Are you considering overlay or stamped doors for your garage? Both of these styles are in the carriage house garage door family and include stamped and overlay designs. In this post, we compare overlay vs stamped carriage garage doors to help you decide which is the best option for you.
Carriage House Garage Doors
The name for carriage style garage doors comes from the type of vehicle it housed, a horse carriage. A carriage house↗ resembled a barn and the doors operated on hinges instead of the rolling tracks we see today.
Garage door manufacturers saved the timeless design of carriage house doors. New doors are available for overhead tracks. One of the biggest decisions you’ll make with this purchase is the design. How do you want the door to look?
Carriage House Door Characteristics
- Raised or recessed options
- Intricate trim board details
- Decorative accessories like handles, latches, and ring pulls
Overlay vs Stamped Carriage Garage Doors
When shopping for carriage house doors you will run into overlay and stamped options. The difference between the two affects looks and costs.
What are overlay doors?
Overlay carriage doors are built using multiple construction layers with feature decorative paneling that adds depth to the door design. Most doors are made with steel framing, insulation, and wood overlays.
- Decorative paneling creates depth and sophistication
- Customize color, trim, panel styles, accessories
- Overlay wood options include species like Cedar, Douglas Fir, Mahogany, etc.
- Requires more maintenance than stamped door (depending on material)
- Cost more than stamped doors
- Heavier than stamped doors
What Are Stamped Garage Doors?
Stamped garage doors are typically made of steel. The steel is rolled through a machine↗ to imprint a simulated wood grain texture into the door panel. After giving the material a wood grain texture it is passed through a press that imprints a design. This is where the “stamped” term comes from.
- Steel is naturally moisture and rust resistant
- Can customize colors, finishes, and window designs
- Budget friendly
Should I Get Overlay or Stamped Garage Doors?
Both overlay and stamped carriage house doors are beautiful addition to any home. If cost and maintenance is a concern choose the stamped doors. Stamped doors are available in many designs and decorative accessories like latches and handles can add depth to the design. Remember, panel design options will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.
The extra customization options for overlay doors may be worth the cost if your garage faces the street. You can customize the door with painted panels, trim, and accessories to complement your home.
Popular brands like Amarr, Clopay, and C.H.I. all offer beautiful carriage house garage door options.
Be sure to do your research, and choose the right garage door company for your needs.