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Tips to Handle Garage Flooding

Posted by Bob weidner on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 @ 09:46 AM

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The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has devastated the Gulf Coast of Texas. Seeing the photographs of people's homes flooding  is terrifying and saddening. The amount of water Houston and other Gulf Coast cities experienced is more than most structures can bear. However, the team at Overhead Door has some tips on how to handle garage flooding if it does occur in your home.

Garage Flooding Do's and Don'ts

DO Try to Be Prepared

Preparation is the best thing you can do to keep your garage organized. Many homeowners use their garage as storage instead of vehicle parking. Make sure that you keep boxes, tools, and other items securely stored off of the ground. Additionally, protect your garage from water seepage by repairing cracks and installing weather stripping where you can.

DON'T Wade in the Flood Water

There are multiple reasons to avoid flood waters, especially in your garage. Not only is most of the water contaminated due to broken sewer lines, there are other unseen dangers. Broken glass, sharp objects, and chemicals could be swirling in the water. Many people keep oil, pesticides, and fertilizers in their garages. All of these things should keep you from wanting to wade out.

DO Consider Making a Flood Cut

After the water is done rising in your home, consult a contractor to assess the damage to your garage. Most flood water is likely to be contaminated, so a flood cut on your garage wall may be necessary. A flood cut is the removal of drywall 12-18 inches above where the water stopped. In some cases, the remainder of your walls can be saved. However, in high water, the entire garage may need to be gutted.

DON'T Forget About Electricity

There are many electrical appliances in your garage. If you can, safely switch off the break to this area. Electricity can easily pass through water. To avoid injury, it's important to stay out of your garage until the water goes down, especially if you have low-lying electrical outlets. Also, don't string extenstion cords over flooded waters.

Overhead Door sends our love and support to those impacted by this weekend's deadly storms. We're proud to be a Texas business!

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Back to School Garage Safety Tips from Overhead Door

Posted by Bob weidner on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 @ 10:23 AM

OHDPB_School.pngGet those packed lunches ready and the backpack supplied - it's time for back to school! Getting the kids back into a school year routine can be a bit hectic. However, the staff at Overhead Door provides these back to school garage safety tips so your family is protected, even during the running around before classes begin.

Always Pay Attention

Even if you're in a hurry, make sure that you're aware of your surroundings as you back in and out of the garage. When people are running late, it's easier to skip routine safety precautions. Before moving your vehicle, make sure every person is accounted for and safely secured inside. Be sure to also watch out for pets entering and exiting the garage area.

Watch the Garage Door

Kids are bound to forget a few items, especially during the first few weeks of getting back into a schedule. If your child has to go back inside for something, teach them to wait until the garage door is full opened before entering. Additionally, before you start to close the garage door when you leave, be sure that children have safely exited the area.

Conduct Sensor Checks

The eye of your garage's safety sensor can go out after years of use. Be sure to schedule a routine garage safety check with Overhead Door to make sure that it's working properly. 

Invest in Added Security Options

If your children are allowed to walk home from school, consider the OHD Anywhere™ app for your phone. That way, you know when they've arrived or if they've come home when they shouldn't. Additionally, it's helpful on school days when you're running behind - especially if you've forgotten to shut the garage door when you left.

Teach Outside of the Classroom

Take the opportunity to teach your children about garage safety, especially younger kiddos. It's an opportunity to share valuable information and help them learn to be more alert and cautious about their surroundings.

Do you need a back to school garage door check to make sure everything is in working order? Schedule your appointment with Overhead Door today. Our fast, friendly technicians can help you make sure it's in the right condition.

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Types of Residential Garage Doors

Posted by Bob weidner on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 @ 04:15 PM

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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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Four Signs Your Garage Door Needs Service

Posted by Bob weidner on Wed, Aug 09, 2017 @ 10:45 AM

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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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Questions to Ask About Your New Garage Door

Posted by Bob weidner on Wed, Aug 02, 2017 @ 05:51 PM

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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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