garage door decorAbout 82% of all U.S. homes have a two-car garage or larger — and after this year’s long, frigid winter, these garage doors have been through a lot. Chances are, your home’s garage door is in need of a new paint job or a repair. You might even need to replace your garage door, if it has reached the end of its lifespan.

And with temperatures finally warming up, there’s no better time than right now to consider giving your garage door a little TLC and update its appearance.

Upgrading your garage door decor won’t just make your house look more attractive — it will significantly boost your home’s curb appeal and resell value, as well. It’s no wonder that new and repainted garage doors carry an 84% return on investment!

To help you figure out how to improve your electric garage door decor, here are four great tips.

Set up a budget

Before doing anything, it’s a good idea to decide exactly how much you plan to spend on your garage door upgrade. On average, it will cost about $1,496 to replace a garage door. However, don’t necessarily go for the cheapest option available — a garage door with a higher R-value might be more expensive, but it will provide much better insulation for your home, reducing your monthly energy bills.

Take garage door repair and maintenance needs into account

Giving your garage door an update is about more than just its appearance. During the winter, many of the metal parts in your garage door shrink, meaning the likelihood that your garage door needs a repair is heightened during this time of year.

Complement the style of your home

If you’re replacing your garage door, you’ll want to make sure its style fits with the style and architecture of the rest of your home. For example, a garage door that has raised panels and classic detailing would be a perfect fit for a more traditional home.

Choose the right color

When deciding which color to paint your garage door, you’ll want to make sure it has a “pop” factor — that it stands out from your house’s paint color. Many people prefer to paint their garages the same color as their home’s windowpanes or accents.

Or you could just do what Rocky Derryberry of Shelbyville, TN, who painted the iconic TARDIS time-travel machine from British TV show “Doctor Who” on his garage. According to the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, part of Derryberry’s garage door even lights up!

Even if you don’t turn your garage door into a pop-culture homage, there are endless benefits to giving a splash of color to your garage door decor.

Have any other tips and advice on upgrading or replacing garage doors? Feel free to share your knowledge of garage door servicing with us and your fellow readers in the comments below.