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Insulate Better With A Wooden Garage Door

Aug 17, 2007
In colder climates, wooden garage doors can provide extra protection from the cold and severe weather elements. Besides, they usually just look better than fiberglass.

A wood garage door will be heavier than one made of fiberglass or foam-filled plastic and they can withstand more bumps and scrapes without needing replaced. Usually some wood filler and paint and they can be made to look like new again. Additionally, if you decide to paint your house, garage doors can also be painted to match. Most fiberglass doors are hard to paint and may require replacing just to get another color.

If you use an automatic door opener, a heavier one will be required to open a wooden garage door safely. Use of properly sized garage door springs, whether torsion or extension, will also be required. If you are switching to a wooden garage door, you can consult the supplier of the opener to determine the right size springs you will need.

If using torsion springs, the type that are coiled onto steel rods above the door, it is highly recommended that you hire a professional to install them. They can be very dangerous and have been known to cause numerous injuries and even death just by an inexperience person attempting to install, replace of adjust them. The supporting rails are another item to look at when going to a wooden garage door. Since they are heavier, other ones designed for a lighter door may present a safety problem in the future.

Windows Are Another Option In Doors

Windows in a wooden garage door are another option to consider. Many people want the additional daytime light windows allow while others do not want others to have visual access to their garage. An option to accommodate both would be windows covered with a translucent material which allows light to enter, but prevents people from looking into the interior of the garage.

The insulation value of a wooden garage door will be determined by its construction. A solid wooden garage door, while having the best insulation level, but could be very costly. Others may have a thin wood layer on the inside and the outside with a filling material between them. It could be honeycomb cardboard or a foam filling that gives the both strength as well as insulation. For warmer climates the benefit of a wooden garage door can be found in hollow doors.
About the Author
Scott Fromherz owns and operates multiple websites. For more information on wooden garage doors go to http://www.GarageBasics.com/ or http://garagebasics.blogspot.com/
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