In many high-end home remodels, the impression of weight can influence product choices. Inside the home and out, materials that appear more solid lend an air of luxury, regardless of cost. This is also true of garage doors, which occupy a considerable amount of a home's facade. Rather than installing all-function-no-form models, many manufacturers are providing new styles with plenty of class. Use these models to help your clients upgrade from “garage door” to “vehicle concealment portal.”
Wood Workmanship Customers can create their own Heritage Classic door designs on the maker's Web site. The roll-up carriage-style doors are built to withstand the elements, with the wood design material back-cut to resist warping and twisting. True divided-lite windows add structural integrity. Western red cedar is the standard overlay material, though other select woods may be specified. Lead times vary for each design. Northwest Door. 800.522.2264. www.nwdusa.com.
Classica Collection patterns are pressed directly into the steel carriage-house–style doors, eliminating embossed overlay pieces. Offering an R-value of 13.35, the doors feature polyurethane insulation sandwiched between a 25-gauge exterior steel skin and a 27-gauge interior skin. Available in 33 design combinations. Pre-painted white doors can be painted any color the homeowner wants. Amarr Garage Doors. 800.503.3667. www.amarr.com.
A Smart Match Wayne-Dalton has designed the Model 9800 garage door to have the look of high-grade wood. Incorporating Therma-Tru's AccuGrain technology, the fiberglass-clad steel garage doors can complement a home's paneled entry doors. Horizontal- or vertical-panel doors are available in cherry, mahogany, or oak finishes, with plain or diamond-pattern window options in opaque or clear. Wayne-Dalton. 888.827.3667. www.wayne-dalton.com.
Glass Jaw-Dropping With an elegant aesthetic to complement any home, the Avante collection features panels of durable tempered glass in strong aluminum frames. The 2 1/8-inch frames are available in five colors with color-matched handles, and pane treatments that include clear glass, clear acrylic, frosted, mirrored, gray- or bronze-tinted, obscure, white laminated, and aluminum. Custom options are available. Tongue-and-groove joints and weather-sealing protect against the elements. In addition to traditional garage applications, the Avante models are well suited to loft or industrial-style décor as a room divider or patio door option. Clopay. 800.225.6729. www.clopay.com.
One-of-a-Kind Design Whether it's a sketch on a napkin or a photo from a vacation abroad, every Summit Door garage door is a one-of-a-kind creation built from scratch. No components are outsourced, and the company does not carry stock items. For inspiration, browse line drawings from six custom collections: coach house, southwest, harbor, colonial, Mediterranean, and country. Brochures, photo books, wood material fan decks, and other design resources are available. Every aspect of door construction is built to suit. Summit Door. 888.768.3667. www.summitdoorinc.com.
Garage Rebirth When the natural environment discourages homeowners from choosing custom wood doors, Overhead Door's Renaissance Collection can offer the look of a carriage house with the durability of steel. The collection incorporates polyurethane insulation for an R-value of 12.76, as well as a heavy duty commercial track and hardware. Eighteen classic designs offer curb appeal, featuring a distinctive wood-grain texture. The doors come finished in white; a coat of latex paint can help homeowners match their garage door to their home. Overhead Door. 800.275.3290. www.overheaddoor.com.