There are many reasons to replace a garage door. Maybe damaged, squeezing and rattling? Maybe it just doesn’t match your home any more and just is plain ugly. Whatever the reason for replacing your garage door there are a number of options for today’s home owner when it comes to residential garage door materials.
What garage door material is best?
Well, there a lot of options when it comes to the types of new garage doors, mainly: steel, aluminum, wood and fiberglass. Each of these materials offers their own unique set of qualities and drawbacks.
Steel and aluminum garage doors can be painted to match your homes exterior, and are available in an array of design options. Steel is available in several gauge grades, and the higher the gauge, the thinner the steel. If you want a tough steel garage door to stand up to the test of time, you will want at least a 24 gauge steel. Due to steel’s poor insulating qualities, steel might not be the best choice for people who spend a lot of time in the garage. Aluminum has even more design options. While it is usually less expensive than steel garage doors, it is also lighter and thus more likely to suffer dings and dents.
Nothing can replace or replicate the homey look of a stained garage door. Wood can provide a traditional garage door to many home styles. As with any wood product a wood garage door will requires greater maintenance and upkeep to keep it looking its best. Depending on cost considerations, steel or aluminum may be considered.
Fiberglass garage doors are generally used only in specific applications. If you live near a marine environment, they will not rust, unlike steel garage doors and will stand up to the elements better than a wood garage door. Fiberglass garage doors are also dent resistant, but is a poor insulator and may quickly fade.