Clopay is now offering Low-E (Low Emissivity) insulated glass on its 2-5/8” thick Coachman Collection doors, expanding the range of door options in the line that qualify for the Federal Energy Tax Credit.
Low-E glass has a special coating that reduces the amount of infrared radiation that passes through, thereby reducing the overall heat transfer through the glass and improving energy efficiency. Due to the special coating, the glass has a slight greenish hue.
In addition to the 2-5/8” thick models with Low-E insulated glass, both the 1-3/8” and 2” thick Coachman Collection doors without windows are eligible for the tax credit. Coachman doors with standard insulated glass do not qualify.
The Federal Energy Tax Credit is equal to the sum of 30 percent of all qualified energy saving improvements, which includes garage doors, installed in an existing home from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2010.
Garage doors must meet the following criteria to qualify:
– The door must be an insulated residential garage door placed in service from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010.
– The door must have a U-factor equal to or less than 0.30, and there must be a means to control air filtration at the door perimeter.
– The door must be expected to remain in service for at least five years.
– The garage must be an insulated space and part of the taxpayer’s principal U.S. residence.
Professional garage door dealers and retailers should provide a manufacturer’s certification statement for all qualified insulated garage doors along with a breakdown of the cost of the door(s) and the cost of labor at the time of installation. Homeowners do not need to submit a copy with their tax return, but should keep a copy for their records.
About the Coachman Collection
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 natural 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,” says Pat Lohse, Clopay Building Products vice president of residential marketing.
"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,” she adds.
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.
The Coachman Collection is ideal for homes with attached garages or those with living space above the garage. The R-Value helps combat energy costs and makes rooms over or adjacent to the garage warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Coachman Collection doors are also available with Clopay’s built-in WindCode® reinforcement system for homes located in coastal and high wind areas. Low-E glass is available for all WindCode® categories that currently allow windows.
Visit www.clopaydoor.com or call 800-225-6729 for more information.