|Old is new: vintage-look carriage-house garage doors offer curb appeal at many price points.|
The most recent trend in beauty for garage doors is carriage-house style. These doors typically cost more than standard raised-panel ones, but they add a distinctive touch that many homeowners think is worth it. These days, people are more open to spending a little more to make their house look better.
The latest innovation in the style calls for steel construction instead of traditional wood. Steel offers two advantages over wood: It costs less and it requires much less maintenance. Carriage-House Doors simulate the old-fashioned look of doors that swung open from the sides of wooden carriage houses, where horse-drawn carriages and early cars were stored. A steel door, however, is considerably less expensive—about $1,000 (16 X 7) compared with $3,000 and up for wood.
Optional decorative hardware helps the new metal products mimic wood doors of yesteryear. Strap hinges on the sides make steel doors look ready to swing open, and handles in the middle give the impression that the units can be pulled open instead of lifted overhead out of the way.