A Black Garage Door Can Add Drama And Sophistication to Your Home

Prior to thermal-reflective paint, painting a steel surface such as a garage door would cause costly damages to the door. The dark color would absorb and retain the high heat, causing the door to bow out. Thankfully, Clopay has introduced a thermal-reflective paint that will keep a dark colored surface such as a black door cooler.

Clopay introduced black to its color choices about a year ago. Many Dixie Door customers have chose this color for their homes, adding a touch of glamour to their home. Recently, at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, Clopay introduced a new modern style door to add to a contemporary taste. So with the sleek black look, along with a more modern style door, your home can look like as if it’s going to a black tie affair.

Clopay also earned a 2014 Handy Innovation Award Honorable Mention for its black steel garage doors.

For questions or for a free estimate on a new garage door call Dixie Door at 615-822-3667. Whether it be a contemporary look such as the one pictured to the left or a classic style door, we can help you.

LiftMaster Logic 5.0 and MyQ Commercial Openers – Now Available


Ensuring commercial door entrances are secure is more than a convenience – it’s a necessity.  LiftMaster, the nation’s leading manufacturer of commercial door operators, is making it even easier to ensure commercial facilities are secure.  In October 2014, authorized LiftMaster Dealers will have the opportunity to provide commercial customers with new LiftMaster Logic 5.0 Commercial Door Operators, the industry’s first line of internet-connected commercial door operator and the next generation of commercial door operators.

Logic 5.0 integrates LiftMaster’s proprietary MyQ Technology, allowing municipalities such as firehouses and businesses of all sizes to monitor and control their commercial doors from their connected smartphone, tablet or coputer anywhere, anytime.  MyQ Technology will enable users to be confident their commercial doors are closed and their facility is secure.  Users can elect to receive email or mobile alerts on the status of their commercial doors for added security and peace of mind.

“Commercial customers are becoming increasingly connected and are seeking more control, security and confidence in their lives,” said Bryan Laurinec, Director of Marketing for LiftMaster commercial operators.  “LiftMaster’s Logic 5.0 Commercial Door Operators deliver on commitment to creating quality, innovative and advanced products, and give LiftMaster Dealers an edge by offering the industry’s first ever internet-connected commercial door operator.”

Built upon industry proven technology, the new Logic 5.0 incorporates everything you know and trust about Logic 4.0, while revolutionizing connectivity with a commercial door operator.  The new LiftMaster Logic 5.0 line also incorporates LiftMaster’s Security+ 2.0 radio receiver patented technology that creates a strong and reliable signal to access property quickly and safely.  The technology virtually eliminates interference and delivers twice the range of standard remotes.  With every click, a new code is sent to the commercial door operator, ensuring the door only opens for the individual pressing the remote, and that the door opener stops and closes conveniently and reliably every time.

The new line will include LiftMaster standard features, including monitored entrapment protection through photo eyes and optical door edges, control function selection switches with a positioning selector dial and 3-button control to simplify setup and programming with open, close, and stop buttons conveniently located directly on the Logic 5.0 board.  LiftMaster’s Maintenance Alert System (MAS) Programming establishes a routine maintenance schedule based upon the number of door cylces or calendar date.  An integrated Timer-to-Close function allows programming in 1-second and 15-second increments for time automatic door closure after the door reaches the full open position.  LiftMaster’s Logic 5.0 line is compliant to local codes to make approval easy at final inspection.


About LiftMaster

LiftMaster is the number one brand of professionally installed residential garage door openers, as well as a major manufacturer of commercial door operators, residential and commercial gate operators, telephone entry systems and related access control products.  Driven by the access and security needs of the marketplace, LiftMaster’s expansive line of state-of-the-art residential and commercial products are designed to fit any lifestyle or application, providing the latest technology and innovations in safety, security and convenience.

Creating the WOW factor – Home Exteriors Spring Trends Report


Whether you’re building or remodeling in 2014, a number of surveys show that homeowners are setting higher expectations for the outside of their home.

Good looks and low-maintenance are the attributes homebuyers value most when sizing up their options for exterior design and materials according to Professional Builder magazine’s annual Home Exteriors survey.

Great design/curb appeal was cited by 60.1% of builders and architects as the most important concern for their customers, followed by low-maintenance, and energy efficiency/ongoing cost-savings.

Planning to sell? Garage door upgrades rank in the Top 5 home improvement projects that generate the biggest bang for your buck at resale, according to the Remodeling 2014 Cost vs. Value report.

Garage doors rank high for two reasons: they are among the most affordable projects in the survey and they have the biggest impact on a prospective buyer’s first impression.

Homeowners who replace their garage door can expect to recoup an 83.7% return at resale, on average, nationwide. Steel entry door replacement is the No. 1 project.

Another notable trend: carriage house style garage doors are the “it look” among the garage door set, representing one out of every five residential doors sold today in North America. Sales in the category have tripled since 2005, when the Door and Access Manufacturers Association conducted its original survey to gauge the popularity of carriage style doors.


1.  Glamming up the Garage – Black is Back!

Move over white!  Clopay’s new thermal reflective “cool paint” technology reduces heat absorption and retention keeping surface temperatures significantly cooler than traditional paint allowing you the brand new option of black.

2.  Going All Natural.

Clopay Customer Reserve Collection – carriage house style

In addition to offering a complete line of wood doors, Clopay has introduced several eco-friendly faux wood garage door designs that have homeowners saying, “We’ll take the fake!”

Clopay Canyon Ridge Collection Limited Edition Series

Clopay’s Canyon Ridge Collection faux wood carriage style garage doors provide realistic beauty and charm in a durable, energy-efficient, low-maintenance door with composite cladding molded from wood boards. The material won’t rot, warp, or crack. The 2″-thick polyurethane insulated core provides a 20.4 R-value for year round comfort. Fourteen designs in three stain colors are available.

Clopay Canyon Ridge Ultra-Grain Series low-maintenance insulated faux wood carriage style garage door that combines steel with composite overlays.

Clopay Gallery Collection – Long Panel, Double Strength Glass w/ Arch 1 Grilles

3.  A Breath of Fresh Air.

Clopay Avante Collection


Glamming Up the Garage: Clopay Introduces Steel Garage Doors in Black and Color Expansion in Bronze


Move over white doors, in 2014 we’ll be seeing a lot more drama and glamour in the place we park our cars as Clopay adds black to its steel garage door color wheel and more options in Bronze.

Painting a steel door a dark color like black  or bronze used to be a no-no, but new thermal reflective “cool paint” technology reduces heat absorption and retention, making hot surfaces and risk of thermal bowing a thing of the past.

Clopay’s factory-applied black paint finish will be available on the Gallery® Collection and Classic Collection doors with Intellicore® insulation technology in March. Visit /residential-garage-doors.aspx to see design options, which include matching decorative windows and hardware. In addition to the cool technology, the Black color will come standard with a thicker 24 gauge exterior steel surface.  This will result in Black doors having a different spring weight than other colors.

Black is now available in the following Clopay models:  GD2S/LU, GD1S/LU, GD2S/LP, GD1S/LP, 9200, 9201, 9202, 9203, 9130, 9131, 9132, 9133, 4300, 4301 and 4310.  Black is not available in the 1-3/8″ Residential Steel Back door (4050, 4051, 4053) as of 4/03/2014.

Bronze is now available in the following Clopay models:  GD2S/LU, GD1S/LU, GD2S/LP, GD1S/LP, 9200, 9201, 9202, 9203, 9130, 9131, 9132, 9133, 4300, 4301, 4310, 4050, 4051, and 4053.

Stop Mold (vinyl/weatherstripping) – Black stop mold will be available in 2 types only, dual flap stop mold and hollow heat resistant designs.  Traditional vinyl stop mold options are not available in black at this time.

What is MyQ Technology and Why is it Special?

So you’re interested in a new garage door opener and you keep seeing all this ‘MyQ Technology’ on labels for the products.  You’re asking yourself – what does this mean to me?

Just imagine being on vacation and having the ability to open your garage door for your neighbor so they can water the plants, take the dog out, and check on things.  Or imagine being able to check and make sure you closed the garage door after leaving for work or on a business trip.  Or imagine having the ability to turn some house lights on when you’re on your way home or away from home.  You can do all of this with the Liftmaster MyQ Technology.

Built in revolutionary MyQ technology has the ability to communicate, manage, and active other MyQ enabled devices in the home.  This gives you greater control and security – you can open or close the garage door or turn the lights on or off using your smartphone (Android, I-Phone, Blackberry), tablet or computer – from anywhere, any time.

How it Works.  The Liftmaster Internet Gateway 828LM works with Liftmaster MyQ openers (models 8550, 8360, 8500, 8557, 8587, and 8355).  You connect it to your computer router, register the 828LM with Liftmaster, download the app on your phone on computer and that’s it – you’re opening your garage door.

Quick and Easy Setup

  1. 1.  Connect power and router
  2. 2.  Create an account at MyLiftmaster.com (http://www.myliftmaster.com/)
  3. 3.  Register the Liftmaster Internet Gateway (serial number is on the bottom of the 828LM)
  4. 4.  Add your MyQ enabled devices (openers, lights, etc.)
  5. 5.  Go to MyLiftmaster.com/mobile for smartphone apps available for free downloading.


Additionally, Liftmaster has announced a new product that will work just like the 828LM but with also with other brands.  The 821LM Universal Smartphone Garage Door Controller works with Liftmaster, Chamberlain, Craftsman, Linear, Genie, Overhead, Stanley, and Wayne Dalton garage door openers.  You can read more about it on the 821LM page or on our store’s parts page – Liftmaster 821LM.