Choosing the right garage door material for a Houston home

Choosing the right garage door material for a Houston home

When installing a new garage door, homeowners and builders have a wide choice of materials. However, it's important to consider the local climate when choosing the right material, as what may work well in Duluth may not in Houston. 

Wood garage doors are attractive and can be painted or stained to match or accent the rest of the home's exterior decor. However, in a humid southern city like Houston, homeowners need to maintain the wood with water resistant sealant and to always be on the lookout for termite damage or wood rot.

Steel and wood composite are two door material options that will provide superior security. Their strength can keep out thieves, although the downside is they are heavy and will be slower to open even with a higher horsepower garage door opener.

In hot and humid Houston, insulation is also something to look for in a garage door. While all types of garage doors come with varying amounts of insulation, wood, steel and wood composite doors will generally be the most energy-efficient. Vinyl, fiberglass and aluminum are typically thinner and offer less resistance to air intrusion.

Houston is also prone to the occasional high-intensity wind storm and hurricane. To prepare for these kinds of extremes, be sure you have installed a garage door brace to keep your door from breaking as its large surface is battered by winds.

Of course, no matter what kind of garage door you choose, you’ll need a high-quality garage door opener. The most common kind you’ll find will have a chain drive motor. These durable motors are the noisiest motors, but they also are the least expensive and will work in any climate and you can find out some more basic informatoin on this popular motor with this Chain Drive Garage Door Opener infographic.

And when it’s time to install your new garage door or repair, be sure to go with a Angie's List consumer reviews for Houston garage door repair companies.

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