If you’re trying to decide on a new garage door for your home, finding the right material goes a long way towards getting a door that fits what you want. There are several choices of materials to consider, all with their own advantages and disadvantages. We wrote this quick guide on four of the more common materials you can choose from for your garage door.
Garage doors made of steel are all about function. They tend not to as interesting other materials can, and they don’t allow for much customization. The main risk for them is rust, but inspecting it occasionally is enough to help you spot and deal with any signs of rust that come up. Here are the advantages:
- They are incredibly strong and resistant to dents and other superficial damage
- They are low maintenance and do not require frequent cleaning or painting
- They tend to be cheaper than other materials
For best quality, make sure you pick the correct thickness of galvanized steel. Thinner sheets mean they are more prone to dents and other damage, and while they might be cheaper to buy you’re getting exactly what you pay for.
Wood garage doors represent the other side of the coin compared to steel. They allow for much greater customization and styles for garage doors but will be more expensive and require more maintenance to make sure they last. However, the return on investment is that they have better curb appeal and you may get some of the cost back if you ever sell. Here are the other benefits:
- Very strong and durable especially when the wood is treated, finished and maintained
- Natural aesthetic is much more appealing and better curb appeal
- Lots of different woods to use allows you to pick a design, fiber and color you like best
Make sure you research the various types of wood available to use for garage doors so you know the advantages and disadvantages of each. That way you can pick the right type for what you want.
Garage doors made of fiberglass tend to be a bit of a middle ground between steel and wood while taking the best aspects of both materials. Here are some of the advantages:
- It is usually less expensive than pure wood
- It allows for lots of customization like wood
- It can be mixed with steel to be more durable and require less maintenance than wood
- It is a very light material even mixed with steel
The downside is that fiberglass doesn’t last as long, as it tends to start turning yellow and will break after long enough time. It also doesn’t provide as much insulation as other materials, and is also more brittle in colder climates making it a better material for not ideal for areas that have harsh winters.
Aluminum is best for larger sized garage doors, but has some drawbacks. It is one of the most expensive materials, and is more prone to scratches and dents than other artificial materials. However, it does have some benefits:
- Newer types are made with insulation cores to help you save on your energy bill
- It is very lightweight making it easier to open and it doesn’t strain as much when being used
- New types with laminated panels make them more dent and scratch resistant
- They are one of the lower-maintenance materials
So if you have a bigger sized door, having a lighter material with better insulation means it won’t be a pain to open and won’t cost you as much on your energy bill. They can come with a variety of choices for colors and finishes too, and often include glass windows.
If you’re unsure about what material would work best for what you want, you can contact us for a free consultation and we’ll give you a quote.