There’s nothing quite like the look of an elegant and warm-looking wood garage door to set off the front of your home. In terms of curb appeal, timber has it in spades. There are hundreds of designs to choose from and if you have the budget, you can get a completely unique, custom-designed door. If you are thinking about investing in a wooden door, there are a few important things to consider before you buy.
Choosing the Wood Species
One of the most important factors in your choice of wooden garage door should be the species of wood used in its construction. Popular species used in garage door construction are Hemlock, Cedar and Redwood. You can also get doors constructed from oak, fir and walnut. Cedar and Redwood garage doors are a sensible choice if you live in a rainy or damp climate. These materials also look great if you already have Cedar or Redwood siding on your home exterior. Matching the siding with a garage door of the same material is a great way to add a cohesive appearance to your home.
Make sure you find out about any specific building code requirements in your locality. For example, in some coastal locations, garage doors over 10 feet in width must be constructed with Hemlock stiles and rails. Hemlock is a good choice of material if you plan to stain your garage door. If you intend to paint your door instead, wood garage doors with MDF or MDO panels make it easier to get the best finish, without any roughness or flaws.
Initial and Ongoing Maintenance
Garage doors constructed of wood do require a bit more maintenance than other materials. It’s important to bear that in mind. However if you’re prepared to put in just a little effort, the beautiful appearance of natural wood makes the small amount of work worthwhile. Just remember that if you neglect this maintenance, your door won’t look so attractive after two or three years and may even develop problems with opening and closing.
The most important thing is to protect your wood garage door from moisture. Before installation, your garage door should be primed and painted, or stained. The stain or paint should be of a high quality and should repel water. It should also be mold, mildew and UV light resistant. The extra investment in a good quality finish for your door will prevent any warping, rotting, cracking or fading. If you prefer not to finish the door yourself, you should be able to purchase one that’s sealed, stained and ready to go from a good garage door supplier.This initial protection represents the bulk of maintenance work you will need to do. After that it’s just a case of repainting or staining your wood garage door every three or four years.
For enhancing the curb appeal of your home, wood is a practical and attractive option which will last for years if you protect it. If you have a garage door opening that is not of a standard size, wood is probably your best choice as it’s possible to customize the door construction. Customizable, adaptable and attractive, what’s not to love about wooden garage doors?