A Conditioned Garage Space & Wood Doors
As winter arrives, you may be facing outside air temperature somewhere around 20 degrees, but not in your garage! Inside your garage it’s a comfortable 65 degrees. A toasty warm vehicle welcomes you without having to wait 10 minutes for the seats and the steering wheel to warm up. Nice!
Meanwhile, your beautiful custom wood garage door is withstanding a 45 degree difference between the outdoor surface and the indoor surface. As the door struggles, it is literally expanding on the inside and contracting on the outside simultaneously. The result conditioned garages spaces can cause something called “bowing.”
Although the garage door was built by professionals using the best available methods of joinery and the best materials, the fact remains that the wooden carriage door is going to bow or warp.
Several months later, the exact opposite occurs as high heat outside battles with cool temperatures inside, and your door just bows the other way.
What Can You Do?
If you have decided to heat or cool your garage space, there are alternative garage door material options that still deliver the look and feel of a custom garage door without the maintenance and movement issues of wood.
Vinyl-faced or faux wood composites offer the best and most consistent alternatives. These materials have been developed to provide the look and flexible design elements of a wood door but without the problems caused by extreme temperature differences on the door surfaces.
Additionally, vinyl and composite garage doors are manufactured with a rigid steel insulated base frame, which provides a much higher insulation value than a wood door. The steel frame removes concerns about bowing or warping, making these alternatives the best solution for conditioned garage spaces.
See all of our garage door material options on display by viewing the Artisan Custom Doorworks product lines.