DIFFERENT TYPES OF GARAGE DOOR MATERIAL: WHICH IS BEST FOR YOU?
If you’re looking for a new garage door for your home, then there are multiple types of material that you might want to consider. Different types of garage door will have different insulation levels, appearances, and costs. Here are a few of the most common options.
Wood Garage Doors
Wood and wood composite doors have a traditional, rustic appearance. Few types of garage doors have the same sophisticated and classic appearance. However, wood garage doors can also be difficult to maintain and repair, although, wood composites, rather than solid wood, can increase the durability of the structure.
Wood tends to be more expensive and slightly less durable than other options, though the aesthetic is unique. You can stylize your wooden door by finding the right type of wood and having it stained appropriately. Many exotic kinds of wood can be used to give your garage door depth and complexity.
Steel Garage Doors
Steel doors are low maintenance, but they can dent and rust over time. They can be augmented with a fiberglass surface to better resist scratching and denting, and the doors themselves tend to be affordable and easy to repair.
Steel garage doors are one of the most traditional types of garage doors and are frequently found in older homes. Still, there are modern alterations to the traditional steel door, such as a rolling garage door that has smaller panels.
Aluminum Garage Doors
A lightweight aluminum garage door is often the door of choice for larger garages, such as two car garages. Aluminum suffers from many of the same problems as a steel garage door; they are easy to scratch and dent and have a somewhat conventional appearance. However, aluminum does have the advantage of being significantly more lightweight than a steel door.
Aluminum garage doors are also resistant to corrosion, which makes them better for areas that are moist or otherwise have high humidity.
Fiberglass Garage Doors
Fiberglass is advantageous because it can be used to mimic other materials. If you want a garage that looks like wood without the maintenance of wood, then you can get a fiberglass door that replicates wood grain. However, fiberglass does yellow with age, and may not last as long as the other materials. Fiberglass is great for areas with high humidity or homes near the coast, as fiberglass will not rust or swell.
Vinyl Garage Doors
Vinyl doors tend to be more durable than metal doors while also being more affordable than premium doors like wooden composite doors. Vinyl doors don’t come in as many styles or colors as other types of door, however, which may make it less than optimal for a unique or modern home.
Glass Garage Doors
Glass garage doors are often made with heavy-duty steel frames, which surround a number of glass panels. These glass panels will extend the width of the garage door, opening the garage to natural light. Glass doors have a contemporary, modern feel that can make a home look uniquely dramatic.
This type of garage door may be more difficult to maintain, as it will need to be cleaned regularly. It’s also well suited to garages that double as a living space, such as a garage that operates as a home gym.
The right type of garage door depends on your budget and the style of your home. Before you make your decision, you may want to compare some different samples of garage doors and look at them in contrast to your home’s trim, paint color, siding, and brick work. For more information, contact our garage door experts at Eudy Door Co. We offer customized garage doors as well as the materials listed above.