An In-Depth Look Into Garage Door Materials

When looking into residential garage door installation, you will see that there are different options available. Each material offers unique benefits. Other than the difference in appearance, materials also differ in aesthetic, ability to withstand harsh climates, and better suit different budgets. Here is an in-depth overview of the different materials.


It is a popularly used material and is preferred because of its durability and customizability. Steel garage doors come in different designs at an affordable cost. Unlike wooden garage doors, these doors are lighter and effortless to maintain. 

Besides, different tones offer a similar texture and appearance to wood but are highly durable. However, steel rusts over time, especially over the winter, as salt is used to de-ice. 

Aluminum Doors

They are another preferred type of garage door since, unlike steel, the doors don't rust. They come in different finishes and numerous colors. Aluminum doors resemble steel doors, and thus, are a common alternative for steel doors.

Aluminum offers similar properties as steel but is more affordable. The doors are long-lasting and strong but lighter than steel. Thus, they easily dent.

Wood and Wood Composite 

Wood doors date back to the onset of garage doors. They have layers to prevent warping and enhance durability. The doors can either be painted at the factory or after installation on-site.

A wood frame characterizes wood composite doors, and there are better models with high-density fiberboard skins than wood doors. Wood is a choice for many due to its aesthetic appeal, as it offers your garage a distinguished and customizable look. However, it needs frequent maintenance.


Often considered as "kid-proof," these doors barely dent, crack or break. The door features polyurethane insulation, which makes it strong and sturdy. Vinyl garage doors resemble fiberglass doors. However, the key difference is vinyl comes in different colors. Additionally, they are more durable and easier to maintain as they only need occasional hosing.


When you need a garage door that is less likely to dent or crack, a fiberglass garage door is the right choice for you. Fiberglass is an ideal choice when looking to add a garage door for a property on a beach or very salty areas, as it doesn't rust. 

While a fiberglass garage door doesn't rust, it can break on impact. It is also a poor insulator and is prone to fading due to constant exposure to the sun.


There is no one best garage door material for everyone. The best material for you depends on your needs and budget. Based on the information above, you can choose the suitable garage door material for your home.