When looking to replace your old garage door there are many options; among which is the option of what type of garage door to get. You can choose from steel, wood, fiberglass, and aluminum. Based on the climate where you live and what specifically you are looking for from your garage door will determine what type to get.
Let’s take a look at the different elements of each door.
Steel: A steel garage door is the most widely used and recommended door. It is the strongest door with very little maintenance required. Steel doors won’t be affected over time by the natural elements. They can also be designed to look almost any way you want. Steel can be dented fairly easily and that may be hard to fix.
Wood: Wood garage doors are generally used for their beautiful appearance. They can be a beautiful addition to the exterior of your home. However, wood doors require a lot of maintenance. They can be easily affected by the weather, and need to be re-painted every two years. They are less expensive than steel doors.
Fiberglass: Fiberglass doors are rarely used except in climates with a lot of salt in the air. They are very light doors, which is a definite plus. Unless you live where there is a frequent rush of salt air, this door would not be recommended. These types of doors can break easily and are not good at insulating.
Aluminum: Aluminum doors are pretty durable and can be stylized similarly to steel doors. They are lighter weight than steel however. The main drawback here is how easily they are dented.
Hopefully this gives you a bit better of an idea of what to look for when choosing your next garage door.