Choosing the Perfect Marine Door for Your Boathouse is Easier Than You Think!

If you’ve finally reached your dream of living in a vacation home on the water, you want to make sure your home is as perfect as possible. You artfully built your firepit and stained your deck the perfect shade, looking out to the lake, river, or ocean. Now, the only thing left is to tackle the old boathouse.

It’s in pretty good condition but the door needs a lot of work. You might not realize what options you have for a new marine door. You can settle for something typical and replace it with a door similar to what was on it before, or you can get creative.

Picture of a boat and a blue sky.

Make your place stand out on the water and be the envy of your neighbors with a brand new garage door for your boathouse. Install a high-quality garage door that will last for decades. Image from Pexels.

You worked hard for your boat, protect it with a marine garage door for your boathouse.

Garaga has several options for boathouse garage doors. You can choose one that will proudly display your boat along the water or one with a sturdy door to protect you from intruders. Whatever look you’re going for, the team at Garaga is on your side. Knowing what role you want your garage door to play will allow you to narrow down the models. This blog will help you understand your options and come up with something perfect for you.

A beautiful modern cottage with two all glass garage doors

You can choose a garage door that perfectly fits the style of your house. No more boring doors when you have Garaga on your side. You can even display your boats with a beautiful all-glass garage door. This project was brought to life by PattyMac.

Option 1: Showcase Your Boat Space with Full-View Garage Doors

A gorgeous house by the lake with three full-view garage doors for the its gigantic boathouse

This modern boathouse found on Houzz is the epitome of clean and clear. When you choose this look for your boathouse you are letting everyone know you’re here to stay. A full-view California garage door allows the sun to shine in on your space and shows off your beautiful boat.

The big, paneled windows on this garage door let light in to warm your boathouse and show off your garage and boat. If you have a modern space, this is the perfect choice for you. In addition, the door frame is made of aluminum, a corrosion-resistant material.

You worked hard for your boathouse. Why not present it in a way that makes you feel good? With Garaga’s panoramic garage doors with clear glass, your boat is on display while sitting in the protection of the boathouse.

Another nice feature of an all-glass door is that your boathouse will be filled with light all throughout the day. This lets you be in there, working on your garage or packing for the next launch by the light of day, not needing flashlights or other lighting options.

This beautiful boathouse was realized by PattyMac.

There are several things you can use your boat house for. Maybe the back of the space has a bar, or a theatre room. A game room with a pool table and darts might also be a possibility. If you choose a panoramic garage door from Garaga, your space can be flooded with natural light. This beautiful boathouse project was realized by PattyMac.

Imagine adding to the living space at your waterfront home by utilizing part of your boathouse as a family room. In the evening, with the moonlight shining, you can gaze at the stars and listen to the water pass by. During the day, you can enjoy the sunlight while staying in the shade. Opening your marine garage door can let in a nice breeze while you relax the day away in your boathouse.

A modern boathouse in dark charcoal with two all-glass garage doors

Check out another glass encased boathouse featured on Houzz? The black aluminum frame meshes with the charcoal siding causing the white frame to pop. The finished look is clean and polished nestled against the tree line behind this boathouse.

Are you convinced you love this look but wonder about the practicality? What happens if there’s an accident causing the glass to break. One wrong push of a petal and will your whole vision shatter? You like the idea of ​​an all-glass garage door, but what if an accident happens?

Let’s face it, this is a fair question because accidents happen all the time. You might not realize the garage door closed, or you may reverse into it thinking it’s already up. You’ll be happy to know that Garaga thought of those questions and has the answer for you. You can opt for tempered glass instead of traditional glass.

Tempered glass is four to five times stronger than ordinary glass. The process of heating and cooling means that this glass will shatter into thousands of tiny, harmless pieces, rather than large shards of broken glass. This type of glass has been heated and cooled to be 4 to 5 times stronger than ordinary glass. Under impact, this glass shatters into 1000s of small harmless pieces.

California, 6' x 8' 6" and 16' x 8' 6", Black aluminum frame, Sandblasted glass

Those two full-view California garage doors are 6' x 8'6" and 16' x 8'6", Black aluminum frame, with Sandblasted glass.

Your options for glass are varied when you go with a Garaga California full-view garage door. Here are a few:

  • Clear glass lets you look out at the water and see your boat from inside. A great glass if you want to show off your boat and boathouse to shine with pride.
  • Sandblasted glass lets light in but keeps people out. If your boathouse is attached to your house or doubles as storage, you may not want everyone to be able to see inside.
  • Any type of glass can have tempered glass added to it (except the laminated glass). Tempered glass is 4 to 5 times stronger than regular glass.
  • Polycarbonate is an alternative to glass. While it is resistant to impact, it can scratch. Read this FAQ for questions, including how to care for polycarbonate windows.

A note on care-as with all large windows, condensation can form on the panes of your garage door. To ensure your Garaga garage door lasts for years, clean and maintain it often, leaving them open frequently to help circulate the air throughout your boathouse. When you clean the doors, check the seals to make sure they’re still in good working condition.

Option 2: Want a more rustic feel? With loads of protection? If so, the steel construction garage door from the Townships Collection is perfect for you.

Image of a blue boathouse with beautiful brown farmhouse garage doors with inverted V overlays.

The farmhouse is classic and fits well with many boathouse options. For a marine door that welcomes you home with it’s wood like appearance, an overhead door from the prestigious Townships Collection is perfect. Image found on Pinterest.

Does your waterfront property have more of a natural vibe? Does it blend into nature with its warmth and tones? If so, consider the Townships Collection. You’ll get a strong door with the look of wood.

Princeton P-12 garage doors, 8' x 7', Iron Ore Walnut, Black Overlays, 8 lites Panoramic windows

This is Princeton P-12 design, 8' x 7', Iron Ore Walnut with Black overlays, 8 Panoramic windows, from the Townships Collection. The vertical black overlays give the door a rustic look, full of character.

Thanks to the galvanized steel, the door is very resistant to rust, which is key when you’re on the water. Your Township Collection garage door will look great year after year, letting you know you made the right choice.

If you’re curious about insulation, Garaga has you covered. The R-16 value on this collection is top-notch. This is great if your boathouse or garage is connected to your vacation home. You can use the space year-round and not have to worry about being too hot or too cold. This door also provides an effective barrier against any other weather that might come your way, continuing to protect your whole boathouse.

Eastman E-21 garage door, 9' x 7', Claystone doors, Ice White Overlays, 8 lite Panoramic windows

This garage door is an Eastman E-21, 9' x 7’, Claystone doors and Ice White overlays, with Panoramic windows. The country charm on this door is charming for any vacation home or boathouse. A garage door from the Township Collection is perfect for that Farmhouse look.

PVC accents and overlays mimic wood from doors of old for your boathouse. The Township Collection provides you with the amazing Craftsman look you’re hoping for. You can choose from a variety of overlays to complement your marine door and Farmhouse and Modern Farmhouse styles.

A boathouse with a nice farmhouse look

The V-shaped contrasting on this garage door adda to the farmhouse vibe of the boathouse designed by Makow Associates Architects Inc.

Once you’ve chosen your marine door, it’s time to pick out the Dura+ hardware.

You may think the hardware for your boathouse doesn’t matter, but you would be wrong. Water, salt, and other natural elements can wreak havoc on your hardware. Dura+hardware for Garaga garage doors is resistant to moisture and salt, extending the life of your garage door. Even the tracks are protected thanks to galvanized steel. Like the hardware, galvanized steel prevents rusting in wet conditions. Knowing that Garaga goes the extra mile gives you peace of mind that your garage doors will stand the test of time, and your boathouse will continue to look charming.

Option 3: If you’re looking for protection and beauty rolled into a budget-friendly marine door option, look no further than the Acadia 138 and Regal garage doors

Perhaps you don’t want to go all out on the boathouse? Maybe you haven’t decided what you want to do with the space full-time, but you still need protection for it and your boat. Garaga has marine door options for that situation as well. Read this FAQ about seven factors surrounding the cost of garage doors.

Here are our 2 suggestions. Check them out!

1. The Acadia 138 garage door

This garage door is an Acadia 138 North Hatley LP, 9' x 7', Desert Sand, windows with Richmond Inserts. Imagine this one on your boathouse! Wouldn’t the look be absolutely divine?

This garage door is an Acadia 138 North Hatley LP, 9' x 7', Desert Sand, windows with Richmond Inserts and hardware makes any garage or boathouse shine.

Like the Township Collection, this overhead door is also made of galvanized steel. It comes with traditional hardware but you can choose Dura+ hardware on your Acadia 138 for an extra fee.

2. The Regal garage door

Regal Classic Long, 9' x 7', Moka Brown, Clear windows

Like its name, this garage door is fit for royalty. The warm brown color above meshes well with nature and is a great option for your boathouse. This Regal Classic Long, 9' x 7', with Clear windows has an embossed design providing a timeless look.

Regal garage doors can have polystyrene insulation or be non-insulated. The price point depends on what you choose. If your boathouse is in an environment with minimal temperature change, insulation might not be important to you.

What if you have a small boat?

If you’re renovated your boathouse, or building from scratch, and only have a small boat, you may need the marine door to be pretty small. Our garage doors can be as small as 4’wide or up to 20’wide. These same values work for the height as well. We can custom build a garage door for your boathouse needs.

If you’re not sure how to measure the opening for your future marine door, here’s how.

What about a garage door opener for your boathouse?

Now that you’ve found the perfect garage door for your boathouse, what about the mechanics?

Having a garage door opener for your boathouse is nice, but especially if you’re heading in from a long day of boating. LiftMaster openers will make your life easier. LiftMaster openers offer durability and strength, bringing you reliability when opening your marine door. Plus, LiftMaster has options to add a carwash modification. Your boathouse deserves a well-made garage door opener!

This system makes the door openers water resistant and allows them to operate without problems in a damp environment. This modification for your boathouse marine door is only available on certain industrial garage door openers.

For a boathouse, LiftMaster’s H and J commercial door openers are great options.

See LiftMaster garage door opener's model H

The LiftMaster H and LiftMaster J garage door openers are installed on the wall, which helps reduce vibration and noise in your boathouse. This also frees up ceiling space in case you raise your boat during the winter.

A wall-mounted garage door opener can be a great option if you plan on lifting your boats when you store them. It will save you some ceiling space. Image from Houzz.

A wall-mounted garage door opener allows you to lift your boats when you store them. Image from Houzz.

Your LiftMaster garage door opener goes beyond simply opening the garage door. It helps protect your boat too!

Equipped with numerous features, LiftMaster garage door openers offer security for not only your boat but also your boathouse or cottage.

  • Unique code – Your door opener sends a new unique code each time the door is closed. This means that someone near your boathouse can’t steal your code when you’re away since it will not work again.
  • The door opener is equipped with invisible light beams. This is similar to garage doors in your home. If something crosses the light beams while your marine door is closing, the door opener will immediately stop.
  • Camera – This is an optional protection measure, allowing you to monitor your boathouse in real-time.
  • Always know when the door is opened – Did you leave for the lake and forget to close the door? You will get an alert if your marine door is left open or opened through a handy app. You can verify on the MyQ app and close it! You also receive an alert on your phone when your marine door has been opened for a long time. No more stress when leaving your cottage in a hurry!

If you’d like your boathouse and vacation home doors to match, or if you’re looking for a new door for your home, discover all the residential models!

Let’s go shopping for your brand new marine door! We are here to help you pick out the best model for your space.

Eastman E-22 garage door, 9' x 7', Ice White door with Ice White overlays and Orion windows

This garage door is the Eastman E-22 design, 9' x 7', Ice White door with Ice White overlays and Orion windows. You can get this door customized to fit all your spaces. Wouldn’t this look perfect on your boathouse?

The team at Regional Doors & Hardware, has been selling, installing, and repairing Canadian-made sectional overhead doors for a long time. Our team of specialists can answer your questions and help you find your next garage door, whether it’s for your vacation home, your house, or your boathouse.

Give us a call at 905-684-8161.

You can also try our Design Centre, and build the marine door of your dreams for your boathouse. Upload a picture of your boathouse and you get to see exactly how it will look. You’ll love the combinations you can create. Once you’ve found the right one, ask us for a free quote by email.

Let your future marine door shine, customized just for you.

Each of our made-in-Canada garage doors is made with you in mind. We create your marine door to fit your size, design, colour, and window request. With more than 35 designs and 10 colours, there’s no doubt you will find the right door for your boathouse on the lake.

Contact us to learn more.

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