Different Types of Garage Door Materials – Which Is Best For Your Home?

26February 2021

Today there are many different types of garage doors, and different materials from which garage doors are made. Which type of material is best for your home?

What your garage door is made from can make a difference in how it will perform over time. Some garage door materials are better suited for the varying weather of Louisiana, while other materials are chosen due to the look more so than how it will hold up over time. Let’s look at some of the more popular materials used for garage doors.

Wood Garage Doors

Many people are drawn to wood garage doors because of their beauty. Most are energy efficient, but over time they can rot, expand and warp. This will age the door prematurely and what was chosen for its beauty, will look old and dingy over time.

Wood garage doors also tend to be high maintenance. To maintain the beauty that you fell in love with, you will need to either paint or stain them every few years. They can also cost more initially than garage doors made of other materials.

Wood Composite Garage Doors

A less expensive option to wood is a wood composite garage door. It’s made from fiberboard and has a wood frame.

Wood composite garage doors are not as beautiful as wood garage doors, but they are more economical. They are energy efficient and could be a good option for those looking for the look of wood without the expense.

Steel Garage Doors

Steel garage doors can be a great choice. This type of garage door combines the beauty of wood garage doors, with the lower maintenance of aluminum garage doors. They also are energy efficient.

Steel garage doors will not warp, rot or expand when exposed to moisture and they’ll never need to be stained or painted. 

Aluminum Garage Doors

Aluminum garage doors are durable. They will not warp, rot or expand when exposed to moisture. They are also less expensive than wood garage doors.

However, aluminum absorbs heat. This means that in the summer it will be  hot to the touch and the garage will become warm quickly. This will lead to higher electric bills if your garage is attached to your home and you run an air conditioner.

Glass Garage Doors

Glass garage doors are becoming more common, especially on contemporary houses. The biggest drawback to glass garage doors is that it makes the contents of your garage visible to all.

If your garage is in the back of the house, privacy might be less of an issue. Glass garage doors, however, are not as durable as wood or steel.

If you are looking for a new garage door, let us show you the best options for your home!