Garage doors have come a long way; an exciting combination of advanced materials and affordable manufacturing techniques give customers more options than ever before. Browse a garage door catalog, and you'll see a wide variety of options. These include gorgeous woods, rugged metals, and affordable manmade materials.

Which one is right for you? Let's take a quick look at the pros and cons of common garage door materials:

Five Materials to Choose Between

●      Wood

Wood and wood composite garage doors are a classically stylish option popular in residences. They come in a wide variety of wood grains and can be stained various shades or even painted. However, these doors are also an investment when compared to other materials. Wooden doors require regular maintenance, and unless they're composite, might rot.

●      Vinyl

A vinyl garage door is a great choice for a busy homeowner or business owner. These garage doors require very little maintenance and are resistant to denting and other damage. They also come in a selection of colors and styles. On the other hand, vinyl doors can be somewhat more costly at the outset. They typically don't have the widest selection of colors compared to, say, paintable wood and fiberglass.

●      Fiberglass

Fiberglass garage doors have some distinct advantages. These lightweight doors are resistant to rust and denting. They come in a range of designs and can be painted to go with the rest of the house. However, these doors are typically more fragile, which makes them less ideal for particularly freezing climates.

●      Aluminum

Aluminum garage doors are long-lasting and offer overall durability at a lower price point. This is great for budget conscious homeowners. However, these doors may not last quite as long as a steel door, and they are vulnerable to denting.

●      Steel

Steel has been a classic choice for garage doors for a long time. This highly durable and relatively affordable option comes in multiple styles. It's a good fit for everything from cozy homes to large businesses. Keep in mind, however, that this material can corrode, so it does require maintenance. Steel may also dent, particularly with thinner and more inexpensive doors.

Your Next Step

Now that you're armed with a little knowledge, it's time to talk to the professionals: a commercial and residential garage door company. At Garage Door Repair Company, we have years of experience working with homes and businesses throughout the Twin Cities area. We'll consider your budget, timetable, and goals and give you an estimate for commercial garage door installation and residential work. Contact us today at 612-886-9606 or use our online form to schedule an appointment.