Are you considering making some changes to your garage door? One way to add flair and extra durability to your door is by having it framed in aluminum. Many people don’t know that this is a possibility, but it is. If you’ve been thinking about painting and cleaning up your garage door, this is an additional option that can breathe life into your garage door again.
Applying aluminum capping or cladding, which is essentially covering the wooden door frame with aluminum, not only adds a new appearance to the door but also has a relation to less maintenance required for the entryway, as well. Countless colors can be used so your door frame will complement the door and vice versa. On top of that, maintenance is simple
What kind of aluminum is used?
This kind of project uses the same type of aluminum that is sold by the roll and used by contractors who offer gutter building or other aluminum building components. Specialized equipment is used to bend and shape this aluminum so that it fits the exact dimensions of your door frame, including the jambs and lintel. While those measurements vary, many wooden garage door frames are built of 2x10s or 2x8s.
This can be taken on as a do‑it‑yourself project if you can buy the aluminum in rolls, bring them to an aluminum product dealer, and then have a professional bend the sheet to the dimensions you need before putting it all together. However, we advise that most people have this done by a garage door specialist. They can install your new frame and door easily. They also often already have the equipment that is needed to do this sort of work.
You may be wondering why you should consider using aluminum capping for your door. We’ll answer that now!
Maintenance is nearly effortless
One of the biggest perks of aluminum comes from the fact that it does not fade or rust when sunlight or moisture hits it. The type of aluminum used by a professional will feature a paint that is baked‑on, followed by a protective coating that makes it both weather and wear resistant. The only bit of maintenance that might be required is if the surface becomes coated in grime or dust. At that point, all you’ll have to do is make a mixture of soap and water, then clean it with a soft cloth. It’s as simple as washing your car or garage door is.
To offer longevity to the exterior wooden frame
When you add an aluminum covering to your wood doorframe, there will no longer be a need to stain or paint it every couple of years. The aluminum itself will keep the wooden frame protected from weather and even rotting that can occur over time.
A sealed and smooth appearance
If you want to get a great seal between the exterior parts of the house (like brick or PVC) and the aluminum cladding, it’s simple to do. You just need to cover the joint that is between the frame weatherstripping and that of the exterior finish with a sealant. This will help with flexibility, even when the temperature is bitterly cold.
For a great aesthetic value
You may not think much about the appearance of your garage door, but the truth is that it is the first thing a visitor sees. The garage door might take up 30 or 40 percent of the front of your house. That’s why it’s so important to be sure it looks great. Leaving the dull wood frame without paint can make you look careless, even if the rest of the house is pristine. Also, if you plan to sell your home in the future, and will want it to sell relatively quickly, your realtor will likely mention this to you. These little details are what make a huge difference to people who are in the process of buying a home.
How do I learn more?
If you want some guidance or have questions to ask after perusing this blog, feel free to contact us at (860) 666‑9315. We have years of experience and can work with you to determine the best choice for your situation. We’d also be happy to have you email us to request an online quotation.
If you’re still toying with some choices about what changes to make to your garage door, you can also try out our Design center, where you can look at options and build the perfect garage door for your home. We also offer an image gallery with many unique and exciting ideas.