Carriage house garage doors are an extremely popular choice among our customers, and it’s easy to see why. Once used to secure barns housing carriages in the horse and buggy era, this classic, timeless option has returned to popularity in recent years. Though carriage style garage doors work well with many of today’s architectural styles, serving as a beautiful home accent, they are only one of many garage door styles and may not be the best solution for your home.
The Intricate Detail of Carriage Style Doors Can Overwhelm Some Home Styles
Classic carriage garage doors feature intricate woodwork, including cross planking, large handles, and windows across the top in various styles. Originally made from wood, contemporary options now include steel stamped carriage garage doors that open upward like modern garage doors with the help of a garage door opener. Would a carriage garage door look good on your home? We recommend considering the architectural style of your home before purchasing carriage doors to ensure long term satisfaction with your garage door purchase.
These Architectural Styles Work Best with Carriage Garage Doors
- Tudor style
Carriage garage doors add even more interest and beauty to the decorative half-timbering, uniquely shaped chimney, and high-pitched roof of a Tudor home.
- Victorian style
Our garage door specialists highly recommend carriage doors on a Victorian style home. Carriages were used for transportation in this era, making them a fitting choice.
- Craftsman and bungalow style
The wood detailing, low rooflines, and covered porches of craftsman and bungalow-style homes pair well with carriage doors.
- Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean style homes
Spanish Colonia and Mediterranean style homes, which traditionally feature clay tiles, heavy wood, and iron detailing, are beautifully accented by the carriage door styles with prominent hardware.
These Styles Sometimes Work with Carriage Garage Doors
- Ranch style
If your ranch style home features ample greenery, window boxes, shutters, and wood detailing, carriage doors will work well. However, if it features modern windows, doors, and hardscaping, carriage doors may look out of place.
- American Colonial style
Carriage doors may work on America Colonial style homes with detached or side-load garages, however, if your garage is front-and-center, other options may fit better.
When to Avoid Carriage Style Doors
These architectural styles do not pair well with carriage style doors:
- Mid-century modern styles
It is better to accent your mid-century modern home with simpler garage door styles.
- Contemporary styles
Carriage doors are too intricate for the sleek, clean lines of contemporary designs.
Are you considering carriage style garage doors for your Alameda, Antioch, Blackhawk, Lafayette, Hercules, Richmond, San Pablo, or San Ramon home? Ensure beautiful finished results that pair well with your home’s architectural style. Contact a Madden Door & Sons garage door specialist to discuss replacement door ideas today.