How to Choose the Right Style Garage for your Home

How to Choose the Right Style Garage for your Home

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How to choose the right garage doors for your home

There is no doubt that your home’s interior takes all the fanfare when it comes to your decorating and home improvements, although there is no doubt that your exterior home is what makes the first impression. One area of your outdoor home that is almost always forgotten is your garage door. It’s almost the “step-child” of the home improvement world! Well no longer, if you are in the process of choosing a new garage door, here are tips to choose the right style for your home.

1. Choose a material that works for your climate

It’s easy to think of your garage door as only a functional, utilitarian door that offers shelter and security for your vehicles and storage, but it also needs to work well with your climate. Depending on your geographic location choose from metal,  fiberglass, or wood/timber for your home. Metal and fiberglass tend to be more durable and will last over time, although wood is natural and creates a beautiful aesthetic to your outdoor home. If you have salt in the air – ask your local garage door retailer what material works best to resist corrosion.

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What material works best for your climate?

2. Wood garage doors are gorgeous but are an investment

Everyone loves wood! Whether you are choosing furniture or siding, the natural inherent of wood can be matched by no other material. If you have a rustic exterior home, or like the sleek and modern contemporary lines of wood garage doors – look to Cedar, Hemlock, and Larch as wood varieties to consider. Remember, wood is more costly than its metal counterparts but can give you a look that you love. Contact a custom wood door garage door manufacturer to see design options for your home.

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Choose a material that fits your budget, climate, and architectural style

3. Metal garage doors can be strong or lightweight in construction

Depending on your home’s location, a steel or aluminum garage door could be ideal. For home’s that are in hurricane or typhoon prone locations with high winds – steel is ideal for resistance to damage as well as burglary. For home’s that are older, steel is a good option as it has longevity and can be painted in a variety of colors. Aluminum doors are durable and lightweight and are ideal for homes that don’t want to use a higher-powered motorized garage door opener.

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Custom wood garage doors are beautiful for traditional and modern homes

4. Consider fiberglass doors for extreme temperature changes:

If you live in a climate that experiences high heat or low colder temperatures a fiberglass door is ideal. Fiberglass is durable and it also is a great insulator and will keep your heating and cooling bills from skyrocketing during the season temperature changes. Fiberglass is also more resistant to splitting and cracking unlike wood doors garage doors.  

5. Choose a style that matches the architecture of your home:

After you have chosen a material it’s time to consider what aesthetics you’d like your garage to have. Garage doors have come a long way from just being a solid field of color! Today you can get doors that have lites or windows in them and you can get doors that mimic the architectural details of your main home. From traditional carriage doors for individual doors to double sided contemporary varieties, there is no limit to your creativity! Many homeowners are seeking out garage door manufacturers that custom build garage doors.

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Choose a style that will compliment the architecture of your home

6. Ensure your garage door has the safety requirements you need

Just like the exterior doors of your main house your garage door needs to have the functionality to access your home and belongings but also the safety requirements to ensure it is safe from harming anyone. Based on the garage door opener and/or how the opening devices for the garage door operate will be based primarily on the space in your garage as well as what type of door you choose. Ask your garage door professional about a roller, canopy, side hinged or sectional style opening garage doors. They will be able to assess your garage for the right mechanism style.

7. Teach your family how to be safe around the garage door

While the safety mechanisms such as a motion controlled sensors for operating the door without accidentally coming down on a person or object is important. Another safety tip to consider is to teach family members and children not to play in or around garage doors. Ensure you point out the sensor area of the garage door and talk about being safe and to stand back when the garage door is being operated.

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Teach family members how to be safe when operating a garage door

8. Before selecting a garage – understand the maintenance required for upkeep

While you may think you can purchase a garage door and never have to repair or maintain it again, think again. Like any other mechanical feature your garage door should be serviced by a garage door professional every few years to ensure the springs, mechanical parts, garage door opener and integrity of the door is still sound. Look for garage doors that won’t require a lot of maintenance. Many homeowners prefer not to use a garage door opener and to open it manually. The choice is always up to you.

9.  Adding unexpected curb appeal with your garage door façade

Another way to find the right garage door is by standing back at the street and reviewing your home as a whole.  Similarly to determining the right color for your exterior home, standing back will help you assess your entire exterior. What is it lacking? Is your garage in plain site on the front face or is it hidden behind trees? Does your garage need to coordinate with the surrounding house or can it have a design aesthetic of its own because it’s positioned facing another street? Once you answer these questions you may find by paying more attention to your garage detailing will spruce up your curb appeal.

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Choose a garage that fits your lifestyle

10. Choose a garage door that works well with your family lifestyle

Once you have taken the other 9 tips into consideration, don’t forget one of the most important factors – your lifestyle. If you love the look of the glass front garage doors but have active children that play in the driveway with balls, skateboards, and neighborhood friends – you may need to reconsider one without glazing (glass). Remember your garage door should reflect your lifestyle just like your home – enjoy choosing one that makes your house and you feel great!


  • Mike Menahen February 5, 2015 at 14:19 PMLogin to Reply →

    This is really interesting and very helpful article so I decided to share it with my clients.

  • Kristen Dockery February 18, 2015 at 14:00 PMLogin to Reply →

    My husband and I have been wanting to replace our garage door for a while now, but we didn’t know what style would look best with our home. I am so glad that I came across this article and the tips and information in it. I hope that we will be able to find the right garage door for our home. I am so excited to see how it turns out and be able to have a working garage door again.

  • Gary Birtles April 2, 2015 at 14:01 PMLogin to Reply →

    I’m a huge fan of the fifth example this article showed. The garage doors compliment the style of the home very well. I’ve always liked that modern feel. I’d love to have a home like that someday.

  • Rose Henderson April 14, 2015 at 13:57 PMLogin to Reply →

    I agree that wood garage doors are so nice to look at. I’d love to have some installed at my place in the future. Like you said though, they are costly so it will have to wait for a bit. Thanks for all of the great suggestions here!

  • Sean May 1, 2015 at 16:22 PMLogin to Reply →

    I like your suggestion to consider fiberglass doors for extreme temperature changes. I live in an area where there are very hot summers and very cold and windy winters. I have found that my utility bills skyrocket in the core of these seasons. I wonder if a fiberglass garage door would help alleviate some of this cost.

  • Alexis Webber June 18, 2015 at 17:45 PMLogin to Reply →

    Yeah, I really love the first picture in this. I think I’m more in love with the color than the design, since it’s a bit too big for me to want it on my own home. The article also points out wood would be more costly, so I’m thinking I can look for an imitation.