News From Fimbel Architectural Doors

Independence from Maintenance

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To celebrate the fast-approaching Independence Day and our relief for gradual independence from lockdown, we invite you to celebrate safely and enjoy your independence from garage door maintenance with a Fimbel Architectural Door!

After these many weeks of COVID quarantine, we are all eager for a break. Our team members and industry partners have proudly maintained a steady and dedicated beat. Maintaining essential operations was no easy task, so we know the upcoming holiday will be a welcome relief. It is time for all of us to unwind and relax. The last thing anyone wants to do is worry about issues with garage doors – despite how much we love them.

Servicing your door is a critical item on the homeowner's checklist; unfortunately, it is often and

dangerously overlooked. Knowing that 71% of Americans use their garage door as the primary entrance to their home, we know the wear and tear on the mechanisms can invite unexpected costs, demands on your time, and threats to your safety.


Find a Professional Technician

In our organization, safety must be the first priority. The first and most important aspect of maintaining your garage door is to understand what you, the homeowner, should keep an eye on and what you should rely on a trained professional to handle.

Professional maintenance should be done regularly and will include comprehensive checks of the rollers and hinges, motor, weather seal, cables, track, and most importantly – the springs. Choosing to tackle these aspects of the door may seem easy enough, but a trained professional is necessary for your benefit and safety.


Add to Your Regular Home Maintenance List
Second to safety, we value quality at Fimbel ADS. We believe in regular preventative maintenance, and we believe you should regularly check your door to avoid costly and dangerous situations. Listening and paying attention to the garage door may prevent issues.

Regularly check the mechanisms of the door to be sure they have adequate lubrication to allow the system to glide through the tracks. All moving parts (metallic) using non-greasy, non-silicone-based garage door lubricant. If the movement of the sections become stiff and begin to make a squeaking sound, they may need oil. Be sure not to over oil and subsequently collect residue and debris. You can also check your photo-eyes to be sure the trip sensor is connected.


How it's Made Matters

Basic steel doors do not require much maintenance, but they also tend to live a short life before looking weathered and worn. In contrast, wood doors will last a long time in the right environment, but they require a great deal of maintenance. Maintaining a wood door requires regular cleaning of the exterior to prolong the life of the wood and stain. The finish on your wood door should be inspected no less than every 12 months, and more frequently if the wood door is exposed to direct sunlight (facing south, southeast, or south west) or harsh weather conditions are present. About every 2-3 years it is recommended to sand and reapply a clear topcoat your wood doors with the paint or stain of your choice. Prior to refinishing, you will need to use wood filler to cover any cracks or blemishes and allow it to dry. Sand the door with the grain and with gentle pressure. Allow adequate dry time between each application and be sure to tape off windows and decorative hardware. We believe the maintenance free solution is a garage door made with our vinyl material and our vinyl clad-steel.


Keep it Beautiful 

For our naturally white, vinyl doors, you can expect a lifetime of low maintenance pleasure. For our factory finish doors, whether paint or faux stain, you can count on a warm water rinse here and a little soap there to keep your door beautiful. Should you choose to finish your door, it will merely add to the clean appearance over time!

We pride ourselves on our partnership with a paint and faux stain manufacturer that can offer an array of colors and a solid warranty against fading. Their innovative heat reflective pigments create a product developed to bring dark colors regardless of exposure to your door. Should you change your mind down the road, our paint product offers a DIY kit for a fresh coat or a fresh new look.


Fimbel Keeps it Easy

To ensure years of trouble-free performance, the face and edges of your vinyl sections are UV-resistant and may be left in their natural, unfinished white color. This technology allows the material of your door to remain in its natural, unfinished state. You can expect a lifetime of ease. No need to repeatedly refinish. You can repair many dents and dings due to our advanced material, Versatex. And you can count on the quality and beauty of our doors.

For general cleaning of Fimbel garage door sections:

  • Rinse dust and debris from the face of the door using warm water.
  • Use warm water and a mild dishwashing liquid soap.
    • Apply mild hand dishwashing detergents such as Dawn, Joy, or Ivory to the wet door surface using a very wet sponge or a very soft bristled brush.
    • Avoid using/applying Windex directly on the face of the door.
    • Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

For more stubborn spots on white, unfinished doors:

  • Use Soft Scrub, Clorox Cleanup or Clorox Outdoors can be used.
  • Use Mr. Clean Erasers with a gentle hand.
  • Wipe with isopropyl or denatured alcohol to remove any soap, cleaner residue, or dust.

Do not do the following:

X Use solutions containing acid or solvents like MEK, acetone, or Toluene.

X Use Simple Green, as it may yellow the face of your door.

X Use a power washer to remove dirt or stains from the door.

X Use heat or induce heat when field cleaning or painting. Heat lamps, and heaters could cause damage and may void your warranty. Though heat guns may be used to repair some dings and dents, proper guidance is advised.

X Wash your finished door within 30 days of installation.

The final tip is this: Do not sell yourself short on your garage door. You deserve to have a beautiful, low-maintenance door that will welcome you home each and every time with a smile and peace of mind.

If you have any questions about cleaning and caring for your door, please feel free to reach out! We do our best to make it easy for you because we want you to relax and celebrate your independence. We know the pride of being a 4th Generation American Manufacturer, and we are proud to bring you more in a garage door! 

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Garage Door Safety Month

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In our home, there is one rule that will always lead the rest: Safety First. Our kids are programmed and trained to respond quickly to the question of, "what is our first rule of anything?", and they come back with a swift reply of, "Safety. Always." This same rule applies to our family business. For 95 years, we have proudly manufactured doors and track set-ups to be safe, made with quality, and beautiful enough for our own homes. It is our commitment to our family, and it is our commitment to your family, too.

In recent studies, we learned that 71% of Americans use their garage door as the primary entrance to their home. Considering the busy nature of life today, the function of the garage door is clearly essential.

Each June, the International Door Association (IDA) promotes Garage Door Safety month across the globe. To help you protect your family and your investment, we have gathered some tips to make sure that your garage offers you everything you need without the headache! We are truly thankful for the continued information and support the IDA offers us as members of the industry and manufacturers for our Dealers and homeowners. It is our honor to pass along their well-thought tips and tricks to keep you and yours safe all year round!

We'd like to thank our partners at the IDA for sharing this incredible information with us in order to help serve you, our customer!


Security:

  • Burglars are smarter than you may think! Avoid leaving your garage door open unnecessarily, and make sure you know where the remote is at all times! In the event that your remote is lost, make sure to clear the codes and have the remotes and keypads reprogrammed.
  • Do you lock your car when it is left in the driveway? If you have your automatic operator linked to your car, a burglar could get in unbeknownst. Remembering to lock your car helps to protect your home!
  • The convenience of an automatic door is truly a great value; however, in the event of an emergency, such as a power outage, there are two things that will help you gain access to the garage. The first is making sure there is an emergency release cord within reach and know how to use it. Be sure that it functions properly. Also consider a garage door opener with a battery backup system to be sure the door can be opened and closed regardless of additional energy Sources.
  • Keep the garage door opener and remote control out of reach of children. These features are tools - not toys!


Function:

  • Your automatic door is a convenience: It should safely function with ease and without much noise. If the movement of the door is not smooth, you may have an unsafe condition. It is possible the spring system has become unbalanced and should only be maintained by a trained Professional.
  • The genius of a garage door opener is its ability to reverse direction. When a descending garage door meets an obstruction, it reverses to avoid it. If your door does not reverse readily after contacting an obstruction, the opener's sensitivity may need adjustment. See your owner's manual for how to adjust your opener's sensitivity or call a professional.
  • Included in the reverse feature is the photoelectric eye system. Installed 4-6" above the garage floor, and the eyes should be facing each other. As the door descends, the photoelectric eyes will catch any people or animals crossing the light beam. If your opener does not have photoelectric eyes, you may want to call a professional for an upgrade.
  • Normal wear and tear may invite some squeaks and noise. As the squeaks and noises present, try a spray-on lubricant (recommended especially for garage doors). If this doesn't resolve the problem, reach out to a professional to assess the system. This is important because the springs are the most important and dangerous port of the door. Though they should last 5-10 years, it is important to listen and watch for any issues to avoid catastrophe.
  • When a garage door is properly installed, it should be rather quiet in its movements and operation. Any time grinding or scratching sounds present, consider it a red flag to call a professional.


Observe:

  • 20,000 children visit the emergency room each year due to garage door accidents. The wall push button for your garage door opener should be mounted at least 5' above the floor, and out of the reach of children. Teach kids to never touch the cable and roller areas, even if the door is not in motion. Visit doors.org for more information.
  • When closing your automatic garage door, always watch the door until it completely closes to make sure no person or animal is caught under a closing door. Remember, never install wall buttons where they can be pushed and operated without clear sight of the door.


Our goal is to provide the highest quality under the safest conditions to offer you superior performance and a garage door with a long and beautiful life. Following these tips will add longevity and security to your home and convenience and peace of mind to your life.

In most homes, the garage door is typically the largest moving system and is normally used several times a day. Over time, parts can wear out and break - creating potential safety problems. Although we encourage monthly safety checks – June is Garage Door Safety month and a great time to get a professional installer to check your system. To find a dealer near you, visit our website. 

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A Fresh Look at the Fimbel Legacy

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Through our 95 years of manufacturing overhead garage doors, we have seen many unexpected shifts in the market around the globe and in our backyard, and as we did then, we continue to endure with the same spirit and perseverance of our predecessors. As many businesses struggled along with us through this global pandemic, we are experiencing the resilience of our legacy, our industry, and our products.


As an evolving organization, we wanted to stand firmly rooted to the three generations who opened the door for us starting in 1924. The logo, a three-section garage door (one section for each previous generation) with the letter F built in, pulls from the origins of both Fimbel Door Corp and Fimbel ADS with the colors, font, and classic good looks. We add a nod to our more modern way of being with our style and our new graphic. With this rebrand, we are eager for all that lies ahead, and we hold true to the values and people that got us here.


Team Fimbel is a family of dedicated and creative team members who, for nearly a century, have committed themselves to garage doors. Today we focus our attention, as Fimbel Architectural Doors, on quality and satisfaction in every aspect of our business. Remaining operational through COVID-19 as an essential business has renewed our gratitude to this company and this industry. Seeing first-hand how our team and our partners have handled the hurdles of today has brought deep pride and excitement. With this, we are very proud to introduce Fimbel 4.0; a renew focus on service and satisfaction, a new mindset of operation, and four generations of confidence. 

Are you looking for "More in a Garage Door?" Contact us today on our website or by calling 908-534-1732. Our team is available to provide assistance in creating your custom door from start to finish. 


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How to Choose a Garage Door

How to Choose a Garage Door


As a 4th generation family run business that has been building garage doors since 1924, we have quite a bit to offer today's curious consumer! We know that the garage is likely the last thing considered during the initial phases of most projects, and we want to rewrite that mindset. 

Why Care About Your Garage Door?

Did you know that 71% of Americans use their garage door as the primary entrance to their home? That means that the garage door experience should be one of welcome, safety, and satisfaction! What's shocking is this: a garage door can command 30% of a home's visual frontage and directly impact its "curbside appeal" far greater than the 8% of most entry doors.

Updating or selecting a quality new garage door will offer enhanced beauty and safety, and the right upscale garage door can give you a 98% RETURN ON INVESTMENT at resale! Looks aren't everything though, it is critical to select a door that will prove its worth year after year. Based on basic math alone, it is clear the garage door has been under-rated for too long! Let's get you prepared to find the RIGHT door. 


What Do You Need to Know?

When beginning to look at garage doors it is important to consider a few things:

Consider your lifestyle:
  • Do you have a growing family where large SUVs may be in your future?
  • Or is your garage now used for filling with boats and toys.
  • Will it be a man-cave (or a woman-cave to be fair)? Is a home gym in the works?
Consider your budget:
  • Do you need a single or a double door?
  • Do you have a standard size opening, or do you need a custom size? o Do you want to have it finished in either a paint or stain color?
Consider the style of your home:
  • Are there details of your home to complement in the glass section's window configuration?
  • Can you match the design profiles of the entry door? 


Can You See It? 

Can you see the door crafted uniquely for your home? A clear vision of what you want will help you find the right product for you. Your next step is to consider the material you need:

  • Is annual maintenance an obstacle for you? Be sure to seek a vinyl door that will provide the lasting beauty of wood without the tremendous effort for maintenance. 
  • Do you want to paint or stain your door today? Or perhaps tomorrow? Be sure to find a material like vinyl or composite to grant finishing options that last and allow for you to change your mind. Consider a factory finish for peace of mind and quality! 
  • Do you want a steel door with all the aesthetics of wood but the added durability of vinyl? Your best option is a vinyl coated steel to make your dream a reality. Covering the steel allows for this material to live in all its beauty even near the coast! 
  • Does the plight of the environment keep you up at night? Be sure your door is manufactured from materials that reduce their impact to the environment. Our materials are either recycled, reused or targeted to be reduced. We manufacture using solar power, and we are sure to provide an R-Value you can count on.
  • What's R-Value? R value is used to represent energy efficiency. R-16 is NOT twice as effective as R-8. In fact R-8 is equivalent to 90% amount of heat flow reduction and R-16 is equivalent to 95%. So find a door that is insulated and durable to help improve your impact on the earth. 


Bring It to Life! 

Now comes the fun part, go find your door! When picking your design options, look at what goes with the exterior of your home. Consider the style of your home and color as well as features like entry doors, windows, arches, angles, and profiles. With our doors you can choose to leave them natural, have them painted or faux stained to complement any project desires!

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.

Whatever questions you have to find the right garage door, we are certain we have the solutions. We are proud of our Partners who will provide fair and exceptional service. We can help, and we have this video to a casual tour of our showroom!

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." 

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The Story Behind Fimbel Architectural Doors

The Story Behind Fimbel Architectural Doors


With almost 100 years of manufacturing and engineering excellence, our four-generation family business has been a recognized leader and innovator in the garage door industry. Since our humble beginnings in Hillside, NJ when we started producing doors for The Overhead Door Company, to our manufacturing facilities today, Fimbel Architectural Doors has earned a reputation for quality and design excellence. Whether your needs are residential or commercial, carriage style or modern design, Historic restoration or new application, we can create the perfect garage door experience for you.  

In 1924, 10 years after Ford's first moving assembly line came to life, Edward Fimbel, Sr. purchased the very first franchise from the inventor of the overhead garage door. Then known as the Overhead Door Company of Hillside, he built a business and a legacy on craftsmanship and quality. The company moved to modern facilities in Whitehouse Station, NJ in 1969 where we still operate today as. In this location, Edward Fimbel, Jr. lead the company through decades of cultural and political turmoil, and at the age of 95, he remains a staple in the office and as a resource. To learn more about our origins, check out this article.  


In 2004, Edward Fimbel III foresaw the increase in popularity of carriage doors and founded Fimbel Architectural Door Specialties manufacturing patented doors from composite materials and continuing the commercial product line with a more focused product offering. Thanks to the creativity and wealth of knowledge he possesses, there are now many collections of beautiful, virtually maintenance free, and sustainable garage doors continuing the family tradition.


Today, Erin Fimbel is taking the company to the next level. With focus on continuous improvement and growth, she is carrying on the family traditions and bringing today's business mind to the table. Fimbel Architectural Doors' headquarters resides in a solar powered manufacturing plant and remains just across the road from our 1969 facility. We also have additional manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania for increases capabilities.

Our ability to design and engineer custom applications makes us a favorite among architects and design-build firms. We make the Fimbel ADS's engineering department available to provide insights and inspiration to architects and engineers seeking to solve a tough challenge or simply needing to design a completely unique door from advanced materials. Enjoy a quick 'tour' of our showroom.

In 1924, traditions began. The world meets the first ever Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France, and our family meets the world. Our commitment remains to that time-honored tradition today. We will design and build your door using low-maintenance, energy efficient materials, manufactured in a sustainable way because we know the past is what got us here, and the future depends upon our good choices. We look forward to our family working with your family to create something truly special.

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