When selecting garage door materials, the right combination is a mixture of aesthetics, costs, and functionality. In today’s world, many selections are available to choose from for homeowners, ranging in different budget sizes and looks, perfect for any situation.
Connect locally to find contractors with a wide selection of materials which include: wood, steel, aluminum, fiberglass, vinyl, and glazing.
Versatile in its luxurious looks, wood carries different aesthetically pleasing looks. From natural to vintage, there is many textures and patterns to choose, depending on one’s taste. Wood can be milled or carved into any design, while also the ability to be stained or painted. You can quickly repair any chips or dents while refinishing and sanding the door to your standards. Despite the elegance of wood, however, it is heavy and easily tarnished in certain weather conditions. Not to mention, prone to termites.
Various contractors will have different selections of wood. Hemlock, mahogany, painted plywood, and hardboard are options, for example. These materials work with any design, and whether you are looking for a carriage-home look or a sleek modern look, wood can deliver.
Strong, durable, tough are few words than can describe steel, although it’s surprisingly economical. For steel to avoid rusting, it must be painted powder-coated or clad. Stamped-on grain allows steel doors to mimic painted wood, all while providing insulation to fight sound, wind, and temperature.
Steel is available in raised-panel or long-panel designs, with some contractors having wainscot as well. These unique doors are made by hot-dipped spurred steel with a dual coating of baked-on polyester paint. Insulated doors are an option, featuring a steel sandwich containing a middle layer of polyurethane. Steel doors can mimic wood-grain texture by receiving stained or painted finishes.
Also great for mimicking wood, aluminum is lighter than steel and a good option for those who may want to spend more for quality. Great for resisting rust and dents, high-quality aluminum is available to those who want a superior product.
Aluminum comes in a variety of stile widths and rail. Glass panels can give aluminum stunning architectural beauty when appropriately installed.
For less cost but wanting the look of wood, fiberglass is a great option, while being more durable. Fiberglass is less prone to warping as opposed to wood and resists moisture and insects.
Steel doors covered in fiberglass and formed to mimic painted wood are available from different contractors. Technology allows these doors to look like wood without the maintenance. Polyurethane insulation is available, providing a low R-value.
If you want lightweight yet durable performance all year, vinyl is for you.
Resisting dents and rust, contractors have vinyl readily available to buy. Scratches are minimized on the surface appearance as the color goes through the vinyl. UV resistant resin is possible to keep the door looking new.
Various styles and materials are available, including glass, acrylic and others. A vast assortment is available to shoppers who want the perfect designs to complement their door style.