The Best Way to Choose a Garage Door12/20/2016 Back To Blog
It’s time to replace your existing garage door and you are ready to look at the models offered by major brands and possibly local ones. But do you know exactly what to look for? The information and tips shared here will surely be of use to you.
Explore Different Materials
Steel is the most popular choice and for a good reason. It is strong and highly resistant to weather damage. At the same time, there are more “modern” materials that compete with it. Fiberglass is also quite strong and requires little maintenance. Aluminum is lightweight, highly resistant to damage, and durable. If you want your garage to make an architectural statement, you can readily consider a model with an aluminum frame and glass panels. If you want a lightweight and damage-resistant overhead door, and insulation isn’t your priority, you can consider getting a vinyl door.
How about wood? Wood garage doors are utterly beautiful and the really great part is that you can have a custom-made model based on your very own unique design. The downsides of wood units include the high maintenance required and their large weight.
Know the Structural Options Available
The structure of the overhead door determines its thickness, its strength, and its R-value.
The various structures can work with different types of insulation. This is important to keep in mind when it comes to new garage door installation. Since the structural variety is the largest with the classic steel doors, we’ll focus on them. The most basic structure involves a single layer of steel. It’s light and has a low R-value. In a two-layer structure, rigid polystyrene insulation is added to the first layer. It typically has vinyl backing to protect it from damage. The panels are naturally much thicker than in the first case.
The three-layer structure has insulation trapped between two layers of steel. In this case, you can choose between polyurethane and polystyrene insulation. There are manufacturers that offer four and five-layer doors. Layers four and five, however, are decorative. For instance, you can have a composite overlay which mimics natural wood.
Compare Different Types of Insulation
Modern overhead doors come with either polystyrene or polyurethane insulation. Polystyrene is lighter and more versatile (it works with more structural options). Polyurethane, on the other hand, has a higher R-value per square inch and is more resistant to water damage and to mold too.
Now that you have all the options before you, you can go ahead and make an educated choice!