If you are replacing an old garage door or selecting one for your new home you already know that you have a lot of choices in terms of door design and materials. There is a strong trend toward carriage house doors and natural wood materials. Many manufacturers will help you design wooden garage doors that will accent your home with woods natural beauty. In terms of garage doors pricing, they can be expensive with some exceeding $5000. Natural all wooden garage doors do require a higher degree of maintenance and are subject to warping. In general, all wood doors do not have the strength of metal garage doors.
Probably a smarter option is to install a metal garage door that has an exterior layer of wood. The major benefit of this type of door comes from the fact that a garage door with panels framed with steel is stronger and more secure. In addition, the new metal garage doors can be insulated to a higher R-value than an all wood door. However, you will still have to spend more time maintaining the exterior wood surfaces just like your wood on all wooden garage doors. Continue reading