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2016 Garage Door Trends

By on Apr 15, 2016
2016 Garage Door Trends

Curb appeal is becoming increasingly important to homeowners. They’re looking for the best way to make their homes stand out and increase property values.

The question is where should it start? Look no further than the garage door. A garage door is more than a large entryway into the home, but it’s also a way to distinguish a home from the others on the block. Garage doors are being used much differently than in the past. That’s why we’re going to explain what the biggest garage door trends are today. 

Garage Door Color Trends

Garage Design Trends

How a garage door looks is incredibly important to homeowners. There is only one chance to make a first impression. Garage doors are the largest entryway to the home and are typically the focal point of a home’s exterior. Homeowners are taking this opportunity to design their own garage doors rather than purchasing a standard door. It’s important to make the most of this large space and many are doing so in interesting ways.

Garage Doors are Getting Bigger

Larger garage doors are all the rage now. Homeowners are tending to make larger openings for their garage doors when building or renovating their homes. This gives the owner a larger canvas to work with and allows more space for creativity. The larger doors also stand out and increase curb appeal.

Bold Colors Create A More Vibrant Garage

White and tan garage doors are fading in popularity. Homeowners are becoming bolder with their choice in garage door colors. They are trying to build a concept based around the color of their home. Homeowners want their garage doors to complement their exterior. In turn, this increases the home’s curb appeal and causes the garage to stand out amongst the neighbors.

More unique colors also allow owners to stylize their home based on their personality and design sense. It gives them an opportunity express themselves in a way white or tan garage doors can’t.

Wood Garage Doors

Fake It ‘Til You Make it: Faux Wood Garage Doors

Wood doors add a level of sophistication to a home. They increase curb appeal and the value. The only issue is wood doors are extremely expensive. Homeowners are already making an investment to install their garage door. This is why homeowners are turning to fiberglass or steel garage doors. They can get a door that looks like wood for a fraction of the cost. In addition, fiberglass garage doors increase R-values (insulation) and that saves even more money!

Let the Light Shine In: Large Windows on Garage Doors

A beautiful window in the living room can increase the curb appeal. Why should it be any different for a garage door? As they’re becoming bigger, the windows on them are becoming larger as well. It gives the door an interesting aesthetic that is increasing in popularity.

The windows also help improve the inside of the garage. Garages don’t have to be dark areas void of sunlight. Homeowners are welcoming sunlight into their garage with the larger windows. Much like home windows, homeowners want the windows larger in their garage because they allow more light in and give the best outside views.

Garage Lighting

Garage Functionality Trends

Not all trends are aesthetic; some include the efficiency of the garage door or how it is used by the homeowner. How garage doors operate has changed over time, especially over the last few decades as technology has improved and family size and structure has changed.

Garages Aren’t Only for Cars

Sometimes, garages aren’t used for the owners’ cars. They are turning their garage into an additional room for their home. Workshops, spare bedrooms and family rooms are some examples of what owners are creating with their garage.

Many families are becoming larger and extended families are living together. They need the extra room to accommodate everyone comfortably. Homeowners are often turning their garages into extra bedrooms so everyone has a place to sleep. This means the door needs to be well insulated so the room’s temperature remains controlled.

Bedrooms aren’t the only way to accommodate families comfortably. Extra living spaces are created as places friends and family gather. Since the garage is becoming a room people spend more time in, it could be another reason why larger windows are trending.

Garage Trends

Well Insulated Garage Doors Keep the Outside Out

With garages becoming more than an area to store their car, homeowners are looking for ways to make the room more comfortable. This is why insulated garage doors are trending. They prevent harsh temperatures from getting into the home and air or heat from escaping.

Outside noises are also reduced with the added insulation. If the garage has been converted into a bedroom, preventing outside noise from being heard is ideal. Who would want their sleep disturbed?

Improved insulation isn’t only trending with owners using their garage as an extra living space. It also improves the insulation of the home altogether. This is especially true where the garage shares an adjacent wall with a room inside the home. The improved insulation will decrease how hard the owner’s heating and cooling systems have to work to reach a set temperature. Heat and air will be trapped inside which means the owner saves money on their bills.

Open Garage With A Smartphone

Open the Garage with A Smartphone

What can’t be done with a smartphone? As technology evolves, the demand for smart products does too. This is why smart garage door openers are trending. Homeowners can now open and close their garage door with their tablet or smartphone. Smart garage door openers provide the owner with peace of mind that they didn’t leave their door open. They are able to close it from anywhere!

No Work is Good Work: Reliable Garage Doors

As technology improves, the expectations of homeowners change. They want their garage doors to require little to no maintenance. With the hustle and bustle of a typical day, homeowners don’t want to worry about their garage doors not working or malfunctioning. In addition, garage door repair isn’t cheap.

Conclusion

Garage door trends are a product of the time and current ideology. Technology and self-expression have dictated what is trending. Homeowners want to express themselves with color and larger doors and windows. Technology gives them peace of mind and the ability to always control temperatures. Increased family sizes mean that homeowners need extra living space to gather and interact together. That living space needs to be comfortable. As these factors change, garage door trends will change with them.


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