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7 Tips on Custom Composite Garage Doors: An Interview with Brian Clark of Eden Coast LLC

By Brian Clark

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Our mission at Eden Coast is to provide superior solutions for our customers. By combining traditional craftsmanship, composite materials and superior adhesives and processes, we aspire to be the premier provider of quality, custom, eco-friendly garage doors.

Can you briefly go over the main options that homeowners need to decide on when they're considering a new custom garage door?

Whether it is a replacement door or for new construction, a great place to start is your local garage door dealer who's familiar with what's out there. Here are some key topics for discussion with your dealer about your composite door purchase:
Can I have any design I want?
Would I like to add windows to one or more sections?
Can I have any color that I want?
Can I match a wood that I like or that is already on my house?
What level of insulation is appropriate?

What are some of the most popular garage door styles and features for most homes?

In terms of style, customization is what distinguishes us from the rest. Our attention to detail and dedication to quality are the cornerstones of our success. We do have some designs that are requested more frequently than others, but when it comes to a custom composite door, the design and finish are as individual as the owners and their homes.

As for features, you may wish to incorporate windows into your door or embellish the door with some decorative hardware. It's totally dependent on your vision.

How well do your garage doors stand up to the environment?

We have a large number of our doors installed in Florida. That is one of the harshest environments anywhere with its extreme heat, humidity and coastal exposures. The main advantage of using composite materials to clad the door is that it is fully customizable and it is a better alternative than wood. The composites we use will not rot or decay. The finishes we apply, be it paint or stain, are from the highest quality manufacturers and are designed to stand up to all temperatures and harmful UV rays.

Is there anything that homeowners typically need to do themselves for installation and/or maintenance?

As for the installation and maintenance of the mechanical items, that should be handled by a professional. The garage door is typically the largest moving object in your home and its components can be extremely dangerous for those without the proper training. If you have an electric operator on the door, you should perform the required safety test once a month to make sure the system is performing safely as designed. If not, call your local door dealer.

In terms of the exterior of the doors, keep them clean by periodically cleaning with a mild detergent and rinsing them with fresh water. Our stained doors can be waxed to help prevent buildup or to bring back their original sheen. Painted doors should also be rinsed and washed as needed. We offer a 5-year finish warranty on any of our prefinished doors.

What advice do you have for a homeowner who isn't sure what garage door is the right one for them?

I would encourage people to take advantage of our web site as well as sites such as Houzz, Pinterest, and of course Georgia State Homes where they can view pictures of different style doors on different types of homes. A general idea of what you want is a good starting point when meet with your local door dealer. They will be able to take your general idea and narrow down the details into a door you will be proud to have on your home.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

We can be reached on Facebook as "Eden Coast LLC" as well as Houzz and our own website, www.edencoast.com. Our facility is located in Lawrenceville, Georgia, but currently supply doors to dealers in 38 states. Feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions or need a referral to a dealer near you.

Eden Coast, LLC
1800 MacLeod Dr.
Suite "R"
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

(678) 407-2141
(888) 407-2114
www.edencoast.com
brian@edencoast.com

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