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RSX Fire Door Operator Provides Safety, Security and Battery Back-Up

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Thu, Dec 05, 2019 @ 11:04 AM

Have you heard about our RSX® Fire Door Operator? With a fully integrated door release capability and a 24-hour battery backup, this unique operator allows for additional protection in the event of a power loss. Further, there are a variety of mounting options available to fit most applications such as rolling steel doors and sectional doors. 

There's no manual intervention required to reset the operator after a fire alarm or drop test. In fact, the door may be motor operated manually upon reset of the fire alarm signal and test key switch, which makes it perfect for commercial use. 

Approved for use in hazardous locations in both the United States and Canada, it is also Factory Manual (FM) approved in the United States. You can purchase the RSX® Fire Door Operator through an authorized Overhead Door Distributor or by visiting our website. 

We are constantly looking to add valuable tools to our commercial portfolio, and the addition of the RSX® Fire Door Operator fits the bill. Architects can find specifications to support their projects and commercial door compatibility charts on Architects Corner.

 

Ways to Insulate Your Garage Door

Posted by Bob weidner on Mon, Nov 11, 2019 @ 11:21 AM

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Though West Texas has been experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures for this time of year, it's never too early to start planning for winter. Your garage can end up as the source of a significant amount of cold air; if you aren't careful, can end up inside your home. Follow our tips on ways to insulate your garage to keep the cold where it should be - outside.

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Garage Doors

Metal doors absorb cold and heat easily. If you don't have an insulated garage door from Overhead Door, that doesn't mean you can't add insulation later. While not as durable or high quality as pre-insulated doors, you can purchase a kit with foam insulation from many major retailers. If you're using your garage as a workspace, insulating the door is worth the time and money. If it's time to replace your garage door, ask one of our friendly technicians about a genuine Overhead Door insulated product.

Entry Doors

Make sure that other doors coming off of your garage are well-insulated, especially  you've got an entry door into home. Consider switching out older doors that may not seal well after your house had settled. Opt for a steel or solid wood door without windows. If you can't spend the money on a new door, you can always drape plastic sheeting from inside your garage to prevent cold air from slipping into your home.

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Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal off drafty windows. If there are air leaks, you could also be unintentionally creating an environment for water or insects to enter your garage, as well.

Walls

If you're currently building your home, consider adding insulation and sheet rock in your garage. Not only will it help keep it warmer in winter and cooler in summer, it can make your garage a much more pleasant workspace. If your home is older and you use it frequently as a shop, you might consider a renovation to add insulation for a more comfortable environment.

Thresholds

Along each door, including garage doors, it's important to add weatherstripping along the floors to block drafts from underneath the door. Measure your doors to find out what you need. Most hardware stores carry these supplies on-hand. However, worst case scenario, you can always purchase the items online. 

Not sure where to start with insulating your garage? Speak with an experienced member of the Overhead Door team today - we offer helpful, efficient service for your garage door needs.

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Fall Curb Appeal

Posted by Bob weidner on Tue, Oct 15, 2019 @ 02:31 PM

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The way your home looks is highly important for both resale value, as well as a point of pride. According to Than Merrill with Fortune Builders, great curb appeal can increase the value of a home by as much as 20 percent! Fall is a wonderful time to spruce things up and give your home's exterior a little extra attention. With the changing colors of the leaves, fall is an absolutely beautiful season. Here are some suggestions for how you can make your house stand out as something truly special this fall without having to spend a lot of money. 

Keep Your Lawn Looking Sharp

This might just be the most important part of good fall curb appeal. The colorful leaves are beautiful when they are on the tree, but less beautiful when they are on the lawn. Keeping the lawn maintained with raked leaves allows the pop of color from the trees to stand out from the neutral color of the lawn. This is a good time to make sure bushes are trimmed and weeds are pulled. All of the landscaping should be manicured for a clean look before the winter months. 

Great Exterior Lighting

As it begins to get dark earlier, more people are likely to see your house in the evening. More exterior lighting is important to make sure there are no large areas of darkness. Patches of light are not a good idea either. Beth Rucker with HGTV writes about how adjustable lighting can allow for different effects that you may want in different seasons. Plan your lighting locations, including walkways for that extra pop to improve your curb appeal for the fall. 

Decorate the Front Porch

The front porch area needs to have a planned look that is warm and inviting. You may consider a wreath or door decoration specifically for fall to change things up for the season. When you plan a little extra on the porch area, it gives the house a more finished appearance. It also shows that you have put some effort into your care of the property. Be careful with seasonal decoration though because too much of a good thing can have a negative impact. 

Want to update your garage door while your at it? Contact Overhead Door of the Permian Basin™ today! 

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How To Select A Garage Door

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Mon, Sep 09, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

Is all you want for Christmas a new garage door? Okay, maybe not...but, if you're trying to choose a new garage door, we have some things you should consider before purchasing. Find out how to select a garage door!
 

Choosing A Brand


If you're in the market for a new garage door, you have a lot of choices. As with any home improvement purchase, it's important to choose the right brand. Overhead Door is a brand trusted for over 90 years and provides an exclusive network of professional distributors and technicians who pride themselves on delivering superior products and expert service.
    

Curb Appeal


Want to add more curb appeal and make your home "pop"? Just change the garage door, and take it from basic to beautiful. Learn how you can amp up your curb appeal by selecting your next garage door from many different style options, materials, colors and accessories.
 

Style Options


When choosing your new garage door, for most homeowners, nothing is more important than the style and design. Learn more about the three types of styles that you'll find with most garage doors—Traditional, Carriage House, and Modern and find one that suits you and your home.
 

Garage Door Materials

 
What your new garage door is made of will determine its appearance, how long your door will last, its durability, and how much annual maintenance it will require. Learn more about the varied door material options including steel, vinyl, wood, and aluminum and determine which one best suits your climate and home.
   

Garage Door Insulation

 
The amount of insulation you need in your garage door depends on your region. With the garage usually being the primary entrance to the home and with living space often above or beside it, it's best to keep the temperature in the garage as comfortable as possible. Learn more about the benefits of garage door insulation and considerations for your regional climate and home.

 

Garage Door Prices


There are many things that can influence the price of a garage door, such as style, type of material, and size. Overhead Door offers a complete line of garage door selections ranging from premium to economical and everything in-between. Learn about what to keep in mind when considering a garage door system purchase.
 
Hopefully the tips and videos about help you learn more about how to select a garage door! But, if you have more questions or would like to request a design consultation with one of our design experts, please feel free to contact us!

Questions to Ask About Your New Garage Door

Posted by Bob weidner on Mon, Jul 29, 2019 @ 10:17 AM

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Garage doors, though durable, will require replacement someday. When purchasing a new garage door, there are several things you should think about. Overhead Door of Permian Basin is sharing a list of questions to ask about your new garage door before you buy.

What Kind Of Material?

Overhead Door of Permian Basin offers its customers a wide variety of styles and materials. However, it's important to have a good idea of the type of garage door. Our options include wood, aluminum, glass, steel, vinyl, or fiberglass. Each of these materials is durable, but your needs are what will determine the best fit. Ask your Overhead Door technician about his or her recommendations.

Which Safety Features?

Part of Overhead Door's selection options includes several safety implementations. These include wind-load and fire-safe doors for your added protection. Wind-load doors provide added durability for wild West Texas wind storms. You should also make sure the new door works with the appropriate detector sensors to prevent injuries.

Any Extras?

carriagehouse-garage-door-306.jpgGone are the days of hand-pulled garage doors. Technology is a wonderful thing - for garage doors, too! Consider adding a wireless entry pad for your new garage door for easy entry. If you're big on using apps, consider finding a unit that is compatible with OHD Anywhere. Our easy to use app tracks when your door is opened, whether manually or with the opener. You're also able to open it remotely, no matter where you are.

Which Style?

The look of your garage door can vary, depending on your tastes. Carriage-style doors as a look of quaintness to your home, but work just like modern doors. You may be interested in a more traditional look with steel or aluminum accordion doors. For the modern minimalist, consider our glass and aluminum options for a sleek and sophisticated look.

What's Your Budget?

Overhead Door of Permian Basin offers a wide variety of doors to match your budget. Be sure to ask your designer to show you doors within your price range.

Are you ready to change the look of your home with new garage doors? We're happy to answer all of the above questions...and more!

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Garage Door Security Tips

Posted by Bob weidner on Mon, May 27, 2019 @ 10:16 AM

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Your home is your castle. Think of your garage door as the drawbridge, as it's meant to protect your home and belongings. As part of your "castle's" safeguards, it's important to make sure that you're taking the proper precautions to ensure your home is safe. Read on for more on our garage door security tips.

Know The Risks

Though burglaries are possible year-round, they occur more frequently in the summer months and during vacations. Why? Because homeowners are out of town more often. Often, criminals pay attention to neighborhoods to see who is home and who isn't. That's why it's important to utilize your garage door as an added measure of security.

Many homeowners view their garage door as a "sneaky" way to enter their own homes in the case that they get locked out. However, most would-be thieves are well-versed in figuring that out.

Maintenance Is Critical

Don't skimp on maintenance. Broken springs, locks, and chains can give thieves easier access to your garage. Following our maintenance tips will help you to keep your garage in working order.

Hidden Devices

Do you park your vehicle outside of your garage? If so, it's important not to leave your garage door opener readily available. Think of it as leaving a house key in plain sight. A burglar can simply break into your car and open your garage - giving them free reign of your home.

If You Like It Then You Should Have Put A Lock On It

Though most doors are secure, some more resourceful thieves are able to use tools to unlock your garage door's locking mechanism. If you know you'll be out of town for an extended period, we encourage you to use your door's slide lock. This feature is similar to a deadbolt and is used to secure the door from inside. If your door doesn't have one (or it isnt' working properly), you can also use a padlock as well. If your slide bolt isn't working correctly, talk to the experts at Overhead Door to schedule a repair.

Light It Up

If you spend a considerable amount of time out of town, it would be a good idea to invest in some motion-sensor lights near your garage. Most burglaries occur with a break-in from the ground floor. Often, lights can deter would-be intruders. Additionally, make sure that your garage door opener has a working light. Not only is it convenient for you, it adds another level of security to your home.

Secure The Premise

Many homeowners opt to install alarm systems in their homes. Some insurance companies even offer discounts for policy holders who do. Additionally, Overhead Door offers OHD Anywhere, a sensor and mobile app combination that notifies you anytime your door opens or closes.

Window Treatments

If your garage door includes windows, it's a wise idea to frost them for added security. This prevents passersby from peeking into your garage and eyeballing your belongings. If you want to try this project yourself, here are four ways to do so.

Hold The Door

This one is the easiest and most reliable way to deter thieves. Simply keep your garage door shut. It not only keeps potential criminals from scoping out your home, but it keeps your garage's temperature maintained.

Do you need help with making sure your garage is a castle gate? Overhead Door can help. Contact us to schedule service today.

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The Benefits of Working With Overhead Door

Posted by Bob weidner on Tue, Apr 02, 2019 @ 03:02 PM

0928_OHDPB.pngWhen it comes to your residential and commercial garage doors, you have many companies to choose from. In a world full of reviews and social media posts, it can be hard to determine which company best fits your needs. That's why we're here to explain the benefits of working with Overhead Door - we want to make the decision simple for you!

Advantages of Working With Overhead Door 

Selection

Not sure what you're looking for in a garage door? That's no problem - Overhead Door provides a wide selection of options. Whether you're looking for traditional wooden doors, a no-fuss steel door, or an ultra-modern glass model, Overhead Door provides exactly what you need. Still don't see quite what you want? Overhead Door can help you customize a design based on your specifications. There's also a wide variety of commercial doors to meet your business's needs, as well.

Style

Did you know that an Overhead Door product was used for Southern Living's 2017 Idea House? Talk about style! Many people don't realize that their garage doors can make a big statement about their home. It's a long-term way to add curb appeal and beauty to their property. It doesn't stop there, either - contemporary glass and aluminum commercial doors give your business a sleek, sophisticated aesthetic that draws the eye to your building.

Security

Garage doors are an important line of defense for your home or business. Overhead Door's includes additional safety features to our garage doors to prevent theft and entry into your home or business. You can also beef up your security by adding the OHD Anywhere to your security measures. You can remotely open the garage and receive notifications of opening/closing doors, whether it's with a remote or manually.

Safety

Depending on your preferences, you might consider a wind-load residential door to protect your property from high wind conditions. Overhead Door's commercial line also provides fire-resistant and wind-load options to help you protect your company assets. Our team also sells safety eye replacements and other parts to make sure that your garage door is in proper working condition.

Skill

Overhead Door's technicians are skilled to help repair or replace your garage door. They're familiar with new installations and how to correct broken parts. Additionally, we offer emergency, night, and weekend service - we understand that garage door problems don't always occur during regular business hours.

Service

Overhead Door is proud to be part of the Permian Basin. We strive to constantly improve our service and to make sure that our clients are happy. Customers who are treated with respect and courtesy are more apt to become lifelong patrons - and that's exactly what we strive to do.

Experience the Overhead Door difference for your next garage door repair or replacement. Contact us today.

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Four Signs Your Garage Door Needs Service

Posted by Bob weidner on Mon, Mar 11, 2019 @ 02:30 PM

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Your garage door serves multiple purposes. Not only does it protect your vehicle and belongings, it service as a way to keep out the elements. Though garage doors are relatively durable, occasional service and maintenance is required. The experts at Overhead Door share four signs your garage door needs service, so read on for more!

Do You See Signs Your Garage Door Needs Repairs?

There's a Disconnect Somewhere

Click...click...CLICK! No matter how much you mash the buttons, the door won't open or close. If it does, it moves slowly. Additionally, you might notice that the safety equipment at the bottom of your door isn't working properly. Electrical shorts or disconnects are a common problem with garage doors, so it's important to get them checked out as soon as possible.

Did That Always Look That Way?

pexels-photo-237974-1.jpegHave you noticed rusty parts on your garage door parts recently? Perhaps you've seen portions of your garage door getting a little saggy. Though it's sturdy and designed to last a while, your hardware does need replaced eventually. If you notice bolts, screws, or the tracks of your garage door looking a little worse for wear, it's time to schedule a service call with a professional.

There's a Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

Watching your garage shimmy and shake like it's in a disco can be very disconcerting. While these symptoms indicate that your door is misaligned with the tracks, this isn't a problem you should ignore. As the door continues along its imbalanced path, it can wear more heavily on one side of the hardware. Be sure to set up an appointment to have your garage door serviced as soon as possible.

You Hear Odd Noises

Garage door should make minimal amounts of noise, especially newer models. Most often, noisy garage doors come from springs or tracks that just require a little grease to help them run smoother. Think of this lubricant as "cartilage" for your garage door and the parts; it acts as a buffer to keep the two rough pieces from rubbing each other raw.

Are you concerned that you need to have your garage door serviced? Overhead Door not only provides new door installations, we can help you with maintenance and repairs, too. Schedule a service call with us today!

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What's That Sound?

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Tue, Jan 22, 2019 @ 11:28 AM

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When you push the button, you expect your garage door to open (or close) gracefully. And when it doesn't, something's wrong. 

We've put together a highly technical list of bangs, booms, poops, and eeeeeeks you might hear along with an idea of what those sounds might indicate so that when you call for help, you can sound like you know a little something about garage doors without putting on the vocal performance of a lifetime ("It sounded something like this...").

 Here are the most common noises and what they might mean. 

 

 

Squealing

Squealing is a good indication that your hinges need to be replaced, and although you can replace some hinges yourself, some are connected to important cables and should be handled by a professional. If you suspect your hinges need replacing, give us a call. 

Grinding

Grinding and groaning is usually an indication of a misalignment somewhere, and the misalignment is usually the result of fasteners that have loosened or damaged panels (has anyone backed into the garage door lately?).

Rattling

Rattling means something is loose somewhere: either the brackets mounted to the ceiling of the garage, nuts and bolts throughout, or the garage door tracks. You can try to locate any loose nuts or bolt and gently tighten, but if that doesn't work we can find the culprit and take care of it.

Banging

If your garage door is dropping hard enough and fast enough to alert the neighbors, you could be dealing with a couple of common problems: a worn weather strip or faulty springs. Keep in mind that an abrupt drop to the ground can cause safety issues and get this problem checked out as soon as possible. 

We hope this guide to the blood-curdling noises your garage door makes helps you solve problems and get help next time you need it. For the latter, call us at Overhead Door Permian Basin(TM) today - we love to diagnose and treat squeaky, screechy, bangy, clangy doors.

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Types of Residential Garage Doors

Posted by Bob weidner on Sun, Dec 09, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

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When it's time to replace your garage door, choosing which kind can be difficult. Overhead Door offers a wide selection, but how do you know which one is right for you? We've made it easy with this quick reference guide to discuss the different types of residential garage doors.

Steel

Steel residential garage doors are one of the most common varieties. Not only are they durable and easy to maintain, they're very cost-effective. Overhead Door offers several models, including carriage house styles. Additionally, these doors come in various colors, so you don't have to repaint your house when the time comes to replace your garage door.

Aluminum

aluminum-garage-door-521.jpgAs an economical alternative to steel, you should consider an aluminum garage door. Aluminum's exterior finish is resilient and comes in all of the colors of the rainbow. Our modern designs combine glass panels on an aluminum frame to provide an aesthetic look that will make the neighbors jealous.

Wood

If you want a traditional look, wood doors are a great way to accomplish your goal. Genuine wooden garage doors are absolutely beautiful, though they are fairly high-maintenance. The doors arrive unprimed, which allows you to stain or paint them the color of your choosing. It's a lovely alternative to standard metal garage doors.

Vinyl

vinyl-garage-door-durafirm-MAIN-model.jpgIf you need an extremely durable garage door but don't want to sacrifice classic design, choose one of our vinyl options. The thick vinyl coating gives the appearance of painted wood, without all of the upkeep. Additionally, vinyl doors handle dents and scratches better than standard steels doors.

Fiberglass

If you love the look of wood garage doors but don't like the maintenance, consider fiberglass doors. Fiberglass is extremely light and can withstand dents. Best of all, there's no rust or wood-eating insects to content with! These doors come in a variety of panel and window styles, so you're able to create a customized design.

Are you ready to revamp your existing residential garage doors? We want to help you! Schedule a design consultation to meet with one of Overhead Door's experience teams to help you choose.

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