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Picking a Steel Garage Door

When shopping for garage doors, you should consider your long-term plans for your home. If you are planning to sell your home within a few years then you should opt for a garage door that will add value to your home and increase its curb appeal. However, if you plan on keeping your home forever, then you should focus on getting a garage door that is durable.

Steel garage doors fit all those requirements and, as such, are the most common type of doors found on modern homes. These doors are inexpensive, easy to maintain, and offer a large variety of design options. You can even get steel doors that look like painted wood and in styles that match the design of new and older homes.


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About Steel Garage Doors

Steel doors come in insulated and non-insulated designs. The most common is the single non-insulated layer design which is made from a single sheet of steel. This design is best for garages that are only used to house cars and nothing else. Since there is no insulation, you can expect your garage to be cold in the winters and hot in the summers. Additionally, the warranties on these types of doors are typically short.

Insulated garage doors come in two layers and three layers. Two-layer doors have a backing made of foam insulation attached to the interior portion of the door which works to insulate the garage and reduce sound. However, since the insulation is exposed, it is more prone to becoming damaged and may need to be replaced down the line. Three-layer doors have insulation sandwiched between two steel layers. This type of door is the most durable and energy efficient of the three. People with workshops or rec rooms in their garages would benefit from this type of steel door.

Some insulated steel door designs have protective shells made from vinyl, wood, or fiberglass that offer the most in durability and insulation. These shells are often decorative and the doors that have them may be referred to as four and five layer garage doors.

Steel doors are made from different thicknesses (gauges) which are rated on a number scale. The higher the number, the thinner the door will be. For example, doors rated 27 or 28 are more prone to denting and damage. Most top quality steel doors are rated at 24 or lower.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Steel Doors

Steel doors are the cheapest type of garage doors you can purchase and many come with lifetime warranties. They are easy to install, virtually maintenance free and resist mold, mildew, and most other environmental elements. While they don’t need to be painted, you can increase their durability by putting a clear coat of sealant or paint on them. However, steel doors do rust, particularly in areas where there is a lot of salt content in the air. It is important to take care of scratches and dings as soon as they occur; otherwise, rust will start forming in those areas.

The doors look good on almost any home. With the large array of styles available, the can be made to match just about any exterior décor. You can even get steel doors with faux wood finishes that almost look like the real thing. This is a great option for people with older wood homes that want their garage doors to blend in. With the right amount of care, your steel doors will last a lifetime. This makes them a very smart choice for your home.

 
 
 
 

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