A traditional raised panel garage door is perfect when you want a classic, clean look for your home. However, it's not the only option. When it's time to replace your garage door, consider venturing into more creative options that can greatly boost your home’s visual appeal. Here are six ideas to consider next time you're in the market for a new garage door.
One of the best ways to boost the visual appeal of your garage is to choose a door that has window sections. These are often located at the top of a raised door design. They come in various materials and especially complement wood.
Choosing a garage door with windows adds style to your garage compared to a traditional solid garage door. You can choose from a variety of styles and details to match the look of your home, and it won't break the bank.
When you want to go all out for modern elegance, consider looking at frameless glass doors. The options on the market feature full glass garage doors without frames. You can find a wide variety of tinted, frosted and stained glass options for privacy and a sleek appearance.
Many models on the market today have the glass mounted in an aluminum structure, so you still get durability without sacrificing the modern sophistication you're going for.
If you have a rustic, courtyard or country-style home, think about choosing faux carriage garage doors. This option gives your garage the look of a carriage house. In other words, it makes the doors look as if they open outwards — but this is an illusion made possible by the faux wood design. These doors are actually made of metal and raise overhead like traditional doors.
Faux Wood Finish
Metal is the reigning garage door material of choice for many homeowners. This is due to the fact that wooden garage doors require dedicated upkeep in the form of regular refinishing or painting to keep them looking fresh. You don't have to give up on the idea of having a wood garage door, however.
If you love the look of wood but aren't interested in the upkeep, check out garage doors with faux wood finishes. These are metal doors that convincingly mimic the look of real wood. Oak is one of the most common faux wood finishes for garage doors, but you can also find metal doors designed to look like cedar and redwood. This way you get the best of both worlds.
Sometimes all you need to enhance the look of your new garage door is some attractive lighting. Adding well-placed recessed lighting above your new garage door is an excellent way to make your home stand out and to boost its curb appeal. You can even get creative with the layout of the lights to really make your garage door pop.
Real Wood Grain
Many homeowners steer clear of wood because it's not as durable as metal and it's susceptible to environmental elements like humidity. However, you shouldn't rule wood out completely. Choosing a garage door made of an attractive and unique grain of wood can really enhance the overall look of your garage and home.
If you're worried about upkeep, go with a dark stain finish to tie everything together, and plan on refinishing every few years. It's a small price to pay for the beauty of real wood grain.
Replacing your garage door is a big decision that requires some thought, research and planning. When you're ready to have your garage door installed, contact Allen's Sales & Installation.