Home repairs and updates can be a lot of fun. If you’ve been in the same home for a decade or more, you can take something you already love and give it a new feel, look or taste based on current home-design ideas you like. However, sometimes it’s hard to know what will work and what won’t. Will the paint clash with the colors that are already there? How will this texture complement the current furniture? Scouring Pinterest and reading about different design choices can help you narrow down your decisions, but taking a step back and just looking at the space is a good idea, too. If you’re planning to update or remodel your garage doors, here are three questions you should ask yourself during the process to give you the best outcome when it’s all said and done.

1. How will the material mesh with the rest of my home’s textures?

Garage materials have come a long way. You can choose wood, vinyl, glass etc. All of these varying textures will either match your home’s pre-existing materials or clash. You need to literally take a step back and analyze what’s already there and make comparisons. You can take photos and show them to building professionals that can offer an expert opinion and viewpoint. If your garage is a major focal point to the front of your home and its curb appeal, you want to make sure the texture and material you choose ultimately leaves a lasting impression that everything works well together.

2. Do I want sunlight in my garage?

If you already love natural light and have a lot of windows in your home, you can add the same effect in your garage. You don’t have to have a space that’s totally closed off and secluded if you love being around nature. If you answered yes to this question and want to maintain a bright, well-lit space, you have to make sure you match your garage windows to the windows already on your home. You don’t want contrasting shapes or types of glass that give a whole different look to part of the house. All your windows should mesh and complement one another from the master bedroom to the garage.

3. What’s the sustainability of the improvement?

While some designs and ideas can be striking and catch your eye immediately, how long-lasting and realistic are they to maintain? You don’t want to be replacing your garage every three years because you opted for a material that isn’t super weatherproof or fades easily. By looking at the warranties and durability of your different options, you’re bound to find something you love that will be able to stay with your home for many years down the road.

Taking a good amount of time to look at something before diving in leads to a better product when finished. Asking yourself important questions about your goals and desired end results will ensure you’re pleased with the product when it’s done, leaving you with a home you love even more than before.