If you have a garage, chances are you use your garage door on a daily basis without really thinking of how big of an impact it has on your life. But did you know that 45% of American homeowners who have garages use their garage door as their primary point of entry into their homes? In contrast, the front door gets so much attention but is only used as a primary point of entry by 35% of homeowners.
That being said, it’s a great idea to invest in ways to boost the functionality, security, and aesthetic appeal of your garage door.
The following accessories can be good standalone purchases or an excellent add-on to a garage door replacement project:
Accessories for Functionality
- Control accessories. These accessories make garage operation easier and more secure. Examples include:
- Keyless entry – a security accessory that allows you to open your garage door using a preprogrammed code as opposed to easily-misplaced keys or remote controls.
- Internet gateway – hooks up your garage door opener to the internet, making it possible for you to operate and monitor your door from anywhere in the world using a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
- Multi-button remote control – allows you to open and close your garage doors, switch interior lights on and off, and more.
- Battery back-up systems. Integrated battery back-up systems keep your garage door functional even during a power outage. If you’ve ever had your car stuck in your garage because of an unexpected power cut, you know how important these are.
- Sensor guards. These accessories minimize wear and tear on your garage door’s photo-eye sensors and keep them from coming out of alignment. Some types also offer protection against water damage and UV interference.
Accessories for Aesthetics
Whether they’re front-facing or not, garage doors are a dominant feature that commands plenty of curb appeal, which is why it’s a pity that some homeowners put so little thought into how they look. Bring your boring garage door days to an end with the following accessories:
- Simulated windows. Often made of opaque Plexiglas, highly reflective faux windows break up the monotony of plain garage doors. They are compatible with most garage door materials and can be made to suit a wide range of architectural styles.
- Decorative hardware. Decorative hardware kits make for quick, high-impact, and easy-to-DIY garage door upgrades. Examples of hardware included in these kits are dummy strap hinges, door lift handles, and faux door pulls.
Before you head out to purchase and install any of these accessories, it will be worth your while to consult our garage door specialists to check if the products you want are compliant with local building codes. And even if you’re just thinking of installing decorative accents, it’s a good idea to do your research first and maybe even visit our showroom so you can have a clear picture of what will work best with your home. We will be happy to assist you in anyway. Call us today!
Jeff Varney, the Vice President of Automatic Garage Door Co., is an expert in residential installation, service and sales, and also manages the company’s advertising and marketing efforts. In his free time, he serves as a high school and youth wrestling coach at North Royalton.