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After I moved into a new home, I realized that there were some real problems with our garage door. It didn't always open easily, and when it did, it seemed to have issues closing all the way. I knew that we had to do something, so I started looking around for a place that offered garage door service. I was able to find an incredible business that offered garage door sales and service, and they helped us to find replacement parts that could resolve the issues. This blog is all about keeping your garage door working well and avoiding repair costs in the long run.

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4 Different Materials To Consider For Your Next Garage Door

by Perry Wilson

If you need a new garage door, make sure that you think carefully about what type of material that you want to make your garage door out of. Here are four different material options for your next garage door.

#1 Vinyl

Vinyl garage doors are great because they are so strong. They are extremely durable garage doors and will not easily be broken by someone hitting it or running into it. When it comes to cleaning, they are really simple to take care of, you just need to use a hose to clean it off every once in a while.

The only big downside to vinyl garage doors is that this type of material is currently not very common for garage doors, which can result in a limited number of designs and colors to choose from for your garage door.

#2 Fiberglass

Fiberglass garage doors are great because they can be made to look like other types of materials. Your fiberglass garage door can be made to look like it is made out of wood or it can be made to look like it metal, whatever you want. You can really change the look of your fiberglass garage door to fit your decorating style.

The biggest downside to fiberglass doors is that they do not work well in areas that get really cold winters. In areas with cold winters, the material often turns yellow and loses it strength over time. This material is best for coastal and warmer climates.

#3 Aluminum

If the weight of your garage door is something that you are concerned about, an aluminum garage door can be a great choice. It is a lightweight material for a garage door while still being sturdy. You can increase the strength of the aluminum door by purchasing one with a heavy frame or decrease the strength and cost of the garage door by purchasing an aluminum garage door that has a frame made out of a different material.

The big downside to aluminum is that it is relatively easy to dent.

#4 Wood

Finally, you can have a garage door that is made out of wood or wood products. This is actually one of the most common types of garage door materials. Although wood can develop rot if not taken care of, as long as you maintain a finish on your garage door and clean it off occasionally, a solid wood door should be able to last you a few decades. You can really customize the look of a wood garage door, from the way it is carved and frame to the stain or paint that you put on the door. Wood garage doors can be expensive though, making wood composite doors a more affordable alternative. 

Talk to a garage door installation expert for more advice.

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