When you finally decide to get a new garage door installation completed on your home, you will be surprised by the sheer number of options available. Between the considerations in material, color, windows or not, and overall style, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed at times. While the color and overall style will really depend on your home, we can definitely help you figure out what is going to be the best material for the job. Here are some of the pros and cons of the most common materials that garage doors are made of to help you figure out what is the right fit for you.
Fiberglass tends to be an affordable option for a new garage door installation. These doors are lightweight which makes them easy on other components in your garage door system like the torsion spring. Additionally, they’re resistant to dings and dents, however they will cave under heavy impact. They do not contract or expand during temperature changes or due to moisture, making them great for the Florida climate. On the downside, they can yellow over time and they are not a good insulator if you’re looking to use your garage as an alternative space.
Wood doors have an exceptionally classic appeal. They’re unique in that they can be custom cut to any size garage and are a truly special addition to your home. They provide natural insulative properties as well. However, wood garage doors rarely come with very long warranties and need a substantial amount of upkeep. Depending on the climate the door may have to be stained or painted on an almost yearly basis to maintain its curb appeal.
If you’re looking for a garage door that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, steel is probably the best way to go. Steel garage doors hold up exceptionally well in many types of climates and weather patterns. It’s also a relatively inexpensive option that is also exceptionally tough. One potential drawback is that steel can rust in wetter climates but this can be mitigated with a fiberglass overlay or picking a door with a great warranty.
While once extremely popular, aluminum isn’t as common of a garage door material as it used to be. They have been replaced by many synthetics that mimic the benefits of aluminum. Rust proof, lightweight, and affordable, aluminum is still a great option for oversized or uniquely-sized garage doors. The panels would be aluminum framed by composite materials. This lightens the load on the operating system and gives you a durable product.
A popular option, vinyl is chosen quite often for new garage door installations and we’re not surprised. Vinyl is affordable, durable, and looks great on most homes. What most people love about vinyl garage doors is the low maintenance. They can take a beating from basketballs and still look great, while maintaining their overall look for years to come. There are fewer color and style options in vinyl but you have to weigh that with the benefits.
Contact Lifetime Garage Doors with any questions you may have about picking a new garage door and scheduling your new garage door installation!