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American Legends Carriage House

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When my dad, Ed Fimbel III, gets a glimmer in his eye, you better watch out! Whether it's the next crazy thing to entertain the grandkids or the next great idea for innovative garage doors, you can be sure to be left in awe! His relentless pursuit for joy and and his curiosity for life have coupled with nearly six decades of industry experience to bring to life the American Legends series: The first classic carriage style door made with vinyl clad steel and solid overlays. 

He knew there was a way to make a true carriage door at an affordable price-point. He knew the market lacked a true carriage door with the classic big windows and the sturdy overlay look. Other manufacturers in the industry had come close using steel with the lumpy, embossed wood-grain texture in the face and plastic snap-in inserts as the window grille. They came close, but the end look lacked the quality and accuracy of a historic carriage style door.

Seeing this opening in the market, he developed a platform upon which the American Legends Carriage Style door was born. With innovative materials and outside the box engineering, the first vinyl-coated steel carriage door found its home as a quality Fimbel product at an affordable budget. The end result has all the appeal of a painted wood door, but the longevity, cost, and low-maintenance appeal for the needs of any home and homeowner!

Fimbel American Legends doors can be found in garages of old-fashioned neighborhoods and new developments alike. With head-turning curb appeal, they provide extraordinary beauty and require very low maintenance. Built using advanced materials, every American Legends door delivers superlative style, lasting beauty and a terrific return-on-investment.

Customizable Glass Section:

One of the predominant features found on a classic American carriage house 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, is one quality sheet of carved material with no joints or inserts.

Although the American Legends is limited to standard widths, the construction of the top section allows for either larger or smaller window options and are available in 1" height increments for greater flexibility. To truly make this top your own, custom designs and arches are available in nearly any configuration for simulated divided lites. You can also choose from a C-profile (standard) or a V-profile to complement the details of your home! For those projects that require a full, solid top, we also offer this product without glass! You can find a closer look at the standard available tops and profiles linked here!

Lasting Beauty, Proven Durability:

You cannot go wrong with an American Legends. The smooth white, vinyl coated section with the look of real wood will satisfy your project needs. Yielding a 13.12 R-Value, the vinyl coated steel platform, is constructed with powder coated end styles (caps), an insulated core, and a vinyl backcover. Added to this are solid vinyl, decorative cope and bead overlays. Using a tenacious adhesive and a template system, our overlays come with a precision fit and a union that will endure.

Although we coat our exterior steel in vinyl, we made sure the rest of the steel would hold up as well as the rest of the door. Using 20-gauge vinyl coated G90 design for over 3 times the rust protection of other door brands, we feel confident offering a warranty regardless of proximity to the ocean, waterways, or riverine locations. Other manufacturers with less quality in the process and in their materials cannot offer this, but we are committed to giving you more! 


Life is Messy

We know that life can be busy and quite frankly messy! Fortunately the American Legends Series takes the stress out of life (at least as it pertains to your garage door). From damage to dirt, we have solutions.

Generally the doors simply need to be cleaned with gentle soap and water. When more demanding dirt presents, because sometimes it does, a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser will do the trick! If anything beyond that has you puzzled, we are always here to help.

With matching replacement sections readily available we have your back when little Tommy or little Susie send a hockey puck into the vinyl clad steel of the intermediate section! Most other manufacturers will require full purchase of a replacement door to make sure it all aligns - not at Fimbel. We are proud of our precision fit technology to be sure that when left in its factory state and installed by an authorized dealer, our replacement sections will fit in snug as a bug!

We also know that sometimes their hockey puck may end up in the solid white vinyl overlays! Provided the damage is a dent and not a puncture, an easy repair with a heat gun is an option. Slowly distributing the heat over the damaged area will oftentimes pop the PVC back into its natural state!

Finishing:

We recently published several great blogs that address the topic of paint and our faux finish. Please take a look to understand more!

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 and regardless of exposure!

Why Choose A Fimbel Door:

If you want the best bang for the buck backed by a superior warranty – even in harsh waterside conditions, Fimbel ADS has the door for you! Whether it is the American Legends series or another of our fantastic options, you will be offered vast design options for your garage doors with the high-end wood look and virtually no maintenance. Add to this our Factory paint and faux stain options, you get the best quality in the industry.

We are proud to be a 4th generation business, driving excellence since 1924 that today is offering you more: More quality in our products and in our expert customer service with over 20 years average experience.

Find a dealer today to get started on your Fimbel door!

The Basics of the American Legends Series:

  • Available Heights: Any size in 1" increments
  • Available Widths: 8' ,9', 10', 16', and 18'
  • Thickness (whole section): 2 1/2"
  • Overlay thickness: 3/8"
  • R Value: 13.12
  • Fastening Points: White powder coated steel end and center stiles.
  • Section Joints: Interlocking tongue & groove vinyl-clad steel
  • Interior Face: High impact pre-finished white interior cover
  • Exterior Face: 20 guage vinyl-clad steel face with solid PVC overlays
  • Heavy Duty Bottom Astragal: Seals the bottom of the door and keeps water and debris from coming under the door. Our heavy-duty Astragal lasts longer.
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Kurtz Exterior Renovation Project

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At Fimbel ADS, we believe in offering your more in your garage door. We aspire to bring options to fully complement your project and satisfy your every need. Our capabilities had a chance to shine with a project nestled in a cozy neighborhood in the rolling hills of Eastern Pennsylvania. Garage door envy set in when they saw a friend's Fimbel Roaring Twenties set of doors sustainably manufactured using vinyl and a faux stain to replicate wood. As these homeowners were mid-swing of their own projects, they had to have one of their own.

The Project:

With visions of reinventing not only the garage but also the wood and stone façade, we set out to find their perfect door. Their original garage door, specifically, was in need of some TLC. While it was functional, the stamped steel raised panel door simply hung there - fulfilling its only obligations: to close the opening and to open on demand. It did just that. And only that.

Upon seeing the rest of the home's completed projects, the new two-level deck complete with fire pit and the excavated yard between the home and the fountained lake, it was clear this family understood quality and demanded satisfaction. For this family and their project, a Fimbel product was the solution for them: Our only challenge (or as we see it adventure) was to find their right door!

The Options:

The first step in navigating our product offerings is to understand that we make our doors in two innovative ways to offer a vast variety of styles and solutions. When buying a Fimbel door, you can count on the look of real wood, durable construction methods, low-maintenance, precision fit, bold windows, reliable R-value, and more, more, more!

Our first construction platform offers carriage and traditional styles using a vinyl clad steel pan and applying vinyl overlays to create the look of a classic wood door. This door is exceptional for two main reasons – the first is the platform (pan) made of a smooth, steel base made for the elements that we coat (clad) in a thin layer of crisp, white vinyl. This innovation allows for the American Legends series to live nearly anywhere, even near the ocean, without rusting and rotting away in the elements. To this we add the smooth, solid white overlays made of sustainable material. Separating ourselves from the competition's fake wood grain completes the constructed look to appear as real, traditional wood. Both features ensure the longevity our ethics demand, the look we all crave, and a price point sure to please.

Our second construction platform truly shines in the blend between tradition and innovation. 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 slab now becomes a blank slate to bring you more for your door. Using both 3/8" and ¾" material, primarily Versatex, we have options to add select profiles and nearly limitless designs to satisfy inspiration. You will see these designs in our Euro-Dor and Presidential Collections offering both carriage, traditional, and modern styles.

To achieve a more classic carriage look, we offer the Roaring Twenties. This series starts with the same platform yet adds solid, sturdy overlays pocketed (nested) into the face. The pronounced look of this classic style can be modified in myriad ways to satisfy decorative features and historic applications. Each of these series offers incredible longevity and beauty we can all feel good about!

The Bigger Picture:

Before the platform of the door could be selected, we needed to understand its forthcoming home. Measuring and truly understanding the opening – especially of homes older than 25 years – may be a game changer for many products. In many cases, the door is a standard size in the realm of a 9' x 8' or perhaps a double door measuring at 18'. For standard situations, navigating the opening is rather easy, but when a situation is unique – as is this project, it requires understanding of desire and opportunity. Fortunately, we offer both.

The uniqueness of their garage became a driver in selecting the construction platform they would need. The measurements of the opening showed us that the double door would require a low-headroom track and the uneven floor that puckered in the middle would need to be custom matched to properly seal the opening which was a pain point of their original door. Considering their current and anticipated use of the garage, we also needed to include an Insulated Glass package for quality and sustainability. Solving these problems can be challenging to some, but our capabilities allowed us to navigate with ease to the platform of the Euro, Presidential, and Roaring Twenties.

The Design:

After understanding what we offer, we talked about design. The garage of this home, as it does for many others, occupied approximately 30% of the home's frontage, so we had to complement the remaining 70%. We talked about the wood they would use to refresh the face of the home, the paint color they envisioned on the new front door, and the style of the desired front door.

What they showed me was an overlay front door almost identical to our Roaring Twenties series made by Therma Tru. The RT 12-S Charleston design with its clean, vertical lines and windowpanes would fit right in. 

The Finish:

With the desired design achieved, our next conversation was about color. The anticipated front door was going to be blue, the stone would remain light, and the wood was to be cedar. While the exposure of their garage door came into play with respect to the desired dark color and the known impact of heat on the vinyl, we had a solution. Using our wood composite in place of the vinyl, we were able to satisfy this job using our faux stain. Using a paint system developed with respect to the earth and the demands of vinyl, our finish provides lasting beauty. We hand apply the grain and overlay the stain color to offer a sustainable, virtually maintenance free wood look. For this project, adding a custom match to their chosen cedar became another easy solution.

The Result:

All had been prepared, and the doors would be ready in two weeks! That was until the COVID-19 quarantine of 2020. We all waited with anticipation of bringing this door to life, so as Pennsylvania began to open up, we set out for install on a cool, brisk spring morning with abundant sunshine. As the old door came out and slowly but surely the new door went in, it became clear that a dream was coming to life! Watching homeowners see each piece of their project revealed was fantastic. The benefit of quarantine is they were all home to witness the transformation. Their sweet daughter almost could not believe her eyes. She looked at me and said, "It's just so beautiful! So much better than the other one! So much more beautiful."

Darlin' we couldn't agree with you more!

Schnecksville, PA – project stats:

  • Roaring Twenties RT12-S Detroit
  • Low Headroom Track
  • LiftMaster Operator with MyQ Technology
  • Custom Pointed Scribe: ⅝" off center
  • Custom Faux Stain to match Cedar
  • Insulated Glass Package
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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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