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Home Builders Use Glass Garage Doors to Maximize Indoor-Outdoor Connections

Garage Doors

Feb 2020

Modern lines, broad expanses of glass, and a low-maintenance, minimalist aesthetic has made Clopay’s Avante® Collection aluminum and glass garage door a top choice among architects and builders looking to make every detail of a home stand out, including the garage.

Now, with their input, Clopay has redesigned this award-winning door to improve style and performance.

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The Newest Glass & Aluminum Garage Door: the Avante AX

With a smooth, flat frame and a bulb seal integrated between the tongue and groove section joints, the new Avante AX has a clean “squared off” edge profile and keeps out air and water better.

The design updates are easy to see in this side-by-side comparison chart.

Avante Model Comparison

Insulated stiles and rails and impact-rated models will be available on the Avante AX later this year.

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The Avante Used on a Beautiful Louisville Contemporary Custom Built Home

Eldridge Company, a custom builder in Louisville, KY, selected Clopay Avante AX garage doors for a new contemporary home designed to capture natural light and maximize indoor/outdoor connections.

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The black garage door frame complements the size and shape of the Andersen windows and contributes to the layers of texture that give this mixed material exterior visual interest and depth.

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The 2-1/8” thick commercial grade aluminum frame comes in powder-coat and anodized finishes or it can be customized in hundreds of paint colors.

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Frosted glass panels bring daylight into the garage without compromising privacy.

Avante Interior

Other Avante AX window options include clear, tinted, mirrored, and laminated tempered glass, acrylic, and polygal.

A Trendsetter before Modern was Trendy

The Avante Collection was born out of consumer demand for an attractive contemporary garage door solution at a time when choices in the industry were extremely limited.

Clopay began marketing the door to home owners and builders in 2004 after seeing an uptick in orders of the commercial version for residential installations.

Extruded aluminum withstands harsh weather and is rust- and corrosion-resistant so it appealed to customers looking for an attractive, low-maintenance garage door.

Indoor Outdoor Connections

The New American Home 2014.

Since then the Avante has garnered numerous product awards from home building and architecture publications. It has also been featured on many designer showcase homes including The New American Home projects, The Green Builder Vision House, Christopher Kennedy’s Modernism Week Home, and The Midwest Living Smart Home: Green + Wired.

The striking modern glass design has made it an eye-catching choice for remodeling projects seen on HGTV and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”.

Indoor Outdoor Connections

Smart Home: Green + Wired sponsored by Midwest Living

A garage door is often the largest single assembly on a house’s façade, so choosing the right one is something of a high-stakes move for builders. Clopay’s aluminum-framed glass panel door makes the garage an architectural feature instead of something they’d normally try to hide.

While the door’s clean lines and sleek design are definitely rooted in the modern market, the Avante is increasingly showing up as an unexpected, yet welcome focal point on modern farmhouses and row houses.


Photo credit: Andy Frame. Copyright 2018. All rights reserved.

Glass garage doors aren’t just for the garage. Due to the range of sizes, finishes, and glazing options, homeowners and builders are getting creative and customizing them to use as alternative patio doors, hobby sheds, and even as small pass through windows that can be rolled up for outdoor entertaining when the weather is nice.

Sugar House

Photo credit: Sugarhouse Ceramic Co. Copyright 2019.

Garage Door Flex Space

Avante Bar Window

Learn more about the Avante AX or use Clopay’s Door Imagination System to upload a photo of your home and try on a glass garage door.

All photos of the Eldridge Company contemporary home are by Falls City Photography.

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