Houzz Modern Garage Doors

Houzz Modern Garage Doors

These days, many homeowners are finding increased value, and even increased happiness, in a new garage door.  That’s no surprise – according to a study done by LiftMaster, 7 out of 10 homeowners use their garage door as the primary entrance to their home.  Though garage doors are so prominent on our homes today, many garages are still “unconditioned space,” meaning there are fewer barriers to the outside than there are in a living room or a bedroom.  An insulated garage door is a great addition to your unconditioned garage space to solve common problems in garages. Most Amarr garage doors offer two types of insulation – polystyrene and polyurethane.  Either material will improve the insulating value of your door, though there is a difference between the two.  Polystyrene provides adequate insulation at a great value, but polyurethane is denser and is a superior insulator. Amarr garage doors are available with no insulation (left), polystyrene insulation with vinyl backing (center), or polyurethane insulation with steel backing (right). Problem 1 – My garage is too cold! In areas of extreme cold temperatures, an insulated garage door is a must.  If you find that your garage stays cold in the winter, consider upgrading to an insulated garage door.  Without insulation, garage doors will not keep out much of the cold or seal in much heat.  An insulated garage door could mean the difference between a below freezing temperature outside and an above freezing temperature in the garage! Problem 2 – My garage is too hot! Yes, an insulated garage door helps your garage stay cooler than the rising hot temperatures of summer.  If you find that your garage gets as hot as a summer day, upgrade to an insulated garage door.  Non-insulated garage doors will not keep out much of the hot air or seal in any cooler temperature inside a garage.  An insulated garage door could mean almost a 20 degree Fahrenheit difference between the outside temperature and the temperature in the garage, according to Remodeling magazine! Problem 3 – I have living space attached to the garage that’s frigid in the winter, and my energy bills are high. Conditioned spaces attached to garages also benefit from a “buffer zone” created by an insulated garage door.  Because insulated garage doors keep the temperature warmer inside the garage than outside on a winter day or cooler inside than on a summer day, they act as a buffer and help maintain the inside temperature and keep energy costs down.  According to the polyurethane manufacturer Dow, an insulated garage door can help the average homeowner save up to 20% on their annual energy costs. Is your garage so cold that your car is affected? Insulated garage doors can fix that. Problem 4 – The garage door is so noisy, I can hear the opening and closing when I’m in the house. Did you know that insulated garage doors minimize noise when in motion?  The insulation dampens the clattering sound that non-insulated steel garage doors often make, meaning insulated doors are significantly quieter and provide much-needed relief for many homeowners with loud garage doors! Problem 5 – My kids have hit the garage door with their basketball and caused so many dents that I have to replace the door! Good news for homeowners with playful kids: insulated garage doors are considerably more rigid than their non-insulated counterparts, thus helping them endure minor impacts, such as rebounded basketballs.  Polyurethane insulation provides the most strength. Want more benefits of insulated garage doors?  Check out the following infographic from our polyurethane manufacturer, Dow, courtesy of Door + Access Systems Magazine! Click the picture to view it in full size.
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Houzz Modern Garage Doors

Garage doors aren’t merely functional these days – they can be the style star of any home!  Curb appeal is incredibly important, and many homeowners are looking for ways to upgrade the look of their garage door.  Whether they opt for a woodgrain finish on their doors or choose an overlay or carriage house style, it’s becoming easier to dress up the garage door.  Thanks to the introduction of magnetic decorative hardware, enhancing the look of a steel garage door is both fast and non-permanent. Rustic design can pack a huge punch with just a small item.  Take, for instance, the clavos.  Clavos, Spanish for “nail” or “spike,” is historically used as a decorative element on building exteriors, particularly doors, especially to complement ironworks.  These days, clavos give an authentic period appearance to any home.  Placed on and around door designs in creative ways, these unassuming pieces create antique drama. Mediterranean exterior design by san diego architect Elevation Architectural Studios Now, it’s easy to recreate this antique look for the garage door.  For homeowners that are looking for a beautiful, rustic look that won’t break the bank or take up valuable time, look no further than our NEW Magnetic Clavos! The Magnetic Clavos are made of lightweight ABS vinyl and measure 1-3/4” in diameter, large enough to add an easy accent to garage door designs.  They feature a textured finish with the look of hammered iron for an authentic rustic appearance.  Magnetic Clavos can be used in conjunction with any other decorative hardware. Homeowners don’t have to worry about time-consuming measurements to get the exact desired look, or costly installation errors caused by drilling holes in the garage door.  They attach easily to steel garage doors with strong, rare-earth neodymium magnets, and can quickly be repositioned.  The magnets are also covered with a silicone backing, meaning the hardware is sturdily attached to the magnet. Magnetic Clavos make the designs of Amarr carriage house garage doors even more distinct! Got your creative juices flowing?  Click here to design an Amarr garage door with Magnetic Clavos.  Or, want to add Magnetic Clavos to your existing garage door?  Find an Amarr dealer near you!
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Houzz Modern Garage Doors

The Amarr 3552 commercial aluminum full view door is a popular overhead door for automobile shops, fire stations, sports complexes and restaurants – but what about schools?  Aluminum full view doors are known for letting natural light indoors from the outside, but with this architect-driven project, Amarr 3552 doors also helped to create much-needed flexibility and space in an educational environment. Amarr 3552 doors add flexibility and space to an innovative learning environment. Student enrollment at Elysian K-8 School in Billings, Montana doubled in two years, causing the need for a remodel and expansion.  Plans called for an innovative educational environment, unlike any other in the region, with a design that complemented nearby single-family housing developments.  Two architect firms were brought in to achieve this vision. The aluminum full view doors needed to “break down the barriers of a traditional classroom approach, encourage collaboration among teachers and increase the flexibility of space,” according to Lucas Larson, the school superintendent during the renovation project.  Let’s take a quick look at how the Amarr 3552 doors meet these three needs: The aluminum full view garage doors met the challenges of the school’s new design. Break Down Traditional Barriers The Amarr 3552 aluminum full view doors allow for so much more than the typical classroom-box school design.  With doors located in hallways, in the library, and in classrooms, more natural light is able to filter in and workspaces are dynamic, facilitating learning.  Students can even write and draw on the glass panels in the door with colorful dry-erase markers! Encourage Collaboration When at least one door is open, classroom space is larger and students are able to collaborate together on projects, especially across different disciplines and subjects.  This helps students learn to work together in cross-functional groups.  Teachers can also work together and teach the children in groups. With the garage doors open, classroom space becomes collaborative for students and teachers alike. Increase Flexibility of Space In the school’s Yellowstone Room, art and science are taught separately, but children from up to three different classrooms combine when the Amarr 3552 garage door is open.  The various combinations of open and shut doors create a flexible and exciting environment for teachers and pupils alike. To learn more about the use of Amarr 3552 aluminum full view garage doors in the Elysian K-8 School, including BIM software usage, safety challenges, and more ways the garage doors were able to meet the facility’s challenges, download the complete architectural case study here.
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Houzz Modern Garage Doors

You’ve probably thought about how safe your car, your child’s bike helmet, or your babysitter is, but have you thought about how safe your garage door is?  According to the annual United States Garage Door Injury Report, the most common garage door injury involves fingers and hands getting caught or pinched between sections, and approximately 20,000 people are injured by garage doors each year. Consumers pay a premium for safe products, but for practically no additional cost, homeowners can own an Amarr steel garage door designed with the Amarr SafeGuard system to reduce the risk of serious hand and finger injuries.  Practically all Amarr steel doors are designed with the Amarr SafeGuard safety system that enhances overall safety for the homeowner. Below is a chart that shows the low cost of added safety in a garage door as compared to other safe items we purchase: Read on for four ways the Amarr SafeGuard system gets the job done, from the top of your door to the bottom! Patented end hinge design.  Amarr’s patented end hinges are made from 14-gauge galvanized steel to extend the life of the garage door.  With most of the action hidden inside the garage door, our end hinges leave no room for fingers and provide a clean-finished look to the interior of the garage. Pinch protection sections.  Amarr’s pinch protection sections are designed to reduce the risk of serious hand and finger injuries. Patented center hinges.  Amarr’s patented 14-gauge flush mount, inboard designed, center hinges allow Amarr’s finger-friendly, pinch protection sections to operate smoothly and provide a clean-finish interior. Safety bottom brackets.  Amarr’s exclusive tamper-resistant, safety bottom bracket protects homeowners from accidental removal of fasteners that are under tension. According to a study by GarageWowNow, 71% of homeowners use their garage door as their entry door.  It’s sensible to want it to be as safe as possible!  An Amarr garage door with the Amarr SafeGuard system gives you the peace of mind you deserve.  Learn more about the Amarr SafeGuard system and the Amarr Advantage on our website.

Houzz Modern Garage Doors

Houzz Modern Garage Doors
Houzz Modern Garage Doors
Houzz Modern Garage Doors

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