2018 Cost vs. Value Report: Garage Door Replacement #1 Project for Return on Investment

If you’re looking to increase your home’s value, look no further than a new garage door.  A new garage door can be a great way to increase a home’s curb appeal, but according to the Remodeling 2018 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com), it’s also the #1 project for return on investment, recouping an average of 98% of its investment cost upon the sale of a home!


The annual Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling magazine ranks the top home improvement projects by highest percentage of cost recouped when the home is sold.  Garage door replacement ranks as the top project with the highest return on investment!

Consider a new garage door for your next home improvement project and increase your home’s value and curb appeal.

Click here to read the entire 2018 Cost vs. Value report.

Statistics © 2018 Hanley Wood, LLC. Complete data from the Remodeling 2018 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at www.costvsvalue.com.

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An Old Garage Transforms Into a Gorgeous Guesthouse

By Becky Harris, Houzz

Santa Monica Garage conversion transitional-garage

Photos by Jack Bremen 

Guesthouse-Media Room at a Glance
What happens here: A family enjoys watching movies, making popcorn, entertaining friends and hosting overnight guests.
Location: Santa Monica, California
Size: About 450 square feet (42 square meters)
Designers: Essi Safdie and David Veltman of Spazio LA

Looking at this room now, you’d never guess two cars used to sit in here. This screening lounge-guesthouse is about half of what was originally a four-car garage with a little extra room beyond that. Working with the design-build pros at Spazio LA, the homeowners left room for two cars in one part of the garage and converted the remaining half into living space. The converted portion includes a comfortable screening room, a bar, a bathroom and a Murphy bed. The new glass doors on the left lead to the backyard and main house.

Ceiling fan: Minka Aire, Lamps Plus

Santa Monica Garage conversion transitional-garage

The space has modern farmhouse style. The new ceilings are covered in shiplap accented by reclaimed wood beams. The retractable projection screen is surrounded by custom built-ins with sliding barn doors that hide equipment and storage areas.

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Behind the sofa, designer Essi Safdie made the most of the corner, tricking it out as a bar-kitchenette. The upper cabinets have chicken wire grilles instead of wood or glass. There’s also a sink, wine refrigerator and regular refrigerator. The counters are quartzite, and the backsplash is subway tile in a herringbone pattern.

This shot gives us a good look at the flooring, which is engineered oak, an apt choice for a garage with a concrete floor. It is glued directly onto the concrete. These kinds of floors come finished, and this one has a weathered look with a hint of gray to match the light gray walls.

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Over to the right of the built-ins, the family has a free-standing popcorn machine for movie nights. The photo below is a close-up of the paneling seen on the right side of the photo, which conceals a Murphy bed. To the right of the Murphy bed is wardrobe storage.

How to Add a Murphy Bed

Santa Monica Garage conversion transitional-garage
Santa Monica Garage conversion transitional-garage

The three-paneled doors with crystal knobs also lend a modern farmhouse look.

Santa Monica Garage conversion transitional-bathroom

So do the bathroom’s shiplap walls, rustic wood vanity, glass and bronze pendant lights and water pump-like faucet. All the fixtures are oil-rubbed bronze. The encaustic cement tiles add a lively pattern on the floor.

Mirror: Pottery Barn; vanity: Celebration vanity with semi-recessed sink, Signature Hardware; floor tile: Bordeaux III, Cement Tile Shop

Santa Monica Garage conversion transitional-bathroom

The curbless shower slopes down toward the infinity drain along the side wall. The infinity drain is tiled and thus almost invisible.

Shower head: California Faucets

Related Links:
Sliding Barn Door Hardware to Complete a Farmhouse Look
Store Your Favorite Movies in a New Media Cabinet
Consider Quartzite for Your Countertops

What’s your favorite part of this garage makeover? Let us know in the comments below!

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Entrematic’s Annual United Way Fundraiser a Success

Entrematic’s Winston-Salem, North Carolina Support Center raised over $2,400 for the United Way of Forsyth County this week during its annual chili cook-off and silent auction!  Team Members greatly enjoy the festivities and raising money for a good cause.

The chili cook-off consists of Team Members sampling the various chilis, voting for their favorite, and buying a bowl of their favorite with proceeds going to the United Way.

A few of the chilis sampled at the chili cook-off.

A few of the chilis sampled at the chili cook-off.

While the chili cook-off happened in Sonny’s Café, the silent auction was going on in the Atrium – where bidding and competition got fierce!

WSSC Team Members bidding on silent auction items.

WSSC Team Members bidding on silent auction items.

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s United Way fundraiser a huge success!

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Why Choose PVDF Coating for Amarr Aluminum Doors?

PVDF coating for Amarr aluminum doors

Amarr Aluminum Full View and MultiView garage doors are a beautiful, modern choice for contemporary homes.  There are many choices for Amarr aluminum garage doors, including glass options and color options, but perhaps the most important choice is the choice between powder coating and PVDF coating.

High-performance Polyvinylidene Fluoride or PVDF finish (more commonly known as Kynar®) is a superior exterior coating for all Amarr commercial and residential aluminum door models that offers durability, long-term performance, and outstanding color capabilities.  PVDF coating is also superior in many ways to its powder coat counterpart.  Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of PVDF.

PVDF finishes have better fade resistance, UV resistance, and corrosion resistance than powder coat finishes.  Powder coat finishes have slightly better abrasion resistance, but Amarr aluminum doors in PVDF finishes also come with touch-up paint in case of slight scratches.

Long-term performance
Because PVDF finishes are more resistant to UV rays, fading and corrosion than powder coat finishes, aluminum doors with PVDF finishes stay vibrant and last longer.  PVDF finishes are a great long-term color choice.

Outstanding color capabilities
Amarr commercial and residential aluminum doors are available in 26 standard PVDF finish colors, as compared to 21 standard powder coat finish colors.  For custom projects, custom RAL colors are also available for an upcharge.  This custom color upcharge is less for PVDF finishes than for powder coat finishes.

Are you ready to order an Amarr aluminum commercial or residential door?  Find an Amarr dealer near you today.

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4 Winterizing Tips for Your Garage Door


In many areas, the weather is getting colder, and it’s time to make sure homes are winterized.  Winterizing is all about preparation, so don’t forget the garage door in your winter checklist!  Take about an hour to make sure the garage and garage door are ready for winter weather (and any surprises Old Man Winter may bring) with these 4 garage door winterizing tips.

Check the weather stripping.
Weather stripping on the garage door seals out most of the wind, cold air, and precipitation from the garage.  Check the weather stripping around the door frame and at the bottom of the door to make sure it is not misshapen, cracked, or hardened.  If it is, call an Amarr garage door dealer near you for assistance.

Check the garage door cables.
Visually inspect the cables that attach the spring system to the bottom brackets on both sides of the door.  If the cables are worn and frayed, they could be in danger of breaking, which can cause injury.  Cold weather can increase this risk of breakage.  Do not attempt to repair or replace the cables yourself – call an Amarr garage door dealer near you to come take a look.

Perform a garage door counterbalance test.
Checking the counterbalancing system of the garage door will make sure your springs are in working order.  Perform this test by pulling the red emergency cord on the electric garage door opener to disable the opener.  Next, carefully attempt to open the garage door from the inside.  If it’s difficult to open, call an Amarr dealer to identify the issue and fix it for you.  Click here to view a video that shows you how to safely perform this test.

Lubricate metal hardware.
The metal hardware parts of a garage door system are tough and hard-working, but these parts, including rollers, tracks, and springs, may need lubrication to keep them in tip-top shape.  Clean the metal parts with a dry cloth, then apply a moderate amount of oil-based lubricant.  Make sure the lubricant in use does not contain petroleum or silicone – try to use a lubricant designed for garage doors and garage door parts.

Add these tips to your winterizing checklist to encompass your entire home and be prepared for winter weather.  If you need more help with your garage door, find an Amarr dealer near you.

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Oversized Amarr Commercial Doors

For some commercial buildings, you need an oversized door!  Luckily, Amarr 2742 and Amarr 2042 polyurethane insulated commercial doors are available in widths up to 40 feet wide!  Below are some installed applications of oversized commercial doors.


Amarr 2742, 40′ wide x 15′ tall
Installed by Garage Door Express – Lone Rock, WI

40' wide Amarr 2742 operating, from the inside

40′ wide Amarr 2742 operating, from the inside

Outside - 40' wide Amarr 2742

Outside – 40′ wide Amarr 2742


Amarr 2742, 35’2″ wide x 15′ tall
Installed by Zeeland Garage Door – Zeeland, MI

Installers hard at work on this oversized Amarr 2742 commercial door

Installers hard at work on this oversized Amarr 2742 commercial door

Finished product: 35'2" wide Amarr 2742

Finished product: 35’2″ wide Amarr 2742

Got oversized Amarr commercial door installations to share with us? Comment below!

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Did You Know? 5 Quick Facts About Amarr Smart Wi-Fi Residential Garage Door Openers

This post is part of a series about Amarr garage door openers.  To read other posts, click here.

Amarr 860 Smart Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener

The Amarr 860 Smart Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener

In our previous post, we introduced you to the Amarr 840 and Amarr 860 Smart Wi-Fi Garage Door Openers and how they can help any home.  These quiet, bright, and smart garage door openers offer great benefits to both garage doors and homes as a whole.  Now, let’s examine some of the features of both the Amarr 840 and Amarr 860 with five quick facts!

Amarr 860 Bright Garage Door Opener Light

  1. The brightest light in garage door openers

The bright lighting of the Amarr 840 and Amarr 860 are its crowning feature, some would argue!  Amarr garage door openers boast LED lighting with a major output – 3000 lumens (200W) for the Amarr 860 and 1600 lumens (100W) for the Amarr 840, to be exact.  The Amarr 860 also casts a 24’ diameter of downward-facing light to illuminate the garage.  Find the perfect setting for your garage with six dimmable brightness levels.

  1. Quiet operation that won’t disrupt your home

The Amarr 840 and Amarr 860 boast sound dampening technology to keep noise vibration to a minimum.  When used in conjunction with a belt rail, Amarr garage door openers are a great option for quiet operation.  Amarr garage door openers are perfect for homes with living spaces next to or above the garage.


  1. Energy efficient DC motor and power conserving options

Sustainability and energy efficiency are important to many homeowners, especially for those trying to lower their power bills!  Amarr garage door openers can increase your home’s energy efficiency.  The Amarr 840 and Amarr 860 may even qualify to meet energy efficient home specifications.

The 800N DC motors used in Amarr garage door openers are more energy efficient than comparable garage door opener models using AC motors.  The openers also have a low-power standby mode to reduce energy consumption when not in use.  The LED lightbulbs used in Amarr garage door openers are dimmable and have a light life of 100,000 hours.  The infrared safety photo beams, which ensure the door does not close on a person or an object, also conserve power by turning off when the opener is not in use.  As soon as the opener is in use, they quickly spring back into action to ensure safe operation of your garage door.

Amarr Opener Accessories Suite

  1. A full suite of accessories to help you control your opener

Amarr garage door openers include three important accessories in the box: a Wi-Fi wall station to control both the opening and closing of the garage door and the lighting of the opener, a 3-button remote which operates up to three doors and openers, and infrared safety photo beams to ensure your garage door does not close on objects or people.  You can also purchase additional accessories: a wireless keypad to mount outside your garage, so you’re never locked out, and a 1-button remote to operate a single garage door opener.

Entrematic App for Amarr Garage Door Openers

  1. Wi-Fi connectivity options make your opener work smart

With Wi-Fi built in, you can control the doors and lights in the garage from your smart devices, from anywhere.  Amarr smart Wi-Fi garage door openers connect to your home in several different ways, including Apple and Android smartphones (via the Entrematic app), Amazon Echo, Amazon Dot, Google Home, and IFTTT.  Control is never far away.

Next up in our series, we’ll explore the smart capabilities of the Entrematic smartphone app that allows you to control your garage doors and lights from anywhere!  Check back next month for our next post.

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How to Repurpose Old Garage Scraps Into Cool New Shelves

By Vanessa Brunner, Houzz

When Ryan Hill decided to design a new office bar for his magazine, The Garage Slab, he didn’t want to use the same old minimalist wall shelving he’d seen everywhere. Hill’s magazine is dedicated to giving a real-life inside look at multipurpose garage spaces, so he decided his office should have the same industrial feel. “We wanted to use materials someone might have in the corner of their garage,” Hill says.

The Grage Slab Office Bar contemporary

The pipe and connectors were bought at a local hardware store, and everything was measured and cut to size. (You can ask your own local hardware store for help with this.) The pieces were attached to the shelving and walls with 1-inch zinc screws.

The Grage Slab Office Bar contemporary-wine-cellar

The Garage Slab team framed the space with 1-inch-thick MDF instead of standard drywall. They wanted to screw all the bar components into the wall, and the MDF gave them a more stable surface.

Hill and his co-workers made the shelves out of recycled wood they salvaged from a project Hill’s business partner was working on. They cut the wood to size, put a drip edge on it, and gave it a few coats of black paint before installing the pipe brackets.

The Grage Slab Office Bar contemporary-wine-cellar

They added in a few sconces for ambiance, placed their glassware on the shelves, and the bar was complete.

“The bar is open,” says Hill. “And we always welcome guests!”

Tell us! What can you make with the stuff in your garage?

Related Links:
Stylish Bar Cabinets for Extra Storage
Finish the Industrial Look With Metal Dining Chairs
What to Store on Open Kitchen Shelves

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6 Creative Garage Makeovers to Inspire Your Own

By Vanessa Brunner, Houzz

Most of us could use a little extra space — for an office, for entertaining or just for relaxing — but few of us have the budget or room to add on to our existing homes. But there may be a blank slate nearby, just waiting to be reinvented: the garage.

These six Houzzer garage conversions have gone above and beyond the average remodel. No longer in need of a parking spot, or tired of looking at the mess that had piled up, these homeowners took advantage of their empty or dilapidated garages. The resulting dream rooms gave these families the extra space they were looking for.

Houzzer: Suzanne Dingley, Suzanne Dingley Interiors 
Location: Salt Lake City
Garage size: 180 square feet, detached
DIY or professional project?Both

A new work-from-home job meant that Suzanne Dingley’s husband needed a new office. Instead of cramming one into their house, the couple turned to their detached garage, which had become a dark and dirty dumping ground for junk. They gutted the space, exposed the rafters and pitched roof, and installed new flooring and built-in storage.

The red and white color palette evolved from this Ikea photo of a London bus — a tribute to the couple’s British roots.

The pair replaced the existing garage doors with two sets of French doors and two new windows to let in natural light. The newly insulated ceiling and floors control the internal temperature, but a window cooler and space heater help out, too. “My husband is very happy with his space, especially with his short commute across the yard,” says Dingley.

Houzzer: Rick Giudicessi
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Garage size: 240 square feet, attached
DIY or professional project? Professional

This 1930s garage wasn’t just worn out and beat up; its odd layout and tiny garage door made it impossible for Rick Giudicessi to park his car inside. Instead of using it for storage, he turned it into a tiki bar with an attached patio where his family can entertain year-round. “When the weather ends the use of the patio and tiki bar area, we move inside to the heated area,” he says.

Taking the garage down to the studs and designing an open ceiling turned the bland space into what the family now calls The Annex. Although Giudicessi designed much of the new space himself, all of the structural work required professional help.

New cabinetry, a bar top, a satellite TV and bar stool seating make The Annex the perfect sports bar, ideal for entertaining in rain or shine.

Houzzers: Michael and Kathy Brown
Location: Cincinnati
Garage size: 600 square feet, attached
DIY or professional project? Professional

Although Michael Brown used his attached garage, it became a quick solution for some extra space when his in-laws moved in. The home’s original kitchen was too small to host two extra people, so Brown had the garage transformed into a professional-grade kitchen, with a new garage attached to its side. The dramatic remodel required help from architects and contractors, but the result was well worth it. “We’ve never regretted doing this, not even for a second,” he says.

Houzzers: Megan and Rich Hirsch
Location: Bexley, Ohio
Garage size: 525 square feet, detached
DIY or professional project? Both

Megan Hirsch loves having outdoor parties, but her yard and main dining room were too small to contain the large groups she wanted to host. The garage, which opens into the home’s backyard, had plenty of room to spare. Reserving part of the street-facing portion of the garage for parking still left space for indoor-outdoor entertaining. A 14-foot viewing screen rolls down inside the rear of the garage so the family can host outdoor movie nights and Ohio State University football parties.

The new black standing-seam-metal roof contrasts with the fresh white siding, setting the garage apart from the brick main house. Since the garage is visible from the street, the Hirsches wanted something that would make an impact.

Fans, a disco ball, vintage fixtures and a large dinner table set the ambience for dinner parties inside. The Hirschesinstalled the hanging lantern on a pulley so they can raise and lower it over the dinner table, lighting nighttime feasts.

Houzzer: Nancy Rice
Location: West Wareham, Massachusetts
Garage size: 300 square feet, attached
DIY or professional project? Professional

Nancy Rice didn’t need a place to park her car, so she took advantage of the opportunity to turn her garage into her dream room: a private library.

With the help of a contractor, she designed a classic Victorian-style library, complete with floor-to-ceiling shelves and a bank of windows with a window seat for reading. “I’m a retired schoolteacher and a lifelong bookworm,” she says. “I’ve always dreamed of having my own library. I guess it was from watching classic movies and reading British literature.”

Houzzers: Michelle and Rich Walton
Location: Long Beach, California
Garage size: 400 square feet, detached
DIY or professional project? Professional

Three active kids, a pool and consistently warm California weather demanded an outdoor hangout space for this Long Beach family. Instead of building something new, Michelle Walton and her family worked with Royce Flom Construction to turn their garage into a combined pool house and storage space for their outdoor gear.

“I’m from Ohio and grew up with basements. My husband is from California and says, ‘The garage is the California basement. No one parks in their garage in California,'” Walton says.

New French doors create a pass-through from the pool to the house on the other side of the garage. Walton painted the floor with nonskid paint, so the kids wouldn’t slip and slide while coming in from the pool.

The white, casual, beachy vibe was a given for the family. “We love the beach, and we have a lot of surfboards,” Walton says.

Related Links:
Complete the Look With Outdoor Torch Lighting
Pump Up Your Home Bar for Entertaining and More
Need More Space? Utilize These Outdoor Storage Solutions

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Entrematic Team Members Exemplify “Caring Culture of Service”

At Entrematic, our company culture is extremely important to us.  A large part of that culture is what we call our “Caring Culture of Service.”  That means that everything we do is rooted in caring – caring for our customers, our partners, our fellow Team Members, and our communities.  Entrematic Team Members across North America have come together in the wake of the recent natural disasters.  We would like to take a moment to acknowledge some of our Team Members who exemplify our “Caring Culture of Service.”

Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston, Texas area in August 2017 and destroyed many homes and businesses in its wake.  While the Entrematic Houston Door Center facility was unharmed, a Team Member’s house was unfortunately heavily damaged and irreplaceable personal belongings were lost.  Many Team Members far and near wanted to assist in any way possible.  With the help of the Houston team, Entrematic’s Human Resources department set up a GoFundMe page for the Team Member.  The goal was surpassed in just hours!  Team Members from as far as Canada donated to the fund to help this Team Member and family get back on their feet.  Thank you to all the Team Members who helped out a fellow Entrematic family member!

Entrematic Houston Team Members

Team Members of the Entrematic Houston Door Center

Mexico City Earthquake
A warehouse Team Member at our Monterrey, Mexico Door Center had the wonderful idea of collecting donations at the Door Center to benefit the people living in the areas affected by the September 2017 earthquake in Mexico City.  “Everybody at the Monterrey DC gladly participated by providing either food, medical supplies or construction tools,” said Antonio Sepulveda, Director of Mexico Operations for Entrematic.  Team Members wrote messages of support on many of the items as well.  The donation drive was highly successful and Team Members delivered the items to a nearby donation facility.  We are so proud of the Team Members in Monterrey for bringing this selfless idea to fruition!

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These are just a few examples of our Team Members doing great things for others, but we are amazed every day by our Entrematic family’s commitment to our Caring Culture of Service.  We are proud to have amazing Team Members!

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