If your homes exterior is looking a little dated, one way you can update its appearance is by changing your garage door.
Old garage doors can make a home look worn out and unattractive, that’s why installing fresh new garage doors is a good idea. There are many different styles of garage doors to choose from, including roller shutter, up and over or swing open.
Swing open garage doors are becoming a new favourite amongst homeowners, the style of swing open door can be made unique in its design, meaning you can stand out from your neighbours. Whilst swing open garage doors are predominantly made out of wood, they can be made with other materials too. A strong wooden structure provides good security to your garage and home. The wooden doors can also include window sections at the top of the door for added style and enhance light entry to the garage.
Timber garage doors can look clean, minimalistic and modern, yet they can also appear traditional with a fine historic character.
It all depends on the type of design you choose, but there’s no doubt about it, timber garage doors offer a completely different style to standard up and over doors or roller shutters. Timber doors are available in a variety of styles and finishes, and whether you’d like a manual or automatic door, there are options out there. Whether you own a modern 3 bedroom house in the city or a traditional property in the country, a timber door can give your home the finishing touches. With timber you’re guarantee style, strength and durability, and you can of course finish the material how you want, whether that be by oiling it, painting it or applying varnish. We feel timber doors should always have a place on the market, and they’re actually more popular now than they were a few years ago, but that said, they can be expensive.
If you feel your homes exterior is in need to a makeover, have you considered changing the colour of your garage door? Garage doors that have faded over the years can really make your home look a lot more ‘run down’ than it actually is. A simple ‘lick of paint’ may be all you need to revamp your home back to life.
What colour is best for your garage door?
Garage doors can be painted in a variety of colours, depending on your style. It is recommended that you select a colour that possibly matches your front door, or even your window frame colours. If you are looking to stand out from your neighbours and opt for a bold colour that is eye catching and attractive. When it comes to choosing a colour you must consider the other colours of your house, such as the roof tiles, brick colour and surrounding trees or plants, as the colour you select may clash with these.
How do I prepare my garage door for painting?
You should clean all areas of your door, making it free from drain and grime. Each area must be cleaned thoroughly, with each ridge and section wiped separately. You should leave the door to air dry, once completely dry, lay down your splash sheets and get painting.
Your garage is an important part of your home, that is why choosing the right garage door may require some extra thought. The two popular choices of garage doors are roller shutter and sectional, but which one is right for your home?
Roller shutter garage doors are usually made up of two aluminium sheets filled with foam, each horizontal sheet is attached to the other at the top and bottom, allowing the door to bend around the roller as it opens. This type of door is a good option if you have a smaller garage space, however it will require more head room compared to other garage door styles. Roller shutter doors can come in a variety of colours and usually have a laminate finish to them. When it comes to choosing a colour, matching with the front door or window frames is recommended as they will complement the door. Roller shutter garage doors can be installed with a manual or electronic opening system; this is an added extra which really depends on the homeowner’s preference.
Sectional garage doors are available in a variety of materials, such as, aluminium, timber or fibreglass panels, this means you have a much wider range of design and colour options available. Sectional doors require more space within the garage to allow for the doors to open, meaning this option is usually only suitable for the larger garages.
Security is an important factor to consider when choosing between these two types of garage doors. A roller shutter door tends to be more secure then the sectional door, due to its structure and locking systems. This said, you could install other security measures to your sectional garage door if you wanted to.
There really is no right or wrong garage door, it really does come down to personal choice. Get your garage door installed by a professional, and select a company that provides you with a warranty.
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