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Finding the best garage door design for your home

Posted by Andrew Levick on Sep 29, 2018 9:18:48 AM

Most homeowners are understandably keen for their home to look its best from the outside as well as in. If you would like to improve the curb appeal of your property, a good way of doing so is to focus on ways in which you can improve your garage door. Often overlooked when it comes to home improvements, a new garage door can have an enormous impact on the outward appearance of a property. 

However, once you start to look at a new garage door, you might feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of styles, materials and colours available. With this in mind, we've put together a helpful guide of things to consider to help you find the perfect garage to give the exterior of your property a new look. 

The first thing to do is decide on the material. Factors that may influence your choice of garage door material are cost, durability and appearance. 

 

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Timber 

Timber is a traditional option and a varnished wooden garage door has a highly appealing rustic appearance. Wooden garage doors are easily customisable and can be ordered in almost any shape or style. Wood can also be painted or varnished to give an individual look to your doors. And if you change your mind about the colour, you can always have it repainted! However, wood does need to be treated with protective varnishes or paint to prevent it from rotting or splitting. 


If you would like the appearance of wood without the hassle of maintenance, you might like to consider garage doors with wood veneers or overlays. These are often less expensive than solid wooden doors, but look very convincing. 

Steel 

Steel has many advantages as a material for garage doors. It is extremely strong and weather resistant and has a solid high-quality appearance. Although not as good an insulator as wood, steel does not rust so is a comparatively low maintenance option. 

Insulated Aluminium

These garage doors are brilliant insulators, look modern and stylish, offer high levels of protection and are very low maintenance.  Insulated aluminium doors are a popular choice for homeowners who want to combine the best elements of traditionalism with cutting-edge modern designs. 

How to find the right style for you: 

For the majority of people, the garage door's style will inherently depend on the style of their property and its location. For a home to have a harmonious exterior aesthetic, it's sensible to choose a garage door that works well with the rest of the property. 

Contemporary 

Modern garage doors offer homeowners high levels of flexibility and choice in the final design. Choose from elements of different materials, such as frosted glass or dark stained wood for the opportunity to select garage doors that have a unique appearance. 

Edwardian Garage Doors

Edwardian style garage doors work well on properties built during the early 20th century and also on many modern housing estates. If you would like a garage door made with substantial raised panels and a row of stylish glazed windows that let in light, an Edwardian style garage door could be the right option for you. 

Victorian 

Victorian garage doors are made using panelled wood. This style of garage door often incorporates windows with the same style as the windows of the main property. Additional period features, such as ironwork hands and hinges are frequently used to create an authentic period look. 

Colour 

Although classic whites and creams always look good, don't feel constrained when it comes to choosing the colour of your garage door. This is the fun part! If you have selected the right style for your property, you can choose any colour you feel. 

However, if you aren't feeling confident about that shade of hot pink, why not have a look at surrounding properties and take inspiration from their choices? If blues are popular, for example, this might sway you to opt for a shade of cornflower. Take a look around at your neighbours' garage doors and see what works and what doesn't. 

It's also a good idea to think about what would work well with the colour of your house. If your home features yellowish or brown bricks, for example, it would be a good idea to opt for a colour that complements the main building. 

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Topics: Garage Door, Material, Safety, Planning