Make Your Garage Door Stand Out From The Rest

Common Questions, Garage Door Customization, General

There are many things you can do to your existing garage door to make it stand out from all the other garage doors and homes you see in your neighborhood, and the Overhead Door Company is here to help.

With arched glass windows, decorative iron work, and intricate hardware, architectural garage doors are already works of art in their own right. Still, you wouldn’t hang a painting without the perfect frame, right? Similarly, even the best and most eye-catching garage doors can do with a little primping in order to perfectly integrate them into your exterior decor. Luckily, the internet has come up with tons of solutions to give garage doors some extra pop, all of which have curb appeal in spades. Here are a few of the best ideas we’ve seen to give your architectural garage doors a look befitting of their appeal.

Go Cottage Couture with an Above-the-Door Arbor

If there’s anything lovelier than an arbor bedecked with curling vines, we haven’t found it yet! This project makes an especially enticing companion for homes with arched top doors and Mediterranean accents. A twisting vine with heavy blossoms—such as wisteria, climbing hydrangea, or bougainvillea—easily captures the cottage chic look, making your garage appear as though it’s right out of a fairy tale.

Add a Pergola for Some Southwestern Flair

The casual, welcoming appeal of a Spanish colonial goes down even easier with a few period elements, such as a scalloped pergola or archway in chocolate tones. Pergolas provide the opportunity to frame your garage and make a natural place to hang lights. We’ve even seen them outfitted with solar panels for a little energy savings as well—so there’s definitely more than one way to use them!

Brighten Up with Spotlights and Ambient Lighting

It used to be that homes had one outdoor flood light—and maybe some sconces by the doorway if you were fancy. But now, lighting options span a huge range of choices, from traditional lanterns and ceiling lights all the way to outdoor LED strip lights and recessed spotlights. In particular, we love the way homeowners are using their lighting as a decorative accent in exterior spaces. This ultramodern home, for instance, is practically flooded with warm light. A generous helping of miniature spotlights, together with plenty of ambient lighting from the frosted glass windows in the garage help this space transform into a dazzling wonderland come dusk.

Or Opt for Traditional Lantern-Style Lights

Of course, just like a PBJ sometimes just hits the spot, often the classics really are best. This contemporary take on carriage house style keeps one foot firmly rooted to the past through the use of carefully selected wall sconces. Look at how the wrought iron details perfectly offset the rustic hardware on the garage doors. Now that is traditional done right!

Pair with a Stone Facade for Maximum Appeal

Think where we would be without all the people who helped us along the way. And just like a best friend always helps lift you up, this carriage house style door gets a boost from an attractive stone veneer fitted around the home’s perimeter. The stone in this siding lends to the home’s overall welcoming appearance.

Use Hardware to Make an Eye-Catching Statement

No door is complete without the perfect hinges, door pulls, and knobs. When choosing decorative hardware, look for options that both draw the eye and offer balance between the other architectural elements in the door. For instance, in this piece the black pops against the neutrals in the door, giving the whole thing a very modern energy. But the classic barn style hardware adds just a touch of nostalgia as well. When all the pieces fit together, the end result is an exterior that you’ll be proud to call your own.

Change Window Inserts

Many of our styles of garage doors have the option of changing window inserts. This is an economical way to change the window pattern and overall look of your garage door. The styles and window shape options continue to grow—so don’t overlook this way to make some cosmetic changes to your garage door!

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- Jason Brown
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- Olivia Hildebrand
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"Torsion spring broke on my garage door. Called Overhead Door and spoke with Brandon. He scheduled the techs for the next day which they came out and replaced both torsion springs on the door and adjusted the door so it worked perfectly!! The technicians were very knowledgeable and experienced and had the new springs installed very quickly. Great job!!"
- Dale Rogers
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"Very professional! Completed the repairs in an hour and gave the rest of the unit a checkup. Would definitely give them my business again. "
- James Edmonson
5 Stars
"Had a very good overall experience. They arrived within one hour of my request for a quote and provided a written formal quote an hour later.They arrived on time, completed the job in a couple of hours and left the garage spotless. Very professional installers. Highly recommended!"
- Bruce Costigan
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"HI called them and they were extremely friendly and made you feel comfortable. I told him my problems and he knew what was wrong. They scheduled me for the next day and they came when they said they would. The two men that came were very professional. Upbeat and knew their job. The job took them 15 minutes. They oiled everything up. (above and beyond) I will use them again I hope I don’t have the need anytime soon. But I would recommend them highly."
- Yvonne Berryman
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"The technician did a very nice job replacing the springs. He was very proficient in his work. He also shared ideas for lubricants for maintaining the opener."
- Paul Johnson
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"I called on Friday at 11am with a broken garage door spring. I was told the soonest they would be able to get to me was early the following week. By 3:00 p.m. Friday afternoon to my surprise they arrived and fixed the spring. I had a very positive experience recommend them!!"
- Chris Beaver
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"Workers were friendly and did good work."
- Robert Hanson
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"We and a non-emergent problem with our door. They were there the same day."
- Phillip Blake
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