage doors, maintenance such as painting can triple the life of your door. Once the wood or steel begins to split or rot, the hinges, struts, and other components begin to pull loose.
This is probably the one that you really care about. An article was published in the Dallas Morning News a few years back that revealed that Garage Door Refinishing recouped 83% of a homeowners investment on average. This was the 3rd highest return on investment of all home renovation projects. In other words, when you go to sell your house, you can expect the value to have gone up by 83% of however much spent to update, refinish, or replace your new garage door!
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By Nick McGregor