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Garage Door Materials: Pros and Cons

While considered a standard part of many households for the last 50 years, garage doors have come a long way since they were first introduced in the early 19th century. Nowadays, homeowners have a wide array of garage door materials to choose from, each coming with their own sets of pros and cons.

Detailed below are some of the garage door options available on the market.


While undoubtedly durable and striking, wood is also considered by many as the hardest to maintain. When neglected, your wooden door can easily get scratches and splits. In some cases, it may also experience some degree of shrinkage or expansion. In addition, wooden doors can also get affected by both sunlight and moisture.

The preservation of this kind of material requires paint and a fine finish, and of course, routine cleaning utilising the right tools. Also, you can also use an ordinary lubricant to keep hinges, rollers and springs smooth. You might also need a good stain or paint job annually to prevent natural wood peeling.

Despite its need for intricate and high maintenance, wood is known as a good insulator and can dramatically help your property exude a sense of luxury and unmatched elegance. Throw in suitable lighting and fixtures and you can make your outdoor facade look even more posh.


Durable and cost-effective, steel is also considered by many homeowners as a fitting and durable garage door option.

Available in varying designs, steel garage doors are also useful, practical and low maintenance. These features has helped cement its popularity as one of the most sought after material for garage doors.

In addition, it is interesting to know there are several steel finishes and designs you can choose from that can complement your home’s overall theme.

Wood composite

A hybrid of wood and metal, this kind is cheaper in price compared to wooden doors but more expensive than steel doors. While closely resembling wood in terms of aesthetics, it requires less maintenance.

Wood composites are usually made out of a variety of composite materials such as plastic, wood fibre and resin.

In addition, wood composites are known to easily withstand cracks, splits, rotting and expansion. Undoubtedly, for a door that’s priced in the mid-range, it is considered a practical purchase.


Considered ideal only for temporary installations, this material is not usually recommended due to its inferior quality. Apart from its low resistance to natural elements such as heat and cold, its also highly prone to wear and tear.

While this material obviously has a lot of downsides, its redeeming quality is its affordability.

When choosing the suitable material for your automatic garage door, take into account the pros and cons of each. Only then can you make an educated decision as to which one is right for you.

2 thoughts on “Garage Door Materials: Pros and Cons”
  • Jeannie

    We liked the look of 'smooth finish' garage doors but now have people telling us not to get it. What is your opinion?
    Thank you.

    • Scott Pendlebury

      I like the look of them too - I also think they are easier to keep clean as the corrugated doors do collect dust and road grime. Of course it really comes down to personal preference and what suits the external style of your property

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