What to Know About Faux Wood Garage Doors

Sep 29, 2023 | New Garage Doors

Faux wood garage doors have the best of both worlds: they offer the timeless beauty of real wood while incorporating the durability and lower maintenance requirements of modern materials. If you’re thinking about installing a new garage door, faux wood is a great option to consider! Here’s what to know when choosing a faux wood garage door.

Why is Faux Wood a Popular Style Choice?

While real wood garage doors are beautiful, they’re expensive, susceptible to weather and moisture damage, and often require extensive upkeep.

Faux wood garage doors mimic the appearance of real wood without the associated upkeep challenges. These doors are typically crafted from durable materials such as steel, fiberglass, or vinyl, then layered with a realistic wood grain finish. The result? A stunning garage door that captures the warmth and beauty of natural wood while boasting modern durability and low maintenance.

Wooden garage door on a brick house

Benefits of Faux Wood Garage Doors

Unlike real wood, faux wood garage doors are highly resistant to rotting, warping, and cracking. They can also withstand harsh weather conditions like rain, snow, and intense sunlight without requiring constant maintenance. Routine cleaning and an occasional coat of protective finish are usually all that’s needed to keep them looking their best.

Along with being low-maintenance, faux wood doors also:

  • Are typically to be more affordable than real wood doors.
  • Come in a wide variety of styles, designs, and finishes, so homeowners can choose from different wood grain patterns and colors to match their home’s architectural style and personal preferences.
  • Are well-insulated and can help reduce your energy bill
  • Tend to have a longer lifespan than real wood garage doors

For most homeowners, faux wood garage doors are a great choice with plenty of benefits and options for customization.

Popular Materials for Faux Wood

The material you choose for a faux wood garage door will impact other factors like design options and insulation. Popular materials include fiberglass, steel, and wood overlays.

Fiberglass is highly resistant to moisture, rot, and insect damage, making it an excellent choice for areas with variable weather conditions. It typically requires minimal maintenance and comes with plenty of customization options.

Fiberglass is a bit more expensive than other materials but offers great long-term value.

Steel garage doors are incredibly sturdy and can withstand impact, making them a good choice for security. They’re widely customizable and often more budget-friendly than other materials.

The downside is that without proper maintenance, steel doors can be prone to rust, especially in humid or coastal areas.

Wood overlay doors feature a thin layer of real wood veneer applied to a solid core, often made of steel. This overlay can be made from a variety of wood species, each with its own distinctive grain patterns and colors. Wood overlay doors are one of the best options if you’re looking for an authentic wood appearance.

The looks of real wood is achieved in a few different ways. Outside of wood overlays, you can choose:

  • Painted wood tones created from an artificial wood pattern. This is the most economical option but a bit less realistic.
  • Accents wood tones created from authentic woodgrains, which look a bit more like real wood than painted wood tones.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are faux wood garage doors environmentally friendly?

Many faux wood garage doors are made from sustainable materials and are considered more environmentally friendly than real wood doors.

Can faux wood garage doors be customized to match my home's style?

Yes, faux wood garage doors offer a wide range of customization options, including different panel styles, wood grain patterns, colors, and finishes to complement your home’s aesthetic.

Are faux wood garage doors energy-efficient?

Faux wood garage doors with insulation options can improve energy efficiency by regulating temperatures inside the garage, helping reduce energy costs.

How long do faux wood garage doors typically last?

The lifespan of faux wood garage doors depends on the material and quality of construction but can often exceed 20 years with proper maintenance.


Do faux wood garage doors come with warranties?
Many manufacturers offer warranties on their faux wood garage doors, with coverage varying based on the brand and product. At Precision, we offer an industry-leading warranty for new garage doors.
Are faux wood garage doors more expensive than traditional steel or aluminum doors?
Faux wood garage doors can be more expensive than basic steel or aluminum doors but are generally more affordable than real wood doors. The long-term benefits often justify the initial cost.
Can faux wood garage doors be painted or stained?
Faux wood garage doors are typically designed to replicate the appearance of wood and don’t require painting or staining. Altering their finish can affect their appearance and durability.
Can I install faux wood garage doors myself, or should I hire a professional?
Garage door installation is complex and homeowners should never attempt to do the job themselves, regardless of the material or style of the door.
Are faux wood garage doors secure?
Yes, and they can be equipped with locking mechanisms and other security features to further enhance home safety.
Can faux wood doors improve the curb appeal and value of my home?

Yes, faux wood garage doors can enhance the curb appeal of your home and potentially increase its resale value due to their attractive appearance. In fact, installing a beautiful new garage door is one of the best investments you can make in your home – learn more about new garage door ROI here!

Looking For a New Garage Door? We Can Help!

At Precision, we offer custom garage door options that fit every home. From panel designs to insulation, materials, and more, we can help you choose the perfect door for your home. We can even match your garage door color to your shutters, front door, or any exterior paint color you’d like.

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