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Surviving the Storm

Designer Doors wood doors stand up to the forces of nature

Surviving the Storm

–by Mary Ayala

When Hurricane Sandy hit the northeast coast of the United States last fall, the area was devastated.  The surge drove sand several miles inland and our thoughts went out to the customers we have on the Jersey Shore as well [...]

Mummy Mountain Home

The owner of this home in Mummy Mountain, AZ hand drew the designs for his garage doors. When he and his garage door dealer went looking for a company to make the doors, they had no takers until they found Designer Doors.

We produced 6 single-wide doors out of Genuine Mahogany for the home. The owner [...]

A Very Unique Project

by Jeff Van Horne

The owner’s goal was to create the look of casement windows in her garage doors.  We were tasked  with matching the muntin bars profiles from her existing windows and replicating her shutters.  The doors included 3 dimensional trim, a faux astragal, brickmould, a window sill and shutter dogs.

It was [...]

Historic Lites Garage Doors

By Joe Carlson

Garage doors are typically the most overlooked and under appreciated element of all homes today. They are often thought of as nothing more than an operable wall behind which to conceal our belongings. Yet in some cases, the garage door represents thirty to forty percent of the home’s front elevation.

So wouldn’t it be [...]

Yes, This is a Garage Door

By Jeff Van Horne

At Designer Doors, we see unique architectural challenges nearly every day. The ‘bookend’ design of this home in Oak Park, IL required a garage door that emulated the bedroom wall on the opposing end of the home.  We were able to use a custom milled clap board siding, a faux double hung [...]

All About Azek

–By Kyle Cegielski

Homeowners, builders and architects who love the look of wood garage, entry and service doors but require an alternative, weather-resistant solution can now rely on our Azek product to meet their needs. While wood products are often preferred simply for their natural appearance, Azek offers an excellent wood look without the maintenance and [...]

Sliding and Folding Doors

By: Paul Goudreault

Whether you are trying to replicate a historical feature or just looking for a more unique solution, consider sliding or folding doors.  These doors are easy to operate and allow for the flexibility that a conventional garage or swing door does not.

Sliding doors are often used to secure and cover openings or windows [...]

A Differentiator: Wicket Doors

A Differentiator: Wicket Doors
by Kyle Cegielski

Functionality and Appearance

Many times homeowners are met with challenges of the architecture or build design of a property. The functionality of a service door in connection to a garage is a main stay in today’s build. If the set up of the property doesn’t allow a service door; the Wicket [...]

Grand Entrances

By Peter Kleinschmidt

Our entrance door volume has increased, especially our highly customized doors which have increased to almost 50% of all entry door orders. People don’t want the cookie cutter, box store entrance door that most homes have. They know that often the first thing that their guests will see when they approach the house [...]

Let's Learn About Wood Rot

Ohio State University recently released a fact sheet on wood rot and how it can account for 10% of wood production annually in the United States. You can read it here: OSU Wood Rot Fact Sheet. 

Designer Doors is certainly aware of this and do our part to keep our wood products looking [...]