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Choosing a Garage Door Style

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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! Deciding on the right door starts with selecting a quality product that will last and offer both beauty and durability regardless of geography. Our low-maintenance, energy smart doors will add to the satisfaction and the sustainability of your home. 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! 

There are three main categories of residential garage doors: Carriage Style, Traditional, and Modern. Fimbel ADS has been primarily a carriage style door manufacturer since 2003. At that time, we sought to emulate the look of true carriage doors with the classic big windows, swing door appearance, and the sturdy overlay look, but we wanted to do this with composite materials that would simultaneously allow longevity and ingenuity thus resulting in the look of smooth, finished wood. That said, we have not lost our 95 year old roots or our vision for the future, so we proudly offer a vast array of designs to bring you more in a garage door.

Carriage Style Doors

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

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! 

Modern Garage Doors

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. Adding glass in your 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!

Bring it to Life!

Now comes the fun part! 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 white, 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 for 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.

Why wait to bring your new doors home!

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

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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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