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Choosing Garage Door Material

Garage Door Material Options

Most people utilize their garage every day. It’s an essential part of the home, whether it be used as an entrance or storage. When the time comes for garage door replacement, you’ll need to choose the right material. There are a few things to consider before making your decision. For example, do you want to improve curb appeal, functionality, efficiency? Below, our Sacramento garage door experts explore a few garage door material options

Choosing The Type of Garage Door

In the Greater Sacramento area, the sectional door is the most popular to choose from. It is composed of numerous horizontal panels that are hinged together and fitted with rollers. 

In two parallel lines, the entire assembly is transported. It is counterbalanced by a heavy-duty torsion spring, which is in turn coiled around a torsion bar in order to prevent the door from swinging open. Owners have the option of lifting the door manually or using a motorized garage door opener to do so automatically for them. The actual lifting mechanism might be driven by a chain, belt, screw, or direct drive.

Sectional doors can be ordered with or without windows, depending on your preference. For the former, you can choose from a variety of shapes, including square and arched, with up to 16 panels. In addition, there are many different ornamental styles to choose from, ranging from contemporary to traditional. Sectional doors are even available in the popular carriage-house style, which will be discussed further below. These doors have the appearance of swing-type doors but perform the same functions as sectional doors.

Steel Garage Doors

The best steel garage doors are constructed of two layers of galvanized steel, the surface of which is either primed and coated with a strong topcoat finish or encased with a composite material. The best steel garage doors are constructed of two layers of galvanized steel. Steel doors are available with or without insulation and can be painted to match your home’s exterior color. The disadvantage of steel doors is that they can be damaged and corroded, which is especially true in coastal areas.

Wood Garage Doors

To prevent warping, wood garage doors are constructed with layers or plies. Cedar, redwood, fir, and meranti are most commonly used. Wood doors can be stained or painted in the factory, or they can be finished on-site. This garage door material is not very common.

Wood Composite Garage Doors

In most cases, composite garage doors have a wood frame that is coated with sheets of fiberboard. Better versions have higher-density fiberboard skins and realistic details, such as overlays and grooves, that are meant to mimic the appearance of a genuine wood door. Insulation made of polystyrene is used to fill the cores.

Aluminum Garage Door Frames

Garage doors with aluminum panels do away with the problem of rust, but they are more prone to denting than steel doors. They are available in a variety of hues and finishes, including contemporary brushed finishes. 

Fiberglass Garage Doors

Garage doors constructed of fiberglass are less prone to denting and breaking than their steel counterparts. They do not rust. However, they are susceptible to breaking upon impact. Typically, two layers of fiberglass are connected to a steel frame and filled with polyurethane insulation to form a structure. Steel end caps aid in the improvement of stiffness. Our friends at Headwaters Construction Inc., who offers general contracting in Sacramento, say that fiberglass garage doors have become more popular in modern homes and buildings.

Vinyl Garage Doors

Vinyl garage doors are difficult to dent or break and hence are marketed as “kid-proof.” Polyurethane insulation is used in the construction of these structures, which are often supported by steel frames. These garage doors have a similar appearance to fiberglass doors. However, they are available in fewer color options than fiberglass doors. They are quite durable and require little maintenance, with the exception of the occasional hosing down.

Professional Garage Door Services

As you can see, there are so many garage door material options available. When you need garage door replacement, it’s important to let the professionals handle it. LMS Garage Doors is happy to help design and install your new garage door. Contact LMS Garage Doors for more information.