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The Pros & Cons of Steel Garage Door Installation


Are steel garage doors for you? Obviously, that depends. There are numerous advantages, but there are also a few drawbacks. Here are some pros and cons to consider when thinking about steel as a material for your new garage door installation.

Pros: Durability, Weather Resistance

Sure, it’s possible to dent steel, but steel doors tend to be fairly strong. Overall, they hold up better than wooden doors and require less maintenance. And yes, steel doors can better survive the harsh winter storms we tend to get in Sacramento, California. The dents that steel doors tend to get can easily be popped out with easy DIY garage door repair techniques that require a few household tools.

And while steel doors can be prone to rust, this can be avoided by regularly applying a moisture sealant.

Cons: Energy Efficiency

On the downside, steel doors tend not to be very energy efficient. This can be a problem if the door is connected to your home. Since your garage door will be warmer, so will your house. Your AC will have to work extra harder to cool the interior, which means higher electric bills.

This can be mitigated by installing an insulated steel garage door, an option we’d recommend in Sacramento, California.

Preventative Garage Door Maintenance: A Guide

What kind of preventative maintenance should you be doing to ensure your garage door works in prime condition? For starters, you should go over all movable parts with a lug wrench and tighten down all the bolts. This will minimize any rattling, ease wear and tear, and quiet down your garage door. You should also periodically oil down all moving parts on your garage door with an approved garage door lubricant — never WD40 which can cause the parts of your garage door to prematurely rust. It’s also a good idea to periodically watch your garage door open and close. Does it open smoothly or does it struggle in a section or two? Take a close look at your garage door springs. Look for any signs of rust, slacking or looseness. If there’s an issue, call a garage door professional for a more thorough inspection.