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What Is The Best Material For A Garage Door?

Designer door prodemaIt’s the time-honoured argument which never seems to end with a definitive winner being picked: which is the best kind of garage door material?

Well, let’s lay our cards down on the table. We know what works: steel, timber, fibreglass are all good options for garage doors. And we know what doesn’t work: cardboard, glass, papier mâché, chocolate… these materials would make a pretty average garage door.

What, then, is the best material for your personal needs? Let’s take a look at the strengths of each garage door material and settle the debate, once and for all.


Timber is one of Australia’s most loved garage door materials. Here’s why:

  • It’s stylish
    Timber sectional and tilt doors are known for their stylish, sleek designs. As a material, timber can give your home a grand, classic look or it can be used for more modern applications.
  • It can be decorated and customised
    Timber is, in some ways, more customisable than steel when it comes to panel lift and tilt doors. Patterns can be routed into your timber door, making it truly unique and spectacular.


It’s strong, reliable, weather-resistant and widely available: no wonder why steel is one of the best materials for a garage door. Here’s why some people say steel is the best garage door material:

  • It’s strong
    Steel is an extremely strong material. The corrugated steel design of roller doors makes them extremely durable and even weather-resistant. Steel is also more resistant to denting, unlike timber, which is far softer.
  • It’s widely available
    Timber shortages have shaken the construction industry worldwide. Steel, on the other hand, is always quite accessible. Choosing a steel door means you won’t have to wait around in times where other materials are scarce.
  • It’s affordable
    Steel is also a very cost-effective material. Cheaper than most other materials, steel is a great value option, when taking into account its durability and strength.


Looking for something a little different? Fibreglass isn’t as popular in Australia as it is in other countries, but it’s a great option for garage doors. It has the sleek, elegant qualities of wood, yet can cost less.

  • It’s low-maintenance
    Fibreglass is also less maintenance than wood. There’s no threat of it warping or cracking and you don’t need to reapply a protective coat every once in a while, unlike with wood doors.

Insulated doors

Insulated doors are the go if you’re keen on making your home more energy efficient. These are thick doors with insulation inside them, providing a higher R-value and keeping the temperature more consistent within your home. They can be made from timber, steel and fibreglass and are perfect for those chilly Adelaide winters.

At The Garage Door Guys, they love all garage door materials. That’s why they stock such a huge range of garage doors, in a huge range of materials. From timber to steel to insulated doors and more, you’ll find exactly what you’re after in the showroom of The Garage Door Guys. Head in and browse the range today.

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