Steel garage doors vs. wood garage doors is a popular debate most homeowners have when they are planning a garage door replacement project. The argument is usually the same:
- Steel garage doors are low maintenance, durable, and energy-efficient.
- On the other hand, wood garage doors are timeless in their style, warmth, and natural beauty.
What if we told you its possible to have the best of both worlds?
Steel Garage Doors with Wood Grain Surfaces
Plenty of garage door manufacturers offer steel garage doors with faux-wood grain finishes. For example, Overhead Door offers garage doors with durable steel construction with Therma-Tru AccuGrain technologyoffering homeowners the beauty of wood
without the maintenance. The door is essentially a steel garage door with a molded wood-grain fiberglass surface.
Wayne Dalton also takes advantage of Therma-Trus AccuGrain technology, claiming fiberglass is as close as you can get to the warmth and beauty of wood with less maintenance. This faux-wood surface conceals the durable steel construction and comes in a variety of grains, including mahogany, oak, walnut, cherry, and more.
Garage door manufacturer Haas also offers a similar product. Its doors feature corrosion resistant embossed wood grain steel, offering an insulation R-value six times higher than wood (and a lifetime warranty!).
Lets not forgot Amarr! Amarr recently introduced what it calls dual-directional woodgrain colors, which offer a more realistic, natural woodgrain appearance. According to Amarrs blog,
The new dual-directional woodgrain colors offer a horizontal woodgrain pattern on the rails of a garage door section and a vertical woodgrain pattern on the stiles and panels. The result is a much more distinctive woodgrain pattern that can be seen from the end of a typical driveway. Dual-directional woodgrain colors are a great way for homeowners to mimic the look of natural wood but with the practicality and affordability of a steel garage door.
Hamilton Parker Project Spotlight: Steel Garage Door with Wood Overlay
Looks like wood, right? Well thats because it is! Kind of.
For this project, the customer was interested in wood garage door installation, but ended up choosing steel garage doors with a cedar overlay by C.H.I. Overhead Doors. By choosing a steel garage door with a wood overlay, the customer was able to install a more energy efficient, insulated garage door with an R-value of 10.78.
Prior to installation, we stained and sealed the garage doors to maximize their appearance and longevity. Overall, the client was extremely happy with the final product.
If youre interested in installing a new garage door in the Columbus, OH area, contact The Hamilton Parker Company today. One of our professional garage door installation experts will come to your home or business to discuss your garage door options, take measurements, and offer suggestions.