Some homeowners are surprised to learn that there are many types of materials to choose from when designing a residential garage door. The right type of material really depends on what you want to prioritize – whether it’s aesthetics, amount of maintenance, style, weather protection, budget, and more.
At Overhead Door Company of Lethbridge, Calgary & Cranbrook, we install residential garage doors in Aluminum, Fiberglass, Steel, Vinyl, Wind Load, and Wood. While all of these materials are durable and strong, each one offers a certain characteristic above the others. In this article, we’re focusing on the benefits and quality of a vinyl residential garage door to help you make an informed decision when choosing a material.
The benefits of a vinyl residential garage door
A vinyl garage door is made of a composite of different materials that are extremely resistant to rust and damage. At Overhead Door Company, our Durafirm Collection® features a vinyl skin exterior and offers the following benefits:
- Exceptional thermal efficiency with an R-value of 11.75
- Impressive sound absorption
- Low maintenance
- One of the most affordable garage door options
- UV-resistant resin with polymers that protect against harmful rays
- Backed by a 15-Year Limited warranty (varies by model and available upon request)
The Durafirm residential garage door vinyl collection comes in 4 standard colours – Glacier White, Cape Cod Gray, Monterey Sand, and Adobe Cream. These vinyl garage doors feature a wood-grain texture to mimic the timeless look of freshly painted hardwood. The colour is embedded through the exterior skin for a finish that is tough against scratches and wear.
Is vinyl the right material for my garage door?
Location, climate, and budget are just a few factors to consider when determining which type of garage door is right for your home. For example, if you live in an area that is prone to wind and storms, a wind-loaded garage door may be your best option. If you’re looking for a classic look and one of the strongest materials, a wood residential garage door is ideal.
At Overhead Door Company, our customers choose vinyl when they want a cost-effective option that requires minimal maintenance.
How to choose a garage door material
With so many material options available, it can be challenging to settle on just one. Of course, you want to start with your budget and go from there. Once you have a price range in mind, we recommend using our DoorView® Garage Door Designer.
This interactive tool helps you visualize what the material and style will look like on your home. The software allows you to test out a variety of different styles, colours, hardware, and materials – truly a fun experience as you design your ideal garage door!
And of course, if you’re unsure, don’t hesitate to contact us for all of your residential garage door needs. As the original garage door company that has been operating since 1921, we can offer expert recommendations and will always give you honest advice.
We provide both on-call and regularly-scheduled maintenance to keep your garage doors operating efficiently year-round. With locations in Lethbridge, Calgary & Cranbrook and you can count on us to be here when you need us.