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The Pros and Cons of Wooden Garage Doors

For most modern homes, the garage sits front and center making it the first thing people notice when they look at the house. To maintain your home’s visual appeal, it is important to make an effort to get garage doors that are functional and blend in with the exterior décor of the house. Although wood is typically more expensive to maintain than other types of garage door materials, it is the only type of material that will blend in well with certain types of homes like colonials and Victorians. If you are thinking about getting wood garage doors, consider the advantages and disadvantages.


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Types of Wooden Garage Doors

Wood garage doors are categorized as single, double, or triple layer. Single layer doors are the most popular and are made from solid wood or framed wood inserts. While this is the cheapest type of wood door you can buy, it doesn’t offer any type of insulation. This type of door is best for unheated garages that are only used to store cars.

Double layer wood doors contain a single layer of insulation on the interior side of the door. These doors are energy efficient and great for garages that have heating and cooling capabilities. Unfortunately, the insulation is not protected in any way and is prone to damage. Triple layer doors solve this problem by sandwiching the insulation between two pieces of wood. While more durable and energy efficient than single or double layer doors, triple layer doors are the most expensive of the three types.

Pros and Cons of Wooden Garage Doors

The primary advantage of wooden garage doors is the visual appeal. Wood doors look beautiful, especially when they are stained. They can give the right type of home a unique and distinguished look. Typically the home types that would benefit the most from wood doors are Victorian and Colonial style. Wood doors also come in a variety of styles to match almost any preference.

The main disadvantage to wood doors is the expense. Wooden garage doors are expensive to maintain. To protect them from environmental elements, they must be stained and painted on a regular basis. The most common types of woods used for garage doors are spruce, pine, and fir. However, they may be made from redwood, hemlock, cedar, or some type of manufactured wood product like hardboard or plywood. The kind of wood used on your garage door will determine the amount and type of maintenance you will need to do to keep them looking and operating great.

Another disadvantage to wooden garage doors is they are not bug proof. They must be treated on a regular basis to ward off termites that can destroy them. Additionally, if they are not maintained, they can shrink and expand which usually results in cracking and splitting. However, if you are willing to put in the time, money, and effort, wooden garage doors can make your home look spectacular.

 
 
 
 

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