Contemporary home design is a trend that has been picking up speed! Many contemporary, modern homes feature an abundance of natural light and parallel lines. If you’re looking to make your home’s façade look more contemporary, don’t leave out the garage door!
The Amarr Classica CL3000 Full View is a stunning garage door option that makes a contemporary statement on any home while providing the stylish yet low-maintenance design that the Amarr Classica is known for.
Why choose an Amarr Classica Full View door?
Sophisticated, contemporary design that flatters many different home facades
Largest windows of any Amarr steel Full View door allowing an abundance of natural light into the garage
Sturdy, durable steel construction with polyurethane insulation between steel front and back panels for low-maintenance functionality with modern flair
Customization options including eight standard solid colors, three dual-directional woodgrain colors, over 700 approved Amarr Color Zone custom colors and a variety of single pane tempered or insulated glass options
What are you waiting for? Check out what your home would look like with an Amarr Classica Full View garage door by visiting the Amarr Door Designer!
If you’ve been living in your home for a while, chances are a lot of little things go unnoticed. You may have begun to notice these things, like faded paint, chips in the tile, and the mildew on your home’s siding that has been building up over the years. Whether you live in a townhouse in Atlanta, GA and simply want to maintain the value of your home, or you live in a craftsman style home in Portland, OR and looking to spruce it up for resale, these are things even the most budget-conscious homeowner can address. To learn how to increase home value on a budget check out these top five home improvement projects that not only bring a return on your investment and appeal to potential buyers but will also add joy to your life.
1. Deep clean and declutter
Now is a great time to start going through your closets, storage areas, and everything else you own and begin eliminating things you no longer need. Not only does decluttering and deep cleaning help retain the value of your home, but it can also help reduce stress and anxiety in these uncertain times. Pay particular attention to your kitchen and bathrooms, as well as your living room as these are most often a home’s best selling points.
If you’re selling your home and already moved out, for less than $1,000, you can have professionals come in and deep clean your home. What that includes, exactly, will vary by company so be prepared with lots of questions. Make it clear that you don’t just want the range cleaned, you want it pulled out and the floor and wall cleaned underneath. What value does this bring to your home? According to a 2019 survey by HomeLight, deep cleaning can add as much as $4,000 to your home’s resale value. And you’ll have newfound joy every time you come home.
2. Paint inside and out
When selling your home, you want the prospective homebuyer to picture themselves living there. That’s not going to happen with your teenager’s black walls or your mother-in-law’s flowery wallpaper. Neither will faded and dirty paint make them feel at home. Painting the interior of your home in a neutral color requires a relatively small investment for what you’ll get in return, which is usually more interested homebuyers and hopefully more competing offers.
Painting the exterior of your home may cost a bit more, especially if you hire a professional, but the increase in curb appeal could sell your home faster. Does it need it? Take a walk outside and look around. Do you see any cracks or peeling? Has the color faded? If the answer is yes, the time to repaint is now.
3. Replace the garage door
While taking that walk outside, look at the garage door. They take a lot of abuse. How did it sound the last time you opened and closed it? Telltale dents from bike wrecks or flying balls go unnoticed after a while. Check the sweep, too. If blowing rains come under the door, chances are critters do, too and the sweep needs replacing. For less than $5,000, on average, you can reap an ROI of almost 95 percent when you replace it. Enhance your home’s character with windows or decorative panels and watch as the neighbors slow down to admire the improvement.
4. Add a manufactured stone veneer
To really spruce things up, consider giving your home a stone veneer facelift. Manufactured stone pairs well with many home styles and gives it a rich feel. If you have vinyl siding, this upgrade is something to seriously consider. On average, you can cover 300-square-feet of the bottom third of your home’s street-facing facade for less than $10,000 and reap a whopping 96 percent ROI, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2020 Cost vs. Value Report.
Why would you want to spend money on an upgrade like stone veneer if you’re just selling your house anyways? If your home is competing with several other homes in your area that are also for sale and are similar in appearance, a stone veneer is a great way to draw attention to your listing over others in the area and could help you sell your home quicker and for more money.
5. Increase home value by upgrading your kitchen
If a total kitchen remodel or renovation isn’t in your budget, consider a few upgrades. Staying under $5,000, there are quite a number of things you can do. To create the popular farmhouse style, remove your upper cabinets and replace with open shelving and repaint the lower cabinets a creamy white. Replace the countertop, flooring, or all the appliances so they match. Or, add an island to a large space. No matter which project you choose to do in the heart of your home, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry gives it a Joy Score of 10 in their annual Remodeling Impact Report.
The 2020 International Door Association Expo was held March 2-6 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Entrematic’s booth was filled with exciting new Amarr products, proving that Amarr continues to bring innovation to the market, with the focus this year on modern, contemporary looks that are in demand by consumers nationwide! Couldn’t go? We’ve rounded up the four hottest upcoming Amarr products shown at IDA Expo 2020.
Amarr Prism Diamond Weave Pattern
Arguably the hottest new Amarr product shown at IDA was the Amarr Prism door, a 2” unique diamond weave pattern steel door. “The Amarr Prism door appears like a modern, flush door from a distance, but as you approach the door the Diamond Weave design creates more interest and uniqueness. In addition, the Diamond Weave embossment adds more strength and durability as compared to a smooth flush door and makes minor scratches less visible,” says Maura DelVecchio, Residential Product Manager. Offered as a 2” polyurethane insulated door, the Diamond Weave design is available in 4 residential colors in the Amarr Prism collection and in 5 commercial colors in Amarr 2742. Projected availability Q3 2020
Smooth Flush Commercial Door
Fulfilling the need for contemporary styling with commercial applications, the new smooth flush panel option was a hit at the Entrematic IDA booth. This design has no embossment or shadow line, providing a clean, contemporary look to highlight modern architecture in commercial office buildings, retail establishments or high-tech apartments. Projected availability Q3 2020
Amarr Classica Flush Panel
The Amarr Classica door in Flush Panel, shown in the Entrematic IDA booth with Mosaic Window Options, is made with only three sections to create a wider span of flush panels. This results in an even sleeker, modern looking door. The Amarr Classica Flush panel door with Mosaic Window Options will be available to place in any standard position for a modern window look or a simulated Full View look. This door also provides a perfect base for dealer-made overlay doors. Projected availability Q4 2020
Bordeaux Color for Amarr Aluminum Full View and MultiView doors
Amarr debuted a new anodize
color, Bordeaux, for Aluminum Full View (Amarr Vista VI1000 and Amarr 3552) and
MultiView (Amarr Horizon HO1000 and Amarr 3582) residential and commercial
doors. This wine red color adds another
beautiful and stylish option for the modern aluminum and glass doors. Projected availability Q3 2020
Entrematic partnered with Linear/Nortek Control to host an Amarr Dealer Appreciation Event during the IDA Expo at Squatter’s Pub. Thank you to the many Amarr dealers who joined us for this event!
When preparing to sell a home or deciding on upgrades, return on investment is an important factor to consider. Get more bang for your buck with garage door replacement! Garage door replacement was named the #2 upscale remodeling project for return on investment by Remodeling Magazine, with a return on investment rate of over 94%!
The 2020 Cost vs. Value
Report by Remodeling magazine ranks garage door replacement as one
of the top three home improvement projects with the highest percentage of cost
recouped when the home is sold. Not only can you enjoy increased curb appeal
with a brand new garage door, but you can rest easy knowing that your
investment will pay you back during a home sale.
Maximize your remodeling budget and replace your garage
House flipping, a growing trend in real estate development, is the practice of purchasing a home, making repairs and improvements, and reselling it for a profit. House flipping is everywhere – on television shows, in magazines and books, and online. When Ashley and Whitney, the Shanty2Chic sisters behind shanty-2-chic.com, decided to undertake their first house flipping project, they knew that they would have to put their self-taught carpentry and design skills to good use both inside and outside the home. The end result is a beautiful, spacious family home with rustic design elements.
Amarr partnered with Shanty2Chic to provide two Amarr Classica CL3000 garage doors to increase the flip home’s curb appeal. The two Golden Oak Classica doors feature the Cortona panel design with large Thames windows and complement the golden wood accents in and around the house.
Whitney says of the Amarr garage doors, “We knew we wanted to go with Amarr doors for this home. We wanted the look of a wood door, but needed durability and low-maintenance. We love the look of carriage house doors, and knew that the Classica line would meet all of those needs. Not only does it look like real wood, it matches the cedar accents on the house so perfectly. We were also able to add large windows at the top of the doors to allow a lot of natural light into the garage space.”
“The garage door of a home is just as important as the
front door! It is one of the most
visible and used doors into the home, and we are so pleased with the value
these Amarr doors added to our house.”
The home recently sold. Both Whitney and Ashley state
that they are “excited that a family now gets to enjoy it.”
Quincy, known as Illinois’s “Gem City,” is located on the Mississippi River and has many much-loved, historic buildings in the downtown area. One building being remodeled by Josh and Tieraney Craig to revitalize downtown Quincy, Illinois is Quincy Brewing Company.
The idea for Quincy Brewing Company first came about eight years ago, but due to timing, it hasn’t come into fruition until recently. Josh has always had a passion for brewing and enjoys home brewing as a hobby. When the opportunity arose to make the dream of Quincy Brewing Company a reality, the Craigs were eager to fill a need in Quincy, as not many breweries are nearby – the closest being about a half hour’s drive away.
Located on downtown Quincy’s 6th Street Promenade, the new home of Quincy Brewing Company will reflect the original style of the building and the open community feel of the area. Lots of the building parts are being repurposed, and the original columns on the façade have been revealed in the remodel as well. To mix the original style with modern characteristics, the Craigs chose Amarr aluminum full view doors for Quincy Brewing Company. Four Amarr 3550 doors in black anodize finish with gray tint glass are used throughout the building – with one being used as a counter door that opens to the sidewalk on the Promenade. The doors will be operated by hand and lend to the community feel. “We’re all about that!” says Tieraney, adding that other businesses in the area also use aluminum full view doors to make the Promenade feel unified and “welcoming.”
Quincy Brewing Company “is our contribution to Quincy, to
take something old and make it new again, and put love into it,” says Tieraney.
Quincy Brewing Company’s official opening is scheduled for October 11, 2019.
to learn more.
Did you know that Amarr garage doors come with a safety bottom bracket with a patented design?
This safety bottom bracket is tamper-resistant, making it
impossible to access and alter the red fasteners that hold the cable tension. “The
safety bottom bracket also allows garage door technicians to remove the roller
carrier and replace rollers without having to unwind the springs,” says Brandon
Gentle, Applications Engineering Manager at Entrematic.
For even more garage door safety, Amarr garage doors also
exceed the DASMA standard of a 2:1 safety
factor for the load rating for any door with this safety bottom bracket
installed. Brandon explains, “We use this on doors with 2″ track, which
max out at 635 lbs. The bracket pair is
rated for a 750 pound door (rated for 375 pounds for each side). The 2:1 safety factor means it was tested to
over 1500 pounds for the pair without failure.”
Increased safety is just one Amarr Advantage – learn about
the other advantages here!
Adams County Fire Rescue’s (ACFR) Washington Street
station in Denver, Colo. was in need of a major upgrade. Luckily, ACFR was about to undergo an
extensive and adaptive reuse project. The
station’s 25-year-old doors were showing wear and tear. The aging doors had small windows and very
low R-value, resulting in cold bays that took a lot of energy to heat. It was a perfect opportunity to find a new
sectional door solution for the building – hybrid Amarr 2742 steel sectional
doors with a 19.4 R-Value with two Aluminum Full View sections in each door.
The result of the remodel was a modern-looking, state-of-the-art combination station and administrative center, and the Amarr commercial doors played a big part in the improvements.
The old doors of the fire station had small, oblong windows that made it difficult to see vehicles and activity both inside and outside the bay. The new hybrid doors feature aluminum and glass full view panels. These panels provide unobstructed views in and out, increasing visibility and safety. They also allow more light to flow into the bays – an important architectural point for the building.
With an R-Value of 19.4, the Amarr 2742 doors provide excellent energy efficiency. The doors are 2” thick, constructed with a thermal break and use foamed-in-place polyurethane insulation creating a strong monolithic panel. The bays now heat up much faster, reducing the need for radiant heaters and allowing less energy use.
A Brand New Look
Before the remodel, the exterior of the station was
looking dated. The remodel brought the
building into the 21st century with clean, modern lines – while
still maintaining a nod to the old red façade.
The bay doors feature a stucco-embossed finish in Commercial Gray which
flow nicely with the overall building design.
The International Door Association (IDA) Expo 2019 was held March 15-16 in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the Entrematic booth was packed with exciting Amarr products! Here’s our product roundup of the seven hottest Amarr products from the Entrematic booth:
1. Amarr commercial polyurethane insulated steel doors Now available in five section thicknesses, there is an Amarr commercial polyurethane door to meet various energy efficiency demands in today’s marketplace.
5 section thicknesses: new 1”, 1-3/8”, 1-5/8”, 2” and new 3”
The Amarr 2747 versatile replacement section is compatible with competitive shiplap profile sections
The new Air Infiltration sealing in most models meet the building energy efficiency standards: ASHRAE 90.1, IECC® 2015 and CA Title 24 2016
2. Quiet Door option Tired of the loud sound of your garage door going up and down? The new Quiet Door hardware option is a perfect upgrade for a new or existing door. Check out the difference in our video.
Reduces door operation noise by up to 38% – the same noise reduction as going from the sound of a vacuum cleaner to the sound of a running shower
The Quiet Door option can be put on already-installed doors – perfect for upgrading existing doors
3. Amarr Color Zone Available for both residential and commercial steel doors, let your inner designer shine by customizing the color of your new Amarr door!
Choose from over 600 factory-applied Sherwin-Williams SnapDry™ paint colors
Paint is resistant to dirt, fingerprints and weathering
Available on all steel Amarr residential and commercial doors, except Amarr Carriage Court
4. Frost and Dark Tint glass options We’ve expanded our residential glass offering with these two new glass options. Frost, shown above left, and Dark Tint, shown above right, are both popular in contemporary home design.
Available on all collections except Amarr Carriage Court
Increase privacy while still letting natural light into your garage
5. Mosaic window options Add visual interest to your modern or contemporary-style home with Mosaic window options on your Amarr garage door!
Available in short or long panel windows
Available in Clear, Obscure, Frost or Dark Tint glass options
Place a window in any standard position on any section of an Amarr traditional steel door
6. Charcoal Gray Following the trend of dark colors in home exterior design, Charcoal Gray is a sophisticated and dramatic color option for the garage door.
Now available in Amarr Classica, Lincoln, and Hillcrest residential garage door collections
7. Amarr Residential Garage Door Openers The Amarr 860 and Amarr 840 Smart Wi-Fi Residential Garage Door Openers shone bright at IDA – and not just because of the LED lighting!
3000 lumens of LED workspace lighting
Smartphone control through the Entrematic app
Geofencing options through GPS location services
Voice control via smart home speakers
New, lower pricing available April 1, 2019
Entrematic and Linear/Nortek Control hosted an Amarr Dealer Appreciation Event during the IDA EXPO at Tin Roof in downtown Indianapolis. Thank you to all of the 130+ dealers for joining us for our event!
Trying to decide on a remodeling project, but want something that will give you the biggest return on investment when selling your home? Consider a new garage door! For the fourth year in a row, Remodeling Magazine has named garage door replacement the #1 upscale remodeling project for return on investment, meaning you can recoup an average of over 97% of your investment cost when you sell your home. So, not only will a new garage door increase your home’s curb appeal while you’re living there, but it will also pay you back during a home sale!
The 2019 Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling magazine ranks garage door replacement as the top home improvement projects with the highest percentage of cost recouped when the home is sold.
To get the most out of your home remodeling, get a new garage door!