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Garage Door Framing: How-To’s and Best Materials for the Job

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When it comes to garage door installation or renovation projects, proper garage door framing is crucial for ensuring structural integrity and aesthetic appeal. The right materials and techniques can make a significant difference in the overall functionality and longevity of your garage door. Using Belco XT® Trim for garage door framing has many advantages. In particular, it is a reliable and top-quality option that delivers excellent results.

Understanding Garage Door Framing

Before diving into the materials, it’s important to understand the basics of garage door framing. Garage door framing refers to the construction of the surrounding structure that supports the garage door; including the jambs, header, and other relevant components. Proper framing ensures that the door operates smoothly, maintains its alignment, and withstands the test of time.

Key Considerations for Garage Door Framing

First, the dimensions and weight of your garage door will determine the load-bearing requirements of the framing structure. Be sure to consult the manufacturer’s specifications and local building codes to ensure appropriate sizing and support.

Next, depending on your location, you may need to consider the climate and weather conditions when choosing framing materials. Factors such as moisture, humidity, and temperature fluctuations can impact the performance and durability of the materials.

Finally, garage door framing not only serves a functional purpose but also contributes to the overall appearance of your home. Consider the style and design elements you wish to incorporate; such as trim details, finishes, and color coordination.

Best Materials for Garage Door Framing


To start, wood has long been a popular choice for garage door framing due to its natural beauty and versatility. It provides excellent insulation and can be easily customized to match your desired aesthetic. While there are some wood products that require regular maintenance to prevent rot, warping, and insect damage, Belco XT® Trim is preservative-treated and made to last. Plus, unlike other materials, its sustainably made and a responsible choice when it comes to building materials.


Next, steel framing offers strength and durability. It is a low-maintenance option. Steel framing is especially suitable for larger and heavier garage doors, but not used quite as often in the single-family market. It may not be aesthetically pleasing as other materials.

PVC Composite Materials

Lastly, PVC composite materials have gained popularity in recent years due to their performance and longevity. However, it is not a sustainable choice and it’s more difficult to install than other more lightweight options.

The Advantages of Belco XT® Trim

Belco XT® Trim stands out as an excellent option for garage door framing due to its unique features and benefits. For example, the trim is engineered to withstand the harshest weather conditions, ensuring long-lasting performance and appearance. In addition, it is highly resistant to moisture, preventing issues like rot and decay.

 Belco XT® Trim also protects against termites and other wood-boring insects, eliminating the risk of damage. Additionally, Belco XT® Trim requires minimal upkeep, saving you time and effort in the long run. Furthermore, Belco XT® Trim is available in a range of styles, finishes, and colors, allowing you to achieve a customized look that complements your home’s architecture.

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