Prior to installing a wood door, it must be primed and painted or stained with a high quality exterior finish that is mildew and UV-resistant and water repellent. Otherwise, you risk premature fading, rotting, cracking or warping and could potentially void the warranty.
Depending on the door’s exposure to sunlight and moisture it may need to be painted or stained every few years. Factory Finishing Saves Time, Worry
Jay Leno took advantage of Clopay’s factory finish stain option so his wood garage doors arrived primed, stained and ready to install. This new service eliminates the extra steps of hiring a contractor to finish the door on site and the added worry that the job will be done right. You have peace of mind knowing that the door is stored and finished according to warranty guidelines, for a durable, flawless, vibrant finish, worthy of the most discriminating close-ups.
Design Tips for Wood Garage Doors
The most popular look in garage doors right now is the carriage-house style door. It looks like an old-fashioned swing-out door but operates like a modern overhead garage door with the convenience of an automatic opener.
Wooden carriage-house garage doors range in price from $2,500 up to $10,000 depending on the door size, design and finish. Insulation options vary depending on the manufacturer and construction.
Traditional panel style designs are also available to complement a variety of home styles.
Regardless of which style you prefer, draw upon your home’s architectural style, the shape of windows and entry doors, and unique exterior details when choosing a garage door design.
The vertical windows and panels on this wood door are repeated in the light fixtures above and next to the garage.
Decorative hardware is like “jewelry” for the garage door. Make sure it coordinates with other pieces like light fixtures, window grilles and entryways.
It’s a good idea to visit dealer showrooms and review garage door manufacturer web sites to get a sense of the options available. Many companies, including Clopay, offer a Web-based design tool that allows you to upload a photo of your home to see how various garage door styles look. Try the Door Imagination System at door-imagination-system