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Wood Garage Door Lams or Outside Lining3/1/16
I have a house trim job that I've been working on. And I've been asked to supply the wood covering for 2 big garage doors. These are metal, sectional doors that have a T&G cypress covering with barn door covering trim.
The garage door supplier has orginally supplyed the cypress, but (its facing west), even though its just been installed, the cypress is cracking and cupping.
So the GC thinks he wants to go with Extira MDF, even tho I'm sure its rather heavy.
Would this be a good option for a wood clad, painted, garage door? Wood I be able to rip 6" pieces and mill them into T&G planks on my moulder like normal lumber??
Another option that comes to mind is Spanish Cedar. ????
Sounds like a no win. Yes, you can run MDF on your molder, as long as you have carbide knives.
I have exteria that has been exposed to elements for a good 5 years and has yet to show anything but age as it is not finished.
it is heavy it stinks to machine (machines well, dust sux) and needs to be primed well.
You'll have to compare the weight of the Extiria to the weight of cypress and then find out if the overhead springs need to be upgraded. Whether dual side springs or an overhead torsion spring they are all sized to the weight of the door.
Never a good idea to ticky tacky some boards onto an overhead door. Think about it -you are emulating what? A wood door. Would it not be better for the end product, for the integrity of the project, and for your bottom line to provide an all-wood door that is superior in construction and performance to the offerings of the plastic and metal overhead door makers?
The McMansions around here all have the type of doors you describe, and many have a board or two missing, like teeth fallen out. The doors are not made to handle the added weight, and fail frequently and reliably. The hinges deform, tracks sag, and motors and drives fail.
There is no substitute for the real thing.