The garage features prominently on the street side of most houses. As such, it is an essential component of your home’s overall curb appeal. If your garage’s appearance is not creating the impression you would like, consider these trendy exterior renovation projects.
1. Match the Garage with the Rest of the House
Whether the garage is attached or detached, it is important that it complements the style of the house. A garage that features entirely different materials and colors as the rest of the home will create a dissonance that leaves passersby and potential buyers unsure as to what is going on with the property.
By seamlessly matching the garage with the main body of the house, you not only create refreshing harmony that increases curb appeal, but you make the home appear more spacious, as well. Some ideas to get the garage consistent with the rest of the home include replacing dated and worn siding, giving the exterior a fresh coat of paint, and/or using decorative garage trim that complements that used around windows and doors of the house.
2. Replace the Garage Door
The garage door is the most noticeable aspect of most garages. Therefore, improving the look of your garage can sometimes be as simple as investing in a door upgrade. When looking into replacements for your dinged and dented garage door, try to find a style that complements the main entrance of your home.
3. Install New Roofing Shingles
Some homeowners take a utilitarian approach to roofing, believing that roofing materials only provide the functional benefits of insulation and leak resistance. While these are definitely important characteristics, a quality roof is also a primary component of curb appeal, as faded, blistered, and raised shingles can create quite the eyesore.
When looking into a garage roof upgrade, consider the benefits of composite shingle options. Not only will this modern product provide elite protection against hail, heavy winds, and other projectile debris, but these impact resistant shingles will keep your garage roof looking new and inviting for years to come with limited upkeep required.
4. Add Some Subtle Decorations
Nothing says “home” quite like the sound of a garage door crawling open after a long trip. To further enhance the inviting and homey feel as you roll into the driveway, consider adding some subtle decorations. During the spring and summer months, your favorite potted plants along either side of the garage door add a nice touch, while the seasonal decorations of the holidays are a good option during the fall and winter.
5. Choose a Gravel Driveway
The driveway and garage are inevitably linked in the minds of viewers, as the terrain leading up to the garage can have a major impact on how people perceive the garage itself.
If your old concrete driveway is stained with automotive fluids or cracked from years of expansion and contraction during seasonal changes, consider the benefits of permeable gravel when exploring driveway paving ideas. Not only do modern, interlocking grids hold the gravel in place to prevent rutting and clumping, but the cracking and staining concerns that plague concrete are mitigated by gravel alternatives.
6. Ditch the Dingy Gutters
Nothing can kill the look of a classy garage quite like rusted, sagging, or otherwise damaged gutters. When looking into replacements, vinyl is becoming a popular option. They are lightweight and easy to install for DIYers and come in a number of non-corroding designs that will complement the look of your garage.
Maintaining a classy aspect for your garage is essential in ensuring the overall curb appeal for your home. If your garage could use a facelift, consider projects such as matching the garage and house trim, installing new roofing shingles, and upgrading the driveway to a more trendy option.
About The Author: Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.
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