Guide to Wooden Garage Doors


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Your garage door is a great way to add to your home’s aesthetic, especially if you’re going for a modern or more traditional look on the exterior. Here are some things to keep in mind before choosing to go with this increasingly trendy material.

Types of Wood

A wood garage door often start around $1200, but the specific kind of wood you select may make this closer to $2800. A new residential garage door is the perfect upgrade to any home.

Spanish Cedar

Highly durable and strongly resists decay due to factors like weather or termites. This wood ranges in color from beige to dark red.

Mahogany

This wood has a very similar appearance to Spanish Cedar, but not as durable or decay-resistant.

Alder

Similar to Mahogany but is more brown, making it perfect for cabins or rustic retreats.

Oak

Comes in red and white, and is very durable but also very heavy.

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Paneling

Much like other materials used for garage doors, you have the option of choosing the exterior pattern. Options range from a solid panel, in which the entire door appears as one unified panel, or raised paneling in which different sections appear as separate panels. You can also choose to do a carriage house-style door and include details such as handles and hinges. Depending on your needs, you may also be able to get a truly carriage style door that opens out.

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Negatives of Wooden Garage Doors

Unfortunately, these doors require a high level of maintenance to avoid decay and stay in good conditions due to cracks and insects. This material is also heavier than other options for garage doors, which can put strain on the garage door opener and shorten its lifespan. The weight of these doors also makes them hard to open by hand if necessary. Because of the weight, it may be best to have a torsion spring system instead of an extension system, because they take more time to wear out.

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Benefits of Wooden Garage Doors

However, wooden garage doors do offer several benefits. This building material offers a wide array of wood-types and colors that can help you enhance your home’s aesthetic and curb appeal. A wood garage door is a great way to enhance your home design and exterior. They also insulate well, much better than a steel garage door, which will protect your possessions from cold weather and lower the costs of heating and cooling your home. Additionally, wood does not dent or dinged up.

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