Your garage door says a lot about your home. If it's fresh, clean and new looking, it says that you care. But if it's chipped, cracked or hung unevenly, it's more than unattractive — it's potentially dangerous. Creating an eyesore or a risk magnet won't exactly give your house that special sense of curb appeal that you're going for.

Garage door replacements are more cost-effective than many other home improvement projects. With an average 85 percent cost recoup figure, you can get more than a fair return on the money you spend. If you're considering selling your home, this is an upgrade to make. That said, it isn't always financially feasible to do a full garage door replacement.

What happens when your door has seen better days but your home improvement budget doesn't have room for a brand-new one? Take a look at some of the ways that you can improve the way your door looks and works without a full replacement.


Paint Recover

This is one of the easiest ways to upgrade your garage door. It's a cosmetic fix that can also help to protect your door now and in the future. If you have a wood door, worn, chipped or cracked paint lets the moisture and elements in. Of course, that doesn't mean the rain or snow is getting into your home. Instead, it means that moisture has access to the wood of the door itself.


Why is it important to protect your door? Without paint or some sort of moisture-tight seal, the wood underneath can rot or break down over time. If you have a door that's constructed from man-made materials, this isn't as serious as it is for homeowners who have wooden garage doors.


Hiring a pro to paint your door can give you the peace of mind that you need. It can also save you time and money. Even though it may seem cheaper to do it yourself, if you don't know what you're doing, you might end up spending more in the long run. An improperly painted door may need a touch-up or recoat job. If you spend money (and your time) on a DIY paint job and then have to call a professional, you increase your overall costs.


Paint Makeover

Whether you have chips and cracks or your garage door is just too bland for your tastes, choosing a new color can completely transform the look of your home. This can brighten your home, add to the existing décor or pull together a whole-home color palette.


Consider matching your new garage door color with other accent points (such as shutters or the entry door). Or, you could go in the opposite direction. If the rest of your house is fairly neutral, a bold garage door color will stand out and grab everyone's attention.


Indoor Upgrades

Even though people walking by your home can't see the upgrades you make inside, anyone who comes in can. This is important if you're thinking about or are in the process of selling your house. Not only will upgrades make the interior look better, but they give you a safer door that will last longer.


Never attempt to repair or replace the interior components of a garage door yourself. The pros know how to handle the garage door mechanism in a safe way.


Basic repairs that a garage door pro can do for you include replacing cables, repairing broken springs, replacing rollers and making sure that the door is balanced.


Do you need a professional to help you improve the way your garage door looks and works? Premier Door Corp can help.