Why is Cedar a Good Garage Door Material?

The warm look of wooden garage doors can transform a previously bland garage space into the focal point of your home. However, the type of wood you choose has a significant impact on the finished results. Though there is no single, “best” wood garage door style, cedar garage doors are a definite favorite among our customers. Why is cedar a good garage door material?

The Benefits of Cedar Garage Doors

  • Cedar is amazingly durable.
    Cedar garage doors boast excellent resistance to damage from moisture and insects. Cedar stands up to any weather, remaining straight and true without cracking or warping.

  • Cedar is lightweight.
    Cedar is a light, porous wood that is easy to move, allowing for effortless garage door opener operation.

  • Cedar is an excellent sound and heat insulator.
    The porous nature of cedar thwarts the transfer of air and sound, giving it an excellent insulating value, and allowing it to absorb noise effectively.

  • Cedar offers a variety of aesthetic options.
    Whether you prefer a rustic, weathered look, a uniform finish, or a glossy, strikingly patterned garage door, there are a variety of cedar species and paint and stain finishes, allowing you to customize your beautiful cedar garage doors to wonderfully complement your home.

Tips on Caring for Cedar Garage Doors

Though cedar is exceedingly durable due to its tannic acid (a natural preservative) content, it does require occasional care. Be sure to treat your cedar garage doors every two to three years to keep them looking their best. Your garage door manufacturer will include care constructions.

Routine maintenance for stained cedar typically involves carefully scrubbing your cedar doors with a stiff-bristled natural or nylon brush to remove surface contaminants, or scuffing doors lightly with fine-grit sandpaper, working with the grain. You should follow this cleaning with two coats of semi-transparent or solid oil-based penetrating exterior stain, taking care to finish every side and edge to preserve the wood.

Heighten the curb appeal of your Alamo, El Cerrito, Oakland, Fairfield, Pittsburg, San Pablo, or San Rafael home with beautiful cedar garage doors from GDI Garage Doors.

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