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As a part of our effort to educate customers, we’ve spent the month cataloguing the pros and cons of different garage door materials.

In this article, we’ll dive into the pros and cons of wood garage doors.

After moving through this, as well as our guides on steel and vinyl doors, you’ll be able to choose the type of garage door that’s best for your needs.

Pros and Cons of Wood Garage Doors

Durability and Weather Resistance

Wood is a very strong material that holds up well against impact. It won’t dent like steel or crack as easily as vinyl. However, scratches can show up more easily in wood’s paint or staining. It will also require regular maintenance to keep it safe from the weather and moisture. Just as steel garage doors are prone to rusting, wood is prone to rot.

If you’re up for performing regular maintenance or making the occasional repair when a storm hits, wood garage doors can be a fine option when it comes to durability.

Appearance and Curbside Appeal

High-quality wood looks good no matter where it’s found. Customizing it with an elegant design and staining it with a desirable color puts it over the top in terms of curb appeal. Due to how easily wood can be manipulated, you can decorate and customize wood garage doors however you like.

If you’re looking for an elegant look, wood garage doors can add tremendous appeal that complements your home.

Energy Efficiency and Insulation

Like steel, wood is not an excellent material when it comes to energy efficiency for your home. Worse still, wood is not as good at insulating as even steel or vinyl.

That being said, there’s always a solution and wooden garage doors are no different. You can purchase a variety of wood doors that contain enough insulation to keep energy costs low.


This is where installing a wood garage door loses out against the competition. Natural wood doors are a luxury item for those who can afford it and keep up with the maintenance.

It’s a big investment to purchase a wooden garage door that’s ornate with customization and provides adequate insulation for your garage and household. Unlike vinyl, your wood door won’t

hold up just as-is either. You’ll need to spend additional time and money reapplying paint or stain finishing as well as weather-protective sealants.

There’s no shortcut around the costs if you want to get the most out of a solid wood door. Otherwise, your investment will quickly rot or warp, ruining the entire package. As an alternative, you might consider using faux wood which is cheaper all-around.

Wood Garage Door Installation – Unique Garage Door Services

If you’re interested in pursuing a wooden garage door, Unique Garage Door Services is here to help. Our expertise in the industry ensures customer satisfaction regardless of the material you desire.

You can start by contacting us today for a free estimate. For questions and concerns regarding our services and installations, call us at (954) 703-4054!

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