5 Tips to Update Your Garage Exterior and Add Value

Traditional 2-stories house. Garage door is a North Hatley LP, 16' x 8', Moka Brown color, 4 vertical lite Orion windows

You like this garage door? It’s a North Hatley LP, 16' x 8', Moka Brown, 4 vertical lite Orion windows.

If you or your family members have a car, you surely know the benefits of a garage. Convenient and practical as both a measure of caution and as a space saver, garages keep your car safe, keep the exterior of your house clean and free of clutter, and keep the value of your house high when it comes to resale.

The garage itself is not the only important thing though: The exterior of the garage is a crucial aspect of your home setup, impacting the overall aesthetic concept and tying together the design of your house. Although many might think that a garage makeover will entail a costly endeavor, eating into your budget and trying your patience, there are many affordable and simple ways to go about an exterior improvement.

Here are 5 affordable ways to upgrade your garage’s exterior, giving guests, passers-by, and future buyers something attractive to catch the eye.

Install Some Veneer as an Accent

For those both in the middle of a home renovation or just looking to spruce up their existing property, a stone veneer installation on your garage door could do wonders to class up the exterior home and give it a sleek, artisan look.

Modern shed & attached garage with Moderno 2 beads design, Black, Harmony window layout garage doors

You like these garage doors? They are Moderno 2 beads design, in 6' x 7' and 10' x 8' sizes, Black, Right-side Harmony window layout.

Adding all the aesthetic value of a genuine stone door at a fraction of the cost, stone veneer is constructed out of fiber cement to embody the appearance of stone.

Ranging from $10‑$20 per square foot, this improvement to your garage is an economical and resourceful choice to augment your property without the hassle of a heftier financial investment.

Add Accent Lighting

The best way to show off your polished, sophisticated garage doors is to shine a little light on them and let everyone know how nice they look.

Once the sun sets and the dark sets in, a well-placed set of accent lights makes a big difference in how your garage doors will be perceived.

As opposed to a light that illuminates the entire door, accent lights are designed to show off the parts of the garage door that you want to be highlighted.

Accent lights can be bought at prices starting at $60 per light, keeping the purse strings tight while lending a sleek, trendy look to your house’s exterior.

Lights can be installed above the garage doors, below the garage windows, or to the side of other features you might wish to highlight.

Update the Landscaping

One of the strongest impressions that a passerby can take away from the exterior of a home is in regard to the landscaping.

Contrary to popular conception, though, landscaping does not just apply to the front lawn and the backyard; landscaping can also cover the area surrounding your garage.

Framing the perimeter of your garage doors with shrubs, bushes, and flowers can bring out the best in your home’s exterior and open up the space for a more welcoming look and feel.

Flower window boxes can also be installed around your garage doors to add a touch of nature right onto the structure itself.

With some basic planting options quoted at as little as $20, you can give your garage doors a pastoral boost for just about any price.

Upgrade Your Garage Door Hardware

The eye is generally drawn to structures and features that jut out of flat surfaces, and the hardware on your garage door is no exception.

If your handles and hinges aren’t adding much to your garage doors, you can think about switching them out for a more stylish option that can add some sheen and sparkle to your doors.

Upgrading your hardware can unify the design of your garage doors, especially if you pick them out to match with a new veneer or a new set of accent lights.

Traditional house with garage doors: Eastman E-21, 9' x 7', Claystone doors and Ice White overlays, 8 lite Panoramic windows

You like these garage doors? These are Eastman E‑21, 9' x 7', Claystone doors and Ice White overlays, 8‑lite Panoramic windows.

Upgrade Your Trim

Adding trim to your garage doors can go a long way to make them pop and stand out at a first glance.

At about $150 per door, door trim is one of the pricier options, but the effect speaks for itself. With a variety of materials available, the process of adding trim to your garage doors can be customized and individualized to your design specifications, giving you freedom in the creative redesigning process.

Update Your Garage Door

As Remodeling writes, a remodeled garage door can be a significant step-up in quality and appeal. That’s why this procedure is one of the Top 5 home improvement projects for resale this year.

Accent lights, stone veneer, and a flower window box can only go so far if your garage door is suffering from the wear and tear of aging or just no longer matches the style of your house.

Modern home, light gray stone and iron gray wood, with 2 garage doors in Vog design, 9'x7', Black, Left‑side Harmony window

You like these doors? They are the Vog design, 9' x 7', Black, Left‑side Harmony window layout.

Do you identify more strongly with a Traditional, Modern or Carriage style? Depending on the look of your house’s exterior, one of these styles could give your house a bit of finesse and stylistic marriage of the components of your house.

Ranging from $75 to $150 for a single door (9x7 approx.), this remodeling process is relatively inexpensive considering the dramatic and immediate effect it will have on the exterior of your house.

Brick and cedar shingle 2-story house with a Regal Shaker‑Flat Long design, 16'x8', Dark Walnut, windows with Richmond Inserts garage door

You like this garage door? It’s a Shaker‑Flat Long design, 16' x 8', Dark Walnut, with Richmond Insert windows.

Want to learn more?

Contact a garage door company in your area and set up a consultation.

Ask for quotes, and compare and contrast with other companies to make sure you’re getting a great deal. Don’t be afraid to ask for their advice on the design of your new doors, as they have a lot of industry experience.

Prefer talking to Ottawa and surrounding areas garage door pros right now?

Call 613-749-2138 to get in touch with the team at Ram Doors, or get a quotation by email!

Like to use your cell phone and app to create things?

Take a peek at our Design Centre, an application that lets you sample a slate of garage door options; upload a picture of your garage door and this application will let you see how new doors will look on your very own doors!

Curious of seeing the trendiest garage door models?

There are plenty of striking residential garage doors right here; give them a look!

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