There are so Many Options Today for Your New Garage Doors

In terms of your home’s curb appeal, your garage door has never contributed to it more.This is especially true in the age of custom homes. There are garage doors to match any home and just about any style and color can be created to give your home its ideal look and feel. With so many benefits, it is easy to see why upgrading a garage door is such a popular home improvement project.
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There was a time when all garage doors were made of natural wood. You can still get wood doors, but in recent years the garage door industry has moved beyond wood and embraced many new materials that bring their own sets of payoffs and downsides.Here are the most popular:

Steel – Steel doors offer perhaps the highest levels of durability, safety and energy efficiency of any garage doors. Steel doors feature outer layers of heavy-gauge steel that’s often embossed to mimic wood grain or stucco. Often they are overlaid with moldings and cross-buck designs, giving them the look of carriage doors. Color choices are wide for steel doors, and once installed, they are virtually maintenance free.

Real Wood – Wood garage doors have been around since the invention of garages because of their unique style and look. All-wood garage doors made from moisture-resistant mahogany, cherry, cedar, redwood and cypress give you bragging rights for the best-looking garage in the neighborhood. When you add a polyurethane backing, wood doors also have good insulating qualities. You can customize the patterns of wood and color to suit the rest of the exterior finishes, such as logs, stone, and cedar shingles.They can give your home a natural look. Not as strong as steel nor as tough as fiberglass, wood still provides real curb appeal like nothing else. Be mindful of the quality of the wood doors you buy because quality varies and wood will need periodic refinishing.

Fiberglass – The fastest growing type of garage door purchase is fiberglass because of its resistance to moisture and pests, and its ability to mimic the colors and grain patterns of real wood without the cost or the maintenance. Thick outer skins of fiberglass surround an inner foam core and a steel framework that provides strength and stability. If you live in a coastal area, the non-corrosive nature of a fiberglass garage door can lead to longer life. A fiberglass door will not shrink or expand with changes in temperature and moisture. And if you plan to use your garage as a study, workout room, hobby shop or for any other social purpose, fiberglass is translucent and typically allows more light into the garage space. However, fiberglass doors can yellow over time.

Aluminum and Glass – Aluminum and glass doors are the favorite of commercial businesses because of their light weight and low cost. Businesses typically use bigger doors so weight is a major consideration for them. Their construction is essentially tempered, all-glass or acrylic panels set in anodized aluminum frames. They have a large variety frame finishes and glass types and are priced low compare to many other types of doors.

Wood Composite – Wood composite garage doors are made completely of wood, yet they will not split crack rot or many of the other issues you can have with real wood. They use a sandwich-type construction featuring a strong, insulating core of polystyrene wrapped in composite wood. Manufacturers can claim they are green because they often use recycled wood fibers for the panels. Composite doors come factory finished, or can be custom stained or painted to match the colors of your home.

Vinyl – Vinyl doors are very lightweight and carry no worry of destruction from insects or rotting. This is because vinyl is a non-porous inorganic material that is resistant to sea or salt spray and humidity. At the same time, vinyl is one the most affordable garage door materials. Vinyl doors layer sturdy, weatherproof vinyl around a foam insulation center. They also can be painted any color. Vinyl is resistant to denting and is often used as a lower cost option to steel doors.

No matter which door choice you make, changing you garage door to one of the new ones is a fantastic choice.

 

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