A Matter of Material: Choosing the Best Material for Your Garage Door

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When people plan their garage, they mostly think about the style, size, and features of the garage and garage doors, but rarely think about the material they’ll be using for the garage door. Some would just choose any material available and paint or customise it to match their home’s style, but there’s more to garage door materials to consider than just their aesthetic appeal. As such, we’ll be taking a look at different types of materials used for garage doors and their particular features:


Wood is the classic option for residential garage doors, offering a natural and warm look to your garage and your home as a whole.

Additionally, wooden garage doors are relatively cheap and can provide sufficient insulation, which helps regulate the temperature inside your garage. Wood goes well with almost any style and type of garage doors for your home in Scotland, even sectional garage doors which often use metal or vinyl can use wood/timber. However, wooden garage doors need regular maintenance such as sanding and finishing and could be susceptible to water and insect damage if not well-kept.

Wood Composite

Wood composite, or wood-plastic composite, is made of recycled wood fibre and resin. Wood composites emulate the same look and appeal as wood, but they’re relatively stronger — almost as strong as steel, if not equally so. Wood composite is also relatively cheap since they use the recycled materials, and are more resistant to water damage such as rot and warping.


Steel is one of the most popular and common materials for garage doors as they’re relatively affordable and offer high durability and low maintenance. Steel is also customizable and can even be painted and textured to emulate timber. However, steel is a poor insulator, so it’s best to add insulation to prevent your garage from freezing or burning depending on the climate and weather. Steel is also prone to dents and may rust over time if not maintained properly through regular cleaning and painting.


Aluminium is lightweight and relatively durable and is also less expensive than steel. Similar to steel, it’s highly customizable but is more resistant to rust than steel. However, it’s more prone to dents than steel garage doors.


Fibreglass is becoming more and more popular as a garage door material as it’s affordable, more durable and resistant than wood, and can be more customizable than steel or aluminium due to its malleability. Many faux-wood garage doors are made of fibreglass. Fibreglass won’t dent unlike steel and aluminium, and won’t suffer from water or insect damage compared to steel, but it is a relatively poor insulator, so it’s not recommended for areas with extreme temperatures, particularly the cold.


Vinyl doors are often called “kid-proof” doors since they’re very resistant to dents and breaks. Vinyl is comparable to fibreglass but is significantly more durable and requires only cleaning with a hose or wet cloth in terms of maintenance. However, vinyl does come in fewer colours and designs, so your customisation options may be limited unless you find a vinyl garage door maker that can make custom-made ones to fit your home.


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Knowing your options when it comes to garage door materials is important to choose the best one for your home. So, if you’re still about to upgrade/renovate your garage door, it’s best to consider these materials and what they can offer so that you can pick the right one for your home.


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