Guide to Complementing Garage and Entry Doors

An easy and impactful way to boost your home’s curb appeal and increase its resale value is with a new complementing garage and entry door. In fact, according to Remodeling's 2023 Cost vs. Value report, investing in a new garage door yields the biggest return on investment, with homeowners recouping 102.7% of the initial cost when they sell their house. Replacing the front door with either a steel or fiberglass model yields anywhere from 50 to over 100% of the cost, depending on the door material.

What better way to update your home’s facade than to give it a coordinated look? Whether you’re building new, remodeling or just need a fresh look for your home’s exterior, consider complementing garage and entry doors. They give your house a cohesive yet distinctive look that won’t be replicated by every neighbor on the block.

Types of Complementing Entry Doors and Garage Doors

In response to consumer demand, Clopay began offering entry doors that complemented their extensive garage door collection in 2010. Coordinating panel designs, decorative glass and paint or stain finish options, make selecting a complementing front door and garage door is easier than you might think.

If you love the look of a solid wood entry door but hate the thought of the upkeep, consider Clopay’s woodgrain fiberglass options. Grained Fiberglass doors offer authentic woodgrain details that replicate the look of cherry, oak, mahogany or fir grain and can be stained in one of eight gorgeous factory finish stain colors.

One of the most popular options is the Craftsman collection, designed to complement practically all garage door styles.

Clopay Canyon Ridge LES Garage Door with matching Craftsman Entry Door Dark Finish
Clopay Canyon Ridge Carriage House 5-Layer Garage Door with complementing Craftsman Entry Door Dark Finish

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The Arbor Grove™ collection pairs nicely with the carriage-house look of the Canyon Ridge® Carriage House 5-Layer  garage doors.

Canyon Ridge 5-Layer garage door with complementing Arbor Grove Entry Door
Clopay Canyon Ridge Carriage House 5-Layer Garage Door with Complementing Arbor Grove Entry Door

Perhaps your home has a more vintage façade, and is better suited for the Rustic collection of Clopay entry doors. Featuring a rich cherry grain and distinctive panel details, the Rustic collection of doors beautifully complements a garage door from the highly customizable Gallery® collection.

Clopay's Rustic Collection Entry Door in Slate Finish
Clopay Rustic Entry Door in Slate

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Another option is a Smooth Fiberglass entry door, painted with one of Clopay’s 18 factory-finished paint colors. This is ideal for homes with a more modern or contemporary architectural style that would showcase a sleek garage door from the Avante® or Modern Steel™ collections.


Avante Garage Door with Complementing Smooth Fiberglass Entry Door
Avante Garage Door with Complementing Smooth Fiberglass Entry Door

Clopay also makes Steel entry doors in a variety of designs from contemporary to traditional to suit any home's style. Steel doors are energy efficient and an economical option for many homeowners. Complementing steel garage doors are also available to complete the coordinated look.

Decorative Glass in Complementing Garage and Front Doors

Adding decorative glass to your entry door is another way to bring a distinctive style and add curb appeal that sets your home apart from the neighbors. Consider your entryway and what the allotted space will accommodate. Do you have room for sidelites (the vertical windows positioned on either side of the door) or a transom window (located horizontally above the door)?

Clopay Entry Door Modern in Black Fox
Clopay Entry Door Modern in Black Fox (custom paint color)

Including decorative glass not only enhances your entryway and brings light into your home, but it’s one more way to add cohesive architectural elements for the exterior or your home by coordinating with the garage door. Glass options range from plain insulated glass with simulated divided lites to beveled, patterned and etched glass. All are tempered for strength and safety and double or triple glazed for energy efficiency. The variety of glass options allows homeowners to select the perfect style to complement their garage door and home.

For example, if you’re looking for an old-world flair, consider the Tuscany™ design or perhaps Trevian™ if for a bungalow or transitional home style. You can get simple clean lines by adding prairie or colonial-style grilles to glass. If privacy is a concern, consider frosted glass or miniblinds that are sealed between two glass panels.

Clopay Canyon Ridge LES Custom Color Garage Door to Match Entry Door
Clopay Canyon Ridge Carriage House 5-Layer Custom Color Garage Door to Match Entry Door

Final Touches for a Complementing Front Door and Garage Door

After selecting the type of entry door and whether or not to include decorative glass, you get to choose the type of finish and hardware you’d like to feature on your door. For maximum impact, select hardware that creates a coordinated look on both your entry door and garage door. Clopay offers entry door locksets and accessories in black, patina, satin nickel, or bright brass to help create a custom, complementary look.   

To see what complementing garage and entry doors would look best on your home, check out Clopay’s Door Imagination System. It’s an easy and user-friendly way to “try on” different door styles before you make a purchase. To find a Clopay dealer near you, visit our Where To Buy.

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