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How To Make The Right Overhead Garage Door Choice For You

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Tue, Aug 14, 2018 @ 02:10 PM

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Do you need your garage door repaired or replaced? Are you overwhelmed with all of the choices that are available? Here are some things to consider when deciding on whether to purchase or repair your overhead garage door.  

Budget first!

Knowing your budget first will allow you to wisely pick the material, the style and ultimately allow you to make the best decision for what you want and need in a new overhead garage door.

Choose a dollar range of approximately 20% and set yourself a range. For example, if you feel you can spend $1000 on this project, you will have a range of $800-$1200. This range will allow you to make the best choice based on the pros and cons of materials and style. Every decision you make concerning household improvement adds value to your home. A new garage door will add both value and comfort while improving the aesthetic.

Material

Wooden Doors - Wood is a sturdy material to use, but often comes with a higher price tag and semi-yearly upkeep. These doors will hold up well in any climate, but will need to be refinished every few years.

Steel - Rugged and durable, steel is a cost-efficient and long lasting material. There are still multiple designs to choose from, but steel will also rust over time. Adding a fiberglass overlay can negate rusting and make this door a reliable, long lasting investment.

Aluminum - Lightweight and more durable than the aluminum doors of yesterday! Cheaper frames of aluminum are prone to dents and dings if you have children playing ball in the driveway for example, but heavier duty frames are a more resistant option. Having an aluminum door laminated will add to its durability over time.

Fiberglass - A fiberglass door is a great investment in warmer and coastal areas. In colder climates, it can yellow and crack due to the extremes. Fiberglass can be molded and designed to any shape and texture, which allows for many different visual options.

Vinyl - Vinyl doors are extremely resilient, modern and an option to consider along with wood if you have children playing in the driveway. More durable than other options, they are very difficult to dent or crack. While vinyl doors aren't offered in as many styles and aesthetics, they can be your best investment for a long term, reliable door that needs little maintenance outside of a power washing every so often.

Style

Carriage house (swing up) - This style is associated most often with that "barn door" look. They complement rustic style or mission types of houses that seek to portray a rustic aesthetic. They conjure images of old carriage barns and can be designed to your ornate tastes.

Contemporary - These doors offer clean lines and a modern take on just the aesthetic you are looking for.. They come in a variety of design styles and most often be matched with the material that suits your needs.

Traditional - The tried and true classic style that often suits older homes. Choose from a variety of designs in order to improve the look, but maintain that traditional feel that you are looking for.

Best decision for you

You can make your new overhead garage door choice simpler by narrowing your decisions to  your budget, material and style that works best for your home and garage. You can utilize Overhead Door of the Permian Basin™ to help you with your decision. We can help assess those needs and wants, and even use our online visualization tool to upload a picture of your garage and play around with different styles here.

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Fun Summer Projects!

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Tue, Jul 31, 2018 @ 05:59 PM

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Fun Summer Projects You Can Do with Your Entire Family

Summertime is a season for relaxation and fun. However, it's easy to feel fidgety. Resolve your family's restlessness with some interactive projects that are low-stakes and kid-friendly. Get over the Summertime Blues with some easy projects any homeowner can do:
 
Plant Vibrant Wildflower to Help the Local Bee Population
 
Bees help pollinate flowers that in turn grow foodstuff that is good to eat, like apples and almonds. In fact, if bees were suddenly to disappear off the face of the earth, our food supply would be in dire straits. So one thing we can do to help our friendly bee population is to plant flowers in our backyard, or in a plant box placed on our garage door. Flowering plant seeds can be bought inexpensively for any season at your local home and garden store, and children will have a field day planting the seeds. Just be sure to follow the directions on the packet. Tip: Choose the most vibrant colors! Bees love reds, oranges, yellows, and bright purples.
 
Scan Old Family Photos
 
Whenever you flip through old family photo albums, do you ever think of what it might feel like to lose your precious family memories? With digital technology mainly at our fingertips with smartphone features that can scan photos at high resolutions with just a snap of a button, it is not difficult to imagine scanning your favorite precious pictures, especially photos that may be in danger of destruction or a little worn for wear.
 
Sharing your old images is also a great indoor activity to get your kids thinking about their own family's heritage. Tip: You probably can't scan all your photos, so make it a group effort and have everyone select their best pictures.
 
Toss Out Old Clothes Using Age-Old Zen Practices
 
It's a tedious job to clean out your wardrobe, so spice it up and make the event a family project. Inspired by the ideas from Marie Kondō's book "The Life-Changing Habits of Tidying Up," invite you and your family to bring all their clothes into the family room. Go through each article of clothing one-at-a-time and really ask the tough question: "Do these clothes make me happy?" If you don't feel it, toss it.
 
The idea is not to overthink it. You can go first, if you are the head of the family, to set the tone. When you collect all the clothes that you're not feeling, donate your used textiles to a local non-profit that clothes the needy.
 
Paint Your Mailbox
 
A mailbox is a practical device used by your postman to deposit your daily mail; but, more than likely, your mailbox could use a drop of paint. Since a mailbox is not an integral component to your home decor, it could be fun to get creative with colors or design. Use stencils, or find a bright color in an unused paint canister in the garage. Make it a tradition and paint the mailbox in different colors depending on the season. Tip: It's a dirty project so make sure everyone wears their dingiest clothing.
 
As you can see, home projects can be enjoyable - but most importantly it is a way to get your family together to do stuff that you usually wouldn't do in the busier Fall and Spring months of the year.
 
Do you have garage door updates you need help with but don't know how to start? Send us a messageand well be glad to help you out.

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Add Some Life to Your Garage with These Fun Tips

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 @ 02:47 PM

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A garage is a place for work, but it does not have to be a dead space. In fact, you can add some details to the area to bring it to life. By sprucing up this space, it will go from an eyesore to an eye-catcher.

 

Address the Lighting Situation

The lighting around your home is important for safety and security. This extends to your garage area as well.

  • Small lights along the driveway add a touch of beauty to the area. They also give you a sense of boundaries when you are walking or doing other activities.

  • Consider purchasing motion sensor lights to place by the garage and again by your front door. These lights won't keep your neighbors awake. They will alert you when someone or something is in the area so you can address it.

  • Don't forget a floodlight for above your garage door. It is important to see your entire surroundings. The addition of a floodlight gives you better lighting for unloading your vehicle.

Add Some Life with Plants

Bring the area around your garage to life with some easy to care for plants. They add a touch of color to an otherwise dull space.

  • Consider plants that do well in shade. Choose plants that thrive in the shadeand in your soil type.

  • Think about blending this small garden in to your other front facing garden. This adds a sense of uniformity and draws visitors eyes across the entire property.

  • Keep the plants on the smaller side. This will help deter people or animals from hiding in them when you are not home.

Add Some Outdoor Cover for Longer Projects

The final tip for bringing life to the area is a covered outdoor space.

  • Consider buying or building a pergolaor other outdoor coverage for your plants to grow on.

  • Choose a model that is large enough for you to work under as the weather allows.

  • Ask your family for their input on the extra structure.

Look around the front of your home and use it as a guide when deciding the style of this addition.

Creating a uniform look from your garage to your home brings the picture together. Invest some time into this otherwise drab space to add more curb appeal to the home. These extra touches might help sway potential buyers if you put your home on the market in the future.

For more upgrades to your garage door, contact Overhead Door of the Permian Basin

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Helpful Tips to Help Get Your Garage Organized

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Thu, May 24, 2018 @ 03:01 PM

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Utilizing the available space is important when it comes to organizing your garage. Aren't you tired of wading through clutter to find that one thing you were looking for? Organizing your garage makes it easier to find the things you want, and it also gives you more space to store the things you have. Here are some tips and ideas to help you achieve this vision. 

Tool Rack

Long handled items like brooms, rakes, and shovels can cause clutter if they are not properly stored. The long handle gets in the way and can trip you up. Tool racks are great organizational choices and space makers. All of your long handled tools fit easily into a rack and are held up ensuring that no damage is done to them. Make space and make it easier on yourself the next time you need to find the broom.  

Use Your Walls 

The wall offers a lot of potential storage. You can put up hooks to store items like bicycles off the ground and on the wall. Hooks are simple to install and open up a lot more floor space than was previously available. Shelving is another potential way to store items on your walls and clear your floor and walk space. 

Cabinets and Drawers

These organizers help you keep clutter to minimum. These are great options for people with a lot of tools who also want a desk or work area surface too. You can get a workbench with cabinets and drawers for tools and other items. This also gives you the ability to lock up any expensive or irreplaceable item in the event that your garage is broken into. 

Ball Cages

There are a myriad of different balls that your kids or you might be playing with. These items can get in the way in a garage. The most efficient way to store them is in a ball cage. It keeps clutter off the floor and it keeps all the gear in one place. 

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Spring Cleaning: What About The Garage?

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Wed, Apr 04, 2018 @ 03:11 PM

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The garage is a part of the home that can often be neglected during winter. Whether or not you actually use your garage to store your car, you are likely using it as a home for other things, such as bicycles, that are only pulled out in summer. The garage is also often forgotten when spring cleaning rolls around. Here are some things to consider:

1. Ideally, you want to move everything out onto the driveway. Choose a day when no rain is forecast and just pull everything out of the garage.

2. Clean, clean, clean. Run the hose into the garage, get a scrubbing brush, and tackle the inevitable oily and grimy spots. Sweep the dust out of the corners.

3. Check the garage door. If you haven't used your garage all winter, it may be stiff or sticky. Make sure it opens and closes smoothly - if it doesn't, then you may want to get it serviced. Contact us today to get that scheduled! 

4. Sort through the clutter. You should have several categories of stuff:

  • Stuff that doesn't belong in the garage. Especially if you use the garage entrance as a back door, clothes and shoes can wander into the garage and need to be chased back into the house.
  • Trash. This includes any items that are broken beyond repair, expired items, etc.
  • Hazardous waste. Make a separate box for anything considered hazardous waste, such as some auto maintenance products, so it can be disposed of properly.
  • Recycling. Papers, etc.
  • Things you haven't used in several years - these can be given away. If you think something is repairable but don't want to repair it you may be able to find a home for it.
  • Tools and equipment.
  • Stuff you know you want to store in the garage.

4. Take that last category and store it properly. Use bins or shelves to keep everything organized. If you don't have enough shelves then consider getting more - or whether you are keeping stuff you don't need.

5. Repair or replace your garage doors to give the ultimate curb appeal for the summer! Overhead Door of the Permian Basin™ is able to do both. 

The idea is to end up with a clean, organized garage in which you have more than enough room to get in and out of your car.

Happy Spring Cleaning!

-Overhead Door of the Permian Basin™

Sources:

https://www.marthastewart.com/274285/spring-cleaning-the-garage-and-outdoors

https://housewifehowtos.com/clean/spring-cleaning-the-garage/

http://www.oprah.com/home/how-to-clean-out-your-garage-spring-cleaning-tips-peter-walsh

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Commercial Doors: What Are Your Options?

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 @ 03:25 PM

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When it comes to choosing the appropriate equipment for your company, it can seem overwhelming. At Overhead Door of the Permian Basin™, not only do we have multiple options for your commercial space, but we also have knowledgeable, helpful, and professional team members to assist you in your choice. Read on for information about commercial doors and what might be the best option for your business.

Commercial doors have lots of different options, and choosing what the best fit is for you can be broken down into four categories: high speed, rolling doors, sectional, and wind load.

High Speed

These fast-acting doorways are perfect for demanding entryways. In options of rubber and fabric, you'll be sure to find the right choice for your business. Rubber doors are ideal for extreme environments and providing protection against the outdoor elements, while fabric is a great option for interior and exterior doors, providing efficiency and reliability.

Rolling Doors

Rolling doors come in different sizes and styles that are sure to fit your business needs. We provide:

  • rolling sheet doors, a durable and budget friendly option,
  • security grilles,
  • rolling shutters, perfect for high pedestrian traffic areas,
  • counter doors, to secure your industrial and commercial appliances.

Sectional Doors

A high performing door built for long life and superiority, we have sectional steel and insulated steel doors and aluminum glass doors. Our steel doors are perfect for creating security and privacy while our selection of aluminum glass doors provide visual access and light to your commercial space.

Wind Load Doors

Wind load doors are perfect options to protect your property from high winds. These doors are available in standard and extended wind load protection to suit your needs based on your geographical region.

Overhead Door of the Permian Basin™ has been serving the West Texas area for ninety years, providing product quality and expertise from start to finish. Let us help you choose what will work for you in your commercial space today!

We Define Original | Overhead Door of the Permian Basin

Posted by Bob weidner on Mon, Jan 01, 2018 @ 06:42 PM

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What do you think of when you think of the word "original?" By definition, it's defined as "something serving as a model or basis for imitations or copies." At Overhead Door of the Permian Basin, we go by the book - because we define original. We're going to explain why.

Why We Define Original

We Invented the Garage Door

In 1921, C.G. Johnson created an upwards swinging garage door. In 1926, he perfected it by making it electronic. Mr. Johnson is not only the inventor of the modern garage door - he's also the founder of Overhead Door. When we say we're the original, we're not lying. Our roots go back to the very beginning of this technology. Which of our competitors can say the same?

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Some companies get stagnant as they age - not Overhead Door. We continue to produce advancements in technology that make your garage more beautiful and more secure. From attractive yet durable materials to forays into the digital age, Overhead Door isn't content to simply stand aside and let our competition do all of the work. We're the frontrunners when it comes to quality garage doors and accessories.

Often Imitated, Never Duplicated

Sure, we've got competitors - but there's only one original. Before you decide on a garage door company for repairs or sales, remember that we set the standard when it comes to excellence. Our service technicians are required to undergo extensive training for your safety and security. Our products are rigorously tested to ensure they meet our customer's needs. Our design team continues to create doors that make people say, "Wow!" There's only one Overhead Door.

When the time comes to repair or replace your next garage door, don't hesitate to call Overhead Door - because we define original. Our service, selection, style, and security are unparalleled. We're proud to be the company customers want to call and other companies want to be. Schedule your service today.

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Garage Cleaning Tips for 2018

Posted by Bob weidner on Wed, Dec 27, 2017 @ 06:50 AM

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Scrubbing out your garage may not be at the top of your resolution list for the new year. However, home improvement should definitely make it on your agenda, because cleaning your garage can save you space, headache, and time. Check out our eight favorite garage cleaning tips for 2018.

2018 Resolutions: Garage Cleaning Tips

  1. Remove the junk. Our garages become a catch-all for just about anything - including empty boxes, almost-empty products, and project garbage. Take the time to clean up debris to save space, and reduce fire hazards.
  2. Combine where you can. Do you have multiple containers of the same thing open? If you can combine open packages of the same product, mix then together and save space!
  3. Toss what you don't need.. Have you heard of the Marie Kondo method, which employs a decluttering tactic of "if it doesn't bring you joy, toss it?" Though many common garage items won't necessarily bring "joy," it's important to get rid of things you never use. There's no sense in letting them take up space.
  4. Create groups. Make piles for items you want to keep, trash, or donate. Often, you might stumble upon items you can sell, such as old bicycles or tools. Consider a sales forum, like Craigslist.
  5. Organization is key. Garage storage is premium, but...if it's out of sight, it's out of mind. Consider a DIY project or two by creating a storage hub for tools, gardening equipment, and parts. When you're organized, you can find things easier - and they're less likely to get strewn in your garage.
  6. Give it a scrub. Though it's been a bit cool lately, giving your garage floors, walls, and windows a good scrubbing will start your 2018 off squeaky clean. A degreasing agent can break up tough or slippery floor stains to reduce hazards.
  7. Protect your garage. Inspect extry doors, windows, and your garage doors for damage. An annual garage cleanout is a perfect opportunity to create a barrier from the elements.
  8. Get a professional service. Before moving stuff back into the garage, schedule a service appointment with Overhead Door. When your garage is free of debris, it's easier for us to assess any issues with your door and the parts. You can schedule yours here.

Wishing you a wonderful and prosperous 2018 from Overhead Door!

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Outdoor Holiday Decorating Tips

Posted by Bob weidner on Sun, Dec 10, 2017 @ 10:12 AM

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It’s decoration time! We expect that you’ve already started decorating for the holidays, but there are several outdoor holiday decorating tips you should follow for your merriment…and protection. 

All is (B)Right

Make sure any exterior lights are manufactured for outdoor use. Though some strings can be dually used for indoors and outdoors, it’s critical that exterior lights are made to weather the storm. Interior lights simply can’t handle cold, wet temperatures. 

Ho Ho Ho, NOT No No No!

Don’t create a slip, trip and fall hazard with your decorations. It’s important to be festive, not fatalistic! Keep pathways free of decorations, particularly cords or moving parts that could cause someone to fall. It’s also important to keep walkways de-iced on snow and ice days to prevent dangerous slips. No one wants to hurt the parcel delivery service people (or Santa)!

Door Décor Safety

Adding decoration to your garage door is a great way to add merriment to your home. However, be sure that it’s securely fastened and kept away from your garage’s moving parts. If you aren’t careful, wreaths, garland, and tinsel can get wrapped around the gears and chains. Though we’re happy to assist you with service, Overhead Door prefers prevention to a cure – when it comes to the flu and garage door repairs.

Check Your (Electrical) List Twice 

As a regular safety measure, all outdoor outlets are safe from moisture and properly grounded to prevent sparks and fire hazards. Additionally, avoid slips, trips, and falls by keeping power cords out of walkways – it’s critical to make sure the cord isn’t so tight as to tear away from the plug. If you plan on having a significant amount of outdoor electrical decorations, consider a hardcore exterior power supply that keeps you from overloading outlets.

Do you have any favorite holiday safety tips? Remember that the holly jolly service team at Overhead Door is always available if your garage gears do manage to get tangled up in holiday garland.

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Preparing Your Home for the Holidays

Posted by Bob weidner on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 @ 06:46 AM

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner. In just two the days, the busiest time of the year will kick on in full swing. The holiday season is always full of hustle and bustle, but it's critical to take some steps to make sure that you're properly preparing your home for the holidays. Overhead Door is sharing some of our favorite ways to keep you safe and sound...and merry!

Ready to Be Merry? Preparing Your Home for the Holidays

Get Ready for Guests

Have you been putting off little to-do's around your property? Be sure to check them off of your list before guests begin to arrive for celebratory events. Make sure that bathroom plumbing is working properly (no leaks or breaks), stock up on clean towels and linens, and clean out your closets to leave some space.

Create a Cozy Environment

Make a short homeowner's list to make sure you don't miss anything. To welcome guests (and improve your home's monthly utility costs), make sure that windows and doors are adequately sealed. If your guest room is hotter or colder than other rooms of the house, consider having a professional HVAC company check out the duct work to find out why. If you plan on spending any time during the holidays in your garage, be sure to add insulation for a more moderate environment.

Be Clear About Rules

If you prefer that no table scraps be given to the dog or you have a shoe-free home, be sure to let guests know about your non-negotiables early on in their visit. Though it's not recommended that you give your company an entire laundry list of your house rules, it's important to highlight the ones that could negatively affect your holiday.

Dazzle Them

Holiday decorations are one of the best parts of the season. Unless otherwise arranged, be sure to have your holiday decor out before guests arrive. Unfortunately, many items are covered in glitter - which gets everywhere. It's beneficial to get these pieces put away to avoid tracking it through your home. Additionally, a sparkling clean home is one of the best ways to impress guest. Give your home a thorough cleaning (or hire someone to) before their arrival. 

Safety First

If you expect poor weather conditions, be sure to set up a "muster" area near the entrance of your home. It's important to have a place available for guests to place their boots and coats. Additionally, make sure that your home's exterior is well-lit and that the walkway to your home is free of obstacles.

Create the Comforts of Home

1123_OHDPB_2.jpegAsk your overnight guests if they have any preferences. Some people like cream in their coffee. Others like a big breakfast. Some people prefer cooler temperatures at night. Doing your best to accommodate your company makes a big difference - especially when they are spending their holiday away from home.

Are you ready for the holiday season? All of us at Overhead Door want to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving - and we look forward to ushering in the Christmas season, as well. If you experience a garage door emergency during your holiday, know that you can trust our experienced professionals. Happy Thanksgiving!

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