A Detailed Guide to Garage Door Panel Styles

July 22, 2022

Garage door panels are the most noticeable section of your garage door, making them one of the most important design elements during the customization process. The panels on your CAMBEK custom garage door are made from a high quality wood, meaning you can really get intricate with your designs. Garage doors come in many styles, and you can customize each to fit the architectural style of your home. If you’re considering a new custom wood garage door, here’s a quick guide to the most popular wood panel styles.

Flush Panels

The most basic garage door panel style is the flush panel, constructed with a single piece of wood flush with the surrounding frame. This style is typically used for more modern garage door designs. Flush panels are the simplest garage door panel styles and are popular in minimalist home designs, and they are customizable with various finishes to match the rest of your home’s exterior. As their name suggests, flush panels are flush with the garage door’s surface, and can come with or without windows or added design flourishes. This makes them easy to clean and maintain and provides a sleek, minimalist look.

Raised Panels

If you’re looking for something a bit more stylish, you might prefer raised garage door panel styles. Raised panels have a raised center section that adds depth and dimension to your garage door. You can choose from various styles for a raised panel door and add decorative details like trim or molding to further customize the look. Raised panels are generally reserved for more traditional style garage doors.

Recessed Panel

Recessed panels are similar to raised panels but feature a recessed (concave) panel in the door. This gives the door a more finished look and can be used to complement other design elements in your home. Recessed panel garage doors have a classic, yet timeless look that will complement any home’s style. This door style features panels set back slightly from the edge of the door, providing a subtle detail that adds a unique and interesting aesthetic. A recessed panel style is a great option if you’re looking for a classic garage door with a touch of visual interest.

Louvered Panels

Louvered panels are made up of overlapping slats, which can add visual interest and to your custom garage door. Louvered panels adapt well to fit a wide range of door sizes. They are designed to match louvered shutters seen on many older homes, so make sure to add custom designed shutters to match! 

Carriage House Doors

Carriage house panels are a more decorative style of garage door panels that are designed to look like historic carriage house doors. Carriage house panels often have raised panel details that add depth and character to the design. They also often feature decorative hardware and panels that either made of real wrought iron or finished to give it a weathered and timeless aesthetic. 

Beadboard Panels

Beadboard is a wood paneling type consisting of narrow, vertical strips of wood. These custom garage door panels complement many styles of homes quite well. Beadboard panels are made of narrow strips of wood arranged in a vertical pattern. These doors feature vertical panels with a groove, or bead, running along the center. The bead provides a subtle detail that can add interest to the door without being too overbearing. They can be stained or painted to match your home’s exterior. Beadboard panels are a more decorative option, and they can add a lot of visual interest to your garage door.

Start Designing Today

There are a variety of garage door panels to choose from, and the right one for you will depend on your style and preferences. Raised or recessed panels might be the right choice if you want a classic look. If you’re looking for something more unique, consider carriage house or beadboard panels. Regardless of your style, garage door panels are an easy way to add curb appeal to your home. 


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