Selecting the Best Material for Your Garage Door01/22/2017 Back To Blog
Whether buying a new door for new construction, or replacing an older door for some reason, you have a choice of different materials from which the door is made. In this post we discuss advantages and drawbacks to steel, wood, aluminum, fiberglass and glass doors.
Steel doors are one of the more popular materials because they are strong, relatively inexpensive, and low maintenance. Generally speaking, steel garage doors are stronger and more secure than wood, aluminum, or fiberglass doors. New manufacturing techniques provide for embossing metals with wood-grain patterns, improving the look of these doors. With the latest in durable coatings, steel doors usually require less frequent painting than other materials to keep looking their best.
It is difficult to beat the classic look of wood. People often choose wood for the simple beauty and appearance that it brings. Wood can be heavier than some other materials. Wood will not last as long other materials, and to keep it looking its best will require regular maintenance or refinishing.
Fiberglass doors (an aluminum frame with fiberglass sections) are another option. Fiberglass is lightweight and generally translucent. It can be a good choice when light is desired. It is more resistant to salty air than other materials, so is sometimes chosen if the location is near salty air. Fiberglass tends to yellow with age, and can break relatively easily, especially when cold.
Aluminum door panels have some of the same advantages as steel garage doors, namely, wood-grain embossing and durable finishes. Aluminum doors can be popular because they are lightweight, will not rust, and are relatively inexpensive. One potential drawback to aluminum is that it can be easily dented.
Many modern style homes are installing a steel or aluminum frame with translucent glass panels to create a new modern look. This can present a stunning look. Aside from possible breakage, glass should last many years with little maintenance required other than occasionally washing off dust and dirt.