Many homeowners enjoy the beauty of steel and wood garage doors and find it hard to choose between the two when selecting a new garage door. While steel is more durable than wood, there isn’t any material that compares to the natural beauty of wood. Steel garage doors are the most popular garage door installed in US homes. While wood garage doors are less popular, many homeowners continue to purchase them for their beauty and flexibility.
Steel Garage Doors
Steel garage doors are available in many styles, colors, as well as optional decorative options.
Steel garage doors are by far the most durable garage door type. Additionally, they are extremely secure, especially compared to wood doors.
Most steel garage doors are made from galvanized steel which resist rust.
Steel garage doors don’t warp, crack, or chip.
Many steel go through an embossing process so that they resemble wood. However, fro a natural wood lover, nothing can duplicate the beauty of natural wood.
Steel garage doors are often made with foam insulation which will help keep your garage warmer. This will help decrease the cold air from entering your home as well as make a workshop or playroom garage more comfortable. The foam insulation makes the door lighter, quieter and easier to operate.
A standard steel garage door (including installation costs) can be purchased for under $1,000.
Steel garage doors are susceptible to dents and fading.
Wood Garage Doors
Wood garage doors are great if you are prepared to deal with lots of maintenance. The classic and traditional appearance of wood garage doors is unmatched.
Wood garage doors can be easily painted or stained in the color of your choice.
Wood is naturally strong and heavy. It’s not as durable as steel, but is an excellent building material.
Bumps and Scratches
Wood garage doors withstand bumps and scratches well. This is a definite advantage over steel.
Wood doors need to be repainted or refinished every couple of years. Wood garage doors can expand, contract, warp and crack, especially if in a hot, humid climate.
Wood garage doors cost more than steel garage doors. You can expect to pay close to $2,000 for an average sized wood garage door.