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This Old House and Fimbel

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As the fourth generation of a family of manufacturers, we know what it's like to strive to preserve the integrity and legacy of the past while catching up to the innovations of today's design and building materials. Fortunately, we have learned to balance the two in order to provide a quality product built on tried and true practices while pushing the limits to give you more in a garage door.

We were proud to partner with another organization that holds the value of blending old school with new. The 2019 Idea House in the coveted historic district of downtown New Canaan, CT featured the restoration of the facade of an 1880's Greek Revival. Karp Associates and CAH Architects married old with new to accommodate the legacy of the home and allow for modern aspirations.

The Style

The house was originally built in the late 1800's and until recently had been largely uninhabited with the exception of the rumored family of rats. Today it remains a built-from-the-ground-up glory that remains true to the original architectural style. Greek Revival architecture spans much of the 1800's designed to represent the triumph of our newly formed nation. The homes were painted in white to reflect the clean, solid marble of Greek design. They are typically rectangular in shape with a low pitch roof and large columns. 

One defining aspect of Greek Revival is the windows and the front door which was often expansive to give dimension to the design. Typically they used double hung, 6-pane windows using a mid 19th-century glazing technique. The entry door is known for its dramatic side windows and transoms to enhance the interior light, overall sophistication to provide all who enter a warm welcome!

The Plan

The plan was to save the historic part of the façade, and build behind it a modern home with today's most innovative, quality building materials while preserving the window sashes and other aspects of the original build. Doing this requires the ability to adjust from the original material to a modern material offering sustainability and design capabilities. This is where we come in!

To complement the restored window sashes on the front of the home and many other features - both historic and contemporary - the Roaring Twenties Charleston design was chosen for the style, size, and complementing interior grille. Powder coated track was custom built to accommodate the angled roof and car lift. Every detail was considered in this project, and the garage doors were no exception. 


The Doors

With the level of commitment made to the restoration front windows, selecting a garage door with complementary windows that are not only big and beautiful but built to last and allow the stark history to shine through. Using our one piece construction method to eliminate the gaps at joints and unsightly plastic inserts of other door models, our interior grille option enhances the character and depth of the top section! The complementary powder coated track truly shines as a nod to the modern twist of color used around the exterior and a break from the traditional white of Greek revival architecture.  

The classic American carriage door comes to life with the Fimbel Roaring Twenties series. With its simulated battens, clean cut overlays, and the look of a swing door, it makes any project feel like home. The smart period detail combined with our advanced materials allow you to enjoy the look of wood with virtually no maintenance. Using patented construction and design flexibility, we offer nearly any combination of window and door styles. Roaring Twenties collection blends both tradition and innovation to welcome you home with a beautiful and durable door to stand the test of time.


The Result

When the project requires beauty and durability while offering more, the answer is a Fimbel door. This Old House Idea House 2019 is what new homebuyers want in a house today with its proximity to downtown New Canaan, the open and modern interior, and the finest 3-car garage in the area. With bonus rooms sprinkled throughout the house, it is clear they left no detail overlooked.

We are proud that our Roaring Twenties garage doors will welcome the new owners home and provide safety and durability for life. To learn more about how you can complement your home with a garage door uniquely crafted for you, please find a dealer and get curious about how you can find more in a garage door.

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Design Like an Architect

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Whether you find inspiration in nature, the neighborhood, or the newest concept, our goal is to offer solutions to bring your vision to life while offering beauty and durability you can count on. From residential to commercial and historic to contemporary, we rely on nearly a century of experience to craft a product built to last a lifetime and bring elegance to every environment. Whether you are the architect, the builder, or the homeowner, we truly believe that we have something that will make your life, your project, and therefore your bottom line, positively and profoundly better.

We know that projects from the onset have to respect the hopes and visions set forth, the environment in which the structure will cohabitate, the requirements of local codes, and the sustainability of the process and the outcome. The result must be a functional, beautiful structure that also suits the site.

Here's where we come in! We offer you more! 



More Creativity:

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 from geometric shapes and windows to waves or anchors. you name
it!

But don't stop with the exterior, we offer interior elements to enhance every angle: interior grilles, ⅜" smooth backer, and powder-coated track sets among others! We can also factory finish the interior!

Not only can you count on our quality materials, but our nearly century long tenure in the industry gives us unmatched experience. Our team of Customer Service Representatives and Engineers will support the project with their 20+ years average experience to be sure you get what you need! Through the process you will receive a CAD drawing to hone in on the details of your design and ensure accuracy. You will see your vision come to life with the most comprehensive and sustainable doors in the market, and they will be uniquely yours. 

More Beauty:

We know the garage door is no longer simply a function of access and storage, but it has become a showpiece to many projects. At Fimbel we offer you more beauty. There is much to know about our capabilities, but you can be assured that if you can dream it, we can build it! The products offered today originated on old-world craftsmanship and classic designs, but we have added innovative technology and materials (more on a few of them below) to offer unmatched beauty and durability. You can design to your heart's delight.

We offer a wide range of finishing options from our faux stain and factory finish to two tone doors and custom color matching. We have recently published several other blog posts detailing our finishing, so if you want to learn more, please check out the value in our finishing! But our options don't end there. With Fimbel you can make selections for your door on the glass options based on the style and purpose of your space. You can also incorporate design details into the interior of the door to complement the splendor of the exterior. Adding decorative hardware is another way to enhance the sophisticated beauty of Fimbel Doors and no matter the size, we can customize most aspects of the door to accommodate. 


More Durability:

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!


More for You:

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.

At Fimbel Architectural Doors, we pride ourselves on providing beautiful, creative, durable products to satisfy your project needs. With 95 years of experience on our side, we can provide you and your customer with MORE!

When you approach your next residential or commercial project with a garage door opening, know that you can offer them MORE than they expect with a Fimbel Door, and you can feel good about your recommendation as we will plant one tree for each door we manufacture to honor our beautiful earth! Challenge what you think is true of garage doors! We dare you! Find a dealer or reach out to the factory for more specifications.


More on our Materials:

Our material selections are made with great care and scrutiny as we have learned how important it is to make the choice based on safety and quality. The three suppliers below have impressed us with their products, sustainability, and partnership. We are proud to showcase them for you!

Versatex is our material of choice for all of our white, unfinished doors. "VERSATEX is a free- foamed cellular PVC material that duplicates the beauty of wood, yet provides long lasting protection against rot, cracking, and decay—all without requiring any paints or sealants to protect it from the environment." We chose them as partners not only because of their unmatched quality but because of their values. 

Tricoya is our preferred material for our factory finished doors! Using this product allows us to knock out the obstacles of exposure and impact from heat. "Tricoya is a high performance MDF panel characterized by its durable and dimensional stability properties yet requiring no supplemental protection or finishing even when exposed to moisture."

AquaSurTech is by far the best coating system for our product! When combined with our proprietary processes for application, our factory finish leaves you with a cabinet-finish unmatched on exterior applications. "D200 is a high-performance single application exterior water-based coating system designed for direct application to PVC."

Historic Engine 55 - FDNY

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What do New York City's Little Italy, actor Steve Buschemi, and Fimbel Doors have in common? Very simply, the historic and honorable Engine 55. Nestled in the heart of Little Italy, this structure stands tall and proud telling the gravest and bravest stories of the City. This grand structure was home for several years to the notable actor, Steve Buschemi. His return to service after 9/11 and his advocacy for the FDNY has earned him the title of Honorary Battalion Chief of the FDNY. His dedication and commitment demonstrate the core values of the organization and those shared by us at Fimbel.

A walk through the streets of New York's five boroughs will undoubtedly bring you past one of the 197 Engine Houses associated with the FDNY. Most of the doors you will see have been manufactured by Fimbel either then or now. To bring history to life, we worked with our team at Thompson Overhead Door in Brooklyn, the FDNY, and the Landmark Society of New York as is required to preserve the history and integrity of the architecture. The brave men and women of the FDNY have shown up through the most challenging of circumstances to serve the community. At Fimbel Architectural Doors, we are proud to supply the sectional doors that give passage to their life saving efforts.

When buying a Fimbel door, you can count on the look of real wood, durable construction methods, low-maintenance, precision fit, bold designs, reliable R-value, and customizations to complement any style! One project that has become a showpiece of Fimbel's products is the door designed for the historic three-story firehouse of Engine 55. In researching the building for this blog, the site for the FDNY patches offered the
following information:

Built in 1889, this building was designed by R.H. Roberson to represent a transition from Romanesque Revival and the more ornate Beaux Arts style, both popular in the late 19th century. The iconic facade is a combination of limestone and terra cotta, decorated with ribbons, oak leaf wreaths, lions heads, and at least one phoenix. Engine 55 is known as "Cinquantacinque," Italian for "Fifty-Five," as it has been the firehouse in Lower Manhattan's Little Italy for over a century. 

When we were called in for this design, we worked with Thompson Overhead Door and the Landmark Society to create the perfect architectural doors. Landmarks provided the vision, and we provided the solution. Our result is our customs Presidential Firehouse Series finding its home here in New York City and across the country. To best bring this dream to life, several factors needed to be considered.

There are few firehouses in the vast array of FDNY locations that have wrought iron, so we wanted to incorporate the design of the original transom into what was once a flat, simple door. We also had to accommodate the unique size of the opening. The Engines have evolved and grown over the years, and even though Engine 55's side view mirrors are tucked in tighter than on most fire apparatus, the opening is still tight. The firehouse's historic and narrow archway allows just an inch or two of clearance on either side of the truck as it exits and enters the building. The image below, found on Instagram, demonstrates the narrow passage.

Our Presidential Series offers the best solution for this design obstacle. Using innovative techniques and advanced composite material, we are able to construct a door that can fit any opening - even the 10'4" x 10'6" of Engine 55. 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 creating an impenetrable and long lasting platform. This slab now becomes a blank slate to bring you more for your door. Using ¾" material for the Presidential, we have options to add select profiles and nearly limitless designs
to satisfy inspiration.

We complete the look for this door with the highest quality paint in the market. Not only is the bold red color indicative of the FDNY but also of Fimbel. When my great-grandfather, Ed Fimbel Sr., began as the first franchise in the Overhead Door corporation, he wanted more for his family and more for our blossoming industry. Now, after 95 years, a quick tour of our history will reveal that we are big fans of red! Since 1924, this bold color has been our brand identity before brand identities were a thing. Today, we apply our "FDNY Red" to the vast number of doors for the elite Fire Department of New York.

Continuing this level of quality requires the best today as we uniquely offer a cabinet like finish unknown to architectural paint. Our factory finish, made with D200 High performance paint, is a single application exterior waterborne coating system designed to provide the type of protection deserving of the FDNY. Our family remains proud to give passage to so many firehouses in the FDNY family of firemen and women. We know that quality and dedication drive them to succeed, and we thank one and all deeply. To all the First Responders and Partners in making our world a safer, better place: We celebrate you and your families and will continue our mission of safety and quality so that you may continue yours.

Many thanks to the information found at the FDNY Shop to support this post!
https://www.fdnyshop.com/

Location: 363 Broome Street, Little Italy, NY 

One Door - One Tree

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One family value that drives who we are is a shared respect for and devotion to the earth and its beings – human and animal. This core value is seen today in our commitment to reducing our footprint as we honor the past and move to the future. To sustain this balance, our focus is all about quality and safety. These two measures are applied to not only the products we manufacture, but the processes and people involved. Our priorities are clear: supporting the environment, our global and local community, our team members, and our partners. Each of these priorities drives us to succeed only to the betterment of all.

Going green is more than a slogan:

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 both 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.

At the end of the day, we love going green! From our strategy for logistics to the fact that we run on SOLAR and pass along our unused power back to the grid. We conserve on single use plastics, convert practices to paperless, purchase compostable products when single use is necessary, and so much more.

We know we cannot change the world with only a door, but we can challenge how we operate 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.

We can always do more:

Because we know that planting trees to rehabilitate our forests is only one way to help the earth heal, we also back our donations with our efforts. We built an energy smart manufacturing process to endure and to save. For example, because of our processes and commitment to sustainability, our product results in honest and verified R-Values ranging from 8.12-13.12. This allows a reduction in wasted energy especially when combined with an energy efficient garage. Our quality insulation serves to reduce negative energy consumption, and our windload package allows our doors to withstand extreme winds and provide a safer community by enhancing the stability of the garage.

Our products are all low-maintenance resulting in a rather stress free ongoing relationship. They are easy to clean with gentle soap and water or perhaps Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are needed for stubborn spots. All Fimbel doors are made to be naturally unfinished and virtually maintenance free which reduces processes and requirements for harsh chemicals and finishes. When you do choose to finish our products, our water based and eco-friendly paints bring beauty and peace of mind!

All of these decisions are made to support our internal efficiency drive which will reduce our contribution to the landfills and our precious waterways. Our goal is to conserve resources in how we function, how the supply chain is managed, and how the door will continue our efforts when it becomes yours.

In our day to day operations, we make both big and small decisions to continue the efforts of our partnership with One Tree planted. Most notably, we run on solar, and we pass along our extra collected energy. We initiated this many years ago when it became clear we had to do more than manage our robust recycling program, reduce our logistics, and purchase sustainable supplies and goods. With our solar program, we are reminded daily to make good decisions.

About One Tree Planted:

One Tree Planted is a nonprofit on a mission to make it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees. Their projects span the globe and are done in partnership with local communities and knowledgeable experts to create an impact for nature, people, and wildlife. Reforestation helps to rebuild forests after fires and floods, provide jobs for social impact, and restore biodiversity. Many projects have overlapping objectives, creating a combination of benefits that contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

"The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second-best time is now." – Darrell Putman.

We cannot look at this and say we are late to the game: We must look at this and say what else can we do? We partnered with One Tree Planted to do our part to restore our generous forests and our planet. Together, we hope to make the world more beautiful and long lasting one door and one tree at a time. To learn more, visit onetreeplanted.org.

Opening Doors to Color your World

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Or at least the doors that welcome you home to your world!

These days, during the COVID-19 Quarantine, our homes have taken on a new meaning. For many of us, our homes have become our whole world. If you are anything like me, refreshing and refining the projects on my to-do list have taken on a life of its own. As the summer heat keeps us contained even further, it is fun to fantasize about days and evenings outdoors again!

One project at the top of many people's lists is the garage whether it is cleaning out the clutter or diving in to a new door! When faced with this challenge, we encourage you to head on over to our Pinterest page to find ideas for both your organizational needs as well as your design needs. To fully understand which Fimbel door is right for you, feel free to read our recent blog from a project profile we did in Pennsylvania as you will see how we moved through the process to find the best color for their project.

You can rest assured when buying a Fimbel door is getting the look of real wood, the design of your choice, durable construction methods with a solid warranty, low-maintenance, a precision fit, bold windows, reliable R-value, and more, more, more!

Choosing a Fimbel Door:

As with any project, starting at the base, the foundation, is key. We manufacture our doors using two basic platforms - one on a steel base and one on a wood frame and vinyl base. When this is decided, the rest is all about the designs and desires! For a basic understanding of our products, you are welcome to check out this 3 minute video taking you through the various products and letting you get to know me!

When the platform and design are selected, it's now time to color your world! At Fimbel ADS, we offer the highest quality, most sustainable product for our paint and faux finish offerings. We worked diligently with the paint manufacturer to find the best because quality and safety lead all of our operations. Choosing the right paint finish for your door is critical to be sure you get the lasting look you desire.

Fimbel Red:

Offering you more is not just a cute slogan we enjoy. It is the core of our business. When my great-grandfather, Ed Fimbel Sr., began as the first franchise in the Overhead Door corporation, he wanted more for his family and more for our blossoming industry. Now, after 95 years, a quick tour of our history will reveal that we are big fans of red! Since 1924, this bold color has been our brand identity before brand identities were a thing. Today, we apply our "FDNY Red" to the vast number of doors for the elite Fire Department of New York. Take a closer look at the work we do for the FDNY.

Offering red doors to a fire station seems standard, but offering red doors to residences might seem unexpected unless you are also following the color trends for garage doors! 

Trending Door Colors:

If you search "trending garage door colors 2020", I assure you the list will read as follows:

  1. White
  2. Light Gray
  3. Dark Gray
  4. Black
  5. Red

You will read about the soft appeal of light gray, the statement dark gray makes against white trim, the bold timelessness of black, and the daring nature of red! As you read on, you will be comforted and enticed by the natural elegance of a wood tone. You will read all of this and more, but the important tid-bit to know is that you have options.

Factory Finish:

For our standard factory finish, the color palette is virtually limitless. Our ability to custom match your color to complete your look allows you to make it your own. The benefits remain the same - the smooth finish and enduring color will be yours! 

Factory Faux Stain:

Using the very same paint system, we use a two step application to create the woodtone look. On our smooth, composite surface we artistically apply the grain appearance then layer on the topcoat to create the true stain appearance. In many cases, because this is hand applied, we are able to custom match samples of wood such as cedar and driftwood to match your entry door and other design features of your project. 

Before you Commit:

A few things to consider as you finalize your color decision:

  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. 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.


Now What?

So you have some ideas and perhaps some questions. Fantastic! The goal here at Fimbel is to invite you to think beyond a basic, standard door and consider what design inspiration may be lurking. Your result may be a beautiful white garage door, or you may just find a gray or blue to highlight your life! In either case, we are here to help:

  • To learn more about our finishing and paint products, please enjoy another recent blog dedicated to just that.
  • To start designing your dream door, please find a dealer near you by using our Dealer Locator [insert link] or reach out to our Customer Service Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • You are just in time! For a limited time (starting in August 2020), we have a finishing sale taking place. Check it out on the website! If it isn't there, the limited time has come and gone!

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