Whether you’re looking to prep a home for resale or just enhance its curb appeal, carriage style garage doors should be on the top of the wish list. As a garage door replacement, carriage styles garner excellent returns on the initial investment, too.
Remodeling magazine’s 2016 Cost vs. Value Report, lists carriage style garage doors among the top 5 value-adding home owner improvements. The report suggests using carriage style doors as a garage door replacement allows will recoup 70% to 75% of the cost when the property is sold. One of every five garage door installations in both new construction and as replacements is now carriage-look doors. In Madison WI, carriage house style replacement doors have become the trend!
Not only does a replacement garage door represent a wise investment, its costs, including installation, are usually considerably lower than other aesthetic home improvement projects.
Carriage Style Garage Doors Apply Latest Technology
When carriage-look doors were on real carriage houses they were heavy, bulky and almost exclusively hand-operated. Today’s versions provide the 19th century look while adopting the latest technology in automatic garage door openers. Bi-fold and sliding wooden doors have been replaced by doors constructed of the latest materials accommodating the latest in overhead lifting mechanisms.
Steel doors with the look of wood are the most common choices. The traditional look can easily be obtained with modern techniques that give steel panels the textured-look of wood. At the same time these doors retain the easy maintenance and strength of the original steel. Modern doors can include windows in various shapes and sizes to compliment the style of the house.
Modern Garage Door Look – Historic Appeal
The number of carriage style doors installed in residential construction projects has more than tripled in the last 10 years. Even with this pace, carriage-look garage doors still offer a unique design element because of the variety of styles within the basic concept.
The many options are reflected in the offerings from the industry’s best designers. Consider:
Safe-way garage doors – Safe-Way Doors offer style plus energy savings via commercial grade hardware and superb craftsmanship. Doors are available in wood, insulated or non-insulated steel with raised or flush panels. The company’s Door Designer tool helps select a garage door replacement to add beauty and value to any home. Selections include:
Aristocrat garage doors – Carriage style garage doors providing the power of steel for strength, durability and outstanding performance. A variety of models and styles available in four colors ensures a perfect fit for any Madison WI home. Aristocrat also offers customized wooden carriage style doors from a variety of wood species.
Patrician – Offering the noise reducing benefits of insulation surrounded by two steel skins. These steel doors feature an authentic wood-like design, are available with multiple window and decorative hardware options in 7 colors.
HAAS garage doors – Responding to the demand for more wood grain patterns, Haas Door has added two new uni-directional wood grain patterns: English Oak and American Walnut. The all new English Oak color is a neutral brown that complements a variety of home exteriors, including brick and stone.
Additional wood grain colors include Smooth Oak, Smooth Cherry, Embossed Ash and Embossed Mahogany. On 26-gauge, galvanized steel, the wood grain patterns are baked on to create the look of real wood.
Raynor garage doors – Featuring woodgrain texture these steel residential garage doors provide strength, durability and protection against noise, impact, and weather. The Rock Creek series is designed with an environmentally stable trim board to achieve a carriage house look. With a durable vinyl capstock, this trim board material looks great and holds up over time. This technology can utilize “reclaimed” wood fiber and vinyl from post-production processes, to save natural resources.
Real Wood Available for Garage Door Replacement
Carriage style garage doors make the most of the latest in automatic opener technology and manufacturing advances. But they needn’t sacrifice tradition for tech. Carriage style garage doors are still available in real wood for those who want to maintain historic perspective – and are willing to pay the price. Wooden doors are on the high end of the price scale. If you want real wood, consider:
Great Northern garage doors – The Craftsman Series is available in three standard woods – Clear Western Red Cedar, Knotty Western Red Cedar and Douglas Fir. Panels can be stained or painted. Doors are available in both insulated and non-insulated versions in more than 75 designs. Doors are available in widths from 6 to 18-foot widths and 6 to 12-foot heights.
Designer Doors – This is a Northern Wisconsin custom door company that creates garage doors to harmonize perfectly with your home. Working from a clean sheet, design possibilities are expansive for unique garage doors, matching entry doors and accessories.
The trained professionals at Northland Door Systems can provide timely service for all garage doors and accessories. They are ready to suggest the latest in carriage style garage doors and provide the area’s widest selection of garage doors and in-stock supplies.
Call Northland Door Systems at 608-251-3627 or email us for professional assistance in selecting a replacement garage door, including carriage style garage doors to blend style and curb appeal with garage door safety in your Madison WI home.