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Uniqueness of Steel Garage Doors

There are many unique types of garage doors that could be appealing to a homeowner. Depending on the architecture of the house, there are other kinds that are somewhat unique to the common eye.

The most popular is that of the various steel doors that are available. Unlike wooden garage doors, a steel type of garage door doesn’t develop cracks, it won’t warp or contract in any weather. These steel garage doors are made of galvanized steel, which prevents it from rusting even after several years. Also, this low-maintenance garage door will save you from repainting costs unlike the wooden one.

Another appealing factor of steel garage doors is that with its extensive styles and design, you can choose the one that has a wooden effect, if your house demands that you should install a wooden door. Compared to a wooden door, with its almost maintenance free and affordability features, the steel door is the winner.

You’ll find that steel garage doors have various styles, features and benefits. You just have to take into consideration what door works best for you and your budget.

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Garage Door Prices

Installing a new garage door can be exciting because of all of the variety and accessories that are available. However, at the same time, it can also a bit stressful because garage door prices vary so widely. In addition to the cost of the door itself, you also have to deal with the cost of installing the door. Garage door prices range in price due to materials and complexity of design. The most economical and dependable garage doors are made of steel. These will range in price at the low end for a simple stamped or embossed design to a higher end door carriage house style. You always want to make sure that your garage door is made of quality materials in order to ensure security and longevity, and is in a tasteful style to match the rest of your house and garage architecture.

The first step in finding the best garage door prices is to explore the internet and visit garage door manufacturer’s websites. This is a great resource to get an idea of what’s available. Many of these sites also have places on their website where you can design a door to your specifications.

Finally, before buying a door, get an estimate from a garage door contractor in your area. The manufacturer’s websites can also direct you to their dealers who will sell, install and service their products. These licensed contactors can often get access to special industry pricing which would not be available to you elsewhere.

Now, you can make a logical decision based on the garage door prices plus installation. Be sure to make sure that the work is done up to your standards, and give input to where wall-mounted door openers are located since you’ll be using it a lot more than the installer will be!

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Steel Doors: Safe, Secure, Durable Garage Doors for Your Home

As a homeowner, you make every effort in ensuring that your home is unique, comfortable, and structurally sound. But sometimes homeowners fail to take into account the safety and security of the family and loved ones, and not pay enough attention to the various entry points of a home, including the garage door. A door is not only to allow you to enter and leave the house, but also to ensure the safety and security of the home. Steel garage doors provide just the safety and security required to ensure the family’s safety.

Steel garage doors are not only sturdy, they are also durable and can withstand any and all types of weather conditions, including the wet weather of Spokane, or the heat of Phoenix.


Another reason for selecting steel garage doors is the aesthetic beauty of these doors. A friend, relative, or visitor to your home sees the garage door first when pulling up to your house. The garage door should not only look good, but also look appealing and inviting to visitors, and represents the owners own sense of aesthetics. Steel garage doors do not require much maintenance. The doors can also be custom ordered from hundreds of designs to select from.


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Garage Door Gorgeous

Faux Painting and Gel Staining to the Rescue!


Most garages are readily visible from the street. A garage door has great potential either to add or detract from a property’s beauty. Many garage doors share an architectural partnership with their houses. The garage door should harmonize with its house. Garage doors express the structure’s function more than any other element. It should incorporate or compliment decorative features that will enhance the front elevation of the home. 

Then why settle for a Plain Jane, white on white, garage door every time you pull up to the house? Want the rich look and feel of a thick wooden door, but don’t have the spare $10,000-$12,000 it would cost for the real thing. The idea is simple, take a boring, static garage door, and create something appealing and interesting that will make your garage, and home a statement of your own.


Steelhouse Gel Stained Garage Door at Shea Homes-Encantera


Taking garage doors and either faux painting or using a gel staining process, can give them the dramatic effect of a rich, beautifully hued wood door. The most common types of garage doors today, have a wood grain texture imprinted on them that runs across the entire door inviting the look of a real wood door. Faux painting or gel staining achieves a deep rich look and insures durability and protection against elements, not fading as regular painted garage doors do.



Transform your steel garage door into a luxurious “wooden” door that will make the garage dominate the curb appeal of the home.


CLICK HERE for some instructions on how to do your own “Steel Staining” Project.

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Steel Cost Increases Continue to Hit the Garage Door Industry

Steel costs continue to escalate at a rapid and substantial pace. Some types of steel have increased by more than 50 percent since Jan. 1, 2008. For garage door manufacturers, it’s never easy to pass on or absorb an increase but it’s more difficult in a troublesome economy.

Unfortunately, escalating material costs stem from global issues of cost, supply, and demand. These enormous cost increases are passed on to U.S. companies in the form of surcharges or price increases. 







Door Component Increases

Here’s a glance at some typical garage door-related cost increases experienced since Jan. 1, 2008.

·         Pre-painted Steel Coils +45-55%

·         Struts +30-40%

·         Track Sets +25-35%

·         Hardware Cartons +20-30%

·         Torsion Tube +25-35%

·         Springs Coned & Painted +25-30%

·         Other Steel Components +20-25%

A Global Issue

During the last six months, the global steel market has experienced large cost increases for iron ore, coke, energy, transportation, and scrap. These input costs are expected to continue to rise.

The cost impact is compounded due to the demand of steel consumed by Asia and other emerging countries. The BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries will consume much more of the world’s steel supply than they have in past years.

Growth in each of these countries is estimated to be about 10 percent while the U.S. growth projection is estimated to be less than 1 percent. Our country produces and consumes less than 9 percent of the world’s steel.

Raw Material Increases

Here’s an idea of recent cost increases faced by steel mills as of April 2008.

·         Scrap +92%

·         Iron Ore +150%

·         Coking Coal +160%

·         Energy Costs +25%

The weak U.S. currency has led to fewer imports being available. Foreign mills are selling their steel to other countries where they can get a more favorable currency exchange rate.  At the same time, domestic mills are exporting steel to other countries that need more steel and are taking advantage of the weak U.S. dollar.

Aftershocks of the China Earthquake

Manufacturers are cautious. Anything can happen to put pressure back on an already tight supply market. The May 12, 2008 earthquake in China is a good example.

The earthquake disrupted steel production and logistics in several areas and brought two major steel making operations to a halt. As reconstruction begins, steel market prices could go up again because of the surge in demand. 

The Bottom Line


The bottom line is that garage door manufacturers, their suppliers, and their dealers don’t have much choice but to absorb these increases. It is important for builders, architects, and homeowners must understand the dynamics of the situation as they will ultimately bear the impact of these cost increases.

Based upon raw material costs, value of the dollar and availability of domestic steel, there is no short term relief to these tremendous cost increases. Stay tuned.

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