Many different types of garage door materials are available. Here is a list of types to choose from:
The very best steel garage doors are composed of two layers of galvanized steel, the surface area of which is primed and painted with a tough topcoat finish or clad with a composite material. Steel doors can be painted most desired colors. Steel garage doors are offered with or without insulation. Steel garage doors, however, are prone to denting and corrosion, especially in coastal areas.
Wood garage doors are created with layers, or plies, aimed at preventing warping. Wood options include cedar, redwood, fir, and meranti (luan). Wood doors can be factory-stained, painted or completed on-site.
Composite garage doors typically have a wood frame covered with sheets of fiberboard. Higher-end models offer higher-density fiberboard skins and add realistic details, such as overlays and grooves to simulate a genuine wood door. Cores are filled with polystyrene insulation.
Garage doors fitted with aluminum panels get rid of the plight of rust but are easier to dent. They are offered in modern brushed finishes and several colors. (Translucent glass panels may be utilized in place of aluminum panels; these allow daylight in without compromising privacy or security.)
Garage doors composed from fiberglass are less subject to denting or cracking. They do not rust but can easily get damaged upon impact. Two layers of fiberglass are commonly bonded to a steel frame and filled with polyurethane insulation. Steel end caps help to enhance its rigidity.
Vinyl garage doors are promoted as being ‘kid-proof,’ because they are difficult dent or break. Typically created upon steel frames, these are also filled with polyurethane insulation. Vinyl doors look very similar to fiberglass doors but are offered in less colors. They are highly durable and need almost no maintenance apart from an occasional hosing.