Garage doors make up a significant part of your home’s exterior. As a homeowner, you want to create a good first impression, and the type of garage door you choose is key. How to choose the right door can be a challenge, so the experts at Canadoor have outlined the top garage door materials and styles to help you make the best selection for your home.
Garage Door Materials
There are three main materials that garage doors are made of — steel, wood, and aluminum with glass.
Steel is the most popular choice for a garage door. It offers an attractive look and is easy to maintain. Steel garage doors come in the widest range of styles, colours, and insulation types. They are the garage door material that we highly recommend.
Natural wood garage doors are beautiful, warm, and make a design statement. They offer a lot of design flexibility, but they do require more maintenance in comparison to other materials.
Faux wood or composite garage doors look like wood but require less maintenance than natural wood. They offer a range of insulation and customization options. Composite doors are extremely durable, they won’t crack, rot, split, or shrink, and they are moisture resistant.
3. Aluminum & Glass
Aluminum and glass doors offer a sleek and modern look by incorporating different types of glass panels. They are rust-resistant and offer a more limited range of colours and insulation options.
Insulation for Your Garage Door
When considering your choice of a residential garage door, the colder months should definitely be top of mind, as colder air will get into a garage. An insulated garage door will help to keep out cold air and, by consequence, it will help to keep your house warmer, especially if you have living space above your garage. With an added layer of insulation protection, your garage door will be stronger, more secure, less susceptible to dings and dents, and quieter when it opens.
Styles of Garage Doors
The three most popular styles of garage doors are carriage house, traditional, and modern/contemporary.
1. Carriage House Garage Doors
Carriage house garage doors are known for their rustic barn style. They are an ideal fit for many styles of home. Consider a modern take on the historic carriage house door by customizing features like wrought-iron strap hinges, decorative hardware, and grooved panel designs. The most popular finishes for carriage house garage doors are a wood-look finish. They are a great way to add character to your home.
2. Traditional Garage Doors
Traditional garage door styles are perfect if you’re looking for a clean and classic-looking door. This style features raised panels and they are easily customizable, allowing you to choose whether you’d like windows or no windows, and they come in a wide range of factory-finished paint colours.
3. Modern Garage Doors
Modern garage door styles often bring together clean lines and windows to provide a sleek look. Modern styles allow you to bring the outdoors into your garage space by flooding natural light into a commonly dark space. These doors will make a statement in your neighbourhood.
If you’re unsure what style of garage door will work best with your home’s style, try out Clopay’s Garage Door Imagination System. You can upload a photo of your home and virtually test out styles of garage doors.
For all your garage door questions, contact the team at Canadoor.