Choosing a Garage Door Style to Suit Your Home

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Garage Door Style Tips

Your garage is more than a place to park your car. It is an extension of your home and can add curb appeal and increased value to your property.

The style choices for modern garage doors will enhance your home’s appearance, but which one should you choose?

Do you go for classic elegance or something with more of a modern appearance? Are you a fan of the look of steel or would you prefer the warmer, rustic aesthetic of a wooden garage door?

These are all questions to ask before settling on the perfect garage door style to suit your home.

In order to decide what will work best for your home, you have to be familiar with your options. These are the four most popular garage door styles that will complement the exteriors of most homes.


Traditional Raised Panel

Raised panel doors are very traditional and offer a classy and elegant look. This style of garage doors are so named because of the appearance of elevated panes on their outside. This type of door is common in most homes and is easily customizable.

One of the biggest benefits of raised panel doors is that they come fully-insulated with added windows. This is ideal for those looking for natural light in their garage, or those who use the space as an entertainment room.

Traditional Raised Panel


Transitional Recessed Panel

Recessed panel garage doors resemble raised panel doors, but instead of the panels being elevated, they’re sunken.

They’re typically made of steel and are very easy to maintain. This style incorporates a traditional look, but with a contemporary flare. The doors pop as perfect accents when paired with an older home.

Transitional Recessed Panel


Modern Flush Panel

These are perfect for an urban setting. The flat, marginally raised panelled doors have a contemporary look. This door is sleek and works well if you have arched door openings. Flush panel garage doors come insulated with windows and match well with classic and modern homes.

Recently, high-end subdivisions have been seeing an influx of flush panel doors as they’re comparative in price to other doors, while still giving a unique and rich look to the house.


Carriage House

You’ve no doubt seen carriage house garage doors. They’re extremely popular and resemble the doors you’d find on a horse’s stable. This style is popular both in interior and exterior home decor.

These doors appear to swing outward with the hinged hardware. However, they actually open overhead so that you get the distinctive look of a carriage style door with complete opening functionality.

Carriage House

Once you’ve selected your door type, you’ll need to decide what materials your garage doors will be made of.



Wood garage doors are available unfinished, painted, or in stain grade and often come in cedar, mahogany, and other hardwoods. They’re easy to customize and can adapt to any style.



Commonly made from galvanized steel, this material is more economical than wood and are common in modern homes. Steel garage doors can be painted to match your home and offer better insulation benefits than their wooden counterpart.



Fiberglass garage doors are lightweight, impact resistant, and virtually maintenance-free. They are available in quality factory finishes in popular designer colors and are also customizable to your home. These doors are both resilient and energy-efficient.

Whether you decide on raised, recessed, modern, or carriage house style doors, these garage doors will be a complement to any home.

Contact Garage Living to learn more about giving your home’s curb appeal an upgrade with new garage doors.

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