Wood is a great material for garage doors. Naturally strong and durable, wood panels perform better on a garage door than steel panels do. Wood garage doors tend to last longer than garage doors made from other materials, with fewer problems to boot.
Still, it’s important to choose the right wood for your garage doors. Wood is a natural material, so not all wood panels will perform the same on your garage door. Factors such as type of wood, condition of wood and treatment can make a huge difference in terms of your garage door’s durability. Let’s take a closer look at those factors.
Your garage doors protect everything inside your garage from both the elements and intruders, so they need to be strong. Certain types of wood are stronger than others. For example, Balsa wood provides less resistance to impact than the 2013 Dallas Cowboys defense did to opponents. It’s important to choose wood from a tree that resembles the Doomsday Defense of old — strong and unrelenting.
Cedar, Redwood, Oak, Walnut and Maple are all types of wood that are great for garage doors. The fiber density in these types of wood can make them difficult to cut by hand, but it also helps keep them intact when exposed to the elements. The availability, price, texture and color of these types of wood can vary; some of them also look better stained than others do.
Cedar and Redwood are great choices for garage door panels, as they provide an aesthetically pleasing reddish-brown hue. They’re also more readily available across swaths of the United States than some other types of wood are (particularly Maple).
As with any living organism, wood can vary greatly in terms of condition. Regardless of where trees are located, they need moisture to survive. This is a major reason why few trees grow in the deserts and high plains that cover a significant portion of the western United States.
It’s important to thoroughly vet the wood you choose for your garage doors. Ask the following questions:
- Did it come from a lumber yard or the scrap heap?
- Has it been forested recently, or is it an older cut that’s been exposed to the elements in its current form for a long time?
- What region does the wood come from?
- Has that region been in a drought recently, or has there been adequate moisture there?
Getting satisfactory answers to these questions should help ensure that you get a product that’s built to last. And of course, you should always check the wood you’re considering for any signs of decay or rotting, since that could be a harbinger of troubles to come.
Once you’ve chosen the best wood for your garage doors, it’s time to make sure the panels are treated properly. Thorough and proper treatment will give the wood panels the fortifying tough they need.
It’s important to get kiln-dried wood for your garage door panels. This will ensure that moisture content within the wood is lowered, thereby reducing the opportunities for decay, splintering and swelling.
Why is kiln drying so crucial? Wood is naturally porous, allowing it to absorb moisture in the atmosphere. If your garage doors contain Green Wood — or wood that hasn’t been dried in a thoroughly controlled environment — changes in the relative humidity of the air could impact the moisture content of the wood panels. This change could make the wood too malleable or even change its external composition — thereby affecting its ability to be an effect silent guardian for your garage.
To recap, the best wood garage doors use strong types of wood that are in good condition and have had moisture extracted through a controlled drying process.
What else do you look for when you’re looking for materials for your garage doors? Let us know in the comments below.
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