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Garage Door Replacements Ranked the Top Home Improvement Project for ROI in National Survey

Posted by Overhead Door Company of Brookfield on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 @ 10:40 AM

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(Courtyard Collection® Model 161T)


Garage door replacements have been ranked the most valuable home improvement project among other popular remodeling projects nationwide, according to the 2018 Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling magazine Publisher Hanley Wood and the National Association of Realtors (NAR). According to the study, the return on investment of upscale garage door replacements was more than double the return of other popular remodeling projects, including a master suite addition and backyard patio.

On average, homeowners nationwide can obtain up to a 98 percent return on investment for their garage door replacements. In select markets, such as the Pacific region, the return on investment can increase up to 121 percent.

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(Modern Aluminum Model 521)

“According to the survey, the top four projects that generate the biggest return on investment all focus on the exterior of the home — showing once again that curb appeal is one of the most influential factors when it comes to attracting potential buyers,” said Heather Meiner, Brand Manager for the Overhead Door™ brand.

Now in its 31st year, the 2018 Cost vs. Value Report compares the average cost of 21 popular remodeling projects in 149 markets with the value those projects retain at resale in 100 U.S. markets. Year after year, this report has shown garage door upgrades can be one of the most cost effective remodeling projects for homeowners interested in high ROI and lower costs.​

Does Your Garage Door Stand Up to the Cold?

Posted by Overhead Door Company of Brookfield on Thu, Feb 01, 2018 @ 12:10 PM

insulated garage door


(Overhead Door™ garage door Impression Collection | R-value 7.6)

During the cooler months, homeowners aim to keep the cold air out and the warm air in, including their garages. Insulated walls and space heaters can work well, but if your garage door is missing insulation, then the warm air will leak outside. This can amount to a huge waste of money and energy.
Take a look at some of the benefits of owning an insulated garage door, along with other best practices to maintain your garage door this winter.



insulated garage door


(Overhead Door™ garage door Thermacore® Model 198)


Save Energy
Your garage door is ultimately the barrier between your home and the winter weather outside. Studies have shown that replacing an uninsulated garage door with an insulated one can reduce heat loss through the garage by more than 70 percent, especially if the walls of your garage are insulated. Insulated garage doors will block cold air from entering your garage and keep the warm air inside using polyurethane insulation and sealed air gaps.

Protect Your Tools
Freezing garage temperatures can damage your vehicles and anything else you might be storing inside. Tools or appliances with water in them such as a power washer can freeze and crack, ruining the equipment. The same is true of fuel gels. These can “gel up” inside the engine of your lawn mower and destroy a very expensive piece of machinery.

Extend Your Car Battery Life
A car battery is most reliable between 30 and 90 degrees, so an insulated garage door could be the difference between a working or a dead battery.

insulated garage door


(Overhead Door™ garage door Thermacore® Model 199)

Silent and Durable
Today’s insulated garage doors are often made from steel, like Overhead Door™ Thermacore® garage doors. These doors feature sandwich construction of steel-polyurethane-steel. The higher the R-value of the insulation, the better it will keep your garage’s air in. For example, the Overhead Door Thermacore® garage door provides an R-value of 12.76 for enhanced thermal efficiency. The added insulation also makes it less likely that it will be dented or damaged by everyday life.

As well as adding durability, the insulation in the door also dampens most of the vibration of your garage door and reduces street noise. The reduction in vibration comes in handy if you have living spaces above or next to the garage door, and do not want to be disturbed every time it opens and closes.

Have Your Door Inspected by a Professional
Winter is a great time to have your garage door inspected by a professional. The garage door is often the primary entry point of the home and if your garage door malfunctions, you could be locked out in the cold. A professional inspector will check the door’s springs, the weather stripping and lubricate all the moving parts to keep them running smoothly. This is also a good time to replace the garage door remote and keypad batteries.

Interested in upgrading to an insulated door or having an inspection? Get started by finding a local Overhead Door™ Distributor on our website.

Overhead Door™ Garage Door Envy™ Earns Best in Its Category for 2017 Architectural Record Product of the Year

Posted by Overhead Door Company of Brookfield on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 @ 11:19 AM
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Overhead Door™ brand’s new Envy garage door, the company’s first seamless glass exterior door, has been selected out of hundreds of entries as an Architectural Record 2017 Product of the Year winner in the Openings category. Determined by a panel of six judges from the nation’s leading architectural firms, Envy received the highest total score and earned Best in Category for its innovation, usefulness and aesthetics.

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Overhead Door™ Envy Model 956, OpaqueBlack Glass

“Given Architectural Record’s outstanding reputation in the architecture community, earning a Best in Category is quite an honor for the Overhead Door™ Brand. We anticipated Envy would shake up the industry with its seamless, all-glass and customizable styles. It’s rewarding for the brand to receive this recognition,” said Heather Meiner, Overhead Door Brand Manager.

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Overhead Door™ Envy Model 522, Mirrored Bronze Glass

Envy is available for commercial (Model 522) and residential (Model 956) applications, and all doors are unique and built-to-order. Envy is available in five glass finishes to include Opaque White, Opaque Black, Mirrored Gray, Mirrored Bronze and Translucent Black, which all convey an ultra-modern look designed to modernize the exterior of a home or business, as well as provide a versatile option for room dividers and patio doors.

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Overhead Door™ Envy Model 956, Opaque White Glass

Winners of the 12th annual Architectural Record’s Product of the Year competition are featured in the publication’s December issue.

Overhead Door Featured in Southern Living's 2017 Idea House

Posted by Overhead Door Company of Brookfield on Wed, Sep 13, 2017 @ 03:57 PM

The 2017 Southern Living Idea House on Bald Head Island, North Carolina, is the perfect getaway. Its laid-back, coastal vibes make it look and feel like a dream, and Overhead Door got to be involved in bringing this dream to life. 

southern living idea house 2017Photo: 1. Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller Via Southern Living

The two custom Mahogany wood finished doors (pictured here) were installed on the front of the Idea House by Overhead Door’s Red Ribbon Distributor, Overhead Door of Wilmington. The doors not only function as eye candy, but they’re also used to shelter golf carts, as no cars are allowed on the exclusive island.

The Mahogany wood harmonizes perfectly with the rest of the four-bedroom, four and a half-bath, 3,281-square foot home, which showcases the latest residential design ideas and style tips.

“Exceptional quality and tradition are hallmarks of both Southern Living and Overhead Door. The 2017 Idea House highlights the best of both,” said Heather Meiner, Brand Manager of Overhead Door (Press Release).

Located two miles off the coast of North Carolina, the 2017 Southern Living Idea House stays true to traditional Southern style with its large wrap-around porch made for entertaining and a private garden off the master bedroom.

Pick up a copy of Southern Living’s August Issue to peruse more pictures of this stunning, beach chic home — or if you’re in the area, you can visit! From Sept. 9 through Oct. 29, 2017, the Idea House will be open for tours.

For information on location, tickets and visiting hours please visit southernliving.com

southern living magazine 2017 idea housePhoto credit: via Southern Living

Photo credits: 1. Courtesy Southern Living, a division of Time Inc. Lifestyle Group, photograph by Laurey Glenn. Southern Living is a registered trademark of Time Inc. Lifestyle Group and is used with permission.

Garage door industry issues consumer alert

Posted by Overhead Door Company of Brookfield on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 @ 02:09 PM

Garage door industry issues consumer alert

(BPT) - A nationwide garage door repair scam has prompted the garage door industry to issue a national consumer alert. The industry’s warning includes four short videos that describe the scam.

“We believe that hundreds of garage door and opener customers are victimized by these scammers every single day in America,” said Bearge Miller, president of the Door and Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA).

He said consumers who have a broken garage door spring are particularly vulnerable. The scam artists typically perform unnecessary repairs and charge extremely high fees, racking up a bill for hundreds of dollars more than necessary.

Metro areas are targeted

“These scammers primarily operate in metropolitan areas,” added Randy Oliver, the president of the International Door Association (IDA). “When they scam 100 people in a population of a million, hundreds of thousands of people are still unaware of their tactics.”

Oliver runs a garage door dealership in San Antonio, an area that has had its share of scammers. He said the scam is now operating in dozens of metro areas from coast to coast.

Four online videos

To warn the public, the garage door industry has produced a series of four short videos that provide advice for consumers, including how to detect a scammer and how to fix minor problems.

To see the videos, click on the “Consumer Alert” tab at www.garagewownow.com. This is a non-commercial site that also includes a Dealer Locator to help homeowners find a qualified professional door dealer.

The videos were produced and approved by IDA, which represents garage door dealers, and DASMA, which represents the industry’s manufacturers.

Garage door industry issues consumer alert

 

  • Jun 12, 2017 Updated Jun 20, 2017

 

 

 

Garage Door Safety Month Reminders from Overhead Door

Posted by Overhead Door Company of Brookfield on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 @ 01:20 PM

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June has arrived. For a garage door company like us, this means it’s Garage Door Safety Month, a 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 keeping safe in and around the garage.

As you gather outdoors for summer picnics and parties, or even just spend an evening in the driveway chatting with the neighbors, we want you to keep something in mind. Your garage door is most likely the largest moving object in your home. If you are like many American families, it’s also the door you enter and leave the home from most often.

That’s why we’d like to share with you ten garage safety tips to keep your family safe this summer.

  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.
  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 2 x 4 board in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, call an authorized Overhead Door Ribbon® distributor at 1-800-929-DOOR for professional repair.
  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 an authorized Overhead Door Ribbon® distributor 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.
  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 an authorized Overhead Door distributor 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, visit the Safety Information page

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DIY Garage Door Repair, Not Such A Great Idea

Posted by Overhead Door Company of Brookfield on Fri, Jun 02, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

DIY garage door repair isn’t a good idea

We all have a little DIY in us. When the faucet drips, you go to your local hardware store to pick up the parts you need and fix it. When there is a problem with the washing machine, you do some research and resolve the problem. The door starts acting up, so you self-diagnose the problem, watch a few garage door repair YouTube videos and you’re ready to get to work.

However, when there is a problem with your garage door, you should call a professional.

While it may seem easy enough, DIY garage door repairs come with some high risks.

 

Here are some reasons WHY you should never attempt DIY garage door repairs

Torsion Springs are Seriously Dangerous

A garage door with a broken torsion spring can fall rapidly and cause injury or death. However, the most common danger comes when your torsion springs break and you decide to undertake the repair/replace them yourself. Torsion springs can be very dangerous, and you not only need the exact tools for the job, but also need to have a good knowledge of the mechanics involved. Some of the parts involved in such a process can be life threatening, and must be handled with care and precision, which is why it is always recommended that you call in a professional, rather than trying to handle a replacement or repair by yourself. Failure to do so may leave you with injuries and/or damage to your property.

It is essential that you call a specialist to repair your garage door. It is not difficult to find a service provider or technician who is qualified to replace your torsion springs.

You Can Cause More Harm Than Good

As with any DIY attempt, our intention is to ultimately save money. However, when you try to repair your garage door, often you make the problem much worse – by causing more damage to the door which in turn could trigger damage to the garage itself, items in the garage or YOUR CAR!

Which will end up costing you more in the end.

 

Contact your local   Ribbon   red20ribbon-thumb_.bmp    Expert Today!

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Super Spring Savings!

Posted by Overhead Door Company of Brookfield on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 @ 12:12 PM
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Tips for Consumers

Posted by Overhead Door Company of Brookfield on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 @ 11:42 AM

We know that within most markets there are companies and individuals who prey on consumers, especially ones who are not fully aware of how to locate a professional. Unfortunately, this is true within our very own industry and profession.

Here are 10 tips for consumers when choosing a garage door company:

1. Does the business have a brick and mortar office in the community?

2. Has the business provided you with names of satisfied customers?

3. Have you checked with the Chamber of Commerce?

4. How long has the company been in business?

5. Does the company carry insurance?

6. Many companies are members of the International Door Association, these firms adhere to a strict Code of Business Practices. 

7. Many companies are also accredited by the Institute of Door Dealer Education and use IDEA certified door technicians.

8. Does the company install and repair products in compliance with local, state and federal codes?

9. If you are in need of only repair or service work, make sure you obtain a firm estimate prior to authorizing the work. If the cost seems extremely unreasonable, it probably is.

10. Although it may seem unimportant, are the company vehicles clean and professionally signed? Do they include a contractor license number?

TOP GDS* TECHNICIAN CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE FELONIES - CHARGES PERTAIN TO OVERCHARGING SENIOR CITIZENS FOR GARAGE DOOR REPAIRS

Posted by Overhead Door Company of Brookfield on Thu, Apr 06, 2017 @ 10:59 AM
On March 6, Tim Patterson, who has been a
leading garage door technician for Garage Door
Services (GDS), was bound over for trial in
San Diego Superior Court on nine counts of
felony residential burglary and nine counts of
theft, most of which are felonies. All charges
allege primarily that Patterson took financial
advantage of customers in the amounts
he charged for his garage door work. His
company, based in Dallas, Texas, was exposed
in our fall 2015 cover story, “The worst garage
door company in the nation.”
The lead prosecutor in the case is Paul
Greenwood, deputy district attorney and the
head of the Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit
of the San Diego District Attorney’s Office.
If convicted on all counts, Patterson faces a
possible sentence of 10+ years in state prison.
Greenwood said that the residential
burglary charges allege that
TOP GDS* TECHNICIAN CHARGED
WITH MULTIPLE FELONIES
CHARGES PERTAIN TO OVERCHARGING
SENIOR CITIZENS FOR GARAGE DOOR REPAIRS
Patterson “entered a residence with the intent
to steal.” At the March 6 hearing, nine of
Patterson’s customers testified, along with
three other San Diego-area door dealers who
had inspected Patterson’s invoices and work.
Eight of the nine testifying customers were
senior citizens.
Sample invoice from Patterson
In our fall 2015 cover story, one of Patterson’s
invoices was published (below). This invoice
was given to a 90-year-old woman in San
Diego, charging her $2,126.80 for parts and
$2,059.89 for labor on a three-hour service
call. After a few other charges and discounts,
the total was $4,274.
For that price, the customer received
only a hardware overhaul on one door, a new
opener, and the normal related service. Many
dealers might charge $750 or less for the
same service.
A closer look at the charges
The invoice contains several items that
double- or triple-charge
for the same item or service. Specifically, this
elderly woman was charged $459.98 for two
torsion springs, another $259.99 for “Torsion
System Deconstruction,” $269.99 for “Torsion
System Reinstallation,” $299.99 for “Track
Reset and Alignment,” and $199.99 for “Door
Balance.” Other hardware charges (rollers,
brackets, cable, drums, etc.) totaled $766.87
plus another $139.99 for a “Lifetime” parts
warranty, $189.99 for “Lube and Tune Service.”
For the opener, a LiftMaster 1/2-HP
screw drive opener with rail and a 3-button
transmitter, Patterson charged her $719.97 plus
another $199.99 for “Motor Service,” $199.99
for “Garage Door Motor and Accessorie (sic)
Installation,” and $37.52 for “Remote/Keypad
Reprogramming.”
Other charges included $29.99 for
“Removal and Disposal of Materials,” another
$25.00 for “Garage Opener Haul Off,” and
$99.95 for “Recycling, Disposal, and Fuel.”
Yet, she received $198.81 in “discounts.” As
reported in our fall 2015 article, Patterson
would have been praised and even rewarded for
such an invoice.
Top gun
According to a former GDS employee,
Patterson made more than $300,000 for
himself in 2015 and was rewarded with
a trip to the GDS Christmas
party at the company’s Dallas
headquarters. Several internal GDS
records praise Patterson as a “top
gun” for high invoices.
The service for this one invoice
was provided on June 2, 2015,
under GDS’s California contractor
license (#927739). At that time, that
license was under suspension. The
Contractors State License Board
(CSLB) reported that GDS was
not allowed to perform any work
while under suspension. Yet there
is evidence that Patterson was
active constantly throughout the
suspension period.On March 6, Tim Patterson, who has been a
leading garage door technician for Garage Door
Services (GDS), was bound over for trial in
San Diego Superior Court on nine counts of
felony residential burglary and nine counts of
theft, most of which are felonies. All charges
allege primarily that Patterson took financial
advantage of customers in the amounts
he charged for his garage door work. His
company, based in Dallas, Texas, was exposed
in our fall 2015 cover story, “The worst garage
door company in the nation.”
The lead prosecutor in the case is Paul
Greenwood, deputy district attorney and the
head of the Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit
of the San Diego District Attorney’s Office.
If convicted on all counts, Patterson faces a
possible sentence of 10+ years in state prison.
Greenwood said that the residential
burglary charges allege that
TOP GDS* TECHNICIAN CHARGED
WITH MULTIPLE FELONIES
CHARGES PERTAIN TO OVERCHARGING
SENIOR CITIZENS FOR GARAGE DOOR REPAIRS
Patterson “entered a residence with the intent
to steal.” At the March 6 hearing, nine of
Patterson’s customers testified, along with
three other San Diego-area door dealers who
had inspected Patterson’s invoices and work.
Eight of the nine testifying customers were
senior citizens.
Sample invoice from Patterson
In our fall 2015 cover story, one of Patterson’s
invoices was published (below). This invoice
was given to a 90-year-old woman in San
Diego, charging her $2,126.80 for parts and
$2,059.89 for labor on a three-hour service
call. After a few other charges and discounts,
the total was $4,274.
For that price, the customer received
only a hardware overhaul on one door, a new
opener, and the normal related service. Many
dealers might charge $750 or less for the
same service.
A closer look at the charges
The invoice contains several items that
double- or triple-charge
for the same item or service. Specifically, this
elderly woman was charged $459.98 for two
torsion springs, another $259.99 for “Torsion
System Deconstruction,” $269.99 for “Torsion
System Reinstallation,” $299.99 for “Track
Reset and Alignment,” and $199.99 for “Door
Balance.” Other hardware charges (rollers,
brackets, cable, drums, etc.) totaled $766.87
plus another $139.99 for a “Lifetime” parts
warranty, $189.99 for “Lube and Tune Service.”
For the opener, a LiftMaster 1/2-HP
screw drive opener with rail and a 3-button
transmitter, Patterson charged her $719.97 plus
another $199.99 for “Motor Service,” $199.99
for “Garage Door Motor and Accessorie (sic)
Installation,” and $37.52 for “Remote/Keypad
Reprogramming.”
Other charges included $29.99 for
“Removal and Disposal of Materials,” another
$25.00 for “Garage Opener Haul Off,” and
$99.95 for “Recycling, Disposal, and Fuel.”
Yet, she received $198.81 in “discounts.” As
reported in our fall 2015 article, Patterson
would have been praised and even rewarded for
such an invoice.
Top gun
According to a former GDS employee,
Patterson made more than $300,000 for
himself in 2015 and was rewarded with
a trip to the GDS Christmas
party at the company’s Dallas
headquarters. Several internal GDS
records praise Patterson as a “top
gun” for high invoices.
The service for this one invoice
was provided on June 2, 2015,
under GDS’s California contractor
license (#927739). At that time, that
license was under suspension. The
Contractors State License Board
(CSLB) reported that GDS was
not allowed to perform any work
while under suspension. Yet there
is evidence that Patterson was
active constantly throughout the
suspension period.

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