Some of you might ask what is my garage door really made of? Some of you may wonder why does it matter what garage door the door is made of? Although it may not be the first thing you think of when you are purchasing a new garage door, it might be one of the most important things. Below we will outline the most common materials that garage doors are made out of and the benefits of each material.
Wood Garage Doors:
Wood was the material garage doors were first constructed out of and, believe it or not, they are still around to this day. Wood garage doors vary in price from mere hundreds of dollars to thousands for a completely custom wood door.
- The benefits to wood: Wood doors if properly taken care of can last 50 – 75 years, they are completely customizable, very durable and “dent-proof”, can accommodate non-level floors, act as a natural sound barrier, and can easily be refinished to welcome any design change in the home.
Steel & Aluminum Garage Doors:
Steel and aluminum garage doors are now the most common of the materials that garage doors are currently built out of. As wood doors do, steel and aluminum doors also vary in price depending on some different factors such as style, color, window options, and insulation level.
- The benefits to steel and aluminum: Steel and aluminum both require considerably less maintenance than wood doors, they offer much higher insulation values, they weigh less, and just like wood doors they can be painted or gel stained to match your home’s exterior.
Fiberglass Garage Doors:
Fiberglass garage doors used to be popular but kind of went away once steel and aluminum garage doors came to the market. Lately, fiberglass doors have been reemerging to the market, but with a much different appearance. With more modern and contemporary styles available customers seem to be loving the “new” fiberglass doors.
- The benefits of fiberglass doors: Fiberglass doors are able to closely mimic the texture and color of wood doors, they are virtually maintenance free, lightweight, resistance to salt corrosion, and more customizable than a steel or aluminum door.
With all of the different materials, garage doors are made of now, it can be very overwhelming to choose one. When it comes down the final decision you must choose which attribute of a garage door is most important to you. Do you value aesthetics, maintenance free or economical prices? Still not sure which material is right for you? Contact us today for more information or to schedule garage door service in the Burlington, VT area.