There are a variety of garage door materials out there. But which is the most cost-effective type of garage door?
In this article, we’ll focus on the pros and cons of vinyl garage doors for your home. By the end, you’ll be one step closer to making a more informed decision regarding your next purchase.
Durability and Weather Resistance of Vinyl Garage Doors
Current vinyl garage doors are surprisingly resistant to damage and weather erosion. That includes resistance to sun exposure, so you won’t have to worry about fading over time. Vinyl also has an edge of steel garage doors in this regard as it’s rust resistant.
This vinyl material is also highly resistant to dents making it ideal. Whether it faces an accidental bump from your vehicle or debris from a storm, your vinyl garage door will stand firm. The only downside is that under certain conditions such as extremely cold weather, vinyl can crack since it doesn’t dent like steel does.
While vinyl won’t dent, it can suffer scratches from impacts. However, the color of vinyl doors is present throughout the entire object as opposed to being a painted-on layer. This means that scratches don’t show up as easily on vinyl as their wood or steel counterparts.
Insulation and Your Garage Temperature
One area that vinyl garage doors fall heavily in is their general lack of ability to insulate your garage. This can be problematic if your garage is connected to your home’s heating and cooling system, resulting in increased expenses. For many, this may not be an issue as many garages lack the proper insulation due to the slab flooring.
If you’re looking for a garage door type that’s more conducive to regulating temperature, go with a steel door.
Appearance and Curbside Appeal
This area is entirely subjective to the homeowner. However, we can still explain what’s true and untrue of the different garage door types.
Vinyl generally has less customization options as replicated looks appear less authentic on vinyl. Steel doors, for example, can be physically pressed and manipulated to take on certain appearances. Vinyl doors are, at best, embossed and can have a fabricated look.
The tradeoff is that a vinyl door’s appearance stays consistent throughout its life as it’s resistant to sun and weather exposure. Other doors that may look nicer initially require upkeep and maintenance to remain that way.
The Bottom Line – The Cost
Vinyl doors are generally going to cost you far more upon the initial purchase than wood or steel. However, they are priced this way as they make up for it due to their longevity. Vinyl garage doors hold up far longer than other materials, both in performance and appearance. Because of this, these doors generally come with warranties that cover the life of the door. As the old adage says, you get what you pay for.
Vinyl Garage Door Installation – Unique Garage Door Services
If you’re interested in having a vinyl garage door installed, or need your current door repaired, call Unique Garage Door Services.
We offer homeowners free estimates, eco-friendly installation and repair, and emergency services to cover our work whenever you need us. We’re always available to provide more information and suggestions like this at any time.
To schedule your next garage door service, give us a call at (954) 703-4054.