There’s something about a wooden garage door that makes them unlike any other. There’s a reason faux wood finishes, wood composites and other products that imitate the look and feel of natural wood are so popular. A wood garage door has a classic look to it that goes perfectly with many different kinds of homes. At Halo Overhead Doors, we have many types of wood-based garage doors for you to choose from. With us, you’re sure to find the wood door that’s just right for you.
Wood vs. Faux Wood Garage Doors
What do we mean when we talk about faux wood doors? How are they different from wood doors?
Faux wood doors are steel doors but with wood features. They have a steel core but may have wood cladding and overlays. The result is that the outer shell of the door is primarily wood, so the door looks and feels like wood. The inside, however, is steel, so your door has the durability and toughness that implies. Faux wood doors tend to be lighter and cheaper, while genuine wood doors tend to be heavier and more expensive but generally well worth the higher price tag for the authentic look. A real wood door is a natural wood through and through.
Pros of Wood Garage Doors
So why are wood garage doors a popular choice among homeowners? Let’s break down a few of the reasons why wood garage doors appeal to so many homeowners and why you may want to consider one for your home.
1. They’re Durable
One of the best qualities of a wood garage door is how durable it is. Unlike aluminum and steel doors, wood doors don’t dent. A wood door is perfect for households that may be more concerned with damages to their garage doors, such as households with active children or located in an area with severe storms. For a door that can stand up to the elements, you’ll want a wood garage door.
2. They’re Visually Appealing
There’s nothing wrong with beauty playing a factor in your decision-making process when it comes to selecting your new garage door. Wood garage doors are known for their authentic, warm, rich look. When you decide to purchase a wood garage door, you can select the type of wood, stain and design you want. A few of the popular wood garage door designs are classic, contemporary and carriage style.
3. They’re Customizable
In addition to being highly durable and visually appealing, wood garage doors are also customizable. If you want a door that stands out, a custom wood door is a perfect choice. Select whatever design, wood type and finish you prefer for a door that’s uniquely you.
4. They Come in a Range of Prices
For the least expensive wood doors, you can expect a lightweight frame that is insulated and wrapped in a hardboard skin or in plywood. The more expensive wood doors tend to be frame-and-panel doors made from redwood, mahogany, cedar or hemlock.
Cons of Wood Garage Doors
Of course, wood garage doors aren’t perfect for every homebuyer. Their drawbacks include the following.
1. They’re Susceptible to Water Damage
Wood doors tend to be more vulnerable to water damage than other garage door materials. Wood doors can rot, bow and otherwise become damaged when exposed to moisture. To combat this, you should have your door water-sealed regularly.
2. They May Lack Sufficient Insulation
With some wood doors, a lack of insulation can pose a problem. To combat this, choose a thicker wood door or one that you can have filled with insulation.
3. They’re High-Maintenance
Compared to other garage door materials, wood garage doors tend to require a bit more maintenance and upkeep. This maintenance typically includes painting or staining every two years to retain a fresh, warm look.
4. They Can Cost More
Perhaps the biggest con for some homeowners is that wood doors generally cost more than other garage doors. Because they are heavier and can be custom-made, they’ll cost more than steel or aluminum doors. You’ll also need to keep in mind the time that needs to be allotted to ordering and having the door built.
For most homeowners, wood garage doors are well worth the investment due to the increased curb appeal and home value.
Wood and Faux Wood Clopay® Garage Doors
At Halo Overhead Doors, we offer many wood and faux wood door options from Clopay for you to choose from. These options include the CLASSIC™ Wood Collection, the RESERVE® Wood Collection and the CANYON RIDGE® Collection.
1. CLASSIC™ Wood Collection
These wood, raised-panel doors are designed in the style of Clopay’s CLASSIC™ steel doors. Our CLASSIC™ Wood Collection doors come in handcrafted hemlock, redwood and cedar, and the natural wood truly brings out the raised panel design.
2. RESERVE® Wood Collection
These beautiful, handcrafted wood doors come in a variety of styles to suit your home. The RESERVE® WOOD Collection LIMITED EDITION Series features a vintage carriage house design. The RESERVE WOOD® Collection MODERN Series, meanwhile, gives you the clean lines and streamlined look of a modern door combined with the natural authenticity and old-style charm of wood. If neither of those suit your style, but you know you still want a RESERVE® Wood Collection door, ask about the Clopay RESERVE® WOOD collection CUSTOM series or RESERVE® WOOD collection SEMI-CUSTOM series.
3. CANYON RIDGE® Collection
If the idea of getting the best of both worlds when it comes to a garage door with a faux wood door appeals to you, we present to you the Clopay CANYON RIDGE® Collection. These insulated carriage house doors have all the strength, durability and energy-efficiency of a modern steel door with Intellicore® polystyrene insulation with faux wood composite cladding and overlays. The effect is a garage door that fits in seamlessly with any vintage home that has maintenance requirements and durability more in line with a steel door.
Contact Halo Overhead Doors for Your Wood or Faux Wood Door Today
Whether it’s a faux wood door you’re after or you have your heart set on a natural wood door, Halo Overhead Doors can help. If you’re looking for a residential or commercial garage door in or around Houston, come down to our enormous showroom to see samples of some of the many quality Clopay wood and faux wood doors we offer. To find out more, call us at (281) 783-3338 or contact us online today.