With all of the garage door options out there ranging from vinyl, wood, fiberglass, glass, steel, wood composites, and more, it can be difficult to choose what’s right for you. Let’s narrow it down to the two most common picks that most homeowners are going to be seriously considering: the choice between a wooden or steel garage door. While both materials are sturdy and aesthetically pleasing, there are major differences between the two. So what’s right for you, a wooden or steel garage door? Let’s break down everything you need to know.
You might be surprised to find out that wood garage doors are generally more expensive than steel. This is both due to the cost of raw materials as well as the labor that goes into creating the doors. The process is heavily involved and requires manufacturers to build wooden garage doors in layers using sheets that prevent warping. If you want a custom design, it’s going to cost even more.
A steel garage door is both affordable and practical. They are usually made with two layers of galvanized steel, creating a high-quality door that will last for many years to come.
Anything that’s made of wood is going to need a decent amount of upkeep. This includes refinishing to make everything look and function as it ought to. Wood doors are heavier as well, causing some amount of strain on a garage door opener’s motor, so make sure you install a powerful enough system to work with your wooden garage door.
On the other hand, steel doors don’t require that upkeep but are susceptible to scratches, dents, and even rust. Pick a door with a rust-resistant finish if that’s a concern, or get thicker metal if you want something more durable (but you’ll need a powerful garage door opener for this as well!).
For many people, there’s just no substitute for the traditional, natural warmth that real wood can offer. Not just in their garage doors either! If you want something custom or carved, wood is the way to go.
Metal doors also come in a variety of styles though and you might be surprised at how many options there are, including some that even look like wood grain.
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Since 2004, First Choice Garage Doors has been providing quality service in Maryland, Delaware, Northern Virginia, and Pennsylvania. We offer services like garage door installation and replacement, as well as maintenance and repair. We specialize in the repair and maintenance of garage doors and their accessories. Here at First Choice Garage Doors, we work with top manufacturers in the industry, including Amar Entrematic, Clopay, Wayne Dalton, and Artisan.