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Can Timber Garage Doors Really Last A Lifetime?

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Timber garage doors have always been popular, not least because this was the material used for garage doors before other, more maintenance-free options became available. Galvanised steel garage doors quickly became the more popular option when they were made widely available, but timber garage doors have proven their worth and longevity for many households across the UK. Now, timber garage doors are more widely available and are constructed from more resilient materials and many homeowners are going back to this traditional garage door material in order to get the most from their money.

The Durability of Different Woods

Red Cedar Tree

Different types of timber react in different ways to environmental stresses and construction techniques. Our timber garage doors are made from solid red cedar, a head-wearing wood which sits at the higher end of the durability scale. Softer, less resilient woods, like European Ash, Willow and Beech are not used for garage door construction due to their natural make-up – these woods do not weather well and are more susceptible to degradation and rot. These weak woods are not expected to last more than 5 years before becoming unusable. At the very top of the scale, woods like Ebony and Teak are extremely hardwearing – lasting over 25 years on average. However, these longer lasting timbers are expensive and difficult to get hold of, particularly in large quantities. Due to environmental and economic reasons these woods cannot be used for garage doors, which is why solid Red Cedar is the timber of choice.

Solid Red Cedar sits just under the stoic Teak and Ebony on the scale, lasting 15 – 25 years, on par with American Mahogany and European Oak. When you factor in correct wood treatment and maintenance, this lifetime estimate can double or even triple, giving you a garage door which may never need replacing in your lifetime.

What Is Harmful To Wood?

rotting wood

There are many different ways timber can be compromised and weakened over time. One of the most common impacts is sunlight and weather conditions, particularly if your garage door is exposed to, rather than sheltered from the elements. Of course, there may not be a lot you can do about this if the placement of your garage means it is not protected from driving rain, winds or sea spray – it simply means that your door may need treating more often than other timber doors.

Fungi and wood-boring insects can also be a problem, but only where the wood is already compromised by rot or damp. Certain beetles live out their entire lifecycles within the wood, creating holes and softness which can damage your garage door’s security and therefore leave your property less protected. The only way to prevent this from becoming a problem is to ensure your timber garage door is properly treated to prevent insects and fungi from gaining access to the timber in the first place.

How To Care For Your Timber Garage Door

Timber Colours

Caring for your timber door takes a little time, but is not something which will impact your everyday life. Depending on the orientation of your garage, the environment around it and the prevailing weather conditions where you live; you may need to treat your door every year or every 5 years. When you have a timber garage door installed, the engineer will be able to advise you on the best timeframe for further treatments. When you order a timber garage door from Evander, you’ll have a choice of various wood stain colours to choose from. Darker colours should always be avoided where the garage door is exposed to a lot of sunlight, as this can encourage more UV damage due to sunlight being drawn into darker colours. The wood stain gives the timber a layer of environmental protection, keeping moisture out whilst preventing the wood from being sealed off completely. This means that if any moisture does get into the door, it will be able to escape. This prevents rot and fungi from taking hold, which is common where a varnish or paint has been used instead.