5 Budget-Friendly Garage Exterior Upgrades

Traditional 2-stories house. Garage door is a North Hatley LP, 16' x 8', Moka Brown color, 4 vertical lite Orion windows

You like this modern door? It’s the North Hatley LP , 16'x8', Moka Brown, with 4 vertical lite Orion windows

A garage can increase the value of your home in multiple ways. It’s a useful feature to have, and it can also enhance the curb appeal by making the entire property more attractive. This can help significantly when it comes to resales.

A lot of people go right for a full renovation or exterior upgrade, that’s not necessarily always required. In fact, there are sometimes small steps that can make a bigger impact at a fraction of the cost.

Here are five affordable upgrades that will help you accomplish your goals for less, which will improve your garage in short order.

Install Stone Veneer Accents

Do you already have a garage? Perhaps you’re considering building a new one. Either way, treat it like an accent to your home with stone veneer for a decorative touch.

Modern shed & attached garage with Moderno 2 beads design, Black, Harmony window layout garage doors

You like these garage doors? They are Moderno 2 beads design , in 6' x 7' and 10' x 8' sizes, Black, Right-side Harmony window layout

Stone veneer is not actual stone. It’s made from cement fiber that is designed to have the appearance of stone. That makes it much less expensive - this garage improvement costs just $10-$20 per square foot.

You can cover the garage’s entire facing for that classic carriage house look or choose to highlight areas around the door, and either will create a great improvement to the appearance. When you use stone sparingly, it’s great to accent exterior details while not overspending on materials.

Add Accent Lighting

If you added detailed accents like stone veneer, or even upgraded with some custom garage doors, you’ll want to show it off with the right accent lighting.

You like these garage doors? These are Prestige XL design , 9'x8', Moka Brown, with Cachet windows

Prestigious house with 2 garages doors in Prestige XL design, Moka Brown colors, Cachet windows

Strategic placement of accent lighting will make a huge difference in the appearance of the space during the evening hours, with lights accenting the best features and highlighting the natural beauty of the structure. You don’t want to light up the whole garage, just the best parts.

Modern house with the Moderno Multi design, Black, with Azur glass windows garage door

You like this garage door ? This the Moderno Multi design , in Black, with Azur glass windows

You can pick up exterior accent lights for as low as $60 each, allowing you to create the perfect look without spending a small fortune. Place lights under windows and above doors, alongside accents like landscaping, and other areas, to really make your space shine.

Update the Landscaping

Landscaping is critical to the appearance of any home or building, including the exterior of the garage on your property.

Consider framing the garage with flower beds or bushes. If you have a lot of pavement, maybe you could go with planters, window boxes, or other small accent items.

Upgrade Your Garage Door Hardware

Hardware is a little accent that makes a big impression, and especially on a good-looking garage door.

Upgrading your hardware to a more distinctive look or something that matches the rest of your home’s theme or decor will make a much more unique look. You can even pair them with accent lights to show off the hardware and create a more streamlined look.

You like these garage doors? These are Eastman E-21 , 9' x 7', Claystone doors and Ice White overlays, 8-lite Panoramic windows.

Traditional house with garage doors: Eastman E-21, 9' x 7', Claystone doors and Ice White overlays, 8 lite Panoramic windows

Upgrade the Garage Door Trim

There are several areas of the garage that will need trim, and it can be an accent piece on its own. The trim will complete the siding and frame your garage doors. The trim is also used as the surface that the doors are opened against, which can cause wear faster than other areas of the garage.

Trim runs about $150 to install per door. You can choose to do all of the trim at once, and you should if you’re upgrading other areas. If you just need the door trim to look new again, that’s fine. Choose a color that contrasts well and helps your new doors stand out if you want to make a statement with your improvement, as well.

Update Your Garage Door

Remodeling says that a garage door replacement when yours is old, worn, or just doesn’t look that good is among the Top 5 home improvement projects for resale, time and time again.

No matter what upgrades you make, if the doors themselves are outdated, you aren’t going to add that important resale value.

Modern home, light gray stone and iron gray wood, with 2 garage doors in Vog design, 9'x7', Black, Left‑side Harmony window

You like these doors? They are the Vog design , 9'x7', Black, Left ‑side Harmony window layout

Do you prefer Modern, Traditional, or classic Carriage style? Think about what would enhance your home and add that all-impressive “wow” factor.

Consider choosing a Chocolate Walnut or black garage door to add a distinct touch without going broke. You’ll only spend slightly more, with an average cost of $75 to $150 for a single door (9x7 approx.) to upgrade for the color you really want.

Brick and cedar shingle 2-story house with a Regal Shaker‑Flat Long design, 16'x8', Dark Walnut, windows with Richmond Inserts garage door

You like this garage door? It’s a Shaker-Flat Long design , 16'x8', Dark Walnut, with Richmond Insert windows.

Ready to learn more?

Contact your local garage door specialist today.

They can help you find the right garage door and make sure that your garage fits your home and your personality. DSI North Door Systems can even provide a quotation via email.

Call us at 978-741-1600.

We will be happy to assist with whatever you need.

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You have to try our virtual Design Centre where you can customize your own doors and styles, including the try-on feature where you can upload pictures of your garage to see how it looks.

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