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Real Wood vs. Faux Wood Garage Doors

Add the word “faux” in front of anything and it’s easy to assume that the fake material is a poor substitution for the original thing. Many consumers are wary of faux wood garage doors for this very reason, and yet faux wood doors have many properties that appeal to homeowners shopping for a replacement garage door. Compare real vs. faux wood garage doors to see the pros and cons of each.

Why Choose Faux Wood Garage Doors

We have to admit, we’ve been fooled by faux wood garage doors every now and then. They really are that good. Built from fiberglass, faux wood doors capture everything you love about real wood doors, down to the textured wood grain.
You’ll get the look and feel of wood, but when you pick a faux wood garage door, you won’t get all the negatives of real wood, such as:

  • Warping
  • Swelling
  • Rot
  • Water damage
  • Maintenance

While you can paint faux wood doors, they are available in several predetermined colors. If you paint the door, you will need to repaint it every few years, just as you would with real wood. If you stick with a pre-finished door, the door will look just as good decades after installation as on the first day, plus there is zero maintenance on your part.

Faux wood garage doors are a midrange price point option. They do cost more than metal garage doors, but, they are susceptible to cracking due to age, and a cracked garage door must be replaced.

Why Choose Real Wood Garage Doors

Wood is a premium garage door option and comes at a premium price point.
For some homeowners, the price break of a faux wood door isn’t substantial enough to dissuade them from choosing wood. When you consider the lifetime of the garage door, the few hundred dollars between a wood and faux wood door become negligible. If you love the look of wood, then you should stick with a wood door.

Wood is attractive and durable, as long as it is properly maintained with painting or staining every few years. A water-resistant coating can help extend the lifespan of a wood door and protect against environmental damage.

Wood doors come in a wide range of styles and can be customized to match with the style of your home. For a high-end look, you might consider hemlock, cedar, or redwood.

Wood doors do not dent, which is great news for parents of active children, who may scratch a steel or fiberglass door during play.

The good news is, whether you select a wood or faux wood door, you are adding value to your home by replacing an old garage door with a fresh, efficient model. Start your next home repair project with help from the talented team at the Overhead Door of Oklahoma City™.

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