Wood is a superb material. Aesthetically, there’s very little to rival it, from the knots, whorls and grain of a rustic finish, to the sleek, varnished chic of a modern design. However, while it’s certainly got the ‘wow factor’, wooden garage doors aren’t for everyone. While your wooden furniture might seem to suffer the day-to-day wear and tear of life, wooden garage doors have to put up with a lot more! From wind and rain, to temperature changes, the Great Outdoors can impact significantly on wood. If you don’t have the time to maintain a wooden garage door, there are alternatives that will bring you the look, without having to worry about the upkeep.
Steel Garage Doors
Steel is well-known for its durability, insulating properties and security. One of the cheaper materials, garage doors made from steel require very little maintenance. Thanks to advances in garage door-making technology, it’s now possible to buy steel garage doors that look just like wood but offer the strength and dependability of this metal. In addition to standing up to the elements, steel won’t be chewed through by wasps, peppered by woodworm or nibbled at by ants!
Aluminium Garage Doors
While aluminium might be a lot lighter than steel, it’s still got what it takes in the strength department! Durable, secure and with superb insulation properties, aluminium can be finished to mimic wood, in a variety of finishes. Whether you prefer the stains and grains of natural wood or enjoy that ‘just-painted’ look and want to work some colour into your home. Aluminium is water-resistant and there’s no need to worry about it rotting in the rain or warping in the heat of the sun.
Fibreglass Garage Doors
Fibreglass is incredibly versatile and can be used to create some superb wood effects. Fibreglass garage doors designed to look like wood are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing and are almost maintenance-free. A rust-free material and extremely resistant to dents, fibreglass is a superb alternative to real wood.
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