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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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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

Creepy Garage Door Problems

Posted by Bob weidner on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 @ 04:55 PM

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In honor of Friday the 13th and Halloween, the team at Overhead Door wants to share some creepy garage door problems that sound horrifying, but might not actually be as scary as you originally thought. Read on for more...if you dare!

Don't Let These Garage Door Problems Haunt Your House

The Spooky Spring

Was that a scream - or was it just your garage door opening? Garage door parts can rust over time, creating horrific noises that can chill you to the bone. When you schedule service, your techician will either grease the part or replace it. 

The Sound of Scurrying

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What...was...that...noise?! If you hear the sound of something in your garage - well, that may be more than what Overhead Door is capable of handling. We recommend (1) calling a licensed exterminator (2) cleaning your garage to avoid creating a happy habitat for rodents and insects.

The Flickering Light

Straight out of a horror movie, there are few things scarier than being in a pitch black garage when the light burns out. However, the bulbs are easily replaced. If your entire garage door unit is busted and the light no longer works, set up a replacement with Overhead Door.

The Door That Moves on Its Own

Is your door closing on its own after you've opened it? That doesn't mean there's something supernatural at hand. Though it's a bit disturbing at first, you more than likely have an issue with your safety sensor's eye. Make sure nothing has accidentally fallen over in your garage, then gently wipe any dust off of the lens. If that still doesn't work, call Overhead Door right away for a replacement.

The Thought of Getting Stuck in the Door

We've all seen that scary movie where the spooky killer is chasing the victim and smashes them with the garage door. Though it's a relatively unlikely scenario created for Halloween's purposes, it's always prudent to practice safety around garage doors - especially if you have children or pets.

Though we hope we didn't spoil any spooky delights with these practical realities, we do wish you a safe, fun, and frighteningly festive Friday the 13th and Halloween. If you're still afraid of your garage after reading this, call the professionals at Overhead Door today.

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Increase Your Home's Value with New Garage Doors

Posted by Bob weidner on Thu, Oct 05, 2017 @ 02:47 PM

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Many people automatically assume that the most profitable upgrade you can make to your home is to update bathrooms and kitchens. However, according to a recent report, new garage doors help you to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to home improvement.

New Garage Doors Add Value in More Ways Than One

Practical

Improving your home with garage doors may not be at the top of your to-do list, but it's a sound and practical investment. For the amount of money it costs to replace them, your garage doors protect your home from intruders and the elements. Granite countertops in the guest bathroom can't offer that.

Stylish

carriage-house-garage-door-via-evergeen.jpgHave you ever driven by a house with spectacular garage doors? You'd be surprised at how much attention your home can get from upgrading your doors. From Overhead Door's modern Envy collection to classically beautiful carriage doors, new doors go a long way to adding curb appeal to your property. Not sure which doors are right for your home? Ask a member of our design team or play around in our design center to choose one that's right for you.

Financially Sound

According to Remodeling Magazine's 2017 Cost vs. Value report, installing a mid-range or upscale garage door has a great return on investment. Their comparison approach breaks down the cost of major home renovations and provides use and return statistics on each. Dollar for dollar, new garage doors are a relatively inexpensive home upgrade that not only gets quite a bit of use - it also provides a significant return on investment. 

When it comes time for your next home improvement project, look into what's right for you. Consider installing new garage doors to make a big impact on your home's exterior appeal for significantly less than what it costs for other improvement projects. Set up your estimate today to start the path to new garage doors.

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Tags: Garage Door, Cost vs Value

The Benefits of Working With Overhead Door

Posted by Bob weidner on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 09:42 AM

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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Fall Decorating Tips

Posted by Bob weidner on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 10:46 AM

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It's finally fall! Cooler weather, pumpkins, and crunchy leaves. It's one of the most colorful seasons of the year and it's a perfect time to get festive. We're sharing our favorite fall decorating tips, along with a few suggestions on how to adorn your garage door, too!

OHD's Guide to Flawless Fall Decorating

Tip #1 - Go Natural

Using decorative gourds, hay, twigs, corn, and leaves to deck out your home for autumn is a great idea! Not only are you making your home look festive, you're utilizing biodegradable materials - waste not, want not. If you buy pumpkins, consider not cutting them to make Halloween jack-o'-lanterns - you can reuse them through the end of November for Thanksgiving. 

Tip #2 - Deck Out Your Doors

Using garlands or wreaths around or on your door is a cheery welcome for autumn visitors. You can even make your own leafy garland following these instructions from HGTV. One of the best things about garland is that you can also use it to decorate around your garage door. However, for your safety, carefully string it so that it's away from moving parts and vehicles.

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You didn't think we were going to forget Halloween, did you? If you've opted to use the first two ideas, simply add to what you've already got - purchase fake spider webs, wicked witches, or ghastly ghoul decorations to add to your haystack. If you'd prefer to skip the scary decor, opt for scarecrows and fake birds.

Tip #4 - Go a Little Color Crazy

Fall is known for its fantastically rich colors. For Halloween, paint pumpkins white, black, purple, orange, and lime green for a perfectly haunted look. If you plan to use them through Thanksgiving, choose white and orange, which pair well with the other seasonal colors. Pumpkins also make a great addition to the sides of your garage door to add an even more festive look to your home. Consider swapping out outdoor furniture seating for rich purple, deep red, copper, and chocolate brown tones.

We hope our ideas have sparked your creative juices this fall! Autumn is an opportune time to consider changing our your garage door, just in time for cooler temperatures. It's also a great way to make a festive statement before fall decorating begins! Find out more about how our helpful team can help you change the look of your home this season.

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How to Spot a Garage Door Scam

Posted by Bob weidner on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 @ 09:17 AM

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Unfortunately, there are many people who happily take advantage of those in need. Garage door service is no different. No one wants to be conned. That's why the professionals at Overhead Door are sharing ways to spot a garage door scam. 

They Offer Insanely Cheap Fees

Watch out for companies advertising low or no service call fees. Most reputable companies charge approximately $100 for a service call - this fee covers the cost of using a trained technician who has the skills to properly diagnose and correct garage door issues. Cheap companies often lure in customers with inexpensive initial rates, then price gouge them later.

They Have a Website, but No Supporting Facts

Just because you find a company online doesn't mean that it's a legitimate company. It's important to research reviews, ask your sphere of friends and family, and do what you can to verify the company's claims. Just because someone has a website doesn't mean they're qualified to work on your garage door.

They Push to Begin Work Quickly

While most service companies want to get your garage door up and running quickly, use caution with companies who won't provide a total written estimate. Though some jobs can become more involved once a technician begins the work, scammers will quickly tear your door apart, then demand exorbitant fees to reassemble it (assuming they can put it back together).

They Want Free Reign

Unless you have an excellent security system or you're working with a company you can trust, be cautious of who you allow into your home. Before the technician arrives, put away valuables. Some would-be thieves will use the guise of a service call to case your home. Additionally, don't leave your home unattended while the technician completes his or her work.

Are you looking for a name you can trust? Overhead Door has decades of experience - our customers rely on us to protect their homes and offer reasonable service rates. To schedule an appointment with our professionals, contact us today!

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Tags: Garage Door Scam, Garage Safety

Garage Door Maintenance Tips for Fall

Posted by Bob weidner on Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 09:51 AM

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It’s almost autumn! Cooler weather brings relief to West Texas after a long hot summer. However, it’s critical that you conduct these quick garage door maintenance tips for fall - they can help you avoid serious issues that could put a damper on your autumn weekends.

Grease Review 

Hot summer air dries out more than just the ground. If you notice your garage door isn’t opening and closing as smoothly as you would like, consider apply lubricant to the moving parts. Though grease can last a long time, it’s always good to run a quick check to confirm. Additionally, make sure there’s no lubricant where there shouldn’t be. Fall cleanings can be just as cathartic as spring cleanings!

Weatherstripping Replacement

Over time, the rubber or plastic weatherstripping along the bottom of your garage can rot away. Fall is the perfect time of year to replace it, because who wants water, dust, or autumn leaves in their garage? Additionally, it helps to regulate the temperature in your garage. 

Balance Inspection

Place a standard contractor’s level on your door when it is in the “up” position. If the bubble doesn’t balance, it means that your door is off-kilter. When your garage door is unbalanced, you increase the risk of it falling off the track. It also causes more wear and tear on your door than is necessary.

Seasonal Maintenance Check

Though you can conduct a significant amount of this maintenance yourself, have a professional conduct a seasonal check before cooler months begin. Weather can alter your door’s performance, especially if something is already a little off. Contact the professionals at Overhead Door to set up your appointment. We don’t just offer new door sales and emergency repairs – our preventative services can help save you time and headache.

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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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