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Extreme Temps In The Permian Basin Need Protection

Posted by Bob weidner on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 @ 02:47 PM

With extreme temperatures nationwide, it’s the time of year when industrial and commercial facility operators become concerned with thermal efficiency, especially if they run a climate-controlled facility. Even when a building has an efficient envelope, the weakest points are usually large entry spaces.

At Overhead Door, we understand the demands of large facility owners and operators, so we’ve made it a point to provide our customers with a product line-up that features the best thermal performance values on the market. With the introduction of the Storntite AP model rolling steel door and the Thermacore AP Model 850 commercial sectional door, we did just that.

The Stormtite AP 627 offers the most advanced thermal performance values published by any major U.S. manufacturer of insulated rolling steel doors, with an R-value of 10.9, a U-value of 0.09 and a tested installed U-factor of 0.84. The Model 627 door also minimizes air transfer, reduces operating costs and surpasses International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) requirements.

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But don’t take our word for it. This door system just won first place in Architectural Products Magazine Product Innovation Awards (PIAs) in the windows/doors/openings category and this is what the judges had to say, “Get these in every business park in North America.”

If you’re looking for sectional door with maximum thermal efficiency, the Thermacore® AP model 850 insulated door from Overhead Door is the perfect choice.  Featuring the most advanced thermal performance values published by any major U.S. manufacturer – an R-value of 26, U-value of .038 and a third party tested installed U-factor of .14 –  the Thermacore® AP model 850 is a 3-inch-thick insulated sectional door that is not only one of the most thermally efficient doors on the market, but strong too. It’s an ideal choice when extreme heat, cold, durability and ease of maintenance are primary concerns.

Facility owners will also be glad to know that both door systems come ready with a number of options to meet individual application needs.

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For questions about commercial door options or to upgrade your existing commercial or industrial door to a thermally efficient door system, contact us. 

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Tags: Overhead Door, Choosing Your Garage Door

Choose Your Perfect Garage Door with Architects Corner

Posted by Bob weidner on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 @ 07:35 AM

We know what it takes to complete a project: hard work and a lot of planning. That’s why Overhead Door Corporation has put all its resources for architects and project specifiers into one, easy-to-access location: The Architect’s Corner on OverheadDoor.com.

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If you are an architect or designer looking to incorporate an Overhead Door sectional or rolling door system into a residential or commercial project, Architect’s Corner offers everything you need for planning and preparation.

Whether you’re using the tool for commercial construction or for a residential home remodel, Architect’s Corner offers technical and resource materials to support your project. Conveniently accessible residential and commercial product information available includes downloadable project specs, architect drawings, compatible openers and operators, BIM project libraries and product brochures.

Online Architect’s Design Manual

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For architects who specialize in commercial and industrial applications, our Online Architects Design Manual is a great resource for those who are unsure which Overhead Door collection meets their demands. Simply select the specific door and operator application for your industry, and the tool will recommend the best collection(s) for the project.

Tags: Overhead Door, Choosing Your Garage Door

Protecting Your Home from Burglary

Posted by Bob weidner on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 @ 07:03 AM

With summer here consider these facts about home burglary:

• More than 40% of residential burglaries that happen every year are not forced entries. That means that a burglar was able to walk, climb or crawl inside of houses through a door, window or garage door that was left unlocked, open or had a flimsy lock. 


Preventing home burglary

• Most residential break-ins and burglaries happen in broad daylight -   between 9 AM and 3 PM.

• The number of home break-ins and burglaries increase significantly in the summer - especially in July and August.  During the hot summer months people are more likely to leave their windows open for ventilation; they also go on vacation  and don’t take necessary safety steps to keep their home safe while they’re gone.

Unfortunately, it’s not difficult to break into a home. Most burglars are more concerned about being seen than they are about getting into the house.  FBI studies show that almost every home has its weak points; and experienced thieves know how to find them and use them to gain access into your home.

With that in mind, we’ve created a tip list on protecting your home.

# 1. Make sure you have strong locks on your doors and windows - and use them faithfully (not only when you are away from the house, but also when you are at home).  


# 2. Don’t forget to lock the door that goes from your house to the garage, especially at night.


#3. Keep your house looking lived in.  Have one or 2 indoor lights on a timer that you use all the time at night.  Install motion-detecting outdoor floodlights at entrances, on decks and in the back yard.  Make sure hiding spots like clusters of trees, detached garages or garden sheds are well-lit.  


#4. Keep some curtains or blinds slightly open during the day - just enough to make it appear like someone is home.   Close your  curtains and blinds at night. Close and lock your windows, too, especially at night.


#5. Don’t leave your purse, wallet, credit cards out where people can see them through windows and doors Be careful about telling people that you have cash or valuables in your home, or that you just got a new TV, stereo, computer or laptop. Cash and electronic gadgets, along with tools, home furnishings, building supplies, bikes and jewelry are most often taken in home burglaries.    


#6. Cut the lawn and maintain the landscaping.  Trim the bushes all around your property to make your house more visible.  Keep shrubs in front of windows trimmed down so windows aren’t hidden from view. (Spiky low bushes like thorny barberry work well under main floor windows.) 


#7. Cut back tree branches near windows to prevent thieves from climbing the tree and using them to gain access to the house. 


#8. Don’t have large rocks or other heavy objects in your yard that would make it easier for a thief to gain entry into your house. Don’t store ladders outside. 


#9. Keep cars, tools, ladders, bikes and other equipment locked in the garage. Cover the windows in garage doors and entry doors so that thieves can’t see into the garage. Garages are a favorite target for thieves because they contain cars, bicycles and tools that are easy to fence. Also, garages are not likely to be occupied at night, so they make an easy target. Once thieves get into the garage, it's easy to get into other parts of the house.


#10. Don’t leave trash cans, papers, packages or flyers lying out for several days. Bring in your trash cans after the trash has been picked up.  Take in the mail and paper daily.  Keep your garage door closed.  If you don’t have a garage door opener, keep the garage door locked.


#11. Don’t hide extra keys under the door mat, under flower pots or in other conspicuous places outside your door.  It’s a much better idea not to hide a key outside at all, but leave an extra key with one or two neighbors you know and trust.

#12. Don't be predictable in your daily activities. If you always leave at the same time every day, are gone for about the same length of time, and return at the same time, thieves can easily memorize your routine and take advantage of the times you are not at home.

#13. If you will be gone for a few days, leave a locked car in you driveway to make it look like someone is home.  Make sure all keys, cameras, cell phones, valuable papers and the garage door opener are removed.

#14. If a stranger knocks on your door and asks to use your telephone, keep the door locked and offer to make the call for him or her yourself.  Don’t let them into the house to make the call.

#15. Don't have your name or anything beyond your house number on your mailbox or on the outside of your house 


From commercial and industrial overhead doors and access systems to residential garage doors and openers, Overhead Door combines quality, dependable products with reliable service to consistently give home and business owners confidence and peace of mind.

Want to see what a new garage door can do for you, contact us for a Design Consultation. We'll also discuss the safety features for protecting your home.

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Tags: Overhead Door, Home Safety

It's All About Curb Appeal

Posted by Bob weidner on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 @ 07:08 AM

How do you make your home look better without depleting your budget? An annual study of home improvement projects has found the answer is no further away than your garage.

Remodeling magazine’s 2014 Cost vs. Value survey shows that homeowners who upgrade their garage doors with either mid-range or upscale replacements can expect to see some of the best returns on investment (ROI) among popular home renovation projects. Even better, the survey found that garage door replacement is incredibly economical compared to other projects like family room additions, deck additions and kitchen remodels. For example, the nationwide average cost for an installed, mid-range garage door is just $1,534, while the cost for an upscale door is $2,791. This compares to room, deck and kitchen projects that can run into the tens of thousands of dollars.

Down the road when it comes time to sell, the survey says mid-range garage door replacement will yield an average 83.7 percent return on investment (ROI), while an upscale garage door will deliver an average 82.9 percent ROI. Why so high? Take a look at your home and you’ll see. For many homes, a garage door comprises up to 40 percent of the façade. That means that when you replace an ordinary or old door with a new one, your home becomes the stand-out in your neighborhood.

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As in the past, this year’s survey determined the ROI for garage door replacement by evaluating the average cost to replace a basic garage door with a mid-range door model. The survey found the value of that replacement at home sale to be $1,283, or 83.7 percent ROI; an increase over last year’s 75.7 percent ROI. In the upscale home improvement category, the survey evaluated the average cost to replace a mid-range door with an upscale door and found a $2,315 value of the project at home sale, which equates to an 82.9 percent return; an increase from last year’s 75.2 percent ROI.

The study details not only the national average value returned on common home remodeling and renovation projects, but also the expected ROI in nine U.S. regions and 101 U.S. cities, so it’s easy to see what ROI you could expect in your city.Thinking of improving the value of your home? Educational and planning resources to jump-start the process can be found at overheaddoorpermianbasin.com 

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Thermacore Collection

Posted by Bob weidner on Thu, Jul 03, 2014 @ 06:48 AM

As the summer heats up and homeowners look for ways to spruce up their homes, some great new options are available at Overhead Door distributors nationwide thanks to an expansion of the Overhead Door Thermacore Collection.

The Thermacore® Collection  is Overhead Door’s line of premium, insulated-steel garage doors that  are built with a continuous layer of foamed-in-place polyurethane insulation sandwiched between two layers of corrosion-resistant steel. This construction method, along with in-between section seals, provides maximum thermal efficiency. Properly installed, Thermacore®doors have an R-value of up to 17.5. Thermacore® doors also feature a steel backing for a clean, finished interior appearance.

This spring, Overhead Door expanded the options available to Thermacore® Collection garage doors with the introduction of two new wood grain finishes, two new paint color options and five new window configurations.

For homeowners seeking the look of a wood garage door but without all the maintenance, Thermacore® doors can be purchased with one of two realistic, bi-directional wood grain color finishes – in Walnut or Golden Oak. The Thermacore® line also features nine paint finishes, including recently added Black and Gray, for a clean, classic look that will make a home stand out.

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Thermacore® doors can be further customized with a range of window options. New to the Thermacore® Collection this year are Stockbridge windows in 2-3 and 2-4 configurations, and Stockton windows in 2-4, 2-6 and 2-8 configurations.  Each window option features thinner mullions and less plastic material around the perimeter to provide garages with increased natural light.

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Altogether, these additions make Thermacore® doors a great choice for homeowners looking for a strong, attractive, insulated garage door that will require minimal maintenance.

Is a Thermacore® Collection garage door right for your home? You can find more information by visiting the Thermacore® Collection page on our website, or by contacting us at Overhead Door of the Permian Basin. Do you have questions about the collection? Leave a comment below and we’ll answer them.

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