Should You Invest in a Wooden Garage Door?

Wooden garage doors are becoming more and more popular every year. They look beautiful and can add a rustic appeal to your home. If it’s time to replace your garage door, wood garage doors are a great option.

Wooden garage doors are beautiful, come in a variety of designs and can be custom designed to your needs. They also offer some unique durability because they’re dent proof (unlike aluminum or steel doors).

But before you go pick out a new wooden garage door for your house, there are a few factors to consider.

Ex-Cello install of Northwest Door Style Infinity Classic

Ex-Cello install of Northwest Door Style Infinity Classic

Different Types of Garage Doors

Wooden garage doors are just one of many types of doors you can invest in, such as fiberglass, aluminum, steel, and vinyl. Each type of garage door has benefits that make it appealing to buyers, and detriments that could cause issues. Wood garage doors are no exception.

First of all, wooden garage doors tend to be more expensive than other options. Wood itself is expensive and it has to be custom cut to fit your home. Wood garage doors also require more maintenance than steel or aluminum. If they’re not repainted every couple years, they start to look old. They should also be regularly water-sealed to avoid damage or rot.

Wooden garage doors can also come with insulation issues. If you have a pure solid wood door, it offers some insulation but not a lot. Some wooden garage doors are just made with a wooden frame with insulation on the inside to improve heating. You need to decide how much insulation you need for your garage and choose the right wooden door type to achieve it.

If these problems are starting to deter you, don’t worry. You can always invest in a steel or aluminum door with plating that looks wooden. It isn’t as authentic, but it can still improve your home’s curb appeal with a traditional, rustic look.

Wooden Garage Door Design Options

If you’re still set on investing in a wooden garage door, then you need to consider your design options. Traditional wooden garage door designs usually include paneling that is either flush, recessed, or raised. You could also invest in a carriage house wood door that looks more vintage than other modern options. Here’s an example of a wooden garage door with raised panels.

There are also lots of other factors to consider when choosing your wooden garage door. Examples include type of wood, frame thickness, finish, windows, and decorative hardware. You’ll also need to choose what kind of exterior wood finish you want, what the interior of the door will look like, and how much insulation you’ll need.