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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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Tags: Holidays

Ways to Insulate Your Garage Door

Posted by Bob weidner on Tue, Nov 07, 2017 @ 06:36 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.

Insulate Your Garage and See Savings

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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Tags: Insulation, Winter, Garage Tips, Seasonal

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