Why Homeowners Choose Carriage House Garage Doors
In 2021, garage doors (and garages) not only protect your vehicles and other items stored inside, they are considered an essential design feature for home style! And today, garage door styles go way beyond 'the basics' for traditional, contemporary and carriage house designs including standard models, semi-custom and custom doors too. Within all price points, accent options include various panel patterns, window choices and decorative hardware.
In this article we'll shine a spotlight on carriage house garage doors and explain how door color, material and accents will impact a home's curb appeal and a homeowner's budget.
So you may be wondering, what exactly IS a carriage house garage door?
In the days of the horse and buggy, a carriage house was the small building used as a place to unhitch horses and store buggies. The doors of a carriage house were made of heavy wood and were extra wide. To open the door, sections were pulled forward and out. (Think about 'swing out' barn doors.)
Today's carriage house garage doors have the same charm of carriage doors from days-gone-by BUT are instead manufactured as an overhead door that moves up-and-over and is made with modern materials like composite and steel in addition to natural wood.
But will a carriage house garage door look 'right' on YOUR home?
Maybe. Maybe not. It all depends on your home's architecture.
For example, if your home has a mid century modern or contemporary design, a carriage house door just won't look right. On the other hand, carriage house garage doors complement home styles such as Craftsman, Bungalow, Farmhouse, Victorian or Tudor. And they can also work well with many Ranch, Colonial or Cape Cod houses depending on exterior details like siding, shutters, windows and the garage itself.
Here, take a look....
Shown above: Custom carriage house garage doors made from premium steel for a luxury Shingle Style home built in Town & Country. Project and Photo Credits: ProLift Garage Doors of St. Louis, Mo.
Shown above: Carriage house garage door for a home with a Modern Farmhouse design. Project and Photo Credits: ProLift Garage Doors of Savannah, Ga.
Shown above: Carriage house garage doors with an X-brace panel pattern and arched windows for a home with Cape Cod architecture. Project and Photo Credits: ProLift Garage Doors of Haymarket, Va.
What characteristics make up modern day carriage house garage doors?
A telltale characteristic of a carriage house garage door are decorative handles and/or hinges that mimic the look of a swing out door. Windows and panels further impact the appearance. Section patterning ranges from plain to stamped to vertical and X or Z-braced to herringbone. As a rule of thumb, the more intricate the window or panel ornamentation, the higher the cost.
Here take a look...
Shown above: A three car garage with one double door and one single door with simple panels and decorative hardware by ProLift Garage Doors in Texas.
Shown above: Carriage house style faux wood garage door in Oak with top row windows, handles and hinges for homeowners in Chesterfield by ProLift Garage Doors of St. Louis, Mo.
Shown above: Carriage house garage doors with X-brace panels and top row windows with grilles by ProLift Garage Doors of Chattanooga, Tn.
Shown above: White carriage house garage doors with Z-brace panels, top row windows and decorative handles and hinges by ProLift Garage Doors of Savannah, Ga.
Shown above: Carriage house garage door with top row tall windows and herringbone panel design by ProLift Garage Doors of Haymarket, Va.
Still wondering if a carriage house garage door is best for YOUR home?
No worries. We can help because there's a way to create computerized garage door renderings and these visuals help homeowners decide if a carriage house door (or any other style for that matter!) fits their home's architecture. When in doubt, ask for these images before choosing.
- Carriage house garage doors are a great choice for most architectural home styles with the exception of mid century modern and contemporary homes.
- Price-wise, these doors can be found from budget-friendly models to luxury high-end garage doors and everything in-between too. Door prices can range from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars depending on the door brand, material and other add-on features.
- But pros like us provide a guaranteed price after: (1) seeing your garage and existing door (2) taking exact measurements and (3) discussing what you're thinking style-wise, material-wise, and budget-wise. Garage door design ideas and quotes are always free!
- Carriage house garage doors, as well as other door styles, come in standard (least expensive) semi-custom and fully customized (most expensive). Other factors that influence the price include: specific door brand, quality of materials chosen and options for style, operation (openers) and type of door insulation.
- Carriage house garage doors come in any color or wood tone desired and with (or without) options like decorative handles, hinges, step-plates, windows and panel (section) designs.
- There are lots of choices for garage door style these days. Don’t get overwhelmed by the options. Just ask the pros!
Wondering if you should replace your existing door or if a cleaning, tune up and minor repairs might prolong the life of your existing door instead? Well, if you’re curious about these things, just call a reputable company like ProLift Garage Doors. We know ALL about garage doors so you don't have to. We're happy to answer your questions. We're friendly and professional too!
If you live in the Greater St. Louis area – or surrounding communities - please give us a try by calling 636-362-6960 or by visiting our website. You can ask us questions or schedule an appointment, online.
Do you live OUTSIDE of Greater St. Louis, Missouri? If so, call 888-754-3063.
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