Cedar Garage Doors vs. Faux Wood Steel Garage Doors

I receive a lot of calls from homeowners who are interested in replacing their old garage door with either a new custom cedar door or a steel door with a wood veneer finish or composite overlay. In addition to  the material used, there are several differences between these types of doors. Price, maintenance, overall look, and durability are just some of the things to be considered.

We all know one of the primary reasons for adding a custom cedar door to your home: it looks great! They add tremendous curb appeal to your home and they differentiate your home from the rest in your neighborhood. In some cases, a cedar garage door can also add value to your home. Every cedar door we sell is hand-built here in Texas. There are many design options and choices in stain color. You also have the option of having different textures of the wood facing in or out, which gives the door a rustic or modern touch, depending on your taste. Furthermore, wood is a natural sound barrier and it’s naturally insulated so it cuts down on noise and can help reduce excess heat in your garage more efficiently than your standard garage door.

The price of a custom cedar garage door can vary slightly depending on the type of wood and finish that you select. However, it doesn’t necessarily cost more or less than a steel door. The best way to find out if it’s in your budget is to ask us for a quote.

Keep in mind that since all of our cedar doors are custom-built, it may take a bit longer to receive and have available to install. But, all good things in life are worth waiting for. Cedar garage doors also require a different type of maintenance than a standard steel garage door.

A wood-grain veneer insulated steel door is another great choice. There are many options to customize a steel door to get the look you want. You can choose the door design, the decorative hardware, windows and colors. Some steel doors have a composite overlay material molded from actual wood to replicate the wood’s natural texture and unique grain patterns. Steel doors are also low maintenance and depending on the door you choose, can be more economical than some other custom built garage doors.

Which ever way you decide to go, both options will add great curb-appeal to your home! Don’t hesitate to call us if you’d like to learn more about these two types of doors.

Snow in San Antonio February 04, 2011

Simple Winter Tips for Your Garage Door

Remember that one day when it snowed in San Antonio? It was February 4, 2011 and even though it wasn’t nearly as close to the 13 inches of snow in 1985, it was certainly fun and unexpected!

With winter rapidly approaching, preparing your garage door and garage door opener is an absolute must for any homeowner. You will want to check and lubricate any and all bearings, rollers, hinges, and torsion springs on your garage door with a 3 in 1 spray lubricant. Since your opener will also be feeling the effects of this upcoming cold weather, there are a few things that you as a homeowner can check for. Run your garage door opener up and down and listen for any squeaks, rattles, or popping noises made by your opener. If you see or hear anything out of the ordinary make sure to contact us, as the problem may be easily fixable without a costly repair.

Note: It is not recommended for any person to make any adjustments to any part of a garage door without proper tools or training. Have a trained service professional make any and all adjustments to your garage door and opener that may be needed. If you have any questions or concerns about your garage door or opener, give us a call or visit our contact us page, and one of our trained technicians will be happy to be of assistance to you.