I would like to get some clean simple garage doors but I hate the typical
vinyl coated doors with raised panels. Any recommendations?
I found this one source:
but it's very traditional.
My 10 ft wide flat panel overhead door is steel (uninsulated) with a
single horizontal rib midheight in each panel. I don't know age, but
it came from Sears, probably in 1970's or 80's. My guess is that it
was cheapest door available at time of purchase.
On Sun, 18 Feb 2007 23:39:40 -0500, "MiamiCuse"
That's for custom design and manufacture by the best around here. I think I
have client's who now wish they hadn't been talked out of it by a contractor
who said "I can get the same look for much cheaper." They spent a third of
that on something that only lasted 3 years, and looked like hell for the
That reminds me of a TV commercial for a Hyundai Santa Fe a while back....
the announcer says, " ...and it's rugged-looking." That's become a standard
punchline around here...
I am not saying it's not worth it, I am simply stating I can't afford it. I
like all things nice, too bad I have a limited budget. I wanted a stone
wall too, until I got a $40000 quote and now I am think wood or chain linked
I know...I'm not trying to talk you into anything either....just pointing
out the "you get what you pay for, if you're lucky" rule. This guy is the
*best* woodworking shop in the city. It's a thrill for me to walk though the
shop and see what these guys make. Much of it is custom furniture for
'famous' interior designers. I wish he'd pay me to sweep his floors for a
couple hours a week.
Woodworkers and carpenters who take pride in their work are hard to come by
nowadays. Now all I see are people who solves one problem by creating
another. There is no true craftmens anymore, well not to the average Joe
Designerdoors make a nice product, but I think they're substantially
overpriced. I've found a Canadian firm (can't remember their name, or
website link) that was 1/3 the cost for an equal product (really).
If you live in Miami (or anywhere in Florida) the doors have to meet
hurricane windloads which will eliminate the selection of some
companies and/or products. Also you will probably need to get a permit
(required by state code but not enforced everywhere).
This is true. I have to get hurricane proof doors.
Whether permit is required or not...it is...it is never practiced however if
you are just replacing. The installers wouldn't even bother with it as they
don't want to turn a 4 hour job into a 2 day job. Most of them will not
deal with permitting without substantially adding to the cost.
Well Miami may be different, but on the Fla west coast if they catch
you (competitor turning you in or inspectors driving down street will
ck for permit if they see a new door on old house) they charge 3-4
times the normal permit & will pull your license if they catch you too
many times. There is one company here that will pay their employees a
$50.00 bounty for the address if they see another company doing a door
without a permit. So there is incentive to get the permit prior to
So like it or not (yes it takes longer to get the permit then to do
the install) if the local permit office requires a permit for
replacement doors we (as most all of the other door companys here) get
a permit. Then the homeowner has to be home to let the inspector into
the garage for the final inspection after the install which they will
give a date but not a time or they will charge another $50-$75 re-
inspection fee on top of the $45 to $150 (varies by locality) that the
permit cost to begin with. One of those that when they don't charge
local or state income tax they got to get their money from somewhere
There is a pretty big selection in different type of doors that are
available but yes the ones from Designer Door are probably the most
expensive on the market. However they are a 3" thick all wood door,
but in Florida that may not necessarily be a good thing.
Ft Myers, FL
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