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5 Affordable Ways to Upgrade Your Garage’s Exterior

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Garages add a lot of value to a home, both through their utility and through their appearance. A good garage can bring a lot to your home’s curb appeal, which in turn can make the entire property more attractive, particularly when it comes to resale.

While a complete renovation is usually what people envision when they want to update the appearance of their property’s exterior, that isn’t always necessarily the only way to go about the process.

These 5 affordable ways to upgrade your garage’s exterior can help you achieve your goals for less, giving you an outstanding garage in no time.

Install Some Stone Veneer as an Accent

Whether you have an existing garage or are looking to build a new garage, consider treating it like an accent on your property, and give it some decorative stone veneer.

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Stone veneer isn’t really stone – it’s actually made of a type of fiber cement made to look like stone. It’s also considerably less expensive – this improvement to your garage runs around $10 – $20 a square foot.

Cover the front of your garage for a carriage house look, or just highlight the area above your doors with this material to make a big impact on its appearance. By using the material sparingly as an accent like this, it helps cut down on costs, while also calling attention to the garage exterior.

Add Accent Lighting

Whether you have a beautiful accent like stone veneer, or you’ve gone big and upgraded to some custom new doors, be sure to show them off with some accent lighting.

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

Do you like these garage doors? These are Prestige XL design, 9′ x 8′, Moka Brown, with Cachet windows

Strategic accent lighting makes a big difference in the way that an area appears in the evening and nighttime hours. The idea is to use the lights to highlight specific areas on the garage, not to light up the whole thing.

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

Exterior accent lighting can be purchased for as little as $60 a light, so you can make your garage shine without needing to break the bank. Install lights above your doors, beneath windows, or alongside other accents, like veneer or updated landscaping, to really show them off.

Update the Landscaping

Landscaping plays a big role in how a home or building looks and is perceived, and the same is true for a garage exterior.

Frame your garage nicely on either side with some bushes or flower beds . Or, if your garage is surrounded by pavement, consider adding some window boxes, tubs or planters, and other small accents.

The right landscaping can really hide a multitude of sins and make a structure look a lot more inviting. For instance, 5-gallon shrubs and small trees start at just $20 each, which makes this a very affordable upgrade to make.

Upgrade Your Garage Door Hardware

Hardware can make a powerful statement on any exterior, including your garage doors.

Upgrading your hardware to something above the generic door handles or visible hinges your door may have can help provide a more custom look for the whole structure. Pair them with some matching accent lights to show them off and create a cohesive look for the whole garage.

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Upgrade Your Trim

There are many parts to the trim on a garage. Trim not only completes the run of siding but also frames your garage doors and creates a surface for them to move against. Because of this movement, your garage trim often looks shabby long before the rest of the exterior does.

Door trim costs around $150 per door to install. You can update the trim on the rest of the garage at the same time, particularly if you also add a different siding material like stone veneer as an accent. Choose a color for your new trim that will make your doors stand out to make an even bigger statement from this upgrade.

Update Your Garage Door

According to Remodeling, replacing your garage door with a new, nicer-looking, and the better-quality garage door is of the Top 5 home improvement projects for resale. Year after year after year.

If your garage door is outdated, even though you added great lighting accents and updated the landscaping, you won’t add real resale curb appeal.

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Are you more Traditional, Modern, or Carriage style?What would enhance your façade and give an instant WOW effect to your home?

When it comes to colors, choosing a Black garage door or Chocolate Walnut garage door is certainly a smart way to add a distinctive touch to your home without going broke since there is only a small difference of $75 to $150 for a single door (9×7 approx.).

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