If your current garage door has seen better days, or it is need of repeated repair, you may want to give some real consideration to replacing it. Few home improvement projects can add major curb appeal and increase home value as quickly as a new garage door. Additional benefits include reduced energy costs* and minimized maintenance.
One of the first thing to consider when door shopping is material. There are three garage door materials to choose from: steel, fiberglass composite, and wood. Another option is full-view aluminum frame doors. These garage door materials should complement most any home architecture quite nicely.
Steel Garage Doors
Steel is strong, secure, and easy to maintain. Steel is also available in a wide range of fashion, function, and price options. Additionally, when you choose a high-tensile strength (24-gauge steel) with two coats of factory-applied paint that is foam insulated to a minimum R-12, you can expect a 98.3% return on your investment.
Wood Garage Doors
If you desire authenticity, wood is the way to go. Wood garage doors are available in a variety of finishes and colors to maximize curb appeal. There is also a world of panel options and window styles to select from. Keep in mind though that natural wood does require regular maintenance to ensure the material doesn’t warp, rot, bow or splinter.
Fiberglass Composite Garage Doors
Do you like the look of wood but don’t want the maintenance? Consider fiberglass composite garage doors that mimic the appearance of real wood. Typically constructed using sheets of fiberboard over a wood frame, these doors offer many benefits not found in wood, including high thermal resistance and minimal maintenance requirements.
Full-view Aluminum Frame Garage Doors
An aluminum frame door combined with durable glass inserts beautifully complements more modern or contemporary architecture. Choose from a wide selection of aluminum frame finishes and glass options to complete the look. Aluminum construction affords homeowners a door that provides strength, longevity, and natural light.
Don’t forget to couple your new garage door with a new garage door opener!
*Requires proper insulation and weatherstripping