Buyer Guide for Wood-Look (Faux Wood) Garage Doors

Few materials provide the warmth, elegance and sophistication of wood. It has been a common building material for hundreds of years and remains an immensely popular option for homeowners today. It is also one the most coveted materials for garage doors, as it provides a classic look and often blends well with rest of the home’s facade.

Although highly coveted, wood is also one of the most expensive building materials and, therefore, an unfeasible option for many homeowners. Luckily, faux wood garage doors, a more affordable product that mimics the appearance of real wood, have recently seen many improvements and are becoming an increasingly popular alternative. Exceptionally durable and beautiful, these doors are an ideal blend of function and fashion. If you’re looking for a new garage door and would like to make a signature statement with the exterior of your home, consider upgrading to faux wood garage doors.

In this article, we will explain what wood-look garage doors are, how they compare to authentic wood doors and how to match them with the rest of your home.

What Is a Faux Wood Garage Door?

Faux wood doors feature a steel, aluminum or fiberglass core and are finished using an overlay of faux wood or a wood composite. Traditional wood garage doors, in contrast, are made of solid wood, with some of the most common species being cedar, hemlock, redwood and Douglas fir.

Faux wood garage doors, especially high-quality products, possess the beauty of real wood. In some cases, the exteriors of faux wood garage doors contain real pieces of wood to more convincingly imitate wood’s grain and texture. In fact, many of these products resemble actual wood so closely that only professionals can tell the difference.

They also come with a number of other benefits. They’re significantly lighter than authentic wood, are more durable, require less upkeep, and are more economical. 

Regardless of what type of home you own, a faux wood garage door will be a beautiful addition and blend seamlessly with the rest of your home. Whether your home is more modern and incorporates the latest and greatest home design trends or has a more traditional aesthetic, the rich, elegant look of wood-like garage doors will surely enhance your home’s curb appeal. 

Comparing Composite Wood and Real Wood Garage Doors

Wood-look doors have both the appearance and functionality of wood garage doors, allowing you to enjoy the appeal of wood without spending a ton of money. There are some differences between the two options, though, such as the following:

1. How Much Upkeep Is Required?

Wood garage door maintenance is notoriously involved. Wood garage doors require lots of upkeep, which includes staining, painting and other activities. 

Without proper upkeep, garage doors are susceptible to weather and other factors such as moisture and termites. Because of this, homeowners will need to sand down and repaint their wood garage doors once every few years. Unfortunately, this is not something that can be put off — if it is not regularly painted and re-sealed, it will become vulnerable to rotting or bowing in the winter due to the colder temperatures.

With faux wood, you get the look of authentic wood without the tedious upkeep. If you’d rather not spend a lot of time and money maintaining your garage door, faux garage doors may be a good option for you. Faux wood garage doors are also much easier to clean than real wood doors.

The lifespan of these doors is significantly longer than that of traditional wood doors and can go many years without the upkeep that wood doors require.

2. Does a Faux Wood Garage Door Look Like Real Wood?

As is the case with practically any product, faux wood doors can vary greatly in quality. While the highest-quality options are virtually indistinguishable from real wood, some less-expensive options are not as convincing, especially when viewed up close. Some would even say that the more economical wood-look doors do not look or feel at all like the real thing.

Although there are many high-quality products that perfectly resemble real wood, make sure to examine the products thoroughly before you buy one. Taking a close look at samples or visiting a home that has the door you’re considering are great ways to assess the authenticity of a certain product. Quality Overhead Door provides a large selection of premium wood-look garage door products.

3. How Durable Is Faux Wood Compared to Real Wood?

Faux wood doors, due to their sturdy core and wood overlay, hold up better against the harsh elements, including the sun, rain, storms and extreme temperatures. They are resistant to all types of damage, including cracks and dings. Since faux wood doors can’t crack, moisture cannot make its way inside and cause rot or other forms of damage. This ultimately increases the lifespan of the door and helps it retain its attractiveness over time.

Normal wood garage doors do not dent, but they may rot, warp or bow in cold or inclement weather if not properly weatherproofed. However, if wood garage doors do experience any of the above forms of damage, the entire door does not necessarily have to be replaced — only the damaged panels.

The direction your house faces may influence your decision as well. If your garage faces west or south, real wood doors may not be the best option. Doors facing these directions are most exposed to the sun, and as a result, will require even more maintenance to maintain their original appearance.

In certain climates, wood doors will crack or dry out too much. Wood-look doors, on the other hand, are designed to look hold up in any climate.

4. How Easy is the Installation of Fake Wood vs. Real Wood Garage Doors?

Wood-look garage doors generally take less time to install than real wood garage doors, which is partly due to their lighter weight.

5. What Is the Availability of Each Option?

Because wood-look garage doors aren’t custom-made, they are usually readily available. Choosing a faux wood door will save you both time and money, as there will be no need to wait for your door to be made.

Authentic wood doors, on the other hand, are custom-made, which means there will be a wait between ordering and installation, and the length of the wait will be affected by how much you choose to customize it.

6. How Heavy Are Faux Wood vs. Real Wood Garage Doors?

One of wood’s biggest drawbacks is its heaviness. Its weight may require special springs and openers, and if you need to manually operate it, it will not be easy.

Faux wood doors are significantly lighter, which also means they’re easier to install and manually open.

7. How Customizable Is Each Option?

Wood-look garage doors come in a vast array of colors and styles, so there is a good chance you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for. Colors include darker shades like Caoba and lighter ones like Classic Cedar, and styles include Mediterranean, raised-panel and the zen-like smooth flush.

You can also choose to paint your faux wood door, although this will involve repainting it every few years.

Authentic wood doors generally provide more customization options, including:

  • Color
  • Wood type
  • Stain
  • Raised panels with artistic carvings 
  • Wood grain patterns with designs that are horizontal, vertical, chevron or herringbone 
  • Glass panels framed in wood
  • Rows of windows down the side, across the top or in a mosaic arrangement. 

While customizing your wood garage door is fun, this does mean you’ll have to wait for some time while it’s being built. If your timeline is constricted, it may be better to go with a faux wood garage door instead.

How to Match Your Wood-Like Garage Door to Your Home

If you’re interested in a faux-wood door for your own home but are not sure how to match it with the rest of your exterior, consider the following tips:

  • Match the garage door and house color. Paint the garage door the same color as that of your house, not the color of the trim or white — unless your house color is white. Painting your garage door and house the same color can make your house appear larger. 
  • Paint all trim the same color. In most cases, it looks best to paint the trim around your garage doors to match the trim on the rest of your home’s exterior. However, in some instances, it may be better not to call attention to the trim by painting it in a contrasting color. 
  • Use different accent colors for the garage doors and front door. Using the same color for both can often make the garage door stand out too much and may chop up the facade of your home.
  • Limit the garage door to one color. Although certain historic or special doors may call for more than one color, most garage doors look better when painted a single hue.
  • For brick homes, find a garage door color that matches the brick. This ensures the color of your garage door will blend well with the rest of your exterior and improve your home’s curb appeal.
  • Choose a beautiful color for your front door. To help draw attention away from your garage door and toward the entrance (the focal point of your home) pick a striking and appealing color for the front door. Other ways to draw attention to your front door include lighting, flowers, a bench or other tasteful elements around the door.
  • Choose a single style for both doors. Picking the same style for your garage door and front door is an effective way to boost your home’s curb appeal. It will give your home a more uniform look and make it feel more welcoming and comforting. Both garage doors and front doors are highly customizable, and there are many colors, window designs and decorative and functional hardware styles to choose from. Choose options that complement your home’s overall style or that of your neighborhood.

Let Quality Overhead Door Install Your Wood-Look Garage Door

Garage doors are large and heavy, and installing them is a potentially dangerous and time-consuming process that should be left to professionals. Furthermore, installing them incorrectly can put you and your family in danger — garage doors are under much tension, and their springs or cables could snap if improperly installed. It’s true you may save money in the short term by installing your garage door yourself, but incorrect installation can lead to pricey repairs down the road.

It’s best to leave this complicated and risky process in the hands of a professional installer. If you live in Northwest Ohio or Southeast Michigan, you’re going to want the experienced technicians at Quality Overhead Door to perform this service.

If you ever experience any issues with your garage door, we also have the expertise to diagnose the problem and get your door back up and running. Our experienced team of technicians service all makes and models of garage doors and many other products, such as entry doors, fireplaces and awnings.

If you’re shopping for a new garage door, we offer a wide selection of high-quality doors, so you’re likely to find the product to suit your home style and personal tastes. We are authorized dealers of the industry-leading brands Clopay, CHI, Wayne Dalton and LiftMaster.

Quality Overhead Door has been serving the Toledo community since 1982, and we attribute the longevity of our business to our trustworthiness, our massive selection of products, the experience of our employees and our superior customer service. Our goal is to see our customers happy with their overhead doors at their homes or businesses. Whether we’re performing installation, maintenance or repairs, we work hard to provide superior service that gets the job done efficiently.

We want our customers to be satisfied with every aspect of our services. We provide free estimates for any installations, and we always send highly qualified technicians to provide services, which means you’ll never have to deal with a contractor. We also only install products from top-rated manufacturers and provide a free warranty on all products we install — so you can be sure we always stand by the work we do.

If you have any questions regarding our installations, services or product lines, our responsive and knowledgeable team would be happy to answer them. Call us at 419-578-8700 or get in touch through our online contact form


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