The Best Material For Your Garage Door

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Article by Courtney Garage Doors

Whatever style of garage door you are looking for it will usually come in many different materials. Each material has its own benefits and disadvantages. This blog post will go over the pros and cons of the various materials that are commonly available to help you decide which is right for you.


steel door close up

Steel garage doors are a great option, they provide security and strength at a good value for money. These doors are very versatile as they can come in many different styles and colours making it perfect for any kind of home whether it is traditional or modern.

However, this material wouldn’t be considered as the best insulator by itself but this can be easily fixed if need be.

Pros –

  • Strong
  • Physically appealing
  • Versatile

Cons – 

  • Poor insulator
  • Can corrode if not cared for properly
  • Dents easily


aluminium garage door

Aluminium is often chosen as an alternative to Seel due to it being a more affordable option which requires less maintenance. However, this material is cheaper for a reason as it isn’t as durable as steel therefore causing a shorter lifespan.

Pros – 

  • More resistant to corrosion
  • Low-cost option

Cons – 

  • Isn’t as durable as steel
  • Shorter lifespan


wood garage door

Wood is an extremely beautiful option for your garage door coming in a range of styles to suit everyone. Not only does this material look great but it is also very strong and a great insulator too. The downside is that this material needs regular maintenance whether that is replacing the bolts or giving it a fresh coat of paint.

Pros – 

  • Physically appealing
  • Wide range of styles
  • Strong
  • Good insulators

Cons – 

  • Require regular maintenance or the wood can split or rot
  • Expensive

Reinforced Plastic (GRP)

plastic garage door

This material is known for being lightweight as well as being easy to maintain. This comes in a range of styles and can even create a faux wood effect. This material gives you the best of both worlds since they are resistant to scratches and bumps like wood but it doesn’t split and requires less maintenance. 

Pros –

  • Lightweight 
  • Easy to maintain
  • Highly resistant to rust
  • Can withstand minor bumps

Cons –

  • Major impacts can damage it
  • Not recommended in very cold climates as it makes them brittle

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If you are looking for a new garage door, please feel free to get in touch with our team who would be happy to find the best product for you. Call us on 07947 779 493 or fill out our online contact form.