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We have always said that not all garage doors are created equal. This is because garage doors may differ in the type of material used – whether aluminum, steel, wood, glass, fiberglass, vinyl and what-have-you. The important thing is to know the advantages and even disadvantages of using each type of material and finding one that is suitable for you.

This is why we always recommend getting a professional to help you choose the best material for your garage door. They are knowledgeable in the different types of materials and can give you professional advice on what to use depending on the technical specifications of your requirements, including your budget.

That said, we at A1 Garage Door Service are at your beck and call whenever you need to have your garage door installed or serviced. Take advantage of our 24 hour, 7 days a week emergency service. Rest assured that we will be there on-time and all-the-time when you need us. Just call us at 844-214- 2724.

Aluminum is a good material for your garage door

There are various reasons as to why aluminum should be used for your garage door. This material is lightweight, resistant to oxidation or rust and definitely affordable. The only drawback — they can be easily dented. However, this is quite easy to fix so it is not really a big problem especially when you consider its affordability.

A big plus for aluminum garage doors is the fact that it can be styled according to the requirements of the homeowner. It can be made to blend and complement with the architectural styles of different homes, whether traditional or contemporary. Aluminum doors can also be complemented with glass, vinyl or other materials for crisp lines and sleek designs. It can also be sealed for additional weather resistance as well as to meet wind load building requirements.

Other materials for your garage door

If you would like to consider other materials for your garage door, A1 Garage Door Service can offer you the following:

Wood

Homeowners select it because its beauty can dramatically improve the aesthetic appeal of your home leading to increased property value. Plus, the graining, knots and shading of wood garage doors usually differ from one to the next making each wooden door truly unique.

What’s more, the beauty of wood is long-lasting and with proper maintenance such as repainting, it can even look better as it gets old. It is very environment-friendly being a renewable material and requiring less energy to produce as compared to steel or concrete. It is also a very good insulator. As such, if you have the budget, choose a wooden garage door.

The wood garage doors that we carry come in different shapes, sizes and styles. It also comes in different types of wood such as plywood, cedar, fir or Douglas fir, redwood, mahogany and maple.

Steel

Steel doors are low-maintenance. If ever, what you only need to do is an annual cleaning of your door with detergent and warm water. Rust is also not a problem on steel garage doors because that can be easily remedied with paint or polyester coating.

Steel doors can be uninsulated, insulated and may have double skin. It is also possible for steel doors to have composite, vinyl boards, or faux trim on its exterior in order to look like wood. Steel doors can also be designed to look like traditional carriage house garage doors. Right now, with all the technological innovations, there can actually be no limits in terms of the designs and styles that can be done to steel garage doors. For example, we carry steel doors in vintage designs, with decorative windows, special hardware, different color choices and finishes. Steel garage doors can also be treated in order to ensure greater durability, dent-resistance, energy efficiency and quiet operation.

Fiberglass

The primary appeal of a fiberglass garage door is its wood-like appearance and low-cost. Note that the fiberglass can be treated to have grains that look like wood. There are three different types of fiberglass garage doors: single-layer, double-layer and triple-layer.

Note that one of the best advantages of installing a fiberglass garage door is its resistance to
termites and denting. If you are convinced on the advantages of using this material for your garage door, contact A1 Garage Door Service.

Vinyl

A major selling point of a vinyl garage door is the fact that it can mimic the look of wood. It can be very unique and beautiful with its wood grained texture, without the associated maintenance costs and requirements of wood. Aside from wood, when compared to other materials such as steel, aluminum, fiberglass etc., a vinyl garage door is still the most affordable. It also does not crack, dent, rust or fade. It only requires occasional cleaning with a brush to remove debris and soap and water.
At the same time, there is also no need to paint it as it already comes in different colors. A vinyl garage door can be made to complement your home’s architectural style and improve the look and value of your home.

For maximum strength and durability, a vinyl garage door can be combined with steel. It can also be reinforced by insulation as protection against the elements.

Glass

The use of glass for garage doors is becoming a trend nowadays because of the value it adds to the look of your home. A glass garage door is a thing of beauty. It can look dramatic, and will add a chic or modern look to your home. At the same time, it is easy to clean, does not corrode or rust and easy to maintain with a glass cleaner or soap.

Glass is usually combined with aluminum or steel for added strength. In choosing the perfect glass garage door for your needs, you may check among our insulated and non-insulated options. Our insulated glass doors are energy-efficient so it can save you electric bills in the hottest summers and the coldest winters.

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