Garage Door Buying Guide - Materials, Styles, Windows, and More!
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The type of garage door material you need depends on your taste and home decor. Whether your home is traditional or modern, choosing the right material for your garage doors will add immeasurably to your home’s curb appeal. There are nearly a dozen different types, so look through this guide to find a door that best fits your style.
Garage doors are a big part of your home's appeal. The style you choose will have a big impact on your home's look.
Estate garage doors are excellent for homes that have a traditional style. They are typically made of wood, offering an Old World charm and increased energy efficiency. They are customizable to your home’s style and decor, making them great for homeowners who want to create a distinct, but unified, look.
- Custom staining
- Antique distressing
- Ornamental hardware (knockers, hinges, etc)
- Window choices
- Standard Thermopane
- Plastic Inserts
- Panoramic Section
This is another traditional style, suitable for rustic homes. The style itself comes from a 19th century tradition of storing a horse and buggy in a "carriage house", long before cars became commonplace. They have numerous design options including vertical slats, panel, and crossbuck (a design that looks like two slats in an X-formation).
Traditional garage doors are a good choice for both modern and country-style homes. They can be made from a variety of materials including: steel, wood, wood composite, and vinyl. They do not require a lot of maintenance beyond regular upkeep. Their design versatility makes them a breeze to match to your home’s existing decor.
Raised-panel garage doors have a classic style that can be seen in nearly every American neighborhood. Raised panel doors have great versatility and can be constructed of any material. Steel is a popular choice for homeowners who choose this style. They can also be stained to match your home’s color scheme. For homeowners looking for energy savings, they provide excellent insulation. Besides energy efficiency, this door’s solid construction and durable material make it practically maintenance free.
Whatever your home decor, you can create garage doors to match. From rustic-country to modern steel-and-glass, garage door windows can be customized to complement your home’s aesthetic. With dozens of styles and combinations to choose from, you can create the style you want.
Antique windows come in a variety of designs for more elaborate garage door styles.
Timeless, elegant windows like these help create a cohesive look with the rest of the house.
These simple windows are perfect for traditional garage doors, but also complement more elaborate designs. Orion 4-, 6-, and 8-tile designs are available.
What these windows lack in pizzazz they make up for in simplicity and versatility. They are excellent windows for elaborate garage door designs, adding a simple counterpoint, or complementing a classic style.
Glass finishes not only aid in privacy, but also play a role in your garage door’s overall aesthetic.
Clear glass windows are an excellent option no matter what garage door style you choose. From simple to exotic, these windows complement any decor. If you have privacy concerns, however, you may want to choose an obscure or heavily tinted window option.
Great for modern homes, obscure glass garage door windows provide privacy as well as an attractive look. Types include frosted glass, satin, and more.
These windows are not only highly aesthetic, they have special options, such as solar bronze, to protect against UV rays.