Your garage door is very integral to your curb appeal. The choice of your garage door’s style or color can add value and prestige to your home’s exterior or turn out to be a complete eyesore. If, by any chance, your garage door has turned out to be the latter, 2017 is the year to upgrade it. To this end, the following are some of the top garage door trends in 2017 that you can leverage on.
1. Embracing smart technology
User-friendliness and convenience are two of the most important elements that are driving technology-based improvements in our daily routines, including how we secure our homes. Many garage doors companies are currently integrating a wide range of security features in their garage door designs, including wireless/keyless, remote-controlled, smartphone-controlled, and internet-activated door opening/closing capabilities. Others are also providing rolling codes that are virtually impossible to replicate. Parking guides that use laser technology to guide your path in and out of your garage are also being adopted gradually.
2. Focus on Energy Efficiency
Most homeowners are concerned about their overall home sustainability and one of the best ways of making a garage more sustainable and environmental friendly is by installing proper insulation. If your garage is located in an area that’s prone to extreme weather conditions and is attached to your house, having a garage door that’s not energy efficient could be costing you a lot in terms of monthly energy bills.
Today, lines are literally blurring between outdoors and indoors as patios and decks are used as livable spaces—the same trend is being extended to the garage. The garage is no longer a place for parking cars. Rather, they are being outfitted with screens, movable walls, insulations, and outdoor furniture to make them more usable and inviting all year round.
4. Use glass and other more imaginative materials
Wood has been the traditional choice for many homeowners when it comes choosing garage door materials. But this is changing as many homeowners are looking for contemporary, more imaginative and trendy looks for their home exteriors. New England Overhead Door said, “Frosted glasses are slowly being adopted, especially by homeowners who tend to work in their garages.” Because glass garage doors often come in a wide range of options and with other materials like wood or steel, homeowners interested in contemporary looks have plenty of styles to choose from.
5. Increased adoption of large garage doors
Today, more than ever, more homeowners are thinking outside the box when it comes to the design of their home exteriors. They are choosing larger garage doors, for instance, due to their increased functionality and the potential to enhance more creative expression as they account for over 60 percent for a home’s curb appeal. Put simply, they provide a larger canvas on which homeowners can integrate more designs and functionalities.
Online Ecommerce shopping has eliminated the traditional and tedious shopping experience where you had to physically visit a showroom to choose a prefect garage door. Just with a few clicks and at the comfort of your home or office, you can choose your desired garage door and give directions on the style and color specifications.
7. The Shift to statement pieces
Exterior design experts have proven that the color and overall design of your garage door can boost or ruin your home’s aesthetics. Your house aesthetics are shaped not only by its design and color but also its garage door design elements, including arches, angles, and patterns applied in its panels and windows. Straying far from your home’s color and design is, therefore, not advisable. To make interesting and cohesive statements, many homeowners are extending accent colors, designs and shapes from their houses to the garage. Accents colors in the window trims, shutters, and front door are some of the common reference points that homeowners often consider when brainstorming for the most suitable color and designs of their garage doors.
In 2017 and beyond, garages will continue to be viewed and designed to accomplish much more than just housing and protecting your car from the weather elements. Homeowners are currently thinking of their garages as valuable extensions to their homes’ living spaces. Join the bandwagon and make 2017 the year to make your garage door and your overall home exterior stand out.