The owner of this San Diego home desired to upgrade his garage door and improve his property’s curb appeal – the kind of request ADS Automatic Door Specialists responds to daily, and for good reason. A garage door upgrade can give an ROI (return on investment) of more than 100% – one of the best investments in home improvement a homeowner can make. This project, though, brought some interesting challenges. The sharply angular architecture, with a 15-degree slope to the garage door roof, gave an opportunity to uniquely showcase not only the garage door but provide a dramatic accent to the entire front of the home.

The look that was sought was clean, modern, and complementary to the bold simplicity of the stucco building. The client wanted a wood door, with a preference for cedar. The rich natural reds would form a perfect accent to the roughly textured light gray walls. But they were ambivalent about going with wood because of the higher cost and extra maintenance. We introduced them to an ideal alternative that achieved, for them, the right balance of aesthetics and utility – a door with the advantages of steel but the look and “feels” of real wood. The solution: this galvanized, 2-inch-thick insulated steel ShowCase door from Raynor. As a bonus, the CFC-free expanded polystyrene insulation had an excellent R-value of 10.25, providing energy savings and sound insulation for years to come – a major advantage for a garage with such a high ceiling.

The cedar look and texture that so easily deceives the eye is created by Raynor’s exclusive AccuFinish – a unique process that applies an embossed laminate film with the color, grain, and texture of real wood, permanently bonded to the rugged steel door. This finish is both highly resistant to UV damage and environmentally friendly. Woodgrain colors include Oak, Dark Walnut, Cherry, and Cedar. Door designs include Carriage House, Colonial, Flush Beadline, Flush, and Ranch. The installation shown here features Flush Beadline, a horizontal, clean design, and Plain Ranch windows with an Obscure glass finish. Raynor offers the best warranties in its class: six years for door sections and hardware (ask for details).

Automatic Door Specialists prides itself on unique solutions like this – transforming generic sub-division-style garages into personal statements that transform the front of your home. Give us a call or drop by our showroom with fully functioning doors to discover for yourself the ADS Automatic Door Specialists difference. And remember – we beat the big-box stores in pricing and service. We look forward to your challenge.

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