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.)

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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 www.costvsvalue.com, 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.

To learn more about Wayne Dalton’s Wood Door Collection, visit www.Wayne-Dalton.com, like Wayne Dalton on Facebook or follow Wayne Dalton on Twitter and Google Plus.

Builder Bright Spots for 2015

The Forecast Issue of Builder Magazine, the magazine of the National Association of Homebuilders, scours the housing recovery’s healthiest markets and gives an in-depth look at what’s working, where and why.

Florida markets take four of the top ten spots on the list. The Villages, a legendary retirement community in central Florida, shows an extremely favorable outlook for demand and market conditions. The number two market, Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford is also poised for rapid growth amid an improving job market. Other markets that are showing the most promise for home builders include Raleigh, North Carolina; Austin, Texas; and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Photo courtesy of Builder Magazine, Nov. 2014 issue.

Photo courtesy of Builder Magazine, Nov. 2014 issue.

Positive home sales growth follows sunshine around the United States. Houston leads the pack in  the market in high new-home sales. Riverside, California is experiencing a comeback and Dallas doesn’t look to be slowing down. Jobs and interest rates are key factors in a booming or burgeoning market.

Another interesting demographic showing strong demand is the 55+ market. Every 15 seconds, a person turns 55 years old according to Builder, making the demand for retirement housing rise and relocation sales surge. For our customers looking to purchase a single-family home, Houston again takes the top slot in markets where builders can secure labor, land and raw materials to start new projects.

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Wayne Dalton dealers in these peak markets should take advantage of homebuilding and remodeling opportunities, allowing for growth in their businesses. Check out the Forecast Issue of Builder Magazine to see if your market made it on one of the top lists.

What are you seeing in your markets? Comment below and tell us!

To learn more about Wayne Dalton’s Wood Door Collection, visit www.Wayne-Dalton.com, like Wayne Dalton on Facebook or follow Wayne Dalton on Twitter and Google Plus.

Wayne Dalton’s New Architect Resource Center

As many Wayne Dalton dealers who have spent time around architects can tell you, product specifying is typically the least satisfying part of an architect’s job. Why? Because it takes a long time and is billed out at a lower rate than design work.

In an effort to lend architects a helping hand, Wayne Dalton has created a new online tool to help them move through the specification process more quickly: the Architect Resource Center.

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The Architect Resource Center offers technical and resource materials to support any commercial or industrial project. With the tool, architects, designers and product specifiers can easily find specifications, drawings, brochures, warranties and manuals for the Wayne Dalton rolling steel or commercial sectional door that is ideal for their project.  Not only that, but it provides the ability to pick and choose the information they need and easily download it all into one combined pdf document. Within the Architect Resource Center, Wayne Dalton also has an Architect Support Line where building professionals can find the support they need and answers to more detailed questions.

To utilize the Wayne Dalton Architect Resource Center or to learn more about the many residential and commercial garage door products Wayne Dalton offers, visit the Commercial Doors page at www.Wayne-Dalton.com.

If you’ve utilized the tool in project specification, we’d love to hear from you! Leave us a note in the comment section below.

Custom Wayne Dalton Garage Door Comes to Life on “How It’s Made”

Ever wonder how a custom garage door is crafted? Tune into “How It’s Made” on Dec. 19 to see it happen! Earlier this year, Science Channel fan favorite show “How It’s Made” sent a camera crew to Wayne Dalton’s manufacturing facility in Mt. Hope, Ohio, to showcase the making of a popular household item – the garage door. Camera crews spent 12 hours filming the unique process that goes into the making of hand-crafted wood garage doors.

We told you in our blog in August that we would let you know when you can catch the episode on TV. Now, Science Channel viewers can watch the doors come to life from start to finish on Friday, December 19, at 9:00 p.m. EST.

Despite all of the new materials and technology introduced every day, there is something about a hand-crafted wood garage door that takes the curb appeal of your home to the next level.  Wayne Dalton is proud to demonstrate the unique qualities that set them apart from other garage door manufacturers.

The segment highlights the artisan process from beginning to end. Everything from building the core to customization of the door to final inspection will be covered. One highlight of the episode will be watching the swift precision with which skilled craftsmen cut and insert glass windows by hand.

If you would like to watch this episode of “How It’s Made,” check your local listings or visit www.sciencechannel.com.

What did you learn about the making of a garage door when you watched the Wayne Dalton “How It’s Made” episode? Comment below and share your thoughts!

To learn more about Wayne Dalton’s Wood Door Collection, visit www.Wayne-Dalton.com, like Wayne Dalton on Facebook or follow Wayne Dalton on Twitter and Google Plus.

Property Brothers and Wayne Dalton Team Up for HGTV Thanksgiving Special

You may remember the Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott, as the guest judges from our Xtreme Door Makeover contest earlier this year. The Scott brothers were so inspired by the before and after transformations our dealers submitted that they decided to enhance the curb appeal of their home in Las Vegas with beautiful custom wood garage doors. Jonathan and Drew were in the midst of documenting the renovation of their own home for their upcoming mini-series on HGTV and asked Wayne Dalton to manufacture their doors!

You’ll be able to watch The Property Brothers transform their home in Sin City during a four-part mini-series on HGTV called The Property Brothers at Home, and the first episode airs this week on Wednesday, November 26, at 9:00 p.m. ET. Take a break from your Thanksgiving prep and tune in!

The four episodes of The Property Brothers at Home will be:

  1. Main House (where Wayne Dalton provided the garage doors, custom wood Model 7103)
  2. Pool and Pool Bar, which, of course, include the Splashtacular slide, seating areas and dining area.
  3. Fun Zone: Movie Theater, Basketball Half Court, Putting Green, interior Games Room and Pool Table, Doggie Park and exterior Poker Room.
  4. Guest House (where Wayne Dalton provided a single-car garage door, custom wood Model 7103)

The Property Brothers have gained popularity on HGTV with their regular TV show by helping couples find, buy and transform extreme fixer-uppers into the ultimate dream home. Now, the tables have turned and they are the ones fixing their home!

The New York Times and People.com featured glimpses into this four-part series. Can you spot the Wayne Dalton garage doors? We’ve got the exclusive first look here:

Photo courtesy of New York Times.

Photo courtesy of New York Times.

Do you watch the Property Brothers to get ideas on how to renovate your home? Comment below and let us know!

Danville, Virginia, Fire Department Tasks Wayne Dalton with Out-of-the-Box Project

Even in the 21st century, when you visit the town of Danville, Virginia, you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The residents of the quiet hamlet, founded in 1728, have been diligent in protecting the area against urban sprawl. So, when the Danville Fire Department put out a request for new doors for its fire house, it is understandable that many architects and garage door dealers balked at the main requirement: the doors had to reflect the historic feel of the town.

Wayne Dalton dealer Dougherty Equipment in Greensboro, North Carolina, was up to the challenge. Together with architects J.C. Nichols and Stewart Cooper Newell, they created a one-of-a-kind external appearance for the fire department using a unique design that combined a Thermomark® Model 5200 commercial sectional door with a residential Model 6600 carriage house steel door to blend residential aesthetics with commercial integrity and performance.

The team maintained the historic integrity of the community and achieved a unique look on all five fire house doors by adding a residential-style overlay (Model 6600) to the base commercial door (Model 5200). Since Danville is a city with a rich history, it was imperative that the doors blend in with the architect’s vision, and the project required city and historical approvals to proceed.

Easy was not one of the words used to describe the several changes and adaptations throughout the project. Dougherty Equipment came up with the drawing and concept, which was then sent to the Wayne Dalton product engineer department for analysis and approval.  The challenge to create something this unique was intriguing to the team, and Wayne Dalton worked with Dougherty Equipment, which in turn worked with the architects, who had to coordinate with the fire department and the town of Danville through several revisions on sizes, designs and configurations to complete the project on time.

Wayne Dalton was the only manufacturer that took on the challenge of designing and building the doors. Several other manufacturers said that they could not take on a special “designer” project like this one, but our dealers knew that with the right partners, they could create something spectacular.

New doors for the Danville, Virginia Fire Department.

New doors for the Danville, Virginia Fire Department.

The historic Danville Fire Department.

The historic Danville Fire Department.

What out-of-the-box requests has your dealership received? Tell us about them in the comments below!

Wayne Dalton Celebrates 60 Years!

Throughout the month of October, Wayne Dalton employees around the country will celebrate a huge milestone, our 60th anniversary.

Group at Mt. Hope plant celebrates together.

Group at Mt. Hope plant celebrates together.

We wanted to share a letter from Kelly Terry, ASD Division President, which went out to our employees today:

The year was 1954. Elvis Presley had just broken onto the music scene, a gallon of gasoline was 20 cents, and “From Here to Eternity” won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

At the same time, in the quiet community of Mount Hope, Ohio, an Amish woodshop was positioned to grow into the business that it is today ­­– Wayne Dalton, the brand that is dedicated to the success of our dealer partners.

Today, Wayne Dalton is an industry leading brand that is supported by over 2,000 team members in more than 65 locations in the United States and Canada. Though much has changed since the ’50s, the Wayne Dalton promise and commitment to our customers remain the same.

Wayne Dalton has been both resilient and responsive to the changing times. But, at the end of the day, a brand is only as strong as the company and team members behind it. So all the Wayne Dalton celebrations at our locations this month are as much about you as they are this historic milestone.

As we celebrate Wayne Dalton’s 60th anniversary this year, I want you to take a moment to reflect back on how far we’ve come. While you might not be able to see a movie for 70 cents or buy a new car for $2,000 anymore, one thing remains true – the commitment the Wayne Dalton team has to supporting our dealers with innovation, as well as outstanding products and service.

Thank you for all you’ve done to support the Wayne Dalton brand and our customers.  I look forward to celebrating many more milestones together.

Congratulations,

Kelley Terry

Kelly Terry
ASD Division President

Below is a schedule of Wayne Dalton 60th Anniversary celebrations — look for one in your area!  Or, you can also join in the celebration by using #60YearsofWayneDalton on social media.

Mt. Hope, OH 10/14/2014
Dalton, OH 10/7/2014
Trail, OH 10/7/2014
Conneaut, OH 10/15/2014
Portland, OR 10/21/2014
Lewisville, TX 10/15/2014
Centralia, WA 10/22/2014
Pensacola, FL 10/22/2014

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