It’s been a long time coming, and finally time to replace your garage door. There are so many options to enhance your home’s curb appeal to choose from! Garage doors are made from many types of materials, including aluminum, steel, fiberglass, vinyl, and wood. Let’s explore wood garage doors to see if this is the best choice for you. Hopefully, you’ll get an idea of what they are and what they are not after reading.
Why a wood garage door?
Wood garage doors are popular because of their visual appeal, customization, and durability. You can have a wood garage door custom-designed to fit your taste and your home. However, wood doors cost more to maintain, require yearly maintenance, and are a bit more costly than a steel door. Keep in mind, the wood doors we’re discussing here are not to be mistaken with wood doors made in the 1980’s-1990’s (white with squares).
So, what are the advantages?
- Wood garage doors are beautiful – These classic doors truly are beautiful and authentic. You can choose the type of wood you want, and also the stain and design. Some popular wood designs are carriage style, classic, or contemporary.
- Variety of prices – Prices for wood doors range from mid-price to very expensive. The least expensive doors are made of a lightweight wooden frame, filled with insulation, and wrapped in a plywood or hardboard skin. The more expensive are frame-and-panel doors made of mahogany, hemlock, redwood, or cedar.
- Custom-made any way you prefer – You can have a door custom-made so it stands out. You can incorporate any design and have it custom-made to your liking. Historical homes usually opt for wood garage doors to compliment the home’s timeless design.
- Dent-proof unlike a steel or aluminum door – Wood doors don’t dent. If you’re concerned about damaging your door, say, with active children, a wood door is a good choice because of it’s durability.
And the disadvantages?
- High maintenance – Wood garage doors require regular upkeep and maintenance. You must stain or paint them every two years to keep a fresh look.
- Not durable in water – If the door isn’t water-sealed regularly, they can bow, become damaged, or rot.
- Cost more – Because wood doors must be custom-made to fit your home, they will cost more than a steel door. You’ll have to account for time to order it and have it built because these doors aren’t available at local home improvement stores.
- Insulation issues – Insulation might be a problem with wood doors. Some doors are made from solid wood, 2-inches think, and offer some insulation. Some doors are made of a lightweight wooden frame, filled with insulation, and wrapped in a plywood or hardboard skin.
In many cases, a wood garage door is absolutely worth the investment because of the appearance and curb appeal. No one on the block will have one like yours! But, if the “to do” list for upkeep frightens you, a better choice might be a steel or aluminum door.
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