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Custom Garage Doors and Wood Carriage Garage Doors

Since my garage door is oversized and an extremely important focal point of the house from the street, the choice of garage door is not being taken lightly. I am doing a good deal of research, looking for suppliers of handsome wood and unique metal garage doors. I am hearing from some manufacturers that I can order a plain metal door and have our own carpenters reface it with wood or whatever we want. They say it is no big deal. That might be the most economical route. The inspector did say that if I install a real garage door, it must be wind rated for 140 mph.

Ironwood Garage Door

Ironwood Doors -- a builder of custom wood garage doors. Their custom wood garage doors have the appearance of old fashioned swing doors but are sectional garage doors and operate just like a modern sectional garage door. There are many styles and configurations of custom wood garage doors are available in: single and double custom wood garage doors, arched and squared tops, with or without glass, various kinds of wood – you can create almost endless design options with Ironwood Doors custom wood garage doors. Ironwood Doors strives to make a low-maintenance product. They are a pioneer and innovation leader in the custom, wood overhead garage door industry and have researched the best methods to preserve the investment. The website has scant text, but download the product brochures for much more info.   www.ironwooddoors.com

Clingerman wood garage doors

Clingerman Builders has been in the construction business for over 20 years. They specialize in custom wood garage doors for homes and garages. They can give your garage an unique look . Clingerman overhead custom wood garage doors have been ordered from all over the United States and Canada for the past 11 years.  Real swing carriage house doors also available. See over 100 photos in the garage door photo gallery. Most of these garage doors has sections that roll up into the garage. In other words they look like carriage house style doors that swing open from the center but are really overhead doors. Clingerman also makes  paintable wood look garage doors from Azek. This is not wood but it is a great alternative if you want that custom wood look without the normal maintenance of a wood garage door. This material comes in paint grade only and offers a nice wood grain look or smooth look. They are able to manufacture it exactly like the custom wood garage doors.  www.cbgaragedoors.com

Designer doors custom wood garage doors

Designer Doors is the pioneer & innovation leader in handcrafting custom wood overhead garage doors. Designer Doors makes distinctive overhead garage doors that complement the unique architecture of significant older homes or newly designed residences. Hand-crafted with care, as doors were 100 years ago, these custom overhead garage doors combine form and function. All Commissioned and Limited Editions doors fool the eye, appearing to swing, fold or slide open like old-fashioned carriage doors, but they roll up conveniently with an automatic push-button opener. Designer Doors works directly with architects, design-builders and homeowners to design and manufacture garage doors for unique and historic homes. They build to your design, or offer free design assistance through the sales and design associates. With hardware upgrades to 3” struts and double-end hinges, the Designer Doors Severe Weather Package meets requirements for a structural windload of 120 mph. The test criteria was set forth per the specifications submitted by Designer Doors, Inc. The door meets the requirements of the new Florida Building Code and protocol PA-202-94, "Criteria for Testing Impact and Non-Impact Resistant Building Envelope Components Using Static Air Pressure." Designer Doors is the only custom wood overhead garage door manufacturer to meet these requirements they say. The Hurricane Frame package is designed and constructed to endure 140 m.p.h. wind-load capacities. www.designerdoors.com

Wayne Dalton Wood Garage Doors

Wayne-Dalton Garage Doors--In 2000 Wayne-Dalton embarked on a new endeavor with the introduction of the elegant Carriage House door. Carriage House doors provide homes with the look of high-end wood garage doors with the convenience and practicality of sectional door design. The web site Design Center that allows you to see various types of door styles on a home. In Mt. Hope, Ohio, Amish craftsmen hand-build some of the finest wood garage doors in the world on a custom basis. Wayne-Dalton wood garage doors combine the convenience of standard sectional garage doors with the classic swing-open appearance and detailing of carriage house wood doors. About half the Wayne-Dalton garage doors are made in Ohio, but about half are made closer to home, here in Pensacola, FL  www.wayne-dalton.com

Carriage House Doors Garage Doors

Carriage House Doors --Custom Designed Garage Doors Authentic architectural design. The experienced staff at Carriage House has manufactured custom wood garage doors for over 30 years. Through their extensive network of dealers, homeowners, architects, and builders, Carriage House Doors produces fine carriage doors, ensuring each design is the perfect fit for the architecture of your home. Carriage House Door Company underwent an extensive six-month testing process in 2006 to attain wind load certification. Carriage House Door Company is now certified, with a variety of overhead garage doors tested and approved for high-wind and coastal areas by American Test Labs North.  www.carriagedoor.com

swing open wood garage doors

Real Carriage House Doors--These wood garage doors swing out to open. Handcrafted garage doors and  hinged wood doors. This company does not make roll up garage doors. Real Carriage Door Company crafts actual hinged carriage doors that open at the center. You don’t have to sacrifice convenience for authentic beauty. At the touch of a button, our automatic opener swings your wood door outward. You can have a carriage house garage door, not just the "carriage-style" look, with the ease of automatic operation. Beautiful wood garage doors provide a multi-functional wall, which can be weather-tight, and still maintain the function of a garage. This makes for both a cozy interior and gorgeous street appeal.  www.RealCarriageDoors.com

Evergreen Carriage Doors--Hinged carriage doors, custom old-fashioned carriage doors with swing out operation. There is a real market for garage doors that open out. With a automatic opener system. You can have the convenience of remote operation, AND the beauty of authentic wood carriage doors. Lovely website with beautiful garage doors. Evergreen Carriage Doors® custom crafts authentic out-swing and sliding carriage doors and barn doors. It's not just a side line of their business, it's all they do year-round. Evergreen's principal designer and founder, Dick Hampton, loves homes with a history. Evergreen is a cottage industry, based in Washington's Puget Sound region. Beautiful clear vertical grain Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar are plentiful and economical here, and we pass those savings on to their customers. www.evergreencarriagedoors.com

Biltmore carriage house garage doors

Amarr Carriage House Doors--  these doors are 3.5 inches thick made up of 1.5 inches of paint grade Western Red Cedar overlay and 2 inches of 24-gauge commercial steel section which sandwiches the polystyrene insulation and is finished with a wood backer. Doors appear to open like barn doors but actually slide upward. Free shipping on everything on their website ! You can order Amarr custom garage doors thru Costco. They have a nice brochure in Costco w/ photos of many custom garage doors in it.  www.millworkforless.com/garage-doors.htm

Garage Door Products is a web only garage door business. I do not know where these doors come from and at this time the website is not complete. I saw theri display at the International Builder's Show in Las Vegas 2010. Tough time to start up a business. But their focus is on carriage door looking garage doors and there is a always a market for higher end custom or custom-look products. www.garagedoorproducts.com