Whether you are building new construction, renovating your current home, or sprucing up your property to put it on the market, you may be faced with a dilemma when choosing a garage door: wood or steel? This post will help you learn how to select a garage door that is ideal for your unique situation, based on a number of important criteria.

At TGS Garages and Doors, we have the expertise to help you find just the perfect garage door, but it’s wise to be well informed from the start of your project. Once you read through these pointers, you’ll have a better idea of what you need, and we can work together to create just the right garage for you and your family.

Factors To Consider When Choosing A Wood Or Steel Garage Door

There are five basic categories to think about when selecting your new garage door and choosing between wood and steel:

Appearance.  There’s no doubt about it–wood garage doors offer a warmth that you rarely find with steel. If you have a historic home or replica, you may find wood blends better with other authentic elements of the property, especially when combined with traditional hardware and windows. Innovation abounds in the garage door industry, however, and today you can find steel doors that look like wood from a distance, so your curb appeal isn’t affected.

Installation. Steel garage doors are generally easier to install than wood doors. One of the biggest factors influencing garage door installation is the weight of the door. A wood door is heavier than steel and therefore a little more time consuming to install. And because of that extra weight, a wood door will usually require an automatic garage door opener, which can add another element to the installation process.

Maintenance and Durability If you are looking for a garage door you can install and forget about, a steel door may be your best bet. Wood garage doors require upkeep, like painting or refinishing every few years–possibly more if you live in a harsh or very wet climate. In extreme humidity, wood doors can also warp, making them difficult to open and shut. While you used to have to worry more about steel doors rusting and denting, advances in steel garage door technology mean that today they are given a rust-proof coating and are made of more durable layers that resist damage.

Insulation Garage door insulation is an important feature to examine if you live in a very cold winter area or even use an air-conditioned attached garage for activities like carpentry or working out in hot summer weather. In the past, steel garage doors were typically better insulated than their wooden counterparts. However, nowadays you can purchase wood garage doors with insulation. When thinking about insulation, consider how much time you spend in your garage, what you store there, and whether or not your garage is attached to your home, so you’re not losing valuable energy through a poorly insulated door.

Resale Value If you plan to sell your property soon, it’s worth investing in a higher end garage door, particularly one that enhances your home’s curb appeal and energy efficiency. Think about how much of your home’s facade or exterior is taken up by your garage doors, and this makes sense. Wood garage doors tend to be a bit pricier than steel, but you can usually recoup that in your sale price. If you are rehabbing on a budget pre-sale, a steel door can still definitely add to your home’s value.

Choose Wisely: Allow The Team At TGS Garages & Doors To Help

TGS carries and installs top-line wood and steel garage doors. If you’re looking for a garage door company in New Jersey, get in touch with your questions. We can work together to find the perfect solution for you, whether that’s a wood or steel door, and we’ll make sure your garage doors meet all the requirements above related to your unique needs.

The friendly team at TGS is ready and waiting to help you with making your choice between a wood or steel garage door. Contact us today for a free consultation or to book installation of replacement garage doors.