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Converting Your Garage? 3 Things to Consider When Choosing a New Garage Door

If you’re wanting to increase the interior space in your home, then converting your garage may be an excellent option. Giving up the space that you use to store your vehicles can add much needed and ample square footage to your home’s living areas. In comparison to adding an extension, a garage conversion is simple, stress-free, and inexpensive.

Unfortunately, if you intend to sell your home in the future, converting your garage can make your home less appealing to potential buyers and may reduce your sale price. Around three-quarters of buyers rate a garage as an important feature when they’re looking for a home. However, this doesn’t mean that you should forget the idea of converting your garage entirely. The key is to convert in such a way that it is easily restored to a garage space by yourself or a buyer when it’s time to sell.

One of the key elements to creating a versatile and easily reversed transformation is the garage door that you choose. It’s important to have a functional garage door in place instead of replacing it with a wall that will be costly to remove by you or your prospective buyer. Here are three important aspects that you should consider when purchasing and installing a new garage door for your conversion project.

1. Aesthetics

Garage doors are an invaluable component of creating an attractive facade for your home. When you’re buying a door with a garage conversion in mind, the appearance from the inside is equally as important. Creating a comfortable and attractive living space means you need a garage door that functions as an interior wall and makes it feel like a room instead of simply a garage with some furniture in it.

Opt for a solid timber garage door or a steel version that has been stamped with a timber design. These doors look beautiful on both the interior and exterior sides. You can paint the interior side the same color as the other walls in your garage conversion so that they blend in with the decor. Alternatively, you can leave timber unpainted, creating the elegant appeal of timber paneled walls.

2. Insulation

In order for your garage to become a pleasant environment to spend time in, you’ll need to make sure that your new garage door provides adequate insulation. A standard, single-layer garage door offers very little protection against heat transference, which means your garage conversion will be an oven in the summer and an icebox in the winter.

Even if you add a cooling and heating appliance to your garage conversion, insulation is still very important. Garage doors are responsible for around 71% of energy loss from a garage’s interior. Adequate insulation will reduce your heating and cooling costs significantly, making your choice of an insulated garage door a worthwhile investment.

The best style of garage door to add insulation to your new living space is a three layered door. These have an interior and exterior skin with a middle layer of insulation in between. The most common materials used for insulating garage doors are polystyrene or polyurethane. Both materials effectively block heat transfer and are light materials that barely increase the weight of the doors.

3. Accessibility

Ensuring that your garage remains a space where vehicles can easily access is an important part of a garage conversion that future homeowners can easily reconvert as needed. However, while you’re using it as a living space, a standard roller door may not be an appealing way to enter the garage from your home’s exterior or open up the space during the warmer months.

A carriage house style garage door is the perfect way to solve this issue. Carriage doors are two separate doors that swing open like French doors. Both doors can be opened to provide vehicle access. A simple bolt at the base of each door means that you can open one door and leave the other closed, making it feel more like a standard entry door than a garage door.

Carriage house style garage doors generally come with the added benefit of having a series of glass panels along the top of each door. These panels will provide your new living space with extra natural light while still ensuring that you have privacy from passers-by.

The garage door you choose for your garage conversion will play an important role in creating a comfortable, attractive, and versatile living space. You may feel overwhelmed by the number of garage door options available to purchase, even when you know the key features that you’re looking for.

To get the right advice regarding the style, materials, and properties for your new garage door, contact the helpful and knowledgeable team at AAA Garage Door, Inc. With over 20 years of experience in supplying and installing garage doors, they can find the ideal door for your garage conversion.

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