There are a number of considerations to be made before choosing a residential garage door or commercial overhead door. These include durability, the esthetic factor, cost, ease of operation and the existing design of the house or business so there's no clash. There is also the big decision of what the door will be made of: wood or steel. These are the two materials that are most popularly used to make garage doors: wood
Which look do you want?
Home improvements should add aesthetic as well as fiscal value to your home or business. There are so many options with wooden doors, including color, designs and finishes such as those that preserve wood and protect it from the elements. There are also many steel door options. If you like the look of intricately curved and shiny, metallic metal, go for a steel door. There is also the option of combining both and going for a wooden door with steel handles and hinges.
How much maintenance?
Apart from the cost of purchase and installation, you should also factor in the cost of maintenance. With wood, it depends on the type and the kind of finishing it gets. It is best to go for hardwood rather than softwood and it is advisable to get the wood finished with products that will seal it so that it will not absorb moisture which can warp it and it cannot be damaged by termites. The finish will need to be done every two or three years to keep the wood protected. Steel is tough and durable but it can also use paint to give it polish.
What about insulation?
Insulation is another factor to consider when choosing between a steel and wooden garage door. Insulation levels are particularly important for garages that are attached to the home and those that have been converted and used for other purposes such as a home office or guest quarters. Steel is a metal and thus a better insulator than wood. However, you can get wooden doors that are well insulated. A well insulated garage door will keep the garage warm during the chilly months and cool during the warm months.
Is steel or wood better?
Steel is stronger, requires less maintenance and does not rust. However, wood can be treated to be strong, well insulated and it comes in an array of designs. Amarillo garage door company Willow Creek Overhead Door has a wide range of wood and steel garage doors for you to choose from. Selling Raynor and Midland garage and overhead doors, Willow Creek Overhead Door can help you select the best door for your home or business, and can even have them customized. Call these Amarillo garage door specialists today and give your home or commercial building a whole new look.