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Simplex3
05-27-2007, 09:49 PM
If money weren't an object and you were buying new garage doors, which material would you get and why?

If you have either steel or aluminum, how have they held up and would your recommend them?

BigMeatballDave
05-27-2007, 09:51 PM
I don't know shit about this, but I would say, Aluminum, with a steel frame.

88TG88
05-27-2007, 09:56 PM
Wood, it looks swanky.

ChiefaRoo
05-27-2007, 10:20 PM
Steel

JBucc
05-27-2007, 10:23 PM
I prefer cast iron

Wile_E_Coyote
05-27-2007, 10:34 PM
metal fades & dents, wood rots & is heavier...

Skip Towne
05-27-2007, 10:44 PM
Fiberglass.

Simplex3
05-27-2007, 10:47 PM
Fiberglass.
Home-owner's association says "no".

TinyEvel
05-27-2007, 10:57 PM
We have frosted glass with an aluminum frame. Though, it has to go with a certain kind of architecture.
The bonus is, the garage is BRIGHTER with the door down. When the sun is on that side of the garage, the panels glow and throw light all over the garage.

But if you're looking for a solid door, I'd say aluminum. Steel is probably galvanized or powdercoated, so probably as durable. But regardless of material, I'd say the first thing you should go with is the look you want. What type of architecture is your home? or, what type of look are you trying to achieve. Then go with materials from there.

Throw up a pic and we'll discuss.

Phobia
05-27-2007, 11:13 PM
I'd buy high end natural wood doors, but they're high maintenance. I'd buy well insulated metal for low maintenance options.

Logical
05-27-2007, 11:14 PM
Wood looks nice and sounds nice, but does not wear well. If you get an insulated metal door they are usually of high quality and will last a really long time.

Bowser
05-27-2007, 11:15 PM
Insulated aluminum.

88TG88
05-27-2007, 11:44 PM
This is the style im talkin about
bunch of millionaires use wood
http://www.doorsbyscottcowart.com/Custom6.jpg

TinyEvel
05-27-2007, 11:50 PM
dude, 88tg88, is that your garage?
What kind of Medievel Times house are you sportin??!!

88TG88
05-27-2007, 11:53 PM
dude, 88tg88, is that your garage?
What kind of Medievel Times house are you sportin??!!
No, I have a regular aluminum but my friend has something similar and it looks really nice.
I like yours though the modernish frosted look is nice

Phobia
05-27-2007, 11:55 PM
Wood doors can seriously change the entire look of a house, especially with a street facing and garage door dominated home (like mine).

http://www.timbercraftdoors.com/Images/reibefore.jpg
http://www.timbercraftdoors.com/Images/reiafter.jpg

Bob Dole
05-27-2007, 11:58 PM
Paper mache.

keg in kc
05-27-2007, 11:59 PM
Just block it in and turn it into a living room.

We like to call that "modern West Virginia".

TinyEvel
05-28-2007, 12:02 AM
Wood doors can seriously change the entire look of a house, especially with a street facing and garage door dominated home (like mine).

http://www.timbercraftdoors.com/Images/reibefore.jpg
http://www.timbercraftdoors.com/Images/reiafter.jpg


Cool. You turned one garage into four phone booths.

Phobia
05-28-2007, 12:02 AM
Just block it in and turn it into a living room.

We like to call that "modern West Virginia".

Drives me crazy. I probably would turn down any project that involved converting a garage into living space. It never looks right at all.

keg in kc
05-28-2007, 12:04 AM
Cool. You turned one garage into four phone booths.Paint 'em blue and you have 4 side-by-side Tardis'!

ChiefaRoo
05-28-2007, 12:07 AM
If you get a new steel door the paint will guaranteed not to fade or rust for at least 20 years.

Bob Dole
05-28-2007, 12:09 AM
Drives me crazy. I probably would turn down any project that involved converting a garage into living space. It never looks right at all.

Some of us are so poor we have to worry about function rather than form.

keg in kc
05-28-2007, 12:13 AM
Some of us are so poor we have to worry about function rather than form.Some of us are so poor we don't have garages. Or houses.

Bob Dole
05-28-2007, 12:13 AM
Some of us are so poor we don't have garages. Or houses.

Bob Dole has to admit he was posing. Bob Dole doesn't have a garage.

keg in kc
05-28-2007, 12:22 AM
Bad Bob.

Logical
05-28-2007, 12:34 AM
Wood doors can seriously change the entire look of a house, especially with a street facing and garage door dominated home (like mine).

http://www.timbercraftdoors.com/Images/reibefore.jpg
http://www.timbercraftdoors.com/Images/reiafter.jpg

Must admit that is a vast improvement, but then anything would have been an improvement over the first door.

Phobia
05-28-2007, 12:36 AM
Those doors wouldn't have been my first choice but I think they definitely change the whole look of the house.

KurtCobain
05-28-2007, 01:21 AM
We have frosted glass with an aluminum frame. Though, it has to go with a certain kind of architecture.
The bonus is, the garage is BRIGHTER with the door down. When the sun is on that side of the garage, the panels glow and throw light all over the garage.

But if you're looking for a solid door, I'd say aluminum. Steel is probably galvanized or powdercoated, so probably as durable. But regardless of material, I'd say the first thing you should go with is the look you want. What type of architecture is your home? or, what type of look are you trying to achieve. Then go with materials from there.

Throw up a pic and we'll discuss.

Is that pic of your garage? If so it's very nice looking. How much did it cost you?

TinyEvel
05-28-2007, 03:51 AM
Is that pic of your garage? If so it's very nice looking. How much did it cost you?

It was on the house when we bought it. So, you can say it cost somewhere between ridiculous and ludicrous.

Fruit Ninja
05-28-2007, 04:16 AM
I have the old alluminum with a steel frame. That shit is all dented up though. Late night coming home in the AM half passed out dinging the garage. The wrestling matches we had when people get to drunk. lol

Simplex3
05-28-2007, 06:29 AM
Good info gents, thanks. I'll be honest, I'm all about the low maintenance. I ripped out my deck and poured a giant concrete patio. I ponied up for the stainless steel grill. When I replaced all the windows I ponied up the extra for the all-plastic (some vinyl infused-something or other) ones. I need 15 more years out of this house.

Sounds like steel may be the way for me. I'm concerned the aluminum may dent too much, I have a 3yo son.

Oh, and TinyE. I appreciate your concerns for aesthetics, but I live in a standard-issue Johnson County home. The height of architecture it's not.