Much like your refrigerator, chances are you don’t give much thought to your garage door until it is badly damaged or simply doesn’t work anymore. If you’re in the market for a new garage door, you might be surprised at the number of options available—including the material used to construct the door.
In addition to the size and style, the material used to construct the garage door should be a key consideration. Here are a few tips to help you choose the correct garage door material for your needs, budget and environment.
A classic and popular choice, wood garage doors are durable and available in a variety of finishes. However, before you choose a wood door simply because of its aesthetic appeal, it is important to note that it is often the most expensive option.
Here are a few more qualities of a wood garage door to keep in mind:
- Upkeep. A wood door is beautiful, but it also requires a lot of maintenance. If you consider a wood door, remember that you will need pay attention for any signs of cracking, rot and other damage. Additionally, you will need to periodically repair damage and apply a new coat of paint or sealant.
- Customization options. Wood provides you the opportunity to customize your door to fit the style of your home. Additionally, unlike other options, you can also paint, and repaint, your wood door to fit your home’s changing style.
- Insulation. Wood garage doors do not provide as much protection against the elements as other options. If you live in a cold climate, consider purchasing a wood door that features extra insulation.
Wood is one of the most durable options available, so if you want a door that will last for several decades, this classic material is a great choice.
Another popular choice, aluminum is a cost-effective option that is also available in a variety of styles and colors. Aluminum is a naturally light material, meaning it doesn’t take as much effort to have it installed. However, before you consider installing the door yourself, realize this project is a difficult undertaking that should be handled by a professional.
Additionally, because aluminum is much lighter than other materials available, it will also cause less wear and tear on the garage door opener. If you live in a climate that is prone to rain, snow or humidity, consider aluminum because it is naturally resistant to rust and corrosion.
For eco-concious buyers, aluminum doors are easily recycled, which means that if the door fails for whatever reason, it won’t take up precious space at your local landfill. However, be aware that because aluminum is so light, it can dent more easily than other materials, such as wood. If there is a hailstorm, or you accidentally hit the garage door with the bumper, you will need to have the aluminum professionally repaired.
If you want a durable door that is very easy to maintain, is available in a variety of styles and colors, and will last for several decades, steel is a great option. The price of steel doors can vary depending on the gauge, or thickness, of the steel used to construct the door and the amount or quality of the insulation.
Shopping for a steel garage door can be confusing because you need to keep the steel gauge and R-value of the insulation in mind. Typically, steel doors are constructed from either 24- or 26-gauge steel. In the case of steel, the smaller the number, the thicker the gauge.
Additionally, the insulation found between the steel panels is rated on R-value system. The R-value measures the amount of heat that is allowed to flow through the material. The greater the R-value, the more well-insulated your door will be.
When choosing a steel door, keep the steel’s gauge and the door’s R-value in mind. Both factors will greatly impact the price, so choose a door that will meet your needs but won’t break the budget.
Choosing the right garage door for your needs and budget can be tricky. If you have any more questions about buying the ideal door, or when you’re ready to have your garage door opener repaired, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at AAA Garage Door.