There have never been more material choices available for your garage door panels. Today your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team is looking at the advantages and disadvantages of available material choices.
The Beauty of Wooden Garage Doors
Nothing is more beautiful than a garage door with wood panels. Wood adds richness and warmth to your home making it very desirable. The varieties of woods available provide many natural color options, grains, and textures. A big advantage of wood doors is customization. Milling, carving, painting, and staining are all options. Small dents are easy to repair. The downside of wood doors is that they are heavy, weather and insects can damage them. Wood is more expensive than other materials.
The Durability of Steel
Doors with steel panels are durable, strong and economical. Steel doors need painting or coating to avoid rusting and are low maintenance. Insulation protects the garage from temperature and sound. Areas with high winds find steel doors have the strength to hold up better than other materials. Stamping can give the appearance of wood grain. There is a wide range of pricing based on the quality of the materials chosen.
Lighter with Aluminum
The lightweight of aluminum doors is a big advantage. Lightweight doors are easy to install and last longer as there is less stress on the system. Aluminum doors can be stamped, embossed and painted. Aluminum resists rusting making it desirable in areas near salt water. The disadvantage of aluminum doors is they can dent easily.
Garage Doors with Semi-Transparent Fiberglass
Fiberglass is a lightweight material. It is also non-corrosive, making it excellent in saltwater areas. One of the least expensive materials it can be made to look like wood. Hot or cold weather will not cause expansion or contraction. It resists moisture and insects. The semi-transparency allows some light into the garage so it’s not dark. If you don’t want light in your garage it can be painted. Fiberglass gets brittle in the cold making it less than ideal for cold weather areas, and it can also yellow with age.
Maintenance Free Vinyl
Vinyl comes in a wide range of colors and is more affordable than steel. Vinyl is available with a wood finish, is rust-resistant and non-corrosive. The coloring goes through the material making minor scratches and dents almost unnoticeable. A UV resin is available to make it fade resistant. Maintenance is easy, washing with a hose will clean the door. The downside of vinyl doors is you can’t change the color. It needs an insulating layer added to maintain a moderate temperature in the garage.
Give Us a Call for More Information
The Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team has good news – there are lots of choices available. Your best choice will depend on your homes location, the weather, your personal preferences, and your budget. Please give us a call with any questions about garage door panels. Someone is here to answer your questions!