Garage doorways are usually one of the largest doors in a garage which normally opens either by a mechanical motor or manually. Garage doors can be extremely large and spacious enough to accommodate vehicles and other larger items. Smaller garage doors can be constructed from a single panel that tilts upwards and back over the entire garage ceiling.
There are two materials that are commonly used for the manufacture of garage doors; these are either wood or metal. Wood is often cheaper than metal but both materials offer the user a choice of choice in color and finish. A disadvantage of wooden garage doors is that they tend to warp with time, becoming less resistant to damage or scratching. This is often exacerbated by the presence of water under the surface of the wood, which can cause warping and cracking.
When looking at different garage door materials it is important to take into account the varying climates in which the country you live in generally tends to have. If your region tends to experience extreme cold during the winter then the best material for you will be steel. Steel will not be damaged by the cold temperatures and will also be able to withstand high levels of humidity as well as the acid rain which can cause damage to wood over time. Steel garage doors can also withstand extremely high temperatures and will not become brittle due to changes in temperature, however there are certain climates where wood is the only option such as extremely hot or very cold climates.
The main considerations when looking at garage door styles are the appearance and the functionality of the materials. It is important to consider your house styles and consider how each type of material will compliment the existing design. For example, if your house has an attached garage then you may want to consider purchasing a steel door as opposed to a wooden one. Wood is often associated with elegant and classy house styles whereas steel can be considered more contemporary. If your house styles do not allow for change in style then you may want to purchase your garage door styles separately.
There are three main types of garage doors that you can purchase for your house styles: the conventional sectional garage doors, the tilt and turn style doors and the retractable style doors. Tilt and turn garage doors tend to be the most popular as they can also function as walk-out bifold doors. Sectional garage doors are the most cost effective as they offer the consumer many design options. Sectional garage doors come in both sectional and tilt and turn styles, and will therefore compliment the other materials in the house as well as matching the color scheme of the house. Retractable style doors are the cheapest of the three types of garage doors. Retractable doors require installation and are therefore quite expensive.
As previously mentioned, the main difference between a residential garage door and a commercial door or an insulated door is the material used to construct the door. While residential garage doors are made from wood, commercial garage doors are either made from aluminum or steel. The insulation factor may also be different for a garage door than it would be for a residential door. An insulated garage door may require insulation to ensure the home is safe from fire; an insulated door may not require any insulation at all.