Are you bored with your conventional garage door? Give your garage old-world charm by converting your conventional garage door to a carriage-style door. To do this, you’ll need to make a few simple changes.
What Is a Carriage Door?
Carriage houses were basically the garages of old-world charm. Carriage houses held the carriages and horses that carried people from one place to another. In appearance, they were similar to barns, and their doors were similar to barn doors. Today, the term “carriage door” usually refers to a garage door that bears a resemblance to a barn door. Carriage style doors typically include hardware, distinctive wooden planking and windows.
Which Accessories Make Your Door Look Like a Carriage-Style Door?
Many traditional garage doors can be easily be converted into a carriage-style door with minimal effort from the homeowner. In fact, carriage door conversion can be done so convincingly that it’s hard to tell the difference. Below are some of the garage door accessories you’ll need to make your old garage door look like new.
- Hinge hardware. Carriage doors were held in place with large iron hinges. These hinges were black and very visible from the front. Decorative hinge hardware is available for sale with garage door contractors and suppliers.
- Handles. Traditionally, carriage doors did not lift up. They opened outward, like standard doors. Handles were used to pull the doors open. Like the large iron hinges, these handles were very visible. Today, garage door suppliers sell these handles for easy installation.
- Windows. It’s not easy to install windows on a garage door that doesn’t have windows already. However, faux windows can be painted on, or applied as sticker decals.
Can You Make Your Own Carriage-Style Door Accessories?
Hinges and handles can be painted on your garage door with black paint. However, painted hinges and handles often look less realistic compared to the types of hinges generally sold by garage door accessory suppliers. For the most authentic-looking carriage-door conversion, contact a garage door contractor who can sell you a long-lasting, attractive product.
Want a Real Carriage-Style Door? Contact Us!
Carriage style doors can increase your home’s curb appeal and value. If your garage door is in poor condition or is simply very old, it may be time to install a new door in its place. Contact a reputable garage door contractor to discuss installation of a new carriage-style garage door in your home. We can provide you with a quote for a new garage door. Call today to set up an appointment.