7 Garage Exterior Design Ideas Guaranteed To Boost Your Curb Appeal

“Curb appeal” is a term that’s typically associated with the visual appeal of property to a prospective buyer. However, curb appeal should be something you consistently strive to upgrade and maintain, regardless of whether or not you’re planning on selling your home.

There are numerous ways to keep your curb appeal high. Keeping your home’s landscaping, siding, roof, windows, driveway, walkways, eavestroughs, lighting, porch, and front door well-maintained are some of the most obvious ways to achieve this. As important as these all are, one of the most impactful ways to upgrade and maintain curb appeal is to keep high standards for your garage exterior design.

Why curb appeal matters

So much importance is placed on curb appeal from realtors because it creates a person’s first impression of your property when they view it from the street or curb. As the saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”.

Your home’s exterior appearance (and specifically your garage exterior design) conveys a message to passersby, neighbours, and guests. Whether or not there’s a “For Sale” sign on your front lawn shouldn’t be the sole reason you’re paying attention to projecting a positive impression of your residence to the rest of your neighbourhood.

How garage exterior design is critical to curb appeal

When you consider that garage doors can account for as much as one third of the front exterior of a home, the importance of garage exterior design in relation to curb appeal becomes even more apparent. A smartly chosen garage door that effectively complements and enhances your home’s exterior décor is a guaranteed way to boost your curb appeal.

And when it does come time to sell, you’ll also benefit from the fact that new garage doors deliver one of the best returns on investment for home improvement projects. With that in mind, let’s start with garage door ideas that can help improve your garage’s exterior appearance.

1. Upgrade your garage exterior design with a traditional garage door look

For a traditional garage door look, steel and wood doors are ideal choices to make your garage exterior design really stand out. These traditional style garage doors provide a timeless look for your home’s exterior and nowadays are highly customizable to beautifully complement most architectural designs. The range of colour choices available also allows you to match or complement your home’s notable exterior features, such as siding, shutters, and your front door.

For a more rustic garage exterior design look, wood garage doors come in a variety of wood species to satisfy your preferences. And if you’re drawn to the warm look of wood but deterred by the maintenance they can require, there’s another option. Durable steel garage doors can have realistic-looking faux wood composite overlays added to their design, giving you a traditional, high quality wood garage door look without the maintenance.

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The timeless and refined look of wood garage doors, which are nicely offset by colourful flowers in urn planters.

2. Carriage house doors add a classic look to your garage exterior design

If you’re partial to a more classic look for your garage exterior design, carriage house garage doors are your best choice. These distinct steel, wood, and fibreglass garage doors add a retro, yet stylish aesthetic to your home’s exterior.

And while these garage doors may have an old-fashioned barn door-style look, they come with the advantages of modern design features. Improved durability, quieter operation, better reliability, and loads of options (including raised or recessed panel customization) marry the old with the new to fulfill your classic-looking garage exterior design needs.

3. Enhance your garage exterior design with the right windows and custom hardware

An important component of traditional and carriage house garage door customization also includes giving you the opportunity to accentuate your doors by adding windows to them. Adding more detail to your garage doors by selecting from a wide range of window styles and layout patterns can add an extra measure of appeal to a garage’s exterior look.

Even the smaller details with your garage door can make the difference between it contributing to a mediocre or eye-catching garage exterior design. Customizing your garage doors even further with the right custom hardware (like latches and pull handles) can further enhance their appearance.

4. A modern garage door look can turn heads

If traditional isn’t your style, go modern instead. A striking full view aluminum garage door designed with clean lines has a very simple, yet attention-grabbing appearance. When paired with your home’s modern architecture, corrosion-resistant full view aluminum garage doors combined with glass panels make a bold statement that shows off a stylish and tasteful garage exterior design look.

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Modern architecture complemented by stylish full view aluminum garage doors.

5. Showcase your garage exterior design with tasteful lighting

The right type of lighting can give a major boost to curb appeal and the appearance of your garage’s exterior. There are many lighting options available to help bring out the best in your garage exterior design look, including floodlights, wall-mounted lighting, recessed lighting, and solar lighting.

Placement of the lighting will obviously be key. When planning how your garage lighting will be set up, keep in mind how it will look from further away. Also remember that along with showing off your garage exterior and making it easier to navigate in the garage entrance area, you also want the lighting to function as a security deterrent against thieves.

6. Clean up your garage’s exterior appearance with aluminum capping

Any garage exterior looks better with aluminum capping added to the wooden doorframe. Wrapping your doorframe with capping projects a cleaner, more finished look for the exterior of your garage.

You’ll also save hours of future work because aluminum capping removes the need for scraping, staining, and painting your wooden doorframe every few years. Another benefit of capping is that it can improve your home’s energy efficiency by decreasing drafts that occur around garage doorframes.   

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Aluminum capping adds a more finished look to a garage doorframe.

7. Don’t forget your garage exterior when landscaping

When landscaping, don’t forget that your garage exterior can benefit from the addition of foliage to enhance its appearance. Tastefully placed hanging baskets, wall planters, urn planters, or a trellis around a garage exterior with well-manicured foliage can further enhance your home’s appearance and make it look even more welcoming.

Upgrade your garage exterior design to improve your home’s overall exterior look

Overlooking your garage exterior design will negatively impact the overall look your home and, by extension, your curb appeal. Investing in your garage exterior’s appearance can result in a home that stands apart from all others in your neighbourhood. You’ll also reap the future benefits that come with the boost to your home’s resale value that garage upgrades provide.

Find out more about how we can help with improvements to your garage exterior design by scheduling your free in-home consultation today.

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9 Reasons Why A Full View Aluminum Garage Door Turns Heads

There are plenty of great choices in Garage Living’s extensive collection of garage doors. Our high quality steel, fibreglass, and wood garage doors are all worth considering when the time to replace your garage door arrives.

If you’re really looking to add that extra degree of flourish to your home’s exterior appearance, nothing beats a full view aluminum garage door, however. Here’s nine reasons a full view aluminum garage door should be at or near the top of your list of garage door replacement choices.

1. A full view aluminum garage door has a unique look and boosts curb appeal

Aluminum might not sound like the type of garage door material that can create a striking look capable of turning the heads of passersby. In fact, when the raw industrial appearance of the aluminum garage door frame is combined with the clean and stylish look of glass panels, you get a very unique-looking garage door.

Remember that up to one third of your home’s front exterior can be taken up by your garage doors. You’ll really accentuate that important home space by choosing full view aluminum garage doors. They’ll immediately set your home apart aesthetically from the houses of your neighbours and nicely boost your curb appeal and home value.

2. Complement your home’s contemporary look with a full view aluminum garage door

If your home’s architecture has a modern and contemporary look, a full view aluminum garage door is the perfect choice to complement it and add high visual appeal. Even if your home has a more traditional look, an aluminum door will add a lot to its appearance.

The high degree of customization features with aluminum garage doors make it easier to match and complement the exterior decor of your house. For example, you can coordinate the look of your garage door to match the look of your front door.

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3. There are many aluminum garage door frame options to choose from

The aluminum frame of your garage door presents many design options to choose from. There are numerous glazing options available. You can also have the aluminum on your garage door powder coated in just about any colour of your choosing. Powder coating gives the surface it’s applied to a much more resilient finish than traditional paint coatings.

4. Customize your aluminum garage door with lots of window and glass panel options

One of the big selling points with aluminum garage doors are the wide array of options when it comes to adding window and glass panels. You can choose panels and windows that let less or more light into your garage.

You can also decide where you’d like the panels and windows to be located on the garage door (horizontally, vertically, a combination of both, or other unconventional layouts). Here are other examples of the available custom features you can add:

  • tempered glass panels for extra durability
  • insulated glass panels for improved energy efficiency
  • acrylic and solid aluminum panels
  • clear glass for more light transfer to garage interior
  • tinted, frosted, and translucent glass panels that allow light to enter the garage, yet still maintain your privacy
  • decorative window and panel designs with textures

5. Enjoy the benefits of natural lighting while working in the garage

If you spend a lot of time working out or just working in the garage, you might enjoy having natural light illuminating your space. However, you may be reluctant to keep your garage door open due to bad weather or concerns of privacy and the high noise levels your work creates. Your garage may also lack any windows.

With a full view aluminum garage door, you can enjoy the benefits of natural light in your garage, even when the door is closed. Add larger clear glass windows for maximum light penetration. You can also improve the lighting in your garage by upgrading to one of our high quality LED garage lighting fixtures.

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6. Add garage door insulation to improve energy efficiency

Adding insulation to any garage door will have a positive effect on the energy efficiency of your home. It’s strongly recommended for aluminum garage doors because aluminum has higher conductive properties than steel. Having panels and windows on an aluminum garage door can also make it more difficult to keep cold and heat in and out of your garage. As such, look at the aforementioned insulated glass panel option.

It’s also worth noting that insulation improves the strength of any garage door. One of the admitted drawbacks of aluminum doors is that the lighter nature of aluminum does make it prone to denting. You’ll want the kinds to find an area other than your driveway for playing ball hockey.

7. A full view aluminum garage door is lightweight

The lightweight nature of an aluminum garage door does require a little more care to be taken around it, but there are also benefits to this. A lighter garage door puts less strain on the door system’s torsion springs and your electric garage door opener. Another plus is that it’s easier to manually open a lighter garage door if the power should go out.

8. Aluminum garage doors are long-lasting and require virtually no maintenance

The full view aluminum garage door frame is made from resilient anodized aluminum. This, combined with the powder coated finish, will ensure your door doesn’t experience problems with rust or corrosion. For homeowners living in coastal areas, that’s something to consider. Along with the long-lasting durability an aluminum garage door provides, you’ll also enjoy the fact that they require virtually no maintenance.

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9. An aluminum garage door is more environmentally friendly

For those that are a little more conscious of the environmental footprint they create, consider that the aluminum contained in an aluminum garage door can be fully recycled when the door’s lifespan has ended.

Learn more about full view aluminum garage doors by visiting our showroom

You can learn more about what a head-turning full view aluminum garage door adds to your home by visiting a Garage Living showroom.

One of our design consultants can also visit your home to discuss your garage door options and suggest ways to enhance your garage’s interior and exterior even further, such as by adding aluminum capping to your garage door’s frame. Schedule your free in-home design consultation with one of our representatives today.

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9 Useful Tips For Getting Your Spouse On-board For A Garage Renovation

Your garage floor is cracked and crumbling, you’re unable to park your vehicles inside due to excess clutter, and you lack adequate garage storage space. That garage renovation you’ve always wanted couldn’t be more needed.

Unfortunately, your spouse needs convincing. Perhaps their concerns simply require them receiving a little more education about the process and the value it will have. So how do you get your spouse on-board for a garage renovation? Try these nine useful tips:

1. Do your homework about a garage renovation

Your first step will be to do some homework about what’s involved in a garage renovation. You don’t need to have all the answers. Just arm yourself with enough facts and information to adequately support your reasons for wanting a garage makeover and have a general idea of what should be expected with one. Poor preparation when discussing this project with your reluctant spouse will only hinder your case.

Visualize what you want your garage renovation to include. Sketch out how you want your new garage to look and learn a little about the products that might be used to realize this vision. You can learn more about our products on our website and also by visiting a Garage Living showroom.

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2. Explain how a garage renovation will improve your family’s daily lives

Now it’s time to share your findings with your spouse. Explain to them that a garage renovation will make your family’s lives more comfortable and convenient. Use the following examples:

  • Specialty storage racks, a slatwall storage system , and garage cabinetry will eliminate garage clutter and free up floor space
  • Keeping the garage organized improves its functionality and allows your spouse to park their vehicles inside the garage, which provides protection from the elements and keeps them and your vehicles safer
  • Adding a garage door opener makes daily life more convenient, especially with modern features like MyQ® Technology that lets you monitor and control your garage door from anywhere via a smartphone
  • A durable Floortex™ floor coating will completely transform the look of your garage and is very easy to keep clean
  • A stylish new garage door and aluminum capping will boost your home’s curb appeal and improve its energy efficiency

3. Appeal to your partner’s self-interest

Appeal to the self-interest of your partner and incorporate their storage needs into the garage’s design. Are they an exercise or sports buff? Create a section of the garage that they can use as an exercise area. This could include slatwall panels and slatwall accessories for storing their equipment. Here’s an example of a fitness-themed garage:

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A slatwall system is also ideal for storing the belongings of anyone who enjoys gardening or yard work. Create a designated wall for your spouse to store their tools and gardening apparel. Maybe your spouse’s favourite hobby requires a workshop. We can create a great garage workspace using our high quality cabinetry and even add a foldaway workbench.

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4. Have your spouse research how satisfied homeowners are after a garage renovation

Get your spouse Googling and they’ll find an overwhelming number of homeowners who have undergone a garage renovation and are thrilled with the results. They can research review sites like Yelp, home improvement forums, and social media sites that feature information sharing about home-related topics, such as on Houzz.

5. Bring your spouse to our large showroom

Visit our large showroom with your spouse. You can get an up-close look at every single high quality product we offer and view fully outfitted garage displays. Seeing our products in person will give your skeptical spouse a better sense of the value of our garage improvement solutions. Our helpful staff will be happy to answer any questions you and your spouse might have about our products and services.

6. Have your spouse look at before and after garage makeover photos

Before and after photos can be very helpful for showing just what kind of transformative effect a makeover can have on a garage. We’re experts at taking cluttered and drab garage spaces and turning them into a part of your home that’s functional, organized, and attractive. Here’s an example:

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Garage Living client’s garage before makeover

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The same garage after the makeover

7. Remind your spouse that a garage renovation adds value to your home

Undergoing a garage renovation now may require spending money, but remind your spouse it’s a sensible investment. Improvements made to your garage, especially the high quality improvements Garage Living can add, do more than just make your family’s lives easier. They’ll also increase the value of your home.

In fact, a garage door replacement has one of the best returns on investment for home renovation projects. If your family should ever decide to move, the improvements made to your garage will definitely not go unnoticed by potential buyers.

8. Choose a reputable garage makeover company

One of your spouse’s concerns may be the quality of work that will go into a garage makeover. Garage Living is a rapidly growing company that has completed many thousands of garage makeovers throughout North America. Our experienced team of designers, installers, and service personnel place the utmost priority in ensuring the work our customers receive meets the high standards Garage Living has set for itself.

9. Learn more about a garage renovation during your free in-home consultation

A garage remodel shouldn’t cause tension between you and your partner. Maintain good communication, be understanding of each other’s concerns and wishes, and arrive at decisions that ensure you’re both satisfied with your garage renovation project. 

By scheduling your free in-home consultation, one of our design experts can assess your garage space and answer all of your garage renovation questions.

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Why These 3 Simple Garage Makeover Tips Will Completely Transform Your Space

Transforming your garage from a drab, cluttered, and poorly functioning space to a bright, clean, and highly functional area of your home is easier than you think. Use these three simple garage makeover tips and your garage will soon be fulfilling the potential it’s always had.

1. Give your garage a great base with a Floortex™ floor coating

Upgrading your garage floor with an application of Floortex™ floor coating can transform the entire look, feel, and functionality of your garage. After all, the floor is the largest single surface in your garage and it serves as the foundation for the entire space. 

A Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating creates an attractive base and it’s available in 15 colours. That makes it easy to choose a colour that complements the rest of your garage interior. We can have it applied in as little as one day and in just about any temperature setting. You can’t say the same about epoxy floor coatings. Their application involves a much lengthier process that also requires very specific temperature conditions, which can be disruptive to your daily routine.

Here’s some additional benefits of choosing a Floortex™ floor coating:

  • provides excellent resistance to most household chemicals, including oil, gas, and salt, as well as tire rubber
  • hides dirt and dust well and is very easy to maintain
  • has a UV stable topcoat that preserves the floor’s glossy finish
  • textured surface which provides more traction than traditional epoxy coatings
  • provides exceptional abrasion and impact resistance

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2. Get smart garage organization solutions for reducing clutter

Garages should be able to function as a multi-purpose space that serves as a work area and storage area for tools, other belongings, and vehicles. Many garages fail to function to their true potential in these areas due to poor storage and organization systems that fail to keep clutter at a minimum.

One of the garage makeover tips that will solve this problem is to simply choose smart and effective garage organization solutions. We have many to choose from, including:

  • Garage cabinets – choose from our wide variety of storage cabinet lines for the system that works for your needs and budget. All of our garage cabinetry is made from high quality materials that are built to last.
  • Slatwall storage – adding a slatwall panel system to your garage maximizes its storage space, making it one of your best weapons against clutter. Use more than 40 slatwall hanging accessories for plenty of versatility.
  • Specialty storage racks – our heavy duty storage solutions take care of just about anything else in your garage that can’t be hung on your slatwall. We have overhead racks, tire racks, shelving units, and much more.

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3. Boost your curb appeal with a new garage door

Good garage makeover tips should help you improve the functionality and looks of your garage. Adding a new garage door accomplishes both of these things and is one of the most impactful ways to boost your curb appeal. That’s because garage doors can account for as much as one third of a home’s front exterior.

Technological advances have made today’s garage doors much more durable and energy efficient. It’s also easier than ever to choose a style and design that both aligns with your aesthetic preferences and complements your exterior decor. Steel garage doors are our most popular choice for homeowners. They offer great durability, require little maintenance, and come with plenty of design options.

Our wood garage door collection offers plenty of choices for those seeking a warmer, more traditional look for their garage exterior. In contrast, full view aluminum garage doors provide a bolder, more modern appearance with their raw industrial look featuring glass panels. Durable and low-maintenance fibreglass garage doors are another sensible option to consider.

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These garage makeover tips are proven to transform any garage space

These garage makeover tips work wonders for any garage space. We have thousands of garage remodel projects and satisfied customers throughout North America that prove it. To begin your garage transformation, schedule your free in-home consultation with one of our design experts.

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How Overlooking Garage Curb Appeal Hurts Your Home’s Curb Appeal

“Curb appeal” is defined by Merriam Webster dictionary as “the visual attractiveness of a house as seen from the street”. Garage curb appeal is especially important because your garage door is the most noticeable feature of your home’s exterior.

When it comes to improving curb appeal, the garage tends to get overlooked. Sure, your home’s walkway, driveway, roofing, and landscaping need a refresh every several years, but your garage is no different. Remember that ignoring your garage curb appeal affects your home’s overall curb appeal. With this in mind, let’s look at some ways that your garage curb appeal can be improved.

A stylish and attractive garage door is essential for curb appeal

As much as 30% of a house’s exterior can be taken up by garage doors. A smartly chosen garage door can have just as much of a positive impact on curb appeal as a poorly chosen garage door (or an old and faded door) impacts negatively on your home’s appearance. It simply doesn’t make much sense to spend a sizable amount of time and money on your property’s exterior appearance, while ignoring how up to one third of that exterior looks.

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Lots of garage door design choices broadens the opportunity to enhance your curb appeal

Consumers have a huge selection of garage door styles and custom options to choose from nowadays. The range of design possibilities with the steel, wood, fibreglass, and full view aluminum garage doors available for homes today means that finding the door that makes the most impactful difference to your curb appeal is easier than it’s ever been before.

An ultra-modern full view aluminum garage door with glass panels will beautifully complement your home’s contemporary architecture. If the classic look is more to your liking, a carriage house garage door works nicely, as will one of the many appealing styles from our wood door collection.

Two more reasons to ensure your garage door is up-to-date

In addition to the dominant exterior aesthetics they provide, garage doors are an important element of any home for two more reasons:

  • Garage doors are one of the most frequently used doors in homes. Therefore, they need to be in good working order to be able to handle the frequent use they’ll get.
  • Garage doors are an access point to your home, so you need your door to be secure from potential thieves. Having a sturdy and reliable garage door for your home should be considered an essential. A MyQ Technology garage security system allows you to ensure your garage is secure, even when you’re not home.

Garage doors provide a very high return on your investment

Improving your garage curb appeal by upgrading your garage door represents a sound investment on your part. In fact, adding a new garage door to your home provides one of the highest returns on investment when it comes to home improvement projects. As much as 90% of your costs for a new garage door can be recouped. Obviously, this is highly beneficial when it comes time for you to sell your house.

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Aluminum capping also boosts your garage curb appeal

Another way to boost garage curb appeal is to have aluminum capping added around your garage door. Aluminum capping, which involves covering up your wooden doorframe with aluminum sheeting, has several benefits:

  • it gives your home exterior a clean, finished look and attractively complements a new garage door
  • aluminum capping is highly durable and requires no maintenance
  • you’ll no longer need to perform maintenance involving scraping, staining, and painting your wooden garage doorframe every few years
  • aluminum capping can also improve your home’s energy efficiency

Garage curb appeal matters when it comes to selling your home

A garage with strong curb appeal is something you’ll undoubtedly appreciate and take great pride in while living in your home. Furthermore, when you’re ready to move, garage curb appeal can have a significant impact on the house’s sale. First impressions are important and prospective buyers are much more likely to have a positive initial reaction to a home possessing strong garage curb appeal.

If your garage’s exterior appearance is hurting your home’s curb appeal, Garage Living has solutions to help. Schedule your free consultation with one of our design experts and you’ll be taking your first step in the right direction to improve your garage curb appeal.

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