How Much Does a Wood Garage Door Cost?
As many homes are built with two-car, three-car or even larger garages, the garage door is increasingly becoming the focal point of a home's exterior. Wood garage doors are available in standard, mass produced varieties or custom-built to a homeowner's specifications. Before aluminum or vinyl garage doors became popular, wood was the most popular material for construction of a garage door. Although wood doors dropped in popularity for several decades, they are experiencing a resurgence as homeowners seek a customizable and classic look when remodeling a home or building a new one.
- The average minimum price of a wood garage door is $1,235.
- The average maximum price of a wood garage door is $2,756.
The average prices listed above are for a standard size, single width, wood garage door. A doublewide garage door costs about twice as much as a single-width door and averages $4,150. In addition to the cost of the wood garage door, there are some additional costs that homeowners need to plan for when scheduling the installation. Door mounting hardware, paint or sealant for the garage door will add an average of $129 to the overall project cost. Upgrading to a premium quality of wood or ordering a custom-size garage door also increases the cost of the project. Homeowners that need to have an automatic garage door opener installed will need to pay for that item and service in addition to the cost of the door. If the garage requires any structural modifications in order to install the garage door, this will also add to the cost of the project. The average cost per hour for labor to install a wood garage door is $39.75.
Wood garage doors can be created out of nearly any hardwood or out of a softer wood as long as the wood is properly sealed with polyurethane to protect it from exposure to weather and sunlight. The most common types of wood used to create wood garage doors include:
- Mahogany: This type of wood is visually appealing and features an interesting texture. Its natural color ranges from light beige to dark, rich red. It is a medium strength wood and has a moderate natural resistance to decay and infestation.
- Alder: This wood features plentiful knots and uniform color that can range from reddish brown to a honey or golden brown. This type of wood readily accepts stains. It offers a rustic look that would meld well with a log cabin style home or a home on a wooded lot.
- Spanish Cedar: This type of wood is highly resistant to decay, insects and rot. It has the appearance of mahogany and has a rich smell.
- Red Oak: This is a very hard and heavy wood that resists impacts and shock well. It has a prominent grain pattern that offers visual appeal. It readily accepts wood stain and is light red to brownish red in color.
- White Oak: This type of wood is also hard and dense. It ranges in color from white to light brown. It accepts wood stain well and is highly durable.
In addition to being made out of a variety of types of wood, these types of garage doors are available in many different styles. Homeowners can select from sub-types of wood garage doors such as:
- Solid Panel: This is a flat panel style with no additional details.
- Raised Panel: Shapes are carved into the door to create visual interest.
- Carriage Style: These doors open outward instead of rolling up.
- Wood with Windows: Small glass windows are built into the panels of the garage door. The windows are typically located at the top of the door.
There are many different manufacturers of wood garage doors. Some manufacturers only allow factory-certified installers to place their doors into garages. Other brands of garage doors are more widely available through home improvement centers, hardware stores and garage door installation companies. Some of the most common brands of garage doors include Amarr, Architectural Garage Door Mfg., Inc., Artisan Custom Doorworks, Carriage House Door, C.H.I. Overhead Doors, Clingerman Builders, Clopay Building Products, Delden, Designer Doors, DoorTech Industries, Inc., General Doors Corporation, Jeld-Wen, Inc., Laforge Doors, Overhead Door Corporation, Raynor, Safe-Way Door Mfg., Summit Door and Wayne-Dalton Garage Doors.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Wood Garage Doors
The most popular advantage of wood garage doors is that they are able to be customized to the needs of the homeowner. The doors can be designed with special shapes and sizes. Homeowners can choose to keep the wood its natural color or select a stain for the wood. The variety of styles of wood doors allows homeowners to select an option that suits their home and the neighborhood. Wood is an insulator and absorbs sound well, which can help reduce neighborhood noise pollution. Wood is also energy efficient and can help to lower heating and cooling costs in garages that are connected to the home's HVAC system. If the homeowner desires a new look, the wood can be stained or painted a new color.
A unique feature of wood garage doors is that they can be customized to work with non-level garage floors, including those built into a hillside or an embankment. A wood garage door will not crack or dent like garage doors made from steel, vinyl or aluminum can. Homeowners can select a manufacturer that uses sustainable sources for the wood for an environmentally friendly choice.
Although wood garage doors have a high level of visual appeal and classic styling, there are some drawbacks to selecting this type of garage door. Without proper maintenance, the wood may crack, warp or fade. Insects and vermin can chew through a wood door. Due to the heft of a wood garage door, specialty springs and openers are needed to operate the door and these systems cost more. Homeowners may also have a difficult time manually operating a wood garage door due to the weight of the wood.
Last updated on May 17, 2016
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