You’re looking to have a new garage door installed and don’t know what the best option is between a wood garage door & steel garage door. Knowing the pros and cons of each with your end goal in mind can help you reach the right decision for you!
Garage Door Springs & Your Garage Door
First and foremost, the typical lifespan of any garage door not considering outside elements is on average 30 years. But keep in mind that your garage door is just one part of your entire garage door system. Your garage door springs are a HUGE component when it comes to the working elements of your door. The average lifespan of garage door springs is about 10,000 cycles. This means if you open & close your garage door an average of 6 x per day your springs will need to be replaced in 3 ½ years. And your springs should be changed at least twice before you are in need of a new garage door installation.
That being said, Wood & Steel are the two most popular options amongst homeowners when it comes to installing a new garage door. When choosing any garage door keep in mind that it is an investment & the door you choose will serve you for many years to come.
Wood Garage Doors-Pros & Cons
Beautiful craftsmanship & ageless aesthetic
Can greatly increase home/property market value
Maximum energy efficiency
More expensive than steel doors
Can be affected by outside elements
Steel Garage Door-Pro & Cons
Offer great durability
Lower cost compared to wood doors
Can mimic the appearance of wood
Require less maintenance…but ALL garage doors need maintenance
Are easily dented
Can rust especially if not maintained properly
Fewer options when it comes to craftsmanship
Not as aesthetically pleasing as wood
Your garage door opener is also an important component of your garage door system. The lifespan of a garage door opener on average is 10-15 years & should be replaced when needed. If it is left not working properly it can cause major issues with your entire garage door system.
Both wood & steel garage doors are great options when it comes to new garage door installation. If you are unsure what type of door would work best for your home, you can always speak to one of our experienced & certified garage door technicians. We pride ourselves on our garage door knowledge and are your garage door installation & repair experts!