Form and Function: Having Fun with your Garage Doors

In Dallas, garage doors have long been a statement of function over form. They’re not elegant or discrete; instead, they are pragmatic. With the press of a button, you can move your car from the outside in or from the inside out. Now it is, of course, possible to store your car outside; a lot of people do. There are distinct disadvantages, though. Parking outside leaves your car exposed to the elements, whether it be snow and ice in Alaska or heat and hail in Dallas.

The problem is, and this is a definitely a first world problem, garage doors are usually, well, not particularly attractive. At best, you may find one that’s simply forgettable and blends into the house. At worst, you’ve got one that’s aged poorly and diminished the overall appearance of the home. Depending on where you live, your Dallas garage doors may be the main thing people might see of your house, so having ugly garage doors simply won’t do. There are solutions: One is simply to grab a can of paint, lay some tarp down, and repaint the garage door. If the only problem is that the paint is cracked and dull, well, outdoor paint does cost more than interior paint, but it’s still relatively cheap. You’ll want to make sure you know what you’re doing, as you’ll probably have to strip and sand first if the paint is peeling; otherwise, it can make for an uneven appearance.

The other option that’s pricier is to shop around Dallas for new garage doors. It can be expensive to change garage doors, so it’s not something you want to do on a whim. However, if you have the money for it and want something either distinct and different from what everyone else in the neighborhood has or want something that fits with a theme or décor, it’s worth looking into as a dramatic style change. If your Dallas garage doors are in fine condition, you can always customize with paint, perhaps even painting a design or pattern onto your garage doors. To do this, you will need more skill than an even coat requires, but it’s worth looking into.

Now the one bit of advice: If you live in a neighborhood with specific rules about what you can and can’t do to your house, such as an HOA, make sure you clearly understand the rules before you try anything. Having a house that looks nice is great, but it’s not worth potential legal battles and needless expense. One could ask questions as to the sense in limiting people’s options about what their garage door looks like, but it’s something you might need to check. So if you want your Dallas garage doors to be more than just function and have an attractive form, consider customizing your garage doors.

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