Wood-Faced Doors or Steel? 4 Ways to Choose

Your garage door is an essential part of your home’s curb appeal and an important entry point that you likely use every day. Wood and steel are some of the top choices for garage doors, but how can homeowners decide between the two? Here are some of the things that might make your decision a little easier!

The Price of Your Garage Door

Steel garage doors are among the most popular choices today because they’re inexpensive, but they still maintain great strength. They can be similar in price to fiberglass doors while providing greater durability and resistance to any accidental bumps.

Wood-faced garage doors can vary extensively in price, but they’re certainly more expensive than steel doors overall. The aesthetics of wood-faced doors comes at a premium, so for most homeowners, the cost is going to be the prime factor when choosing between these two types of garage doors.

Matching the Look of Your Home

Both steel and wood-faced garage doors come in a wide variety of styles and finishes. Steel doors even come in faux wood finishes that replicate the appearance of more expensive wood doors. Steel doors can feature an array of designs, from muted tones to more expressive colors.

Wood-faced garage doors typically come in styles that accent the natural beauty of the wood. Older wooden doors were commonly painted. Today, they are mostly considered to be a premium option, so they are often stained to add color while accenting the natural grain pattern.

Ease of Use

Steel garage doors are much lighter than their wood equivalents. This is because the exceptional strength of steel allows for incredibly thin paneling. Wood doors are substantially thicker to achieve the same strength,

This means that opening and closing wood garage doors is much more difficult than steel doors. This isn’t a major problem when your garage door opener is operating properly, but you might have difficulty if the opener ever fails.

Durability and Longevity

Because they’re made from natural materials, wooden doors are susceptible to rot and warping. If properly maintained and kept dry, this shouldn’t be an issue. However, not everyone is willing to put in the maintenance required to keep their garage door looking great.

Steel doors are resilient under all conditions when painted properly. Scratches in the paint can allow the door to rust, but this is easily handled when scratches are identified early on and repainted.

Choosing the Right Garage Door for Your Home

At Larry Myers Garage Doors, we have an extensive selection of wood-faced, steel, and specialty garage doors. Contact us today and we can help you make the perfect choice for your unique needs.