When you think about the attractiveness of your home, you may not immediately consider the way your garage door looks. However, every time a neighbor walks by, or someone who might be interested in buying a property in your neighborhood, there is one single thing that will be noticed by all these people. It’s not your front door or your windows or roof; it’s your garage door!
When you speak to a real estate agent, they’ll talk to you about how the architecture of the home shows your sense of aesthetic, your style, and your values. Your garage door might represent between 25 and 40% of the façade of your house, which means that it needs to complement the rest of your home.
While it might seem like a small detail, you also want to start by liking your garage door! You want to appreciate it the same way you did the last new car you brought home. We have some suggestions to help you love your garage door as much as you do your car or home.
Keep things spic and span
You likely appreciate and are proud of your car, which means taking care of it. The same needs to be done with your garage door. A simple way to remember this is to wash down the garage door anytime you wash your vehicle. If you aren’t sure how to do this, don’t worry! Use the same cleaner that you put on your car and then make sure to rinse it thoroughly. If you want a beautiful shine, you can apply liquid was. It’s no more complicated than any other cleaning job. If you want a bit more in-depth knowledge, like how to remove tricky stains, you can peruse this text.
What about a coat of paint?
Putting a new coat of paint on your garage door is an excellent way to rejuvenate it. If you aren’t sure how to start, that’s alright. If you own a sectional metal garage door but want to switch up the color, all you need to do is follow these instructions.
Here are a few tips to start:
- Many of the largest paint companies offer a design center, which can help you coordinate the colors on the exterior of your home. You can start with the three below:
- While your style may differ from others, here is some basic advice:
- For those with a double garage door of around 16” wide, avoid dark colors because, from the street, only the garage door will be seen. Use a light color, so the rest of your home is noticeable.
- If you have a single door around 8” or 8” wide, there are fewer things to worry about. You can use any color you enjoy but should avoid anything ultra-bright.
- It depends on the style of your home, but in most cases, we recommend painting the front door a color that stands out, but not the same color as the garage door. You can add additional décor to your porch or door, as well.
Try adding a set of decorative windows
Adding a set of windows to your garage door has more than one benefit. It’s a great way to add a fresh look to the door, but it also has practical applications.
As far as practical matters go, windows give your garage much more natural light. If you step out during the day, you don’t have to find a light switch to get around. As for aesthetic concerns, the perfect time to add decorative windows is when you change your front door. You can coordinate the two and really make your home look put-together and attractive.
One thing to remember is that if you currently have a garage door without windows, but wish to add them, it will affect your counterweight (spring) system. To learn more, read this.
Add some exterior decorations to your garage
Another way to show off the beauty of the garage door is by adding decorative features near it. One option is to install a pergola with a vine growing up it. This gives a warm focal point to the garage.
Another option here is to enhance the look of the garage door by installing exterior accent lighting via wall lanterns on each side of the door or in the soffits located over the door. For those who have a carriage-style home, lights that look like they came from the 60s, which are placed over the door, will fit perfectly and give a vintage look your family and friends will enjoy. Think about your style and trust your intuition, you can find some other ideas by visiting a site like Pinterest.
What to do for holidays and other special occasions
There are a ton of occasions that offer a chance to add some decoration to your garage door: Christmas, Halloween, NHL finals, the Super Bowl, and the changing of the seasons. You may already use decorations on your front door, all you need to do is extend that to the garage door. Just add a few elements that fit what’s at your front door. Pinterest has hundreds of ideas for decorating the garage door and your front door if you need extra inspiration.
Institute a quick checkup to be sure the door works appropriately year round
You’ve decided to use one or more of our tips for adding some pizzazz to your garage door. That’s excellent! However, that isn’t the end. You will need to make time to check out your garage from time to time to be sure it is working correctly. Thankfully, this won’t be too time-consuming.
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