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  • Stunning Curb Appeal Upgrade

    Here’s a sure-fire way to brighten up the cul-de-sac. Elevate your curb appeal with these garage doors from Overhead Door™.

    When the new owners moved into this 2003 custom-built home, they weren’t exactly captivated by the exterior. Everything was chocolate brown: the siding, the stone, and the original garage doors.

    “The doors were the same color as everything else,” said owner, Mark Williamson, “We just thought it was one big blah. With the lodge look architecture, we wanted to give it a more modern flair that would add an updated mountain home feel.”

    To bring maximum beauty to this deserving exterior, the owners chose Thermacore® premium insulated doors by Overhead Door™, long panel style, all-glass option, with Satin-Etched, tempered glass windows, in Golden Oak stain finish.

    “We didn’t realize that when we leave the garage lights on at night, it works like landscape lighting to give a whole new look to the curb appeal, which we really like,” said Williamson.

    Before Garage Door Installation

    After Garage Door Installation

    To get your new garage doors, schedule a free in-home estimate here.
  • OHD Destiny

    Garage Door Opener Options in 2021

    OHD Destiny

    The biggest difference in garage door openers is horsepower and the drive type, which refers to the actual chain, belt, or other mechanism that moves and lifts the door. With so many different types of openers on the market in 2021, you may not be sure where to start. Whether for a home garage or something heftier, your local garage door technician can easily help you determine the type of opener best suited to your needs.

    Chain Drive – Most Economical

    Chain drive openers are the most popular and durable openers on the market. Consider them the most cost-effective option. These drives use a metal chain on a sprocket to lift and lower doors. They are some of the most affordable options; however, the affordability and strength of a chain drive come at the expense of noise.

    Chain drives are ideal for the heaviest garage door types, including oversized doors, one-piece wood doors, and wind-rated or heavily insulated doors.

    Many upgraded chain-drive models can come with chain separators to help stop the chain from hitting against the track, which cuts down on the noise of a chain drive.

    Belt Drive – Quieter

    For quiet operation, consider belt-drive openers. Belt-drive openers use a rubber or rubber-like belt on a cog to open and close doors. Since the opener does not have the loud, banging metal parts, it is one of the quietest options available.

    Pay special attention to the current of belt-drive openers. Alternating current belt openers start and stop at full power, which can cause the door to jerk into movement and lead to noise despite the relative quiet of the drive. Direct current belt drives offer soft starts and stops that reduce noise even further, as well as reducing wear and tear.

    Wifi-Connected – Easy Convenience

    When it comes to how you enter your home, there’s an app for that. An automatic garage door allows you to open the door with a remote control.  A wifi-connected garage door opener takes it a step further and turns your smartphone into the remote control. Download the app, then operate and monitor the garage door directly from your smartphone.

    • Operate the door from anywhere
    • Monitor Use
    • Allow Guests/delivery drivers in
    • Preprogram Operation

    Home Automation

    See all our operator options and LEARN MORE.

  • Overhead Door™ Opener

    Wifi- Connected Garage Door Openers

    Overhead Door™ Opener

    Easy Convenience

    When it comes to how you enter your home, there’s an app for that. An automatic garage door allows you to open the door with a remote control.  A wifi-connected garage door opener takes it a step further and turns your smartphone into the remote control. Download the app, then operate and monitor the garage door directly from your smartphone.

    Operate the Door from Anywhere

    Ever leave home and wonder if you closed the garage door? With a wifi-connected opener, you will simply open the app on your smartphone and confirm the door’s position. Open or close it right from the phone.

    Monitor Use

    Get real-time alerts if the door opens or has been left open. The app keeps a log of use so you will know when the kids arrive home from school. Users will be alerted to any change in position of the garage door even if it’s been disengaged from the opener.​

    Allow Guests In

    Never worry again about giving your garage code to anyone. Use the app when you are away to let in the neighbor to feed the dog or take in the mail.

    Pre-program Operation

    Set it and forget it. Gone are the late night phone calls from the neighbor letting you know your garage door is open. Use the app to program a closing time at the end of the day, just in case the door was left open.

    Home Automation

    Learn more here and download the app.

  • Technician Fixing Spring

    What Makes Garage Door Springs Break?

    The springs on your garage door system are responsible for the heavy lifting. When the garage door is lowered, the springs gain tension. When raising the garage door, tension is released and the spring assists with the lifting. It’s important to note, your garage door springs have the most tension when the garage door is closed. As a result, most garage door springs break when the door is down. In the occasional instance the spring breaks while the door is in the open position, the door may come crashing down.

    There are two types of garage door springs:

    1. Extension spring systems are mounted on either side of the garage door track. They extend and contract with the assistance of cables and pulleys when the door is in motion.
    2. Torsion spring systems typically use one or two tightly wound springs. The springs are located horizontally on a steel shaft and have cable drums at both ends. The torsion spring is mounted to the header wall above the garage door opening.

    So, why do the springs break?

    Wear and Tear

    The most common garage door spring failure is everyday wear and tear. Most springs are rated for about 10,000 cycles – one cycle being the garage door going up and coming back down. That may seem like a lot, but consider that you go through a minimum of two cycles a day just getting the car in and out. Add to that errands, a spouse goes to work, kids open and close the door for any reason, those daily cycles can add up a lot faster than you think. If your garage door has become your “front door” and receives excessive use, it might be smart to consider getting extended lifespan torsion springs, which are rated for 20,000 or more cycles.

    Rust

    When rust develops on the spring for any reason, its lifespan will be dramatically shortened. Rust increases the amount of friction on the coils while it moves back and forth. In addition, the corrosion on the spring itself will weaken the coils and lead to failure more quickly.

    Improper Maintenance

    All garage door springs will fail eventually, but proper maintenance can help prolong the lifespan of the entire door system. A trained technician will do a visual inspection of the springs and the entire track system. In addition to lubricating the springs with proper grease, a trained technician will check the garage door balance and perform a safety check once a year.

    We highly advise broken garage door spring repairs to be performed by professional technicians who possess the proper training and tools to complete the job safety.

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  • Entry Door

    Enter with Style

    The front door is often the focal point of a home’s exterior. A door is the first thing guests see when they arrive, and it gives potential buyers something to remember the house by. An ordinary home can become “the house with the red door” with nothing more than a simple coat of paint, while a magnificent piece of architecture can rely on a unique door style to tie its exterior design together.

    Perhaps the most important decision is what your door is made of. Most combine several materials; for example, many fiberglass and steel doors have wood frames. But it is the surface material that most affects appearance, durability, security, and price.

    Choose a door that is built to be energy efficient, beautiful, and secure. The front-entry door keeps you cozy in the winter and cool in the summer. Every steel and fiberglass door we install is foam-filled with thermally efficient material and contains the best weather seals on the market.

    To see all the latest front door styles available and request a free estimate, schedule here.

    SIGNET Fiberglass Entry Door by ProVia

    SIGNET Fiberglass Door by ProVia is foam filled with embossed woodgrain finish.

    LEGACY Smooth Steel Entry Door by ProVia

    LEGACY Smooth Steel Door by ProVia with sidelites is Energy Star® rated for efficiency.

  • Garage Door Safety

    Garage Door Safety by the Numbers

    With summer upon us and the kids are home full-time, the garage door is getting more use. We want to remind homeowners of the possible dangers related to their garage door system. Your garage door is heavy, weighing anywhere from 100-600 lbs, so it is always a good idea to think about safety around this largest moving part in your home. Here are seven important tips when it comes to keeping you and your family safe around your garage door.

    Family Playing by Garage

    #1 It Is Not For Play

    The garage door and garage door openers are not toys, they should not be played with. If misused they can cause serious injury, or even death. Children should not be allowed to play around the garage door or the opening system.

    #2 Keep Your Eyes On The Door

    When you are opening or closing your garage door, keep the door in view the entire time it is in motion. This will allow you to ensure nobody, especially children or small animals attempt to enter the garage as the door is moving, which could lead to them being caught under the door as it closes.

    Garage Door in Motion

    #3 Stay Clear Of The Door In Motion

    When the garage door is moving up or down do not stand or walk under it. You should never try to race to exit the garage door as it as closing.

    #4 Know Your System

    Consult the owner’s manual for your garage door opener to make sure you know how to use the emergency release feature. You’ll need this to open the door if the electric opener goes down or you have a power outage without a battery back-up opener.

    #5 Visual Inspection

    Each month, visually inspect the door, springs, cables, rollers, and pulleys to check for misalignment or signs of wear. If you notice any problems, you should not attempt repairs yourself, but call a professional.

    Garage Door Inspection

    #6 Test Auto Reverse

    Each month, place a 2×4 board flat on the floor in the path of the door. When the door makes contact with the board, it should immediately reverse directions. If your garage door opener was manufactured before 1993, which is when the auto-reverse feature became a standard feature, you should consider replacement.

    #7 Call In The Professionals

    Annual maintenance helps ensure your door is in good working order. If the springs or cables are in need of repair, it is essential to seek a professional service technician. These items can be under immense pressure that when not working properly, could cause serious injury or death. If the garage door does get backed into, even if everything appears ok, it is a good idea to have it checked by a professional. The door could have a small misalignment, which could cause premature wear or a dangerous situation.

    View more safety tips and information here

  • Increase Home Value

    5 Reasons to Replace Your Garage Door in 2021

    Increase Home Value

    Increase Home Value

    Because it is relatively inexpensive, garage door replacement tops the list of home improvement with the best return on investment at resale. It has a significant impact on a home’s curb appeal and perceived value, especially if there are multiple doors facing the street. A new garage door practically pays for itself. According to Remodel Magazine’s Cost Vs Value report, the average payback nationwide reaches 94% ROI.

    Better Efficiency

    Create Better Efficiency

    If you can see daylight around your garage door frame when it is closed, that’s your energy dollars out the door. Warn out seals and whether stripping can let in the elements. A sealed garage door means better control of the temperatures in the garage and in the living space above. A new garage door with an R-16 insulation rating and a sealed opening will help pay for itself in energy savings.

    Increased Curb Appeal

    Increase Your Curb Appeal

    Let’s make the neighbors jealous. Today’s designs aren’t your Dad’s garage doors. You’ll be surprised at the combinations of materials, styles, and hardware available. Most manufactures even have an app that allows you to see door options on your home before purchasing, to help you choose. Don’t wait until you are selling to replace your garage doors, enjoy the new doors NOW.

    Decrease Noise

    Decrease Noise

    There are a few reasons your garage door is loud including loose, rattling track and warn rollers that jump, drag, or roll unevenly. While these may sound harmless, ignoring the issues for too long could damage your garage door beyond repair and may even damage the door opening. A new door along with smooth, noise cutting nylon rollers and new track will be music to your ears.

    Increased Safety & Security

    Safety and Security

    Your garage door plays a role in the safety and security of your family and your belongings. Have the peace of mind that your garage door will be dependable to open and close at all times of the day. Without proper care and maintenance, a garage door can get stuck in the open position, leaving your garage unsecure. Trust that a new garage door will be operating smoothly and keep your home safe.

    When you are ready to replace your garage door, Schedule Your Free Installation Estimate

  • Before and After Project

    Garage doors get a lot of use in our busy lives. The average residential garage door in America opens and closes about 1,500 times every year as families rush in and out for school, work, soccer practice and doctors’ visits. That is quite a workout — and over the years can eventually lead to cracked panels, chipped paint and worn-down parts.

    And of course, there’s your curb appeal. Depending on the design of your home, your garage door can make up a surprisingly large percentage of the face your house shows to the world. A damaged garage door can give your home an unsightly appearance instead of helping to brighten the neighborhood.

    Are you tired of your old garage door? Are you upgrading before you sell your home? Whatever the reason for replacing your garage door, you will find there are thousands of options in today’s styles, materials, and windows. Finish off the design with the perfect color to enhance the overall curb appeal and you’re the belle of the ball – well, the neighborhood!

    This BEFORE door is showing its age. This was the original builder-grade garage door that came with the house 14 years ago.

    Garage Door Before

    A recent exterior makeover called for something more dramatic. The plan for a midcentury vibe steered the homeowners toward this insulated flush panel door with clear long glass windows, stacked both horizontal and vertical. The AFTER garage door brings in lots of light and can’t help but bring up the curb appeal.

    Garage Door Before

    When you are ready to find your new garage door and increase your curb appeal, Schedule Your Free Installation Estimate

  • Increase Your Curb Appeal

    Curb Appeal and ROI with a New Garage Door

    Curb appeal: the first impression for others and the comforting view when you pull up to your home. Curb appeal describes how attractive your home looks when a potential buyer views it for the first time. It can also apply to how the neighbors complain about the eyesore down the street.

    Increase Your Curb Appeal

    This past year, the pandemic brought people together – at home. As a result, home projects continue to be on the rise across the country and, maybe on your street. The residential home service industry still recognized new residential garage doors as one of the most important investments for curb appeal. In fact, garage door replacements ranked at No. 2 for the highest return on investment (ROI) for household renovations according to the 2020 Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling magazine and the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Last year’s study concluded that U.S. homeowners who chose to replace their garage door saw an average of 94.5% ROI at resale. In select markets, that figure went as high as 132.7%.

    It is widely agreed that all home remodel projects can enhance the look of your residence. But, depending on the project, the return on your investment (ROI) is not always the same. It is important to do your homework before you decide where to put your money. Will you stay in the home for several more years? Are you making upgrades to add value for the sale of your home?

    Today’s garage door styles and materials can provide better energy efficiency, which lowers your heating and cooling bills. So whether you are selling or just tired of looking at the old, outdated garage door every time you return home, it’s hard to argue against a new garage door with this much impact on your curb appeal AND your Return on Investment.

    When you are ready to find your new garage door and increase your curb appeal, Schedule now

  • Overhead Door Envy Model 956 Mirrored Glass

    5 Things to Consider When Choosing the Right Garage Door

    When searching for the right garage door, you’ll have several decisions to make – the fun ones like what color and what hardware, and the less interesting, but important, R-Value. It’s not all about aesthetics. The right garage door can directly benefit your bottom line. According to Remodel magazine’s Cost Vs Value Report, you can expect on average up to 94.5% return on your investment.

    1. Material

    Today, steel is the most popular garage door material choice of homeowners. Steel doors can be insulated to be more energy efficient than wood doors and they are lower maintenance and usually less expensive than wood doors. Aluminum doors are typically the least expensive type of garage door and the most lightweight (and thus easiest to lift manually) but also the most prone to dents. However, aluminum has the advantage of being resistant to rust and corrosion, giving it an advantage in coastal regions. Natural wood doors need to be repainted or re-stained every few years and they can be more costly compared to steel and aluminum doors. However, the warmth and beauty that wood garage doors can bring to a home is undeniable!  

    2. Design

    There are thousands of combinations of design, material, windows and hardware. A garage door plays a major part in your home’s curb appeal. It alone can set the tone for the style of your home. Choose a design that fits the current elevation, or take it from traditional to modern with a sleek glass panel garage door like the “Envy” by Overhead Door™ (below).

    Overhead Door Envy Model 956 Mirrored Glass

    3. Energy Savings – R Value

    The higher the R-value of the garage door, the greater the insulation value and energy efficiency. This is something to consider if you have living space above the garage. When the garage door helps keep out the hot and cold air, your living space above can be more comfortable. It’s also a consideration if you spend time in a garage work space like a wood shop. Generally, the higher the R-value of the door, the higher the price. So your need for a well-insulated garage door should be weighed against the extra cost.

    4. Use an online visualization tool

    When you begin your search, visit a dealer showroom to get a sense of how different door styles and construction materials actually look and feel. Once you know what you like, it can be helpful to experiment with an online visualization tool, like Mobile DoorView from Overhead Door™. Here’s how it works: After uploading a photo of your home to the site, you can see how different garage door designs (and different combinations of windows, colors, and hardware) look on your home. Tools like this make it easier to arrive at a final decision and add a bit of fun to the process.

    5. Trusted Company – Warranty

    Your new garage door is only as good as the company and the installation team. Research the reputation and reviews of a few companies. Some use third party subs for installation. Make sure you choose a company with a good reputation, employs their own installers, and will be around to service after the sale and stand behind the warranty.

    When you are ready for your free in-home estimate, Schedule now

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