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Create a Bold Design Statement With a Custom Garage Door

Why are Carriage House Style Garage Doors so popular with our customers?  Simply put, they look great.  Nothing else can make your house stand out from the crowd like custom Carriage House Garage Door.  You might be surprised at how affordable we can install one of these eye catching models on your home.

Garage Doors can be more than just a functional part of your house. Your garage door is, more often than not, the major element of your homes’ curb appeal and first impression. It is the easiest and most economical way to make a bold design statement for your home. Steich Overhead Doors offers a complete line of custom garage doors in wood, metal, composite and glass.

Carriage House Steel Garage Door

Garage doors with a carriage house design offer old-world charm and look like swinging stable doors. However, these garage doors are made of steel and move up and down just like regular garage doors. Wayne Dalton, one of our superior manufacturers,  offers you the option to add large windows and decorative hardware to create the perfect carriage house style garage door for your home.

steel carriage house


We would love to show you the many different designs and colors and materials we offer in Carriage House Garage Doors.  Give us a call!

STEICH OVERHEAD DOORS INC. is a family owned business which was started by John C. Steich in the early 80’s. Throughout the years the family has participated in the growth and success of the business. In 2000, Jason Steich, the youngest son, became the sole owner of the company.  We are a full service installation and repair garage door company serving  Bucks County, Montgomery County and surrounding areas.


Choosing a Garage Door Dealer


We believe that the installation of a garage door is not a do-it-yourself job. A garage door is the largest moving object in your home and because of the large number of parts, installation of a garage door is highly technical. Connecting the springs can be particularly dangerous, and proper installation is critical to the performance of your door.

Professional garage door dealer/installers can typically install a door in a few hours and are careful to make sure safety requirements are met. Installations by most homeowners typically span several days and cause much frustration. In addition, incorrect installation can void certain warranties, so we recommend a trained garage door installer to handle the job for you. One of the other services a professional garage door dealer can provide is the disposal of your old garage door if you are replacing a door.

Steich Overhead Doors Is a Leading Supplier of Garage Doors

Steich Overhead Doors is a leading supplier of residential garage doors in Montgomeryville PA and the greater SE Pennsylvania area. Our manufacturers include Amarr, Overhead Doors, Clopay, General and all the major residential overhead door manufacturers.

Proximity, 24 hour service, or dealer showroom available may be factors in determining the right dealer for you. Other factors to consider may be insurance, lead safety certification, warranties, professionalism, references, as well as dealer service and support.  We will be glad to provide you with all of this information so you can feel confident in your selection of the best garage door dealer in the area.

Custom Carriage House Garage Doors

Most major garage door manufacturers offer a line of doors in the Carriage House style.  These doors are normally more expensive than the base metal panel garage door, but for the extra money you get a striking enhancement to your home’s curb appeal and general overall appearance.

Carriage doors come in various materials and window and hardware treatment.  Most people think of natural wood when considering this type of door, but you can get the same style in a composite material or stamped steel that will give you the look of natural wood.

Most wood garage doors are constructed of Western Cedar or Clear Hemlock Fir.  The construction can be a combination of wood, insulation and composite material as well.  If you are considering purchasing this type of garage door, your best bet is to call a reputable garage door company and let them give you an overview of the options available.  Trying to research information available on the hundreds of style and material combinations on your own can be a daunting task, so we recommend you save yourself a lot of time and just give your local company an call.

If you do decide to go with natural wood, be aware of the recommended maintenance requirements of this material.  Here is information from a major garage door manufacturer concerning finish of their wood carriage house garage doors:

The finish on your door must be inspected for discoloration and coating delamination every 12 months and more frequently if exposed to direct sunlight or harsh environmental conditions. The door must be re-coated with a layer of exterior grade, UV resistant, clear protective topcoat at least every 2 years for maximum longevity. In locations of severe weather exposure, more frequent maintenance may be required. We recommend Minwax® Helmsman® Spar Urethane or Minwax® Clear-Shield™.  We recommend a Minwax® gel stain or high quality exterior-grade latex paint. Gel stains tend to be more vivid than paints in final appearance; however exterior-grade latex paints tend to last longer.

Custom Composite garage doors

If you decide against natural wood, a composite option is available.  Here is some info from their website on a composite door from Coplay, one of our recommended suppliers.

Full cladding and overlay faux wood Carriage House doors combine the beauty and texture of natural wood with the energy efficiency of an insulated steel door.


composite door construction

composite door construction


Canyon Ridge® Collection Limited Edition Series carriage house doors are constructed of an energy efficient, durable steel core and finished with full composite cladding and overlays that have the appearance of authentic wood doors. The cladding and overlay materials are molded from actual wood pieces to replicate the natural texture and intricate grain patterns of the species they emulate.  These two layers are attached to an Intellicore® polyurethane insulated steel door for added strength and energy efficiency.  The end result is a distinctive, customized wood-look door that is often indistinguishable from the real thing.

Canyon Ridge® Collection Ultra-Grain® Series doors featuring Intellicore® insulation technology present a  smart choice for homeowners. Clopay’s Intellicore is proprietary polyurethane foam that is injected into a garage door, expanding to fill the entire structure. The result is a door with incredible strength and durability. Its dense insulation also produces a quieter door, while it’s industry-leading 18.4 R-value provides year-round comfort and improved energy efficiency.

Steel Carriage House Door

You can get the ruggedness of steel construction and still retain the look of a traditional wood carriage door.  It provides a good combination of features and value.  In addition to fine detailing and low maintenance, General Doors, another of our recommended suppliers, offer many features in their steel carriage garage door like:

 Natural woodgrain texture with a beaded panel design

  • Unique center bead creates authentic old-time swinging door look
  • 24 gauge hot-dipped galvanized steel skin   (17% thicker than 25 gauge steel)
  • Durable 2-coat baked-on polyester paint finish
  • 2” thick sections assembled using Tog-L-Lock fastening system
  • Resilient bottom weatherstrip in aluminum retainer to minimize air infiltration
  • Heavy duty hardware and standard design full leaf hinge



What is a Carriage House Garage Door?

Carriage house garage doors have become very popular, especially in the northeastern part of the U.S.   We get a lot of inquiries about this type of door so we thought we would talk a bit about this style of residential garage door.

What exactly is a Carriage House door anyway?  Before garages were attached to a home, people built carriage houses – also called coach houses.   It was normally set behind the house and was basically a stable or place to house a horse drawn carriage.  This was before the “horseless carriage” or automobile became commonplace.  This style of building was always at street level, without stairs leading to the entryway and sometimes, in more expansive homes, had living quarters for staff above the storage area.

Original Carriage House doors were built to swing out from the center using side hinges.  Modern overhead garage doors incorporate the design elements of a swing-out door in an overhead style door.  These design elements are one of the reasons for this door’s popularity.

Most carriage house doors have the top panel dedicated to some sort of window treatment.  Many traditional Carriage house doors were arched at the top and this design is carried out with square openings using an arched window treatment.  Another feature that may be found is hardware, such as side hinges and door pulls that give the appearance of working side swing doors.

Custom garage doors can provide an almost unlimited combination of window treatments as well as panel design to give you the perfect curb appeal you are looking for in your home.  Amarr, a national manufacturer, for example, offers over 80 different styles of carriage house door in their collection.

Carriage house doors come in natural wood, composite material that resembles wood or steel construction.  These doors can provide very good insulation values.  A high R-value means the garage door insulates well and has increased thermal efficiency.  When comparing R-values among garage door manufacturers, you should look for statements that mention Calculated R-Value based on the Door and Access System Manufacturer’s Association (DASMA) TDS-16.

Wind load doors are built specifically to withstand specific high-wind pressures with an interior wind load reinforcement system. The most popular door manufacturers can add wind load reinforcement to your door to meet local building codes.  Remember, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to make sure the garage door meets local building codes; however a reputable overhead door company should know the wind load requirements for your particular location.

Most manufacturers will provide a lifetime limited warranty for their carriage house style garage doors.