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Wood, Steel or Aluminum Garage Doors: Which is Best?

When deciding what type of new garage door to get, you naturally have budget and insulation factors to consider. The type of material you choose is probably the single biggest factor affecting these issues. Here are the 3 most common types of garage door materials explained.

Wood/Wood Composite

Wood tends to be the most expensive garage door material. It also requires more maintenance and upkeep. It will need sanded and painted every few years.

But many people love the natural beauty. There is something rustic and authentic about a wood garage door. The disadvantage is wood can be susceptible to rot and insects.

As we noted, it’s one of the most expensive garage door materials. You could opt for a wood composite garage door which has the same natural appeal but for less cost.


Quality steel doors are made from galvanized steel. They require less maintenance than wood, but can rust and do dent easily. You’ll want at least 24 or 25 gauge so it can stand up to the elements, especially the harsh winter rain storms we tend to get in Roseville, California.


The beauty of aluminum doors is they are very lightweight. Modern aluminum garage doors are sturdier, heavier and dent resistant.

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