In our last blog post we talked about the upsides to installing a wooden garage door system. In that post, we talked about how there are many types of wood that you can choose from, and how this type of garage door system can do wonders for your home’s curb appeal.
At the same time, wood garage doors do have their downsides.
First, if you’re wanting a door that you can customize, this is going to cost you extra. It’s also worth noting that wooden garage doors are heavier, which means you may need to install a more powerful motor. Lastly, they’re less energy efficient than other types of garage doors; you can choose to add extra insulation, but again, this will cost you.
Benefits of aluminum
The benefits of choosing an aluminum garage door for your Colorado Springs, CO home are numerous. First and foremost, they’re among the lightest garage doors you can buy. They’re also among the most cost-effective systems available. If you’re working with a tight budget, an aluminum door may be right for you.
Other than being cost effective, we wanted to point out that aluminum systems are rust resistant, corrosion resistant and they don’t require too much maintenance (wooden doors need to be maintained on a regular basis if you want to keep the door looking great). This can also save you quite a bit of money in the long run.
Circling back to the weight of the door, if your garage door motor decides to quit, an aluminum door will be much easier to open than one that’s made of a heavier material. This can be especially important during a rain, snow or hail storm!
Cons of aluminum
Now that we’ve talked about the upsides of choosing an aluminum system, we wanted to talk about some of the downsides.
The biggest relates to denting. If you have children who like to play soccer or baseball in the front lawn, and your garage door gets hit by a wayward ball, that ball will likely leave a mark. It’s also worth noting that these types of doors can be damaged during wind storms. In some case, the wind itself can damage the door. In others, the door could be damaged by flying debris (trash cans, tree branches, etc.)
Depending on how bad the damage is, you may need to replace your garage door sooner than you’d hoped.
Garage door replacement experts in Colorado Springs, CO
If you’re in the market for a new garage door but you haven’t settled on a replacement material, call Above the Rest Garage Door Repair today to speak with a local expert. Our company is experienced in installing all types of garage door systems and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about the pros and cons of choosing aluminum. Or, if you’re ready to move forward with an install appointment, we’ll be happy to help you get something on the books.