Homeowners have more design options to choose from now that we added a new design to our Classic Steel Collection.

The Sonoma Ranch panel design is offered on three models, the 9100, 9600 and 8300 and is a longer version of our popular Sonoma panel. The doors will be built with 18- and 19-inch section heights in addition to the 21- and 24-inch heights that are already offered, allowing for more retrofit size options. The Sonoma Ranch panel will be available in widths from 8 to 18 feet and sold in 6-inch increments with 1-inch increments sold via special order. All current colors will be available with the new design, including the bi-directional wood grain finishes available on the Model 8300.

The new Sonoma Ranch design will give homeowners the opportunity to complement their personal taste and allow for their garage doors to stand out in their neighborhood.


The line drawing of the new Sonoma Ranch design!

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New Manufacturing Line Reduces Lead Time For Wayne Dalton Dealers

Thanks to a new discontinuous manufacturing line at the Mount Hope, Ohio plant, Wayne Dalton dealers can provide shorter lead times to their customers. This production line makes doors section by section, allowing for efficient manufacturing and flexible production.




The discontinuous line is available on several popular models of Wayne Dalton garage doors, including Models 9700, 9800, 9100 and 9600, and reducing the lead times for these models significantly.

As a result of the new manufacturing line, Wayne Dalton dealers can expect to have their doors much faster. The goal is to provide faster lead times and strengthen Wayne Dalton’s position as industry leaders.

Dealers, have you noticed an improvement in your lead times? Comment and tell us your thoughts on the new discontinuous manufacturing line!

A 91 Year Old Man Backs an SUV Through a Garage Door, but Has a Giant Smile on His Face | (VIDEO)

It’s early in the morning and the sun hasn’t quite risen yet. You’ve only taken a couple sips of your coffee so you’re walking sluggishly to your car. You get in and turn the key, put the car in reverse and hit the gas, Wham! Your coffee spills all over and you’re now fully awake. As you come to your senses, you realize you’ve just backed into your garage door.

This occurrence happens more often than you think. It certainly isn’t an uncommon issue, many garage door dealers get calls just like this all the time from homeowners who say they have driven or backed into their garage door.

For most people, driving into a garage door just means a call to their local garage door dealer for repair or replacement, but for Walter Thomas, a 91-year-old from Woodstock, Illinois, backing into a closed garage door was a life-long dream.

On May 31, a 91-year-old man got to cross off the first and last thing on his bucket list, backing through a garage door.


You may not have a smile on your face like Walter Thomas did the next time you drive or back into a garage door, but you certainly can have the ease in knowing that there is a professional near you to assist you in the repair or replacement of your door.

Why should you call a garage door professional to repair your garage door?

Since garage doors are usually the heaviest and largest moving object in the home and includes a lot of dangerous parts like high-tension springs, it’s important to contact an expert who has experience with service, repair and installation of garage door systems.

If you ever find yourself in this situation but backing into a garage door wasn’t on your bucket list (or the first thing on your bucket list), you can find a garage door professional on Wayne Dalton’s dealer locator.


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In April, exhibitors from around the globe met up in Indianapolis at the IDA Expo, the premier educational venue for those who derive their living from the door and access systems industry. This is an attendee’s one-stop-shop to display the latest in products and services.

Door companies come from as far away as the Russian Federation and Australia to attend IDA. We asked Patrick Duffy, vice president, dealer sales for Wayne Dalton, to share his thoughts about the expo and what to expect from Wayne Dalton in 2015.


Pat Duffy talks to us about his experience at IDA in April

 Q: Why is it important that Wayne Dalton attends IDA?

A: As an industry leading manufacturer, it is important for us to continue to showcase all of the products we have as well as the new concepts we are working on, which establishes us as industry leaders.

Q: What was new in the WD booth this year?

A: Wayne Dalton continued to stress its advancements in both the residential and commercial segments.  For the residential offering we showcased our newly revised Model 9405 Carriage House garage door and discussed the revolutionary new state-of-the-art TruChoice Color System for custom painting of select models we’ll be introducing soon.  That concept has received a tremendous amount of attention.

For commercial products we introduced our new High Performance ADV line for rolling products.  This new product has been exceptionally well received in the market for its ability to address a high traffic solution with a very competitive price.

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Some of the products we had on display in the Wayne Dalton booth at the IDA Expo

Q: What was your favorite part of the Expo?

A: Catching up with friends and competitors and seeing all that is taking place within the industry!

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The Wayne Dalton team at IDA!

Q: Can you talk about upcoming trends in the industry?

A: We are seeing the need for great diversification of residential products.  Colors, panel designs, model styles and energy efficiencies, are all things we have been developing to help with consumer needs.  Standard white raised panel is rapidly being replaced by a wide array of available options.

Were you at the IDA Expo in Indianapolis? Or will we see you next year when the expo heads to Las Vegas? Comment below and tell us!


Wayne Dalton has earned the distinction of being the industry’s most used brand in the past two years, as determined by Builder Magazine’s 2015 Builder Brand Use Study.

Now in its 20th year, Builder Magazine’s Builder Brand Use study is a survey of the nation’s largest homebuilders. It asks participants to rank garage door brands in a variety of categories and this year, Wayne Dalton took the top honor in brand most used in the past two years.


The results of the 2015 Brand Use Study were announced in Builder Magazine’s April Buyer’s Guide issue. The publication is distributed to more than 10,800 builders across the nation. The study measures 83 different product categories ranging from appliances to windows.

For all of us at Wayne Dalton, we are honored to be the most used brand in the garage door industry for everyone including homebuyers, remodelers and architects. Builder Magazine readers recognized our commitment to producing high quality, garage door solutions, as well as providing innovative products and excellent partnerships for our dealers and this only reinforces our promise to our customers.

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Carriage House Steel Collection Expands with the Model 9405

If you are looking to update your garage this spring, look no further than the Wayne Dalton Carriage House Steel Garage Door Collection. With new colors and designs, the Carriage House Model 9405 is a great option for homeowners nationwide.

The Carriage House Steel Collection features doors designed to showcase the look and feel of old world charm with modern-day materials. The Model 9405 Carriage House door comes with a painted, galvanized steel backer, increasing the strength of the door and preventing thermal cupping in extreme weather.

Homeowners looking to replace or upgrade their garage doors will love the added protection and value of the steel backer paired with the look of our popular Carriage House Collection doors all at an affordable price. The Model 9405 is also an excellent option for builders, as the galvanized steel backing provides extra protection during the construction process.

For homeowners or builders looking to make an impact on a home’s curb appeal, the Model 9405 Carriage House garage door will have expanded color options as well, including stained and two-toned paint finishes. Partnering the new design with a variety of window and decorative hardware options creates a custom look specific to homeowners’ tastes and styles. With the launch of the Model 9405, the Model 9400 will be retired.


These new additions make the Carriage House Steel Collection an optimal choice for homeowners to consider when building or updating the garage.

If the Carriage House Model 9405 is ideal for your home, you can find more information by visiting the Carriage House Steel Collection page on our website, or by contacting your local Wayne Dalton dealer.

What do you think of the new Model 9405? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Garage Doors Deliver High Return on Investment

Remodelers and contractors looking for home improvement projects with a high return on investment (ROI) can continue to be confident in their decision to recommend a new or upgraded garage door. This year’s Remodeling magazine Cost vs. Value survey placed garage doors among the top choices in home remodel and upgrades once again.

The annual survey highlights an upgraded garage door as a great endeavor that recoups homeowners’ investment. This year, the survey found that installing a mid-range or upscale garage door results in an 88.4 and 82.5 percent return on investment, respectively.

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(A new or remodeled garage door enhances curb appeal and adds to the value of a home.)


A new garage door should not only be visually appealing and provide maximum curb appeal, but also be the perfect fit for a home or business. For homeowners looking to sell in the near future, having a high ROI on large home improvement projects is very important. Have you found that homeowners are upgrading garage doors? What model has been most successful for you? Comment and let us know!

The Cost vs. Value report is conducted in partnership with the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Hanley Wood, publisher of Remodeling magazine, asks NAR members nationwide to evaluate a variety of home remodeling jobs and then project the ROI homeowners could expect to receive when they sell their homes. The study, available at, details both the national average value returned for common renovation projects, as well as the expected ROI in nine U.S. regions and 101 U.S. cities. For access to detailed renovation data on the go, an iPhone app is also available through the Apple iTunes store.

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