I have an overhead garage door that is apparently made of a composite
skin over composite bracing. Although painted, it appears to soak up
rainwater and rot. I tried patching it with bondo, but that didn't
work. So now I'm looking for a replacement that is impervious to water.
The dealers around here have wood doors, and steel doors. They claim
the finish will protect them, but I'm not confident since wood rots and
Are there better options. I would think fiberglass or aluminum would be
My steel door is by Overhead Door. After 12 years, it is still in
perfect condition. Yes, aluminum may be better (and more expensive),
but this is working for me.
They have fiberglass also.
Nothing wrong with either. Wood will require a bit more maintenance.
Fiberglass overhead doors suck. They're translucent and very light
(easy to damage). Aluminum will cost an arm and a leg and probably
still not be strong enough. If I were buying a new door it would be
steel (probably with insulation and interior panels to quiet it some).
On 3/31/2013 5:52 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
There are two Raynor fiberglass OH doors here that are at least 40 yr of
age and are still just fine. They aren't particularly attractive,
granted, but it's a standalone garage on a farmstead so that doesn't
bother me much (as in any). And, the translucence is kinda a nice thing
from a light standpoint if there isn't sufficient other light.
OTOH, there are also fiberglass OH doors of the ilk of residential
exterior doors that are can be quite attractive and not at all
insubstantial (of course, the price isn't, either, but none of anything
that aren't just cheap are).
My mother had one in her house, thirty years ago. What a PITA. It
was always breaking. Illumination in the daytime was fine but not so
nice the other way around at night. You could see shadows from
everything in the front half of the garage.
I'll pass. Steel is so much better.
Fiberglass entry doors are nice. Overhead, not so much. Having had
every type of OH door, I far prefer steel, with (*real*) wood being a
close second. The only real problem with wood is its weight.
On Apr 1, 10:58 am, email@example.com wrote:
How about a garage door "engineered with an artfully molded wood-grain
fiberglass surface concealing durable steel construction",
Polyurethane foamed-in-place-insulation, and "optional insulated glass
for improved thermal performance"?
No translucency issues because of the steel core, some light because
of the windows, energy efficient and "the warmth and beauty of wood
with less maintenance".
What more could you ask for? ;-)
On 4/1/2013 9:58 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Well, these have been installed for 40+ and haven't broken yet (well,
other than the two panels dad replaced when he once started to back out
thinking had waited long enough for the opener but it didn't operate for
some reason.... :) ). The two replacement panels are nearly probably
over 20 by now; I don't know just what year it was he did that but had
been a while when we came back in '99...
I acknowledged they're not much to look at for an attached garage but
this is detached and so there's "nothing to see here, folks"...
Just commenting that afaiac they're perfectly adequate operationally for
an inexpensive solution--surely can't complain about the longevity.
Don't know what/why ones you're familiar with would have had problems
never having seen them, of course.
My mother's started breaking in the first few years. I was constantly
trying to put it back together. They're so light and flexible that
the banding at the top and bottom would snap, making it work more like
a piece of cooked linguini. PITA. Never again! Steel has all of the
nice properties of fiberglass and a lot of its own.
Wood rots and steel rusts if water is allowed to get to it.
I have 30 year old garage doors and no rot here. You do
have to keep them painted and make sure water isn't
getting to them in ways in should not. Haven't done anything
special here and they are still in great shape.
I have no idea how old my wooden garage door is but it's been here as long
as I have, going on 30 years. No rot whatsoever. I wouldn't be surprised if
it was original to the 55 YO house.
On the other hand, one of the rails that (used to) go down into the
concrete rusted out and there's a gap of about an inch between the slab and
the bottom of the rail. It's not a problem because it's secured to the
block just above the gap and since the bottom is no longer in contact with
anything, it stopped "receding" years ago. :-)
I replaced my 40+ y/o double wooden door last year.
The main problem was a gap on one side and they looked old.
There was no wood rot. I don't think the door warped to cause the gap.
It might have been 40 years of settling.
I mainly replaced them to upgrade the appearance.
My previous house, I had some +50 year old wood doors in perfect
I conclude that real wood will last a _really_ long time.
I had Jaeger Lumber install some steel clad doors.
They look great and don't make a huge noise when being opened.
Good enough for me.
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