Wood garage doors offer unique advantages. First of all, wood is the most aesthetically pleasing choice of material for garage doors, and the natural aging of the door still looks beautiful after years. Wood is also relatively easy to repair, and even if there are scuffs or scratches, it still looks good. Wood stands the test of time, and when properly finished and maintained, a wood garage door can last for 50 to 75 years! By choosing a wood garage door, you have made a choice that can be enjoyed for generations to come, and wood garage door maintenance is actually relatively simple, if you know what you are doing.
Every year, you should make a point to clean and inspect your wood garage door. Look for any cracks or gaps in the panels; if you need any repairs, call Lifetime Garage Doors and we can help. If you find that there is no damage, you can go ahead and clean your door. First, remove any dirt or mildew that has built up with a mild household detergent, diluted in warm water. Then, rinse the door, and allow it to completely dry.
Then, check it see if there are places where the finish has eroded; if any wood is showing through, take time to clean those specific areas with the same method as above, and apply a primer. After you complete the initial cleaning and priming of those areas, apply more primer and the finish to the entire door. If there is no wood showing through, you do not have to use a primer. Use this process for both the interior and exterior of the door. Because the inside is not subjected to the elements, you do not have to be as diligent about maintaining it, but you should still inspect it regularly.
While wood garage doors require maintenance, if you are willing to put in the effort, you are making an investment that will last for years to come. When you need garage door maintenance or repair, call Lifetime Garage Doors, and we will take care of it for you.