Recently we have come across more than a few manufacturers that are doing a great job of melding the old with the new. The technology has improved to the point where it is no problem to produce a beautiful wooden garage door that is also pretty much impervious to the weather conditions outside. In the past, wooden doors took a pretty hard knock, for a variety of reasons:
- They had to be resealed and finished, inside and out, to maintain their beauty.
- The wood expanded and contracted with the weather, making them drafty and leaky.
- While wood is an OK insulator, it is not really good enough when we are talking about a large open rectangle like a garage door. There are limits on how heavy the door can be, and corresponding limits on the thickness of the wood.
New wooden insulated garage doors have pretty much solved all of these issues. The new units come with permanently sealed wooden exteriors, and the inside of your door can be finished to look like pretty much anything you want – even wall paneling. New joining technology, incorporating floating panels, eliminates the problems associated with contraction and expansion. The individual garage door panels are held within grooves, and can move a little with the seasons.
Modern designs also incorporate more changes in the area of included insulation. While you can still get a new garage door and add a garage door insulation kit of your own, it is so much easier to just get an insulated door to start with.
Normally, these will in corporate a layered design:
- First, the outside layer. This is treated wood, or wood byproduct, coated to resist the elements, and to give you the look you want.
- Next, a layer of polystyrene insulation, normally at least 3/8″ in thickness.
- Then, a inside layer of wood.
- Finally, the inside finish layer, normally a faux-paneling kind of finish
It seems like a lot of work, and a long way to go, but if you want that finished look, and don’t want the hassle of adding an insulating kit down the road. this is the way to go.