Garage doors don’t need yearly upgrades. In fact, most garage doors last upwards of 20 years, so when the time comes to get a new one, you might be surprised by the amount of choices available. Today’s garage doors are better insulated; more secure and require less maintenance. They also come in a variety of materials, each with its own benefits and shortcomings. Here’s a look at the different options.

Easily the most popular choice for garage doors, most are made of steel backed by rigid foam insulation. Steel doors are low maintenance, durable and reasonably priced. They come in a variety of styles and can be painted or made to mimic wood. However, steel is a poor insulator, so be sure to look for insulated doors if energy savings are important to you. Steel doors also come in varying thickness, so the most inexpensive choices may not live up to the wear and tear of a young family. (Balls thrown against the doors may cause dents.)

The original material of garage doors, wood still appeals to homeowners seeking traditional styles and materials. Wood is a better insulator than steel, but the doors are higher maintenance, and regularly need fresh coats of paint.

Aluminum is similar to steel in design, with faux wood texturing or long lasting laminates available. It’s also less expensive than steel, but the material is thin and can dent easily.

To be honest, fiberglass doors don’t have a lot going for them. Fiberglass is light; it’s a poor insulator and the material can fade from exposure to the elements. However, fiberglass is more resistant to salt-water corrosion than other garage door materials, which can make it ideal for homeowners in coastal regions. Fiberglass panels can also be painted and are more resistant to denting than thin steel.

The right garage door can add curb appeal to your home and help you save on home energy costs.

Published By Fireside Home Solutions