Your home's garage door is an integral part of the home. However, when this door starts to get old, it can become less effective, increasing the risk of damage to items inside your garage. In a worst-case scenario, a weak or damaged garage door may allow a criminal to enter your home. If you haven't had your garage door replaced in a while, it may be time to get a new one.
Consider the following reasons for choosing wood as the material for your next garage door.
They Are Durable
Steel garage doors are usually considered the most durable, especially if you choose a thick gauge. However, wooden garage doors (as long as you don't get plywood) are also incredibly durable, and they aren't prone to dents or scratches like metal garage doors.
You will need to ensure that you take good care of your garage door because it can become susceptible to warping or rotting if you don't keep the door painted and sealed. Good weather stripping along the bottom will prevent the door from touching standing water when closed. Depending on the type of wood you choose, you may need to repaint and reseal the door more often.
They Have Natural Insulation
For some homeowners, a well-insulated garage doesn't matter. However, if you store anything that can be damaged by heat or cold, such as photo albums, movies, and old electronics, a poorly insulated door can allow the weather to damage these items. Also, if you have rooms above the garage, a cold or hot garage can cause heat gain or heat loss inside the living space.
Wooden garage doors are a good investment because they provide natural insulation - you won't have to pay to have insulating material added to them.
They Can Be Customized
When you get a wooden garage door, you can often have it customized to your specifications. Of course, as with steel and vinyl garage doors, you can choose from base models, but if you want something unique for your garage door, a wooden door can give you what you want.
One thing you can customize is the type of wood. Many people choose cedar because it is naturally resistant to rot and insects. However, redwood doors are another option to consider. They are more expensive but more durable against warping. Of course, you can also customize the design, the color, and the type of windows.
They May Increase the Value of Your Home
A new garage door is an investment. If you choose a wooden garage door, you may anywhere from $400 to $3,000 or more, depending on the type of wood and the customizations you choose. You may also pay more if your garage door opener needs to be replaced or you want additional features, such as a smart garage door opener.
The advantage, however, to installing new garage doors is that they have a great return on investment. Regardless of which type, a new garage door may have 82.5 to 88.4 percent. return on investment when you sell your home. Funnily enough, however, mid-range doors usually have a better return on investment than high-end models.
A new garage door can be just what your home needs to be more secure and look great. Plus, a new door (even a mid-range one) can increase the value of your home. Wooden garage doors provide natural durability and insulation. They can be expensive, but they can also be designed to your personal preferences. For more information about wooden garage doors or garage doors made out of other materials, contact us at JKH Door Service Company today.