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How to Choose a Garage Door That Matches Your Home

Garage doors are a key way to add style and curb appeal to your home. They can take up to 40% of your home's exterior, which means it's important to make it count! “It can instantly add character, depth and visual warmth to your home,” architectural designer Elyse McCurdy says.

Looking to take your door to the next level? Match it to your home’s architecture. “It’s such a big part of your house, so you want it to look authentic,” custom builder Marnie Oursler says.

Keep reading to see the garage doors we've paired with six popular home styles, and get inspired to work some curb appeal magic of your own.

1 - Classic Craftsman

If your home features tapered columns, a low-pitched roof, and natural colors with mixed materials, try a garage door with clean verticle lines and rectangular windows.

Wood or faux wood is best for this style, according to design experts. Natural wood offers a wide variety of options, so take inspiration from your surroundings; there are also plenty of stains available! If you decide on a painted color, match it to your home's exterior trim so that everything ties together.

Tip: Consider budget, upkeep and your region’s climate when choosing a garage door. Insulated composite and steel can withstand extreme temperature changes, with moisture- and UV-resistant composite performing better than steel in coastal locales.

2 - Farmhouse Fresh

This look has lots of natural light, vintage flair, and usually a crisp white palette with black accent details. Complement a farmhouse-style home with a garage door in a wood tone or painted gray, white, or black. Crossbuck panels like the ones above can mimic a more rustic barn door, if that's the look you'd like.

If your home is in more of a modern farmhouse style, a glass garage door can provide a sleek, contemporary contrast. The black accents above tie into the accents and metal roof on the home's exterior.

3 - Refined Rustic

With a home featuring natural materials like stone, wood, and earth hues, design experts suggest wood or faux-wood garage doors. A carriage house style in a rich wood tone is beautiful! Rustic doors often look best in a solid version versus one with windows in it.

The home above has handcrafted wooden doors with cross bucks for a frontier feel. To achieve the look of real wood without the upkeep, select high-quality wood-effect composite. This durable material resists moisture and won’t rot, warp or crack.

Tip: In its 2020 Cost vs. Value Report, which you can download free, the website Remodeling reports that a garage door upgrade brings a 95% return on investment, on average. Clopay, a garage door manufacturer, reports that it can also increase a home’s list price by up to 4%. Check with your real estate agent for local information.

4 - Modern Minimalist

Modern architecture is all about clean lines, horizontal plank designs and smooth materials such as wood, aluminum and steel. Glass-paneled doors are in keeping with the emphasis on indoor-outdoor connections, and they are often designers' favorite style for modern homes. It's great to have natural light in garages, especially when tied in with black frames similar to the rest of the window trim.

The wood-effect composite doors seen here feature horizontal planks with aluminum inlays, complementing the home’s crisp lines and wood siding. Wood doors with long, stacked rectangular windows on one side also suit modern homes.

5 - Timeless Traditional

The best of yesteryear's details and trim offer enduring charm in this style. Square-edge, raised-panel designs are also popular for traditional garage doors with window mullions that mirror those used on the house.

Try a color such as peacock blue or bright yellow as a nod to Victorian vibrancy. Make sure the door’s colors complement your home’s exterior, trim and front door.

Tip: Choose an insulated garage door to keep your garage 10 to 20 degrees warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, helping you save energy. Insulated doors also are quieter, more secure and more durable.

6 - On-Trend Transitional

Modern meets traditional in this style. Think sustainable elements, natural materials and options like a pitched roof, as well as clean lines. Garage doors with black aluminum frames and frosted glass, as seen here, work well, as do simple wood or faux-wood designs.

Oursler echoes the focus on simplicity, favoring unfussy traditional doors for transitional-style homes. You want your garage door to complement your home, not work against it.

With so many design and material options to choose from, you can easily find a garage door that complements your house’s architectural style. And matching your garage door to your home affects curb appeal in the best way possible!

Which garage door suits your style? Upload a photo of your own home and try out different looks using Clopay’s Door Imagination System.



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