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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. 

Our Commitment to Sustainability

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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 hold 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.

Though our legacy has taught us that hard work is a key to success, the times tell us we need to make life easier. All Fimbel doors are constructed to be low maintenance today and tomorrow which means less stress and less waste! Our material is innovative allowing minor dents to be repaired and discoloration of any kind to be a non-issue. 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.

We employ our 95 years of experience to dial in our manufacturing process in order to create energy smart products that are built to endure and to save! Our honest and verified R-Values ranging from 8-13 will allow you to rest assured that your Fimbel door will positively impact heat flow reduction. To further build confidence, our range of windload tested doors will bring peace of mind even to hurricane prone areas. Our quality insulation comes standard in all our products because we believe in providing you with the best every time.

Our hard work to reduce waste in not only the process, but in the resulting product, means less to the landfill and increases our product longevity. Our commitment to conserving resources is driven by our annual goals. One such goal is to reduce the volume of scrap material year after year and find ways to reuse what we cannot reduce. In this practice, we even build chairs with our scrap material for our team members to enjoy their breaks!


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Through our partnership with One Tree Planted, 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 Door 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.

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. Learn more about how we are an eco-friendly, green manufacturer here!

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. 


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." 

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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