Home remodeling is at the top of many “to-do” lists for 2018—for good reason. Various home improvements result in a significant return on investment and not only add value to your home, but also improve your cost and quality of living. While new countertops or luxurious shower heads might be nice for a while, trade experts have assessed home improvement ROI across the board, and the leading upgrade is right in front of your face…or your house’s face to be precise.

According to Remodeling magazine’s 2017 “Cost vs Value” report, replacing your garage door is not only easy on the wallet but also yields the highest ROI for major home improvements. According to the analysis, midrange garage doors recouped slightly more than 80% of their cost, while upscale models recouped slightly more than 82% for Des Moines area homeowners.

Upgrading for Yourself vs. Future Buyers

Investing in a new garage door is beneficial, regardless of your stage in the home-owning experience. If you are intending to stay in your home for years to come, a new garage door can improve energy efficiency as well as the usability of your garage. On the flip side, if you are planning on selling your home in the near future, a new door adds immense curb appeal and can help set your home apart in the highly competitive real estate market. Outdoor improvements held 10 of the 13 places for the highest return on investment indicating that your home’s first impression really does matter—both to buyers and to the overall value of your house.

Tips for Increasing ROI When Updating Your Garage Door

Choosing a Style

While you definitely want to choose a garage door that is appealing to you as a homeowner, it’s also important to take into account the style of your home and neighborhood. Not only do customized garage doors cost more, but they also may be a loss in terms of resale value. Try to choose a look that is both complementary to your home’s existing exterior and in line with the look of your neighborhood. Being unique can set you apart, but it can also be a major turnoff to buyers. Check out all of the options available, and if you’re still stuck, schedule a garage door consultation to talk it over with the experts!

Should I Insulate?

Increasing your home’s energy efficiency is the remodeling gift that keeps on giving. Insulating your garage door means that you’ll pay less for heating and cooling in the months ahead. By choosing a climate-controlling garage door, you’ll keep the elements out of your garage and, by default, your home.

In the garage door world, energy efficiency is indicated by its R-value. The higher the R-value, the better insulated the garage door is. A garage door with a high R-value will act as your home’s first line of defense during icy winters and steamy summers in Iowa. Insulation allows for comfortable, year-round use of your garage and decreased energy costs for your home as a whole.


While it’s possible to get a new door without replacing the motor on your garage door opener, you may want to consider updating the entire system together. Newer openers offer the best in noise control, safety, and accessibility. LiftMaster’s 8550W garage door opener offers a multitude of features!

If you are planning on replacing your garage door in Iowa, you can call WD Door! With more than 25 years of experience, our experts are equipped with the knowledge and proficiency needed to find the perfect door for you.