The Four Different Garage Door Materials To Choose From

Marvin Simmons

When you are considering installing a new garage door for your home, you want to be sure that you are aware of all your options. There are pros and cons to all options, which is why comparing all options is important. Here are the four material choices you have for overhead doors:

  1. Steel: Steel is the most popular garage door material to choose from. This is probably because it is the most affordable and has a number of pros behind it. Steel garage doors are durable, low maintenance, come in a variety of styles, can be painted, and come in textures that can mimic the appearance of wood. This may all sound great, but you also need to keep in mind that steel garage doors do not provide the best insulation. For this reason, you may want to consider installing an insulated steel garage door, which can be a bit more costly. Also, there is a variety in thickness that you can choose from for your steel garage door. Choosing the thinnest option, which is also the most affordable, will not stand up well against impact should your child throw a ball against it, or ram their bike into it.
  2. Aluminum: Aluminum is similar to steel in that there are a variety of styles and can mimic the appearance of wood, as well. However, aluminum isn't as popular and this may be because aluminum is much lighter than steel making it much more prone to dents. 
  3. Wood: Wood is for those seeking to use a traditional style. This is because the very first garage doors were made from wood. There are a variety of styles to choose from and even the option to install windows, as well. There are two different choices when it comes to installing a garage door. The first being that you can install the most affordable wood option, which is wood made from flat panels. The second being stain-grain wood, which appears more like natural wood giving warmth to your home to help enhance curb appeal. You just need to be aware that with a wood garage door, you are paying more and you will have to provide regular maintenance and refinishing to keep it looking like new.
  4. Fiberglass: Fiberglass garage doors aren't seen that often. This is probably because they are light, have poor insulation, and fade easily from weather conditions. However, fiberglass garage doors provide the greatest resistance to dents, as well as salt-water corrosion making it a great option for homes located on the coast.

By being able to know your options for garage doors, you can choose the right one suited for your home.