Just a Few More Considerations When Purchasing a New Garage Door

Jan 13, 2010

Materials. Today, homeowners can choose among wood, steel, composite or aluminum garage doors. Here’s the lowdown on the pros and cons of each.

Wood: There’s no substitute for the warm, distinctive look of wood. It offers the most design flexibility to create a one-of-a-kind door, and the species and stain options are endless. Wood doors can be expensive, with an average starting price of $1,000. They also weigh more than typical steel doors, so an opener with a higher horsepower is recommended. Depending on the climate and exposure, wood doors require more finish maintenance.

Composite and Steel: Steel doors with composite overlays offer the benefits of durable, insulated steel with added charm and design flexibility. Details like coped edging, true divided lites and embossed woodgrain texture make it an attractive, low-maintenance alternative to real wood, if you’re in the market for a carriage house style door. Prices start at about $900.

Steel: Classic steel panel doors offer the broadest range of insulation and price options from as little as $300 for a single layer, non insulated door, up to $1,500 for a premium 24-gauge, three layer sandwich door featuring 2” thick insulation and decorative windows.

Aluminum: Rust-proof and corrosion resistant, this material is ideal for humid, caustic environment as well as coastal areas. And it’s incredibly durable.

See our selection of materials at the Clopay website.


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