Your garage door is one of the largest moving parts on your home, so it can take some serious wear and tear over the years. Making sure to keep your garage door in great shape like the rest of the house is dependent on the materials you have and the service you maintain on the door. Since the aesthetics and level of maintenance needed for the garage door is dictated by the materials it's made from, knowing the available options is important to determining what your best alternatives are.
- Vinyl Doors
These doors are the go-to door for little maintenance and high damage resistance. Because of the vinyl finish on top of an insulated steel frame, this door is as easy to clean up as spraying it down with a hose. Of course, these come in a limited amount of colors and because it is vinyl, painting it like a wooden door is not an option.
- Steel Doors
These doors are made of galvanized steel that can be primed and painted to the color you want for your home, or most likely your commercial warehouse. Steel doors are generally seen as roll up doors for loading bays but can be used at residential properties as well. The downside is they are easily dented and can rust or erode in highly moist areas.
- Fiberglass Doors
This is a strong door that is highly resistant to dents and cracking. This is because, as fiberglass, it is rust-proof unlike a steel garage door. Basically this door is two sheets of fiberglass attached to a steel frame that can come in a variety of colors to match your home’s design. The door has a layer of insulation between the fiberglass sheets and is as easy to clean up as a vinyl garage door.
- Aluminum Frame Doors
Just as it sounds, these doors are fitted with aluminum panels to give it a steel door look, but without the rust problems that a steel door may have. They can also be available in a wide variety of styles and colors and a section of the aluminum can be replaced with windows without being detrimental to the structural integrity or security of the door. Of course, as aluminum is easily bendable, dents and dings are easy to cause and they will show fairly well.
- Wood Composite Doors
This garage door type is a wood frame with fiberboard that creates a pattern or design for the door that will look like real wood, but without the problems that come along with it. Since the garage door is always subjected to the weather outside, this will prevent the wood from having dry rot or shattering from falling objects. Wood composite is a safer alternative than using basic wood doors if you live in an area with a lot of severe weather.
- Wooden Doors
If you live in a residential neighborhood, then you most likely have seen this type of garage door. Wooden doors are the most popular for a house because the wood is strong, easy to customize to match the house, and can withstand dents and dings. On one hand it is subjected to the weather and thus it is hard to maintain if it has dry rot or cracks in the door, but as one of the more common models it is easier to find a wide range of styles and wood types for your garage door.
Garage doors come in many differing shapes, sizes, colors, and materials that each have their strong suits. Whether one door or another is your best option depends on where you live, how you use the door, and what kind of garage door opener you have. This means that when looking for a garage door to replace an old one, or installing a new door in the garage that you just built, you have to find the right kind of materials for the job. You can do this by looking online for each type of door available, or simply calling a garage door specialist to provide you with the information you need, and even the service of installing the right garage door for you