Hope everyone had an amazing and relaxing Christmas! I managed to eat my weight in food and sweets over the past few days. But it was soooo good!
With our house getting closer to completion, they have recently installed the garage doors. You guys, I've never been so excited to see garage doors! We're going to have hardware attached that will give it that carriage style look I've always wanted. Right now they are still plain as plain can be, but at least they're up!
Now that we're on the topic of garage doors, I have Home Depot sales associate, Angelo DiGangi, here to give you some tips on how to spruce up your garage doors!
Unique Garage Doors: Tips for Standing Out in Your Neighborhood
You see your garage door every time you pull up to your house, so why not have something original and inspiring to come home to? No matter how nice the exterior of your house may be, a bland or downright ugly garage door can drastically detract from your home's curb appeal.
Fortunately, there are plenty of unique options that will have you looking forward to pulling into your drive.
There are several different types of wood you can choose from including cedar, redwood, fir and meranti to give your garage door the high-end custom look that your neighbors will envy. You can also get prefinished doors that come in a variety of stains. A particularly unique approach is to get barn-looking doors that open out instead of up. If you have a more traditional house, garage doors with curved or clipped frames can add a level of distinction and classiness. Double arches work especially well for two-door garages.
Steel is a great choice if you want a nice-looking and insulated but low-maintenance garage door. You have the option to choose what color you want and to add windows if desired. You can also get a carriage house steel door that looks like swinging stable doors but still moves up and down like your standard garage door. Steel doors are less expensive than wood doors and are quite durable.
If you have a contemporary-style home, aluminum garage doors can be a great compliment to the sleek look you're going for. They are relatively inexpensive and don't require a lot of maintenance. They are also lightweight which makes them easy to open and close.
Fiberglass garage doors are much more flexible than other options so they aren't as susceptible to warping and cracking as other materials. They are also durable and have great insulation. However, they can begin to deteriorate when exposed to cold temperatures and strong winds can also be a problem since they're so lightweight.
Typically the conventional wisdom is to have your garage door blend in by matching its color to that of the front door of the house. But going with a different color is a great way to make your garage door stand out. Both metal and wooden garage doors can look fresh with just a few coats of paint. Here are the steps you need to take when painting your garage door:
1) Clean and tape the door
Make sure you thoroughly clean the door with a soap and sponge before you begin. Rinse it off with a garden hose and, once it has dried, use painter's tape to cover any handles, windows and trim that you don't want to be painted.
2) Strip the door
You'll want to get rid of any existing paint before laying down a fresh coat. You can use a wire brush to do this or a palm or circular sander (don't forget to wear a dust mask and safety goggles while sanding). Use a paint scraper to get rid of any rust.
3) Prime the door
Primer is a specific type of paint that goes on before the finish coat that prevents the old color from bleeding through. Oil-based primers work best with exterior wood and metal.
4) Paint the door
Buy a latex exterior paint. A wool roller works best since foam ones can cause more inconsistencies and bubbles. Use an angled brush for the cracks and edges. Once the paint dries, add another coat.
Garage door screen prints
If you want to personalize your garage door beyond choosing the material and color, there are several different companies that make screen prints that cover your entire garage door. You can get anything ranging from your favorite sports team's logo to a print that makes it look like there's a giant alligator in your garage. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination (and most likely your neighborhood's home owners association guidelines).
Do you have any other suggestions for personalizing your garage door?
Angelo DiGangi is a Home Depot on-the-floor sales associate in the Chicago suburbs and a frequent contributor on garage door topics for Home Depot's website. Angelo also provides tips to homeowners on garage door openers for Home Depot.