Asked on Oct 23, 2017

How to Rehab garage door?

Mari DettoGina Bellini MccruddenJulie


I have plain aluminum garage doors with windows at top. Recently got a new front door with square windows vertically along one side. Very mid century modern. have teak bench on front porch. My goal is to make the garage doors look like teak wood. I picked up this sample to copy, I just don’t know how to go about doing it. I thought of using wooden shims; but how to attach to garage door? Glue? Should I mount the shims on another board first?? Thanks for help!!!
This is the sample I’d like to copy
Front door-garage doors; I don’t plan to paint anything else this blue color. Prob go with black and white
8 answers
  • Ken
    on Oct 23, 2017

    Gluing pieces of wood to the garage door sounds like a maintenance headache. First, the pros recommend against making the garage door dark. Not that you would, but at night drivers have been known to think the door is open when it's not. If I were going to try this I would look into faux painting techniques. For a moving door that bends as it is opening that would seem the most practical solution. You will find many hits when you search for faux painting. Look at as many as you can so that you can formulate a plan that works for you. That's my two cents worth.
  • Ed Cannon
    on Oct 23, 2017

    Any additional weigh will have to be countered with adjustment by a pro, do not attempt this yourself. Sounds like a great look.
  • William
    on Oct 23, 2017

    If you mean the overhead door it would add a lot of weight to the door and strain on the garage door opener. It also would be hard to attach anything to the door that would be permanent and not fall off. It would be easier to paint the door with a faux woodgrain. Experiment on some boards to get the effect your looking for.

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  • Mickey Culver
    on Oct 24, 2017

    Paint each of the squares black to give the appearance of a glass garage door.
  • Carol Sybrowsky
    on Oct 24, 2017

    The additional weight of the new wood definitely needs to be considered. HOWEVER, I think you COULD attach your shims to the existing aluminum. If it were my door, I would use construction adhesive. Prevent maintenance issues by sealing each piece of wood before you put it up. That means front, back and sides! I like "Wood hardener". It is a nail polish-like liquid that seeps into the pores of the wood and makes it impermeable to to water. You can paint the wood any color you like after the hardener dries.

    We are thinking about doing something similar but we already have a wood door. We are going to remove the flimsy "decorative" trim applied by the builder and replace with it with wood and decorative straps to give our door a "carriage" door look.
  • Julie
    on Oct 24, 2017

    If you do this, the springs on your door will either need to be adjusted or replaced altogether. It may even require the removal of the door so it can be weighed to get the appropriate spring size. Painting may be a much better alternative if you are trying to cut costs. Another thing to consider with wood is maintenance. We had beautiful, expensive wood doors. We don't live in a particularly sunny climate, but within a couple of years the sun was bleaching the wood even through the wood treatments and we no longer had the look we were going for. I don't think you'd have the REAL problem we did, because we live in the Northwest and the wet climate ruined the wood and the doors had to be replaced within 6 years. Definitely check with a local garage door company to get advice from the pros who know your climate.
  • Gina Bellini Mccrudden
    on Oct 25, 2017

    I would paint the garage doors a shade of grey and maybe put some period hardware on as well
  • Mari Detto
    on Oct 26, 2017

    If I couldn't replace all the door panels, I would replace the one with Windows making it like the others. Then I'd paint each raised panel top to bottom on the left, black simulating Windows like your front door. I would also paint the entire door to match your color scheme or you could faux paint it to resemble wood.
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