Caring for Your Wooden Garage Door

With its rich appearance and high-end aesthetic, wood has become one of the most desirable garage door materials among homeowners. But, although it's ideal for boosting curb appeal, wood garage doors tend to require more upkeep than a standard steel or vinyl door.


Try these tips for keeping your wood garage door looking beautiful for years to come.

Inspect for Rot

Over time, bacteria and fungus can eat away at your wood garage door, favouring the spots that come in contact with moisture. Check the bottom and edges of your garage door by gently prodding the areas with a screwdriver. If the screwdriver pierces the wood, your door could be rotting. Reach out to the team at Creative Door to schedule a service call. We'll help you assess the damage and take the necessary steps to repair or replace your wood garage door.

Look for Pests

While prodding for rot, keep an eye out for pests that have made your wood garage door their new home. Depending on where you live in Canada, you should be looking for carpenter ants, beetles, termites, moths, snails, and woodworms. All of these pests can eat away at your door, compromise its integrity and, in some cases, cause permanent structural damage. If you think your wood garage door could be housing bugs or insects, the Creative Door team can help you determine the best way of dealing with the problem.

Maintain the Hardware

Wood garage doors are heavy and, if your door's hardware isn't properly maintained, it can take a beating. If you notice scraping or screeching noises when your garage door opens or closes, something isn't working as it should. Try lubricating all of your garage door system's metal moving parts, excluding the spring, and, if the noise persists, it's time to call one of our expert technicians. The Creative Door team can get your door up and running like new with a few simple maintenance tasks.

Make Sure It's Weather Protected

Even after it's been processed, a wooden garage door will still absorb water and humidity from the air. This can lead to a warped, ill-fitting door that needs to be replaced. To help protect your door from shifting Canadian temperatures, it's important to properly treat the wood with a weather protectant sealer. Before attempting to treat your door yourself, contact the experts at Creative Door to help guide you in the right direction and ensure your door's warranty remains intact.

Note: Depending on the age and model of your wooden garage door, it may already be sealed. Creative Door can help you determine if it requires additional treatment or not.

If you're shopping for a wood garage door or are looking to schedule a service call for your existing one, we're just a phone call away.

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