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5 Popular Garage Door Styles (& Which Ones to Choose)

Have you ever stood inside a home and thought, “Wow, what a stunner,” only to head outside and find a cringe-worthy exterior?

Getting a new garage door adds an instant boost to your home’s curb appeal, but it’s not just about that “shiny and new” feeling. We’ve installed hundreds of garage doors (maybe even thousands!), so we know the importance of finding the right style of door for your 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Why Does Garage Door Style Matter?

Just like in interior design, style matters when it comes to curb appeal. Your garage door is likely one of the central points of focus on your home since it’s expansive and right at eye level for passersby. That means a garage door’s style can make or break your home’s overall aesthetic. That’s important for buying and selling, but it’s also important because you take pride in your home and should feel great about every part of it. 

A garage door’s style should match or complement the exterior style of your home, but it can also give an older home an instant update if you choose a contemporary style of door. You can showcase your personal sense of style by working with a garage door company that offers a wide range of doors and customizable options.   

Types of Garage Doors

There are plenty of styles when it comes to garage doors, but like any home renovation, there are a few styles that tend to stand out. Most of our clients choose doors in these four categories: 

Traditional Garage Doors

If you have a traditional garage door or overhead door, you’re one of many. Lots of people still love the age-old style of garage doors, but with all the modern trimmings that bring it up to date. Most contemporary doors feature raised panels, and they may or may not have windows, which usually run along the top of the door.

Traditional doors are anything but “boring” or “plain.” Although they don’t have some of that modern flash, they can still stand out and draw the eye. In many cases, homeowners with older homes (like colonials and bungalows) will select a traditional garage door because it complements the exterior of the home, while also modernizing it.

If you’re looking for a traditional garage door that delivers ultimate durability, the Olympus line of garage doors is a great starting point.

Contemporary-Style Garage Doors

Glass panels on garage doors have changed vastly throughout the decade as styles have shifted to match architectural trends. Contemporary garage door styles tend to focus more than ever on window styles and configurations. Most garage doors on modern homes feature vertically aligned window panels with special coatings that range from tinting to frosting.

Like all of our garage doors, our contemporary styles are crafted from durable steel, but with the rich and textured look of wood panelling. This includes the Heritage 3000, a door that’s been hugely popular in new master-planned communities in Edmonton.  

Glass-Panelled Garage Doors

Sleek and subtly luxurious, glass-panelled doors are the Cadillacs of garage doors. They tend to give any home an ultra-modern look. As a bonus, they make your garage feel more spacious thanks to the natural light filtering in.

Our Vista series from Amarr Garage Doors is one of our top sellers in high-end garage doors. These gorgeous glass-panelled doors can be configured in different ways depending on what overall style you want to achieve. Plus, you can choose different frame and glass options, from colours and textures, to get the right fit for your home’s style and colour palette.

Worried about the “glass” part of this style? Don’t think of “breakable” when you hear glass-panelled, because these garage doors are built to last, keeping your home safe and secure using special material to ensure privacy and security. 

Carriage-Style Garage Doors


Carriage house doors give the impression that the doors open outward, when in fact, they open up like a regular door. These are highly stylized doors that draw the eye, making them the perfect option for someone who wants to update their home’s exterior and make a big impact. Although they draw on 19th-century inspiration, they offer timeless curb appeal. 

Our beautiful carriage-style doors mimic wood-panelled “barn” doors, but they’re actually steel crafted, which extends the longevity of your door and keeps it looking seamless for much longer. We carry a wide range of carriage house garage door lines, all of which are customizable. The Classica 3000 is one of our top choices because of its versatility, low maintenance, and customizable options. 

Other Considerations Before You Buy


Style is important, but like any home renovation, you want functionality and longevity. It’s important to look at other factors, including whether you need to update your garage door opener at the same time (which is highly recommended as a cost-saving measure), how long your door of choice is expected to last, the quality of the installation, and energy efficiency. If budget is also a part of the decision, be sure to find a garage door company in Edmonton that offers garage door lines catering to different price points. 

Stylish Garage Door Installations in Edmonton

If you’re looking for a new garage door in Edmonton, but you don’t know where to start the search, call C&W Canada Garage Doors to schedule an in-person consultation. We’ll assess the style of your home and work with you to find the garage door that will fit your home perfectly, while still giving it a modern, refreshed look. Our garage door experts not only have many years of experience in installing garage doors, but we’re also skilled in style consultation and we work hard to make sure you get exactly what you imagined.

Not sure if you need an upgraded garage door? Check out our other blog posts to see if you need a garage door replacement or repair before buying, or book a quick and affordable inspection with one of our experts. You can also reach out directly to book your garage door installations, door repairs, or door maintenance in Edmonton and the surrounding areas. And remember, when your door’s in trouble, you call C&W!

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