Battle of the Materials: Why A Steel Garage is Superior to Wood
If you’re among the 65.6% of Americans who are proud homeowners, you likely are constantly looking out for ways that you can increase the quality of your dwelling. Garages may not seem like much, but they’re an important exterior feature of your home that people immediately notice.
Because of their aesthetic and functional importance, a high-quality garage is essential for a high-quality home. Here, we’re going to talk about why a steel garage is always the best choice. Read on for a complete run-down on how metal always beats out wood in the battle of garage door materials!
Durability and Longevity
When performing any home renovations, durability needs to be at the forefront of your mind. A garage is going to be exposed to the elements constantly since it’s an exterior structure. You need to get a material that can withstand various weather conditions.
Wood garages are more susceptible to rot than metal ones are. Water doesn’t just stain them and cause paint to peel off- it also causes rot that wears down and warps wood. Wood-boring insects like termites don’t help this problem, either.
Steel garages are also more resistant to heat than wood ones are. Wood is used for kindling, which means that they’ll catch fire easily after exposure. Metal garages are fireproof and won’t be destroyed in the devastating event of a fire.
Even though fire is unlikely, garage doors will routinely be exposed to natural light and heat from the sun. This can cause them to shrink, grow, and warp in varying temperature conditions. Metal doesn’t have this problem and will remain consistent during all seasons.
Money Spent and Money Saved
The durability of metal garages means that you won’t need to spend as much money on maintenance as you would a wood garage. Calling in the pest exterminator every few weeks to get rid of wood-boring insects isn’t just inconvenient, but can also get costly.
You also won’t need to replace your garage for many years to come when you choose metal. Fabricated steel garages can last for decades assuming that you maintain them correctly (washing them every once in a while, etc). This will save you a lot of cash on expensive replacements in the future.
Metal garages and doors are also significantly more aesthetically pleasing than wood ones. The material doesn’t warp from water damage or fade in sunlight. It also is shinier and more classy-looking than wood is, giving it a high-end curbside appeal that wood garages just can’t compete with.
Another reason that metal garages are aesthetically pleasing is that they come in many different colors and styles. You can have them painted any color you want (or even have them made in multiple different hues!) This allows you to match the rest of your home exterior and features so you can make your house stand out from others in your neighborhood.
While you can paint wood doors as well, the paint will almost certainly chip off over time.
Metal garages can also be made from many horizontal metal slats that fold up into each other. This is ideal for those who want an accordion-like door. You can also get more traditional spring-operated metal doors made from a single large sheet of metal.
These can have various designs carved into their surface as well. Consider carving large squares into each part of your door to leave an indentation that looks like trim. You can also get crazy with multiple geometric shapes or organic patterns.
Whether you want an independent garage structure or a new look for your pre-existing attached garage, your new look is completely customizable. You can choose the style and design of your new garage, which gives you a lot of diverse offerings.
Another way that your garage is fully customizable is that it can be made in any size. You can take measurements of your installation site by multiplying the height and width of your area. Multiply these two numbers together and you’ll wind up with the square footage of your floor.
Garage layouts are also customizable depending on what you want to use them for. You can create one that perfectly fits your car(s) or make a larger one for a worktable and tools. Talking to our prefab building experts is a great way to determine what your needs are and how to create a building that suits them.
Windows, additional doors, and divider walls are also available. The possibilities truly are limitless, so it’s all about finding what works for your individual needs.
Garages a lot of value to your home. They add about $21,000 to your house’s resale value, which gives you a whopping 81% return on your investment of building a garage. This is the case whether you choose to have a freestanding garage structure or a custom prefabricated garage that attaches to your home.
Realtors believe that metal garages add a higher value to your home than the average $21,000. They can add up to $30,000 if you choose a two-car attached or detached structure. Logically, this illustrates that metal is the superior choice for a customized garage space.
Get a Steel Garage Today
Whether you just moved to a new location or simply want to update your home, it’s time to begin the steel garage installation process. Contact us with any remaining questions that you have on custom metal garages.
We’re happy to talk with you about your individual needs and to give you an estimate for how much your product will cost. We’re committed to ensuring that your home is the most durable, attractive, and valuable that it can be, so we look forward to hearing from you soon.