For most home, the garage door takes up a large percentage of the front facade of your home. As such, it has a big impact on the overall look of your home. This means that it is very important to carefully consider the motif when choosing a new overhead garage door. Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Raleigh, NC knows that it’s possible to upgrade to a new garage door with a rustic look.
There are a few options you have to choose from. Your budget will determine which option is best for you and your needs.
The Original Rustic Material
Whatever else the rustic look consists of, it is founded on wood. The natural, unvarnished texture of wood is the foundation of this theme. As such, there’s nothing quite like real wood to get a new garage door with a rustic look.
Another advantage of choosing natural wood is the versatility of the material. Wood can be customized to any size you need. If can even be shaped to fit uneven floors or other imperfections. Repairs tend to be easier and less costly as individual parts can be replaced. Wood also provides great insulation for both heat and sound.
Wooden Door Options
There are several choices when it comes to building materials for authentic wooden doors. You can opt for plywood, cedar, redwood, or mahogany.
Plywood is the most cost effective of these possible doors. It’s lightweight and inexpensive. The drawbacks to plywood include a less attractive finish, lower R-factor in the insulation, and tendency to rot especially in moisture. These drawbacks can be lessened by adding a thin layer of more expensive wood and including insulation between the wood and plywood.
Cedar is another favorite for garage doors. Cedar is great for resisting moisture, rot, and insects. It is also a beautiful red or white in its natural state, or can be stained or painted to match your home. To maintain its durability, a cedar door will need to be treated every couple of years to protect it.
Redwood doors begin getting into the more expensive materials. They offer a very strong and beautiful door for your home. Redwood has a tendency towards warping in areas with high moisture and heat. As a result, most redwood doors are constructed by layering the wood and gluing them together.
Mahogany is like the Cadillac of garage doors. The classic, luxurious look is highly sought after. Mahogany is a solid, durable wood. It is also, therefore quite heavy. Make sure your garage door opener can handle the additional weight this will cause. You’ll also want to get high-quality rollers and tracks to compensate for the additional stress.
If you decide not to go with natural wood, you still have options. Fiberglass, aluminum, and steel are versatile materials that can be viable options.
Fiberglass is relatively new to the garage door industry. It can be molded to many looks, including a rustic wood look. However, the technology is not quite ready for prime time yet. The material can yellow over time. The doors don’t stand up well in cold climates. Their insulation isn’t very effective and the fiberglass can warp.
Steel is a low-cost but high-quality option. It is a durable and strong material. Steel can also be molded to just about any finish, including a wood look.
Aluminum can be embossed with a wood grain look to compliment your rustic decor. It is also a durable alternative to wood. Modern aluminum doors feature foam cores for added insulation.
If it’s time for you to upgrade to a new garage door with a rustic look, Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Raleigh, North Carolina is ready to help you. Call today and one of our professional customer service representatives will guide you step by step through the process of picking out the best door and door material for your needs and your budget. Our trained certified technicians can be on site quickly to consult with you face to face. After your new door arrives, we can begin work right away. Your new garage door can be up and running faster than you think.