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Did You Know??? Information on garage doors can always be helpful!

Posted by Overhead Door Company of Waterbury on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 @ 03:31 PM

 

DID YOU KNOW????

When looking for help on purchasing a new garage door, electric motor, or needing service on your existing doors or motors make sure you check out a few facts....

 

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Did You Know??? That some businesses say they are a Overhead Door business and they really are NOT!!!

Look for the red ribbon! Looking at the picture above, an Overhead Door Company distributor will have a large red ribbon and the logo Overhead Door within it. You can check out the corporate site and find out where your local distributor is located by just typing in your zip code. If you do not see the red ribbon, they are NOT a franchised Overhead Door dealer. Overhead Door Company brand doors and motors can only be purchased through a franchised dealer.

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Did You Know??? Garage doors come in different makes, models, insulation grades, materials and prices points.

From the naked eye two doors may look the same but will be very different when it comes to durablity and function. You may think you are getting a good deal with the less expensive door but, don't be fooled!

 

Did You Know??? Garage door warranties can very on service and parts.

Make sure you check out exactly what the warranties maybe! Some companies warranty the installation work for a year and also parts. Be warned that companies that out source installation jobs can cause headaches in the future!

 

Did You Know??? Garage doors have different insulation ratings.

R-value is a measure of thermal efficiency. The higher the R-value the greater the insulating properties of the door. U-factor is a tested value of actual energy loss - whether heat or cold - of a installed door, wall, or window assembly. The lower the number the lower the energy loss and therefore the better the thermal performance. U-factor will vary depending on finish and color selection. For best U-factor, choose the finish and color with high solar reflectance (bright colors). 

 

Did You Know??? Garage doors come with all different styles of windows and glass.

Some garage doors you can customize with a decorative window insert that can be removed to clean the glass or change the look of the garage door. Some garage doors come with the option of obscure glass or solar bronze for UV protection. 

Did You Know??? Garage doors come with different size springs.   garage door spring

Extension springs run along the side of the track with safety cables going through them. Torsion springs are across the top of the garage door on a large tube. When you have to replace a spring it is recommended to have both springs replaced because they take on the same tension and before you know it the other spring will break and you will be stuck paying for another service call. Ouch! 

 

Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions. Phone number is (860)274-3332 or click on the button below.

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Tags: Information on Garage Doors, Information on Garage Door Springs

Overhead Door debuts in Heaven is for Real

Posted by Overhead Door Company of Waterbury on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 @ 02:22 PM

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Heaven is for Real

Overhead Door is pleased to share that our brand is featured in the new major motion picture -

Heaven is for Real - in theaters April 16.

Heaven Is for Real (Burpo book) cover.jpgBased on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.

 

Check out the official movie trailer below..... 

 

Overhead Door Company of Waterbury, 56 New Wood Road, Watertown, CT (860) 274-3332

Tags: Heaven is for Real movie, Overhead Door in the movies

What will start in your Garage?

Posted by Overhead Door Company of Waterbury on Mon, Mar 03, 2014 @ 02:26 PM

...........Started in a Garage!

Make sure your garage is working properly because you never know what will come out of an American garage!!!

 

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If you want to start something in your garage and need help getting the doors or motor working you can contact our office at 860-274-3332 or stop by our showroom at 56 New Wood Road, Watertown, CT.

Tags: American Garages, Garage Service, Garage Sales

The Big Game!!!

Posted by Overhead Door Company of Waterbury on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 @ 11:48 AM

I found this a very interesting Blog from our corporate office about the upcoming football game and how a creative solution helped make the upcoming half time show possible! 

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A Creative Solution to a Super Problem

Some of the garage door industry’s most experienced professionals work for Overhead Door distributors. We see evidence of it nearly every day in the feedback we get from satisfied residential and commercial customers. In fact, even when our distributors are approached with a super-sized problem we can count on them to get super creative.

A perfect example is the Overhead Door Company of the Meadowlands, in the New York City area. Last year, the distributor was approached by MetLife Stadium, home of the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets – and the location of a particularly big football game taking place on Feb. 2.

The owners of the stadium had a difficult problem – plenty of doors, but all too small for the needs of the upcoming Sunday game. While MetLife Stadium has dock doors, they aren’t wide enough to accommodate the width of the set pieces for this year’s halftime show.

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Before: MetLife Stadium’s two 8×10 doors from the inside.

Creating a new, super opening for an event that only takes place annually; much less one-time only, didn’t make sense. What to do? Luckily, Overhead Door Company of the Meadowlands came up with a custom solution.

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Before: The exterior view of the two 8×10 stadium doors.

By working with the Overhead Door rolling steel plant, they created a system using the existing openings of two of the stadium’s dock doors. The stadium’s two 8-by-10 doors were removed and replaced with two 8-by-14 rolling steel RSX-operated 625 series doors with a mullion on a trolley between them. Now, when the stadium needs a larger opening, the doors are simply rolled up; the mullion is disengaged from the floor and rolled to the side to create 16-feet wide and 14-feet high clear opening.

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After: The two smaller doors were replaced by two 8×14 doors with a removable mullion trolley.

According to Jai Patel, general manager of Overhead Door of the Meadowlands, the team at MetLife Stadium is thrilled with the finished product saying that the new doors are simple to operate and reliable. The stadium is also able to market the facility to new customers, such as Monster Jam trucks that will have an annual show at the arena.

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Make sure you look for the Overhead Door red ribbon if you’re at the big game!

So, as you watch the big halftime show this weekend, thank Overhead Door Company of the Meadowlands for their creative solution. Without them, Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers wouldn’t have their gear to pull off their performances.

Has an Overhead Door distributor come up with a super creative solution for you, or are you a distributor who’s found a super way to help a customer? We’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment and let us know!

Tags: Creative Solutions for Garage Doors, Commercial Doors, RSX operators, Rolling Steel Doors

Brief History of the Garage Door

Posted by Overhead Door Company of Waterbury on Tue, Aug 20, 2013 @ 02:58 PM

The word garage comes from the French garer - to shelter or protect. And that was its purpose - to shelter and protect the vehicle.

1921 C.G. Johnson Overhead Door        First Overhead Garage Door   

As the car worked its way into society, so did the need for somewhere to store it. Cars were first kept next to the horses in the carriage house and people who had cars in those days were usually of higher class than most so, having your fancy new car smell like horse manure just would not do!

The first garages were actually a lot like our modern-day parking lots, but on one level. People figured that if they could store more than one horse in a barn, then perhaps they could store more than one car in a similar structure. This system worked well until about 1910, when there became too many cars for the garages to accommodate.

The carriage house had worked well before, if only they could get rid of those smelly horses. And that led to the invention of the garage, as we know it today. They were simple structures and, of course, had a door, because on of the purposes was to protect the car from the elements. It was a double door, attached to the garage with strap hinges that opened outwards. The doors were subjected to heavy wear and tear with the hinges creaking, screw would get bent and eventually fall out being open and closed almost daily. Also, if there were snow on the ground, it would block the doors so they could not be opened until all the snow was shoveled around them. Then came the sliding track doors, a more versatile garage door design but that meant that the garage had to be at least double the width of the door. 

Then a solution to the question of space came with the invention of the overhead door by C.G. Johnson in 1921 the founder of the Overhead Door Corporation. This door could be lifted upwards, folding parallel to the garage ceiling. 

Five years later, in 1926, Mr. Johnson also invented the first electric garage door opener.

    Mini Garage Door

In 1921 C.G. Johnson and his wife toured trade shows and county fairs demonstrating the "Overhead Door" with a miniature garage door mounted on a Ford model T truck. The actual door is above displayed at the corporate office of Overhead Door Corporation. 

For over 90 years, the Overhead Door brand has stood for product quality and expertise, as well as professional service. 

From commercial and industrial overhead doors and access systems to residential garage doors and openers, Overhead Door Company of Waterbury combines quality, dependable products with reliable service to consistently give home and business owners confidence and peace of mind. 

 

Tags: Carriage House, History Garage Doors, C.G. Johnson

Selling a House?

Posted by Overhead Door Company of Waterbury on Thu, Aug 08, 2013 @ 12:26 PM

 

 

Putting your home on the market?

Staging is a common way to attract potential buyers and create buzz. While many tend to focus on sprucing up the inside of the home, a home's exterior is the first thing potential buyers see.

Helping to create a more inviting space and boosting your home's value can be as easy as changing a few things around your home.

installing new garage door

 

For three years, the Cost vs. Value report from Remodeling Magazine has found that garage door replacements consistently delivers a good return on investment (up to 75 percent on average) when it comes time to sell the home.

While upgrading your garage door may not be the first thing that you think of when staging your home for resale, it might be the most important investment you make.  

double garage door before and after           

With a variety of styles and designs, there's sure to be an Overhead Door residential garage door that matches the look of your home.

Check out our interactive design center and try all the different styles and designs on your home!

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By choosing one of Overhead Door's residential options, you'll see a dramatic improvement to your home's curb appeal and get a leg-up on the competition.  If you are in the process of selling your home or plan to list it in the future and need information on garage doors you can contact Overhead Door Company of Waterbury and they will help you find the door that best enhances the look of your home.

Tags: Remodeling Magazine, Garage Door Replacements, Selling Home, Cost vs. Value

Tips on Safety

Posted by Overhead Door Company of Waterbury on Wed, Jun 05, 2013 @ 11:44 AM

June has arrived and it is Garage Door Safety Month!garage door safety

This is the time the International Door Association (IDA) and the Door & access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA), two associations that we are proud to be a part of, have designated to educate homeowners on the importance of safety in and around the garage.

June is garage door safety month

As you gather outdoors for summer picnics and parties, or even just spending an evening in the driveway chatting with a neighbor, we want you to keep in mind that your garage door is the largest moving object in your home and can be very dangerous if not properly used.

Garage Safety Tips...

1. Mount the garage door opener control button out of the reach of small children (at least five feet from the floor) and where you have a clear view of the door.

2. Do not allow children to play with garage door remote controls; explain that the remote controls are not toys.

Click on the link for a fun story for the kids to learn more about safety around the garage...Kids Safety Story and Coloring Book

3. Set a good example for children and discuss garage door safety with them; explain how to operate the door safely.

4. Test your garage door opener's reversing mechanism monthly by placing a 2x4 board in the door's path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, call Overhead Door Company of Waterbury (860) 274-3332 for professional repairs.    photo cells

5. Know how to use your garage door opener's emergency release feature. Your owner's manual provides instructions. 

6. Visually inspect your garage door each month. Look at the garage door's springs, cables, rollers and pulleys for signs of wear. If any of these components appear damaged, contact Overhead Door Company of Waterbury for inspection or repair.

7. Do not attempt to repair cables or springs. These parts are under high tension and require special tools for adjustment. Improper handling or disconnection can cause breakage and serious injury. garage door spring

8. To avoid damage to your door and opener, make sure you disable or remove any door locks, ropes, and/or cables prior to operating your opener.

9. Use the release mechanism on the garage door opener to manually open the door using its interior or exterior lift handles. The door should lift smoothly with little resistance and should stay open around three or four feet above the floor. If it is difficult to perform this task, your door may be out of balance, causing premature wear. Call Overhead Door Company of Waterbury (860) 274-3332 for adjustment.

10. To prevent accidents when a garage door is closing, invest in a garage door opener that features photoelectric eye safety beams, which are mounted a few inches off the floor and send an invisible beam across the door's path. If the invisible beam is broken, the garage door will automatically reverse to its fully open position. The invisible beam provides added safety to the auto reverse mechanism, as the door does not have to contact an object in order to reverse. The Safe-T-Beam is a standard feature on the entire line of Overhead Door garage door openers.  

For more information on garage door safety and security, come visit our showroom at 56 New Wood Road, Watertown, CT, Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm and Saturday 8 am - noon.

Tags: Garage Door Safety, Garage Door Maintenance

Garage Door Emergency Battery Back-up

Posted by Overhead Door Company of Waterbury on Fri, May 10, 2013 @ 12:10 PM

Overhead Door Company of Waterbury is introducing the garage door emergency Battery Back-up. This new accessory is now available for the Destiny and Odyssey electric door openers. This Battery Back-up provides the homeowner with reliable garage door operation during severe weather, thunderstorms and blackouts. 

 

Battery Back-up When the power is out, the Battery Back-up will do the heavy lifting!

 
  •  Overhead Door's Battery Back-up, powered by Interstate Batteries.

  • The Battery Back-up is the accessory that can be easily installed and provides true peace of mind.


 The Battery Back-up accessory enables an opener to operate the garage door at 3.5 inches per second, and, in the event of an extended loss of electricity, the unit will run up to 50 cycles in a 24-hour period after initial power outage. 

 

With several mounting options available, this accessory is designed to be unobtrusive. It's charged and powered via a connector cable running between the opener and the unit, which means there is no need for it to be plugged into an outlet. The unit is equipped with an 8-AMP, sealed lead-acid battery (SLA) from Interstate, one of the nation's largest battery replacement companies, reaches full charge within 48 hours and has front facing LEDs that indicate charge status. 

The Battery Back-up can be easily installed by scheduling a service call with Overhead Door Company of Waterbury.

Click below to schedule for service or call the office at (860) 274-3332 for more information.

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Offering Enhancements to Overhead Garage Door Lines

Posted by Overhead Door Company of Waterbury on Wed, May 01, 2013 @ 02:13 PM

 

Additions to Durafirm Collection, Thermacore and Traditional Steel Lines

Overhead Door Company of Waterbury has new design options to offer customers thanks to enhancements Overhead Door Corporation has made to three of its garage door lines.

The company has created a V5 stamp that mimics the look and feel of wainscoting, which will be available on the Durafirm Collection, Traditional Steel and Thermacore lines. A raised panel Ranch stamp is also now available on the Thermacore line, while decorative window inserts have been added to the Traditional Steel Collection.

“The inspiration for these enhancements came directly from listening to the needs of homeowners and distributors -- the new options combine the R-values that the market is demanding with the designs that are popular with today’s homeowners.”

Thermacore New Inserts

Overhead Door’s introduction of the V5 and Ranch stamps gives Overhead Door Company of Waterbury more options to offer consumers who want to customize their homes. In a design nod to wainscoting, the V5 stamp incorporates five vertical stiles and a faux wood grain aesthetic that is not only attractive, but adds strength to the Thermacore, Durafirm and Traditional Steel doors on which it’s incorporated. Meanwhile, the raised-panel Ranch stamp further expands the design offerings available in the Thermacore line and will be available with corresponding ranch windows. Click below and take a look at the New Thermacore Garage Door Brochure.

   NEW Thermacore Collection Brochure

  

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Tags: Faux Wood Grain, New Decorative Window Inserts, New Garage Door Designs, V5 Stamp, Ranch Stamp, Design Nod to Wainscoting

Garage Spring Cleaning

Posted by Overhead Door Company of Waterbury on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 @ 12:38 PM

Garage Spring Cleaning   Spring Cleaning               

During the winter months, the garage often becomes the storage unit for everything from lawn and garden equipment to holiday decorations. As the weather warms, give your garage the attention it deserves. Here are a few garage organization and garage door maintenance tips to get you started this spring:

 

Women ready to cleanIf you’re dreading the task, the best way to get started may be to empty out the garage and sort everything into designated areas. Make a list of the items you’d like to keep, and note where in your garage you plan to store these items – this might include a storage bin, a workbench or on a wall hook.

Clean your garage’s cement floor with an old mop or broom; wipe down garage walls and clear cobwebs from lights, corners and ceilings. 

 

Dont Forget the Garage Door!

After months of snow, wind and freezing temperatures, your garage door may not be in the same condition it was in this time last year. While The Genuine, The Original, Overhead Door garage door systems are built for long-lasting performance and daily use; we recommend inspecting your garage door annually. Overhead Door Company of Waterbury can give you a thorough evaluation and perform routine maintenance, as needed.

Your local Overhead Door Company of Waterbury will be able to spot any mechanical issues, but there are still a few things that you can do. Here’s a quick checklist:

inside of a garage door with tracks

  1. Check all the moving components of the door mechanism to make sure that none are bent or broken.
  2. Use a soft cloth and household detergent to remove any rust, dirt or residue from your garage door.
  3. Carefully examine and make note of any cracks or gaps that have appeared during winter months.
  4. Check the weather seal at the bottom of your door. If broken, your Overhead Door Company of Waterbury will be able to help you find the best replacement for your door.

 

To schedule an annual maintenance inspection, contact Overhead Door Company of Waterbury.

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Tags: Garage Spring Cleaning, Garage Annual Maintenance, Garage Organization