Complete the Craftsman Look with Our Wayne Dalton 7100 Series

When it comes to replacing a garage door, there are endless possibilities. But, one of the biggest decisions homeowners face is deciding what material best suits their needs. Wood and steel garage doors are typically the most popular. But as with all garage doors, each has their own pros and cons.

Because a new garage door is an investment, you’ll want to make sure you’ll be happy with it for years to come. In today’s blog, we’ll help you make a decision based on your budget, maintenance and design preferences.

Wood garage doors don’t require much upkeep. But, to keep them looking their best, they’ll need to be periodically refinished. Keep in mind that wood garage doors are also heavy, and the added weight can strain automatic opener motors. So, be sure and install an opener with adequate horsepower.

As far as price goes, wood garage doors typically cost more because of the difference in raw materials — and because the doors are more labor-intensive to create. The doors are created in layers and the sheets (which are also called plies) help prevent it from warping while increasing the door’s natural insulation.

For craftsman homes or anyone who enjoys the intricate grain of wood, our Wayne Dalton 7100 series is a fantastic choice. This series features nine panel designs, skillfully crafted with an authentic 1 5/8” stile and rail construction on a hemlock frame. It also combines the convenience of modern sectional doors with the classic look of carriage house style.

Our 7100 series can be tailored to your choice of stain-grade or paint-grade. Specific models like 7101-7104, can even be color matched to your home for a custom look. The 7105 model specifically comes with a hemlock raised panel service that can be stained or painted as well. But keep in mind, not all wood types are available for all models.

For the finishing touch to your new garage door, be sure and explore our decorative hardware — made from black powder coated steel. We also have knockers, corner brackets and clavos to further compliment your home’s craftsman style.

Perhaps one of the greatest perks of the 7100 series is Wayne Dalton offers a one-year limited warranty. So, if you experience any garage door problems — you can count on the Sunwest and Wayne Dalton partnership to fulfill your needs.

Looking for a trusted garage door company in California? From repairs to replacement and new home installs, our team at Sunwest can take care of your garage door problems in the blink of an eye. For a free in-home estimate, reach out to us at (714) 528-5670 and we’ll jumpstart your home improvement project today!

According to the 2017 Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling magazine, a garage door replacement is ranked #1 in upscale and #5 in midrange projects retaining value at home sale. Meaning, homeowners can expect to recoup up to 91.5% of their investment.

The roles of garage doors have drastically changed over time. And because they occupy up to 30 percent of your home’s facade, they’ve become an important design consideration when boosting curb appeal.

Today, garage doors not only serve the purpose of security and aesthetic but can also improve the energy efficiency of a home. If you’ve been considering taking on this project in 2018, our team at Sunwest can help.

From rustic wood to modern aluminum, there are dozens of styles to choose from. In our blog today, we’ll be sharing seven garage door features that boost your curb appeal.

Architectural Style

First and foremost, a garage door should complement your home’s architectural style. Popular styles range from craftsman, traditional, ranch, modern to European. We recommend starting with the year your home was built. From there, take a look at its style origin and determine the elements you wish to implement or change.

REALTOR® Magazine has a fantastic architecture guide if you need some help. Your new garage door should seamlessly blend into your home’s exterior details.

Garage Door Insulation

Next up is your garage’s insulation. Many people think of temperature when this is mentioned, but it’s more about the durability of your garage door. Manufacturers use specific techniques and methods for creating garage doors. These include single-layer, double layer and premium construction.

Exterior Design

Now that we’ve assessed your architectural style and insulation needs, it’s time to turn your attention to design (the fun part). Your garage really sets the tone of your home. You can create visual interest using window pains, patterns and cross beams to steer from the “boxy” look of a traditional garage.

Here are some popular designs to check out:

  • Style-Traditional Doors
  • Carriage Doors
  • Raised-Panel Doors
  • Contemporary Doors

Garage Door Materials

Appearance is important, but elements “under the hood” can make just as much impact. If you’re in favor of a contemporary aesthetic, you’ll find that aluminum and glass materials fit. You’ll have the choice of frame finishes and glass types to create a look all your own. On the other hand, if you’re looking for something a little more craftsman, you may opt for wood or wood composite.

If you’re looking for something a little more durable, a steel door is your best bet. Steel garage doors can be purchased with different colors and finishes to match your home.

And lastly, if you live close to the beach, you may consider fiberglass or vinyl. Fiberglass is known for its resistance to moisture and insects. It can also mimic the grain patterns of real wood. Vinyl is lightweight and impervious to rot caused by moisture.

Color Palettes

You don’t have to match the garage color to your front door. In fact, many designers recommend not matching them. The goal is neutralizing the garage door, making the entrance to your home the focal point. You can do this in one of two ways:

If your garage is surrounded by gray or beige stone, you can contrast the texture with a lighter tone of the same color.

Or, you can use a contrasting paint color that brings out the details or shutters or window frames (like a deep chestnut or sleek black).


There are built-in details that make your garage door stand out, but you have the option of adding decorative elements to really make a statement. Patterned hinges, iron arrows and trim are just a few ways you can add details to an otherwise flat surface.

It doesn’t stop there, though. You can add potted plants and greenery to frame your garage, drawing the eye upward!


Exterior lighting is another great way to boost your curb appeal. Look for fixtures that complement the tone and style of your home, bringing the whole look together. Some popular options to consider include driveway lights, uplighting, downlighting and wall sconces.

Ready to Start Shopping for a New Garage Door?

With designers and garage door specialists on staff, we have everything prepped and ready to make your shopping experience a breeze. Give us a call at (714) 528-5670 and we’ll provide a free in-home estimate to cover your project needs!

Anything mechanical eventually breaks down, and your garage door is no exception. However, when the dreaded issue arises, you may be wondering whether it’s time for a repair or a replacement.

Because replacements are often more expensive than repairs, many homeowners prefer fixing problems as they go. Many components are fine to fix, like springs, motors or even panels. But at a certain point, repairing is no longer an option.

Here are five questions to ask yourself when determining if the issue calls for a replacement.


1. Is my garage making strange noises?

Has your garage door gotten stuck or started malfunctioning? Identifying the root of the problem can be tricky, but our team has created a quick process for targeting (and even solving) common issues before scheduling a visit.

Step 1: If you’re experiencing motor problems, it’s not responding or seems dead, check the wall button. Does the light turn on in the machine?

Step 2: If the garage door motor isn’t coming on at all, you’ll want to test the outlet.

Step 3: To test the outlet, you’ll need a blow dryer. Unplug the motor and test the plug. If the blow dryer doesn’t work, it’s an issue with the electricity and not the garage itself. From there, you’ll need to reach out to an electrician.

Step 4: If the blow dryer works, that indicates an issue with the garage door opener. When this happens, you’ll need to bring in a professional to take a closer look.


If your garage isn’t malfunctioning — but simply making loud noises. You may consider a garage door with polyurethane insulation which helps dampen vibrations (often amplified by steel doors).

Another thing that might help is switching out your metal rollers for nylon ones. To be candid, though, we don’t recommend making these repairs yourself.

We’re experts at motor repair. Whether it’s gears, chains or circuit boards, we’re fully stocked and can fix most problems that same day. The key is knowing what sounds to look for.

If your garage is making screeching or cracking noises, you’ll definitely need to call us in. But, if it just sounds like moving parts, simple material swaps should help.


2. Is my garage door, opener or hardware damaged?

Sometimes the damage can be all too obvious. Nothing decreases your curb appeal like a dented, cracked or discolored garage door. If you have a damaged panel, these sections are replaceable.

If your door is wood, metal or an alternative material, give us a call and we can provide some cost-effective solutions.

If the damage is taking place below the surface, you may be experiencing issues with your operator or hardware. Here are some subtle clues to look for:

  • You can’t lift the garage door manually (it’s stuck).
  • The garage door is difficult to open and/or close.
  • The garage door is sagging.
  • The garage door is closing too fast.

Spring life is determined by how often the door is used. If you’re having troubles opening and closing your garage door, call us as soon as possible. In some cases, we can offer a same-day turnaround.

If your garage is making those screeching noises we mentioned earlier, we can replace any damaged or worn hinges, springs or other hardware — bringing new life to your garage.


3. Will I be remodeling my home soon?

According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2016 report, replacing a garage door is one of the top five home improvement projects that generate the highest return on investment. And the proof is in the pictures.

Whether your garage door is cracked or simply discolored, we offer various models and styles to choose from. If you’re looking for something a little more custom, we can help there too.

We’ll pair the architectural style of your home with your design preferences to find a door that’s truly unique.

One of our fan favorites is the Wayne Dalton #8300 model. It has the aesthetic of wood but is made from steel which is much more durable.


4. Is my garage operator lacking modern features?

Our society has made countless technical advances. And now, it’s time for garage operators to catch up. If you’re looking for an upgrade, we offer a full line of Liftmaster, Genie and Merantec operators.

We personally love recommending a Liftmaster (used in the garage above) because of its wi-fi capabilities. You can manage it directly from an app on your phone!


5. Would I like to upgrade to something more durable?

For a more durable door, we highly recommend boosting your insulation. When we mention this, people immediately think of temperature. But in fact, a traditional steel door is like a soda can while an insulated door performs like a double-wall thermos.


Tailored solutions make all the difference.

Ordering garage door products over the phone is pretty risky. Each garage is a little different and our team can help you determine the best (and most cost-effective) solutions for your home.

Whether it’s a repair or replacement, it’s always wise having a professional visit your home and check out the situation first.


Let’s set your project up for success.

A family-run company for over 25 years, we’ll never pressure you into buying something you don’t need. We make it a point to serve, not sell — and offer a free in-home estimate at no cost to you.

No obligations and no fine print. Our goal is helping you fix the problem, however big or small that may be.

If you’re ready to jumpstart your repair or replacement, give us a call at (714) 528-5670.