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Overhead Door Corporation Reaches Agreement in Principle to Acquire Wayne-Dalton Corp.’s Door Business

Overhead Door Corporation and Wayne-Dalton Corption jointly announced yesterday that they have reached a tentative, non-binding agreement in principle, pursuant to which Overhead Door Corporation would acquire Wayne-Dalton Corp.’s overhead garage door business in North America and Europe.

Under the terms of the tentative agreement, Overhead Door Corporation would acquire substantially all of the assets of Wayne-Dalton Corp.’s commercial and residential overhead door business, as well as their Fabric-Shield storm panel business in a cash transaction. Wayne-Dalton Corp. would retain its garage door opener and wireless home access control businesses and will continue to manufacture, market and sell products of those businesses. The tentative agreement in principle contemplates that Overhead Door Corporation will continue to promote and make available Wayne-Dalton Corp. openers and wireless home access products to Wayne-Dalton Corp.’s current customers. The combined company would create North America’s premier manufacturer and marketer of overhead doors and openers.

The transaction is subject to the negotiation and execution of a definitive agreement and to customary closing conditions, including regulatory and other approvals.

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Don’t Skip the Garage Door Seal!

When you think about the rooms in your house, normally you consider the garage to be a giant catch all room. You drive and park your cars in there, you do your woodworking in there or you be using it as an exercise room. Lastly, the garage usually becomes a catchall storage space for the entire family.

But your garage is not invincible — there’s some things that you do need to do to keep it usable, one of those things is to make sure that you have properly installed garage door seals. Your garage door threshold seal is an important part of your overall insulation scheme. It doesn’t do a whole lot of good to have individual door panels heavily insulated against the influx of cold or hot weather, only to let the same link around the edges of the garage door, or in between the bottom of the garage door and the threshold.

Your garage door bottom seal is a key component of your garage door insulation and you don’t want to neglect it. Here are some reasons why:

  • Obviously number one is energy savings. An opening at the bottom of the garage door is a problem even in summer, but in the winter it is going to produce a brisk very cold draft as the heavier cold air from the outside runs into your warm garage. It’s important to remember that even if your garage is unheated it will still be warm compared to the outside air, and this effect will still occur.
  • Moisture and inclement weather. Depending on how you grudges situated, and the prevailing winds in your area, a driving rain may actually flood your garage. Properly sealed garage doors will keep the water out.
  • Varmints, bugs and other unwanted visitors will also use the opening provided by the lack of a garage door threshold seal is the point of entry.  

The garage door seal is obviously on of the most important parts of your garage door and one that you shouldn’t neglect!

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Tips for buying a New Garage Door

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One of the easiest ways to enhance the curb appeal of your home is a new garage door. When it comes time to figure out just which style, material and options to select, here are some tips that may prove helpful.

Tip #1 – Decide on a Look

Are you looking for a traditional garage door to match the rest of the home’s design? What about contemporary, ranch or other? You want to make certain that the garage door – a central point of your home – blends in nicely with the home’s architecture and style. Deciding on a look should be one of your first considerations.

Tip #2 – Choose Your Door Material

Types of garage door materials include wood (great for traditional styles), aluminum, steel and fiberglass. The material you choose may also depend on where you live (humidity, extremes of weather), maintenance and upkeep, and durability. The most popular, based on styles, maintenance and cost is a steel door.

Tip #3 – Select Door Type

Garage door types include a roll up or tilt-up design. Tilt-up doors rotate out and upward when opening. They have a disadvantage in that they may not open if objects are left too close to the door and they also tend to allow moisture, snow and other debris into the garage. Roll up or sectional overhead garage doors consist of several sections, usually 4 to 5, that roll over tracks and rest against the ceiling when open. Roll up models save on space and are considered stronger and safer.

Tip #4 – Pick Design and Options

Will you want insulation in your new garage door? This option will cost you a little more, which is well worth it if you live in a climate of weather extremes. Windows, special paints and decorative hardware are some considerations.

Tip #5 – Get the Best Warranty

Wherever you buy your new garage door, get the door with the best warranty you can – on both the product as well as the installation.

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Door Tech Industries Closed for Business

It appears that the garage door manufacturer, DoorTech Industries, located in Vista, California, has closed down. The Main office and Production facility was locked up with eviction notices posted on the doors. Several dealers attempted to pick up product but were turned away. The company had closed three branches earlier.

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Replacing your garage door is a valuable home repair

If you have an older home one of the first things you may consider changing are the garage doors. The good news, however, is that new garage doors have many great features that older ones do not, so you will get a lot of benefit from this project. The newer garage doors are insulated for both temperature and sound. You might find this handy if your son has started a rock group in the garage.

Today’s garage doors are much more secure than older ones and since we keep a lot more “stuff” in our garages than just cars, this is an important consideration. Last but not least, new garage doors and lovely to look at and are just about maintenance free.

Years ago, only wood was used for garage doors, but today you have a choice between steel, fiberglass and synthetics. You can have any look you want to suit the exterior of your home. New models are constructed with a fitted tongue and groove panels that are just as impervious to wind ran or snow as your front door is. Most of the garage doors sold today have safety features so that they cannot close if they hit an object, so that accidents such as closing the doors on your car or a child or pet cannot happen. They may even have a feature where the object is pushed away from the panels so fingers can’t be caught.

The newer doors offer light panels, but still afford security since they are made of unbreakable plastic. There are even models that send a different code each time your garage door is opened, so thieves who steal codes are stymied. All of these features are great, but because of their complexity, they make installing your own garage doors difficult. These doors are heavy and therefore difficult and dangerous to install, the springs are very strong and if not handled well can cause serious injury. Even maintenance should be left to experts, and someone less handy should only stick to the easy tasks of oiling the wheels, hinges and tracks.

Installing garage doors is a big job and you should consider hiring a professional because of all of the risks that this installation entails. Manufactureres usually have recommended installing dealers on their website or you can go to the International Door Association to find a directory of professional garage door installing dealers.

 

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