If you’re looking to enhance your curb appeal and increase your property value with a new door, there are many popular garage door materials to consider, including steel, wood, wood composite, and aluminum. Not only are these materials durable, but they can also easily compliment any home architecture, as well as be insulated to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Here are four garage door materials to consider.
Steel is available in a wide range of fashion, function, and price options to match most any budget and architecture. The best steel doors are made of two layers of galvanized steel for longevity and backed with insulation for energy-efficiency. Steel doors are available in a variety of finishes including painted options or faux wood grain. Steel is a low-maintenance material. The downside is that single layer steel easily dents.
The warmth and beauty of wood is often why homeowners select this material over others when designing their new garage door. Wood doors are offered in a variety of styles and can be customized to include windows and hardware. Some of the most popular species for wood door construction are hemlock, cedar, fir, and redwood. The downside to wood is that it requires frequent maintenance and refinishing.
Wood Composite Doors
Blending classic charm with modern practicality is wood composite doors which are usually constructed using sheets of fiberboard over a wood frame to resemble the beauty of natural wood. These doors offer many benefits, including strength, longevity and thermal resistance. They also offer opportunities for customization. Most can also be painted or stained; before or after factory-manufacturing.
Aluminum Frame Doors
Garage doors constructed with an aluminum frame and glass inserts beautifully complement more modern or contemporary architecture – although they are sure to boost the curb appeal of any home. The aluminum frame is available in many design options as are the glass inserts for complete customization. Aluminum construction affords homeowners with a door that is both durable and virtually maintenance-free.
Having a new garage door professionally installed is one of the best home improvement investments you can make to your home. In fact, according to this year’s Cost vs. Value report from Remodeling magazine, an upscale garage door replacement has a national average return on investment (ROI) of 98.3%.