Previously, we talked about the positives and negatives of vinyl garage doors.
Here, we want to break down the pros and cons of steel garage doors. The positives and negatives can be more pronounced, meaning you should take careful consideration when purchasing a steel door.
By the end, you’ll be able to make the best decision when it comes to your home’s needs.
The Pros and Cons of Steel Garage Doors
Durability and Weather Resistance
It is possible to dent steel, but steel garage doors are fairly strong and hold up better than wooden doors. It’s far more difficult to break through and is resistant to punctures that can penetrate vinyl.
Even when steel is dented by a collision or debris from a storm, mild dents can be popped out with some home tools and elbow grease. It’s generally possible to have more egregious dents repaired by a professional.
Water and moisture are one of the biggest threats your steel garage door will face. You can mitigate the problem by regularly applying a moisture sealant. This will help ward off the damages and erosion that comes with long-term water exposure such as rusting.
Appearance and Curbside Appeal
Vinyl doesn’t capture the natural look of steel or wood. It not only holds up to damages, but it looks like a quality product. The same malleable properties that allow it to dent can be utilized to give your door different looks and customization options. This also provides steel garage doors with a lot of versatility that other garage door types don’t have.
The downside is that the paint coat on steel doors is surface level only. This means that even if your door doesn’t suffer scratches from impact, natural sunlight exposure and weather erosion will eventually wear down the paint. If you don’t mind reapplying a paint coat to your door now and then, this won’t be too much of an issue.
Insulation and Temperature Regulation
Steel garage doors as-is are not very energy efficient. This is problematic if your garage is connected to your home, as it will inevitably allow temperature-controlled air to seep out.
However, if you have more room in your budget, you can purchase insulated steel doors or do the job yourself. You can easily turn a cold steel door into one that insulates your garage and home very well. Homeowners can have the performance and curb appeal that steel garage doors offer.
Eco-Friendly Garage Door Materials
The final upside of steel garage doors is that they’re environmentally friendly. The material is easily recyclable, so you don’t have to worry about your old door ending up in a waste pile somewhere polluting the Earth. You can make your home look great while doing your part to help the planet!
Steel Garage Door Installation and Repair – Unique Garage Door Services
If you need assistance with your steel garage door, Unique Garage Door Services is the company to help.
Our goal is to help you find a garage door that you’ll love and that is right for your home. We can do this by helping you better understand the positives and negatives that come with each material and door type.
To get started, contact us today for a free estimate! For all other questions and concerns, give us a call at (954) 703-4054.