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Everything To Know About Wood Doors

Wood garage doors are an attractive addition to any home. They provide a sense of style and sophistication, along with the durability of wood.

With so many options available, it can be difficult to know which garage door is best for your specific needs. This article will provide an overview of everything you need to know about wood garage doors, from their advantages and disadvantages, as well as look at some vague pricing.

Wood garage doors come in a variety of styles and designs, ranging from traditional paneled designs to carriage house-style doors. In addition, they offer insulation, helping maintain the temperature during the winter and summer months.

Wood Garage Door Terminology

Wood garage doors can be confusing to understand at first. With so much different terminology, it’s hard to fully comprehend what you are learning about wood garage doors, so I want to lay down some of the most important ones. 

These are the most common materials used to craft wood garage doors. 

Plywood – Plywood is made by “sandwiching” wood chips and veneer together to create a strong cross-pattern design. They make light framed garage doors and flush panel garage doors with plywood. They also use this for the interior of wood garage doors

Hardboard – An upgrade from Plywood, This is a fiberboard made out of exploded wood fibers. This allows the board to be much more dense. Hardboard is the highest quality wood composite for garage doors. You will find this on heavy framed recessed panel garage doors for added strength.

MDO – Medium Density Overlay is basically plywood built for external use. Usually much more durable than plywood. This is used on the exterior of the door. You will find this on higher end wood garage doors underneath the wood overlay.

Extira – Wood fiber, phenolic resins, zinc borate and a water repellent are combined to form a thick, fiber mat. its a panel product that resists moisture, rot and termites and offers excellent performance in exterior environments. This is used as the overlay material on carriage house garage doors.

Styles Of Wood Garage Doors

Wood garage doors are a popular choice for many homeowners. They offer a classic, elegant style that can enhance the look of any home.

There are many different styles of wood garage doors to choose from, so it’s important to understand your options before making a selection. All styles of wood garage doors have the option to add window sections to them, as well as have some sort of insulation options. 


The Rail & Stile wood garage doors have framed panel designs that offer a natural and timeless look to homeowners who desire a wooden garage door. The door model can be personalized by homeowners through the use of window trim designs. Rail and stile wood doors offer a timeless aesthetic with added depth and richness to any design. Homeowners have the option to choose between framed and raised panel designs to match the architectural style of their home’s façade.

OHD Raised Panel Sections
OHD Recessed Panel Sections


Flush Panel wood garage doors feature full panel designs that can complement various architectural styles of homes. The doors are available in a natural and unfinished state, but there is also an option to receive them primed. Homeowners have the option to enhance their customization by adding designs for window trim. Flush panel wood garage doors provide a contemporary and straightforward design. The flush panel design is versatile and can complement various architectural styles, ranging from traditional to modern. Flush panel garage doors are a suitable choice for those seeking a modern or simplistic appearance.

OHD Flush Panel Section


popular due to their unique style and charm. These doors resemble old-fashioned carriage houses with their distinctive architectural details such as decorative hinges and handles.

No matter what style you choose for your wood garage door, it will add beauty and value to your home while providing excellent protection from the elements.

OHD Carriage House Panel Section

Types of Wood Species Available

One of the most important decisions when choosing a wood garage door is deciding which type of wood species to use. There are many different types of wood species that can be used for garage doors, each with its own unique benefits. These are some of the most popular options

  • Cedar – is one of the most popular types of wood used for garage doors due to its long-lasting durability and attractive appearance. It is also naturally resistant to rot and insect damage, making it a great choice if you live in an area prone to moisture or other pests. It is also easy to shape and customize, so it can be used to create unique designs for your garage door.
  • Redwood –  Redwood garage doors have become increasingly popular in recent years, although they are typically more expensive than other wood garage doors due to their superior quality and natural beauty. Redwood garage doors have resistance to rot and natural resistance to warping due to the straight grain and the chemicals inside the wood. Redwood garage doors offer the option to customize their appearance through staining or painting, allowing homeowners to tailor their design preferences.
  • Mahogany – is another popular choice for wood garage doors due to its strength and rich warm color. This type of wood is extremely durable and resists warping, cracking, or splitting over time. It has a natural resistance to water damage as well. The natural beauty of mahogany will also add value and style to any home’s exterior.
  • Douglas Fir – Douglas Fir is a member of the pine family. It’s a type of wood that is solid, sturdy, easy to craft, and resistant to mold and insect damage. Due to its sturdiness, Fir holds up well with environmental change.
  • Hemlock – The unfinished wood is a yellowish color with a consistent grain and tone. The strongest out of all the wood species. Since the wood is the strongest, one of the perks is it is rot-resistant. Hemlock does not do well with environmental change and is prone to expanding and contracting. 

Advantages Of Wood Garage Doors

OHD Signature Carriage garage door collection

Wood garage doors have been popular for many years, and there are several reasons why they are a great choice.

Aesthetics –  There is nothing that can compare to a real wood garage door. Manufacturers have tried to replicate the wood look on steel garage doors because of how many people love the look! You have the ability to get custom wood doors designed specifically for your home, something you can’t do with any other door.

Dent-proof – Unlike steel or aluminum garage doors, a wood door is dent-proof.  This means wood doors are great for anyone looking for a durable garage door that can withstand the test of time.

One-of-a-kind – Whether you are getting a traditional wood door, or you are getting a custom-made door, there will never be another garage door like it. Each wood door has its own unique wood grain meaning that no matter what, your door will be One-of-a-kind.

Disadvantages Of Wood Garage Doors

Wood garage doors can be a great addition to any home, but there are some disadvantages to consider.

Cost – No matter what, a brand-new wood garage door is always going to be more expensive than entry-level steel garage doors. Not only do they cost more, but they take longer to construct. Due to them being custom-made, you are usually going to have to wait longer to receive your door than other garage doors. 

Maintenance – Wood garage doors require the most upkeep compared to other types of garage doors. You are going to need to get planned maintenance, visual inspection of the wood, and either repainting or staining regularly.

You’ll need to get planned maintenance and visual inspection at least 1 time a year, recommended every 6 months, and paint or stain depending on your door specifically (usually 1-2 years)

Warping, Cracking, and Rotting – Wood Garage Doors have the ability to warp, crack, and rot over time. There are possible ways to prevent this from happening, but there is no 100% guaranteed solution to stop it. 


Cost Of Wood Garage Doors

OHD Signature collection garage door

Back in the day, getting a wood door use to be a cost-effective option. Since times have changed, wood doors are no longer considered cost-effective, even with using the most cost-effective materials.

This is the entry level Wood Garage Door with no windows or special designs
For a 1-car Flush Plywood Door, you are looking at around $3000-$4000.
For a 2-car Flush Plywood Door, you are looking at around $5000-$6000.

If you are looking for more of a designer door, or a fully custom door, you are looking at most likely paying $10,000+ for the door of your dreams.
At the end of the day, no faux (fake) wood garage door is going to increase the curb appeal, and value of your home, like a real wood garage door.

Remember, this pricing is not specific to any door, so if you are interested in getting a wood door, contact us today for an estimate


Wood garage doors are a great option for those looking to add style and security to their home. They come in a variety of styles and wood species, making it easy to find the perfect look for your home.

Wood also has many advantages such as Aesthetics, durability, and Uniqueness. However, they can be expensive compared to other options and require regular care.

It is important that you research the different types of wood and the costs associated with them before deciding on the perfect garage door for your home.

With proper care and maintenance, a wood garage door can provide years of style and security for your home.

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