A Perfect Trinity of Aesthetics, Function, & Energy Efficiency
With Deseco Hybrid Garage Doors, the garage becomes an opportunity to simultaneously look stunning, insulate well, and optimize space. Deseco was born of owner George Darcy’s innovation in meeting these demands in his own home. “I loved the idea of having a home gym in my garage, but that is out of the question with a metal hollow door or a solid wood door. Solid wood doors are beautiful, but they are freezing in cold climates,” shares Darcy. Darcy’s background in design and product development, along with access to scrap materials from his other business, offered him the opportunity to experiment with the prototypes that now clad his own garage. With over 20 years of woodworking experience, business partner Ryan Oar adds quality craftsmanship that is intrinsic to every door that Deseco produces. “Ryan’s attention to detail and quality is noticeable at first glance,” adds Darcy. Darcy and Oar hence partnered to create something new, a garage door that is super-
insulated and has the curb appeal of a beautiful wood door.
Deseco doors combine three essential elements for finely crafted beauty and performance. “Our doors are an engineered, light yet rigid, galvanized steel frame, with a highly insulative Polyiso core, and beautiful wood exterior and interior,” shares Darcy. “The Polyiso insulation has a higher R-value per inch than comparable insulation options, creating a warm door without adding weight or excessive thickness.” The doors are fabricated in panels at Deseco’s shop in Bend, with final installation on site. Recognizing the value added in a garage door that is both aesthetically pleasing and well insulated, they have emphasized streamlining the design on standard sizes while offering a variety of wood species and window options to replace existing prefabricated garage doors. The Deseco team also welcomes working with designers and architects to deliver fully custom designs and dimensions.
In Bend, where many homes have two- or three-bay garages, doors often occupy significant envelope space, so having thermally tight garage doors makes a big difference in the home’s energy demands. Darcy shares of his own residence, “We have three 9-foot by 9-foot garage doors with office space and bedrooms above that remain warm in winter and cool in summer without any additional insulation in the ceiling of the garage.” This level of efficiency has a long-lasting impact on the performance of the home, saving money and energy over its entire lifetime. Darcy is confident that heating and cooling savings from Deseco doors will be significant. “As soon as we have the quantity of doors installed, the numbers will roll in to support this efficiency, no question,” notes Darcy. For now, the subjective evidence is more than enough. “You can put your hand on the interior surface of the door in winter and it isn’t cool to the touch,” Darcy adds.
“Our doors are an engineered, light yet rigid, galvanized steel frame, with a highly insulative Polyiso core, and beautiful wood exterior and interior. The Polyiso insulation has a higher R-value per inch than comparable insulation options, creating a warm door without adding weight or excessive thickness.”
– George Darcy, Owner, Deseco Hybrid Garage Doors
Beyond the energy efficiency of performance, Deseco is mindful of the materials they use, taking care to minimize waste. Deseco works with a local wood sawyer to mill salvaged lumber from recent forest fires for use on doors when the design is appropriate. Further, Deseco builds and donates bird or duck houses built with the wood scraps. With environmental conservation close to George and his wife Bobbye’s hearts, the duck houses are a small gesture and reminder of the ecologically sound principles integrated throughout the process of Deseco’s design and construction.
Deseco also is in the works of designing a custom line of hardware to match the elevated function and aesthetic of their doors. “I love everything about the home, especially how you accessorize it. We used to have a home accessory business, producing lamps, tables, candles, and the like. Accessorizing the garage door is the perfect culmination of our interests and experience,” adds Darcy.
Deseco Hybrid Garage Doors eradicates the sacrifice of function for aesthetic in the Northwest. With an innovative mind suited to solving the challenge of function and aesthetic, George Darcy has done what no one has done before—created a garage door that is super-insulated, lightweight, beautiful, and conscious of its environment.