Builder Concept Home Garage Doors Close-Up

Jun 18, 2010

Clopay is showcasing three unique garage door options on the BUILDER Concept Home 2010.

Option 1: The Beauty of Natural Wood Carriage House Garage Doors

The beauty, warmth and distinction of a Clopay Reserve Collection wood carriage house garage door makes it an instant focal point on any home. Reserve Collection doors are built with exacting detail and craftsmanship by skilled artisans in the Pacific Northwest, utilizing our proven construction method for exceptional beauty, durability and energy efficiency. 

Homeowners can choose to create just about any door they can imagine, using the wood of their choice, or select from our semi-custom portfolio, which features a choice of six historically accurate carriage house designs in three wood species (hemlock, cedar or redwood) and three window designs (arched, square or rectangular). The doors can be factory painted or stained. A center groove and optional decorative antique iron hardware give the appearance of a swing-out door. Standard and non-standard sizes are available.

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Option 2: The Ease and Durability of Insulated Steel Carriage House Garage Doors

The Coachman Collection mixes old world charm with modern technology to provide a low-maintenance alternative to wood carriage house style garage doors. 

The doors replicate traditional, swing out carriage house door styles but open overhead like other modern garage doors. Three series with optional windows and decorative hardware are available to complement many architectural styles including mission, Shaker, traditional, French Country and Victorian.

Steel carriage house doors are a popular alternative to traditional wood doors because they are durable, insulated and won’t rot, warp or crack, meaning they won’t need to be refurbished or replaced as frequently as doors constructed from natural material. 
They provide a great solution for homeowners looking for products to improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of their home – two important criteria in green building design – as well as its curb appeal.

Constructed using a four-layer “sandwich” steel method (steel + insulation + steel + composite overlay) the Coachman features optional 1- 3/8” or 2” thick insulation with a thermal break and R-values ranging from 6.5 to 9. 

The heavy duty steel exterior creates a resilient, dent-resistant surface -- a key benefit to homeowners with children. A 5/8-inch coped composite overlay creates the classic carriage house design.

Coachman Collection doors are also available with built-in WindCode® reinforcement for homes located in coastal and high wind areas.

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Option 3: Vintage Style Steel with Updated Appeal

It’s a problem garage door manufacturers have grappled with for years: how to combine the beauty of a stained, natural wood door with the benefits of a durable and affordable steel garage door. 

Clopay’s Ultra-Grain™ paint finish provides builders and homeowners an affordable, natural-looking “stained steel” garage door solution in cases where an actual wood garage door isn’t the best option. The printed grain runs in two directions, both horizontally and vertically, following the stiles and rails. This detailing, along with the stucco surface texture on the door, provides a more authentic looking wood appearance. 

The Ultra-Grain multilayered paint system requires no special maintenance to preserve the finish, beyond standard garage door manufacturer recommendations to wash and rinse the surface periodically. 

The Gallery Collection’s signature look consists of both long and short grooved panels constructed from heavy gauge steel embossed with a woodgrain texture. 

Multiple design combinations are available featuring square, rectangular and arched windows, with or without decorative grilles, and the popular wrought iron designs. Decorative black spade handles, a step plate and outside, keyed lock enhance the vintage appearance.

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Additional Resources

About Marianne Cusato
Marianne Cusato is well known for her design work on the Katrina Cottages, now sold in kit form at Lowe’s home centers nationwide. In 2006, her 308 s.f. Katrina Cottage won the Smithsonian Institute’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum’s “People’s Design Award.” In June 2006, Congress appropriated $400 million for an alternative emergency housing program, based on the idea of the Katrina Cottage. Cusato is the author of two books: Get Your House Right: Architectural Elements to Use and Avoid, with Ben Pentreath, Richard Sammons and Leon Krier, foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales (January 2008, Sterling Publishing) and The Value of Design (February 2008, James Hardie).

About Mark LaLiberte 
One of the nation’s foremost building scientists, Mark LaLiberté has devoted two decades to educating the homebuilding industry about the benefits of constructing durable, energy-efficient and healthier homes. He cocreated the program curriculum for the Energy and Environmental Building Association (EEBA) Houses That Work™ program which is based on the U.S. Department of Energy's Building America Program, served in an advisory capacity on the EPA's ENERGY STAR® Program and the Minnesota Energy Code Advancement Project. In 2002, LaLiberté received a lifetime achievement award from the EEBA for his long-standing commitment to helping the home construction industry embrace building science. LaLiberté has also served as spokesperson for the Ad Council's Energy Hog Campaign, TLC's “Home Pro” and “Home Savvy” series and the PBS “Hometime” series. He is the principal of Building Knowledge, Inc., based in Minneapolis and Denver.


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