Garage Doors
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Orange County Garage Doors

Congratulations on making the decision on purchasing a new garage door or garage door opener for your home.  Do you know what is the difference between a pan door and a sandwich door?  How about the advantages of a fiberglass door or a carriage house door?  Obviously, to make an informed decision you need to gain some knowledge.

In the video below Patti McCombs, an elected director of the International Door Association, narrates a clip produced by CHI Garage Doors.  It gives vital information about what types of doors are available and also discusses panel design, types of insulation available, and window options.

If you are interested in learning about types of garage doors, please enjoy this 8 minute video.  It will be well worth your time.

For a FREE in-home estimate please call American Empire Door at 949-262-9668.

American Empire  Door offers a complete product line of sectional garage doors. They include traditional raised panel and carriage house styles.  Doors are available in brushed aluminum, wood, vinyl, composite, and fiberglass.  Decorative window designs can be added for curb appeal as well as upgraded decorative glass.  A wide selection of exterior decorative hardware is also available to enhance the beauty of your door. The high quality components used in our garage doors will give you long-lasting performance for many years to come!

American Empire Door offers the best warranty in the industry at no additional charge.  All garage doors come with a 1 year labor warranty, 5 year parts warranty,  and a 3 year spring warranty.  This warranty is in addition to the manufacturers warranty.  When you have a door installed by American Empire Door you can be assured that your door will be installed with the utmost attention to detail and backed by the best warranty in the industry.


Metal garage doors are the most popular door installed, require very little exterior maintenance and offer reliability, style and safety. Steel doors come in different gauges with 24 gauge being the strongest and heaviest gauge you can get in a residential door. The higher the number the thinner and less sturdier the door. Entry level doors are usually 25 or 26 gauge and are not very durable and will typically last 4 to 5 years before they start to crack and break.

Steel sectional doors come in 3 types: (1) Non-insulated pan door which consists of 1 layer of steel.  This door is typical the noisiest. (2) A 2″ inch thick polystyrene energy efficient insulated door with a vinyl or polyboard backing.  This door is stronger and quieter than the pan door and provides a greater insulation R-value  which will keep your garage warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.  (3) A 2″ thick  polystyrene energy efficient insulated door with steel backing. This is called a sandwich door. This is the top of the line door and is extremely quiet and the most durable of the three types of doors.

Production options include unique panel designs, designer windows with a choice of different glass options and decorative hardware. Our  primary suppliers are Doorlink, Unique Garage Door, CHI, 1st United, Clopay, Amarr, and Wayne-Dalton . For wood doors our supplier is Ranch House Doors.


Carriage House style doors offer uncompromising beauty and architectural elegance resulting in undeniable curb appeal.  They are available in steel, composite, and wood. There are many door and window patterns from which to choose. Each has a distinctive old world charm. Carriage House style garage doors enhance the beauty and value of your home.  Our primary supplier for steel and composite carriage house doors are Amarr Garage Door, CHI, Wayne-Dalton, Clopay, and 1st United Garage Door.  For wood carriage house doors our supplier is Ranch House Doors.

Sample of Amarr Steel Carriage House Door with composite overlay

1st United Steelhouse Stained Doors


Short  Panel Vinyl Garage Door

Vinyl Garage doors are very popular garage doors for a reason. They are virtually indestructible, require zero maintenance and will look great for years. Vinyl garage doors don’t rust, rot, peel, or warp and are nearly “undentable”. This may be the very last door you ever need to put on your home. They come ready to install, no need to paint or stain and are very well insulated.


Besides the most popular types of  doors are described above, some discriminating home owners may be looking for a door that that says “WOW”.  With that in mind  American Empire Door, has other doors available that may better fit your particular needs.  Fiberglass doors  are gaining popularity because they are nearly maintenance free, have a strong resistance to denting and are extremely attractive.  They will not warp, crack, or rot like wood and will not dent or ding like steel doors.

Glass or full view doors provide that ultimate beauty which can dramatically improve your homes exterior when used in the right situations.

Copper and Stainless Steel doors are also available for the homeowner who want only the very best.

Beautiful Modern stainless steel garage door Top Quality 100% copper garage door