Each year the editors at Residential Architect magazine ask architects to share their top product picks for contemporary, transitional, and traditional design.
Clopay’s contemporary Avante Collection garage door is listed among Minneapolis-based architect Mark Larson’s favorites. In the July/August issue of the magazine he says, “A garage door may be the largest single assembly on a house’s façade, so choosing the right one is something of a high-stakes move. For overhead doors that complement his firm’s work, we specify Clopay’s aluminum-frame Avante Collection with glass panels. We love them because they’re modern and let a boatload of light in. When fitted with frosted glass panels, they provide privacy too.”
This isn’t the first time the Avante has been recognized as a “choice product” in the publication’s survey, and for good reason. As architect David Banducci stated in the magazine’s 2008 round-up, Clopay’s aluminum-framed glass panel doors “make the garage an architectural feature instead of something we’d normally try to hide.”
Clopay introduced the Avante Collection in 2005 after seeing an uptick in orders of the commercial version for residential applications.
“The Avante was born out of consumer demand for an attractive contemporary garage door solution at a time when choices in the industry were extremely limited,” says Pat Lohse, Clopay’s vice president of marketing. “While the door’s clean lines and sleek design are definitely rooted in the modern market, it is increasingly showing up as an unexpected, yet welcome focal point on more traditional architectural styles including Craftsman bungalows, historic row houses, and log cabins,” she adds.
The Avante Collection is constructed of a durable, rust-resistant 2-1/8” commercial grade aluminum frame in many sizes. Multiple frame colors and window options including clear, mirrored, and frosted glass can be specified.
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