Today’s garage doors are an integral part in the look and security of your home. As one of the largest walls of your home, many homeowners want their garage door to not only be functional, but beautiful. There are various options for homeowners: steel, aluminum, wooden or fiberglass garage doors. While there is no “right” answer, there are distinct differences between the doors that can affect which type of door will work best for you.
Many homeowners select their door based on the look of their home. Is it a traditional house? Modern? Will your door have handles? Windows? Regardless of the options you choose, the material the door is made from can affect both price and durability of the door. As a major investment, it is important for the homeowner to choose wisely.
Two popular options for garage doors are fiberglass and wood. It is helpful to compare them based on the needed features to determine which type of door will best meet your needs. What are the pros and cons of each?
Fiberglass is an excellent alternative for today’s homeowner. Made of a composite material, fiberglass garage doors typically include a steel core with a fiberglass overlay or ‘skin’. Some fiberglass garage doors also include polyurethane-insulated sections to add to the overall insulating quality of the door.
Fiberglass garage doors are moderately priced, less expensive than wood, but more expensive than steel doors. They don’t rot or warp easily, making them an excellent choice for homeowners in a variety of climates. Particularly in coastal climates where other doors may rust, the fiberglass garage door is an excellent barrier against corrosion.
The homeowner can paint a fiberglass garage door to match the color scheme of their home, or select a finished look, with wood grain or other style that suits their needs. These doors are very low maintenance, and are very light, making them easy to operate with or without a garage door opener.
With prices ranging between $1,500 and $2,000 for a two-car door, the fiberglass garage door is a viable choice for the cost-conscious consumer, and offers many of the features that most homeowners desire.
Historically, fiberglass doors have not been well-suited to cold climates. They have been known to crack with age, or as the result of freezing temperatures. Today’s composite fiberglass doors, however, are less prone to cracking and freezing.
One of the drawbacks of fiberglass garage doors is the lower level of security they offer. As a lighter door option, they may be less secure than other types of doors. Fiberglass doors may be damaged by high winds, however, newer doors are less dent resistant and prone to dings.
Wood garage doors are beautifully crafted additions to any home. Many homeowners appreciate the timeless beauty that wood adds, and like the curb appeal of a traditional wooden door. There are drawbacks to this type of door, however. Unlike fiberglass garage doors, wood doors will require periodic painting or staining every few years to maintain the look of the door.
Wood doors are excellent insulation, and add to the energy efficiency of a home. However, wood can be susceptible to wood rot in certain climates, and termite damage is a factor that must be considered as well. In addition, wood doors can be damaged by fire.
Another concern for many homeowners is weight. Wooden doors are heavy and can be difficult to manage without a garage door opener.
The most expensive garage door option, wood doors can range from $1,200 to $4,000 for a two-car door, nearly double the cost of a fiberglass alternative.
Today’s consumer is often concerned with sustainability and both options have high sustainability features. Wood is a natural, renewable resource and are often harvested from certifiable sustainable forests. Fiberglass garage doors require very little energy to produce, making them equally as sustainable.
For the homeowner contemplating between fiberglass and wood, fiberglass doors mimic the look of wood (sometimes nearly perfectly) but at a fraction of the cost. Unlike wood, however, they are low maintenance, and can provide the homeowner with many years of use. Interested in finding out if a fiberglass garage door would work for you?
AGS – A Garage Door Service is a provider of both wood and fiberglass garage doors. If you are in the market for a new garage door, contact us to find out what options would be best suited to meet your needs. We can help you decide which features you need and which style of door will match the look of your home.