Residential garage door styles offer a wide range of variety, but they all fulfill mostly the same purpose: keeping your garage closed off to the elements and looking great while doing it.

To accommodate the different needs of homeowners as well as the different styles and aesthetics of their homes, overhead garage door manufacturers provide many different looks, designs and finishes. Here are some of the more popular types of residential garage doors along with their respective details and benefits:

Stamped Steel Garage Doors

Stamped steel is a design characteristic seen in the majority of garage doors these days.

Since sectional panels are made one at a time, a sheet of high-strength steel can be stamped with a design that connects to others to form a solid-looking garage door. This process is efficient, offering low production costs without sacrificing strength, integrity or quality.

Some stamped steel garage doors are clad on their exterior with other finishing materials that include composite, vinyl planks, DecamTrim or other products that lend a finished appearance of wood or some other, more luxurious-looking product.

Raised Panel Garage Doors

Most modern overhead garage doors are sectional and made from stamped steel, and a third extremely-common characteristic is for them to have a raised panel design. Raised panel garage door styles mimic the appearance of wood paneled doors to lend an organic aesthetic quality. They can come in a variety of colors, patterns and different finishing materials.

In addition to steel stamped raised panel garage doors, there are also products made from fiberglass or real wood.

Recessed Panel Garage Doors

These residential garage door styles are nearly identical with raised panels, except they are inset, or recessed. This gives them a more unique appearance that works well for some homes, like Spanish Mission style haciendas, but less so for others. Consider them an “acquired taste.”

Carriage-House Garage Doors

A gorgeous and luxurious-looking option that has skyrocketed in popularity recently are the carriage house garage door styles. These products are similar to raised panel garage doors, but with more intricate designs.

Just like the name sounds, these styles of overhead garage doors are meant to mimic the design of historic carriage houses like this one.

Complex architectural paned glass, wrought-iron handles and a general lavish appearance are all expertly mimicked and reproduced for a product with the convenience and strength of regular stamped steel doors, but with added appeal. They are a great way to complement the look of any luxury home.

Custom Overhead Garage Doors

Many of these designs can be custom modified or fitted with overlays or faux finishes to produce a one-of-a-kind custom garage door that fits perfectly within your ideal image for your home.

Which of the Residential Garage Door Styles Works Best for You?

Now that you know more about the different styles of residential garage doors, you can narrow down the pattern and design that works best within your budget, functional needs and aesthetic needs. You can also consult CSS Garage Doors for further consultation on the door with the style, fit and features that you want.

Visit our overhead garage door installation section to learn more.