How To Choose A Garage Door Style


There are endless garage styles to choose from, and it can get even more intricate as you start incorporating smaller details. It’s an exciting journey to customize a garage door so it fits perfectly into your home, but where do you start?

We’ll help you answer the question of how to choose a garage door style, by providing different characteristics of the design process.

What is a Carriage Style Garage Door?

Before you find out what garage style is best for you, it’s important to know your options and the difference between them. Overhead carriage-style garage doors are the most common, and therefore make up most of the garage doors that Rissland Door offers. 

Other designs are slightly different and may slide out, fold, or roll to open. There are advantages and disadvantages to both overhead and non-overhead garage doors, so your decision should be based on your design style. 

There are a lot of other considerations for you as you start the process of investing in a new garage door. Listed below are additional questions to ask yourself.

  • Is my garage attached to my home? If attached, you may incorporate design details from the rest of your home into your garage door. If your garage is separate, it’s possible you’re looking for a more traditional shed or barn look.  
  • How many windows, if any, should I incorporate into my design? Windows can bring in a lot of natural light to the space. So, if you’re using the space as a creative studio, or additional living area, you may want to brighten the room with more windows.
  • What’s my budget for a new garage door? This will help you decide what design details are most important to include in your new garage door.

Your Style Options

As you search through endless garage door inspiration and garage trends, you’ll start to get an idea of what works best for your home. 

When choosing a garage door, you shouldn’t have to fit it into a mold. You’ll want to find a combination of your style and what works realistically with your home. Let’s walk through common styles of garage doors, different materials, and decorative hardware you can choose from.

Common Styles of Garage Doors

Learning about the style of garage doors is the first step in designing your dream garage door.

  • Swing-out. Although it looks like these doors would swing open as two separate doors, they actually roll up and down like a typical overhead carriage garage door. 
  • Bifold. Just like swing-out doors, bifold doors look like they should fold into each other. However, these garage doors act like overhead doors as well. 
  • Trifold.  While bifold doors have a minimum of four panels, trifold doors have a minimum of three panels. Similar to the door styles above, they act as overhead garage doors. 
  • Barn. A common style of garage door that isn’t an overhead style! These doors will either swing or slide and usually do not have any windows on them.

Garage Door Materials

When you’re deciphering the different garage door materials, ask yourself, what would work best with your home’s exterior. You will also want to consider the climate and temperature you live in, as some garage materials work better in extreme temperatures and humidity.

  • Wood. This classic garage material will help insulate your garage in extreme temperatures and offer a sophisticated curb appeal. 
  • Wood Composite. An eco-friendly option made with wood fiber, plastic, and a binding agent, this material gives you the look of real wood but takes less effort to maintain. 
  • Faux Wood. Faux wood is made by pressing wood pieces together in a mold to create the look of real wood. Similar to wood composite, this material does not require much maintenance and can withstand high temperatures and sun exposure. 
  • Vinyl. The most affordable choice, vinyl garage doors are naturally insect, moisture, and rot-resistant. 
  • Glass. A glass door provides natural light to flow into your garage space and is very easy to maintain because they are not painted. 

Add Decorative Hardware

Your decorative hardware can really set you apart from other homes and help emphasize the look of your garage door. At Rissland Door, we can recommend different hardware based on your garage series and style. 

No matter what kind of decorative hardware you decide to go with, you should make sure your garage door still looks functional. For example, you want to put decorative hardware in spots that make sense. Here’s a list of decorative hardware that Rissland Door offers, all can help enhance your garage door.

  • Ring Pulls 
  • Latches 
  • Strap Hinges
  • Clavos
  • Pull Handles