How to Improve Your Garage’s Exterior? 5 Tips You Should Know Before Investing Too Much

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

Love this look? It’s a North Hatley LP, 16' x 8', Moka Brown, with 4 vertical lite Orion windows.

The humble garage is an overlooked hero when it comes to home design and value. It also offers a lot of utility and convenience. A well-appointed garage with a modern garage door can improve curb appeal, and even drive up value when it comes to resale.

If your garage is aging, you might think that a full renovation is the only solution. While that is a possibility, it is far from the only option available to you.

We’ve collected 5 affordable options for upgrading your garage’s exterior. If you’ve been looking for a way to achieve your remodeling goals without spending a fortune, you’ll find a lot of value here.

Stone Veneer is Sooo Chic!

One thing that you cannot overlook when it comes to home design is the presence of accents. They help tie everything together and create a cohesive whole.

You can do the same thing with your garage, whether you’re looking to remodel or build one from scratch. For instance, a stone veneer offers both eye-catching good looks and improves value.

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

Check out these garage doors! The Moderno 2 beads design features a right-side Harmony window, and the black finish is sleek and modern. The door is available in both 6'x7' and 10'x8' sizes.

Worried about using stone on your home’s exterior? Stone veneer isn’t natural stone. It’s actually a synthetic material made of fiber cement and designed to replicate the look and feel of the real thing.

It’s also far less expensive than natural stone, and you’ll find that this improvement to your garage runs around $10 - $20 square foot.

You can use stone veneer to cover the entire front to create a carriage-house style, or just add a touch here and there. Either way, it’s sure to make a big impact.

Plus, when you use stone veneer sparingly, you’ll control costs while still creating a stunning aesthetic.

Be Bold! Be Unique! Add Unusual Accent Lighting

Another option to add beauty and value to your home is to use accent lighting. It can help you show off the façade you’ve added, or just illuminate your new, custom garage doors.

Prestigious house with 2 garages doors in Prestige XL design, Moka Brown colors, Cachet windows

Love elegance and beauty? These garage doors feature the Prestige XL design , 9'x8', in Moka, with Cachet windows.

You will find that installing accent lighting in strategic locations makes a big difference in how an area looks as the sun sets and throughout the night. The goal here is to accent the design of the home and key architectural elements, rather than illuminating the entire structure.

Modern house with the Moderno Multi design, Black, with Azur glass windows garage door

Dig this style? This the Moderno Multi design. It features Azure glass in all four windows and ties in beautifully with the rest of the home.

Don’t stress that accent lighting is going to cost you a fortune. In fact, you can buy it for as little as $60 per light. That low price point ensures you’re able to really set off your garage’s style without breaking the bank. Where should you install those doors, though? You can put them above your doors, beneath windows, or alongside other accents, such as stone veneer, or landscaping features, to really highlight their appearance.

See Your Landscaping With a Different Point of View

Speaking of landscaping, yours plays a major role in the perception of the home and the entire property. Few things affect curb appeal as much as landscaping (or the lack thereof).

Interestingly, your garage’s exterior is tied to your landscaping for impact on curb appeal, and you can actually combine the two for a one-two punch that drives value and demand.

Here’s a quick example: frame the structure of the garage with flowerbeds on each side, or go with lovely hedges if you prefer. If you have double garage doors, you can put a tall potted plant between them, or consider adding window boxes or other accents that help connect your home to the landscape and blur the line between structure and environment.

You’ll find that this is another cost-effective option, too. It may cost as little as $20 for a five-gallon shrub or a small tree, allowing you to do a lot with even a modest budget.

Fine-Tune Your Garage Door with Classy Hardware

Your garage’s hardware can make a big statement – it can say “modern and updated” or “outdated and old”.

Upgrading your hardware is a simple way to add a custom look to your garage door. It’s amazing what you can achieve with the right hinges, handle, and other hardware.

We recommend theming your hardware and accent lighting to create a more cohesive style, too. It’s all about fit and polish, particularly if you’re looking to wow potential buyers.

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

Love the aesthetic of these garage doors? These Eastman E-21, 9' x 7', Claystone doors and Ice White overlays, 8‑lite Panoramic windows included.

Refresh Your Outdated Garage Door Trim

How many trim pieces can you name on your garage door? There are so many parts! It frames the door, ties into your siding, and so much more.

However, because of its central role, trim pieces can age pretty quickly, often looking worse for wear before the rest of the garage. A little TLC can make a big difference.

It costs around $150 per door to install new garage door trim. However, we recommend doing all of it at the same time. Otherwise, you’ll find that the pieces you replace first will age faster than the rest. We also recommend that you tie your new trim into the accents and façade that you decide to use.

What About Your “Piece the Resistance”- Is Your Garage Door Up to the Test?

According to Remodeling, one of the Top 5 home improvement projects for resale is to replace your garage door. That makes a lot of sense when you think about it.

An outdated garage door automatically detracts from your home’s curb appeal. That’s regardless of the age or condition of the rest of the home. So, if you’re looking to maximize value, those aging garage doors need to go.

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

Love these garage doors? They are the Vog design, 9'x7', Black, Left ‑side Harmony window layout.

Are you more Traditional, Modern, or Carriage style? It can be challenging to determine which garage door style offers the most wow factor. Dark brown and black are certainly classics, but there are so many other colors, and they’re cost-effective at $75 to $150 for a single door (9x7 approx.).

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

Would this style look great on your home? It’s a Shaker‑Flat Long design, 16'x8', Dark Walnut, featuring Richmond insert windows.

Do You Want to Learn More?

Contact your local garage door specialists. With their help, you can find the right garage door to suit your home and your goals.

At Upper Level Doors, we make things simple. Get a quotation via email on your garage door needs, or give us a call. Whatever your needs, we can help!

Kingston: 613-547-4566

Belleville: 613-966-5655

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