Garage Doors: There’s More Than Just Metal


Garage doors come in a wide variety of colors, styles and designs. But have you ever paid attention to the large assortment of materials that the doors come in? It is more than just metal, we promise! Garage doors are actually made from a wide assortment of materials ranging from steel and aluminum to fiberglass and wood, and basically everything in between. There are pros and cons to each of the materials that should not be ignored when purchasing a garage door. Following are a list of types materials you should consider when purchasing your next garage door.

Steel- If you want to stick to the basics, steel is the way to go. It is definitely one of the most common materials that garage doors are made of because it is economical. Steel can be painted or finished to look exactly how you want. You can achieve almost any style with this option, which is great if you have a specific vision in mind. Plus, steel is dependable and tough so you don’t have to worry about it being damaged as easily.

Aluminum- Aluminum is not very common, but is still an option to consider. The price range of an aluminum garage door varies. High quality aluminum will be very expensive. One major benefit of aluminum is that it is very lightweight. They are also rust proof. Aluminum doors have many of the same characteristics as steel except that they are more susceptible to denting.

Wood- For a traditional look, wood is the way to go. While it is a more expensive option, the timeless feel of a wood door is tough to imitate. Wood is also a better insulator than steel, which is definitely a plus. Wood doors are very heavy, which can wear the mechanics out rather quickly. One detail to keep in mind is that wood doors often need to be refinished which costs you money, time and energy. This is especially true if you live in a wet climate area, because rain damages wood quite quickly. Maintaining wood is much more difficult than maintaining steel. Also, termites or other insects could infest wood garage doors.

Fiberglass- Fiberglass garage doors are rare to find, yet they are beneficial because they are more dent resistant than many other materials. They will last a lot longer than your traditional door. Fiberglass garage doors can even be painted to look like wood. Fiberglass is also a fairly light material, so it won’t run your mechanics down. However, it is a poor insulator.

Plastic- Plastic garage doors are relatively new to the market, but are becoming more popular. Plastic is very light so you don’t have to worry about it wearing down the mechanics. Since these doors are so light they make the least amount of noise compared to the other materials. However, the color on a plastic garage door tends to fade over time simply from exposure to the outdoors. Also, this isn’t a great option if you have kids who like to play in the front yard because the garage door is fairly easy to damage.

Written by the staff at G.P. Construction Services. G.P. Construction provides garage door installation and repair, among other services including gutters, siding and roofing in Columbia, Mo.

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