Steel has been used for garage doors for decades, and that’s because steel garage doors are some of the most durable and resilient garage doors available for your home. They are the classic garage door material and have the durability, longevity, and ease of customization that most homeowners simply fall in love with.
There is a long list of benefits that come with installing these kinds of garage doors. We’re going to take a look at many of the most common benefits that homeowners mention, but we’re also going to take a look at any potential drawbacks of steel doors as well. Here is everything you should know about steel garage doors that you need to know.
The Benefits of Steel Garage Doors
Strength & Security
There are few construction materials stronger than steel. This means that your garage door is going to be made out of one of the strongest and most durable materials available. The strength of your door will add security to your home and can help repel trespassers.
Rust Resistance & Resilience
While steel will eventually rust if neglected, modern steel doors are made so well that the factory coat of paint is often enough to protect them for many years. This rust resistance is maintained with the help of the homeowner, however, repainting is needed periodically to keep the doors looking new.
Variety Of Styles
Since steel as a material is highly malleable, it can be formed to resemble many other common materials, such as wood. Many steel garage doors are molded to resemble wooden panels, with both the appearance and the texture of the wood grain. This also means that those who want a wooden door but don’t want the maintenance commitment that comes with it, now have another option. Simply ask your installation representative about the options and you’ll be able to see samples.
Nearly all modern garage doors made from steel have an inner compartment that is fully insulated to resist the elements and increase the energy efficiency of the door. In most cases, the only thing that needs to be replaced periodically to maintain the seal against the elements is a strip of weatherstripping around the perimeter of the door. Steel doors are going to be very effective at reducing energy bills for homeowners that have a garage that needs temperature regulation.
Even though there are a ton of benefits, they are still considered one of the most basic types of garage doors available. This means that you’re getting one of the best quality garage door materials, with the greatest longevity, and much more affordable than other materials. Steel doors are great for homeowners that need to replace their garage doors, but need to do so on a relatively tight budget.
Drawbacks Of Steel Garage Doors
One of the only drawbacks to steel doors is their need for periodic maintenance. Since the steel will rust if neglected, the garage doors will need to be sealed with paint consistently. This means monitoring their condition and repainting if needed.
The other potential drawback to steel doors is that they show the results of impact damage easily. This means the next time a storm sends a small branch into your garage door or the next hail storm we see may be memorialized in dents and dings on your garage door.
Trust Local Experts For Your Steel Garage Door Needs
If the benefits sound like a good fit for your home, reach out and speak with one of our local experts today.