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2022 Garage Door Trends

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We turned the page from 2021 to 2022 wondering where the time went! Wasn't it just December of 2019 as we looked with anticipation at the new decade? While many things have changed, one thing hasn't: The return on investment for a quality garage door leads the list of home renovation products. This is our FIRST TREND to note for 2022.

Remodeler Magazine's annual Cost vs. Value Report presented Garage Door Replacement in the #1 position 3 of the last 4 years.

  • 2021: 93.8% ROI (#1)
  • 2020: 94.5% ROI (#2 behind manufactured stone veneer)
  • 2019: 97.5% ROI (#1)
  • 2018: 98.3% ROI (#1)


It is clear that the world has finally caught on to what we have known all along (at least since 1924 when our Great-Grandfather started our family business): The garage door is a critical aspect of your home for its incredible function, efficiency, and safety, and it also happens to really boost curb appeal which results in a higher value added to your home.

We know that replacing your garage door is a no-brainer for value, but you can see in this report, the numbers really do add up! Right now is the best time to replace your garage door. Not only do we have the highest quality materials, most diverse design opportunities, we also offer you quality, service, and safety to last.

The SECOND TREND we are seeing taking place in the garage is a dedication to safety and security. Protecting the home with an insulated and energy efficient garage door, will support your sustainability and financial goals. But there is more you can do. Installing the modern openers with smart home technology and applications for security lighting controlled through the smart home will bring further confidence. So be sure to talk with your dealer about the options to enhance the safety and security of the garage door through technology offered.

The THIRD TREND is all about design. While Carriage Style doors lead the pack of desired designs, we are seeing more and more modern and glass doors coming down the pipeline. Known for their sleek, simplistic aesthetics that tend to blend both durability and beauty, homeowners are complementing their homes with bold window designs, geometric attributes, diverse colors, and architectural features in the garage door. This trend is promoted by the increased number of purposes people are finding for their garage space and craving the function and the fashion for their door.

Modern Garage Doors 

Euro-Dor Series - Modern Style with staggered lites and custom glass and hand-applied faux stain

Modern garage doors are sleek and alluring with their clean geometric lines, simple proportions, and stylish glass, and they truly add to your home's motif when paired appropriately. This style is descended from international architectural styles, which were developed in the 1920s and 30's and spanned through the latter part of the 1900's with the architectural brilliance of designers like Frank Lloyd Wright.

Due to our process for manufacturing, we are able to add windows and designs to nearly any placement and in any shape you wish to compliment your home as seen in the featured image of a Modern Euro-Dor. Adding glass into your unique preference, whether frosted or otherwise obscured, can control the level of light and privacy in your garage. Selecting the right paint or stain color will complete the look for your updated exterior!


Carriage Style Doors 

Roaring Twenties Series - Carriage Style RT11A Hartford Design with decorative hardware and Cashmere factory finish

Carriage style doors are as timeless as Bette Davis and Greta Garbo's smiles and still as beloved today.

In 1923 C.J. Johnson patented the overhead door that quickly replaced swing style doors on garages across the United States welcoming the Model-T Fords to roll right in. The production of doors that swing up and over the head versus out into the driveway changed life at the time, but we held on to the gorgeous appearance.

One of the predominant features found on a classic American carriage style door are the big windows. This highlight of the product is one to truly make it stand out. Where many others use window inserts or have to joint the pieces together, our tops are made of solid, one-piece vinyl material. This means the entire face of the top, or grille as it is referred to, is one quality sheet of carved material with no joints or inserts to truly replicate the look of wood.

You will often find decorative hardware adorning the face of many carriage style doors. Original swing doors would have straps and hinges to secure them to the frame and provide strength to the structure. They would also have handles at the center to allow the doors to be pulled open. Adding this element to today's overhead doors gives authenticity to the door and complements many homes; however, this feature is not required to allow the beauty of a carriage style door to add impact to any home.


Traditional Garage Doors

Euro-Dor Raised Panel Series - Long panel sections with sunray top design and hand applied faux stain

Traditional raised panel doors are iconic in the garage door industry. When the roll-former was introduced to manufacturers across the country, the opportunity to mass produce with repeatability became a reality. You know these doors. You have seen them since you were a kid, and they served the market well for a long time.

The long and short panels offer symmetry and accommodate nearly any opening. The style presents the appearance of the frame and panel construction used by millworkers for cabinets and furniture. The result is the illusion that a floating panel sits inside the frame except we run the look on one full sheet of composite material. Similarly the recessed panel door is equally as timeless showcasing the pronounced frame with a slightly more shallow, or depressed, panel.

Both styles offer a standard look meant to comply with nearly any design style, but if your home or project has personality beyond Traditional, we have many options for you!


Design your Door

Every Fimbel door we make is uniquely crafted for you. Our doors come in a range of styles and price points with capabilities for customizations to satisfy your design desires. Using multiple design patents with materials and processes engineered for beauty and durability, we offer you more.

It starts with the material and the construction.

  • Vinyl - BEST: Offers beauty, durability, and design flexibility with the look of painted wood but is weather-resistant, so it will not rot, split, or crack like wood. It is virtually maintenance-free and comes naturally white.
  • Wood Composite - BETTER: Has the look and design flexibility of wood or vinyl, but unlike wood it does not require maintenance. Requires initial finishing but can be painted or faux stained regardless of exposure to head and the environment. It will not rot, split, crack, or rust.
  • Both of these options are constructed using a wood frame, insulation, vinyl backcover, and the composite material on the face. This leaves the complete section encased in protective, durable material that is engineered to last.
  • Vinyl-Coated Steel - BETTER: Smooth, natural white finish offers exceptional beauty and options for paint or faux stain finishing. Budget-friendly with many of the benefits of vinyl and steel combined. Weather resistant, durable, dent-resistant, will not rot, split, crack, or rust. This material is then insulated with a vinyl backcover for sustainability.


Using your unique design perspective, ambition, and talent, we offer you the opportunity to complete your vision with the quality and capabilities needed to truly round out your final project. Our doors allow you to capture architectural features used in original period designs or contemporary trends. For example, your windows can be nearly any configuration, any design, and nearly any location to tie features through the home to the garage door! You can accommodate any opening by customizing in 1" height and width increments or matching an uneven floor with a scribed bottom. The face of the door is fully customizable whether it's adding logos and routed designs to geometric shapes and windows to waves or anchors - you name it!


Fimbel Finishing

As you dream of your door coming to life, don't forget to consider your options. The color trends for '22 are calling for warm neutrals, moody blacks and charcoals, and diverse greens, and we can do it all. We are very proud of our factory finish and offer it in both standard and custom paint options but also in an array of hand-applied faux stains. The result is the finest finish in the industry and brings a furniture-like finish to exterior architecture. With a strong warranty and compassion for the earth, our paint is an excellent addition to your garage door.

Using heat-reflective high-performance paint, all Factory Finished products will be delivered with a clean finish to last! While most of our products do not require finishing and may remain natural white, adding color to your project can add the wow-factor that you are after! Our vast and ever-expanding color palette includes blacks, charcoals and dark greens as well as faux stains to truly replicate the look of wood without the maintenance. With solutions for replacement of damaged sections to navigating tough exposures to Do-It-Yourself options, our finish will brighten up your home and increase durability. To read more about it, enjoy this blog.


Before you Commit

A few things to consider as you finalize your color decision (from our previous Blog called "Opening Doors to Color Your World"):

  1. Your entry door is the focal point of your home. You do not have to match it! Do your best to complement it. Focus on matching the quality and design not the color.
  2. The garage door color works best on many homes when it is coordinated to the details of the home: the siding, the windows, the trim.
  3. If the overall design of the home is unique, we invite to think beyond standard doors and make it your own.
  4. While the garage can consume 30% of a home's frontage, the garage door should add to the overall feel - not stick out like a sore thumb. We offer a lot of options to make it unique without making it outlandish!
  5. Be sure you understand the material of the garage door. We know that vinyl can respond to extreme temperatures unfavorably when in dark colors. Be sure you have the right paint product on the right material (again, no worries here for us, because we offer you more).
  6. If you cannot decide on a color, a natural white finish is a tried and true solution! With our product and our ability to offer you the DIY kits, so you can change your mind down the road.
  7. Do you plan to sell your home anytime soon? If so, consider what a potential buyer might want for their garage door! In this case, purchasing a garage door with the after factory option of our DIY kits may be the solution.

Let's do it!

Read more about our American Legends Series and our Estate Collection Series to find your perfect door!

In the world of Fimbel, we do not believe in many limitations. We believe that if you can dream it, we can make it. What makes us different is that we build doors that last, reduce impact on the earth, and require very low maintenance and increased durability allowing you peace of mind. We have the best warranty on the market because we stand behind the product we make. We look forward to seeing your creativity and being able to give you a More in a Garage.

Why wait to bring your new doors home!

Find a dealer today at www.fimbelads.com/dealers. 

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Make your Neighbors Green with Envy: Sustainable Garage Doors

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As a fourth generation manufacturer we are acutely aware that we have taken from mother nature's bounty time and again. From our origins in manufacturing with wood doors to our time in steel and aluminum and beyond to our current processes that utilize composite materials, we know that we must preserve our precious Earth, and we know we have taken and must give back and continue to do better!

All Fimbel doors are constructed to be low maintenance today and tomorrow which means less stress and less waste! Our materials are innovative and developed with both the end user experience and our environment in mind. Our naturally white doors are made to be unfinished, but we offer a vast range of paints and stains in our unique system using water based and eco-friendly ingredients. Additionally, our headquarters and primary manufacturing plant draws 80% of electricity from solar panels on the roof to reduce our impact on Mother Earth.

Our hard word to reduce waste is not only built into the process but also into the resulting product which means less to the landfill and increases our product longevity. Choosing quality partners and instilling practices into our operations to reduce and conserve are critical to our goals.

Much of this vision is credit to Erin Fimbel, our President (and full disclosure: my sister). When she joined the company, an already existing mindset was converted to practices, innovations, and dedication as she brought our deeply held family values to life. Today she is leading us with clarity and commitment to these goals. "Continuous improvement, metrics-driven quality, and an exceptional customer experience will continue to be at the heart of everything we do." she recently stated. "Our family values are reflected in our commitment to our people, partners, and customers. We pride ourselves on doing what we say we will and providing a sustainable and reliable product that we stand behind."

From a sustainability standpoint, garage doors made of wood simply don't make sense. Wood rots, particularly in wet and humid environments, resulting in more frequent replacements. The garage doors made popular in the mid-20th century were made of steel, but steel rusts in the same places where wood rots. It also dents easily and has an undesirable fake wood grain often stamped into the face. Fortunately, there's a better, more beautiful option with our lineup of garage doors.

We use vinyl because it will not rot or rust, and while vinyl experiences seasonal expansion and contraction, it does so without cracking, and we have engineers our way around the obstacle. We even use vinyl to coat our steel section for the platform of our American legends series. Vinyl offers us the ability to make high-end products with the look and feel of a wood door, but our doors are maintenance-free and can survive in harsh environments, like the coast, where a wood door would deteriorate and standard steel would rust.

Every Fimbel door we make is fully insulated to support the demands of the many uses today for garage spaces. We also use top-grade components such as 11-gauge hinges where the industry standard is the thinner 13-gauge material. These are just a few ways we build in confidence to offer you a long lasting, beautiful door.

Through our partnership with One Tree Planted (501c3) we do our part to restore our generous forests and our planet. It is undeniable that mother nature's bounty has provided for the garage door industry and our family since we began manufacturing overhead doors in the early 1920's. Today, every single door sold by Fimbel Architectural Doors plants a tree through the hard work and commitment of our tree-loving partners. Together, we hope to make the world more beautiful and sustainable one door and one tree at a time #OneDoorOneTree.

We know we cannot change the world with only a door, but we can challenge how we operate in all aspects to make the world a healthier place. We do this with a focus to improve efficiency to reduce supply chain demand, retain and empower our Team, and build stronger communities. Our quality allows us to get it right the first time because our goal is to pave the way for the next generation.

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Your Door - Your Way: The Euro-Dor

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The Most Versatile and Sustainable Garage Door.

Life is full of choices. From what to wear now that many are headed back to the office to how to care for our loved ones during this unbelievable time to deciding between the various milk products offered today. Our days and our minds are plagued by choices, and choosing the right garage door should not be one of them. We make it simple with the Euro-Dor: the only door to offer everything you need at a price point sure to please!

Whether your goal is a design from our library of options or is notably custom, the Euro-Dor offers you options to properly compliment your home. As in the example below, you see the door design remains the same (three sections, two panels, V-Grooves, grille section); however, the selected top options allow for these neighboring doors to shine in their own way showcasing that small design choices can have great impact! 

Image: EU505-Athens (left) with 32" Euro top (16 lites) and EU504-Brussels (right) with 26" Custom top (2 lites)

One with an arch top and 16 lites speaks to the traditional appearance of the home. The other, with the complementary transom with rectangular lites, shines with a modern edge. These two literally live beside each other, are built from the same stock, and have been individually selected to complete the varied appearance of the exteriors.

After seeing these two 'fraternal twins', I set out to get to know our Euro-Dor a little more intimately. What I found is that this particular construction, material selection, and patented processes make it the most versatile door in the garage door market today. We find a lot of Euro-Dors living out their time at the Jersey Shore and in Coastal areas which makes great sense for many reasons, such as its ability to withstand harsh geographical impacts, but a closer look reveals the Euro-Dor also accommodates virtually all architectural aspects because of its ability to transform its design and appearance to accommodate your desires. It is the chameleon of garage doors!

The Construction:

The Euro was the first vinyl product of its kind, and its patented innovation allows us to break boundaries in garage door design. Using a single sheet of material and dynamic machinery, we are able to run the design from section to section without interruption. This allows us to not only provide a precise and detailed design, but we can also customize it without limitation.

Here's how: Using a hand placed wood frame and nesting in our insulation, we laminate a vinyl back cover and a solid vinyl exterior that encases the face. This construction approach also provides significant structural stability to the door whereas many others use MDF and other composite materials to frame the inside. This slab now becomes a blank slate to bring you more for your door. Combining stability with sustainability, we chose smart material to provide both beauty and durability. The Euro-Dor wears 3/8" material on the face and edges, Versatex for unfinished and Tricoya for finished doors, that offers a smooth and clean aesthetic. We have options to add select profiles, such as V-Groove or Beadboard or Raised Panel, and nearly limitless designs to satisfy inspiration. 

Image: Euro-Dor standard profile, smooth face, tongue and groove, encased in vinyl

When looking at the garage door market today, we found doors that were made with formed vinyl, but their material, construction and design options clearly lack the level of quality and durability we hold with our nearly 100 year legacy. We also found doors that look quite like ours, in fact using the exact same vinyl material, yet they paled in comparison. What they lack is our sturdy wood frame and the single sheet of material on the face. This feature alone will provide sustainability and satisfaction for years to come, not to mention added design capabilities. With no overlays or section joints to contend with, the vinyl can live significantly longer.

Where others find themselves limited in their top and window design options we have crafted ourselves to be nearly limitless. Because of the single sheet application we can provide nearly any window configuration and design without inserts. Add to this our precision machining, and you can count on a replacement section (versus having to purchase the entire door as others require) when little Tommy hits the hockey puck into a section. 

Another distinguishing feature we found is the smooth, natural finish of our vinyl. VERSATEX is manufactured with the tightest tolerances, the brightest white, and the smoothest finish in the market. Our manufacturing techniques carve clean crisp profiles into the face of the door leaving edges sharp and finished smooth.

The Diversity of Design:

Using your unique design perspective, ambition, and talent, we offer you the opportunity to complete your vision with the quality and capabilities needed to truly round out your final project. Our doors allow you to capture architectural features used in original period designs or contemporary trends. For example, your windows can be nearly any configuration, any design, and nearly any location to tie features through the home to the garage door! You can accommodate any opening by customizing in 1" height and width increments or matching an uneven floor with a scribed bottom. The face of the door is fully customizable whether it's adding logos and routed designs to geometric shapes and windows to waves or anchors - you name it!

Image: Euro Raised Panel with Faux-Stain and Sunray top (top left), Custom Euro with carved design in wave form (top right), Modern Euro Plank design with Faux Stain (bottom left), EU505-Brussels with Black Factory Finish (bottom middle), EU18S-Santorini with double Grille top (4 lites each).

Color selection is a huge aspect of design. Using our D200 High performance finish, all Factory Finished products will be delivered with a clean finish to last! While most of our products do not require finishing and may remain natural, adding color to your project can add the wow-factor that we are after! Our vast and ever-expanding color palette includes blacks, charcoals, and dark greens as well as faux stains to truly replicate the look of wood without the maintenance.

With a cabinet like finish each door leaves our factory pristine and poised to last. We offer a standard color palette for solid finishes, but we also offer custom matching of any color you choose. If the desired look is to replicate a wood door, we offer nine standard faux finishes, but we also offer custom stain matching as well.

With additional options for decorative hardware, specialty glass, interior upgrades, and more, you can bring your dream door to life!

Image: Flush Euro with Factory Finish Cade Grey (top left), EU504-Brussels Overhead (qty.2) & EUQ10 Swing (top right), EU505-Athens Overhead (qty.2) & EUT100-A Swing with decorative hardware (bottom left), Factory Finish Faux Stain on EU with VG (bottom middle), GR24 Long Panel with Prairie Short Grille (bottom right)

The Lasting Benefits:

When we build, we build for beauty and durability that will last because we care about your satisfaction as well as our environment. From our processes to our products, we reduce, reuse, and recycle everything we can. We run on solar, and we love to help reduce your overall maintenance efforts and costs.

Doors in the Estate Collection offer efficiency and noise reduction by laminating the insulation to the interior of the door to keep it in position and reduce pockets where air can reside. Tight construction and quality materials offer you confidence and savings. Providing a sustainable product is important because we believe our legacy has a responsibility to generations that come after us. We want this door not only to last but to provide energy efficiency for your home.

Fimbel doors offer you a low-maintenance lifestyle. The clean appearance of the door should last for years to come with a gentle clean with mild soap and water. No harsh abrasives or undue elbow grease necessary. This aspect may be overlooked, but when we consider the supply chain for cleaning products, the effort to implement the cleaning, and the residual waste moving into the earth, we see our processes make way for sustainability.

One of the longest lasting aspects of our doors is the contribution made upon purchase. For every door we sell, we work with our partners at One Tree Planted to plant a tree on your behalf. We know the resources generously given by Mother Nature need replenishing, and we want to pay it forward!

Make it a Fimbel:

When it comes to choosing your garage door, we have made that easy for you with the Euro-Dor (part of the Estate Collection). This choice offers you long term satisfaction at a price point packed with value. Originated on the foundation of old-world craftsmanship and classic designs, we have added innovative technology and materials to offer unmatched beauty and durability. Using patented processes, this door was the first to show a continuous design from section to section using a single sheet of material. This innovation allows us to break the boundaries of what you THINK you can do with a garage door.

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Reduce Holiday Stress to Enjoy what Matters Most

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We proudly manufacture a door that allows the low-maintenance and eco-friendly lifestyle for you for years to come (read more about those here)! We also want this same ease and confidence to find you in other aspects of your life and the approaching holiday season! Because we hold our family values above all else, we thought it would be prudent to share with you some tips to reduce holiday stress and increase connections and joy!

First things first - establish what is most important - your personal and family values. If you aren't clear on what these are, make a list of all the 'things' that need to be done and a list of all the values you hold close (this could be your family, your finances, your religion, or anything). Compare your lists and establish the events and expenses (financial, time, and emotional) that align with your true values and true joy. So make your list and check it twice!

Next - set yourself some boundaries. There are so many exciting and/or demanding ways for us to spend our time and energy during the holidays, but the hard truth is that you do not have to do any of them! Okay - don't miss Christmas with your grandparents or slack off on the food drive donations, but you do not have to attend every single thing you're invited to attend or contribute to! Just. Say. No.

Both of these first two steps are to help you avoid conflict internally and externally. When you are clear on what you want to do, the next step is to visualize how you want it to go. In any holiday gathering, there is the risk of conflict between friends and family (we are all usually wound pretty tightly this time of year); however, this year with even more heightened attention on COVID, politics, the economy, and more, our dinner tables may invite some awkward conversations. Get ahead of this by establishing the boundaries for the group and for you as an individual.

Now that you can visualize your calendar, it's time to plan ahead:

  1. Be sure to find time to be quiet and embrace the stillness of the season. Remember the Reason for the Season: it isn't about the quantity of the presents or your presence, but it most assuredly IS the quality of the experience.
  2. Purchase and wrap all presents before the date of the exchange.
  3. Purchase/Prep all food dishes, beverages, or other contributions to the event well in advance - you never know when Costco will be out of cocktail shrimp platters!
  4. Schedule time to exercise and eat well. If you let your gas tank run empty, you may find yourself stuck in the garage.

Finally - in all situations - find the joy! Celebrate the small gifts as much as the large ones. Recognize the lights strung about on the way to work or to run errands. Marvel in the flurries and the twinkling ice. Watch a Hallmark movie and feel (a little cheesy and) warm inside. Recognize the effort in others even when the experience isn't shining. And know that you have given yourself the gift of being present.

It may be odd for a garage door manufacturing company to be doling out holiday stress advice, but we are more than just that. We are people first - people who want to make the most of each day and build strong relationships. We are a company that spans four generations, and we have learned over time that the true value of our business is the work we do with and for our family (which includes our family of origin, our family at work, and our family of partners). 

As the holiday approaches, we wish each and everyone of you a stress-free holiday lifestyle that matches the stress-free lifestyle of our doors!

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Why Insulation is Important

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Winter is coming! If you are a "Game of Thrones" fan like we are, you might feel extra panic about this statement. But for anyone with a garage, you are likely seeing a to-do list building at that statement! It means we need to clean out the garage of the summer toys and equipment (check out this blog for more on that) and make way for the cars to avoid the winter snow and frigid temperatures here in the North East. It also likely triggers the reminder of increased energy bills and chilly mornings.

Every single Fimbel door we manufacture comes fully insulated because our commitment to the environment and to your satisfaction is built in. The garage can have a large impact on the overall efficiency and comfort of the home. This aspect is often overlooked when considering the home's needs. While every aspect of your garage should be insulted: the walls, the ceiling, and the garage door, we are naturally going to focus on the garage door.


Why Insulate the Garage?

Since 71% of Americans use their garage as the primary entrance to their home, it makes sense that this transition into the home ought to be a comfortable one. Entering the garage with the car, closing the garage door, and then proceeding to the home creates what's called a vestibule effect. This small action of entering the garage and closing the door prior to entering the home allows the unwanted temperature to remain outside. An insulated door allows for a smoother transition from the temperatures of the outdoors and the conditioned climate of the home's interior.

Even if the garage is insulated and drywalled, utilizing an uninsulated garage door will leave the garage cold. Regardless of whether or not you spend a lot of time in your garage, the positive impact of an insulated garage door could potentially add more than 20 degrees to a garage with an outside temperature of 20 degrees. Starting a car that is 40+ degrees is far more appealing than starting a car resting at 20 degrees.

While creature comforts are lovely and certainly appeal to homeowners on those chilly winter mornings, the benefits of an insulated garage and garage door go beyond comfort. With proper insulation homeowners can save up to 20% on their electric bills and truly bring energy efficiency to their home.


What are the Benefits?

If what you have read so far isn't enough to convince you, let's look at some additional benefits of an insulated garage door.

  1. First things first - back to the creature comforts - when a garage door is insulated properly, you should be getting a more aesthetically pleasing interior to the garage. We offer a high impact, pre-finished white interior. We also offer to add our ⅜' Versatex (smooth, solid vinyl) to the interior to bring elegance to your garage.
  2. An insulated door will reduce noise during opening and closing. You shouldn't hear the rattle and transition through the track system as the sections will be more solid and not only prevent but absorb a great deal of residual noise.
  3. While the door is closed, an insulated door will control noise entering and leaving the garage space. The insulation acts as a barrier to capture the sound, so if your kids are forming a rock band, the neighbors will appreciate the reduced noise.
  4. As the technology of our cars and their batteries continue to change, we know that they function better in a climate controlled garage. Starting your morning off right will be easier with an insulated door.
  5. It helps at resale. We know, thanks to Remodeling Magazine's 2020 report, replacing your garage door with a quality high-end door is a slam dunk on the ROI (Return of Investment) at resale with a shocking 94.5%.
  6. The average age of today's US homebuyer is 47. Which means that many homebuyers today are Gen X and Millennial with a tendency toward sustainability and efficiency. Offering this aspect as an element of your 'smart' home adds value.

What Else is Needed?

For the most part, garage door manufacturers use a foam to insulate their garage doors, but this isn't enough. To get the most efficiency out of your garage door, it is important to understand more about R-Value, making the door weather tight, and insulating the glass sections.

R-Value measures the thermal efficiency (resistance to heat flow or temperature conduction of a product). It is used to represent energy efficiency and stands for Resistance Value and is represented in imperial units. It is calculated by the thickness and physical properties of the product. Simply put, a garage door with sufficient R-Value will keep heat inside the garage during winter and cool air inside during summer. Read more in our recent blog on R-Value.

But this isn't enough. Since the garage door will open and close and must remain mobile around all four sides, it is critical to maintain the perimeter weather-stripping and the bottom seal. Additionally, purchasing a door, such as a Fimbel door, with interlocking tongue and groove sections is very valuable. This design reduces the temperature and the weather from penetrating the garage.

The last suggestion we have to maximize your garage efficiency is to utilize insulated glass on any glass sections of your garage door. Failing this will not only cause issues with the temperature control, but it will also likely cause condensation in conditioned garages. For more on this, read our blog on condensation.


Why a Fimbel Door?

We have been manufacturing garage doors since our great-grandfather began his business in 1924. In that time we have made and insulated doors in many ways, but we know the value of protecting your home, your assets, and your finances. We are here to help you find satisfaction in your home.

Combining innovative materials and technology with classic craftsmanship, we have built two dynamic platforms upon which you can design your dream door. Our American Legends is built on vinyl-coated steel and adorned with smooth, solid overlays in your design choice. The Estate Collection, including our Euro-Dor, Presidential, and Roaring Twenties Series, offers a blank slate built on a hand-crafted wood frame and laminated with smooth, solid material to design nearly any style you wish.

To learn more, please find a dealer by using our dealer locator. We look forward to offering you more! 

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