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How to Add Wood Overlay Siding to an Existing Garage Door


Tired of your garage door but not quite ready to break down and install a brand new garage door? We’ve all been there, wanting a change. After all, it’s the little things that make life worth living. One affordable way to update your garage door is to add some wood or false wood siding. The end result is a beautiful garage door that looks like an authentic new door. Even your neighbors will think you installed a brand new garage door — and you might even boost your property value.

Can I Really Install Siding on an Existing Garage Door?

By adding wood siding to your garage door, you are giving your garage door a wood overlay. This gives your garage door more depth. It also benefits from the natural appeal of wood — earthy and forest-like. You can easily adhere wood siding to a vinyl garage door using a special type of wood glue designed specifically for garages.

A wood overlay gives your garage that classic earthy look that’s simultaneously supremely modern. It’s better than simply adding a wood finish or stain. Not only does a wood overlay look naturally beautiful, but it actually provides a secondary layer of protection to your garage door.

Pro tip! We suggest coordinating the color of your new “wood garage door” with the color and material of your front door, and perhaps the trim as well. When everything complements each other, it provides a nice flow to the home that can be remarkably attractive.

Drawbacks to Consider

But there can be a catch to adding wood overlay. The biggest problem is it can make a door too bulky — perhaps even weigh it down or overly strain your garage door opener, which can lead to repair problems. Is your garage door designed to handle extra weight?

Pro tip! Have us come out and inspect your garage door. As garage door professionals, we’d be glad to do a full inspection. We can let you know if your door would be able to handle the weight and bulkiness of the wood overlay.

Another catch to wood overlay is it can be hard to clean a garage door made of different materials. When you place wood over a door, you have to maintain both the wood overlay as well as the steel pieces of the garage door.

No, This Isn’t a DIY Garage Door Repair. Hire a Pro.

Technically, you can install wood overlay yourself with the right kind of glue — but we wouldn’t recommend it.

A professional garage door repair technician has the resources and experience to upgrade your garage door correctly. The difference in quality can be significant.

Though the job is essentially glueing a wood overlay to a vinyl garage door, we don’t mean to imply it’s easy. Like many DIY projects, this kind of garage door repair can be highly frustrating. If something can go wrong, it probably will. In fact, you might even be able to purchase a brand new garage door from the profit from the swear job alone.

Though a garage door repair professional will cost you money, the quality you get in the end result is remarkable.

Need some advice? We’d be glad to come out and check out your garage door. We service garage doors in the Sacramento area, including Davis, Gold River, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Roseville, Fair Oaks, Arden Arcade, Carmichael, and Citrus Heights.

Check Out Our Blog: The Definitive Garage Door Repair Guide

Looking for the definitive guide to garage door repair? Check out our blog! It’s a great resource on all things related to garage door repair and new garage door installation. In fact, it also covers new garage door openers and garage door opener repair. We discuss different factors you need to consider when purchasing a new door — what materials you should choose and cost considerations, the advantage of insulation, the need to plan and save for a garage door purchase. We also discuss garage door spring repair, including the difference between torsion and extension springs. Check it out sometime! And if you have any questions, we’re always here for free advice. Just call.