Creating Curb Appeal That Grabs Them at Hello

Aug 24, 2015

If you tune in regularly to the DIY Network for remodeling ideas and home improvement advice, chances are you will see the new Clopay-sponsored “DIY Download”, a 60-second commercial offering easy tips to improve your home’s curb appeal.

There’s a lot of great information packed into one minute, so we’re breaking it down for you step-by-step.

1. Start with the largest moving part on your home.

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A front-facing garage door can be 40 percent of what people see from the curb. If you need to replace your garage door, there are many design options to give your home a brand new look.

 Clopay's Door Imagination System

To help you make a decision, use an online design tool to experiment with options, like Clopay’s Door Imagination System.

Clopay's Door Imagination System Door Shape

You can upload a photo of your home to try on different door styles.

Trying a Coachman Collection Door on your house

The carriage house door, for example, works well with Cape Cods and Craftsman homes, as well as colonial styles.

Adding windows to Coachman Collection garage door

Add windows to your door for architectural interest. They’re great for breaking up the expanse of a large door and allow natural light into your garage.

Adding hardware to Coachman Collection garage door

Decorative hardware gives the door a boost of added charm.

 Clopay's Find A Dealer or Home Depot Store

Garage doors can be installed by a trained professional or an experienced do-it-yourselfer.

Use the dealer locator found on most manufacturer websites to find a reputable distributor who is certified and will guarantee their work.

A garage door professional can also help you with other considerations like insulation options and local building codes and regulations, especially if you live in a coastal area.  They can also do the job in just a few hours and will haul away your old door when they’re finished.



An insulated garage door improves the comfort of your home year-round, especially if it is attached to the house. It is also more secure and quieter.

Clopay WindCode T-Strut

Clopay’s patented WindCode built-in reinforcement system protects your home during a hurricane.

2. Accessorize the positive.

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Now that your new garage door is installed, dress it up with new exterior lights. They should be 1/4 to 1/3 the height of the door opening.

DIY Download Final

Then, add something eye-catching … like decorative planters or new house numbers to complete the transformation.

3. Enjoy the rewards of a job well done.

DIY Download Final Beauty Shot

Coachman Collection insulated steel carriage house garage door, Design 12 with SQ24 windows.

A garage door replacement project is a great opportunity to improve your home’s curb appeal, increase your home’s energy efficiency, and enhance your home’s resale value.

Did you know that garage door replacement ranks as one of the Top 5 value-adding home improvement projects nationwide? Check out Remodeling’s Cost vs. Value Report for more details.


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