Residential garage doors are some of the longest-lasting home exterior elements. Due to this longevity, many homeowners have no experience purchasing a new garage door by the time their home's door needs replacement.
When it's time to invest in a new garage door, you want one that you won't have to think about again for years. Luckily, high-quality doors can last for up to 30 years. In order to ensure that your garage door functions and complements your home without any further thought, you must consider a number of factors, including material.
In this blog, we discuss several of the most common garage door materials to help you narrow down your choices.
Aluminum has become an increasingly popular choice for residential garage doors. This metal offers many of the same advantages as steel at a lower initial cost. A portion of this price difference comes from the fact that aluminum weighs less than steel and therefore costs less to transport and install.
This lightweight characteristic also means that the right automatic opener will last longer when paired with an aluminum door than with another comparable metal door. Additionally, aluminum actually resists rust better than cheap steel. However, aluminum is not as durable as steel.
If a car bumps into an aluminum garage door or a piece of storm debris hits it hard enough, the door will dent and potentially warp.
Fiberglass has a large amount of versatility in terms of appearance. Fiberglass doors come in a range of colors and faux textures, including wood-grain patterns. Often, fiberglass has a light look due to its semi-transparency.
Many fiberglass garage doors are also backed with steel to fortify them against potential damage.
While fiberglass can be an attractive and cost-effective choice, this material does not last as long as most of the others on this list and can become an eyesore as it ages if the fiberglass is not high quality.
Steel is the standard choice for metal garage doors due to its durability. Layered steel doors require a low level of maintenance and can outlast many other materials.
Steel door options are compatible with virtually any garage door frame size and can be designed to complement most types of home architecture.
However, thin steel can dent just like aluminum and does not insulate the garage well. To get the most out of a steel door, invest in an insulated model in a thick gauge. Choosing a higher quality steel door also reduces the risk of metal corrosion in the future due to the superior galvanizing process.
Wood is arguably the most classic door material, whether you're discussing bedroom or garage doors. Wood has a natural warmth and attractive texture that looks attractive and increases property resale value.
Wood doors also come in virtually all garage door design types, including traditional carriage doors that can look gorgeous on historical and sophisticated homes.
While wood may be the most beautiful choice, it's also one of the most expensive, both initially and over time. In addition to your initial investment, you will likely need to refinish the door regularly to maintain the wood and prevent rot or splitting.
If you love the look of wood but can't commit to the expense or maintenance, you may want to consider a wood composite alternative. These engineered wood doors have a similar appearance to genuine wood but are more cost-effective.
As you shop for a new garage door, consider the advantages of the materials above to guide your choices.
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