For many homes, the garage door is one of the biggest and first things you see from in front of your home. You want it to look good. If you’re thinking of purchasing a new garage door, here are 4 things you should consider.
1. Think Integrate. You want a garage door that looks like it’s part of your home. You want it to extend the lines and architectural details of the house. For a contemporary home or townhome, choose simplicity. A plain door or panels with horizontal grooves will look good. For an elegant chateau-styled home, think about a garage door that mimics carriage doors. Add hardware that enhances the look. For example, “forged iron” handles and hinges look great on the carriage door.
2. Think Color. There are some who like it bright. However, most homeowners don’t want the garage door to stand out or be a sore thumb. When it comes to color, harmonize. If your front door is painted red, you don’t want to match your garage to that entry door. Instead, match it to the white frame of the door and your windows. Avoid overwhelming contrasts to the color of the home by choosing shades of sand or clay to match the color of the mortar or try to find a match to the color of the brick or the home’s exterior color.
3. Windows Come In All Shapes And Sizes. And, windows are a great addition to your garage and the garage door. For the door, they add a decorative touch and help the garage door blend into the architecture of the home. You can find them in every style from colonial to ranch and in shapes from beautiful arches to a pattern of windows to create a sunburst design. It’s best to fit the windows with privacy glass – you don’t want to put everything in your garage on view to a potential thief.
4. Don’t Skip Insulation. Whether you live in a climate that has searing summers or frigid winters – or both – purchasing an insulated garage door is going to protect the things you keep in your garage and make it possible for you to use our work area more comfortably.
The first – and best – step in purchasing a new garage door is to talk to a licensed, garage door replacement company. They’ll show you all the possible styles and help you choose the one that looks best with your home. They can also demonstrate the latest features in door openers which include being able to open or close your garage door from anywhere. You want to talk to a professional who will guide you through the process and make sure that your new garage door operates flawlessly and safely.