Sunset Green Home Features Stylish, Storm-Ready Clopay® Garage Doors

Oct 26, 2015

Sunset Home

Clopay Canyon Ridge® Collection Limited Edition Series carriage house garage doors are featured on the Sunset Green Home, a sustainable energy-efficient new home construction project recently completed on Long Island, New York.

After Hurricane Sandy destroyed Kim Erle’s house on October 29, 2012, her only choice was to rebuild. Instead of simply making modifications to meet the new building codes, she decided to go above and beyond and build the coastal home of the future – a highly efficient, resilient house that would stand up to future storms and serve as a model for responsible building practices. Her efforts resulted in the Sunset Green Home.

The new residence is a sustainable, energy-efficient project registered through the LEED for Homes green building program with a certification goal of LEED Platinum.

Erle selected Clopay Canyon Ridge Collection faux wood garage doors for the house because they offer the best combination of style, energy-efficiency, and low-maintenance durability.

New building codes implemented after Hurricane Sandy mandate that homes be built 12 feet above sea level. The Sunset Green Home sits atop pilings and the garage is located underneath it in a flood plain.

While the Canyon Ridge door’s wood-grain composite cladding looks like real wood, the material won’t rot, warp or crack, which is important if there is a flood.

The door’s three-layer Intellicore® insulation contributes to the door’s rigidity and strength. “During Hurricane Sandy, large pieces of debris were pushed by the storm surge into the foundation and siding of the old home,” said Erle. “A non-insulated door does not have the same ability to withstand denting as an insulated garage door.”

She selected LiftMaster 8550 Elite Series openers with battery back-up so her family can open the garage doors during a power outage.

A Better Door managed the installation of the garage doors and openers for the project.

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