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What's That Sound?

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Mon, Oct 01, 2018 @ 11:07 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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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!

2017 Garage Door Trends

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

We're about a month and a half into 2017, so we're starting to see some definite garage door design trends! If you're considering purchasing a new garage door any time soon, now is a great time. There are plenty of different types and looks that could be a perfect complement to your home. Take a look at these garage door trends below!

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Wood Garage Doors

Wood has definitely gained in popularity the past few years. While the classic wood-look garage door is still hot (check out these Carriage Style doors), there are more and more options that are integrating with glass…a delightful combination of classic & modern!

Glass Garage Doors

The contemporary or modern look is definitely a trend to consider incorporating in the exterior look of your home. A glass garage door is a perfect way to do this! Especially if you use your garage for working or other activity, a frosted glass garage door could be a great fit for you.

Lifestyle Screens

If you haven't seen these "Lifestyle Screens" that work with your current garage door, you're missing out! It's an incredible way of transforming your garage into an open, working space. They keep bugs, dirt, and other debris out while letting fresh air and bright light in. Learn more about Lifestyle Screens in our blog.garage door trends

Garage Door Insulation

Home sustainability has been, and will continue to be, a popular trend for 2017. One way to make your garage more sustainable is by installing insulation to your garage door. This presents a great option for climate control and could help lower energy costs. Find out how to insulate your garage door here

Garage Door Color

You may be surprised how the color of your garage door can change the look of your home! You should actually avoid using the same accent colors that you have used for the rest of your home and opt for something that stands out a bit more. Deep red or green could give you the pop you're looking for! Gray, while neutral, is also a hot color for 2017.

Fall In Love

Why not make this year the year where you fall in love with the exterior of your home? A little help from your garage door can help you do just that! Contact us today to schedule a free design consultation and let one of our design experts help you choose the perfect garage door for you!

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Lifestyle Screens

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Thu, Feb 09, 2017 @ 05:16 PM

Utilizing your garage is the best way to add additional space to your home. In fact, the garage is typically the largest "room" in a house. Get more out of this valuable space with a Lifestyle Screen! Let us tell you more.

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What Is It?

Lifestyle Screens work with your existing garage door. It's a fully retractable garage screen door that allows for easy entry and exist without having to retract the entire system. Since the Lifestyle garage screen is spring loaded, opening and closing is quick and easy…in fact, it takes just seconds!

Why Choose Lifestyle Screens?

While there are a variety of garage screen products on the market, Lifestyle Screens are the one for you! The durability and functionality is simply unmatched; with a 2" by 2" architectural grade aluminum with a beautiful baked on finish. The track system is maintenance free and the system is counter-balanced, making raising and lowering nearly effortless. There's even an optional door-within-a-door feature that allows for easy entry and exit. Bottom line…Lifestyle Screens is the only garage screen for you!

The Possibilities Are Endless!

Lifestyle Screens are perfect for…

  • Home Gyms
  • TV/Movie Room
  • Auto Repair Shop
  • Arts & Crafts Workshop
  • Play Area
  • Ultimate Man Cave
  • Pet Zone

…the possibilities are endless!

Contact Us!

With Lifestyle Screens, you can go from a hot, dark garage to a cool, bright, space in just seconds. When you're done enjoying the outdoors, simply retract your Lifestyle garage screen system and close your garage door as usual. It's as simple as that!

See the Installation Gallery or browse the Product Catalog

For more information on Lifestyle Screens, please contact us! We are happy to give you more information or schedule a design consultation!

 

How To Save Energy During Winter

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Fri, Feb 03, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

Yesterday, it was announced that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow...that means we're in for 6 more weeks of winter. Whether you like the cold weather or not, we can all agree that it's nice to save money on your energy bills. But it seems impossible when you have to keep the heat on, right? Not necessarily! Find out how to prepare your systems to save you money during the winter!Piglet-Piggy-Bank-Economical-Finance-Save-Ceramic-1595992.jpg

Attic

  • Upgrade your insulation – you should have at least 6-7 inches
  • Repair large holes in the attic
  • Seal exposed ductwork

HVAC

  • Lower your thermostat settings during the night to save an average of 15% on your energy bill! (But don’t forget the blankets!)
  • Install foam insulation gaskets behind electric outlets and switch plate covers.
  • Consider purchasing a humidifier to achieve and maintain a consistent, warm temperature.
  • Check air furnace filters and replace if necessary.

Fireplace

  • If possible, avoid traditional fireplaces as it can suck the heated air out of your home.
  • Replace old/loose fireplace dampers and install a sheet-metal insert.
  • Close the fireplace damper and seal the opening shut when not in use.

Windows & Doors

  • Install DIY plastic film storm windows.
  • Seal off unused rooms
  • Close the doors and windows whenever possible.
  • Open south-facing windows and curtains, drapes, and blinds in the daylight
  • Check your window frames for cracks and your doors for leaks.
  • Repair any broken window panes.

Fireplace

  • If possible, avoid traditional fireplaces as it can suck the heated air out of your home.
  • Close the fireplace damper and seal the opening shut when not in use.
  • Replace old/loose fireplace dampers and install a sheet-metal insert.

Garage Doors

Your garage can be a tough place to be this time of year. Have you ever considered insulating your garage doors to keep the heat in and the cold out? Last week's blog tells you exactly how!

We hope you enjoy this last bit of winter! And remember, for all of your garage door needs, contact Overhead Door!

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