A new garage door is a wonderful investment to make in your home. And since the garage is often a focal point of the front of a home, you want to make sure to get it right. If you’re wondering how to go about your next big garage door investment, here are some factors to consider so that you can choose a door that suits your home’s style perfectly.

Steel or Wood

The first choice you’ll have to make is whether you want to invest in steel or wooden garage doors. Both are great, durable options for your garage front, and with the variety of colors and finishes available in both steel and wooden doors, both can mimic almost any design style. So this one is up to you.

Decorative Hardware

Decorative carriage-style hardware is becoming increasingly popular as more and more homeowners realize what a difference that a few garage door accents can make to the home’s overall front appearance. Examples of decorative hardware that you can add to your garage door include faux strap hinges along at the sides and a pair of handles at the very center of the door, both of which give your garage door a carriage-style look and more traditional feel.

Windows

Windows are a possibility with both steel and wooden garage doors, and they are a great way to make your garage a brighter and overall more cheerful space. Windows do tend to draw attention, so they are something to consider if you are going for an eye-catching look for your garage door. You can get a variety of window styles as well—an array of square windows, crescent-style windows, or a long row of rectangular windows along the top. When choosing windows for your garage door, it is best to consider what the dominant window style is on your home. If some of the windows on your home’s front feature crescent accents, for example, consider incorporating those in your garage’s window design.

Color

No longer are white garage doors the only option you have for your home. Be it a steel or a wooden garage door, it can be finished to achieve the look of organic, dark maple, or given a red stain to give your home a more vintage vibe. When selecting a color for your door, keep in mind that some color variation between the sides of the home and the garage door is best. A darker door contrasting with the lighter colored sides of a home, for example, can make for an especially striking look, especially if that home has other darker accents like a dark-stained front door and window trimmings. When in doubt, matching your garage door to other trimmings on the front of your home is always a safe option.