The garage door is one of the largest parts of your home, and yet many homeowners don’t think about how it can impact the character of your home’s appearance. Most of your neighbors see this part of your home every day, and if you ever wanted to sell the place, it would also be one of the first things a potential buyer would see. The garage door is far more important than you may think!
Any real estate agent will tell you that the look of the garage is just as important as the other architectural details of a home, to make you feel like your own style is represented. Anywhere from 25 and 40% of the façade of your home can be taken up by the garage, so this feature should never be overlooked!
Furthermore, it may seem trivial, but start by liking your garage door! You fell in love with your house for its unique details, like the gable windows or the wrap‑around porch. Get excited about the garage door too, and you’ll see why this is such a great accessory for your home’s appearance.
Give the Garage Door a Shine
Do you wash your car because you want it to look great? If so, you know just how much you appreciate the look of a newly cleaned item. Give the garage door a wash as well and you may find that you fall in love with it too! It’s easy to give the garage door a quick wash whenever you wash your car. Just use the same mixture you use for your car. If you would like to know more on this subject, for instance, how to remove grease stains, read this text.
Update the Appearance of the Garage Door
There are many ways you can give a garage door a face lift. Try painting it a new color, or updating the current color, to something a little bit more modern or closer to your style. If you have a sectional door in metal that already has a paint finish, but you would like to change the color, follow these instructions.
- Here are some great resources to help you find the right paint colors for your garage door:
- While you should choose colors and styles that you love, consider a few tips:
- If you have a double garage door, approx. 16″ wide, stay away from dark colors. This can overwhelm the look of the house and make it the only thing people see. Try a lighter version of the same color.
- For a single door, 8″ or 9″ wide, you can go a little bolder. However, it may be best to stay away from bright colors that will look faded quickly.
- Depending on the style of your house, it’s usually a good idea to keep your front door a different color than your garage, so that it stands out.
Dress It Up with Windows
Make your garage even more attractive and charming with some windows! This is both a practical and a beautiful upgrade.
Now you have natural light in your garage, so no more fumbling around in the dark when you need to get to your car. And from the aesthetic standpoint, you can make your home look very “put together” with matching window designs and complimentary features.
One point to keep in mind – if your current garage door doesn’t have windows and you are planning on adding them, this will have an effect on your spring (counterweight) system. For further information, read this.
Decorate the Garage Door
The garage door is a big space – why not decorate it a bit? You can install something like a pergola with vines growing around it, for what would be a warm and welcoming focal point.
Another way to decorate the garage door is to add accent lighting either in the soffits over the door or with wall lanterns on each side of the door. Both can make the door look very handsome indeed. If you have a carriage‑style house, or a home that is very stylized, you can add lights that work with the architectural style to impress your visitors. Check out sites like Pinterest for ideas.
Let the Holiday Cheer Shine
Your garage door is the perfect place to decorate for anything you consider a holiday: Halloween, Christmas, the Super Bowl, NHL finals, even just spring and fall. Here’s a little tip: very often, depending on the season, you place decorations at your front door. Why not use similar décor on the garage to keep the theme going? Check out Pinterest for ideas!
Keep the Garage Door in Great Working Order
So you’ve decided to use one or more of our tips for sprucing up your garage door. That’s great! But we have one more tip to keep the garage door looking great. Be sure to do regular maintenance on the door so that it’s always in good working order. Nothing can ruin the look faster than a garage door that won’t operate correctly!
Need a New Garage Door System?
If you need a new garage door, or want a whole new system, we can help! Feel free to contact us at 717-767-1419 when it’s convenient for you. We know garage doors and door openers from top to bottom and can help you find the perfect option for your needs. We can also email you a quotation if you’d like.
Another option is to meet us directly at our showroom. For choosing a new garage door that really suits your home’s character, why not try our Design Centre? Or go through our image gallery to get some inspiration.