Are you thinking of replacing your garage door next spring? In the winter, when your foliage is dormant and there are no lovely flowerbeds softening your home, the plainness of your garage door is more apparent. Is it helping the look of your house or detracting from it? Though your overhead door is a necessity, it takes up so much real estate on your house that it should look attractive as well as be functional.

When replacing it, you have several choices to give your garage door an updated look that will enhance your home. Your door can be more than a simple up-and-down matter if you think outside the box when making your choice for a new door.

Adding “Carriage Doors” to your Home

You can add style by choosing something contemporary such as a carriage style door. True carriage style doors are ones that meet in the middle and swing out when opened and often have distinctive hardware, hinges and handles. They are further distinguished by trim boards that add style and reinforce the door.

A modern carriage style has the hardware for decoration, but opens by moving upward like any other garage door. The “trim boards” are molded on metal doors and are often painted a different color to give the illusion of wood. Some models appear to have an arched top, an optical illusion created by having the part of the door that appears to be arched painted in a contrasting color from the top section of the door, which matches the house and is squared off. The door can be further enhanced with windows.

Choosing a Contemporary Style When Replacing your Garage Door

If you have a contemporary home, you might want something that is more unique looking. A door made of aluminum that frames a whole door full of small windowpanes or similar custom styles can be made using glass and steel, copper, wood, or zinc for a stunning look. Although the result looks like a huge feature wall of your home, the door retracts into the ceiling with a touch of a button.

While you probably won’t find these doors at a big box store, you can work with a garage door company that offers custom styles to create just what you need to carry out your home’s contemporary theme. Even if your home has a Mediterranean or Southern European flair, custom doors can be created to continue the look.

Stylizing with Beautiful Window Treatments

Adding windows to your overhead door, whether it is a standard panel style, carriage style, or a custom contemporary design, will let in the light while using the windows as a decorative element. The windows slip onto place in the top panel of a garage door based on the configuration you choose.

Putting in more windows will not compromise energy efficiency or privacy. Available in double strength glass, they are available in reinforced styles with extra seals or insulated glass for cold climates. For specialized styling, you can even get tempered glass, obscured glass, clear Lexan®, and solar bronze.

With so many choices available, replacing your garage door this spring can boost your home’s curb appeal and provide all the safety and convenience features of a modern garage door.


Source by Jill Smith

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