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What materials are most garage doors made of?

Updated: Sep 24


Garage doors can be constructed with several different materials, each one having its own set of pros and cons. The choice in materials can greatly improve your return on investment and get many care free years from your garage door.

So what are you looking for in a garage door and most importantly what is your options in terms of materials and durability?


Let’s take a look at four popular garage door materials to help make your decision an informed one...

Common materials garage doors are made of is:

Wooden garage doors

Wood has been a popular building material since the early days of car construction. The first garage doors were made with wood and many people still find it appealing for its traditional style as well as environmental factors such as insulation.


Wooden garage doors offer many different styles and types of wood to choose from, including stained-grade for a natural look or whatever you feel will compliment your home and curb appeal.


However, you need to maintain these often as well because they will decay over time, so keep this in mind before making any decisions!


Aluzinc garage doors


Aluzinc garage doors are tough, durable and come in endless design options to fit your home. A steel door is a more practical alternative than natural wood for homeowners who want the beauty of wooden designs without sacrificing durability or affordability!


The benefits of using steel in construction is that it lasts much longer than wood does without needing upkeep like painting every few years. It also has less chance of being damaged by harsh weather conditions and pests because metal never rots away so easily when exposed to water or high levels of humidity over time.


Some drawbacks include their susceptibility to scratches/dents when bumped into by other vehicles, corrosion if located near a coastal area (though this does not affect all areas).


Aluminium garage doors


Why use metal when you can go with aluminum?


Not only is it much lighter, but this better distributes the weight and lessens the strain on your garage equipment. Aluminum also happens to be naturally resistant to rust and corrosion so steel inclusions are not necessary for protection against oxidation or most corrosives.


The layer of aluminum will eventually wear down, but if you live around salt water then this could help keep your door working well into its later years!


Fiberglass garage doors


Fiberglass garage doors are the perfect choice for those living in humid climates. Unlike wood, fiberglass will never shrink or warp and is more economical than other options. Though this material has fallen out of favor in recent years with only a few manufacturers still producing them locally to South Africa's market - it may be time you put your name down on that list!


Fiberglass garage doors are not an ideal choice if you live in a windy coastal area. The high winds can be damaging to the fiberglass and also make rattling noises which many people find them irritating.

Fiberglass is irreparable and any repairs to the garage door is unsightly and difficult to do properly; your only alternative when dealing with damage from high winds or other events would be to replace the entire door, which will take time and money on your part as well!


To conclude...


The materials your garage door is constructed of can have a significant impact on its durability and lifespan. If you’re not sure which material would be best for your needs, contact Peninsula Garage Doors to help walk you through the different options available so that you make an informed decision about what type to purchase. Let us know if we can provide any more information or answer any questions!


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