Buying a new garage door is a big investment. If your garage door faces the street, it can have a huge impact on the curb appeal and value of your home. Choosing the right door is obviously very important, and you want to make sure you get the right balance of beauty, performance, and value for your needs. Here are some of the pros and cons to bear in mind if you’re considering a custom wood garage door for your next garage door purchase.
Pro: Wood Garage Doors Offer Design Flexibility. The appeal of a wood garage door is undeniable. Depending on the design, finishes, and hardware used on the door, a wood door can look modern or traditional and will pair well with just about any architectural style. Custom wood garage doors also have the advantage of being built to suit, which means that you can easily accommodate overly tall, wide, or arched garage door openings.
Pro: Wood Doors Don’t Dent. Unlike steel doors, wood garage doors won’t dent if they get hit with a stray ball or toy. This means that they can often provide a better value over time.
Pro: Wood Doors Can Be Eco-Friendly. A custom wood garage door can be designed with your green ideals in mind. For example, we can use reclaimed wood to achieve a rustic, vintage look and give you the beauty of wood without having to cut down any new trees.
Con: Wood Doors Require More Maintenance. While steel doors usually come with a baked-on finish that never needs maintenance, wood doors may need to be repainted or re-stained several times during their lifespan. Failing to do so can expose the wood to the elements and cause it to dry out and crack or swell up with moisture and warp.
Con: Wood Doors Are Poor Insulators. Most steel doors come with the option of adding additional insulation to improve the energy efficiency of your garage and help reduce ambient noise. Wood doors will not provide this same level of insulation.
Con: Wood Doors Are Heavy. Another drawback of wood doors is their weight. A solid wood door tends to be heavier than a steel or vinyl one, which means you will need a more powerful garage door opener to operate it.
If you want to learn more about custom wood garage doors, a friendly, knowledgeable representative from Carroll Garage Doors will be happy to assist you.