Purchasing or replacing a garage door can be a frustrating experience. Call for prices, check your budget, search for reviews, I am tired just thinking of it! First, we all want to get the best bang for our buck. We want to stretch the dollar as far as we can, while getting a good quality product. Second, (if you’re like me) you think that the sales person is more concerned with the sale then what you actually need. How can you choose the right material, with out the pushy sales-rep? Well we need to start with the basics, what is the garage door made of?
Garage Doors | Steel
Steel is the probably the most popular material for residential and commercial garage doors. When you hear the term “cheap garage doors”, yes you guessed it, it is steel. Compared with other material steel is one of the cheapest. The one benefit is that steel garage doors are durable and do not require a lot of maintenance, this can save you money done the road. No need to stain it with the change of seasons and less likely to break when you kids start kicking the soccer ball against it (though it might leave a nice dent).
If though you are one of those energy saving people, this might not be your choice, as it usually isn’t insulated. Also if you’re concerned with noise, ya cross this one out. When you open and close your garage door it is going to be loud. Though when your kids kick the soccer ball, you’ll know!
When choosing a steel garage door you must keep in mind that it will come in various gauges. Gauges? The gauge lets your know the thickness of the steel. The higher the number the thinner the steel. The lower the number the thicker the steel. The average residential house will have a gauge of 27-28, while commercial doors will have a gauge of around 24.
Garage Doors | Aluminum
Aluminum is very similar to steel but lets just say that it won’t be a “maybe” if the soccer ball leaves a dent, it WILL! Though if you really need to save your pennies then aluminum is your choice.
Garage Doors | Wood
Wood garage doors are excellent to increase the appeal of your home, but the garage door maintenance is increased. Wooden garage doors come in numerous finishes and styles as well as the possibility of decorative windows and hardware. The garage door cost will be lower if it is painted with flat hardboard panels, but stained doors look better(though usually a little more). Most wood doors must be re-stained frequently as well as regular garage door maintenance to avoid wood rotting and splintering. Wood is a natural insulator, while steel will suck in the cold. It is important to know that steel can be insulated to offer better energy conservation.
These are just 3 of the most common garage door material types that you will encounter. Keep in mind that no matter the material maintenance and repair is needed.