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Love the Look of Wood But Hate the Work? Consider a Composite Garage Door Alternative


Love the Look of Wood But Hate the Work Consider a Composite Garage Door AlternativeUnless you do garage door repair professionally, you probably don’t know a lot about garage doors. And that’s okay. Most people only buy one or two garage doors their entire lives. But when you are in the market, you tend to read everything you can get your hands on. A new door is a considerable investment. You want to make it count.

Composite doors are alternative to wooden styles that have the same beautiful appeal but tend to last longer and don’t require as much maintenance. They do tend to be considerably more expensive than UPVC doors, however.

Let’s break down the advantages and disadvantages to installing a new composite garage door.


People love wood because of its beautiful natural appeal. Composite doors look like wood. In fact, it can be nearly impossible to tell them apart. Most composite doors even feature a grainy, wood like flow to the surface. It can be quite remarkable.

And while it looks like wood, composite doors actually boast much better performance. It provides the beauty of wood without the hassle of wood.


Composite doors have a remarkable durability. This is a door that stands up to weather, not to mention thieves. When you lock this door, there’s no sledge hammer in the world that can get through. Most composite doors feature a multi-point locking system integrated into the solid stainless steel. It’s like having a tank for a garage door, or at least a tank that still has the beautiful appeal of wood.

Little Maintenance Required

The drawback you always hear about wood is how much upkeep is required. Every few years, a wooden door needs sanding from head to toe. It will also require a coat of waterproof varnish as well as paint. With a composite door, none of that hassle is necessary. Maybe you’ll need to wash it with a damp soapy cloth or take the hose to it. That’s it!

Extremely Long Lifespan

We had mentioned most people only get one or two garage doors for life. With a composite door, you’re pretty much set for life. You can get 30 plus years out of a composite door and still have it look great.

Can Be a Bit Expensive

The main drawback to composite doors is the price. You’ll pay considerably more than what you’d pay for a standard door installation. But when you weigh this cost against its durability features and low maintenance, it can be well worth the investment.

How to Repair a Garage Door Off Track

Did your garage door come off track? Stop using it immediately. You could seriously damage the door as well as the track. If it’s not too bad you may be able to realign the door yourself. Raise the door to the spot where it came off track. Locate where the wheels jammed. This can be difficult. If you can’t find the spot, don’t force it. You may need to call a professional. Unbend the part of the track that came undone. Hammer the door back into place with a rubber mallet. Bend the track back to its original position with a pair of pliers. Test the door to see if it runs smoothly. But keep in mind the ease of this DIY repair can vary according to the circumstance. If it seems beyond your technical capabilities, call a garage door repair professional. You don’t want to damage the door or the track.