There are two things which every home owner wants in his or her house and these two things are security and attraction. If you analyze these two features deeply then, you will know that garage door represents both of these features. In modern home designs most of the garages are made in front of the house which makes garage an integral part of the home exterior. On the other hand being the second entrance of the house garage also has importance from security point of view. Now when it is decided that garage symbolizes both security and attraction then, you need to find a material which can make your garage door secure as well as attractive and elegant. In the past people do not had lots of choices in material and wood was considered as the only material which can be used in making doors but these days there has been a total change in materials as well as technologies.
Basically there are two choices available for materials which are wood and metal. Wooden overhead garage doors are more elegant and attractive in nature because wood provides you with lots of extra customization features. You can make wooden door to match with any style of exterior and they can also match with the overall color combination of your house. The only thing which you need to take care of while installing wooden overhead garage door is your weather conditions. If you live in some mild and normal weather conditions then, wood can be suited perfectly but if you have little bit of uncertainty in weather conditions then, you cannot go with wood as your prime material. The initial cost of wood is already high and to make it sustainable in harsh weather you will need to insulate your wooden overhead garage door with an expensive insulator. This increases the overall price of the door a lot and makes it unaffordable for common men. For cost effective door, you need to look into metallic doors.
When you talk about the second choice which is metal then, you must know that metal is more reliable than wood. All metals have some built in ability to resist against harsh weather conditions. Over the years popularity of metallic doors has increased a lot and this popularity has encouraged designers to introduce more innovations in metals. In the past metal was not considered a very attractive and elegant material from aesthetic point of view but these days more attractive and stylish metallic doors have been introduced. Especially in steel and fiberglass some very attractive wooden textures are available and when you install these textures then, none can tell the difference between wood and this texture. These added aesthetic features of metals and increased reliability have given a huge edge over wooden doors.
These are the advantages and disadvantages of both wooden overhead garage door and metallic doors and I hope that the above discussion will enlighten your thoughts and you will be in a position to select the best material according to your environment and needs.