Wood is beautiful. It can be stained or painted. Wood has a traditional appearance that looks fabulous with today’s modern homes. It provides good insulation, but can be expensive. It’s possible to reduce the cost by using a composite door.
Steel provides security and resists the elements. However, dents are difficult to repair. Do you have a new driver on the scene? Or are you purchasing a new trailer or boat? Consider the potential damage to your new door as people learn to back up in the future. Steel doors can be made to look like wood, so they offer the traditional look as well.
Aluminum is a less expensive choice for those on a budget, though the frames can be pricey. Aluminum is lightweight, but prone to dent. Recent improvements in aluminum have resulted in a product that resists denting and rusting and is heavier.
Fiberglass is not a choice for cold weather climates due to a tendency to crack. Fiberglass can be made to appear like wood, but does not require the maintenance of a wood door. Fiberglass is not as expensive as wood.
Vinyl doors may have the appearance of a fiberglass door. They do not break, rot, rust, or swell. This door is very weather-resistant and is a low maintenance choice.
Garage door hardware also has options. Door openers vary somewhat depending on the manufacturer and the age of the component. If the motor of an automatic door fails on an older system, it may be difficult to find an opener that matches the repaired motor. Door opening systems in newer construction may be keyless, which is independent of the composition of the door.
Clearly, choosing a garage door involves thoughtfully considering all your options. Considerations include cost, desired looks, durability, maintenance, and personal preference. With the guidance of garage door professionals, your primary concerns can be addressed. In the end, a door that meets your needs and those of your family is possible.