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The Original All Steel Carriage House Garage Door

The Original STEELHOUSE Door is an innovative “Modern Carriage Door“, manufactured entirely of steel.

The Original STEELHOUSE™ garage doors have two-sided steel insulated facing boards that are textured, roll formed and laminated to steel backers and then mechanically fastened and bonded to a 23 gauge steel section. Four-inch wide, two-sided steel insulated boards are bonded with epoxy cement and mechanically fastened to ensure positive attachment to the face of the door. All Original STEELHOUSE Doors come standard with CFC-free polystyrene insulation.

A “Reinforced Integral Truss System” (RITS™) gives the Original STEELHOUSE doors strength and rigidity that is unmatched by similar products. In addition to their distinctive style and curb appeal, the Original STEELHOUSE patented doors are half the weight and cost of wooden doors. Virtually maintenance-free, the Original STEELHOUSE doors will not warp, crack, or split. Quite simply, it doesn’t get better than that.

From a base of nine models and over 15 designer top sections, Original STEELHOUSE Doors offer more than 200 unique configurations to ensure diversity from one home to the next and from one subdivision to the next. Homeowners, builders, architects and municipalities alike, are using Original STEELHOUSE Doors to bring a fresh, handsome appearance to neighborhoods across the country.

The Original STEELHOUSE Door combines rich traditional styling with three key benefits not found in wooden doors: half the weight, half the cost, and half the maintenance. True to Carriage House style, these doors can be detailed with classically finished handles, pulls, hinge straps, and windows.

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Faux Painting and Gel Staining to the Rescue!

Most garages are readily visible from the street. A garage door has great potential either to add or detract from a property’s beauty. Many garage doors share an architectural partnership with their houses. The garage door should harmonize with its house. Garage doors express the structure’s function more than any other element. It should incorporate or compliment decorative features that will enhance the front elevation of the home. 

Then why settle for a Plain Jane, white on white, garage door every time you pull up to the house? Want the rich look and feel of a thick wooden door, but don’t have the spare $10,000-$12,000 it would cost for the real thing. The idea is simple, take a boring, static garage door, and create something appealing and interesting that will make your garage, and home a statement of your own.

Taking garage doors and either faux painting or using a gel staining process, can give them the dramatic effect of a rich, beautifully hued wood door. The most common types of garage doors today, have a wood grain texture imprinted on them that runs across the entire door inviting the look of a real wood door. Faux painting or gel staining achieves a deep rich look and insures durability and protection against elements, not fading as regular painted garage doors do.

Transform your steel garage door into a luxurious “wooden” door that will make the garage dominate the curb appeal of the home.

CLICK HERE for some instructions on how to do your own “Steel Staining” Project.

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Garage Doors Are the “Face” of Your Garage

The automobile—and a place to put it—has become a necessity of modern life, but that wasn’t the case when most historic homes were built. Creating a garage that offers the amenities you want without disrupting the period character of your home can be a tall order. The good news? Today, there are more options than ever to ease the burden.

Since doors are the “face” of your garage, choosing them is one of the most important design decisions you’ll have to make. If your garage is prominently placed in relation to your house, the style of the doors can have a major impact on your curb appeal. Pulling architectural elements from your house and replicating them on garage doors will go a long way toward striking a harmonious balance between garage and house.

The easiest way to blend house and garage is to match up their color schemes. If the design of your garage door isn’t a great fit for the age of your home, a complementary color scheme can at least help it blend in. Conversely, if you have a gorgeous traditional-style door to highlight, creative coloring (for example, painting the bracing elements on a carriage-house door the same color as your home’s trim) can give it a huge boost. Paint isn’t the only option—if your house has a handsome solid-wood entry door, choose a garage door with a similar stain.

If you select all-wood garage doors, you’ll be able to completely customize paint and stain colors to match your house, but cost and maintenance are the trade-offs: Wood doors can be twice as expensive as steel ones, and they need to be repainted or recoated every few years. Steel doors typically come prepainted, but today’s manufacturers tend to have a good basic range of color choices. If you don’t like any of the options, it is possible to custom-paint steel garage doors yourself using acrylic latex exterior paint.

For full integration between the garage and the house, you’ll need to go beyond just color. The next step? Look to your home’s windows and doors. Many traditional-style garage doors on the market today feature a row of top lights, and coordinating those windows to the ones already on your house will create a strong connection. If your windows are classic six-over-six double-hungs, for example, choose a door with multi-paned top lights. Also consider the shape of the windows—if your windows have arched upper sash, replicate that shape in the top lights.

When it comes to copying doors, construction and hardware are the key details. Board-and-batten, raised-panel, and rail-and-stile door profiles are all available in garage-friendly forms; the right stain can make the garage door a carbon copy of the entry door. And don’t forget the hardware—while purely decorative, details like hefty ring pulls or forged strap hinges can confer instant period style.

If all else fails, replicate the kind of door that would have appeared on outbuildings during the period when your house was built. For most historic homes (especially those dating to the 19th century), the go-to template for garage doors is the carriage house. Carriage houses typically featured swing-out wooden doors, often with a diagonal brace on the bottom half. For older or more primitive houses, you might take another step back to stable doors, distinguished by cross-bucks on the bottom.

Overhead folding doors that replicate the appearance of carriage house and stable doors are available for homeowners who want all the modern conveniences wrapped in a period package.

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I need a garage door… so where do I start?

In search for a new garage door?

Have no idea where to start?

Consider this before your purchase.

The Material of the Door

Garage doors are usually made out of a variety of materials: wood, steel, fiber glass, aluminum, composite and vinyl (the best being an all steel door). Each material has different patterns or styles that can be applied to it. Make sure when choosing the material that you are aware of their perks and disadvantages.

The Style of the Door

The Carriage style: The carriage style is a sort of old meets new design. It is a fusion of the old style look from the late 80’s with the latest innovations on garage door construction.

The Modern Style: This style is for those who like to mix and match things, a testament to their contemporary style.

One-of-a- Kind or Custom Style: Choose your own. Be creative, be artistic, but most of all, be realistic. This style is for those who want to have that unique look to match their exceptional taste. It will allow you to create the best garage door to
your liking.

The Maintenance

Some garage doors require more maintenance as compared to others. Make sure that have this in mind when choosing your materials, style and design.

The best garage door does exist. It is just a matter of thinking of what works for you.

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