It’s Time for Commercial to Tackle Curb Appeal

When you think curb appeal, what do you think of? Most likely beautiful homes on the beach, or that perfectly manicured house on the corner of Main Street. It’s time to expand your view of curb appeal. What about your favorite brewery with the glass doors that raise to open up the space in the summer? Or that trendy store that has its merchandise on display even after the store closes for the night?

Curb appeal doesn’t have to (and shouldn’t) be just for residential spaces. Commercial locations that are capturing this idea see business success in areas with high foot traffic, a more interesting space for their customers and employees and increased functionality of their building. Garage doors can play a huge role in making this possible.

Aluminum Full-View Doors

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Full-View doors offer high visibility and light transmission as well as aesthetics. These doors are replacing windows in some areas, because they are just as easy to open and close and can be insulated. The Aluminum Full-View sectional doors are weather-resistant and virtually maintenance-free, making them ideal for commercial applications such as service stations, gyms or restaurants.

The glass on these doors can also be completely customizable including standard, plexiglass and tinted glass options.

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Security Shutters

Wayne Dalton recently introduced the Model 523 Security Shutter into our collection of commercial doors. This shutter was designed to be a perfect fit for almost any retail facility, especially in areas where street appeal is of particular importance.

Model 523 comes in four standard powder coat colors, 197 RAL powder coat colors and six wood grain finishes to adhere to almost any brand’s standards, and comes preassembled with an incredibly compact design to adhere to almost any space constraints.

This style of door is for those that want to showcase their space without sacrificing security, ideal for hospitals, offices, schools and other retail buildings.

What are some of your favorite places to see an aesthetically pleasing door? Comment below and tell us!

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Wayne Dalton Forges STRONG Partnership with NBC

A fitness competition like no other meets a garage door like no other. NBC’s newest show, STRONG will pair 10 contestants with 10 of the top fitness trainers in the nation. Wayne Dalton is proud to be the door of choice for STRONG’s fitness studio.

Gabrielle Reece, professional volleyball player and fitness expert, will host the 10-episode series. The Biggest Loser executive producer, Dave Broome, producing partner Kevin Templeton, Sylvester Stallone and well known American Ninja Warrior producer Holly Wofford have worked to make STRONG every viewer’s new favorite show.

Each week, viewers will watch two-person teams train together in a state-of-the-art facility, featuring our Model K-AL Full View Aluminum Door, to overcome intense physical challenges, but it goes beyond that. While on this show, contestants will work to reach their full potential on a number of levels, improving their minds as well as their bodies, turning insecurity into confidence, fear into hope and weakness into power. It means more than losing weight, it’s about getting strong. While the overall winners can take home a cash prize of up to $500,000, each contestant will walk away with something much more.


Model K-AL Full View Aluminum Door Installed on the Set


Trainers and Contestants Work Through Challenges

Not only are we excited to be a part of this next-generation health and wellness show, we’re pleased to share our own personal story of being #WDSTRONG. For over 60 years Wayne Dalton and its dealers have continued to share innovative doors and designs with our customers. We knew that STRONG’s modern, state-of-the-art training and living facility needed a commercial door that could match the strength shown by the show’s participants and trainers! The Model K-AL Full View Aluminum door allows for maximum light and visibility, perfect for facilities looking to boost their aesthetic appeal. Aluminum full-view doors are becoming increasingly popular as a means for attracting potential customers, and highlighting the beauty of any building or business.

This partnership is the start of a year-long initiative to highlight the strength and innovation of Wayne Dalton and its network of hard working dealers. Follow #WDSTRONG to learn more!

Tune in and watch their lives transform on NBC’s STRONG, which premiered 2 back-to-back episodes Wednesday, April 13 from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT, and moves to its regular time slot tonight on Thursday, April 14 at 8 p.m.

How are you #WDSTRONG? Comment below and tell us!

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Wayne Dalton’s #Garage101

An informed consumer is the best consumer. We want to make sure that if you’re in the market for a new garage door, you can go into the experience with knowledge that can help you make the best and most informed purchase decision for you. That’s why we started #Garage101.

If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook, you may have noticed our Monday #Garage101 updates. If this is your first time hearing about #Garage101, fear not because all of the information is in this blog for anything you may have missed!

#Garage101 Dictionary

Delta E: This is a measurement often used to represent the distance between colors. 1.0 Delta E is the smallest color difference the average human eye can see. Our TruChoice® Color System is the first garage customization system to offer matching within 1.0 Delta E of a provided paint sample.

Fenestration and Perforation: This option is featured on our Model 523 Security Shutter – which also happens to be one our most compact commercial designs to date! These two designs allow for retailers to have visibility even while the door is closed without sacrificing security! They are different types of open slats in the door so that potential customers can still see your merchandise.

Frequency Spectrum Range: Garage door openers operate between 300 – 400 MHz to prevent criminals from recording opening codes and replaying it to gain entry into your garage.

Galvanizing: This is a process of coating steel to prevent rusting. All of our steel garage doors are galvanized.

Garage Door Cycle: One cycle of a garage door goes from when it’s fully closed to fully open and then back again to fully closed.

Torsion springs: an important feature to any garage door – are rated by how many cycles they’re supposed to safely complete in their lifetime. Wayne Dalton doors have some of the safest springs in the business with TorqueMaster®, which contains the springs inside a steel tube, reducing the risk that regular torsion springs pose if they break.

Garage Door Overlays: Overlays are a trim like the kind seen in our Carriage House Collection . If you’re looking to add more curb appeal to your home, overlays help to add style! Our Model 6600 overlays come in wood grain or smooth finishes and the overlays on Models 9405 and 9700 are wood grain embossed steel.

Headroom: Make sure to pay attention to this important measurement when choosing your garage door. Headroom is the vertical clear space needed above the door opening, and below the lowest ceiling obstruction. This measurement must be taken to ensure proper installation and operation of the door and its hardware.

Insulation: This material is inside of your garage door and can reduce heat or cold transmission. Two popular types of insulation are foamed-in-place polyurethane (which provides greater thermal performance), and rigid panel polystyrene.

Lift Handle: In case your electric door opener fails it’s good to have a back-up plan for entry to your garage. A lift handle can be installed on the inside of the door so that you can open it manually if needed.

Photo Eyes: Also referred to as photo-electric sensors. This is a safety feature on a garage door system that will reverse the direction of the garage door if a person or object enters its path.

PVC: This vinyl coated polyester helps protect against wind, rain, and storm-driven projectiles. This lightweight and flexible material is used on our Fabric-Shield® Storm Panels.

R-Value: This measurement shows how effective a particular garage door’s insulation is. The higher the R-Value, the greater a door’s thermal efficiency. Our classic Steel Models 8300 and 8500 are our highest insulated residential garage doors, with R-Values of up to 16.22

Raised Panel Wood: These panels are made of ¾” thick real wood that is locked into place for your garage door. These raised wood panels can be found on our Classic Wood Model 314 and other wood doors.

Rolling Steel Door: These are metal slatted doors that roll up to store in a coil above the opening. These doors can often be found in commercial and industrial spaces.

Sectional Door: These doors are made of six to eight panels that slide up and overhead when the door opens. These doors are most common in residential applications, but can also be used in commercial spaces.

Tamper Resistant Bottom Bracket: These brackets help reduce the risk of possible injury from garage components under tension.

Tension Bridge: Own a garage door that measures up to 20 ft. wide? Make sure to use a tension bridge to support the door – this is especially important if you live in a high wind area or have your door open for more than eight hours at a time.

Vertical Lift: Commonly used in industrial applications, these doors are designed so that they lift straight up the wall above the door opening, rather than curving under the ceiling.

Weather Strip: This narrow strip of material covers the joint of a door or window to prevent cold. Feel a draft near your garage door? Inspect the weather strip for any tears or gaps!

Wind Load: This term, commonly used in the engineering field, helps to determine the effects that wind has on a structure. Our wind load-rated doors are reinforced to withstand high wind events including storms. This reinforcement prevents buckling and catastrophic door failure. Additionally, these doors are less prone to being damaged from debris and also protect the structural integrity of your home’s walls and roof!

Wood Garage Doors: Garage doors come in several different materials and wood doors have their own perks. Doors constructed of hemlock make for a superb painting surface and cedar is highly resistant to rot and insects, while mahogany has a tight, smooth grain that is naturally water resistant.

Bi-Directional Wood Grain Finish: This wood grain design is made to mimic real-wood finishes on some of our Classic Steel Collection garage doors. Mission Oak is an excellent example of a wood grain finish on Models 8300 and 8500.

What other topics would you be interested in reading about on our blog? Comment below and tell us!

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Wayne Dalton Lays Tracks in the Centennial State

Sarah Schram, brand manager for Wayne Dalton, recently made a trip to Colorado to visit Mountain Fox Garage Doors, one of our dealers. Sarah kept a journal during her trip and is our guest blogger this week! Learn about Mountain Fox Garage Doors and the special door they installed at a location that will leave you wondering how they did it!


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Colorado is one of my favorite places in the world.  The snow, the mountains and the crisp, clean air – It doesn’t get much better than that to me.  Last year, one of our southern Colorado dealers, Mountain Fox Garage Doors, installed a custom-fit door at Pike’s Peak Cog Railway.  Wanting to see the door and get some photos of our Wayne Dalton doors in an idyllic, snowy setting, I set out for Colorado and Mountain Fox Garage Doors.

Pike’s Peak is one of Colorado’s tallest mountains, a rocky behemoth rising up more than 14,000 feet. The Pike’s Peak Cog Railway transports mountain visitors up the entire 14,115-foot slope to the summit year-round. Opened in 1891, it is the highest cog railway in the world and visitors can see five states from its summit on a clear day.

Last year, the Railway started looking for a door solution for the barn that houses its rail cars.  This door presented an interesting challenge for Mountain Fox due to the incline of the mountain and that the barn sits on railroad tracks (naturally). They ultimately chose Wayne Dalton’s Model 800 Rolling Steel Door.


Curtis Fox, owner of Mountain Fox Garage Doors, hasn’t always worked in the door business.  He spent more than 15 years in Europe working in Investor Relations.  After deciding to come back to the states to raise his family, he had the opportunity to purchase a door business.  When the deal fell through, Fox decided to forge ahead into garage doors by starting his own company.  Thus, Mountain Fox Garage Doors was born in 2006. Fox credits Wayne Dalton as an instrumental partner in helping him become a “door guy” and start his company, through personalized training and great customer service. Always ready for a challenge, Fox did not shy away from the unique requirements of putting a door on railroad tracks on the side of a mountain, despite the creativity and increased time that it required.

Fox and Wayne Dalton worked to build a rolling steel door specially fit for this particular application. The end result is a custom fit door that allows the train operators to easily move a train in or out of the barn.

One of the best parts about working in this business is getting to meet distributors like Curtis, who go out of their way to provide one-of-a-kind, lasting solutions for their customers.  Where am I off to next? You’ll have to wait and see.


What is the most unique location you’ve installed a Wayne Dalton garage door? Comment below and tell us!

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New Thermotite™ Insulated Rolling Steel Door Model 800C Option Earns ICC-ES Building Product Listing

Dealers can now ensure building officials that Wayne Dalton’s Model 800C Thermotite insulated rolling steel door with the IECC Air Infiltration option added meets the requirements of consensus standards referenced in the I-Codes. The new option recently received a building product listing (ESL# 1017) from the ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES).


Thermotite Model 800C Rolling Steel Door

Building officials, architects, contractors, specifiers, designers and others utilize ICC-ES Building Product Listings to provide a basis for using or approving products in construction projects under the International Building Code. In order to earn this recognition, Model 800C with its IECC Air Infiltration option had to undergo a review of its product information, test reports, calculations, quality control methods and other factors to ensure that it met this highest quality of product review for the building department.

The IECC Air Infiltration option offers thermal efficiency via insulation and perimeter seals, minimizing the transference of temperature and air infiltration on one of Wayne Dalton’s most popular models. The option includes insulated guides, a dual brush guide seal, lintel seal and bottom astragal. Wayne Dalton is proud to continue to offer innovative products that meet the rigorous standards required by builders.

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The Garage Door Ranks Top Three for ROI on Home Remodeling Projects

Standing the test of time, the garage door is once again one of the best remodeling projects a homeowner, contractor or remodeler can invest in to obtain a major return on investment (ROI). For our dealers, this means there is an opportunity now more than ever to help people prepare for selling season, improve the curb appeal of their home and ultimately increase its overall value.

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Remodeling Magazine conducted their annual Cost vs. Value survey, which compares the average cost of a wide variety of popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale in housing markets across the country, and the results show that replacing or upgrading the garage door was among the top projects in retaining its value over time. In their 2016 survey the magazine found that installing a new mid-range garage door, which costs around $1,652, provides 91.5 percent ROI. For an upscale garage door replacement costing approximately $3,140, the ROI is 90.1 percent.

Beyond ROI, replacing the garage door can improve an aspect of the home that in some cases takes up 40 percent of its entire exterior, providing an immediate and dramatic enhancement to a home’s external appeal. And with homes, first impressions matter. A potential buyer’s perception of the home as they pull up to it can affect their perception of the entire house as they enter it, ultimately enhancing or hindering their desire to buy. Some of our dealers that work directly with realtors have experienced a home selling in one week after the garage door was upgraded, when it had originally been on the market for over 70 days.

Choosing a new garage door is more customizable than ever before, allowing homeowners to express themselves or make sure the garage matches the rest of their home. With options like TruChoice, Carriage House Garage Doors and custom Wood Garage Doors, dealers are sure to be able to find a Wayne Dalton door that meets the needs of their customer’s next home improvement project.


Carriage House Steel Collection Model 9700

What other tips do you have for homeowners looking to increase the value of their home? Have you experienced success by replacing the garage door? 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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The Night Before Christmas at Wayne Dalton

Adapted from “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore

*Written from the perspective of a WD Dealer*

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, at WD

Not a creature was stirring – the doors were locked carefully.

The front yards were decorated by homeowners with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas, at their house would stare.

The architects were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of grand designs danced in their heads.

The inventory all counted, as I closed up my store,

I just had to finish one last little chore.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from my office to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Threw open the Security Shutter and undid the sash.

The moon on the crest of the new-fallen snow,

Gave the luster of mid-day to the objects below.

When what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.

More rapid than Advanced Rolling Doors his reindeer they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now, R-Value! Now, Wind Load! Now, Wood Grain and Steel!

On, Security! On, Safety! On, Innovation and Retail!

To the top of the garage! To the top of the wall!

Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As TorqueMaster® spring systems are poised to fly,

When they meet with an opener, send doors toward the sky.

So up to the store-top the reindeer they flew,

With the sleigh full of products, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof

The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my head, and was turning around,

Through the front door St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.

A bundle of garage doors he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose a shade of TruChoice cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a roller,

And the beard of his chin was white like bears in the polar.

The bag of doors he held like they weighed nothing at all,

A testament to how easy they were to install!

He had a broad face and a little round belly,

That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,

And filled my dealership, then turned with a jerk.

For just like Wayne Dalton he’d been in the business a long time,

But innovation and cheer had kept him at his prime!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

Happy Holidays from Wayne Dalton! For more information on Wayne Dalton commercial garage doors, or to find a Wayne Dalton dealer, visit, like Wayne Dalton on Facebook or follow Wayne Dalton on Twitter.