Professional Garage Doors

A Brief History of the Garage Door
Henry Ford is indirectly responsible for the invention of the garage door. Although unintentional on his part, his invention of the Model T Ford, a car designed for the masses,
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engendered such a sense of pride in its owners, they wanted a way to protect this shiny new possession.

And, given a garage as a nightly parking place for this mighty invention, it was only a matter of time before American ingenuity would invent a door that would complete the package.

Several ideas were designed and built as doors for garages. Barn doors worked well, until snow blocked the opening and then that wouldn’t do. Sliding doors worked, but that required the garage be built twice the size necessary to house the auto.

In 1921, Mr. C.G. Johnson invented the overhead door, which could be lifted vertically and stored in the overhead recess of the garage.

From that idea came the modern garage door. Although the functionality of the idea remains the same, the choices today have expanded into a multi-billion dollar industry with quite the diversity of styles and colors.
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Today you can get garage doors in wood (the original material) steel, fiberglass, vinyl or even copper. The styles range from traditional to carriage and everything in between. You can literally get any color in the rainbow!

Best of all, you don’t even have to get out of your car to operate this stylish garage door. With the invention of the automatic garage door opener, braving the elements became a thing of the past as you can now send an electronic signal ahead of you to have your garage open and inviting by the time you arrive!

With the choices we have today, you can match a garage door to your home in any style you want installed with automatic opener and still satisfy your budget requirements. And like Henry Ford, it’s all designed by Americans and built for our use!

If you have never had to purchase a garage door, or haven't done so for many years, here is an easy tutorial on what factors to consider in your search.

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Which garage door is right for me?
We know shopping for a garage door is a significant task if you aren't familiar with what to look for. So we want to make the process fun and easy!

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If you have never had to purchase a garage door, or haven't done so for many years, here is an easy tutorial on what factors to consider in your search.

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1. The look of your garage door
Don't settle for ordinary when extra-ordinary is within reach! Wayne-Dalton doors come in many different designs, colors, insulation values and sizes.

The Model 9800 features a magnificently molded wood-grain fiberglass surface concealing durable steel and polyurethane insulation construction. The 9800 offers a deep, rich woodgrain pattern that looks remarkably like real wood, unlike any other garage door on the market.

The Model 9700 door offers the look of an old-fashioned carriage house door with the durability of steel. For instance, Lexington design has a cross buck design that reminds you of a quaint barn door and the Charleston has a triangular pattern. The point is - there are many different looks to consider other than the traditional raised panel garage door. Look at the rest of your home's architecture, and then find the design that matches it well.

Colors are also important. Most Wayne-Dalton models come in a variety of colors to choose from and all are ready for additional painting should you decide to get really creative and paint the door to match your shutters or siding. Or you could paint it two or even three different colors to make your garage door into a true fashionable statement. Hey, did we just use the terms garage door and fashionable in the same sentence? You bet we did!

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2. Insulation
Polyurethane or Polystyrene - should you care? You bet you should!

With today's high energy costs, insulation in a garage door is just as valuable as anywhere else in your home. The number of uninsulated garage doors sold continues to decline as consumers demand energy efficiency for cost savings and comfort, which is more important than ever as more people use their garage as a work place or social gathering spot, and not just storage.

The thermal property of insulation is expressed as an R-value. A higher R-value can translate into lower energy usage, cost, and even reduce outside noise or help the door operate more quietly. Most insulated doors are constructed using polystyrene or polyurethane foam.

A polystyrene insulated door can be thicker but has a lower R-Value than polyurethane. If you are looking for energy efficiency and a high R-Value, do not be fooled by the thickness of the door!

Not only does this make the door better insulated, it also makes the door incredibly strong and helps lessen noise while the door operates, as is common with single sheet metal doors that have no insulation or even polystyrene insulation.

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3. Safety
Can the largest moving object in my house be dangerous? Make sure it isn't.

Safety is a concern with any product, and garage doors are no different. Since it is a large moving object that many family members interact with, it should have as many safety features as possible.

Pinch-resistant doors feature a design that pushes fingers out of harm's way should they accidentally be placed too close to a closing door.

Tamper resistant bottom brackets reduce the risk of injury from garage door components under tension. The polyurethane insulation even provides better fire safety in that this type of insulation reduces the amount of smoke and flames in the event of a fire.

Also, for additional safety, see what is new with counterbalance springs described in item #5 below.

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4. Window designs
Don't think you want windows in your garage door? Think again! .
Don't think you want windows in your garage door? Think again!
Many people underestimate the value the windows can add to a garage door. To best illustrate the difference, select a sample home from Wayne-Dalton's Garage Door Design Center and look at it with and without windows.

The difference can be stunning and turn an ordinary or even a good looking door into an even better one. They also allow natural light into the garage that can make a gloomy garage interior much more appealing during the day.

If you want to be able to look out your garage door, have the windows put in the third section from the bottom. If you don't want to look out the door, but want the beauty and natural light of windows, then have them put in the top section of the door.

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5. Spring design
(This is the spring above the inside of your door that lifts it up and down. Is the spring enclosed in a metal tube, or exposed?)

TorqueMaster ® Counterbalance

product-image_torquemaster2 TorqueMaster is Wayne-Dalton's exclusive counterbalance system that safely and cleanly contains the springs inside a steel tube. The TorqueMaster design helps prevent injury that could result from the accidental release of tension.
Counterbalance springs are how your door is actually lifted and closed. It is not the opener that actually lifts and closes your door. That just provides the push to get the door moving. It's actually the springs, which are wound tightly when your door is closed. As the door moves up, the springs unwind, which provide the force necessary to lift the door. As the door closes, the weight of the door actually winds the springs back up until it closes completely. At this point the springs have their full tension again.

These springs are normally exposed and when they are under full tension, can be extremely dangerous. Especially if they break and parts of it come flying loose, or if an inexperienced person tries to adjust them, which should never be tried.

The TorqueMaster® Plus counterbalance system is a Wayne-Dalton exclusive that encases potentially dangerous garage door springs inside a steel tube. If the spring should happen to break after years of usage, it will do so safely inside the tube. Tension for the spring, which still should be done by a professional, is adjusted by using the winding mechanism on the side of the tube, and not by having to adjust any part attached to the exposed spring.

TorqueMaster Plus adds a patented anti-drop device to the safest springing system on the market. This device protects you and your family by holding the door in a safe position in the event of a spring failure.

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6. Warranty
Many manufacturers offer a warranty, but few go so far as to offer anything more than one year. Wayne-Dalton offers some of the best warranties in the industry, including many of its models with Lifetime Limited warranties. Other models have 10 years, which is still a significant time frame.

Good warranties offer you the peace of mind that the manufacturer is confident about the design and construction of its doors, and will back that up should the door happen to fail for reasons noted in the warranty.

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7. Material make-up (steel, wood, or fiberglass)
Don't think you want windows in your garage door? Think again!
How long your door will last, what kind of punishment it can take, or even how much annual maintenance it will require is strongly determined by the material used to make the door.

Steel doors offer long durability with only occasional need for cleaning or touch-up. Fiberglass doors can last even longer, especially in environments with harsh weather conditions. And with the advent of Wayne-Dalton's Model 9800 fiberglass doors which is made with Therma-Tru's AccuGrain™ Technology, is as close as you can get to the realdepth of wood.

Which brings us to real wood, which requires the most maintenance, as it will need painted or stained every few years. But if the look and feel of real wood is what you want, then it's a choice that can't be beat.

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8. Cost
Everyone has a budget. Well, most of us anyway. However, many people are surprised by how affordable garage doors can be. Most guess twice as much as what it actually comes out to be.
Don't think you want windows in your garage door? Think again!
Generally, premium wood doors are the most expensive, then fiberglass doors, steel doors with and without vinyl or PVC overlays, and then uninsulated, single sheet steel doors and lower grade wood doors.

When considering what to spend though, consider that this purchase won't be made again for many, many years, if ever. And what you put on your garage now will have a big impact on the garage itself and maybe even more significantly, to the rest of your home. A few extra dollars now could give a benefit of a lifetime, and raise the value of your home to a new level.

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9. Opener
Wayne-Dalton garage doors and Genie® openers offer a dynamite door and opener combination that can't be beat! The Genie brand has a long history of reliability and quality that consumers trust and ask for by name.

The Genie ReliaG™ 800 opener (model 2024) offers power, value, and reliability, making it a great choice for homeowners and builders. It has a quiet, yet powerful 1/2 HPc* Power Plus DC motor that opens residential sectional doors weighing up to 500 pounds. The unit comes with either a belt or chain rail, along with a wall console, a three-button remote, a two-bulb lighting system and 10-year limited motor warranty.

The Chain Lift® / BeltLift™ opener (model 1024) also comes in either chain or belt drive and has a 1/2 HPc** DC motor that can lift up to 350 pounds. It is available with a three-button remote, a one-bulb lighting system, and a 5-year limited motor warranty.

And then there's the Screw Drive opener (model CM8600), a long time favorite of many discriminating customers. The solid steel screw drive allows for maximum lifting force and has a direct drive design that uses fewer parts, which means longer life. Screw Drive features a 1/2 HP AC motor and comes with a wall console, three-button remote, two-bulb lighting system, and lifetime limited motor warranty. Wayne-Dalton garage doors and Genie openers...two great names bring their dynamic products together for a garage door system that's second to none!

Additional accessories available for ordering include 1-, 2-, and 3-button transmitters, wireless keypads, 3-function wall consoles, and other items.

To view an expanded listing of our Door Openers with lots of pictures and detailed specifications, click here to go to our Door Openers page.

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Insulated Doors are Important
Patented, foamed-in-place polyurethane core
The core of our popular, polyurethane insulated garage doors provides excellent insulating qualities. In fact, polyurethane insulation provides more than twice the insulating value of common polystyrene insulation board of the same thickness. It's chemically bonded to each steel section, creating a composite structure with higher strength, greater rigidity, improved dent-resistance and better thermal protection.

Don't think you want windows in your garage door? Think again!
To understand how R-value and heat flow are related, think of your garage not as a single entity but as a part of a system with the external environment. As with most everything in nature, heat will want to redistribute itself in an effort to reach a state of equilibrium, or equal temperatures, on the inside and the outside of your garage. To do this, heat must pass through the garage door to reach the other part of the system.

Door insulation quality impacts your utility bills because your garage door is typically the largest opening in your home. Many people also like to spend time in their garages working or even entertaining guests. For those reasons, a well insulated garage door is important even if the garage is not connected to the house.

In the summer, it is naturally hotter outside of your garage than inside most of the time and heat will try to "get in" to even out the system. If a garage door has an R-value of 3, 1/3 of the heat will get through the door and into your garage. This does not mean though that the internal temperature will be 1/3 of the external temperature. It just means that as more heat is produced externally, 1/3 of it will enter your garage. Insulating your garage door can help keep the heat out.

The opposite is true in winter. Heat is produced inside your garage in winter, either by direct heating, connection to your house, or by effects of the sun. As it is cooler on the outside of the door, heat will try to escape through the door to even out the system. If keeping your garage warm in winter is a priority, or even to just lessen the overall effects of cold temperatures, then choose a door with a higher R-value.

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Two Types of Insulation
1. Polyurethane foamed-in-place insulation

Our most popular polyurethane foamed-in-place insulated doors have R-values ranging from 14.8 to 7.6. The doors are manufactured with polyurethane foamed-in-place insulation using a patented process. Polyurethane insulation delivers the highest insulation values while adding strength and rigidity to the door panels. It even helps dampen sound transmission, keeping the noise out or in, depending on the activity.

Below are Wayne-Dalton residential door models using polyurethane insulation and their accompanying R-values:

Doors with this symbol are eligible for the Energy Savings Tax Credit if purchased and installed in 2009 and 2010. Click the symbol for the Certificate, which can be used to receive your tax credit.


2. Expanded polystyrene insulation

Expanded polystyrene insulation offers good thermal performance if insulation is needed, but not very much. Polystyrene insulation is formed into rigid panels that are placed inside the door sections and secured in place with some type of backer.

Below are Wayne-Dalton residential door models using polystyrene insulation and their accompanying R-values:


Bottom weather seal
In addition to insulation, our doors have a bottom weather seal. The bottom weather seal blocks drafts and helps save energy. It remains flexible even in extreme cold to keep the bad weather outside.
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