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Choosing the Right Garage Doors for Your Home

Adding new garage doors to your home may seem like a luxury, but this simple renovation can actually be extremely cost-effective. In fact, the 2020 Cost vs. Value Report shows that garage door replacement has a 94.5% return on investment, higher than almost every other form of renovation, including window, siding, or roof replacements. If you’re looking for an easy way to enhance your home and increase its curb appeal, check out the following garage door types to determine what would work best for you.

Steel Garage Doors

  • Pros – Steel is the strongest material available for garage doors, withstanding numerous weather conditions without cracking, warping, or deteriorating. Different finishes are available that can prevent rusting and increase the lifespan of the door. It is easy to maintain, only requiring occasional painting.
  • Cons – This material is prone to denting and can sometimes be challenging to repair.

Aluminum Garage Doors

  • Pros – Aluminum garage doors are comprised of fiberglass or frosted glass panels set into an aluminum frame. These translucent panels offer privacy while also admitting natural light. Available in many styles and colors, they provide a contemporary look that best suits modern homes. This lightweight material places less strain on the tracks and opener than steel or wood and will not rust even in the most humid locations.
  • Cons – It is prone to cracking, denting, or breaking. It may yellow in color over time, although glass tends to be more resistant than fiberglass.

Wooden Garage Doors

  • Pros – Wood is an affordable material that delivers a natural, classic look. Best for colonial or Victorian homes, this type of garage door can be stained or painted in a variety of colors to create the perfect look for your home. Wood veneers or overlays are even more cost-effective.
  • Cons – This material requires routine staining or painting to look good, making it the most high-maintenance of these materials. It can contract or expand based on the weather and humidity levels, causing warping and cracking.

Vinyl Garage Doors

  • Pros – Vinyl garage doors are the most durable of all the materials, resisting dents, rotting, and rusting, even in salty coastal locations. They are lightweight, affordable, and require no maintenance.
  • Cons – It can look similar to plastic, giving it a lower curb appeal than the other options. Darker colors can fade in the sun, so a lighter color is the best option.

If you’re ready to refresh your home with a simple, affordable change, consider updating your garage doors. Not only does this enhance your home’s curb appeal, but it shows one of the highest returns on investment of all renovations. Contact American Door today to check out our selection of high-quality garage doors.

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