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Finding the right custom garage doors for your home does not have to be difficult if you take the time to do a small amount of preparation.  The effort is worth it because garage doors can add an incredible amount of charm to the overall curb appeal of your home, raise resale value, and even increase its value.

Matching your home’s architectural style

Thanks to the increasing popularity of having custom garage doors, manufacturers are putting out an amazing collection of styles to match your home’s unique architectural design.  When looking for garage doors, you want to make note of any special architectural features on your home such as arches, gables, dormer windows, and crossed beams.  This will help you narrow down the list of potential doors for your garage.


While garage doors have had window options on them for a while now, it is possible to make sure that the windows on your doors echo the windows on your home.  If your home has paned windows, copy that look in your garage doors.  For a contemporary residence, select custom garage doors that use the same simple concept with three or four small windows equally spaced apart.

Garage door openers

As you select your garage door, don’t forget to give some attention to the choice of a garage door opener.  The type of door that you choose is going to impact the decision you make regarding an opener since there are several different kinds and some are better for certain types of garage doors than others.  For example, if you are planning to put in doors made out of wood, which can be quite heavy, you want to make sure that the garage door opener you select is strong enough to support its weight.

Wood or some other material

Wood garage doors are still extremely popular but there are some things that you should take into consideration when deciding on whether or not you want to have doors for your garage made from wood.  Wood doors will require more maintenance than other types of garage doors since it is a natural material that is subject to damage from the weather, insects, and sunlight.  If you like the look of wood but do not want to have to deal with maintenance, then you may want to look at custom garage doors made out of a composite material, aluminum, or steel.

Garage door types

There are four different types of garage doors that you can choose from:  carriage doors which open outward, barn doors that slide, the roll up garage door, and the traditional door that simply rises.  It is important to consider what you use your garage for, and how much space you have, when deciding on a garage door type.  Carriage doors add a feeling of elegance but require a long driveway while roll-up garage doors will take up ceiling space.