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Pros and Cons of Steel, Copper, and Aluminum Metal Garage Doors

Metal garage doors are one of the most common types of doors used on modern-day garages. They come in a variety of colors and styles, which allows homeowners to blend the door with their home’s décor. The most common designs are overhead and rollup. Overhead doors have sections that are between 18 and 24 inches high. They are placed on a track that draws the door upwards until it lays parallel to the ceiling.

Rollup doors also have sections but they are much smaller than the ones on overhead doors. Instead of a track, however, the door rolls over a spool attached right above the garage entrance. In addition to rollups and overheads, you can get metal doors that swing open horizontally or slide open to the left or right.


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Most metal garage doors are made from steel. It is a popular choice amongst homeowners because it is lightweight but strong and easy to maintain. At the same time, it is inexpensive and resists mold, mildew, and insects. Steel doors are available in a variety of colors and take well to painting. You can even get them in a faux wood-grain finish that brings a truly unique look to your garage. The designs available in steel are so varied that you will find this material used on recessed, raised, and carriage-style garage doors.

One disadvantage to steel is that it does rust, and it occurs faster in coastal areas where there is a lot of salt in the air. It also tends to accumulate dents and dings that may be difficult to fix, particularly if the door is insulated. A good way to prevent rusting is to fix any nicks in the paint when they occur. Using a sealant on the door may also help.

For truly no maintenance garage doors, purchase a metal door made from stainless steel. In addition to giving your garage a different look, stainless steel is rust proof, bug proof, mold and mildew proof, and lightweight. It even resists salty air, which makes it the perfect option for people that live in coastal cities. You can increase its endurance by painting it with a clear coat. The main disadvantage to stainless steel doors is the price. It is more expensive than regular steel.

Aluminum is another popular option for garage doors. Like stainless steel, aluminum resists mold, mildew, and rust. It can be painted in a myriad of colors or given a faux wood finish for an upscale look. While lightweight, aluminum dents more easily than steel and the material is more difficult to repair. Additionally, some of the big name garage manufacturers have very small selections of aluminum doors. However, some specialty manufacturers do offer brush aluminum which gives the appearance of stainless steel.

Steel and aluminum can be protected by adding a fiberglass of vinyl shell. This guards against damage and reduces the risk of rusting. You can get fiberglass skins that look like wood.

Although it may seem like an unusual choice, copper is another material used to make garage doors. It can be used in its smooth form or have patterns embossed into its surface. Copper will age in the weather, turning brown and then green over the years. This also gives it a unique look. However, you can apply a clear coat to the material to help it remain its original color.

For people working on a budget, metal garage doors is a durable and low maintenance option. Steel is the best choice for garage doors and can be designed according to your preferences. With a little bit of effort, these doors will last as long as your house.

 
 
 
 

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