Garage doors are like any other part of the house that also needs to be designed to fit in. Luckily for homeowners, more options in terms of material are now available and accessible for their use and needs. It truly is just a matter of knowing what kind of look and feel they want to achieve and where they are located to be able to have the perfect fit.
Are you searching for the right garage door for your home or office? Read up!
As a material, aluminum is really the most affordable among all. However, its greatest strength as a material is unfortunately its weakness: it’s malleable enough to adjust to any need but is more prone to dents or holes. Thickness-wise, it is also not as effective which of course makes it not ideal for extreme weather. It can also be given a different kind of finish to help it blend in further.
Good points: Easy to adjust to any kind of need there is, cheap to purchase, great for those in starter homes or looking for something not permanent.
Steel is probably the most common material for garage doors and is the most widely used in different capacities. It is, like aluminum, also very affordable. As a material, steel is also versatile and can be available in different styles and finish. It comes in various thicknesses, with 27 to 28 gauge being the most thick. Usually, commercially used garage doors are much thicker. Still, it offers very poor insulation.
Good points: Available in the market, can be adjusted for commercial use and great for places like factories and manufacturing plants.
Wood is the go to material for homeowners who are more inclined to choose romantic-looking homes. Designers opt for stain-grade wood to fully maximize the color effect that wood provides especially for Mediterranean-inspired houses. But as expected, the upkeep and maintenance for wood garage doors can be too burdensome for homeowners who are more carefree. As most garage doors are located outside and near lush gardens, constant exposure to water can make the wood expand. Replacement is much more frequent for this material as well.
Good points: Gives off a really warm look to the house, timeless feel, great for people who have the patience to replace garage doors every year, provides better insulation than steel and aluminum, looks good from the inside as well.
As a material, fiberglass is the lightest and gives the least amount of pressure from the whole structure. It gives off a very modern vibe instantly as it is coated in aluminum frames. The aluminum frames can be painted later on to achieve the desired look for the place. Sadly, fiberglass is not made for extreme weather. It does get faded from repeated exposure to the elements.
Good points: Amazing material to incorporate for indoor use for to achieve modern looking apartments and retail spaces, durable and is a long-term investment given the price, good for beachfronts as it is salt water corrosion-resistant.
This is a very current material that’s steadily gaining ground. It can last absolutely for years as it is resistant to almost all kinds of garage door problems – rust, pest, and corrosion. It provides good insulation and it does not fade. Some plastic garage doors are even mixed with UV-resistant elements, making this the best material to ever hit the garage door business.
Good points: Almost lifetime warranty, zero to none maintenance, easy to clean and absolutely does not rot.
Whatever route you choose for your garage door, make sure that it fits your style, taste, and preference! It’s the only way to choose anything after all. If you’re unsure which material you should go for, you can always consult your trusted garage door maintenance company.