Product Spotlight: Wayne Dalton’s Classic Steel Garage Doors

Looking for a garage door that combines strength and style? The Wayne Dalton classic steel garage door models 8300 and 8500 are high performing, long lasting, and available in a wide variety of designs and colors. If you’re looking for a wood-grain finish without the maintenance of real wood, insulation that can stand up to harsh weather, or simply a durable door that can be customized to fit your style and budget, stainless steel is a cost-effective way to get your the garage door of your dreams. Keep reading to learn more about these versatile models and what makes steel the most popular garage door material.

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How long will a steel garage door last?

A classic steel garage door could last you a lifetime. Models 8300 and 8500 are heavy-duty and constructed with two layers of steel and polyurethane foam insulation, making them highly resistant to damage and wear. They’re also equipped with silent glide rollers made with nylon to ensure that your door operates smoothly and quietly. The strength and durability of these steel doors also make them an excellent choice for home security reasons.  

Are these steel garage doors energy efficient?

Steel garage doors are well suited for regions with extreme and fluctuating temperatures. Although not an insulator itself, steel can be reinforced with other materials to create thermally efficient garage doors that excel at keeping the heat in during the winter and out during the summer. Insulated steel doors also help to reduce street noise.

The polyurethane foam insulation between the layers of steel make the 8300 and 8500 Wayne Dalton steel garage doors exceptionally well insulated and thermally efficient. Model 8300 has an insulation rating, or R-value, of R12.5 while the 8500 model has an R-value of 16.22, making it the most highly insulated residential garage door that we offer. Keep in mind that the higher your door’s R-value, the more energy efficient it will be. At NationServe, we recommend investing in a door with an R-value higher than R12 if you spend a lot of time in your garage or have living space directly above it.

Is steel an affordable garage door material?

One of the reasons stainless steel is the most common garage door material is because it’s affordable as well as durable. For instance, a steel garage door won’t cost you as much as a wooden one, not only because it’s generally a cheaper material but also because you won’t have to invest as much time and money in upkeep. Although wood garage doors are beautiful, they’re also high maintenance and susceptible to weather damage. In contrast, classic steel doors are relatively easy to take care of, which saves you a great deal in repair and maintenance costs. The Wayne Dalton 8300 and 8500 models are both available in a wood-grain finish so you can still have the look of wood without the associated costs and maintenance.

 What’s more, investing in a secure, durable, attractive, and high-functioning garage door will enhance the curb appeal and overall value of your home. A model 8300 or 8500 steel garage door could become a major selling point should you ever need to put your house on the market.

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Can steel garage doors be customized?

There are countless possibilities when it comes to customizing classic steel garage doors for your home.  Here’s a quick overview of the choices you’ll make during the design process:

  • Step 1: pick the panels
    The 8300 and 8500 classic steel doors are available in four panel designs: colonial, ranch, Sonoma, and contemporary.  Sonoma Ranch paneling is also an option for model 8300 doors. Check out our online design center to get an idea of what these different panel styles look like.
  •  Step 2: pick the color
    Models 8300 and 8500 come in five basic colors: white, almond, taupe, brown, or black. If you’re looking for a more affordable and low-maintenance alternative to wood, the Sonoma-style doors are also available in three shades of wood finish: golden oak, walnut, and mission oak.

    The classic steel garage doors 8300 and 8500 are also two of the doors we offer that can be used with Wayne Dalton’s TrueChoice™ Color System. With over 6,000 colors to choice from, this system allows you to match the paint on the rest of your house with the color of your new garage door. If you need the color of your garage door to be customized, the 8300 and 8500 classic steel doors are the way to go.
  •  Step 3: pick the windows
    Consider adding windows to your garage door to add style and let some natural light into your garage. For each panel type, you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of window styles and tinting options. You’ll also be able to decide where the windows should go in the door. Although many homeowners select a horizontal row of windows near the top of the door, others choose a double row of windows along the top or add a vertical line of windows down one of the sides.
  • Step 4: pick the hardware
    If you want your garage door to be more stylish, consider adding decorative hinges and handles to it. Play around in our online design center to get a sense of how these added features can refine the look of your garage door.

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At NationServe, we’re proud to offer Wayne Dalton’s classic steel garage door models 8300 and 8500 to our customers from coast to coast. When it comes to choosing the right material and style of garage door for your home, we are here to assist you through your journey to ensure you find the perfect fit. To learn more about these Wayne Dalton models or our other products, contact us at our locations in Spokane Valley, Colorado Springs, Cincinnati, or other NationServe locations across the United States. We’re America’s garage door experts. Don’t hesitate to give us a call!