… WHAT SHOULD IT BE MADE OF?
Garage doors can be made of almost any material. Well, in truth, they can be made of any of four materials. Here are some thoughts about what each material offers and the drawbacks of each.
Steel is the most popular material for garage doors. They are affordable, durable, low maintenance and available in almost every style. Steel is also easy to paint, so it can fit in with many house styles.
Steel, though, is a poor insulator. So, if energy efficiency or temperature control are important to you, you would need either an insulated steel door or might want to look at other options. Steel doors also vary a lot in thickness – the thicker doors being more durable, but also more expensive. The thinner steel doors do not stand up well to impacts.
Aluminum doors have many similarities to steel doors, though is far more resistant to rust. They are lighter sand less expensive than steel, but their lightness also means that they are much easier to damage. A high-quality aluminum is also a relatively expensive door.
Garage doors were first made of wood and there is a deep appeal to that aesthetic. Wood doors also come in many styles and easily accommodate windows. Wood is a pretty good insulator and endure weather and dents well. Though, it does need more maintenance and finishing upkeep. If it is not well maintained, wood doors will have a shorter life.
Fiberglass garage doors represent a small segment of the market. The panels, which are encased in aluminum frames, can be painted and offer greater resistance to dents than thin steel. It is a weak insulator and can easily fade, but it is the most resistant to salt-water and rust, so it is more popular for people on a coast. These also require practically no maintenance.
Choosing the right material for your garage door is part of being happy with you garage for decades. The best material for your garage door is the material that best meets your needs best. Before installing a new garage door or replacing your old garage door, talk to a garage door specialist. Call us and we can help ensure your door will suit your tastes and meet your expectations.