There are many questions surrounding wooden garage doors (many of which we answer on our FAQ page about them, by the way.) One of the commonest questions posed is, How do I keep my wooden garage door in tip-top shape? While a wooden door is a great alternative to a steel one because of its sturdiness, inability to dent easily, and striking beauty, it will still require some upkeep. Here are some tips to keeping your wooden garage door looking fresh and inviting for years to come.
As for keeping your garage door clean on a semi-regular basis, it’s best to shy away from power washing because it can potentially be too rough on your garage door—especially on softer woods. Instead, try cleaning it with a combination of a garden hose, a soft brush, and a diluted household detergent. Just clean as often as you see fit for your particular climate and circumstances.
It’s important to refinish your wooden garage door every so often to protect it from the harsh outdoor elements. Refinishing will also prevent the wood from drying out too quickly. The exterior of your garage door will definitely require more frequent attention because it is the side that faces all weather-related impact, but it’s important to ensure that both the exterior and interior of your door always have a good finish; the nature of wood and how it expands and contracts in varying levels of humidity means that an unfinished garage door interior will cause stress on the exterior. The good news is that refinishing is something that need only take an hour or two, and a well-kept garage door probably only needs to be refinished every 2 or 3 years.
Penetrating finishes like oils and stains are best for constantly-moving garage doors because they are durable and won’t peel or crack the way a film finish would when exposed to frequent movement. These also offer a variety of stain color options, allowing you to give your garage door a fresh look that will bring out the natural beauty inherent to the wood.
As for process, it’s rather straightforward. You’ll start by cleaning the door throughly to remove any grime or debris and letting it dry completely. Drying could take up to a couple of days. Then apply the stain in one coat with a brush or roller and let dry for about 30 minutes. Finally, go back over the wood with a dry brush after about 30 minutes of drying time to remove any excess stain that hasn’t sunk into the wood.
It’s also a good idea to inspect the garage door’s working parts every few months, checking for proper lubrication and alignment as well as any loose screws or springs. Here are A Plus Garage Doors, we specialize in everything related to garage door upkeep, from spring and panel replacement to annual alignment and lubrication services. If you’re not sure if your wooden garage door is working as well as it should be, we’re here to help.