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RISMEDIA, August 17, 2007—According to an online survey, 71% of homeowners who recently replaced their garage door believe it increased the value of their home.

And when real estate agents were shown “before” and “after” photos of houses that upgraded with new, stylish garage doors, they increased the estimated list price of the home anywhere from one to four percent. That means a $2,000 investment in a garage door could potentially increase the value of your home by as much as $7,000 if you’re selling a $175,000 home.

You can learn about these and other little-known garage door facts (part of a “top 10 list”) on http://www.GarageWowNow.com, a non-commercial Web site sponsored by the garage door industry.

Other bits of garage door trivia from the list:

– A garage door can be a chic fashion statement. People are becoming more style-conscious when replacing their garage door. Call it “exterior decorating.” On many homes, the garage door claims a third of the facade, so it’s a snap to add curb appeal when you choose from the many different looks available today in elegant and stylish carriage house, contemporary or raised panel doors.
– In severe weather (such as hurricane season), a properly reinforced garage door can protect your home against powerful winds. Researchers studying the wind effects of devastating storms know that garage doors are often the entry point for severe damage. A strong new garage door is an integral part of maintaining the structural integrity of your home. And, during power outages, a popular accessory sold with new garage door openers is a battery back-up system that allows you to use your garage door opener several times until the power comes back on. When installed by a professional, a garage door can go up in a snap.

It’s not a job for a DIY-er. It’s a complex and dangerous task. The garage door is the heaviest piece of moving equipment on your home. The cost of professional installation is well worth it.
And finally, the garage door can be your key to the Magic Kingdom. The GarageWowNow.com Sweepstakes offers you the chance to win a free trip for you and a family member or friend to Walt Disney World in beautiful Orlando, Fla.

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