What your new garage door is made of will determine its appearance, how long your door will last, its durability, and how much annual maintenance it will require.
Many garage doors are made of steel, which provides durability and low maintenance. However, some steel doors can dent and also rust if not properly maintained.
Garage doors made from vinyl are more resistant to dents, are rust-free and never need to be painted. However, these doors are not recommended for regions with extreme heat or high elevation.
It’s hard for homeowners to resist the natural beauty and craftsmanship of real wood garage doors. Just keep in mind that these doors require regular maintenance to keep them looking their best. Think of them as furniture on the outside of your home. Painting, staining and water sealing will need to be considered every few years, depending on the amount of sun or water exposure.
For the look of stained wood doors without as much maintenance, consider a garage door with a fiberglass exterior. These doors feature the fine wood grain of a real wood door, even up close! The only maintenance they require is an application of clear protectant every few years, depending on the amount of exposure.
Finally, doors made from aluminum and glass offer a modern, sophisticated look. They’re offered in many colors and finishes, and are relatively maintenance-free. However, they may not have as much insulation as other doors, so they may not be ideal for areas with extreme temperatures.
To learn more about which garage door material is best for your home, talk to an authorized Wayne Dalton dealer. To find one near you, be sure to visit our dealer locator.