Archive for July, 2012

Choosing the Best Garage Door Material

July 24, 2012

Garage doors are available in several different materials, including steel, aluminum, wood composite, and fiberglass, each of which has merits and shortcomings. Here is a quick summary of what each material offers, with suggestions on how to compare the options.


Steel is the most popular material for garage doors, and for good reason. Steel doors are reasonably priced, durable, low maintenance and available in just about any style you like. Steel can be painted, and it is available in textures that mimic wood.

When shopping for a steel garage door, two features are particularly worth giving some thought to. First, steel is a poor insulator, so insulated doors are a smart choice for saving energy (and reducing noise).

Second, garage doors have steel panels that vary in thickness. Low-cost doors have thin panels of 27- or 28-gauge steel. Though inexpensive and suitable for many garages, these doors will not stand up well to impact (from basketballs, for example).

Midlevel doors offer 25- or 26-gauge steel (the lower the gauge number, the thicker the steel). Top quality doors use steel that is at least 24 gauge. Commercial-grade doors use even thicker steel. Some steel garage doors offer thicker steel on the outside than on the inside.



New Clopay Ultra-Grain Garage Door Stain Available Exclusively from Cookson Door Sales of Arizona

July 3, 2012

The new garage door stains offered by Cookson Door Sales in Arizona provides an attractive wood appearance without the maintenance.

Cookson Door Sales of Phoenix, AZ offers a new line of premium garage door stains to homeowners and commercial clients around the valley.  Now available, as of March 2012, is the Clopay Ultra-Grain finish on certain Premium Series Models for a finish in attractive new colors.

Adding the Ultra-Grain finish on any Phoenix garage door creates a wood-like pattern running horizontally and vertically on different sections of the door.  This new model is intended to simulate real wood and is available in Medium Classic and Cherry Classic colors.  The Arizona garage door experts at Cookson Door Sales recommend the Ultra-Grain series for its stained appearance yet no need to do any actual staining.  The surface of the garage doors is steel which is made to give off a natural wood appearance.  The exterior surface is actually stucco with a natural wood-grain appearance to compliment the architecture of any phoenix home.  After all, the garage door is a major contributor to the curb appeal of a home.

For questions about the Ultra-Grain or any of the Clopay Pro Series products and how they can be used on your Phoenix garage door, contact Cookson Door Sales in the Phoenix area at 602-272-4476, in the Tempe area at 480-377-8777, or throughout Arizona at 800-260-8310.

About Cookson Door Sales   

Cookson Door Sales serves Arizona with garage door repairs, installations, garage spring repairs, garage door opener repairs and sales of new garage doors.  The company has been recognized for their excellence in customer service by Angie’s List.  They are also a Lead-Safe Certified Firm, a Certified Rosie Member, and a LiftMaster Professional.  Please visit: