From North Park to Ocean Beach, if you live in San Diego,
here is how to instantly improve your home’s value and curb appeal

By Jake Mathwig, A Garage Door and Gate Store  

Bathed in sunshine, San Diego exudes charm 12 months a year. And with easy access to beaches and world-class attractions, it’s no wonder we love living here! From mission style to ranch, craftsman to Spanish colonial, our homes reflect our area’s diversity and beauty. So, when it’s time to spruce up your home’s exterior, think beyond your landscaping. Upgrading your garage doors, gates and fencing can improve your home’s aesthetics and increase its value. Today, it’s even easier than ever to custom design options that you’ll love for decades to come.


Choose gates and fences that dress up your property  

When was the last time you took a close look at your gate and fence? Damage isn’t the only reason to replace them. Perhaps they no longer provide enough privacy or security. Or, you’re ready for the convenience of a motorized gate. Or, maybe you’re simply ready to change styles.  

With so many choices, design is really the most important part of the process. Do you want chain link, which is inexpensive but may not be all that appealing? Or, do you want something that will look nice even 20 years from now? While it’s tempting to go trendy, I try to steer A Garage Door and Gate Store customers to timeless designs and elements.


Where to start once you’ve decided to make a change:  

  • Take a stroll around your neighborhood. Does what you’ve got in mind fit with what you see installed at other homes?
  • See and touch your selections before buying. Often, it’s hard to envision how the finished gate and fence will look. Ask your contractor for photos of similar jobs to help you visualize your selections. San Diego homeowners can browse our mobile showroom van, where they can see and touch the different design elements we can use to dress up their selections without going overboard. These days, we also do a lot of custom design work in our in-house shop. This enables you to get exactly what you want, in your preferred materials and color.

Gates can add character

Gates are resurging in popularity because they add privacy while having a big impact on curb appeal. Because they create the illusion of depth, gates can make your lot seem bigger from the street. A couple tips:

  • Check your homeowners’ association guidelines. Some don’t allow solid gates or fencing, while others may restrict the use of certain materials. This may help narrow your design decisions.
  • Consider your home’s architectural style. I wouldn’t recommend using something with an Asian influence on a Tuscan-style home, for example. And modern lines are ideal for beach-style homes.

Top garage door trends that add character  

Most women buying a home go straight to the kitchen, most men go straight to the garage. Plus, here in San Diego the garage is usually located in the front of the house so curb appeal is huge.

From the high-end, full-view all-glass doors with aluminum frames to the ultra-durable faux wood with lifetime warranties, you will love making a statement with your garage doors. If you’re like most people, you probably use your garage door as your front doors these days, so putting the right type of door on the right house is a smart way to increase your property value.

A few things to consider:

  • Are you selling or staying? While it might be OK to paint an old door if you’re planning to sell your home, if you’re going to stick around for a while you will want something that will hold up. Steel and aluminum are two longer lasting and sturdy choices as opposed to wood. The average garage door sale is $1500 to $3000, and there is a very high return on investment if you plan to sell.
  • How will the door complement your home’s architecture? Simple touches such as decorative hinges and handles can make the difference between ordinary and wow.
  • Remember to discuss energy efficiency. Newer garage doors are available with much better insulation than their older doors, dramatically reducing energy loss and keeping your garage cooler in the summer. There are many versions of insulation and thicknesses for garage doors that will provide different energy ratings. Polystyrene or polyurethane core options and thicknesses from 1 3/8” to 2”.
  • Do you want to incorporate technology? Most of us rely on our smartphones to guide our way through life. There are smart garage door operators that are becoming more common these days. Being able to use your smartphone to open and close your garage door like a remote and monitoring when the door opens and closes with notifications. This technology eliminates being a few miles from your home and asking yourself, “Did I close the garage door?”
  • What styles are trending especially materials? Grey is the new white. Flush panels usually go with modern homes. Faux wood doors are becoming very popular. Maybe you love the look of glass and windows in your garage doors, but don’t want strangers to be able to look into your garage to see if your car is there. If that’s the case, consider going with frosted, tinted or white laminate windows. These options allow the sunlight in, but limit prying eyes.

Your home is your biggest lifestyle statement. Today’s gates and garage doors can be customized with your choice of materials, colors, styles, windows and high-tech accessories. It pays to spend time working with a professional to decide exactly what’s right for you.

Author bio: Jake Mathwig is a highly experienced garage door and gate expert who joined A Garage Door and Gate Store ( after a successful career in the construction industry. He specializes in commercial and residential door and gate services including custom design. He routinely works with home and business owners to improve the appearance and functionality of their gates, garage doors and fencing as well as outdoor and indoor railings.