When you get a hydraulic garage door, you are making an investment for the future. Whether you’re looking to install a door in your home or for commercial purposes, there is a good chance that you will use it for decades. You will want to make style and design choices that will stand the test of time.
You might be thinking, “How much could garage door trends really change on a year-to-year basis?” While trends in large single panel and bifold doors might not seem immediately obvious, just compare an old and tired garage door…
…with a modern garage door that’s more sleek and clean.
So, while the basic purpose of all garage doors has remained the same, their ease-of-use and aesthetic design philosophies have evolved over time.
That’s not to say a classic look for your door is necessarily bad — there are timeless designs such as Colonial, Victorian, Craftsman, Ranch and Tudor with an appeal that’s not going out of style anytime soon. These types of doors often look as good in 2017 as they did 50 years ago.
On the other hand, if you’re looking to add a modern touch to your building, cutting-edge designs create a look that feels right at home in this decade. These aren’t your grandparents’ door designs, and we think it’s worth it for you to check out what’s popular in the world of contemporary door design. Read on to see some of the most recent trends.
Going with Glass
Transparency is in, at least when it comes to garage doors. Glass garage doors make your space feel less like a cave and more like a place you actually want to spend time in. When the sun’s rays make their way into your garage, it creates an environment that feels more open and inviting — a near perfect mix of outdoor brightness and indoor comforts.
How far you go with glass on your garage door is completely up to you. Some people want the entire door to feature massive glass panels, while others prefer smaller glass windows in horizontal or vertical arrangements. Whichever route you take, you can choose from a wide range of glass types. Some are frosted or tinted to provide increased levels of privacy, while still letting in some light.
Paired with a sturdy metal frame, today’s glass garage doors stand up to whatever Mother Nature throws at them. While they might not be as tough as a solid aluminum garage door, glass garages stand up to wind, precipitation and the occasional overthrown football without fail.
The days of pairing similar building materials (two types of wood, matching metals) are over. Today, unexpected material combinations are much more acceptable. Consider striped patterns of oak and steel that don’t seem like they’d work together; yet create a striking contrast when arranged on a modern home or business. How about lightly-frosted glass and heavy mahogany? Your only limit with mixing and matching is your imagination.
Combining materials is one way to create contrast, but playing with color is another. For 2017, black and white garage doors are massively popular. There is no greater contrast, yet these colors seem to work perfectly together on the right home or business. A black garage door frame with white panels, or vice versa, creates a stunning look that’s sure to turn heads.
Old Made New
Some people love the design of classically-styled garage doors, and they can achieve that look with a modern twist. Material technology has come a long way over the past few decades, and there are synthetic materials that mimic the look of wood perfectly. For example, Woodgrain fiberglass, designed to last decades, is lighter than actual wood and looks just like the real thing in person.
The great thing about these types of materials is that you can design them to work with any style you have in mind. Looking to build a pole barn with a massive barn-style door? You can do so with modern metals at a fraction of the cost of real wood. What’s more, you can even design these doors to incorporate a bit of faux wear-and-tear, so you don’t have to sacrifice character for durability.
If you’re looking to design your next garage door, it helps to look at other people’s projects to get some inspiration for your building. Check out our gallery of modern hydraulic doors to uncover a style that fits your building.
Many of today’s best-looking doors utilize hydraulics to improve reliability and functionality. To learn more about the engineering that goes into this type of modern door, check out our blog post, “How the Innovative Technology Behind Hydraulic Doors Works”.