There are several options out there when it comes to choosing your new garage door. They all have their pros and cons and offer differing advantages. We’ll briefly describe the differences between wooden and galvanised steel garage doors and conclude a cost comparison that will help you make an informed decision about the type of garage door you are going to have installed.
Maintaining a galvanised steel garage door
Galvanised steel garage doors score points right out of the gate due to the fact that they carry very low maintenance costs. Steel garage doors are coated with protective paint, meaning they are durable and will remain sturdy for a very long time, and this will save you money in the long run.
Maintaining wooden garage doors
Firstly it’s important to note that wooden doors are 3-4 times more expensive than galvanized steel doors to manufacture and install. Wooden garage doors also do not offer any functional advantages over their steel competitor. Wooden doors are also a lot heavier, meaning your electric operator will have to work harder meaning a shortened lifespan and more maintenance costs over time.
Insulation costs of a galvanised steel garage door
Galvanised steel garage doors are not very efficient at maintaining a thermal barrier between the indoor and outdoor environments. This means more insulation is needed than wooden garage doors. Depending on the size of your garage the costs will vary.
Insulation costs of a wooden garage door
Wooden garage doors are easier to insulate than galvanised steel garage doors. Insulating them is a good idea because they will raise the energy efficiency of your home while also making your garage much more comfortable throughout the years – win-win!
So which garage door is more cost-effective?
On the whole, galvanised steel garage doors are substantially cheaper than wooden garage doors. Galvanised steel doors are cheaper to buy and maintain, even though more insulation is needed to regulate the temperature of your garage this is relatively inexpensive. Wooden garage doors may look sleeker in their design but they are a lot more expensive to buy and maintain. Granted, less insulation is needed and your energy efficiency will decrease but this is unlikely to outweigh the costs of maintenance requirements for the years to come.
If you would like to find out more about garage doors made out of all materials, Visit our Cheshunt showroom or contact us to find out more.