Home Improvement Guide: Choosing Garage Door Materials For Your Home

Renovating your old home or building would require not only the basic house but also constructing a garage to park your vehicles or to serve as your storage room. Choosing the type of garage door material is essential as it protects your car as well as your items from different weather conditions as well as prevents unauthorized individuals from entering your premises.

Garage doors come in different materials. Although wood is popular, steel, fiberglass, aluminium, vinyl, glass and wood composites are also preferred by most homeowners. Cost, maintenance and safety are just three factors that affect most homeowners’ buying decision when it comes to purchasing the material they use for their garage along with other factors as well.

Material Type

The most popular door materials are wood or wood composite garage doors. These doors are made from several wood types such as fir, cedar or “luan” and are compressed together to build layers. Homeowners who are interested in having a traditional or classic style home prefer wood as their door material. Although wood might require homeowners to repaint the doors every few years or so, the charm and old style appeal of wood doors are something that many owners find hard to resist.

While wood doors add appeal and charm to any house, there are some problems with having these especially if one lives in a lower area or where floods may occur frequently. Most doors made of wood have rotten bottom sections due to exposure to floodwater and some may also rot or sag from wear and tear. Extra weight due to the absorption of water also tends to make wood doors heavier.

For those who are averse with having to do repainting or live in a heavy flooded area, aluminium frame doors are ideal as these eliminate the problem of rust that most steel doors are exposed to. Aluminium is also lightweight and durable so it is ideal especially for those who find it difficult to lift heavy objects. Though aluminium will not rot, it is also costly compared to steel doors; however, they are cheaper than wood doors. Modern concepts and designs can also help homeowners to imitate or customize their aluminium doors to look like wood doors without the added expense.

Steel doors are ideal for homeowners who require little maintenance but need durability and energy efficiency. Most steel doors can be insulated which is advantageous for those who lives in colder climates. These door types are also pre-painted so they can complement the overall look of the house as well. One disadvantage of steel doors however is that the price depends on the thickness of the door that one wants and the thicker it is, the pricier it becomes.