Wood Vs. Steel Garage Doors: How to Choose the Right Option for your Home

Wood Garage Doors MilwaukeeWhen it comes to replacing or installing a garage door, there are several options to consider. One of the biggest decisions homeowners are faced with when selecting a new garage door is which material will best fit their needs.

Wood and steel garage doors are typically the two popular options and there are pros and cons for each. Garage doors are an investment and you want to be sure you are happy with your choice for years to come.

Let’s take a quick look at some important criteria to take into consideration when selecting your new garage door.

Steel Carriage House Doors - MadisonAesthetics: Wood Garage Doors Add an Elegant, Timeliness Beauty to Your Home

The rich beauty and craftsmanship of wood garage doors is often why homeowners select wood garage doors over steel or vinyl. If you replace your existing garage door with a wood door, you can expect the curb appeal of your home to dramatically improve, particularly if your garage faces the street.

But not only that, a wood garage door can increase the property value of your home as well.  On the other hand, since wood garage doors tend to be on the higher end of the price range, there are now many steel doors that mimic the look of a wooden door that you could also consider if budget is a concern for you.

Steel garage doors with wood stain finishWhat Kind of Maintenance is Required with Wood Garage Doors?

While wooden doors are beautiful, unlike steel doors, they do require upkeep. If you are considering a wood garage door, you’ll need to refinish or paint the door every few years.

For many homeowners; this minimal amount of maintenance is a small price to pay for the timeless beauty of a wood garage door.

Steel Garage Doors Can Handle the Elements

A steel door will not be affected by humidity, rain and heat the way a wooden door is. Since a garage door faces the elements on a daily basis, all of these factors come into play when choosing which material suits your taste for a new garage door.

When Insulation is a Concern

For many people, the level of insulation their door provides is an important factor in selecting a garage door. This can be especially important for garages that are attached to the home or used as workshops.

Typically, steel does tend to be a better insulator than wood, but there are wood doors available now that do contain insulation. A well-insulated steel door will help keep your garage cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Do Steel Doors Rust?

It is not uncommon for a homeowner to have concerns that a steel garage door will rust. In most cases, steel garage doors are finished with a polyester coating that will prevent your steel door from rusting. If you have a cheaper steel door that does rust, it often isn’t difficult or time-consuming to remove the rust and restore the door back to normal.

What About Dents and Scratches?

Another concern homeowners have with steel doors is that they will dent or scratch. Although with enough force, you could dent nearly any door, choosing higher density steel will help prevent this from happening. A thick 24 gauge steel, for example, will hold up much better than a less sturdy 28 gauge steel. The stronger the steel, the less likely it is for the door to dent and scratch with regular wear and tear.

There are pros and cons to both wood and steel doors, and only you as the homeowner can decide which garage door is the right choice for you, your family and your home. A wood garage door will be a beautiful addition to your home, but it does have its drawbacks. It will be necessary to put in a little time to maintain your wood door.

A steel door will potentially last longer and require less maintenance. However, if you love the look of a wood door, but want the benefits of a steel door, you might want to consider a steel door with the look of wood or have a look at the popular Haas American Tradition garage doors. These garage doors offer the dramatic effect of a painted wood garage door without the maintenance.

We Can Help You Choose the Perfect Garage Door for Your Home

If you are ready to explore your garage door options, call or email Lifetime Door Company at (262) 783-4004 or (608) 284-5920. We offer free estimates, with affordable flat rate pricing and no hidden fees.

Lifetime Door Company is Wisconsin’s largest Liftmaster and Haas garage door dealer, with more 2000 Haas garage doors in stock. Offering 24-hour emergency repairs, Lifetime is staffed with professionally trained, uniformed technicians who have an average of 15+ years with us. Our selection and service cannot be beat. Don’t settle for ordinary when extraordinary service and selection is within reach!


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