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Garage doors add big-time curb appeal

Jul 24, 2017 10:00 PM
Leslie Bullock

If you’re like most homeowners, your garage doors represent a large portion of the frontage of your home, especially if you have a double car garage (or more). The impact your garage doors can have on the beauty, style and curb appeal of your house is enormous, and one you shouldn’t ignore.

To help our readers gain a better appreciation for some of the trends and styles available in 2017 for your garage doors, we’ve come up with some trends we think you’ll find informative and helpful. So if you happen to be in the market to replace your doors read on.

1. Wood-look steel garage doors

Modern technology has taken what was once the practical but rather drab steel garage door and moved it to a whole new level! More and more, steel garage doors have been made to look more like natural wood, complete with wood ‘grains’ throughout, wood stain-like paint options and wood features like cut-outs familiar with carriage style doors.

In fact it’s difficult to tell from afar if these doors are steel or in fact real wood. This has opened up a whole new market for customers looking for the look of wood but with the durability, strength and insulation values of a steel product.

2. Wood garage doors are back!

For those that can’t resist or do without the real deal, wood garage doors have made a big comeback in recent years. Those interested in these products are often looking to go up-market with a more stylish and fashion-forward product, often in a more exotic hardwood product.

Just be prepared to pay extra for these garage doors as they are pricier than other options. And remember they will still require regular upkeep and maintenance - they will need to be re-stained every two years or so.

3. Contemporary glass styling

Frosted glass doors have become a very popular design trend in garage doors. They add a very contemporary look to your home so if that’s something you’re interested in, this may be the option for you. Just remember that this design may not be the most practical option for our winter climate (or for those that use their garage as a workshop) as many models are not insulated.

4. Insulation matters

Speaking of insulation, our climate of hot summer days and cold winter nights makes insulation a necessity. And with your garage doors representing a large area of the exterior your home, it’s important to consider purchasing doors with good insulation values.

Not only will this keep your garage much cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, if your garage is connected to your home it will do much the same for the rest of the house. There are several different types of insulation available for your garage doors. Experts recommend going with a polyurethane insulation over polystyrene as it is more durable and can add to the structural integrity of your doors.

5. Carriage doors offer style and nostalgia

Carriage-style doors harken back to the days of horse drawn carriages, where the doors opened like a traditional hinged door to allow for both horse and buggy to enter. This style of garage door has come back into vogue in recent years, with many options, designs and colours available for consumers.

Most also come with several different kinds of handles and hinges to choose from, making it possible for you to create a more customized look for your garage doors. So if that’s important for you and you like the look of these doors, it may be worthwhile to consider this option.

Remember that it’s equally important to research and validate the reputation of the company you decide to purchase from, especially if you want to install these doors for you. You don’t want to assume they do quality work, and do it on time and without any extra costs, right?

There are indeed many options and choices to consider when you decide to replace your garage doors, including the option to include “smart technology”. However you decide to go, know that you will be adding an element that will revitalize your home, bringing with it a fresh look that will be the envy of the neighbourhood.

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