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Wood Garage Door Articles and News About Clingerman Doors

See Our Doors in New York City:

Clingerman Doors featured on high condominium in New York City.  Named Carriage House, the building
maintained the building's architectural history with our wood garage doors and matching entry door.  
Mahogany was used as the material on this high end project.

See Our Doors At Schenley Park In Pittsburgh, PA:

The Porch at Schenley, a restaurant in Pittsburgh's vibrant Oakland neighboorhood, near Schenley Park,
recently installed custom wood doors from Clingerman Doors.

The restaurant selected the New Ridge Collection of mahogany-style doors. Doors are 1-3/4 inches thick, made
of solid-stain-grade meranti mahogany with 1/2-inch insulated tempered glass. Two of the doors are 8-by-9
feet, and the smaller service counter door is 8 feet by 3 feet, 9 inches. The restaurant was seeking three garage
doors that have curb appeal and a contemporary look. Nearby restaurants have contacted Clingerman Doors
about projects to be completed in 2012.

Clingerman Doors Introduces Ridge Collection of Semi-Custom Garage Doors
January 7, 20110  - Professional Door Dealer Magazine Article

Clingerman Doors, a custom-wood door manufacturer in Clearville, Pa.,  has expanded its line
of garage doors to offer more choices to customers.

Constructed of stile and rail joinery, the Ridge Collection of garage doors allows for custom
designs, sizes and arches as well as true divided lites. Customers can choose from Meranti
Mahogany and Hemlock Fir.

Clingerman constructed a new facility in 2010 to manufacture the Ridge Collection.

Clingerman Doors Named Top Marketer
October 7, 2010 - Professional Door Dealer Magazine Article

Clingerman Doors was named a top marketer by Wood and Wood Products magazine. The article
featured Clingerman Doors because they  use their marketing strategy to differentiate itself from
competitors as a high-end product.
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Garage Door Upgrade Continues to Return Home Renovation Value
Insulated Door Replacement Boosts Home Efficiency, Value

DALLAS, Jan. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Homeowners seeking a renovation project that will add long-term value and attract buyers should consider a
facelift for their garage, a national study on remodeling costs and value has found.

At a time when buyers are evaluating homes based on curb appeal and online photos, the 2011-2012 Cost vs. Value Report released last month by Remodeling
magazine confirms that replacement of a basic garage door with a mid-range or upscale model is one of the smartest and best value buys prior to a home sale.

Statistics show that more than 90 percent of home buyers turn to the Internet first in their home searches, often basing their decisions to learn more about a property
from the photos they see of a home's exterior. With large portions of a home's facade often comprised of a street-facing garage door, it's no surprise that garage
door replacement is, for the second year in a row, rated among the best home renovation projects for returning value at resale.

At 71.9 percent on average, mid-range garage door replacement is a top-five improvement for return on investment (ROI), the Cost vs. Value Report found, ahead
of both bathroom and major kitchen remodels. Meanwhile, an upscale garage door replacement delivers a 71.1 percent ROI, making it the second highest-rated
upscale improvement.

The survey's results confirm what industry leaders, like Dallas-based Overhead Door Corporation, the nation's leading manufacturer of overhead doors and openers
for residential, commercial and industrial construction applications, have been saying for years.

"Many homes incorporate a design that places a garage front and center to a home's view from the curb," said Joe Dachowicz, Vice President of Marketing at
Overhead Door Corporation. "Because of this, garage door replacement is, and always has been, a great investment because it's a relatively low-cost improvement
that makes a dramatic impact on a home's curb appeal."

Along with enhanced curb appeal, garage door replacement can also deliver a boost to energy efficiency, Dachowicz said. Overhead Door's complete line of
Thermacore® insulated steel garage doors feature a continuous layer of foamed-in-place polyurethane insulation sandwiched between two layers of rust-resistant,
corrosion-resistant steel. Thermacore® doors also feature in-between section thermal seals and bulb-type bottom weather seals for superior resistance to moisture.

"This year's Cost vs. Value Report revealed that homeowners continue to look for projects that improve curb appeal and reduce maintenance and operational
costs," Dachowicz said. "By upgrading an old garage door with an insulated one, homeowners can achieve both goals with one project."

Finding the right garage door is easy, Dachowicz said, thanks to Overhead Door's Access Solutions Division network of 64 regional sales centers and more than
5,000 distributors in the U.S. and Canada, which carry Overhead Door and Wayne-Dalton brand products. Home owners can find a distributor using Overhead
Door's online distributor locator.

The 2011-2012 Cost vs. Value survey determined that garage door replacement was a top-five value-returning project after evaluating a typical $1,500 cost to
replace a basic garage door with a mid-range garage model. The survey determined the value of that replacement at home sale to be nearly $1,100. This equates
to a 71.9 percent ROI and is the fourth-highest rated project a homeowner can undertake, according to the study. Meanwhile, the roughly $3,000 cost to replace a
mid-range model with an upscale one had an estimated value at sale of about $2,130, equating to a 71.1 percent return.

Now in its 25th year, the Cost vs. Value Report is conducted in partnership with the National Association of Realtors. Hanley Wood, publisher of Remodeling
magazine, asks NAR members nationwide to evaluate a variety of home remodeling jobs and then project the ROI homeowners could expect to receive when they
sell their homes. The study details not only the national average value returned on common renovation projects, but the expected ROI in nine U.S. regions and 80
U.S. cities. For access to detailed renovation data on the go, an iPhone-app is also available through the Apple iTunes store.
SOURCE Overhead Door Corporation
Increased Importing Difficulties Plague Spanish Cedar
Written by Shannon Rogers on February 11, 2011

Spanish Cedar is an excellent exterior grade species that is often viewed as a viable alternate to Genuine Mahogany.  In fact the Spanish Cedar is in the same
Meliaceae family that Mahogany resides so a case could be made for the similarities.  The problem is that importing and sourcing it has become much much harder
these days.  The introduction of the species into a few new regions is helping, but it is also widening the variation and quality gap making it harder to find the kind of
quality that we like to sell and our customers demand.

The common name Spanish Cedar really refers to many different species all coming from different places around Central America.
Cedrela odorata
Cedrela hubeir
Cedrela fissilis
Cedrela salvadorensis

Now Spanish Cedar has been introduced into the Pacific Rim and Africa and newer varieties are coming to market that further complicate the search for quality and
the original characteristics that made the species popular in the first place.  Some of the plantation grown samples we have seen from the African Ivory Coast are
promising in color and grain consistency, but the wide growth rings and lower density raise a few eyebrows about the stability of the species over time.
We are focusing our buying efforts for Spanish Cedar in Central and South America because we feel the quality is much better. Unfortunately the differences in
character between the South American and African/Asian variant is not widely known. This means that someone will purchase Spanish Cedar and may get a bad
pack or a good pack or even a mixed pack with widely varied color and working properties. This ends up putting off many customers and they shy away from the
lumber. The educated buyer will specifically request “the good stuff” and this is happening more and more fortunately. However importing restrictions make for
additional lead times and inconsistent sizing of the lumber when it arrives. We are managing to stay ahead of this curve by buying in large quantities and working with
our mill partners to stipulate quality and sizes. We will then pick and mill to your needs at our yard in Maryland. The issue however is with all of these additional steps,
the prices continue to rise on the species. Personally, we feel that the quality of the lumber is worth the price and the wood performs very much like the much more
expensive Genuine Mahogany. When Spanish Cedar is viewed as an alternate it is quite affordable.
How to Choose a Garage Door
Finding a garage door that blends in with your house and enhances your curb appeal is all about playing the matching game.
By Clare Martin

The garage presents one of those frustrating “only in an old house” conundrums: 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.

Copy siding & trim colors

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.

Match door & window details

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.

Take a cue from history

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.

It’s still possible to get carriage house and stable-style doors that swing out, and today these open by remote for the sake of convenience. Overhead folding doors
that replicate the appearance of carriage house and stable doors are also out there, for homeowners who want all the modern conveniences wrapped in a period
Find Garage Doors that Fit Your Home’s Style
Keys to a compatible garage, with sources for period-appropriate doors.
By Mary Ellen Polson

The earliest garage doors, modeled after those on stables and carriage houses, slid along a track or swung outward to open. Doors featured panels or cross-bracing
and rows of divided lights (glass panes).

Today’s garage-door makers reproduce the old look in roll-up doors that have almost invisible section breaks. (Sectional overhead doors themselves are old enough
to be historic, appearing in the early 1920s; the electric garage-door opener debuted in 1926.)

Wood is still the gold standard for doors on a period house or a detached garage. Custom wood doors built with traditional tongue-and-groove joinery and inset
raised panels are offered in a choice of swing-out, sliding, or bi-fold as well as roll-up models. Paneling, cross bars, and Z braces add architectural relief.
Unlike steel, wood is naturally insulating. Finished surfaces both inside and out can be specified in wood species including Western red cedar, vertical-grain Douglas
fir, redwood, white oak, and mahogany; the finish may be paint, stain, or a varnish.

Some custom doors are solid wood, but most come with a core of insulating material (like polystyrene) clad with a hardwood veneer. The finished surface can take on
a range of period details, from dentil molding to Arts & Crafts vertical panels. Even steel and weatherproof composite doors can be patterned to mimic a carriage-
house look. A vintage look doesn’t sacrifice thermal efficiency —or the automatic door opener.

The key is to make the styling and detailing of the garage work with the rest of the house. Companies are making it easier to accomplish this by offering peripherals
like appropriate hardware.