Old Fashioned Garage Door Styles Being Revived: The New Found Popularity of Carriage Doors

Old Fashioned Garage Door Styles Being Revived The New Found Popularity of Carriage DoorsTrends always have a way of going retro, and garages are no exception. Prince revived 1970s swag at the Montreux Juillet concert in 2013. Models sporting 1980s fashions grace the cover of Vogue. And now carriage doors are becoming popular again as new garage doors that were once commonplace at the turn of the last century.

Back to the Barnyard

The carriage garage door looks like a barn door. There’s a reason for this. Carriage doors were made for the first garages and were designed to mimic actual barns. Back when cars were known as “horseless carriages,” it was common to store cars in the barn next to the horse. The car was literally replaced the carriage, hence “carriage doors.”

Popular, Beautiful, Versatile

In fact, about 20% of all new garage doors are made in the style of carriage doors. The doors are very affordable and have a quaint rustic charm that is hard to resist. There are a variety of styles and options to choose from.

Plenty of Natural Light

In addition to their rustic beauty, these doors usually have many windows so the natural light is perfect. There’s just something classically old-fashioned about them. If you are considering garage door installation and would like to learn about carriage door options, give us a call. We’d be happy to help!

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Garage Doors: Type of Material, Insulation Factors to Consider

Garage doors can be made in a variety of materials. Each has distinct advantages and cost considerations. Wooden doors have a natural beauty, but tend to be more expensive and have more upkeep. You should expect to sand and repaint a wooden door every few years. Steel doors are more economical, but tend to dent easily. Fiberglass doors require minimum maintenance beyond an occasional wash down with a hose, but tend to be more expensive. You should also consider if you want an insulated door. This can cut down on heating and cooling costs. The quality and thickness of the insulation will depend on the R-value you choose — the higher the better.