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How to Choose the Right Material for Your Garage Door

Things to Consider When Choosing the Right Material for Your Garage Door

For most homeowners, the garage is the multipurpose area of the house. It might be where you store your prized possessions, work on projects with your family, or hit the weights. What material you choose for your garage door will depend on what style you want for your home, as well as how much maintenance you are willing to do. Here are some things to consider when choosing a suitable material for your garage door.

The Weather 

If you live in a region with very extreme or moderate weather conditions, you should probably base your decision on how well the material will stand up to these changes. Typically, wood garage doors don’t hold up well to harsh winters, while steel doors are more likely to rust if your home is near saltwater or is prone to hurricanes. If you live in a region with soft water, steel doors may also erode more quickly than those made of wood or concrete.

Your Home’s Exterior 

You should also consider the exterior look of your home when choosing a material for your garage door. Steel garage doors will work best if you have a very modern aesthetic because they offer clean lines and a minimalist style. On the other hand, if you have a more traditional or country chic design, a wooden garage door will fit in much better with your home.

While wood and steel doors both go well with modern homes that feature brick and stone exteriors, metal and wooden doors don’t work as well to match a siding fronted home. Similarly, steel, wood, and concrete doors all provide different levels of privacy depending on how thick they are. 

Frequency of Use

If your family often uses the garage, you must consider how well the material holds up to daily use. Steel will last longer than wood simply because it is more durable and less prone to scratching or warping over time. However, steel can be harder to clean than other materials, so you should opt for wood if you need easy access to your garage contents.


You must also consider how much maintenance the material will require overtime. For example, wood needs regular refinishing, and steel needs more rust treatment than other materials. If you don’t like to spend a lot of time on upkeep around your home, you might want to choose a more resistant material.

In the end, whatever material you choose will depend on your specific needs and preferences for your garage door. Keep these things in mind when deciding on a material so you can rest assured you’re getting the best garage door. If you need additional assistance, reach out to us at A1 Door Company.

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