Hubby and I are still "discussing" what to do about our old clunky original garage doors. We want a garage door opener, but also do not want to loose the look of the home's exterior, especially since the garage in our courtyard model is all that you see from the street. One option we are considering is having a custom roll-up style wood door (well, 2 of them actually) made and covered with Eichler siding. I have seen this done and while not the same as original (you can see the fine horizontal lines where the sections break), it might be better than the other alternative (replace it with a metal roll-up painted to match the house).
Question: Has anyone replaced their original doors with custom wood ones? If so, how well does the opener work, given how heavy wood is? And how quiet are they when opening and closing? (We have a bedroom on the other side of the garage wall).