One of the quickest ways to increase the resale value of your home is by replacing the garage door. A new garage door can improve the curb appeal of your home, and if you choose an insulated garage door, it may help to lower your energy costs. There are several different types of garage door materials to choose from, and each has their own advantages and may be chosen based on their aesthetic appeal and durability as well as energy efficiency. Here are the basics about the four most common material options: wood, steel, aluminum, and fiberglass.
Wood Composite and Wood
Both wood and wood composite doors provide a traditional look to your home. Wood and wood composite doors are available in a wide range of styles, they are easy to customize, such as with or without windows and there is a variable price range. Garage doors made from this type of material are best for large, double doors.
There are a number of reasons why steel is by far the most popular material option for garage doors. Steel garage doors are available in insulated (which have several layers of materials) or non-insulated styles. Steel doors are extremely durable, reasonably priced, easy to maintain and you can choose from a wide range of styles, including painted, which can mimic other materials, such as wood. When choosing a steel garage door, it is important to take into consideration the varying thickness options — keep in mind the thinner the steel panels, the less the cost. However, thin steel doors are not typically insulated, so if your garage is attached to the house, you should take this into consideration.
Aluminum is a very lightweight material, so this type of material would be an ideal option for extra wide double garage doors. Newer versions of aluminum doors are sturdy, durable, easy to maintain and they come in a wide range of styles. Although aluminum is similar to steel in that an aluminum door can be customized to resemble other materials and it will be easy to maintain, it is less expensive than steel, but it is also lighter weight and may be prone to denting.
Fiberglass is one of the least expensive materials to choose from for a garage door. It is easy to style the door to resemble other types of material, such as wood. However, over time fiberglass may yellow and break down, especially in a cold environment. Fiberglass is a poor insulator, but it is more resistant to corrosion, especially salt-water corrosion, than other types of material options for a garage door.
When choosing the best garage door material for your needs and wants, it’s best to determine the type of garage door you want. There are four types of garage doors to choose from: roll-up, swing out (carriage house style), sliding side to side (similar to barn doors) or swing up. For example, if you like the look of a carriage house style garage door, it’s best to choose a wood material, which will provide a traditional look to the garage.
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