Posted by Jackie
on Sep 19, 2016 in Home Improvement
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Garage doors are available in many different materials, each of which has its advantages and disadvantages. This is a quick summary of what each material has with suggestions on how to compare options.
Aluminum shares many characteristics of steel, wood and has long lasting finishing. Aluminum is lighter and cheaper than steel, but it is likely to dent easily.
This is the most popular material for garage doors, and with good reason. Steel doors are reasonably priced, durable, low maintenance and available in almost any style you want. The steel can be painted, and textures available mimic wood. By purchasing steel garage doors, two options are especially worth giving a thought.
First, steel is a good insulator, so that the insulated doors are a smart way to save energy (and noise reduction).
Second, garage doors have steel plate whose thickness vary. Low-cost doors have thin panels of 27- or 28-gauge steel. While it is cheap and practical for many garages plates, these doors cannot withstand impact (from basketballs, for example). Mid-level doors offer 25- or 26-gauge steel (smaller gauge number is equal to thicker steel).
Quality garage door use steel that is of commercial quality at least 24 gauge, and of thicker steel. Some steel garage doors provide thicker steel inside and out.
Wooden doors were one of the first used for garage doors, and wood still appeals to those seeking traditional styles and material. Wooden doors are offered in a variety of styles, which can include windows. The most economical option is a flat chipboard painted wood. Wooden door color quality are more expensive, but offer the warmth of natural wood, which can make a big difference in the appeal of a home. Wood is a better insulator than steel, but steel doors provide better energy savings. Wooden doors should be maintained and regularly updated.
Composite Plywood Doors
These are made of recycled wood fibers. They offer the strength of steel with the look and texture of wood and can be painted or stained. Composites are superior to solid wood doors in resistance to decay and division.
Fiberglass garage doors represent a small segment of the market. The panels, which are enclosed in an aluminum frame can be painted and offer greater shock resistance than stainless steel. The glass fibers are very light, has poor insulation, and can disappear from exposure to the elements. But it is more resistant to salt water corrosion than other materials as a garage door which makes it a good choice for coastal areas.
These article was inspired as a result of high garage door repair in St. Louis, and i was like, Why the high rate? And i believe these will help you have a better knowledge of which door to buy to minimize repair cost.