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Garage Door Showdown: Fiberglass vs. Steel

Posted by Jeff Myers on Nov 14, 2016 2:51:00 PM

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If you’re thinking about installing a new garage door or replacing your old one, you’ve probably discovered that you have several options. Not only that, you have several good options, but which one is best for you? Which type of door will complement your home and meet your daily needs effectively?

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Two of the most popular types of residential garage doors available are steel and fiberglass. Today, we’re going to compare these two types of doors to help you determine which would be a better fit for your home and lifestyle.



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Steel is the most common type of garage door due to its long lifespan, strength, affordability, and durability. Steel garage doors won’t crack or become warped and won’t rust for many years. They require minimal maintenance, less than any other type of door, and are highly energy efficient. You also have the option of purchasing a steel garage door with extra insulation to keep your home more comfortable and less drafty all year long.

A fiberglass garage door is another good option in terms of strength and durability. Fiberglass doors are actually composed of a steel core molded to a fiberglass surface. This combination can outlast the average steel door. Fiberglass won't dent as easily as steel if hit with an object, either. It's also resistant to the effects of corrosive saltwater and holds up well against strong winds and extreme weather. Because of this, these doors are popular in coastal areas.


Cost Comparison

Typically, fiberglass doors are pricier than steel but less expensive than wood. Steel is one of the most affordable types of doors on the market. Keep in mind, however, that the thicker and more durable the door (and the higher its insulation value), the higher the price.



Both fiberglass and steel can mimic other types of doors, such as wood. Fiberglass just does it better and looks more authentic up close. If you’re interested in a traditional carriage-style garage door but don’t want to do all the upkeep real wood requires (repainting or staining regularly), fiberglass is an excellent alternative. Fiberglass requires very little maintenance and can be designed with high definition graining that looks like genuine wood. Additionally, with fiberglass, you won't have to deal with rotting, cracking, or warping, like you eventually would with wood.


Customization Options

Both types of doors come with many customization options, including dozens of colors and textures, wood grains, additional hardware, types and styles of windows, and paneling designs.


So, which type of door is better? It’s really up to you and what, specifically, you’re looking for. Both fiberglass and steel have a lot to offer.

If you’re ready to start the garage door selection and buying process, or you just have questions you need answered before diving in, contact WD Door! We’d love to help you in any way we can. We serve the entire Des Moines area and much of Central Iowa. Don’t hesitate to ask if you’re in our service range. Click below to request a quote or contact us with any questions or concerns you have about your current or future garage door.







Topics: residential garage door installation

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