Choosing a Carriage House Garage Door
Did you know there are more than 70 million single-family garage doors in the United States today? That’s a lot of doors!
Garage doors are designed to last a long time. Many homeowners have never needed to purchase one, so when it becomes clear their old one won’t cut it anymore, it leaves them wondering where to begin.
When it comes time to select a new garage door, there’s a lot to consider — design, cost, finishes and more. There are many choices on the market today, but one of the most popular garage door styles is the carriage house garage door. Carriage-style garage doors are an easy way to add elegance and visual appeal to just about any home. They also come in a variety of styles, colors and materials, making them an excellent option for just about any budget. It’s no wonder they are so popular with homeowners.
At RCS Garage Doors, we think you can’t go wrong with the carriage style. They feature unmatched functionality and beauty, and we’ve seen firsthand how they can transform a home’s exterior. Because of this, we are proud to offer a wide selection of Clopay carriage house garage doors.
While we think bigger is better when it comes to selection, we know it can easily become overwhelming to our customers. If you’re in the market for a new garage door, but you aren’t sure where to start, let us introduce you to a door we love.
What Is a Carriage-Style Garage Door?
The design of carriage-style doors pays homage to the carriage houses of old — the buildings used to house carriages, horses and, in many cases, the servants who drove them. When cars replaced horse-drawn carriages, there was no longer a need for these buildings. While most families don’t have a carriage house on their property today, the traditional architectural details of these unique buildings have made a comeback in home design, particularly in garage doors.
You can identify carriage house garage doors by looking for several unique features, primarily their barn-like design and their distinctive hardware. Barn design can mean a variety of things, but in general, you’ll find they have a natural wood finish or perhaps crossbuck panels that make the doors look like ones you’d find on a horse stable. They may have windows that allow extra light into the garage. Carriage-house garage doors also tend to have decorative hardware, including handles — which may be exclusively decorative — in the middle of the door.
Swing-out doors are another distinctive feature of carriage houses from the past. What is the swing-out door? It’s a door that opens by pulling out rather than up, as today’s doors do. At the time people used these doors daily, the handles and hinges incorporated into the door had a purely functional purpose — the person responsible for maintaining the carriages would have to pull them out to access the space inside.
Today’s carriage-style garage doors maintain the look of these older doors — often including the hardware. However, they open upward with the help of a garage door opener, just as any other traditional garage door would.
What Options Does RCS Garage Doors Offer?
So what makes a carriage house door such an outstanding option for a garage door replacement?
Carriage-style garage doors are on-trend. They are beautiful, and they complement homes designed in many different architectural themes. Because of their popularity and versatility, these doors add instant curb appeal to just about any home. While we hope you’ll spend years in your home enjoying your beautiful garage door, we realize there may come a time when you need to sell your house. How your house looks from the outside plays a significant role in selling it. While a beautiful garage door isn’t the only factor people consider when they’re buying a home, it will go a long way in convincing a potential buyer to take a closer look.
Besides being a sought-after design feature, carriage-style garage doors can also be a practical choice. Why? We mentioned it earlier — these doors look fancy, but they operate just like any other overhead garage door. When you purchase a carriage-style door, you get one that’s enjoyable to look at, but still designed to hold up to daily use. If you are buying one of our steel options, you’ll also be signing up for a low-maintenance door, since steel garage doors don’t require regular painting and also hold up better to the elements.
RCS Garage Doors offers a wide variety of wood and steel carriage house garage doors for the Charlotte, N.C., area. If you’re interested in this style of door, we have several designs and styles for homeowners on a range of budgets.
1. Gallery® Collection
The Gallery® Collection incorporates a traditional raised panel steel door with a grooved panel design for the perfect combination of functionality and beauty. When you purchase a door from this collection, it also comes with the option to add wrought-iron hardware and windows. Also available with insulation, these doors come in in a wide range of colors, including Ultra-Grain®, Clopay’s distinctive faux wood finish.
2. Canyon Ridge® Collection — Limited-Edition Series and Ultra-Grain Series
If you’re in the market for garage doors that have a traditional wood look, combined with the durability of steel, Clopay’s Canyon Ridge® Collection is a great option. Constructed with an energy-efficient Intellicore® insulated steel base, these doors look like traditional wooden doors because wood composite cladding overlays the steel base. The Canyon Ridge® Collection’s Ultra-Grain Series offers a more economical option for these doors by providing Stained Clear Cypress composite overlays to give this steel door a traditional wood look.
3. Grand Harbor® Collection
Boasting clean lines and a classic design, Grand Harbor® Collection steel doors are an excellent option for homeowners who appreciate the look of a carriage-style garage door, but need a less expensive choice. Available with or without insulation, these versatile, low-maintenance doors will give you the look you want without breaking the bank.
4. Coachman® Collection
The gorgeous doors of the Coachman® Collection look like authentic wooden doors, but their construction features layers of durable steel covered with a wood composite overlay. Available in a variety of designs — both with and without windows — these gorgeous doors provide all the functionality you need in a garage door you use every day, with the aesthetically pleasing carriage house style.
5. Reserve Collection® — Semi-Custom Series, Limited-Edition Series and Custom Series
We get it. There’s just no replacement for a traditional wood garage door. The Reserve Collection® Limited-Edition Series offers the historical character and charm of handcrafted wood garage doors, all with the modern convenience of overhead door technology. Our Clopay wood carriage-style garage doors come in a variety of woods and stains, offering homeowners plenty of options for customizing their garage door to coordinate with their home’s architectural design and exterior color scheme.
If you opt for a door from the Reserve Collection® Custom Series, we’ll work with you to design the wood garage door of your dreams. We can create a unique design with or without windows, and then you can choose from a selection of woods, including African Mahogany, White Oak, Ironwood, Spanish Cedar or Knotty Alder.
Love the idea of a custom wood garage door, but your budget won’t allow you to design it from scratch? The Reserve Collection® Semi-Custom Series might be exactly the answer you need. Once you choose from one of six design options, you can select the wood you want, as well as choose from finishes that include mahogany, natural oak or cedar.
Which Carriage-Style Garage Door Is Right for You?
Now that you’re familiar with all our options for carriage-style garage doors, you’re probably wondering how you will ever narrow it down. Carriage-style doors are all beautiful — you can’t go wrong with them — but not all of them are going to be a good fit for your home, your lifestyle or your budget. So how do you choose?
1. Wood vs. Steel Carriage House Garage Doors
The first thing to ask yourself is whether you’re in the market for a steel garage door or a wood one. What’s the difference?
Steel doors — available in insulated or non-insulated varieties — are low-maintenance. You won’t need to repaint them every couple of years, and they aren’t going to crack easily. They also hold up well to the elements, although they are susceptible to corrosion in humid coastal climates. Steel doors are also less expensive than their wood counterparts.
What’s the downside to a steel door? Well, they are susceptible to dents. That isn’t a problem for everyone, but if your kids or grandkids tend to ride bikes or play basketball in the driveway, your door may take a beating.
Steel doors have a reputation for their durability and, thanks to modern craftsmanship, they can even look like natural wood. However, sometimes there’s just no substitute for the classic wood garage door. Available in a variety of styles, as well as insulated or not insulated, wood doors are a classy, elegant way to make a statement with your home’s exterior.
However, wood doors require regular maintenance. They’re susceptible to warping and cracking, so you’ll need to paint or refinish them regularly. Upkeep can be a hassle, and it will also cost money to maintain the high-quality finish that attracted you to the door in the first place.
While cost is indeed a deciding factor in choosing a door, it’s important to keep in mind the average garage door lasts 30 years. And, if you’re like a lot of homeowners, your garage door acts as your front door — meaning you will be looking at it all the time. A door needs to do more than fit your budget — it should suit your tastes and lifestyle, too. Before you select a door based on cost, make sure you like its appearance and you’re willing to put in the work to keep it looking nice.
2. Design & Embellishments
Carriage-style garage doors complement a variety of architectural styles. However, when you’re trying to decide which door style is right for you, it’s important to consider the specific designs on the market today. Each of the Clopay series we offer has several design variations that allow you to pick the style that works for you — and your home. Short vs. long panels, various window options, arches, cross-pieces and more — all these details are essential to consider as you’re narrowing down your choices.
Carriage-style garage doors also typically come with the option to add decorative hardware. The carriage house doors of old boasted hinges and handles because the doors had to swing out. While most modern carriage house doors are designed as overhead doors and no longer require you to put the elbow grease into swinging them out, many of our customers prefer to retain the historic look of swing carriage garage doors in their Charlotte, N.C., homes.
As we mentioned earlier, your budget can play a significant role in choosing between a steel or wood garage door. But even after deciding between those two options, affordability will continue to dictate the style and details you will want for your garage door. Our goal is to make sure you don’t put a dent in your savings, but still walk away with a gorgeous garage door you’ll enjoy for years to come. To do this, it’s crucial to always keep your budget in the back of your mind as you’re selecting the right door for you.
Many times, our clients are surprised to realize they can get a beautiful door and stay within their financial means — all it takes is being upfront with our experienced staff about what you need. They can help match your vision and budget with the myriad of design options and add-ons offered in each collection, all designed to make sure you end up with a beautiful garage door.
Contact RCS Garage Doors
With more than 30 years serving the Charlotte, N.C., area, RCS Garage Doors has dedicated our business to offering high-quality Clopay garage doors for residential and commercial use. Our extensive showroom provides the perfect place for our clients to try before they buy — seeing the materials and the beautiful designs we offer. Our full-time, experienced sales staff is always on hand to answer questions and walk you through the process. Our goal is for our clients to walk away convinced they made the right decision — even before they get their new door installed.
Also providing garage door installation and maintenance, we offer the best brands on the market today and a professional staff committed to getting it right every time. If you’re in the market for a new garage door, let us help you pick the one that will take your home from good to great. Contact us today.
RCS Garage Doors Announces Inclusion as University of Georgia 2019 Bulldog 100 Honoree
University of Georgia 2019 Bulldog 100 Honoree
Here at RCS Garage Doors, we are proud to announce that the Alumni Association of the University of Georgia (UGA) has honored us with inclusion as one of the 2019 Bulldog 100 honorees. The Bulldog 100 celebrates the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni each year.
The UGA Alumni Association supports academic excellence and those who lead the way in business to build a better community. We are honored that Amber Signore (BBA ’06) has been recognized as an alumna who has operated our company in a manner consistent with the Pillars of the Arch and the values and image of the University of Georgia.
With more than 560 nominations this year, we are inspired by the honor of being included in the 100 chosen. We will continue to provide the superior products, unique services, and guaranteed customer service that our customers in the Charlotte, North Carolina area have come to expect from us. We are committed to serving you promptly to address your garage door repair or installation needs efficiently and professionally. We welcome your call if you would like to learn more about our garage door company and the services and products we offer.
The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide to Contemporary Garage Doors
Sometimes, our houses need a significant overhaul. In this case, it might be time to redo everything — the roof, the siding, the windows, the doors and more. In other cases, however, it’s much simpler than that. Maybe the majority of your house is in good shape, and you just need one small change to spruce things up and get your home looking fresh and exciting again. In situations like these, we think a simple garage door replacement is often the way to go.
Garage doors are often a prominent feature on the front of your house, and yet we somehow find them easy to forget about in conversations about home remodels. While it’s true they might not be as flashy as other hot-ticket items, they still have a lot to offer, both regarding function and aesthetic value. That is why they make such an excellent candidate for replacement if you’re looking for a change, but aren’t quite ready to redo your entire house.
However, like any major decision, choosing a new garage door is an intimidating chore. There are so many options, and it can be difficult to know which is the best choice for you. That’s why today, we want to walk you through some of the top options available so you can feel better equipped to make the right decision for your house.
What Are Modern and Contemporary Styles?
When you set about updating your garage doors, you’ll no doubt want an updated and current look that will age well and won’t leave you looking impossibly dated in just a few short years. To do this, you might immediately assume you’ll want to look for a style that’s modern or contemporary, right? After all, aren’t those just two different terms for the same thing?
Not quite, actually. In reality, these are two separate terms that refer to different things. Because it’s important to understand the terminology you’ll be working with, let’s look at what each of these terms means.
We might easily assume this is just a generic, throwaway term that refers to a design from the modern day, but this isn’t true. “Modern” refers to a specific period and a particular style of architecture. Modern architecture — in our case, garage doors — is a style that gained popularity in the 1930s and flourished during the mid- to late-1900s. Frank Lloyd Wright, perhaps most famous for his home design called Fallingwater, was a huge pioneer and influencer of this style.
Just a few of the hallmarks that set this style apart include:
- Asymmetrical lines and composition
- Frequent reliance on geometric or cylindrical shapes
- Flat roof lines
- General preference for whites and creams
- Overall streamlined look characterized by the absence of ornament or moldings
- Glass and metal frameworks that frequently create large windows in wide horizontal bands
- Heavy use of reinforced concrete
While not every modern space will make use of all these different style choices, these are some of the frequent trends you’ll notice among many modern designs.
Contemporary, on the other hand, does not refer to a specific time. Rather, this term refers to whatever style of architecture is presently “in style.” In other words, contemporary architecture is always changing because the current trends and styles are always changing. One might easily define contemporary style as “whatever is currently popular.”
An important note to clarify is that, at least for now, modern styles are contemporary. That is to say, modern designs are currently fashionable, making them a contemporary style. In this way, there is currently a good bit of overlap between the two terms, even though this will not always be the case.
Choosing a Contemporary Garage Door Style
Of course, it’s not as simple as having only one style of contemporary garage door. While that might make things easier for you, it would also be far less interesting. Instead, many different types of modern garage door designs all exemplify different parts of the modern style. This way, everyone can pick a style and design that best fits their home and their personal aesthetic.
Let’s look at just a few of the major differences and the different style choices you’ll want to make going forward.
Modern Garage Door Materials
What are modern garage doors made out of? As it turns out, there are a few popular options you’ll want to decide between as you look at what door will be best for you. No one material is the best, as every material has benefits and drawbacks, and you should base your decision on the qualities and personal preferences that are most important to you.
Wood garage doors bring natural beauty and elegance that’s hard to resist. They feel traditional and classic, while somehow avoiding the feeling of being old-fashioned, making them a versatile choice that can fit well with older styles of homes and more contemporary designs alike.
Wood garage doors do take a little bit of extra work, as you will need to repaint or re-stain them every few years to maintain their appearance. Additionally, real wood might not be the best choice if you expect your garage door to withstand rough treatment regularly. For example, if your door will frequently encounter heavy amounts of snow, ice, wind, road-salt and blunt force accidents, wood might not be the ideal material for your setting. Instead, you might want to opt for a slightly sturdier material.
If you’re willing to perform a little bit of maintenance, however, and if you expect your garage door to live a fairly calm and quiet life, a wood door is an excellent choice. It brings so much organic charm and character to your home you’ll be sure to enjoy for years to come.
If your garage doors are going to need to withstand rougher treatment, we recommend the steel option. These doors are typically built to take a beating and can withstand much harsher treatment than an ordinary wooden door. They require less maintenance, as well. Because they’re so durable, they’ll only need an occasional cleaning or touchup job every so often, if that.
Worried steel will automatically lock you into a more industrial look, with little room for customization? Don’t be. Steel can come in many different looks. If you have your heart set on a more wood-based look but need the higher level of durability, steel can even come in a faux-wood appearance, among many others.
Another option is aluminum, which grants you a wide range of color and other customization options. They offer the benefit of peace of mind, as they require almost no maintenance. One of the significant drawbacks, however, is that they’re often less insulated. If you’re worried about extreme temperatures, that will certainly be something to keep in mind.
Contemporary Garage Door Designs
While it would be impossible to discuss every feature of every single contemporary garage door design you might encounter while shopping for your new doors, there are a few common threads you’ll begin to notice as you shop around. Let’s look at a few of the common trends in several different categories.
In years past, color options were much more limited. Many homes stuck to the basics and chose either white or almond. Now, however, color options vary much more widely. While more neutral tones of white, gray and wood stains are probably the most common, there are many more colors as well. Choose from a variety of different wood tones, blacks, grays, whites, creams and more as you select the garage doors that will work best with the rest of your home.
Keep in mind every style of door will have a select set of color options available, so if you fall in love with one specific color, not every door may offer it, and vice versa.
Contemporary garage door designs have a lot to offer. While every design is different, they tend to be more durable, more convenient and more functional than designs of the past, all while maintaining an attractive aesthetic. Some of the excellent features you’ll likely experience with your contemporary doors include:
- Smooth opening mechanism
- Sleek, modern design
- Ease of maintenance, in varying degrees depending on the specific door you select
- Heavy-duty durability
- Effective insulation
Traditional garage doors often have a row of multiple small windows along the top. Many contemporary designs follow this pattern as well, although some doors break away from this tradition. Some modern designs feature windows positioned vertically down the side of the doors. Other doors feature large panels that act as windows, taking up a good percentage of the door. Some doors may not even have windows at all.
Staying Within Your Budget
Staying inside your budget can be tricky on any big purchase, and garage doors are no different. However, buying garage doors is nothing to stress out about. If you’ve never purchased garage doors before, you might be expecting to pay astronomically high prices. In reality, however, we think you’ll be surprised by just how affordable garage doors can be. They come in a wide range of prices, so no matter what size budget you’re working with, you’ll be able to find something that’s just right for you.
If you’re concerned about the cost, one of the ways to cut back on the price is by choosing a more affordable door style. Another option is to complete the installation yourself. We don’t recommend DIY installation unless you feel very comfortable with tools and have done previous installations before, however, as it’s all too easy for something to go wrong.
The price of your garage door will likely vary based on several different factors, including the door you buy, the amount of labor required, your location and more. A rough average of the price you can expect to pay, however, is just slightly under $1,100. For more specific estimates, contact your garage door providers and browse their individual products.
Most Popular Contemporary Garage Door Styles in Charlotte, NC
If you’re looking to upgrade to a more modern garage door design in Charlotte, NC, you’re not alone. Plenty of other North Carolina residents have been making the same choice, so you’re in good company. Let’s look at some of the contemporary garage doors that have been popping up around Charlotte, NC.
1. Modern Steel
This sleek design looks right at home in almost any modern homes. Mix things up from your typical garage door design with the windows along the top and the neatly spaced-out panels to enjoy the fresh twist this door offers. The surface of the door is smooth steel for a streamlined look, and the windows come in a variety of design options that let you choose the appearance you like best. A variety of colors and finishes also give you plenty of aesthetic options to help finish off this modern steel look.
2. Canyon Ridge Collection Modern Steel
Searching for the strength, durability and easy maintenance of steel, but the classic appeal of wood? Look no further than the Canyon Ridge Collection Modern Steel. These doors offer all the benefits of steel, combined under a faux-wood finish. Choose whether you want your windows down one side of the door, both sides, spaced out evenly along the door or nonexistent. You’ll also get to choose from a variety of different finishes and colors, letting you truly design a one-of-a-kind door for yourself.
3. Reserve Wood Collection Modern Series
If you think it’s impossible to beat real wood when it comes to sheer style, texture and class, let us point you in the direction of the Reserve Wood Collection Modern Series. These doors offer spectacular insulation, a gorgeous wood finish and many design options to choose from. Choose your window positioning, your wood finish, your accent strips and more, all while maintaining that sleek, modern look you’re looking for in your contemporary home.
Visit RCS Carolinas and Shop Contemporary Garage Doors Today
Looking for wood, steel or glass garage doors in Charlotte, NC? Stop by RCS Carolinas today and find the garage door you’ve been looking for. We offer a vast array of designs, from modern designs to more traditional styles. Whether you’re looking for a streamlined minimalist look or an elegant carriage-house door, we think you’ll be able to find something you like.
Selling high-quality Clopay doors isn’t the only thing we do, either. We also offer garage door repairs and installation. So if you aren’t looking to replace your door quite yet and are just looking for some repairs, we can help you out there as well. And if you already purchased a door and are just looking for a bit of assistance with the installation, we’ll be right there with you.
Browse our full selection of garage doors today, and remember to think of us as your one-stop shop for everything garage doors — from buying to installing and even maintenance throughout the years to come. Get a quote today to get started with your garage door buying experience.