brandon. garage door design. February 15th , 2018.
Steel carriage garage doors have many advantages over wood doors. The first is strength. Metal garage doors that is constructed of multiple 25 gauge or heavier steel layers will provide the durability and strength to keep the weather out. If you live in areas that have very cold winters or you choose to heat or cool your garage you should consider a door with a high R-value. Sandwiching polyurethane foam between two or more sheets of galvanized steel will give you an R-value of 15 or more. This will not only save you money but also allow the use of your garage year around.
One of the drawbacks to a wooden doors besides there price comes from the increased maintenance that is required to keep them looking great. Granted you do want the weather look for your door but if you do not keep it sealed it will crack and warp. Wood garage doors are very pleasing to eye if they are maintained properly. In general wood is a good insulator but cannot match the insulation efficiency of foam insulation. Another drawback to a wood door is the lack of strength and security that galvanized steel carriage garage doors can provide.
An additional feature of steel doors comes from the fact you can have a wood façade exterior. Many manufactures produce steel carriage garage doors that closely mimic the look of genuine wooden carriage doors. A layer of Cedar, Redwood or Hemlock plywood veneer is placed on the exterior of the door giving it all the look of a wood door. However you will still be saddled with the higher maintenance cost and effort of standard wood doors.
Today, contemporary style garage doors are making a strong design statement all across the country. Although carriage style doors are all the rage again this year, they simply don′t fit the design style of many modern homes. Sleek, contemporary architecture calls for a garage door that will complement the look, not detract from or clash with it. Beyond boosting curb appeal, sleek roll-up doors are finding their way inside the home also.
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