Steel Garage Door Suggestions???

durkMarch 7, 2006

I'm looking for suggestions on steel garage doors. The old info I have found is shown below from the following web site:

Does anyone have any "definately get" or "definately stay away from" XXXXX brand garage doors?? I live in colorado - so high on the list are (in no particular order): 1) uv protection, 2) strength from high wind gusts, and 3) insulation - i do a lot of garage projects - would be nice not to freeze in the process!

thanks in advance,


IF ANYONE HAS INFO ON STEEL DOORS THAT THEY REALLY LIKE OR DON'T LIKE - PLEASE POST A FOLLOW UP. I hate to spend this kind of money & have no idea on recommended brands.

below is the specific info from there on Steel garage doors - very general, but at least it gives some things to look for in replacement doors....

Steel Garage Doors. Steel garage doors are much stronger and more secure than wood, aluminum, or fiberglass ones. Thanks primarily to new technologies in embossing metals with wood-grain patterns, and new durable coatings, today's steel doors rival the look of wood without the maintenance headaches. Steel doors won't warp, crack, delaminate or fall apart because of weather. And, because most are made of hot-dipped, galvanized steel that is vinyl clad or given a baked-on polyester finish, they don't rust or require repainting as often as wood doors. Most warranties guarantee the door won't rust for as long as you own the house, but do not protect against fading. On the downside, steel does dent and can be difficult to repair.

Premium-quality garage doors have cores of rigid polystyrene or polyurethane foam insulation. Not only does this insulation help keep the garage warm in winter and cool in summer, but it makes the door lighter, quieter and easier to operate, and less likely to sag or warp over time.

You can usually discern a steel door's quality both by its thickness and by the thickness of its cladding. A premium door is often a full 2 inches thick, filled with insulation, and clad in 24-gauge steel. Less-expensive doors are usually thinner and made of 28 gauge steel (the lower the number, the thicker the metal).

Doors may be single skin, with a frame that shows from inside, or double skin, sandwiching the foam insulation between panels on both outside and inside. The double-skin construction is much more durable and is attractive from inside the garage.

Weatherstripping is another measure of quality. The best-made doors have a full-width vinyl bubble weatherstripping along the bottom edge of the door that conforms to the floor. They also have rigid-vinyl end caps along the sides of the door panels, a vinyl top cap and weather seals between each section.

Styles imitate those of wood doors: flush, recessed panel and raised panel. You can also get metal doors with a horizontal, ribbed design.

For an average-sized steel door (16 by 7 feet), expect to pay from $750 to $1200 installed.


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I am in the market to install 2 garage doors. Which brand is better Wayne Dalton or Carriage House. I am also thinking of Listmaster 2500 with battery back-up

    Bookmark   March 19, 2006 at 3:14PM
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I would use what ever door product is strong in your area. If you use Wayne dalton, STAY AWAY FROM THE TORKMASTER SYSTEM. It is a spring inside of a pipe. I have never seen one that works well, and no one,(even Wayne dalton)seems to want to service them. Their doors without this system are very good,if medium to top quality. Amarr is very good, Clopay Sold by Home Depot is also good. Don't just buy PRICE. Try to buy a steel door with a "steel backing". Most of the doors that are priced right are "hollow" in the back and very "tinny". Clopay model 4050 or the Amarr Weatherguard are two that I like myself, (I sell and install garage doors). They have steel backcovers, and are quite solid. There are many others just as good, but just try to stay with a steel door with a steel backcover. Dan

    Bookmark   April 21, 2006 at 6:05PM
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I found Clopay to have a very poor seal between sections in the past and the hardware was troublesome. Wayne Dalton and Raynor have always worked well for me.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 5:17PM
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