When Hurricane Irma hit in September, the mass of the Category 4 hurricane encompassed all of Florida. Exposed and vulnerable, Cocoa Beach received a lashing with high winds and tornadoes. However, amidst Mother Nature's full wrath, residents at several Florida communities say their garage doors remained intact.
"There were 100 mph winds that took down trees, broke glass and caused water damage in many of our 72 units, but the Haas doors on our garages appear to be just fine," says Joe Fanning, treasurer of the Spanish Main Condominium Association in Cocoa Beach, Fl. "These 64 garage doors have now survived Hurricanes Matthew and Irma. They're amazingly durable and we're very pleased that we invested in these impact-resistant garage doors earlier in 2016."
The sturdy steel garage doors from Haas Door meet state of Florida and Miami/Dade County wind load standards and can help protect properties from storms. In Cape Coral, Donald Koch had a similar experience during Hurricane Irma.
"We had a direct hit from the hurricane, with winds reaching more than 100 mph and higher gusts, but had no damage to our house," says Koch. "The 600 Series is the best garage door you could ask for. This is the second time our garage door from Haas Door has stood up to Mother Nature for us.
"In January of 2016 an EF-2 tornado with wind gusts of 132 mph hit our area. Our 600 Series door was riddled with ceramic shingles that actually flew into and embedded themselves in our garage door. Amazingly, once they were pulled out, the garage door worked! I wish everyone could see how garage doors from Haas Door stand up to these storms. We're true believers in these doors."
In the middle of Florida, in Sanford, Josh Smith feels fortunate that his riverside home survived with no damage during Hurricane Irma. "We have a new home and it's a testament to its construction and the materials used that we were able to escape with no damage," says Smith. "The house fared well, and the garage door from Haas Door did an awesome job. There was no wind or water penetration at all during the storm, which is very impressive!"
Realistic-looking and eye-catching, three new garage door wood grain options from Haas Door replicate the appearance of real wood doors, but without the maintenance hassles of wood. The new stucco embossed English Oak, Mahogany and Ash wood grains are available in bi-directional patterns on durable steel garage doors.
"These three new bi-directional wood grain color options provide a vertical wood grain pattern on the panel and stile, with a horizontal pattern on the rails," says Jeffrey Nofziger, president of Haas Door. "This offers the genuine look of a real wood door but with the strength of steel. Plus, we’ve added a strong 10-year finish warranty to the doors to assure homeowners of their durability.”
According to Nofziger, the three new wood grains are built with 26-gauge galvanized steel. The pre-painted wood grain finish is baked on to ensure a strong and long-lasting door.
"After the successful launch of our Stucco Embossed American Walnut Bi-Directional door we've been repeatedly asked to offer more wood grain options in bi-directional patterns," says Nofziger. "From our experiences manufacturing uni-directional wood grain garage doors we know that English Oak, Mahogany and Ash are very popular wood species. That's why we selected these three specific wood grains to join our bi-directional family of steel doors. Now homeowners have four truly unique wood grain options to select from when desiring a bi-directional garage door that mimics real wood."
The bi-directional wood grain doors are available with all panels in the 2000, 700 and 600 series from Haas Door. All four steel wood grain color patterns feature an industry leading 10-year finish warranty and lifetime delamination and rust-through warranty for peace-of-mind of homeowners.
Alden Homes has married smart and sensible design with warm and cozy appeal in their newest community project: The Gables at Elm Tree. Located in Mount Joy, Penn., the 116-lot Craftsman-style community features nine distinctive single-family homes with unique curb appeal.
"Each of these modern cottage-style homes features smart technology and efficient space use on the inside along with appealing, comfortable designs on the exterior," says Bill Martin, architectural designer with Alden Homes. "These homes have so much charm and appeal that we've had people say they feel like the house is giving them a hug."
The warmth of the overall home design starts on the outside of each house with low-maintenance siding and a 360 Series garage door from Haas Door. Each garage door features frosted glass and is backlit from within the garage, so it looks like the doors glow at night.
"The durable and elegant 360 Series door is an upgrade option that every single homeowner has requested since we started selling lots last year," says Martin. "We're specifying this door with Painted Bronze or Dark Bronze Anodized to complement the vivid colors and styles of the home exteriors. This garage door makes such a powerful curb appeal impression that we've had non-residents request information on them for their own homes."
In January of 2016 Mother Nature came calling in Cape
Coral, Florida in a powerful way: an EF-2 tornado. Estimated by the National
Weather Service to have achieved peak wind gusts of 132 mph, the tornado
damaged 178 structures.
"A home where we had recently installed a 600 Series garage door from Haas Door had the first layer riddled with ceramic shingles that had flown in and embedded themselves in the door," says Wade Helm, president of On Track Doors . "However, once we pulled them out, the door was working and usable.
"This garage door from Haas Door did so much better than other garage doors on the same street. The quality of the door, thickness of material and engineering of the panels really stood up to that storm."
Homeowner Rick Koch appreciates the durability of the Haas Door product in protecting the contents of his garage.
"If you could have seen the pieces of tile sticking out of the garage door you'd be amazed," says Koch. "I had my BMW, tools and other personal items in the garage and none of them were damaged. Between the garage door from Haas Door and my hurricane windows, my house was saved. We had minimal damage compared to my neighbor's homes that were destroyed."
Responding to growing industry demand for more wood grain patterns, Haas Door, manufacturer of premium steel and aluminum residential and commercial garage doors, has added two new uni-directional wood grain patterns to its expansive product line: English Oak and American Walnut.
"These two new colors enhance the ability for homeowners to select a wood grain pattern that perfectly complements their home exterior," says Jeffrey Nofziger, president of Haas Door. "The English Oak color is entirely new for us and resembles a neutral brown that works exceptionally well with a variety of home exteriors, including brick, stone and a selection of sidings.
"American Walnut has previously been very well received in our bi-directional pattern and we believe it will be very well received as a uni-directional pattern offering. Both American Walnut and English Oak are now available in our American Tradition, 2000 Series, 700 Series and 600 Series.
Additional uni-directional wood grain colors offered by Haas Door include Smooth Oak, Smooth Cherry, Embossed Ash and Embossed Mahogany. Crafted from 26-gauge, galvanized steel, the wood grain patterns on Haas doors are baked on to give the appearance of real wood.
For those wishing a bi-directional woodgrain, Haas Door has expanded its product offering by offering American Walnut in standard & ranch panels. This allows people to select American Walnut bi-directional options with all panels in the 2000 Series, 700 Series and 600 Series.
How many times have you been told to "just imagine" how a product would look in or on your home? With HaasCreate, you don't have to imagine how a new garage door would enhance your home's curb appeal, you can actually SEE it!
Our free HaasCreate design tool is as an online visualizer, located at
This easy-to-use app for the iPad, which doesn't require an internet connection to use, is also available for free at the Apple store. Once installed, you can upload a photo of your home and outline the existing garage area.
Then HaasCreate helps to instantly create a new garage door with different styles, options and colors at your fingertips.
If you don't have a photo of your home exterior, don't worry --- we've got you covered. You can choose from sample home images we have on the app. You can have fun making personal product selections --- including a garage door style, color, windows, overlay colors, trim colors, handles and accessories --- so you can customize your garage door perfectly to enhance the exterior of your home!
Sometimes she's windy and wicked; other times she's calm and sunny. Mother Nature is fickle. To handle her many moods, you need garage doors that can withstand everything from torrential rains to hurricane-force winds.
"Not all garage doors are made the same," says Jeffrey Nofziger, president of Haas Door. "It's important to choose a garage door that can withstand both anticipated and unexpected weather conditions for where you live."
"The key elements to look for in a garage door are quality aluminum or steel construction, strong insulation and a weather-resistant finish. Match those elements up with a comprehensive warranty and you'll help your home fight off Mother Nature."
Made with corrosion-resistant aluminum and filled with dense CFC-free polyurethane foam insulation, 5000 Series doors from Haas Door feature a weather-resistant Trinar® paint finish. "The Trinar finishes have been exposed for decades at weathering facilities in south Florida to experience true weather conditions," says Nofziger. "The finishes hold up against extreme ultraviolet (UV) rays, strong winds, salt air and hurricane-type conditions.
"And, the entire garage door has received the Miami-Dade County Notice of Acceptance (NOA) certifying that these products conform to High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) provisions and Miami-Dade requirements."
Other residential Haas Door products receiving similar approval for Miami-Dade County and HVHZ include Series 600, 700, 2000 and 2400.
Manufactured in Ohio, the recently-upgraded steel garage doors from Haas Door feature enhanced air infiltration seals to provide significant air tightness for the garage doors. The outstanding air infiltration enhancement helps the garage doors stand up to wild winds from Mother Nature.
Looking for an outstanding garage door with no maintenance hassles? Your search is over. American Tradition SeriesTM garage doors from Haas Door come in 13 solid color options plus two wood grain base options. Each American Tradition door features handcrafted quality and rich, traditional carriage house style without the maintenance hassles of wood.
Our two-inch thick American Tradition steel garage doors feature CFC free polyurethane insulation with a calculated R value of 13.45. Overlay boards add distinction and the traditional carriage house look. Available as single or double doors, with solid top section designs or several window options.
Solid color options include our premium colors of Trinar® White, Trinar Beige, Trinar Brown and Cool Black. Our standard color options are Bronze, Hunter Green, Brown, Gray, Polar White, Almond, Sahara Tan, Sandstone and Charcoal. And, American Tradition doors also are available in premium woodgrain colors of Embossed Mahogany and Embossed Ash.