Garage Door Materials Overview

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We have gone through a lot of information in this recent week about helping you choose the right garage door opener. The material that a garage door is made out of is one of the most important facets influencing how well a garage door will suit somebody's lifestyle and how well it will serve them in the long run. The right garage door for a home depends a lot on the area it is used in and the needs of the homeowner. Each garage door material has its own sets of pros and cons, benefits and downsides and so we will look at them all on the whole in quick succession to give you a bit of an overview of each type of garage door. This should serve as a primer of knowledge that you can use to talk about the materials with <a href=""> a garage door professional</a> about, or to simply get your research off to a start so you can research the best candidates yourself further. Like has been said a number of times so far the material used in anything affects its design and functionality, garage doors are no different and so should be researched a bit to know that the type of garage door you are getting is the type of garage door that is best for you. Below we will go through a number of materials commonly used for garage doors and highlight their uses and disadvantages in order to give you an idea of what garage door might be best for you.

First is the steel door. The steel garage door is one of the most common garage door types for a variety of reasons. A steel garage door can come in a variety of thicknesses and so can suit many different home owners' needs. The thicker the garage door the more expensive it becomes and the more wear and tear it can put on a garage door opener over time. Modern steel garage doors at this point can be made to simulate wood very well and so can often be nearly indistinguishable from a real painted wooden garage door. Steel garage doors require very little maintenance and are rather dent resistant, especially at the thicker end of their range.

Secondly is the aluminum garage door. Aluminum garage doors are rather inexpensive and also some of the lightest garage doors available. This means that they will put minimal strain on your garage door opener and can give you some of the fastest garage door opening speeds if calibrated with the right garage door opener.With this lightness also comes the drawback of not being very dent resistant at all. Aluminum garage doors are very susceptible to dents and scratches and so aren't recommended for those in areas where these things might be unavoidable. Aluminum garage doors, like steel garage doors can be imprinted to look a lot like wood and painted to look similar to traditional painted wooden garage doors.

Wooden garage doors are the original garage door and so now make up a small portion of the garage door market because of this legacy. Wooden garage doors can be extremely inexpensive and provide a good deal of noise and temperature insulation without any aftermarket help. This makes them an inexpensive yet aesthetically appealing garage door choice for those that don't need need much else other than a good looking garage door. The downside to wooden garage doors is that they can deteriorate more quickly than other if not maintained correctly and often. Wooden garage doors can rot or split a lot faster than metal doors start to corrode.

Composite wooden garage doors are, simply put, take the benefits of a wooden garage door and improve them by using treated and recycled wood. Composite wooden garage doors are just as dent resistant and relatively light when compared to wooden garage doors but won't be ruined as quickly by things like rot, pests, massive warping or splitting nearly as quickly or as effectively. Composite wood garage doors allow you to choose between a wide variety of looks for your garage door without sacrificing things like higher maintenance, and inherent insulation. A composite wooden door is one of the garage doors that has a wide range of people that it should appeal to.

Fiberglass doors are the last on the list and relative to the other materials used for garage doors are pretty new. Fiberglass garage doors are relatively light when compared to even the lighter and thinner metal or wooden garage doors but offer little to no insulation. They also stand up well to elements that would otherwise cause metal doors to rot or corrode. This makes fiberglass garage doors a great choice for warmer and wetter climates as well as coastal zones which have to deal with a great deal of saltwater.

All of these different materials are obviously suitable for garage doors, otherwise they wouldn't be as popular as they are, but the important thing is choosing the right garage door for your home and what your garage door needs to do. If a natural wood aesthetic is your main goal then the wood or wood composite doors might be your only choices. If you live very near to an ocean a fiberglass door might be the best thing to put up with all of the salt in the air and on your car. You might also live in an area where making sure that noise and heat don't escape are a big problem so you might go for a thick steel door with load of insulation. The important thing is to know the sort of things that are your priorities and from there to talk to your local garage door professional to get someone with a bit more expertise to give you some pointers. They can then offer you alternative solutions and real prices for the different types of garage doors that you are looking at which can give you a more definitive idea of what type of garage door is best for you.

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