Composite vs Real Wood: Which Type of Garage Door Should You Choose?

July 12, 2023

Garage doors made from composite materials are specially built to mimic the look of real wood garage doors by adhering various materials to a metal base. While composite wood garage doors are common in many homes across the country, they do not stand up to the natural beauty or real wood doors. Using wood to build a custom door offers several advantages. They are eco-friendly, exhibit remarkable durability, and are just plain better looking. 

If you’re looking for a new garage door, whether it’s your first door or you need a replacement, you can’t go wrong with a wood garage door for multiple reasons.

1.The Custom Design Options

When in the hands of a skilled craftsman, wood garage doors offer limitless design options. From millwork to the actual panels, to custom windows and more, these doors feature different styles that can easily complement the outside of any home. Unlike composite wood, authentic wooden panels feature unique graining patterns; they are essentially like human fingerprints. 

The unique sophistication of wooden garage doors and their traditional artistic beauty makes them stand out among any other doors on the market. You can have them in any kind of finish option (paint or stain), panel style, and color to fit the architectural design of your home. 

2. Durable and Resistant to Dents

Wood garage doors have high resistance to wear and tear like scuffs, dings, and dents, especially when compared to composite wood. All you need to do is maintain the wooden door to protect it from harsh weather and moisture by keeping it stained or painted. At the same time, these doors are easy to repair, whereas a composite wood garage door might require a whole door replacement in case of damage. 

3. They’re Eco-Friendly and Energy Efficient

Contrary to popular belief, wooden doors are energy efficient and eco-friendly. Getting a professional technician to properly insulate and seal your door can lower your utility bills. Many garage door manufacturers now prioritize sustainability in their wood-sourcing practices. At CAMBEK, we even plant trees for every single door we build through our Sustainability Program. 

With proper maintenance, wood garage doors can last a lifetime. Your wooden garage door can reduce the size of the carbon footprint of your home.

4. They Feature Natural Insulation

Wood garage doors are not only made from eco-friendly materials, but they are also energy efficient. In addition to the natural insulation properties of wood, garage door manufacturers enhance the energy efficiency of their products by adding foam to the internal core of the door. This is done using polyurethane or polystyrene insulation layers between two wooden panels. The extra insulation added between the panels makes your garage more comfortable all year round. It also makes it easy for you to store temperature-sensitive items in your garage or use your garage for anything other than a space for storage. 


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