Garage doors can make a statement, making or breaking the curb appeal of your home. The right style and color of your garage door can boost the look of your home significantly. In addition to looking great, trends in garage doors, especially in terms of electronics, make using your garage doors easier than ever!
Bolder colors with lots of texture are being seen on garage doors nationwide. Not your everyday plain white flat door, homeowners are painting their garage doors to meet their personal preferences. Anything goes – blue, red, yellow, purple, brown – whatever hue makes your home look great. Softer colors that match shudders and trim provide a classic style while bolder colors will make your house pop. A pop of color can take the curb appeal of your home to another level, especially when houses on a street almost all look the same.
The traditional garage door is made out of wood and/or steel. Since many homeowners use their garage for various projects, installing frosted glass garage doors (like we are seeing in the interior design of closet doors, for example) provide additional natural light while looking sleek from street level.
Classic garage doors made from wood specifically the carriage door style, is also on- trend. Faux wood garage doors that have the look and feel of wood without the necessary upkeep are also popular. Here there is no need to scrape off old paint or varnish, sand, and re-paint or re-varnish every few years. With faux wood you simply wash with soap and water making the garage door look brand new!
To further enhance the look of your garage door, don’t forget the garage door handle. Like handles on cabinets and interior and exterior doors, garage door handles are available in all shapes, styles, and sizes. There is no right or wrong way to go when selecting handles for your garage doors. It all depends on the style you are going for.
Today, it is not enough to have your garage doors look good, but the doors also need to function effectively. Insulated garage doors offer you additional energy efficiency especially if you work outside in your garage or your family uses the garage for a play area. You can purchase insulated garage doors or you can do-it-yourself. Either way, insulated garage doors will save on your energy bill while keeping the inside of your garage a comfortable temperature.
Garage Screen Doors
You may remember growing up, playing in a garage that was screened in. This trend is making a come back. Screening in your garage creates outdoor living space for relaxation and to have a place for your children and their friends to play all summer long! There are different ways to screen-in your garage. You can have screens custom made including having one screen actually be a screen door. You can make your own screen doors by making wood frames and stretching screen over each. Or, you can purchase a garage screen kit where the screens are attached to the garage frame with snaps. Whatever way you choose to screen in your garage, it is guaranteed that you will create a bug-free space to play and/or relax in all summer long.
Smart Home Technology
Like other areas of your home, technology has not escaped the garage door. Tech-enabled garage door openers allow you to open, close, and lock your garage doors using your smart phone or other electronic device. With smart technology, you can also turn the garage door lights on-and-off – both the lights on the exterior of the garage as well as those inside the garage. All of these functions come in very handy when it is snowy or rainy outside, or when you are away from home and need to lock or unlock the doors.
Customize Your Garage Doors
If shopping for new garage doors is not successful, you can always have your garage doors custom designed and made. Custom garage doors make more of a statement piece, adding a unique architectural element to your home.
Repairing a garage door, purchasing and installing a new garage door, and having a garage door custom designed range in costs. According to Home Advisor, the average national cost to install a garage door opener is $335; to install a new garage door = $1,062; and to repair a garage door = $222. New insulated garage doors range in cost from about $821 to $1,331. Having garage doors custom designed, built, and installed can begin at about $6,000.
If you decide to purchase a ready-made door and have it professionally installed, or you build and install your own, it is critically important that you measure for your garage door accurately. According to Clopay Door (a leading garage door design company), there are four steps to measure for a garage door. First, you need to measure the height and width of the garage door opening. This measurement is the approximately the size of the garage door. Second, on the inside of the garage, measure the right and the left sides next to the garage door opening. You need to leave enough room to install the track on which the garage door operates. Third, measure the top of the garage door opening to the ceiling. Fourth, measure from the back wall of the garage to the garage door opening. You may need to do additional measurements depending on the type and style of garage door and garage door opening/closing system you select. However, these basic measurements will get you started.
Remember that any upgrades and new installs that you make to your garage doors should provide you with an excellent return on your investment when you sell your home.