4 Garage Door Style Guidelines for New Homeowners

Have you recently purchased a new home and now want to give it your own touch? Garage doors may take up as much as half your home’s facade. For this reason, choosing the right style can help make a great first impression. Follow these five style guidelines for customizing your garage door to stand out in your neighbourhood.

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1.) Use repetition

Pick a pattern or shape and stick with it. If the windows of your new home are curved or have rectangular panes, select a garage door with similar stylings to create a cohesive look. To boost your home’s curb appeal, repeat the pattern with the panels of your garage door. The style of each pane should roughly match. Follow the adage that the pieces should be sisters and not twins.

2.) Complement your home

Whether you’ve moved into a neighbourhood full of old-world charm or modern architecture, your garage door should complement that style. For contemporary and minimalist homes, a glass-panelled garage door with an aluminum frame or a copper-panelled Elite model by Martin Door offers a unique, streamlined look. For more traditional homes, a neutral-coloured vinyl garage door is a stylish, durable, and easy-care option.

Moreover, a carriage house garage door is an excellent option if you have a cottage or ranch-style home. They’re beautifully crafted and can be customized with various panel styles, colours, and window configurations. In addition, you can choose from a selection of powder-coated steel hinges and hardware with a hand-hammered look.

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3.) Provide balance

Your garage door’s style, colour, and material should complement your home, but there needs to be a balance. A solid wood door may be overwhelming if your home features natural wood accents on the exterior. The same can be said for using bold colours. There’s nothing wrong with using multiple colours. However, keeping your shades within one of those two tonal lanes is best to prevent clashing.

Selecting a colour that matches your home’s trim or the front door can be a nice touch. Still, a strikingly coloured garage door may overpower the other features of your home. Incorporate shades from your home’s existing colour palette into your garage door to guarantee a balanced and finished look.

4.) Add accents

The right garage door accents can give the exterior of your home a whole new look. Use stylish hinges and handles to add rustic charm to your garage door. For a more modern look, incorporate a contrasting hue or colour to highlight your door’s design elements. For example, you could try using a dark paint colour on recessed panels and a light colour along the trim to add visual interest.

Additionally, decorative lighting on either side of your garage door will give it a polished look. Most importantly, your garage door should echo your own taste and style.

Finally, if you aren’t sure where to start, you can try uploading a photo of your home’s front exterior to Wayne Dalton’s Garage Door Design Center. This interactive online tool will help you visualize how different garage door styles could transform the look of your home.

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Design the Custom Garage Door of Your Dreams

Replacing your garage door is one of the best ways to add value to your property. No matter how old your home is, a new garage door can make it appear more modern. Fortunately, the team at Creative Door ServicesTM can help you design a garage door that fits your style and budget. We source high-quality products from top-tier brands that are designed to last. Our team also provides expert installation, repair, and maintenance services.

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Residential Garage Door Styles For Every Home

Whether you’re updating or replacing the garage door on your new home, the experts at Creative Door ServicesTM can help you choose the right one for you. We have one of the most extensive product catalogues in Canada and carry everything from steel garage doors with high R-values to classic solid wood and modern glass-panelled garage doors. We also have parts, accessories, and modern access control solutions.

Contact us today or visit our online product showroom to get started. We have eight locations from which we’re happy to serve you. You can find us in Kelowna, British Columbia; Vancouver, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; Edmonton, Alberta; Fort McMurray, Alberta; Regina, Saskatchewan; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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