Updating your garage panels might not be the first home improvement project that comes to mind. But it is, in fact, a very smart upgrade for pretty much any home with an aging or out of style garage. The style of your garage is a huge part of your entire home style.
Hardwood garage panels are not made out of just wood. That is, the panel structure is usually vinyl, and the hardwood is just a veneer on the outside of it. This means that the panel will have the strength of vinyl, but the look of real wood.
That being said, the hardwood is still going to be exposed to the sun and rain. This means that the finish can wear down and fade off over time. This is definitely a major issue if you failed to do some basic maintenance. Hardwood looks great when it is kept up, but if you fail to keep it sealed and stained on a regular basis, it can crack, warp, fade, and look aged. So, any hardwood garage panels is going to require a little bit more TLC over the years.
Hardwood panels are always going to be popular because of how they look. Many exterior features on your home are also bound to be made out of wood. So, have a garage that can match with the trim on the outside of your home can add some cohesion to your home style.
Of course, most people still just want a solid, neutral colored panel, so fiberglass remains a popular choice. Since it is usually more affordable than vinyl, and it is suitable for homeowners who aren't very picky about the style of their panels. Fiberglass is a straightforward materials that is dependable and long lasting. It is completely waterproof and you don't need to do anything special to take care of fiberglass. The paint finish does not need to be reapplied or reinforced. Additionally, you don't need to seal it to protect it from moisture. This means that fiberglass is very cheap and easy to own, especially when comparing to hardwood panels.
In the end, it basically comes down to choosing between a more stylish product (like hardwood), or a product that is more practical and easier to own (like fiberglass). Both materials can be great for your home, you just need to choose the one that best fits your criteria. Contact a garage door installation company for more help.