Is a Carriage Door the Right Choice for Your Garage Remodel?

Blue Sky Builders carriage-style garage doorsIf you have been spending more time at home lately, you may be thinking about how you would like to improve the value of your house. One way of doing so is renovating your garage, which may include building onto it to increase its square footage or simply replacing the windows or door. There are many different styles of garage doors from which homeowners can choose. For example, some may have windows, while others do not. If you are considering carriage-style garage doors, you may want to go with the traditional “swing out” doors or a faux design that looks like carriage doors but opens up and down like today’s more modern garage doors. 

Boosting Your Curb Appeal

Garage doors play a pivotal role in your home’s “curb appeal,” which is what people first notice when driving by or pulling up to your house. Carriage garage doors can be aesthetically pleasing compared to a classic style door, and they may also offer some other benefits, depending on how much space you have in your garage and the way you want your door to open. If you prefer the swing style, you must ensure to have sufficient clearance in front of your garage so there is adequate space for the door to swing out without hitting anything.

Often called “barn-style garage doors,” carriage doors date back to the era when space was needed to house horse-drawn carriages. These doors were originally crafted from wood, so natural wood finishes are common for this type of garage door. A carriage door can offer the best of both worlds, with the rustic charm of the olden days paired with the modern convenience of a door that opens and closes remotely. Some may even be made of steel but have the appearance of wood. Window choices range from plain glass to artistic etched glass with beveled inserts.

Some of the main features of today’s carriage doors include:

  • Handcrafted with insulated construction
  • Window or arched top sections for multiple door designs
  • Paint or stained wood (hemlock, cedar, or redwood)
  • Swing-out appearance with overhead operation

Carriage garage door prices depend on the materials used, the level of insulation, and more. Materials such as composite are typically more affordable than natural wood. Remember that the majority of homeowners only need to replace their garage door once in their lifetime, so it is important to install the door you want, since it is an investment that you and your family can enjoy for many years, and it can also increase the overall value of your home.

Contact a DuPage County Custom Garage Professional

Changing your garage door can enhance the appearance of your entire garage while also being environmentally friendly when some types of materials are used. At Blue Sky Builders, our skilled team of professionals has over 40 years of experience building and renovating custom garages of all sizes and types. Our dedicated Downers Grove garage specialists keep up to date on the latest technology that makes garages more cost-effective and energy efficient. To learn more, call us today at 630-852-8485 to arrange a free estimate.

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