Garage Door Materials: Pros and Cons of Wood, Steel, and Specialty Doors

Garage Door Materials

At Larry Myers Garage Doors, we understand how important it is to find a garage door that fits your unique needs. From traditional steel or stylish wood to modern specialty garage doors, we carry a wide range of materials for Northwest homes. To help you select the best material for your garage door, we’re breaking down the pros and cons of these popular materials:

Wood Garage Doors

Striking and durable, wooden garage doors have been a staple for homes in the Pacific Northwest for decades. Wooden doors can withstand harsh winters and dents better than most other garage door materials, while also blending into nearly any residential setting.

That said, wood garage doors do require significantly more routine maintenance and have a lower R-value than synthetic materials. Still wood and wood composite garage doors have proven to be a great option for traditional homes away from the ocean.

Steel Garage Doors

Known for varying designs, varied price points, and low maintenance requirements, steel garage doors are a cost-effective and durable option. Not only do they offer some of the best value for your money, but you can find stylish steel garage doors with fun windows and designs.

Because they come in different thicknesses, however, insulation can be problematic for the less expensive models. There are steps you can take to improve the insulation of your steel door, but it’s something to consider in the cost and maintenance measures. Although lacking the distinguished look of traditional wood doors, steel garage doors are a solid choice for most residential settings and there are plenty of stylish options available.

Specialty Garage Doors

For homeowners wanting a unique look, the varied materials and design of specialty garage doors could be the best option. Although the custom construction and installation typically drives a higher cost than more basic models, specialty garage doors will instantly transform any home and boost your curb appeal. You’ll have a wide range of custom options including a combination of material types, unique designs, diverse applications, and sizes so you can customize a garage door that suits your distinct style and needs.

It’s not just about looks. Choosing the right garage door material is an important part of choosing the right garage door, and it’s important to take the pros and cons of each material into account.  Browse some of our favorite garage door styles, or contact the garage door professionals at Larry Myers for a personalized consultation.

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