Did you know that the right style and color of your garage doors might boost the look of your home significantly? Garage doors can truly make a great statement, adding a great deal of curb appeal to your home. In addition to looking great, trends in garage doors include not only the look and durability of the door, but also the ease of its use in terms of electronics making using your garage doors easier than ever!
If you have not purchased garage doors in a long time, you will be surprised to learn that there is more available to you than the traditional garage door made out of wood and/or steel. Homeowners are increasingly using their garage for various projects or for play/entertaining space. As a result, 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 are still available. Today, the carriage door style is 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!
In addition, it is important to note that one of the least remembered items on any garage door is 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 and the options are endless.
More Than White Doors
For years, homebuilders and homeowners accepted the traditional, white garage door. It is just what was expected. Fortunately, 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 and match the architectural design of the home. 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.
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 make garage doors insulated using do-it-yourself kits. 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. Screened-in garages are making a come back. Screening in your garage creates outdoor living space for relaxation and creates 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. Screened in garages are also great selling features!
Smart Garage 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. And, you can add security cameras, also controlling them through a smart device for a level of extra security. 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 you do not find the right type of garage door while shopping for new garage doors 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. Companies that do custom design garage door creation are readily available. Simply do a search on the Internet. Do make sure that you investigate the company you want to hire to do this work to ensure that they are licensed in your state to do business and check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure that the company does not have any significant complaints from customers or any legal actions pending, in process, or completed.
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.