Best Time to Replace a Garage Door

Beautiful Salina home with installation of new garage doors by Cheney

Why Spring is the Perfect Time for a Garage Upgrade

Beautiful Salina home with installation of new garage doors by Cheney

Do you have a garage door that just isn’t working for you?

Have you been wanting to replace it for a while but wasn’t sure it was the right time?

Many people find themselves facing a growing list of home projects and that can feel overwhelming. Deciding what projects to get done and when can be difficult. Instead of replacing a garage door that you are not happy with, you push off dealing with it until later. But when is later?

If you find that your garage door has stopped working properly, that is sure to become a high priority. And the time to get a new one is now. However, there are many reasons why you should replace a garage door that is still operating.

There are many good reasons to get a new garage door installed. Cheney Door Company has been installing garage doors for homes for half a century. We’ve seen homeowners finally get the beautiful modern version they’ve wanted. Too many times we hear them say that they should have done it a long time ago.


Reason #1: It is not functioning well.

It can be frustrating to have something in your home not working as it should, but a garage door can be a real problem. You find yourself rushing out of the house and a problematic garage door will make you lose precious minutes (that you didn’t have).


Home with outdated garageReason #2: It is ugly, damaged, or outdated.

You may have one that is working just fine, but you don’t like the way it looks. Your home’s curb appeal is important, and your garage door plays a major role in that. Just because it is working does not mean you should keep it.

Getting a new, beautiful garage door is one of the biggest impacts on improving the look of your home’s exterior. Not only that, a new garage door is the cheapest home improvement project with the largest return for your money!


Reason #3: It is low tech.

Are you opening your garage door by hand? There is a lot of wonderful technology that makes accessing your garage easier than ever. Modern garage door openers are very high-tech. You can get one that improves the safety and security of your home. Some units even have Wi-Fi technology.

If you have a garage door that you love, but don’t love the way it opens, contact Cheney to see about getting a new garage door opener installed.


Reason #4: It is old.

Garage doors do not last forever. If you have an old one, you may soon face a time when it suddenly stops working. According to Popular Mechanics, the average garage door stops working the 13,476th time you use it.

How old is too old? A good one can be expected to last somewhere between 15 and 30 years.

However, a lot of factors go into how long a garage door will last. Was it professionally installed by a qualified technician? Is it made of durable materials? Garage doors will last longer if they have been getting regular proper maintenance over the years.


Brown garage doors in need of replacement


Beautiful wood garage door installed by Cheney Just as we head out of a cold Kansas winter, this is the perfect time to get that replacement job scheduled. During the winter, the harsh conditions can take a toll on your garage door. Snow, ice, and freezing temperatures can cause imperfections in wood and paint. Waiting until after the winter season has passed will keep those conditions from being a factor on a new door for many months.

The spring’s mild temperatures are ideal for a garage door replacement. Of course, our installers will tell you they would prefer to install a door in 70-degree weather instead of when it’s freezing or during a Kansas summer heat wave. But for the homeowner, temperature is a factor for you, too.

The work of installing a new one will mean you don’t have a closed garage door for periods of time. In the winter this can lead to a loss of heat in your home and in the summer, a loss of cool air.

Another great reason to get a new garage door in the spring is simply to have the job done before the summer. You may have a lot of plans and trips ahead of you over the summer months, and so getting this project completely done by then leaves one less thing off your plate. If upgrading your opener is part of the replacement, it will also provide you with much more functional and efficient access to enjoying your outdoor summer activities around your house.


Garage door options on display in Cheney Door Company showroom in WichitaGetting a new garage door can be more complicated than a lot of other home improvement projects. There is much more to this decision than just color. You have many factors and options to consider. From the style of door, style of window, to the material and color, you have a lot of options in getting the exact door that’s perfect for your home and style.

For some, it can seem like a daunting decision.

Fortunately, we’re here to help! Cheney Door Company specializes in garage door installation. We are happy to assist homeowners with every decision along the way. We provide free consultations to help you find the perfect one for your home.

Stop by our showroom to see and touch your garage possibilities. We have options on display at each of our 3 locations:


The first step to making a new garage door a reality is to call us! Request a free quote online from Cheney today. We will respond quickly to help get you the information and guidance to start making the decisions on your home’s garage upgrade.

Cheney Door Company has been installing garage doors in Kansas for 50 years!  A Cheney garage door you get installed this spring will look great and can be counted on to work perfectly for decades to come.

Give Cheney Door Company a call today. In Wichita, call (316) 262-2098. In Hutchinson call (620) 669-9306, and in Salina call (785) 820-8366.

6 Best Home Remodeling Investments for 2021

Garage Door upgrade from Cheney Door Company

How New Garage Doors or Windows Nearly Pays for Themselves

If you are like most homeowners, you have a long list of home improvement projects you want to get done. The ideas of how to improve your rooms and spaces can seem never ending. And sometimes, determining which projects to focus on or to prioritize can be difficult.


Front door installed by Cheney Door CompanyOne of the best ways to determine which home improvement project you should take on next is by looking at your home as an investment. You would want to focus first on the work that will bring you the most return on your investment (ROI).

There are a lot of ways a project’s ROI can be calculated. You can consider how much more you will be benefited by some projects more than others. Perhaps it’s a poorly functioning kitchen or an eyesore of a garage door on display for all the neighbors to see. But beyond the level of satisfaction, you could consider each upgrade will bring you, there is one very black-and-white method to calculate a home renovation’s ROI.


Which home improvement project will result in the biggest increase on the value of your home?

Remodeled white kitchenWhether you are looking to sell your home soon or not for another decade or two, a homeowner should make sure the home improves its value. What projects will help you best do that? If you spend $20,000 on a kitchen renovation but that only increases your home’s value by $10,000, then you will only get 50% of the money you spent.

Very rarely will you ever get 100% back of the money you spent on an upgrade. But it sometimes does happen. According to a new survey, one of the cheapest home renovation projects you can do is estimated to net you back nearly every penny you spent on it.

That one home project is getting a new garage door. Keep reading to see how much of a good investment this is.

The EVER-CHANGING Real Estate Market

You have probably heard stories of how much certain projects will improve the value of your home. But what was a great investment for resale 12 years ago (or even 5 years ago) is not the same as it is today. Trends and homebuyer expectations are constantly changing.

Advice you heard on a rerun of an HGTV show to add on a bedroom or get a new deck may have been true ten years ago, but not today. So, if getting work done that increases your home’s value is important, you want to be sure you are making decisions based on current market information.

What is important to the value of your home in 2021? The answer might surprise you. We have broken down information from Remodeling Magazine’s 2020 Cost vs Value report to show you the best 6 home renovations for the highest financial return on investment. Do any of the house projects on your list make this list?

Top 6 financially smart home improvements

More than 20 popular home improvement projects were factored into this list. These fare much better than a lot of other home improvement projects. Renovations that were once top ROI options like getting a new bathroom addition on or doing a major kitchen remodel, won’t likely result in even getting a 40% return on the money you spend this year.

New garage door in Wichita, KS home


As you can see by the above list, not only is a garage door replacement one that pays off, it’s also just about the cheapest listed renovation you can do. But there is even more reason why it’s a smart investment to make on your home.

Ask any real estate agent about remodeling projects and they’ll add another reason why getting a new garage door is ideal for someone looking to sell their home right now. This upgrade won’t just likely raise the amount you’ll be offered, but it will increase how much quicker those bids will come in.

We cannot underestimate how important curb appeal is in selling a home. Many buyers will show up to see a house and be so turned off by the exterior that they won’t even get out of their vehicle. You can’t sell a home if people are too turned off by the outside to be willing to see the inside.

Cheney Door testimonial

Best Time to Get a Garage Door Installation

Many people who have done upgrades on a home they are preparing to sell have experienced a similar kind of regret. They regretted waiting so long to get the work done. While the renovations did make their home sell for more money (and probably more quickly), they didn’t get to enjoy the upgrades of their home while living in it themselves.

Whether it was the beauty and functionality of a new garage door or the convenience of an additional bathroom, getting the home improvement project your house needs before you’re ready to sell it means you will actually get to enjoy it.

A Cheney Garage Door you get installed today will still be looking great and working perfectly for decades to come. In fact, potential house buyers can be rest assured that you had a door installed by the proven and trusted Kansas company who are experts at installing commercial and residential garage doors. We have been installing garage doors in Kansas for 50 years!

Garage Door upgrade from Cheney Door Company



Getting a new garage door for your home isn’t just a national trend. When it comes to making a smart investment for your home, upgrading your garage door is one of the best things you can do in the Wichita real estate market and across Kansas.

Variety of garage door material options on display at Cheney Door showroom in WichitaCheney Door Company provides professional garage door installation here in Wichita. We also have a location in Salina and one in Hutchinson. We can bring you a variety of options to find the perfect garage door to fit your home, and one that will be the envy of the neighborhood. Scroll through our various types of window styles, textures, and colors to start imaging how your home could look.

You can visit our showrooms at any of our three locations. We can walk you through the various options you have for a beautiful new garage door. We provide a custom consultation to your needs and will give you a free estimate for your new garage door and professional installation.

Give us a call in Wichita at (316) 262-2098. In Hutchinson call (620) 669-9306 and in Salina call (785) 820-8366.

Dog door, a home improvement project available from Cheney Door CompanyUNIQUE HOME UPGRADES

While this list included the biggest projects that can increase the value of a home, there are a lot of smaller home improvements that can really improve your living space and your home’s value. Cheney Door Company provides a variety of smart home solutions that make life easier. Take a look at the variety of other projects you can consider for your home:

When you’re ready to see how a new garage door, new windows or dozens of other renovation projects could improve your home, give Cheney Door Company a call. In Wichita, call (316) 262-2098. In Hutchinson call (620) 669-9306, and in Salina call (785) 820-8366.


50th Anniversary badge for Cheney Door Company in Kansas

Cheney Door Company Celebrates our 50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary badge for Cheney Door Company in Kansas


2021 is a momentous year for everyone at Cheney Door Company. This year marks our 50th year of providing excellent quality service in Kansas.

It has been a half century of growth and adapting to change. But being a local family-owned company, we kept to our commitment of focusing on quality product and service and are proud to celebrate this great accomplishment. We are proud to be the largest, most quality and service oriented overhead door company in the state of Kansas.



1971:     Our story starts in 1971 when Keith Bomholt first opened the business. Back then, the company was operated out of the garage in his home in Cheney, Kansas. We eventually moved the company to Wichita at 145 Pattie St. just south of Douglas.

1980:     Cheney Door opened a new location to serve another large Kansas population. We opened our Hutchison location first at 818 W. 2nd St. We later relocated our Hutchinson operation to its current location at 2701 E. 17th Ave.

1989:     Cheney Door Company merged with Graf Garage Doors. This merger provided us with the opportunity to expand the products and services we provide. It also allowed us to fulfill the growing demands of area builders.

1994:     Demand for our work grew and so we found ourselves needing a larger space to serve all our clients. We found that space not far away. In 1994, Cheney Door Company moved from its Pattie St. location just two blocks east, to our current location at 136 Lulu St.

The new 18,600-square-foot site includes a showroom that displays Raynor and Wayne-Dalton garage doors and Beam built-in vacuum systems. This location continues to serve as our Wichita headquarters.

Beam central vacuum logo

1994:     Cheney Door Co. was honored as New Dealer of the Year for 1993 by Beam Built-In Vacuums, which makes central cleaning systems for the home.

Award plaque from the Institute of Door Dealer Education & Accreditation.1995:     Cheney Door received the International Door Association’s Joe Caputo Dealer of the Year Award. This award is given to dealers who demonstrate high integrity, be quality oriented, display community involvement and serve as a model door dealer company.

1998:     Our company was honored for Door Dealer Excellence in the areas of business management, technical knowledge, and safety awareness by the Institute of Door Dealer Education & Accreditation.


1999:     Cheney Door was given the Winner’s Circle Award by Raynor’s Garage Doors for superior sales achievement. Cheney was ranked as one of the top 50 Raynor distributors worldwide.

International Door Association awards2000:     Company President Keith Bomholt received the seal of approval from the International Door Association to become the only Accredited Door Dealer in Kansas.

2001:     Cheney Door expands its services by providing installation of entry doors.

2003:     Keith Bomholt received the International Door Association’s Director Service Award for his elected service in the industry organization.

2007:     Cheney Door expands its services by providing installation of gates.

2008:     Cheney Door Company received the Top 20 of 2007 Award from BEAM Central Vacuum Systems.

2012:     Cheney Door begins providing audio video services.

2015:     Cheney Door expands its commercial door services by providing installation of automatic doors.

2016:     Keith Bomholt received the Jerry R. Reynolds Volunteer Leadership Award from the International Door Association.

Cheney President Keith Bomholt winning award for volunteer service in the door industry

Making a Splash Celebrating our Wichita Community

Cheney Door Company has been a big supporter of the communities we provide service to. Having been in Wichita for most of our long legacy, we got involved in a lot of different ways here in the ICT.

One of the favorite community activities our Cheney team looked forward to every year were the Bathtub Races of the Wichita River Festival. We jumped in feet first and took this friendly competition quite seriously. Over the years we were fortunately to participate, we won many awards in both the Men’s and Women’s Bathtub Race classes. We even broke speed records!

In 1998, Cheney Door Company sets a new speed record in the Wichita River Festival Bathtub Race – covering the 275-yeard course in only 1 minute 11:73 seconds!


Thank you, Kansas!

Thank you to all of our customers, partners and staff who have been a part of our success. We have enjoyed every single one of the last 50 years – and look forward to providing another 50 years of quality service Kansans can continue to rely upon.



Map showing the 3 Kansas locations of Cheney Door CompanyTrust the door company serving your friends and neighbors for half a century. For entry doors, garage doors, gates, smart home solutions and so much more, contact us for a FREE QUOTE and to learn how Cheney Door Company can make your next project a reality.

You can reach us at any one of our 3 Kansas locations:

In Wichita, call (316) 262-2098

In Hutchinson, call (620) 669-9306

In Salina, call (785) 820-8366