One of the biggest reasons homeowners turn to custom garage doors? So they can design one that fits their unique style and stands out from other homes in their neighborhood. Since garage doors make up about 40% of a home’s facade, every detail matters. If you’re in the market for a custom-design garage door, here five important elements to keep in mind.

Designing a custom garage door

Garage door style

When designing a custom garage door, one of the easiest places to start is choosing the style. That way, your door seamlessly compliments the rest of your home. Select from garage door styles like:


  • Modern
  • Traditional
  • Raised-panel
  • Courtyard
  • Carriage-house
  • Contemporary

You can also mix and match your favorite styles to take your custom door to the next level.

Materials used

Another focal point of a custom garage door is the material used to build it. Do you want a more classic look and feel? Maybe opt for steel, wood, or wood composite. If you want your garage door to really stand out, consider adding materials like aluminum, fiberglass, and vinyl.

Window options

Windows are another exciting element to consider when you’re crafting a custom garage door. That’s because they can be as subtle or as bold as you want. Not sure where to start? Here are some window styling options to help:


  • Straight or arched window column 
  • Vertical window column
  • Off-centered windows
  • Clear or obscured glass
  • An all-window garage (or one with window-like panels)


Do you need some additional visual inspiration? Check out these unique garage door designs.


There are tons of benefits to an insulated garage door, like increased energy efficiency, better sound isolation, lower maintenance, and so much more. But exactly how much insulation you want to add is up to you. If you live in places with hot summers and harsh winters — like Colorado — you’ll want a custom garage door with a higher insulation rating, also known as an R-value. Talk to your local garage door experts who can help determine the best insulation option for your custom door.

Color and finish

Do you want an entirely new color created just for you? Go for it! Do you want to make it the exact color of your house (or accentuating details)? You’ve got it! With a custom garage door, you’re not limited to what manufacturers have to offer. Whether you want a door that’s dark, light, neutral, or bright — you have virtually endless options when it comes to choosing the color and finish of your custom garage door. 

Extra details

Some of the best custom garage doors come down to the smallest details, as that’s where you can add your own personal touches. A few of our favorite elements to consider include:


  • Decorative hardware
  • Panels
  • Shutters
  • Patterns
  • Molding
  • Framing
  • Lighting


Just like windows and colors, you can mix and match different details to create a one-of-a-kind door.

The right garage door company: American Garage Door

While every detail of a custom garage door matters, the most important is choosing the right garage door company. Even if you have the perfect design in mind, you still need to find trusted experts to help bring your custom door to life. At American Garage Door in Denver, we can help you do just that. Our in-house, expert craftsmen will walk you through every detail and element to design and build a one-of-a-kind, custom garage door for your home.

Ready to make some garage door magic? Reach out to us for an estimate today!