Door Styles, Colors and Options Growing This Summer at Wayne Dalton

This time of year Wayne Dalton dealers are seeing more walk-ins, taking more phone calls and answering more emails from residential customers who are looking to upgrade their doors and boost curb appeal. Lucky for both dealers and their customers, there are more residential garage door options from Wayne Dalton than ever to choose from.

If you’re a Wayne Dalton dealer, you know that one of the best reasons for working with us is because of the wealth of quality options that we make available. For example, in the wood door category alone, Wayne Dalton dealers have the ability to offer a choice of wood species and cuts that include Hemlock, Cedar, Western Red Cedar, Mahogany, Plywood, Smooth Hardboard and Rough Sawn Hardboard, all of which can be custom stained or painted. Customers can also choose to add any number of window and decorative hardware options. In fact, our Wood Door Series 7000 includes so many great options that we recently produced a selection guide for the series designed to help dealers order the perfect wood door for their customer.

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The Wayne Dalton Classic Steel Garage Door 8300 line is also expanding. We’ve added the color black as a new option, which means that customers can now choose among five different colors (white, almond, taupe, brown and black) or two textured wood grain finishes (golden oak and walnut). While the new black color shouldn’t be used in regions that experience extreme heat, it’s a sharp option that we believe many customers will be choosing.

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We’ve also added new window insert options to our lineup, all designed with thinner mullions and less flange material around perimeter edges to provide more light. The new inserts feature about 33 percent less plastic, which allows for better light transmittance and larger light appearance. The new inserts are compatible for the Ranch Inserts for 9100, 9600, 8300, 8500 and 8000/8100/8200 Series Long Frame option. For more information on the inserts, read our recent product information bulletin.

What do you think of our new options? Leave a reply below to let us and your fellow Wayne Dalton dealers know.

It’s Not Too Late to Turn an Xtreme Door Makeover into a Trip to the Biggest Game in Baseball!

Wayne Dalton dealers are some of the busiest, most time-crunched people we know. After all, most are small-business owners who spend their days juggling garage door installations, managing payroll, ordering product and tracking down delinquent customers. And that’s on a slow day.

Because our Wayne Dalton dealers almost never get a chance to do something nice for themselves, we want to do something nice for them – send them to the biggest game in baseball! If you’re a Wayne Dalton dealer, all you need to do is send us some photos.

The winning before and after photos from the 2013 Xtreme Door Makeover Contest!

The winning before and after photos from the 2013 Xtreme Door Makeover Contest!

The deadline for Wayne Dalton dealers to enter the Xtreme Door Makeover Photo Contest has been extended one month, until the end of July 2014. Now in its third year, the contest is bigger and better than ever. Just like before, we’re encouraging our dealers to share before-and-after pictures of their favorite Wayne Dalton residential garage door replacement installations since January 2013, but this year, there is a twist. Instead of contest entries being judged by those of us in the Wayne Dalton offices, we’re bringing in ringers to determine the 2014 winners – curb appeal experts Jonathan and Drew Scott from HGTV’s Property Brothers. Having spent years helping homeowners determine the best way to fix up outdated, ugly properties, we could think of no two people better-suited to determine which garage door replacement made a bigger impact on a home’s curb appeal.

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The judges of the 2014 Xtreme Door Home Makeover.

For the winner, this year’s grand prize is a home run – two tickets to game four of baseball’s Fall Classic, plus hotel and air-travel accommodations along with a $1,500 travel voucher for expenses. Two runners-up will each receive $1,000 gift cards. Contest entries will be accepted until July 31, 2014.

The contest is open to all Wayne Dalton dealers. If you would like to enter, you must complete an entry form and submit before-and-after photos of your best work via http://www.XtremeDoorMakeover.com. A total of 20 finalists will be chosen based on the most votes from members of Wayne Dalton, its dealers and Facebook followers. The grand prize and second and third place winners will be chosen by the Scott brothers and will be revealed the week of September 1, 2014. For full details, including contest rules, visit http://www.XtremeDoorMakover.com.

Before it’s too late, make sure you take the time to reward yourself and take great pictures that show how your garage door installations have improved your customer’s curb appeal, and you could receive a prize pack to attend the biggest baseball series in the world.

We know you’re busy, but you deserve to take a moment to enter. Do it today!

Reconnecting with Our Industry

The 2014 IDAExpo, held in late April in Las Vegas, was another great industry event where garage door distributors and dealers from across the country had a chance to meet one another and learn how to make their businesses more successful. For those who didn’t have a chance to attend this year’s expo, Patrick J. Duffy, our East Coast Director, agreed to answer some questions about the event.

What were your impressions of the 2014 IDAExpo?
This year’s event was a great success. The IDAExpo always provides a unique opportunity to meet directly with suppliers, which is hard to find at any other event. The event also provides a chance to understand the latest trends and developments, and dealers can benefit from the numerous seminars that IDA conducts. We enjoy attending the event annually and spending time with our dealers, and we hope to see more of them in attendance at future IDAExpos.

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Wayne Dalton at the 2014 IDA Expo.

What was the general topic of conversation at the show this year?                 Conversations this year generally surrounded both the housing recovery and harsh winter climates. After an unusually hard winter across the United States, many dealers were focused on how a quality garage door can help in extreme temperatures. Also, the cold weather and snow caused some issues and prevented work from being done, so learning from this winter to prepare for future years was our main take-away. Many homeowners are increasing their home value by replacing garage doors, and this aspect of the housing recovery also increases curb appeal for homes.

What was the highlight of this year’s Wayne Dalton booth?                                       The arched top Fiberglass Model 9800 Sonoma and the insulated Aluminum Garage Door 8800 were talked about a lot at the event. We were also very excited to showcase our new 3” commercial section door, the Thermomark™ 530 Section Steel Door, which gained a lot of attention. The push up FireStar® Fire Doors and the Rolling Grill Model 600, featuring the Emergency Egress option, were also big hits with those at the IDAExpo.

Dirk Leachman, David Holdsworth, Charlie Dalton and Bob Rounds think Wayne Dalton is number one!

Dirk Leachman, David Holdsworth, Charlie Dalton and Bob Rounds think Wayne Dalton is number one!

Were there any notable product trends or innovations at the show this year? Carriage house Steel products continue to be the trend, as homeowners are looking to upgrade from the basic traditional doors of the past.  Wayne Dalton offers the Carriage House Steel Door Collection, which provides the old-style carriage garage door appearance but operates in the traditional upward acting manner . The line is very deep and offers an abundance of design style and options from which to choose.

Next year’s show, IDAExpo 2015, will be held in mid-April in Indianapolis. We hope to see you there!

Did you attend this year’s show or are you planning to attend next year’s? Fill us in by leaving a comment below.

Helping Customers Make Their Homes Safe for Hurricane Season

Coastal region Wayne Dalton dealers: You’re likely well aware that June marks the start of hurricane season, but are you familiar with the many Wayne Dalton products available to help keep homeowners and their properties safe?

Reminding your customers about the importance of proper hurricane and high-wind protection, and the Wayne Dalton products available to help them secure their properties, is a smart business practice this time of year. That’s because during hurricanes and tropical storms, pressure or high winds can cause doors to collapse or detach from their tracks. As experts, you are in a great position to explain how doors can fail if not properly reinforced. If that happens, damaging winds can enter a structure, blowing out doors, windows, walls and the roof. Couple this with exterior debris, such as signs, roofing materials and siding, and those inside could be subject to injuries or worse.

Despite what your customers might think, protecting their home with wind load-rated doors doesn’t have to mean a compromise on choice or attractiveness. Most Wayne Dalton residential garage door lines come with options or reinforcements designed to meet coastal-region building codes, and you’ll recognize them because they carry the WindSafe® logo.

ImageWayne Dalton manufactures its WindSafe® garage doors with features such as high-grade carbon steel hinges for increased stability, heavy duty jam brackets that secure door tracks to the door frame and commercial-grade U-bars on the doors which provide horizontal stability. Tests show that Wayne Dalton doors that carry the Impact logo for impact resistance are able to stop the direct impact of a nine pound, 2×4 board at 50 feet per second. Meanwhile, nearly all Wayne Dalton Classic Steel, Carriage House Steel, Designer Fiberglass, and Specialty Vinyl garage doors can be ordered with wind load options. This means that doors which carry the WindSafe® logo comply with various approval agencies, including: the Florida Building Code, TDI (Texas Department of Insurance) and Miami-Dade County (FL).

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Wayne Dalton also manufactures Fabric-Shield storm panels, a highly-effective alternative to steel or aluminum hurricane panels. These PVC-coated woven fabric panels are tested to block wind, rain and storm-driven projectiles. Yet Fabric-Shield panels are easy to handle and allow natural light to enter. Fabric-Shield panels are easily deployed in the event of a hurricane or high-wind event, easily stored and perform better than plywood coverings and steel or aluminum shutters. For more information about Wayne Dalton Fabric-Shield storm panels, direct your customers to the Fabric-Shield page on our website.

Do you or your customers need more information about Wayne Dalton storm protection options? If so, visit our Wind Load and Impact Rated Garage Doors page on our website.

Wayne Dalton Dealers Can Turn an Xtreme Door Makeover into a Trip to the Biggest Game in Baseball!

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After one of the longest and coldest winters in recent memory, the spring season is finally here!

At Wayne Dalton, we have many reasons to love spring, but our two favorites have to be the return of baseball and the increase in phone calls from homeowners looking to improve curb appeal by replacing their garage doors. In honor of our two favorites, we decided to combine them into this year’s annual Xtreme Door Makeover Photo Contest.

Now in its third year, the contest is bigger and better than ever. Just like before, we’re encouraging you, our dealers, to share before-and-after pictures of your favorite Wayne Dalton residential garage door replacement installations since January 2013, but this year, there is a twist. Instead of contest entries being judged by those of us in the Wayne Dalton offices, we’re bringing in ringers to determine the 2014 contest winners – curb appeal experts Jonathan and Drew Scott from HGTV’s Property Brothers. Having spent years helping homeowners determine the best way to fix-up outdated, ugly properties, we could think of no two people better-suited to determine which garage door replacement made a bigger impact on a home’s curb appeal.

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For the winner, this year’s grand prize is a home run! The grand prize includes two tickets to game four of baseball’s Fall Classic, plus hotel and air-travel accommodations along with a $1,500 travel voucher for expenses. Two runners-up will each receive $1,000 gift cards. Contest entries will be accepted from April 25 through June 30, 2014.

The contest is open to all Wayne Dalton dealers. If you would like to enter, you must complete an entry form and submit before-and-after photos of your best work via www.XtremeDoorMakeover.com. Twenty finalists will be chosen based on the most votes from members of Wayne Dalton, its dealers and Facebook followers. The grand prize, second and third place winners will be chosen by the Scott brothers and will be revealed the week of July 14, 2014. For full details, including contest rules, visit www.XtremeDoorMakover.com.

So hit the field and take great pictures that show how your garage door installations have improved your customer’s curb appeal, and you could receive a prize pack to attend the biggest baseball series in the world.

Good Luck!

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2013 Xtreme Door Makeover grand prize entry from Dan Madsen, Jr., Dutchess Overhead Door in Poughkeepsie, New York.

1st Quarter Homebuilding – A Mixed Bag

As one of the homebuilding industry’s leading providers of garage doors, we keep a close eye on national homebuilding trends and statistics. Almost three months into the year, here are a few trends on the kind of building taking place, the pace of building and mortgage rates that help to explain the performance of homebuilding in the first quarter of 2014:  

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  1. Multi-family construction: The Wall Street Journal reported on March 9 that the share of new homes being built as rental apartments is at its highest level in decades. One of the biggest reasons for this, the paper reports, is that job prospects are improving for Millennials. This is allowing them to leave Mom and Dad’s nest or move out of shared homes into their own apartments. At the same time, lending standards are still tight, which is keeping this generation renting instead of buying. In addition, Baby Boomers are downsizing into smaller digs, which leads the paper to predict that there is going to be a greater emphasis on multi-family building for some time to come.
  1. Long cold winter begets slow first quarter: It used to be that only those who live north of the Mason-Dixon line had cause to complain about the weather in the winter – not so this year. Winter storm after winter storm slammed much of the Eastern half of the United States this year, even distributing snow and ice as far south as Atlanta. That cold weather has had an impact on homebuilding, particularly in the Northeast and Midwest. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, building permits in January were down a seasonally adjusted 5.4 percent from the month before, but they were still up 2.4 percent compared to January 2013. It was the same story in November and December, too, with building permits declining month-to-month but still improved over the year-ago periods. In the next few months we should learn if these declines are weather-related or the continuation of a trend.

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  1. Mortgage rates grow … slightly: March 13th saw the release of news from Freddie Mac that mortgage rates climbed to 4.37 percent for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage from 4.28 percent just a week earlier. For 15-year mortgages, the fixed rate moved up to 3.38 percent from 3.32 percent. The mortgage giant’s chief economist noted that the increase was due to a jobs picture that continues to improve.

“Mortgage rates edged up amid a week of light economic reports. Of the few releases, the economy added 175,000 jobs in February, which was above the market consensus forecast and followed an upward revision of 25,000 jobs for the prior two months,” said Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist, Freddie Mac. “Meanwhile, the unemployment rate nudged up to 6.7 percent, the first rate increase in over a year.”

What is homebuilding looking like in your region? Is it picking up, slowing down or remaining steady? Leave a reply below to let us and your fellow Wayne Dalton dealers know what conditions are like in your region.

 

Wayne Dalton Garage Doors: the Builder’s Choice

If you’re a Wayne Dalton dealer, it’s likely that one of your best customers is a local homebuilder. But if you don’t have a homebuilder in your customer database, you’re potentially missing out on a great source of revenue, especially considering that Wayne Dalton garage doors are built to be the garage door of choice for the home building industry.

Since our founding in 1954, Wayne Dalton has become known as a company that doesn’t just meet standards, but sets them for the entire industry. For example, Wayne Dalton invented pinch-resistant door panels, which help prevent homeowners from accidentally getting fingers caught between the sections of a closing door. Wayne Dalton also invented the TorqueMaster® Plus, a system that safely and cleanly contains garage door counterbalance springs inside a steel tube and results in faster installs because the springs are wound with a drill.

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Wayne Dalton pinch-resistant door panels

 

 

 

 

 

In the last year alone, Wayne Dalton introduced a new carriage house-style Model 6600 steel garage door, a new bi-directional wood grain finish on the Model 8300 Sonoma panel design, as well as the addition of the Sonoma panel design to the Model 8700 Specialty Vinyl line and the Classic Steel 8000, 8100 and 8200 models. These new additions increased an already extensive selection of residential doors – available in wood, classic steel, aluminum, fiberglass and vinyl – that will complement virtually any architectural style a builder takes on.

Here’s something else to keep in mind: our constant innovation and new product introductions are recognized year-after-year throughout the industry. For example, last year we were proud to have won first place in the Best Residential Doors category of Professional Door Dealer’s 2013 Best of Business poll. This came on the heels of winning a Silver Innovation Award in the garage door category from Home Builder Executive magazine in 2012.

These awards mean that as Wayne Dalton develops innovative products, the building industry takes notice! It’s also why many of our dealers tell us that from the smaller production home builder to the custom builder, Wayne Dalton is their choice for garage doors. The builders in your area should be making that choice too.

Do you have an experience with local builders choosing Wayne Dalton garage doors? Leave a response below and let us know.