Depending on the design of your home, your garage door (or doors) can take up a lot of real estate on the front of your house. Replacing your garage door, especially if it’s a standard builder-grade sectional door, with something more beautiful and modern is a relatively quick and easy way to upgrade the look of your home and boost its curb appeal.
Available from big-box hardware stores as well as specialized garage door manufacturers and installers, many options are available when you’re looking for a more attractive and creative modern garage door.
Design and Style Options
Replacing your garage door can give your home a mini-makeover. Deciding on the style and design of your new door is the first step. Choose a door that complements your home’s architectural style and design. For example, if you have a modern farmhouse-style home, pair it with a matching modern farmhouse-style garage door.
The following three images show a small sampling of the many styles and designs available for garage doors.
Consider the color of the door, too. Do you want it to blend in with the main color of your home, pick up the accent color used on your trim or front door, or be an eye-catching pop of contrasting color?
A black garage door can look bold and beautiful on the front of a home.
The color of these carriage house-style doors was chosen to match the color of the stone and trim used on the home. As a result, the paired black accents pop.
For a more traditional look, adding an arbor overhang over the doors is a beautiful addition!
These gorgeous modern farmhouse garage doors are painted with Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black to match the rest of the house’s trim and other details.
These white garage doors are painted the same color as the home’s trim and are a lovely addition to the grays used in the siding and stonework.
What about design elements on the door, such as decorative hardware or windows? These can be great finishing touches, but be sure they coordinate with your home’s current look as much as possible.
The design, windows, and other details on the garage doors of this Colonial Revival home match the rest of the house’s overall architectural style.
What material should you choose for your garage door? Steel or aluminum? Wood? Composite or fiberglass? Be sure the material you choose will stand up to the weather your home will face.
Also think about how much maintenance you want to deal with. For example, some wood doors require sealing and other upkeep other materials don’t call for.
A more modern carriage door design, these wood doors feature clean lines with no added hardware or accessories to clutter the look.
These wood doors exude warmth. They’re the perfect choice for this modern farmhouse.
If your home is located in an area prone to extreme weather such as strong winds or hurricanes, you might need a door that offers safety and protection from these conditions. Finding a storm-ready door might require some legwork on your part, and might be less budget-friendly than other doors, but it might well prove worth your time and money after a storm or two.
If you love the look of a two-door garage but your home currently has one large, two-car garage door, you might be able to have it reframed into two separate single-car openings. (This might help increase the structural security of the doors if weather is a concern where you live.)
WHAT ABOUT INSULATION?
An insulated garage door might be a smart choice depending on the climate in which you live. Insulation comes in a different R-values (generally, the higher the R-value, the better the insulation), so do some research before you decide what’s best for your home.
DON’T SKIMP ON THE SPRINGS
Depending on the material you choose for your garage door and any insulation you opt for, garage doors can be heavy, so get strong springs. You don’t want one to break and cause damage to your garage, your car, or worse.
SHOULD YOU REPLACE THE OPENER, TOO?
Can your existing garage door opener handle the new door? When replacing your garage door, consider also replacing your garage door opener if it’s not strong enough to handle your new door, especially if the new door is heavier.
DO IT YOURSELF OR HIRE OUT?
Installing or replacing a garage door can be a big job. There are lots of moving parts that have to align just right for the door to function correctly. Even if you’re a seasoned DIYer, this might be a job to hire out to an insured installer or garage door company that knows what they’re doing. These experts can get your new door installed correctly, and often in less time than it would take you to do it. They’ll also be able to explain door styles and materials as well as insulation options, help you decide if you have special safety issues to think about, evaluate your current opener and springs, and be a good source of information. They’ll be available later if you need to call for repairs, updates, etc., too.
What a makeover! The new carriage house–style garage doors on this detached garage add major curb appeal. The pretty pergolas over the doors adds a nice custom detail.
A garage door can be an expense purchase and not one to be made impulsively. Shop around to find the best deal on the right door for you and your home. Request in-person estimates from installers so the professionals have the opportunity to see and factor in all the details specific to your home that might affect your door choice, style, and installation. Finally, it’s important that you feel comfortable with the person or company installing your door. If you don’t, keep looking.