When it comes to choosing a garage door, one of the important aspects you will have to consider is the material. Not only does this affect how the finished door will look. It will also affect factors such as durability and insulation. Wood has been a popular building material for centuries. It is an abundant natural resource which is easy to work with, and gives an attractive finish. If you’re considering a wooden garage door, here are your options.
If the main attraction of wood is its visual appeal, consider a steel garage door with a wood effect finish. Heavy duty galvanised steel is the most common material for garage doors. It is a very strong material which offers a high level of security for your garage. Wood is naturally a better insulator than steel, but insulated steel doors offer just as much if not more energy efficiency. Nowadays, you can have very realistic looking wooden effect garage doors made from steel. These offer a range of finishes to mimic different types of wood.
If you’re looking for a real wooden garage door, you have a wide range of different types of wood to choose from. Hardwood garage doors give you an attractive finish and are excellent for an authentic, traditional look. Some hardwoods, such as oak, are not frequently used in garage doors due to their weight, but we can design doors which overcome these limitations. Teak and African okoume are more frequently used, as they are somewhat lighter than oak.
Softwoods like cedar are also used in building garage doors, but are a little more prone to damage than hardwood. Keys can leave scratches over time. Consequently, they are best as automatic doors which won’t be handled manually as often. Cedar garage doors are frequently chosen because it’s an attractive material often used for cladding. Colouring with stain can mimic many other wood species. It is therefore easy to match your garage door to your property.
If you want a timber garage door, whether you choose to go for a wooden effect over steel or real wood, here at Lakes Garage Doors we offer a wide range to suit any style or budget. Get in touch with us on 0800 1955690, as we may be able to offer it in a bespoke design.