Homes with front facing garage doors often take up to 40% of the frontal view of what people see from the street, and can have a tremendous impact on a home’s curb appeal. Using the ubiquitous white metal garage doors can make an otherwise beautiful house boring.
In a 2014 Professional Builder Magazine survey, 60% of respondents chose curb appeal and great design as the most important home exterior criteria when searching for a new home. Garage door upgrade is also one of the top ranked home improvements for return on investment, according to a survey conducted by Remodeling magazine. Of the 35 most popular home renovation projects, upgrades to garage doors ranked fourth in generating the biggest return on investment.
Homeowners have abundant overhead garage door design choices to improve curb appeal. These days, most garage door manufacturers offer stock “carriage house” garage doors with curb appeal costing from $700 to $1,500. Garage doors in this price category are typically made of non-insulated or insulated steel panels with different design options like embossed and raised panels, steel garage stamped with faux stiles, rails, cross-bracings and doors that are embossed with wood grains.
Homeowners can also splurge and choose higher premium doors costing $2,000 or more. The higher end doors are custom made handcrafted wood panel garage door, wooden carriage style doors swing-out or slider types garage doors used in pre-World War II era homes. Other high-end garage doors include solid wood doors, iron doors with exquisitely decorated wrought iron designs, and sleek contemporary design glass panel doors with tinted, mirrored, and frosted glass panels set in aluminum or wood frames. The door design can vary from shoji screen to French door to the look of a vintage gasoline service station.
Wooden garage door is still considered the king of garage doors, and is often used in luxury homes to improve a home’s curb appeal because it matches well with other architectural elements in a home. There is nothing quite as impressive as the beauty of a wooden garage door. A wood garage door adds warmth, character, elegance, and even a rustic appeal to a home. However, wood garage doors require regular upkeep (painting, staining, and sealing) because it is made of natural material that will deteriorate over time.
Over the years, garage door manufacturers have introduced new products to replicate the appearance of custom-made real wood garage doors. The products include wood pattern printing on steel garage doors; PVC wood boards, fiberglass composite, and polymer infused with glass or wood fiber composites. Until recently, none of these products were serious contenders to natural wood doors because they lack the realism of real wood. The latest innovation by Ranch House Doors and Clopay Canyon Ridge faux wood garage doors have solved the wood realism limitations used in older technologies. For example, Ranch House Doors Elements Collection’s faux wood technology marries the best of real wood’s beauty and polymer composite engineering. The Ranch House Doors faux wood claddings are molded from real wood to mimic the wood grain patterns and texture of natural wood. Ranch House Doors faux wood is molded from real wood to mimic the original wood grain patterns and texture. Unlike other composite materials that lacked wood realism, the Elements Collection high definition faux wood is lightweight, and replicates most of the wood grain details including natural wood imperfections such as worm holes, cracks, pockmarks, wood knots, and holes up to a quarter inch deep. Once installed, the custom faux wood garage door looks like a real wood garage door. The faux wood does not have the drawbacks of doors made from real wood. It is more durable and easier to upkeep than real wood doors that are exposed to the outdoors. Faux wood doors can withstand extreme temperature fluctuations (-20˚F to 200˚F) and climates with high humidity. An added bonus is faux wood is eco-friendly. It decreases the environmental impact by reducing the use of natural wood, especially endangered wood species that the faux wood cladding mimics.
Faux wood garage door prices are typically in the $2,000 to $4000 price range depending on the size, design and options selected. Faux wood garage door prices are not cheap, but the benefits of owning an environmentally friendly faux wood door in the long run may outweigh the cost and upkeep required of real wood garage doors.