Wouldn’t it be nice if picking garage door styles was like playing a game of eeny meeny, miny, moe? Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, catch a tiger by the toe, if he hollers, let him go. My mama told me to pick this one right over…here! Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, there’s no need to read any further within this article, right? Wrong!
Though many of us wish that selecting our perfect garage door was that easy, oftentimes–most times– it’s not that simple. There are a variety of garage door styles, colors, finishes, and design options to choose from. And what’s even more of a challenge is that there are several options within those options! That’s why in this article we’ll be breaking down the difference between each of the visual elements of your garage door and exploring garage door styles that wow. Keep reading to learn more!
Style Vs. Design
Do you know the difference between style and design? If not, you’re not alone. These words are too often used interchangeably in a broad sense to describe the way that your garage door appears on the outside. However, these two words describe inherently different things. So let’s start by sorting out some basic definitions.
Style refers to the way that something looks on the outside. In this case, that’d be your garage door! When garage door experts talk about the style of your door, you’ll most commonly hear phrases like “this is a traditional style door” or other similar descriptions. This is because the way that your garage door looks on the outside will typically fall into three main categories which work together with the exterior of your home to promote visual unity or cohesion.
Design refers to the way that something was built and how it operates on a foundational level. Materials, for example, are an element of your garage door that fall under the category of design. Why? Because the materials that make up your garage door will always inevitably control how it functions by impacting factors like its weight, the amount of insulation your garage receives, and more.
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A Blend Of Both
When it comes down to garage door customization, you’ll see the phrase “design your door” floating around a lot. This process will include you selecting the elements of your garage door like the materials, colors, and other factors listed above. Given what we discussed in the previous section, you now know why the term “design” is used there in place of the term “style.”
With that in mind, let’s combine the two! The way that you craft or arrange your design elements to appear on your door is what makes your garage door’s style. So without further ado, let’s break down the three most common ones: traditional, modern, and carriage.
Traditional style garage doors are the most common ones that you’ll see on your day to day commute. They are easy to spot because they are typically known for the following elements:
- Raised or recessed rectangular elements on the garage door panels
- White or grey paint color
- Minimal windows
- Rectangular window cutouts along the top panel
- Steel or vinyl material
Modern garage door style is all about elegance and timelessness. It uses clean lines and angular shapes to promote a minimal, chic feel and, usually incorporates glass in both traditional and creative ways for more stylistic flair. These doors are easy to spot by the following elements:
- Grid-like glass panels
- Sleek wood
- Clean lines
- Window cutouts along one side
- Natural materials and tones
- Pops of color
The carriage style garage door is the more senior of the three in terms of longevity. This style has been around since, well… there were carriages. Traditionally, these doors swing outward– and still can– but in today’s age, manufacturers create this door style mostly for aesthetics but incorporate motorized functionality like any other modern door. You’ll notice that these garage door styles have the following elements:
- Wooden materials
- Brass, bronze, or wooden hardware
- Maintains the appearance of there being two doors that open from the center
- Arched shapes
- Lots of natural elements and earthy tones
Selecting Your Style
Now that you’re armed with a bit more information, it’s time to select your style. Shall we play eeny, meeny, miny, moe again? Give our garage door specialists a call today at (734) 892-1361 and we’ll be more than happy to indulge you with styling options and answer any additional questions you may have. Our goal is to provide you with garage door styles that wow. Contact us to get started on your new installation or upgrade today!