Compare Overhead Doors to Traditional Carriage House Doors

Your garage door can take up to 40% of one side of your home. We have emphasized it many times, yet the fact really can’t be overstated because the right look can raise your home’s value. If you’re looking to sell your home within next 5 years or so, this could be pretty important considering Houston’s real estate market is still going strong. There are two popular garage door styles that can enhance your home in not just the looks of the garage door, but how it functions as well: overhead garage doors and traditional carriage house garage doors. We are going to compare overhead doors to traditional carriage house doors to help you better decide which one is better for your home.

What is a Carriage House Garage Door?

Carriage House garage doors, also known as “barn-style garage doors” date back to the era of the carriage house, which was meant to store horse-drawn carriages. Originally, carriage doors had some kind of intricate woodwork with cross planking and large handles. Modern carriage house garage doors can be made of wood or have a faux wood finish on top of another material like steel or aluminum.

Original carriage house garage doors were also meant to swing outward like your basic door. Though you can get them where they will open and close in that fashion; now there are other options today, where you can have them move overhead like an overhead garage door. However, there may be instances where swinging outward might be beneficial to you. Carriage doors that swing open can allow for a different configuration of the door hardware that leaves the space above the door open, allowing for more options for that space where the garage door would normally slide up.

What is an Overhead Garage Door?

Overhead garage doors are characterized by their sectional look and movement overhead. They don’t open outward like some carriage house models do. Typical overhead garage doors are made from aluminum or steel, but there are wood and fiberglass options as well.

So, if Overhead and Carriage House garage doors can go overhead, what’s the difference?

The difference between the overhead garage doors and the carriage house garage doors that go overhead is style. Regardless of the function of the carriage house, most will have an “old world” look to them with many having metal accents.

What if I have an overhead, and don’t want to purchase a new door? Is there a way to still change the look?

Our sister company, Parts 4 Garage Doors, has garage door accent packages where you can change your overhead garage door to look like a carriage house garage door.

If you are looking to replace or install a new garage door and are in the Houston area, Spectrum Overhead Door LL can help you with a free design consultation. We can help you choose the right garage door for your home.  Call our office 281-748-9542 or Spectrum Overhead Door East Houston at 713-557-3407 to schedule your no-obligation design consultation.



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