Choosing a wood garage door to accent your home

May 12, 2010

There’s no substitute for the warm, distinctive look of wood. It offers the most design flexibility to create a one-of-a-kind door, and the species and stain options are endless. Depending on the climate and exposure, wood garage doors require more finish maintenance to maximize their appearance, longevity and performance.

To get the most out of your investment it’s important to start off by choosing the wood species best suited to your climate, location and finish requirements.

Here are some factors to consider:

  • If you live in a humid or rainy climate: Consider a Cedar or Redwood door for its durability and climate resistance.
  • If you plan to paint your garage door: MDO and MDF panels provide a grain free surface for a smooth flawless finish.
  • If you want to match an existing stain: Hemlock is the best choice.
  • If you live in a coastal region: Local building code requirements may mandate a Hemlock stile and rail construction on doors over 10’ wide.
  • If you have Redwood or Cedar siding on your home: Consider a matching wood species for your door to create a cohesive appearance.
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