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What Material Should You Use for Your Garage Door?

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Garage door materials largely come down to personal preference, although there are some practical considerations. You must look at such factors as maintenance, long-term costs and flexibility. Below is a comparison of three of the most common garage door materials.

Steel

Pros:

  • Look. Steel garage doors are a modern, sleek-looking option, and they are comparatively easy to keep clean and looking nice.
  • Options. You have countless options for a steel garage door, including appearance, size and so on.
  • Low maintenance. Steel garage doors are easy to maintain. They arent damaged by hot or cold temperatures, and they wont split, splinter or peel with time.

Cons:

  • Dents. They dont require a lot of maintenance, but steel doors can be dinged up fairly easily.
  • Insulation. While steel itself is not the best insulator, steel garage doors are easily fitted to have insulation features.

 

Wood

Pros:

  • Attractiveness. One of the primary reasons to go with a wooden garage door is aesthetics. The grain of a wooden garage door is a classy touch for some homes, and wood often matches the style of older homes looking to recreate a retro feel.
  • Flexibility. Wood is very customizable. It can be made into virtually any garage shape or size.
  • Toughness. Unlike steel doors, wood can take a hit or two without much damage. It wont dent like steel.

Cons:

  • Damage. While it wont dent like steel, wood will split and crack if not properly maintained.
  • Maintenance. Wooden garage doors require fairly frequent repainting, and bolts must be tightened often. In a humid or rainy environment, or one where water might pool at the base of the door, swelling can be a major issue.
  • Insulation. Wood is not an excellent insulator by any means, and unlike a steel door, its not so simple to modify a wooden door for insulation.
  • Cost. Wooden garage doors tend to cost more. Additionally, they may require a stronger opener.

 

Vinyl

Pros:

  • Cost. Vinyl is one of the most long-term affordable materials for a garage door.
  • Maintenance. They require less frequent paint touch-ups because the entire door is a composite made of one color material. Similarly, vinyl resists rust.
  • Durability. This material is generally strong and can resist dents. And unlike wood, it wont split. From a weather standpoint, vinyl doors are highly resistant to humidity-related warping or swelling, and coatings can make them resistant to color fading that comes from sun exposure.

Cons:

  • Insulation. Like steel doors, vinyl doors can be purchased with built-in insulation. However, a vinyl garage door on its own will do little to insulate your garage.
  • Color permanence. A drawback of a vinyl garage door is the inability to change the color once everything is in place. Rather than attempt a shoddy paint job, many homeowners are forced to change out the door entirely if they want a new look.