If you live close to the Atlantic coast, when investing in a new garage door you should consider corrosion resistance. Particularly in eastern the Volusia County towns of New Smyrna Beach, Port Orange and Daytona Beach, the salt air can cause the appearance of you garage door to deteriorate, and can cause rust, noisy operation, and ultimate failure or your garage door system.
When your home's garage doors are exposed to constant contact moisture and salt air, damage is inevitable. The corrosive nature of salt air can corrode steel components and can structural failures. Steel garage doors are therefore a poor choice – if not properly maintained, or if the doors are damaged or dented, rust is inevitable. Wood doors can be used in coastal environments, but they need to be almost constantly maintained so they are perhaps not the best choice.
Yes. Darker garage door colors can absorb heat in the direct sun, and will deteriorate significantly faster than lighter colors. Ultraviolet light will definitely accelerate the impact of salt air on garage door finishes and appearance.