Hopefully, you are not stuck in a similar situation like I was a year ago…

One morning I was leaving to go to work and I pressed the door opener. I remember hearing this terrible boom and then cracking sound. It completely buckled in the middle. The automatic door stopped halfway up.

I wondered how in the world was I going to fix this problem!

I called the door company and they sent out a service repair person that afternoon. The hinges had broken because the door actually was installed incorrectly. I was told that I needed a new door.

I did not know where to begin. All I knew is that I was looking for a durable door that is well insulated. I also wanted a door that was not going to dent easily. I have a son who plays basketball and always hitting the ball against the door!

I decided to do some research online. I made a list of FAQ’s about doors.

  1. What is the average price of doors?
  2. What size door do I need?
  3. What type of designs are available? Do I need windows or window panels?
  4. Can any type of door be painted?
  5. How durable is the door? Is the door kid-proof?
  6. What is the insulation value? Do I need weather seals?
  7. How much maintenance is required?
  8. Is the door, automatic or manual?
  9. Is the door a sectional roll up, tilt-up, or swing-up?
  10. What function does your garage serve? Is it a typical garage, workstation, or play-room?

I decided the first thing I needed to do before I walked into the store was deciding what type of material I wanted for the door. I did not realize that garage doors came in a variety of materials. It all depends on your needs to see which type is the most beneficial. While the most common doors are made of steel or wood, there are other materials on the market that are just as good.

Here is a quick overview of materials available:


The steel door is the most popular and usually the most economical. If you are looking for one that is heavily insulated and durable this is your choice. It is a quiet door with little noise. Unfortunately, this type of material is subject to corrosion. Usually, steel doors are available in different designs and textures. They can be painted. This door ranges in price depending on the amount of layers. The smaller the gauge, the thicker the panel.


Wood doors can be made of redwood, fig, cedar, or Meranti. The wood is built in layers to prevent warping and may be stained or painted. Unfortunately, wood doors require a lot of maintenance, but they do have better insulation than steel.

Wood Composite

A wood composite door is a wood frame covered with fiberboard that can be made of recycled wood fibers. This is a cheaper option if you are on a budget, but want the look of a wood door.


Fiberglass doors can resemble the look and feel of wood. They are less prone to denting, cracking, but they can break on impact.


An aluminum door is made of aluminum panels and is easy to dent. This type of door may be available in many colors.


Vinyl doors are difficult to break and considered a child-proof door. The benefit of this type of door is that it requires little maintenance and rust free.

As you can see, there are many things to consider before buying garage doors. The construction, design, and style can change the whole look of your home. They may even increase the value of your home. It may seem like you are spending a lot of time searching for the perfect door, but you want to make sure you pick the doors that are durable, weatherproof, and ultimately will keep you safe.

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