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4 Types of Garage Door Materials

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Garage doors are not only functional; they add style and flair to your home. While they're durable, garages don't last forever. Depending on the material, your garage door will last for many years. You'll need to replace your garage door at some point. Whether building a new garage or replacing your current door, you'll want to familiarize yourself with garage door pricing so you can plan your budget accordingly.

Check out our general guide to get an idea of your options. Estimated costs vary based on the size, style, and material of the door you choose. 

1. Aluminum

Aluminum garage doors are lightweight, come in a variety of styles and colors, and give a distinctly modern look to your home or business. Aluminum doors are also weather-resistant and rust-resistant, making them highly durable. This is ideal for California weather patterns, which are warm and humid with salt in the air from the coast. 

Garage doors made from aluminum come in three main styles: vertical, horizontal, and glass. Horizontal styles are common. These have horizontal panels, roll up, and have a curved track.

Vertical options lack a curved track and roll straight up. You can match opaque glass with a horizontal or vertical panel depending on what suits your needs. 

Glass is an excellent option for home and business owners who want to maximize light. For example, if your garage is multipurpose, you may want to allow light in to open up the space. 

Improvenet reports that the typical price for the average aluminum garage door is between $800 and $1,400. This is the average price range for a single aluminum door and does not include installation. As Home Advisor says, plan to pay between $200 and $450 for garage door opener installation. Keep in mind that your project will cost more if you're planning on having a double door garage.

2. Steel

Steel garage doors are one of the most commonly chosen options for homes in the United States. They're versatile and available in a variety of styles, colors, and finishes. From the classic raised door to carriage style, you'll find options to suit every taste.

The cost for a single 8-foot wide by 7-foot tall steel garage door ranges from $749 to $1,700. You can expect to pay up an average of up to $3,500 for a 16-foot by 7-foot double door. Plan for additional costs for installation of about $900.  

3. Wood

Garage doors made of real wood are commonly made from cedar or redwood, giving your garage a distinctive look. Wood is extremely versatile, allowing you to customize it to fit the architecture and style of your home. The beauty and craftsmanship is by far the biggest advantage of choosing wood as the material for your garage door. 

Because wood garage doors are custom-built specifically for your home, they cost more than other materials like aluminum or steel. You can expect to pay anywhere from $1,300 to $2,900 for a single wooden door and between $2,600 and $5,800 for a double door. Plan to spend a few hundred dollars on the garage door opener installation and the insulation.

4. Faux Wood

Composite wood is a good option if you want the look of real wood but are on a budget. Also called engineered wood, composite is man-made lumber material made from a mixture of wood particles and fibers along with plastic and binding material. Faux wood is a durable material that, unlike hardwood, isn't vulnerable to rotting. A major benefit of composite wood is that it's a fraction of the cost of real wood. 

For the most accurate pricing for composite wood, speak with a sales representative. 

When you're in the market for a new garage door, contact Door-Mart Garage Doors to discuss your project and to get a quote.‚Äč