We get a lot of calls from people wanting the cheapest price for a new garage door. If you have a 16 or 18 foot wide garage door than I strongly suggest doing your research. We commonly turn down jobs where people want to install pan garage doors. Pan garage doors are a thin layer of steel and they aren’t sturdy enough to be put on a wide door. We commonly see them being a problem on 8 and 9 foot garage doors as well. We would like to suggest something to you. If you plan to stay in your home for more than 3 to 5 years you should seriously consider a sandwich garage door. A sandwich garage door is a triple layer garage door with three layers. The outside is a layer of steel, middle is a polystyrene insulation, and the back is another layer of steel. See below….
As you can imagine the difference between these two are pretty significant. I’ve never seen a sandwich door snap in half. The sandwich garage door will feel a lot like a wall. We do see pretty often the pan doors snapping in half. See below for an example. Both of these were taken in the last 7 days.
If you have one of these doors you can see early signs of your door collapsing by watching the top panel starting to pull away from the frame when its closed. You can also see a small crack in the top panel when the garage door is open.
Another reason why its a good idea not to buy the pan door is they dent easily. If your kid runs a bike into it, a ball gets thrown up against it, or your car bumps into it a pan door will not survive too long. A sandwich door will not dent easily and will last much longer.
So next time you are researching a garage doors please look into these doors. The difference in price is about what it would cost to replace 1 panel if it got dented.
We didn’t discuss the 3rd option when shopping for a garage door. Thats an exposed insulated garage door. Its a pan door with insulation added to the back. You can poke holes into the insulation while inside the garage door. We stall aren’t a fan of this door.