Choosing the Best Garage Door for Your Home Design

Choosing the Best Garage Door for Your Home Design

The right garage door can transform any home to give it extra curb appeal. This is especially important if you plan to sell your home in the future, or if you simply want to improve the value of your house. However, before you go out and select the first garage door replacement that catches your eye, it’s a good idea to take the time to learn what types of garage doors best coordinate with the style home you have.

If your home is a classic Craftsman (also called Arts and Crafts) style home, the garage door that will best compliment your home is a windowed carriage-style with raised panels. These mimic the styling of the home’s prominent structures, such as paneled siding, sharply peaked roofs, and generous windows. If your garage is arched in a neo-classical style, which is a popular feature with these homes, opt for a garage door that includes gently sloping windows as well.

For a Victorian home style, typically a home built at the turn of the 20th century, you’ll be looking for a garage door that does not take away from the beauty of the ornate architecture. Flush panel or long panel garage doors work best, by providing depth and direction to the garage door, without standing out too much. You can also match the color of your home with painted garage door panels. Depending on where your garage is situated, you may need to have it custom installed by a skilled carpenter familiar with Victorian home structure.

Modern homes built in the mid-1960s to 1980s will likely include many contemporary touches, so you will need to choose a garage door that highlights this. Opt for a vinyl or metal garage door in a sturdy raised panel design that allows for customized installation. It’s better to go with no windows as this can distract from your other contemporary design elements of your home, such as dramatically angled roofs, wall joints, and windows.

For cottage style homes and model homes built in the last twenty years, there are several options in replacement garage doors. Carriage or window-style garage doors featuring exterior lights work well in any neighborhood, and add to the beauty of your home. Choose either a single or double garage door for ease in daily use, depending on the size of your home and the amount of use your garage gets. Many homeowners go with a double garage door so they can adapt to changing needs.

As you get ready to pick out your new garage door, consider how buying a coordinating front door for your house can also create a total package for your home. In many cases, you can find doors that can be painted to match other features of your home, such as shutters, window trim and siding. Getting new doors can dramatically improve the look and function of your home, so it’s well worth your time to shop around the get the best value in a garage door.

-Jerry Davidson is a door contractor in Chicago who has worked on improving the curb-appeal for many residential homes.


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    Comment by Sam @ Compare The Value: Jul 28, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    I guess the perfect garage door is the one that matches your home’s exterior design. Also, the durability of the door matters most as well.

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    Comment by Adelaide@EcoChoice: Aug 1, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Choosing the perfect garage door is essential to completing the look of your home. There are many factors that you should consider before purchasing your new garage door, including:
    – Colour
    – Type (with windows, without, 2 separate doors, 1 long double sized door, gate-like)
    – Material (wood, metal, etc.)
    – Durability
    It is also important to consider what happens in your drive, do your kids play sports on your driveway? Do they shoot pucks or play basketball on your driveway? If you’ve answered yes, then it would be smart to stay away from garage doors with windows.

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    Comment by Jeff@Builders Hardware: Aug 8, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    That’s true, and funny, Adelaide. I know firsthand unfortunately about kids busting my garage door window while playing sports. Only happened a few months ago! great article, Kimberly.

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    Comment by Boston Garage Doors: Aug 24, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    Garage door should be matched to your house condition.The color of Garage door should also match with your house color.

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