Wayne Dalton Meets Special Engineering Challenge at Pacific Spaceport Complex in Alaska

When Alaska Aerospace Corporation calls, who answers? Wayne Dalton.

This summer the  Pacific Spaceport Complex on Alaska’s Kodiak Island, formally known as the Kodiak Launch Complex, needed commercial doors put onto their new missile silo. When taking on a project this specialized, there were not many companies that could rise to the challenge and meet the specifications required. Our Model 800C ThermotiteTM Rolling Service Door didn’t disappoint.

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Entrance to the Pacific Spaceport Complex

The Thermotite Rolling Service Door improves security, thermal efficiency, life expectancy and typically has a maximum height of 30 feet. However, engineers specially designed this door to be 40 feet tall. Similar doors can be seen in industrial, mining, transportation and military facilities.

Our amazing engineering team went to work building the perfect door for the Kodiak Facility. They even custom engineered the mounting angles, guides, wall supports and even attachment bolts. But that’s not all…

The missile silo is located on Kodiak Island, Alaska which sits directly on top of a major fault line. The seismic rating required is beyond the scope of current engineering charts and standards and required many hours from our team for validation of materials.

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Door Tech, LLC Installers in front of the 800C Rolling Steel Service Doors

This project was sold and installed by Wayne Dalton dealer, Door Tech, LCC, which is based in Palmer, Alaska. The four-man crew from Door Tech was on site for an entire week installing the specially made door.

While Kodiak is a remote island with hazardous weather conditions and not accessible by road, we were able to successfully complete the task on all sides.

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Thermotite TM Insulated Rolling Service Doors on Missile Silo

If your business or facility needs specially engineered doors, visit www.Wayne-Dalton.com, like Wayne Dalton on Facebook, follow Wayne Dalton on Twitter or find us on Google+.

Wayne Dalton Unveils New Garage Door Design Center

In the market for a new garage door, but don’t know where to start or what will look best on your home? Don’t worry because finding your new garage door just got a lot easier with our new Garage Door Design Center. It’s easy to create the garage door of your dreams and make sure it’s the perfect match for your home.

The new design center allows users to choose their favorite Wayne Dalton model, panel designs, door size, color, windows, glass and hardware. Users have the option of “trying on” their freshly designed garage door on their own home by simply uploading a photo or using one of the many photos provided by Wayne Dalton. The Garage Door Design Center allows you to build the door first and then place it on a house.

“We are very excited to present the new Garage Door Design Center and have our customers try it out,” Brand Manager Sarah Schram said. “It’s very intuitive and user-friendly and has a lot of new features that make finding your next garage door that much easier.”

The new Design Center now offers the ability to save and share your creations with your friends and family. Once you’ve designed the perfect garage door you simply print off your design and bring it to your local Wayne Dalton dealer!

Step 1: Choose your garage door style:

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Step 2: Customize:

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Step 3: Choose your trim, glass, etc!

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Step 4: Apply your garage door to a photo. Save and share!

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Our new Design Center is an improvement over our previous tool and we are planning to integrate more options into it in the future, which will make it even easier to find the perfect garage door!

If you want to design your next garage door, visit www.Wayne-Dalton.com, like Wayne Dalton on Facebook, follow Wayne Dalton on Twitter or find us on Google+.

 

Wayne Dalton Has the Need for Speed

In our biggest launch of the year, we are bursting in to the world of high speed doors, bringing innovation to the category with five new options. Our new ADV-X line doors are versatile, economical and fast-acting. Models 881-885 offer specifications that will help builders, architects, business owners and dealers meet their commercial needs like never before.

The ADV-X line of high speed doors is the supreme choice for a variety of applications. One of the most powerful, Model 885 is our Extreme Exterior High Speed Rubber door, made of a specially reinforced rubber, opening at speeds of up to 50 inches per second and withstanding winds up to 180 mph.

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Model 881 offers an independently-tested airtight design and opens up to 70 inches-per-second, making it our fastest high speed offering. Model 882 has opening speeds of up to 65 inches per second and comes with easy-to-replace panels. Its curtain struts are designed for easy replacement while minimizing the deflection that can typically affect the middle of the door. Both of these models are specialized for interior commercial applications.

The ADV-X High Speed doors are a continuation of the innovative designs and solutions customers have come to expect from us. This launch marks an entirely new selection of commercial doors that we’re able to provide for businesses, and we’re excited to put the petal to the metal and get started with customers that have high speed needs.

Models 883 and 884 are exterior fabric doors, perfect for manufacturing, warehouse, distribution, mining, transit, food and beverage or parking applications. Model 884 provides pressure resistance of up to 158 mph, one of the best in the industry when compared to similar doors in its category.

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These doors come standard with features ideal for commercial applications. Each model was designed to be low maintenance with a self-repairing breakaway feature that minimizes lost time to repair the door if it’s been hit and built-in impact detection, stopping the door from continuing to open or close when hit and minimizing further damage. ADV-X doors were also created to be high cycle, featuring a spring-less design, direct gear drive system and variable frequency drive. Safety features include two sets of infrared sensors to detect possible obstructions, a door stop device, and a wireless reversing safety edge. In addition to commercial applications select models of ADV-X doors can be used in cold rooms, clean rooms or pharmacy applications.

How will our new high speed door options help your business? Comment below and tell us!

If you’ve got the need for speed, visit www.Wayne-Dalton.com, like Wayne Dalton on Facebook, follow Wayne Dalton on Twitter or find us on Google+.

Guest Blogger: Houzz Shares How to Replace or Refresh Your Garage Doors

Every now and then, we partner with a blogger to share tips on our blog. This week, Laura Gaskill from the popular website Houzz shares tips on replacing or refreshing your garage door. Houzz is a platform for home remodeling and design, bringing homeowners and home professionals together in a uniquely visual community. Enjoy Laura’s blog below!

A garage that faces the street (especially a large two- or three-car garage) can take up a lot of visual real estate. If your garage doors are in poor shape, clash with the style of your home or are just uninspired, replacing them can greatly increase your home’s curb appeal. Here are the need-to-know facts about updating your garage doors, covering style, cost and more.

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Updating your garage doors can enhance your home’s curb appeal, and in the case of attached garages, make your home more secure.

Best time to do this project: Since it is outdoor work, it is ideal to replace garage doors during warm, dry weather. That said, unless you are painting or installing a more elaborate custom feature (like a pergola), the weather does not matter too much — as long as it’s not freezing and you’re not in the middle of a thunderstorm, your pro should be able to tackle the job in a few hours.

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Who to hire: Because of the precision required, installing a new garage door is best left to the pros. A garage door professional will have the most experience and expertise at fitting and installing your garage door.

Permit required? Maybe. Because it is essentially an exterior wall, some cities do require a permit for replacing a garage door and opener. Any reputable pro that you hire should be able to tell you whether or not you will need a permit for the work; if you are still not sure, contact your city or county government agency and ask.

Materials:

  • Wood offers the widest range of design options and works well in all climates; it is the most expensive.
  • Steel is typically less expensive than wood, but because it can rust, it should be avoided in coastal areas.
  • Aluminum costs more than steel but does not rust, making it a good choice for coastal homes.
  • Tempered glass in an aluminum or wood frame is well suited to modern and contemporary homes.
  • Fiberglass and vinyl are budget-friendly options and will not rust, but design choices may be limited and these materials can crack in cold weather.

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Door types:

  • Sectional: The most common type of garage door; rolls up and down on tracks.
  • Sliding: Barn-style garage doors (as shown here) slide open to the side, requiring a wider garage wall to accommodate the door when open.
  • Swing-out: Double doors that swing outward when open are not a good choice for cold climates, as snow drifts can block the doors from opening.

All of these door types can be made in a manual or automatic, remote-operated version.

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Typical project length: If you are purchasing a standard-size garage door and it is in stock, it could be ready as soon as the next day. Custom doors may take a month or two to arrive. Once you have your new door, a pro can have it installed it in a single morning.

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Costs: Steel garage doors typically range in price from $300 to $3,000; glass with an aluminum frame costs $1,500 to $3,000; vinyl costs $600 and up; fiberglass costs $1,500 and up. Wood doors are typically the most expensive, $1,000 to $10,000. Installation costs vary by region, but you can expect to pay roughly $100 to $200 to remove and dispose of your old garage door, and another $100 to $500 for a pro to install your new one. A pergola over garage doors can run $5,000 to $8,000 installed.

For a smaller update, new sconces cost $100 and up each, plus installation; new hardware costs from $5 up to $100 or more per piece, depending on the materials used. Painting or staining can be done as a DIY project for only the cost of materials.

Styles and details: It’s best to match your garage door to the style of your home, so seek one out that echoes the architectural features, materials and colors of the rest of your home. For example:

  • Pair a traditional home with an arched garage door with paned windows.
  • Update your Spanish colonial with a wooden garage door with iron hinges.
  • Add a rustic barn-style garage door to your farmhouse.
  • Accent a Craftsman home with a wooden garage door with rectilinear windows and trim.
  • Match up a modern home with a sleek glass-paned garage door.

Once you have chosen your new garage doors, consider which accents would best complete the look. Decorative corbels beneath the eaves add character to this garage, pulling in some of the style of the house.

If your garage roof does not have eaves deep enough to fit corbels, a pergola with arched brackets can create a similar look.

Sconces and hardware are other finishing touches that can make a big impact. Or, if you do not want to replace your garage doors, simply adding attractive sconces, new hardware and a fresh coat of paint or stain can revive your garage on a budget.

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Important safety note: Automatic garage doors include safety features meant to protect kids and pets from becoming trapped under a closing door. Be sure that your garage door’s safety features are working properly by doing these two easy tests regularly:

  • Wave a broom handle under your garage door as it is closing. The door should “see” the broom with the built-in motion sensor and roll back up immediately.
  • Test pressure sensitivity by placing a roll of paper towels under the door before closing. As soon as the door reaches the paper towel roll, the pressure sensors should “feel” it and roll the door back up.

If your door fails either of these tests, call your garage door installer as soon as possible to fix the issue.

Did this blog inspire you to refresh or replace your garage door? For more inspiration be sure to check out Houzz, or to find the perfect garage door for your home, visit www.Wayne-Dalton.com, like Wayne Dalton on Facebook, follow Wayne Dalton on Twitter or find us on Google+.

 

Wayne Dalton Named Most-Used Brand by Homebuilders

When builders are asked about which brand they have used the most for the past two years, their answer is Wayne Dalton.

Builder Magazine’s Builder Brand Use study is a survey of the nation’s largest homebuilders. It asks readers and homebuilders to rank garage door brands in a variety of categories including ease of installation, product performance, strength of the manufacturer’s reputation, and availability of product. For the second year in a row, we took the top honor of the brand most used in the past two years.

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What it means to win this award two years in a row is not lost on any of us.

“To be named brand used most in the past two years for the second time in a row shows the great commitment our dealers and employees have in producing excellent products and garage door solutions for our homebuyer, remodeler and architect partners,” said Sarah Schram, brand manager (and frequent guest blogger) for Wayne Dalton. “We’re excited to continue Wayne Dalton’s innovative legacy in the coming year.”

Since 1995, Builder Magazine has conducted the Brand Use Study annually, measuring 70 different product categories ranging from appliances to windows. The results of the 2016 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.

We are proud to be the most-used brand for homebuilders in the past two years, and we always strive to produce innovative products that our building partners want to use.

If you’re interested in seeing how other brands stacked up with homebuilders, check out the additional results.

For more information on why homebuilders use Wayne Dalton the most, visit www.Wayne-Dalton.com, like Wayne Dalton on Facebook, follow Wayne Dalton on Twitter or find us on Google+.

Staying Safe During Garage Door Safety Month With Wayne Dalton

June has been designated Garage Door Safety Month by the International Door Association (IDA) and the Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA), and as a leader in the garage door industry, we consider our customer’s safety a top priority.

Safety is a concern with any product, and garage doors are no different. Since the garage door is typically the largest moving object in the home that family members open and shut on average 1500 times a year, it should have as many safety features as possible. Many of our products are designed specifically with safety in mind:

  • Pinch-resistant garage doorsfeature a design that pushes fingers out of harm’s way should they accidentally be placed too close to door panel joints when the garage door is closing.
  • Tamper resistant bottom brackets on a garage door system are connected to the door’s springs which are under extreme tension. They reduce the risk of injury from garage door components by preventing the loosening of brackets by an untrained professional. Only a trained door professional should adjust any part of your garage door system.

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Staying safe around a garage door may seem simple, but with thousands of garage door related injuries reported each year it’s important to know best practices in staying safe around garage doors. Here are some tips and tricks to make sure your garage door stays secure and you stay safe:

  1. Never place fingers between door sections. Explain the dangers to children and consider pinch-resistant door panels.
  1. Consult the owner’s manual and learn how to use the garage door’s emergency release feature.
  2. Visually inspect the garage door each month. Look at springs, cables, rollers and pulleys for signs of wear. Do not attempt to remove, adjust or repair these parts or anything attached to them. These parts are under high tension and should only be fixed by a Garage Door Repair Professional. You can locate your closest Wayne Dalton dealer here.
  3. If your garage door opener does not have rolling-code technology, be sure to change the manufacturer’s standard access codes on the opener and remote control, or consider investing in a newer model with rolling-code technology which changes the access codes each time the opener is used.
  4. Test the garage door opener’s reversing mechanism monthly by placing a 2×4 board in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, call a qualified garage door professional for repair. If the opener has not been replaced since 1993, replace the garage door opener with a new one that has safety beams and auto-reverse as a standard feature.
  5. Properly installed doors are safer than those improperly installed. You can access installation instructions here to ensure proper installation. Find yourself in a bind? Don’t forget that our dealers are here to help.

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For more information on garage door safety from Wayne Dalton, visit www.Wayne-Dalton.com, like Wayne Dalton on Facebook, follow Wayne Dalton on Twitter or find us on Google+.

 

Wayne Dalton Unveils New Products at the IDA Expo in Las Vegas

The IDA Expo in Las Vegas is one of our favorite times of the year because it’s a great chance for us to see and chat with our customers, and it gives us a chance to show off all of our new products.  Sarah Schram, brand manager for Wayne Dalton, gives us a recap of the glitz and glitter of the expo.

Commercial Doors

Just after IDA, Wayne Dalton launched an entire new category: High Speed Doors. This new line of commercial rolling doors features five different models. Models 881 ADV-X and 882 ADV-X are interior fabric doors, while Models 883 ADV-X and 884 ADV-X are exterior fabric doors and Model 885 ADV-X is an exterior rubber door. All of these doors are designed for high cycle use and are fast-acting with multiple safety features.

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Another commercial door we featured was our new Model 523 Security Shutter.  This aluminum shutter is designed to be compact, with a 14’ high door rolling up into a 10” square hood and comes pre-assembled for easy installation. The Model 523 is ideal for spaces where aesthetics are a valued premium.  Along with four standard powder coat colors and 197 RAL powder coat colors, the door boasts six wood grain powder coat finishes.

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Residential Doors

Wayne Dalton’s newest residential door, the Model 9510, will be launched later this year and features a dramatic three-section look on a 7’ high door, allowing for larger windows and a larger panel design.  The Vicksburg panel design is the first design on the 9510, with other designs coming in the future.  Model 9510 is available with the TruChoice Color System, Wayne Dalton’s custom color system offering more than 6,000 custom colors.WD Residential IDA Door

Last year, we introduced our new steel-backed Model 9405 at IDA.  This year, we showed one of our new, modern panel designs for the Model 9405.  The Hampton panel design offers a modern twist on a carriage house-style door with flush panels and off-centered vertical overlays.  This door is a part of the TruChoice Color System and is shown in RAL 5014.

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It was great getting to connect with dealers, friends and coworkers to see the new styles that are coming out for garage doors. What trend are you most excited about? Comment below and tell us!

For more information or to find a Wayne Dalton garage door dealer, visit www.Wayne-Dalton.com, like Wayne Dalton on Facebook, follow Wayne Dalton on Twitter or find us on Google+.