How to Choose the Best Garage Door Material
There is a wide variety of materials that garage doors can be made of. This can cause a bit of uncertainty when trying to make a buying decision, but some quick research can give you an idea of the pros and cons of each type of material. This article will go over the various types and give you a better idea of how to choose the best garage door material.
Wood is the original material that was used
for garage doors. It’s still used today
for its classic look and variety of styles.
That said, wood doors need regular maintenance to keep their finish
fresh. The cheaper options are ones that
can be painted while stained wood doors are more expensive, but feature a
warmer, classic look. Wood is a better
insulator than steel but won’t perform as well as purpose-made insulated doors.
Composite wood doors are composed of wood
fibres that’ve been recycled and repurposed.
Compared to natural wood doors, they’re known for their resistance to
cracking and rotting while still having the look and feel of natural wood. Composite wood will also still need to be
stained or painted.
The benefits you gain from reduction in weight
with fibreglass doors you lose in their ability to insulate. That said, they’re rust resistant and stand up
well to damp conditions. If you live on
the coast or your roads get coated in a lot of salt during the winter, these
doors may be a better option than steel or wood.
Of all the garage door materials, steel is
probably the most common. It’s long-lasting,
doesn’t require a lot of maintenance and it’s typically cheaper than most other
materials. Steel doors come in variety
of thicknesses with the thinnest ones being the cheapest, but the least
durable. That said, steel is not a great
insulator and will allow heat and noise to pass through rather easily.
Aluminum is similar to steel, but lighter in
weight. And although this will cause
less wear and tear on your garage door opener, it’s much more susceptible to
denting. Aluminum doors however, are
typically cheaper than steel doors.