Garage Door Materials

By Jade Allen posted 11-07-2018 20:25


There are several factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing a garage door. One that is extremely important but often overlooked by Tempe homeowners, first-time buyers, or simply someone who may not have much knowledge of the various garage door materials that are available to them.

There are several types of material that garage doors are made from and each of them have their own unique advantages including one or two disadvantages. Here are some of the most common materials that Tempe consumers can choose from along with their pros and cons:


Steel is arguably the most popular and widely used material for both residential as well as commercial garage doors. One of the main reasons why they rank high in popularity is usually due to their low price among all other materials in the industry. Two other advantages that homeowners take notice of is that they are extremely durable, and surprisingly low maintenance. Steel garage doors are also available in a number of different styles so their aesthetic versatility is virtually unmatched by any other material. Steel doors can be painted and are also available in textures that mimic that visual appeal of wood.


Aluminum garage doors offer a number of advantages but one of the most obvious is that they are extremely lightweight. Like steel doors, aluminum offers consumers the option of a faux wood appearance and the finish on aluminum doors typically lasts much longer than those made from other materials. Because of the nature of aluminum, particularly in regard to how lightweight it is, they are much less expensive than most garage doors. One of the disadvantages, however, is that due to its low weight it is very easily damaged and usually isn’t an ideal choice for residential garages.


Not only is wood considered to be the oldest building material in the world, it is also one of the most popular materials when it comes to garage doors. The very first set of garage doors were made from wood and they are just as prevalent today as they were more than 100 years ago when the first automobile garages were built. One of the reasons for wood’s popularity is its visual appeal. Many homeowners like the traditional look that wood offers and and are usually available in a variety of styles, colors and designs, all of which can be protected from the elements with relative ease just by applying your favorite water seal product.


Fiberglass is actually one of the less common materials used in the manufacture of garage doors. There isn’t much of a market for them when it comes to residential garages, primarily because they are not very good insulators. Fiberglass is, however, very resistant to corrosion from salt water, so homeowners who live in coastal regions may find them best suitable for their environmental surroundings. Like steel doors, fiberglass doors can be painted and are more resistant to dents and other damages than steel.

Wood Composite

These types of doors are made with recycled wood fibers and are generally much stronger than standard wood doors, often being compared to steel in terms of their strength. Composite wood doors are highly resistant to splitting and rotting and like wood doors can be stained or painted. the author is a garage door expert and the owner of Canadian Garage door repair Calgary, AB