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Installing a New Garage Door? 3 Types of Materials to Choose From

Thinking about installing a new garage door on your home? The biggest question that will perhaps guide all your other considerations is this: What type of material do you want your new garage door to be made from? This decision essentially comes down to budget, style considerations, and functionality. Let’s explain.

Wood/Wood Composite

Wood is by far the most beautifully appealing and natural looking of garage door materials. But it’s also one of the most expensive. Not only that — wooden doors tend to require more upkeep. They’ll need treated, sanded, and re-painted every few years. If not taken care of, the wood can also rot overtime. It susceptible to infestation from various bugs, including termites.

If cost is an issue, consider a wood composite door. This is natural wood blended with other materials to save money. It still has the same visual appeal, but for a lower price tag.


To get a door that will stand up to the harsh winter storms of Elk Grove, California, you’ll want two layers of galvanized steel, preferably at least 24 or 25 gauge. These doors don’t require as much maintenance as wood, but they can rust and are prone to dents. To avoid these issues, consider a steel door with an overlay of protective fiberglass. This will resist dents and prevent rust issues.


The beauty of aluminum is it’s light-weight — perfect for extra wide double doors. Newer aluminum doors tend to be sturdy and a little heavier. You can also opt for dent-resistant, laminated panels.

Don’t skimp on this aspect of garage door installation. Choose the best option for your budget.

An Investment Worth the Quality

Keep in mind that a new garage door installation is an investment — one that incrementally improves the value of your home according to how quality a door you invest in. In fact, the return on investment for a new garage door is 97%, virtually dollar for dollar, the highest ROI rating you’ll find for any home improvement. It doesn’t pay to be cheap.

If possible, budget your garage door for when you can afford it — say after tax season, for example. A new door may be a sounder financial use for your tax refund than a family vacation or a new boat, just saying.