Top 6 Materials for Garage Doors

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Residential properties have their own appeal, so highlighting them with a garage door makes a difference. As it occupies about 30% of your front façade, it can affect your house’s overall curb appeal. If you can’t decide which to install, check this list of some of the most popular materials:

1. Aluminum – This corrosion-resistant material is ideal for properties located in areas with high humidity. Most aluminum-framed doors are available in different colors and brushed finishes. The only downside is these are easier to dent.

2. Wood – Redwood, cedar, and fir are some examples of wood materials you can install. In most cases, you can order them factory-painted and stained or let experts do the design and overhead door installation on-site to monitor its progress.

3. Wood Composite – This material uses wood only for the frames and covers it with fiberboard sheets. High-density fiberboards display realistic surface details, like overlays and grooves, so it gives off an appearance like real wood.

4. Galvanized Steel – A two-layered galvanized steel door is among the most common garage doors in the market. It complements any surface because of its primed and painted topcoat finish. It’s also available with or without insulation features.

5. Fiberglass – This don’t dent, crack, or corrode, but could break easily upon impact. Many manufacturers use two layers of fiberglass then bond it with steel and add polyurethane insulation to improve its rigidity.

6. Vinyl – Many homeowners recommend this material because it’s childproof and doesn’t break or dent. It looks similar to fiberglass garage doors, but you don’t have many choices when it comes to color and finish. This material is durable and only needs a little maintenance.

These are only some of the garage door materials you can buy. Look for manufacturers, suppliers, and home improvement experts for more information about their pros and cons.

Readers Comments (3)

  1. The biggest concern I have with my garage door is rust. I just skipped its maintenance for a few months and was disappointed to see signs of corrosion already. Thanks for the list! Found your article while finding alternative materials for garage doors.

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  2. Ain’t fiberglass dangerous? I mean, if the glass breaks, won’t it be unsafe? Unless this one works like those security films that don’t scatter glass shards I see on commercial buildings… Oh wait, it’s made of fiber plastic. My bad.

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  3. Never considered wood because it warps but my neighbor has it so I’m interested. It looks good but I’m not sure about the maintenance. Any ideas about how often should I clean and how much will it cost?

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