Exterior Project Guides
Park in style
With a little investment of time & money, your garage door can quickly turn into an area of beauty that accentuates your home's style and your own personality. Don't let your garage door be an afterthought. On many homes, it is one of the most significant parts of the front façade.
Give it the attention it deserves and it will be a stylish element that enhances your home's appearance. If you are investing in a new door, it is important to know which style is most complementary to the architecture of your home. Heritage-style homes often have garage doors that infuse the exterior with character, such as faux carriage or French doors with heavy accents, paned windows, and hardware. More contemporary homes work well with standard panel doors, with or without windows. For elongated, single-story homes such as the Ranch style, doors with longer, more rectangular panels are a good match. Minimal modern homes work best with garage doors of the same nature, with a flat finish that is free of panel detailing. Windows are optional.
Finish with Flare
One way to get the best out of your garage door's appearance is to match it with your home's base color, especially if it's a dominant part of the front façade.
If you would like to highlight the architectural beauty of your garage door, you can match the color of it with one of your home's accent or trim colors.
Another option to consider is matching the garage door color with another more subtle part of the exterior, such as your grout color or the darkest tones of any existing brick or stone.
Give your garage door a makeover
- Garage doors can be grimy from being out in the elements, so make sure you clean the surface thoroughly with soapy water and a sponge. Scrape loose paint, lightly sand the surface, and then clean surface again.
- Cover windows or any glass accents with painter's tape, protect the floor with drop cloths, and use a high-quality exterior Paint + Primer in One with strong adhesion qualities, such as Olympic® ONE™ Exterior in satin or semi-gloss sheen.
- For recessed panels, paint the panels first using a 2-2 ½ inch-wide nylon/polyester brush. Wipe away any excess paint that overlaps onto the stiles.
- Use a roller to paint the stiles around the panels' perimeter. For best results, air dry according to manufacturer specification, and apply second coat.