Often, the garage door is part of the first impression a visitor gets of your home, so should you choose steel or aluminum garage doors. As one of the largest exterior ‘walls’ of your home, the look and feel of the door should enhance the overall appearance of your house. There are various options to consider as you select a new garage door. Windows or solid door? What style of handles, if any?
While deciding how you want your door to look, it’s important to consider how your door is made. Many homeowners select metal doors for their durability and strength. Others rely on their door to be low-maintenance for the life of the door. Regardless of the reasons behind your decision to choose a metal door, you have options about the type of metal door you select. Which is the better solution for your door needs: steel or aluminum garage doors?
While there are many factors that can influence which style of door you choose, price is often the most heavily weighed. Determining the type of door that will fit your budget is a fundamental starting point. Specific prices will vary based on size, location, installation, etc. In general, however, steel doors tend to be more expensive than their aluminum garage door counterparts. While the durability of steel may give the door a longer life, making the long-term investment pay-off, high quality aluminum garage doors can be just as costly as the steel. When comparing two-car garage doors, steel door prices range from $750 – $3,500. Aluminum garage doors range from $1,500 – $2,000. (For specific prices, contact the sales department at A Garage Door Service for a personalized estimate.)
Garage doors are a major expense and should last the homeowner for many years, with proper care and maintenance. As an exposed ‘wall’, the climate where you live will affect your garage door, so maintenance will vary based on the type of weather you experience.
Steel: Steel doors are prone to rust when exposed to moisture, requiring the homeowner to replace the door sooner than with other doors. Rust can affect the appearance of the door, as well. Steel doors are generally painted, so the homeowner will need to plan to perform touchups as needed.
Aluminum: An aluminum garage door resists both rust and corrosion, so customers living in humid, coastal areas would fare better selecting this type of door. In addition, aluminum doors are typically left unpainted, eliminating the need for periodic paint touchups.
The weight of your garage door should also be an important factor in the selection of the type of door you choose. For homeowners who do not use a motorized garage door opener, door weight is a considerable consideration. Opening and closing the door can be difficult, particularly when dealing with a large, two car-width door. Weight can affect the opener adversely; heavier doors can cause strain on the door’s torsion spring and wear down parts within the garage door opener more quickly. For those who do use an opener, in the event of a power outage, doors must be opened manually. This may pose additional inconveniences if the door is too unwieldy for the occupants of the home to manage.
In the weight category, steel doors are the heavier of the two metals. The aluminum garage door is lighter and easier to manage, making it a clear winner for individuals who may be concerned with having to open their garage door manually.
After making an investment into a new garage door, no homeowner wants to see dents and scratches marking up the surface. For the homeowner who lives in a storm prone area, or who’s house has become the neighborhood kids’ hang-out, the homeowner may be tempted to cordon off their driveway with bubble wrap and caution tape.
Steel: As a heavier metal, steel performs better in the durability test and edges out aluminum garage doors. Aluminum garage doors are thinner, and may become dented by wind, debris, and errant balls from children.
The upkeep of your garage door is an additional consideration during the purchase process.
Aluminum is a relatively soft metal and is highly susceptible to dents. These dents may be caused by children playing in the driveway, accidental impacts or even wind and weather. Steel is much more durable and dent-resistant, even when exposed to heavy bumps or impacts. If you have kids or live in a windy area, a steel garage door may be a better option than aluminum.
Many homeowners want their door to blend in, preferring their door painted the same color as their house. Others chose to paint it a coordinating color. There are no hard and fast rules regarding painting your garage door in terms of style.
Steel doors can be purchased in a variety of colors, finishes, and styles. Steel can be refurbished and repainted, changing the colors as often as desired.
Aluminum garage doors are slightly more difficult to paint. It requires using an oil based paint, which can give off more VOCs and require additional steps to clean up.
Neither steel nor aluminum garage doors come with insulation as part of their standard packing. However, it is possible to add insulation to various models of both steel and aluminum doors.
In today’s environmentally conscious society, sustainability is a valid concern. Both steel and aluminum garage doors can be made of recycled materials, and can be recycled when being replaced. Security is another concern many homeowners have regarding garage doors. Both the steel and aluminum garage doors are moderately secure, and can be reinforced with additional locking mechanisms and security systems.
If you’re not sure about which type of garage door is right for you, contact the garage door experts at A Garage Door Service (940) 343-7537. We’ll evaluate your needs and then determine which door would best suit you and your family.
Ready to start the process of purchasing a new door? We can help with that too. Our team of specialists can guide you every step of the way, making sure that you’re completely satisfied with your purchase.