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Choosing the Best Garage Door for your Home

Courtyard Collection Model 7560 (165T) – Sandstone

 

Choosing the right garage door is essential to the aesthetic of your home, as well as its security. Given the vast array of options to choose from, you should narrow down your decision based on factors such as color, functionality, architectural features and landscaping.

 

The right garage door will enhance your home’s appearance and security, and must never be an afterthought. In this article, we break down five key aspects to think about when choosing a garage door for your home.

1 – Cost

How much are you willing to spend on your new garage door? Your budget is one of the more important starting points to factor in when shopping around. There are more luxurious high-end options available and solid budget options as well. It is important to aim for a style and material within your budget while also taking quality and durability into consideration. This means avoiding cheap doors that wear out quickly and need to be replaced or continually maintained.

A well-designed and durable door improves aesthetics, enhances security, and adds value to your home. This all-around improvement is a boost to your home’s resale value, meaning you’re able to get more money for it should you choose to sell it in the future.

2 – Security

A garage door is more than just protection for your car. It protects your family as well. Therefore, a vital step to consider is whether to get a garage door that connects to the alarm system in your home. When you do this, interference with the garage door will trigger the home alarm, which will help detect burglars and deter crime.

Security features for your garage can extend beyond your garage door, too. You can think about installing motion-detecting lights and cameras that show activity around and inside the garage. Another option is to get a smart garage door opener as it alerts you when the door is open, enabling you to lock it remotely or even check who opened it.

Thermacore Model 5740 Thermacore Model 5740 (195) – Dark-Bronze

3 – Design

There are multiple types of garage doors to consider when shopping around. Traditional garage doors open outwards from a central split, while others slide to the right. One of the most popular options now is the overhead sectional door, due to its weather resistance and increased energy efficiency.

In addition to functional design, you also need to consider what your garage door looks like. There are several types of garage doors available that can meet your functional and design needs. From aluminum to traditional wood, a sleek design and high-quality material can add convenience and style to your home.

4 – Maintenance

While there are some higher quality options available, the hard truth is that no garage door lasts forever. All garage door materials require some degree of repairs and maintenance to retain their beauty and functionality, and some need more frequent and costly repairs than others. You should consider picking an insulated model made of durable, low-maintenance material like fiberglass or steel. This way, you enjoy the benefits of a new garage door without needing to worry about maintenance as much.

You may also want to consider replacing your garage door opener when choosing a new door. Your opener may fail, or maybe simply show signs of aging. Perhaps you just want a quieter model or one with more features. It’s easiest to replace both at the same time to ensure they’re compatible and will last for a while.

Durafirm Model 3560 (870) - Glacier White Durafirm Model 3560 (870) – Glacier White

5 – Temperature and Climate

When choosing a garage door, it’s vital to keep the weather of your area in mind. Certain materials behave differently in different weather conditions. This calls for caution, as failure to take this into account and choose a properly-insulated garage door could have you incurring extra maintenance costs.

Hot and humid weather is best suited for fiberglass, as it keeps the inside cool while also providing adequate insulation. Another way to keep your interiors cool and well ventilated is by installing the right ventilation.

Climates with freezing temperatures, hail, and snow usually call for vinyl garage doors, since they have excellent insulation capabilities. In addition, vinyl is less susceptible to rain, salt, wind and sand, which makes it all the more suitable.

Conclusion

In the past, homeowners focused more on functionality than form. However, with the vast array of options available today, you need to insist on advanced functionality and eye-catching designs. Be sure to pick a door that matches or complements the architectural style and color of your home.

Choosing the right garage door can increase energy efficiency, home security and the overall look and appeal of your property. This helps boost your home’s resale value as well as your comfort and peace of mind. To help you make the most informed decision, contact your local Overhead Door™ Distributor to find the garage door that meets your needs.

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ODC Brookfield – Safety Month Press Release!

ODC Brookfield - Safety Month Press Release!, Brookfield, Connecticut

June Is Garage Door Safety Month – Look, Listen, Learn & Remember

Brookfield, CT (6/1/2020) – June is Garage Door Safety Month, an initiative of the International Door Association (IDA). To keep you and your family safe, Overhead Door Company of Brookfield in Brookfield, CT is participating in Garage Door Safety Month this June and is available to discuss important safety issues and tips for garage door safety.

Overhead Door Company of Brookfield has been in Brookfield for over 40 years,” says Mark Hunihan. “We care about the safety of our customers and want to help keep families safe.”

Overhead Door Company of Brookfield offers easy to remember tips for garage door safety:

LOOK at the garage door, springs, cables and rollers for wear and tear

LISTEN for grinding or scraping sounds

LEARN

  • Keep the garage door opener and remote control out of reach of children
  • Keep fingers and hands away from door sections and moving doors
  • Keep garage doors closed and remote controls out of sight to deter them

REMEMBER if you find any concerns regarding your garage door, contact a trained garage door professional.

If you suspect any problems with your door system, contact Overhead Door Company of Brookfield at 203-740-7691.

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June Is Garage Door Safety Month!

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Garage Door Safety Month​

June is Garage Door Safety Month, and seeing as how we’re the inventor of the upward-lifting garage door, we wanted to share some tips on maintaining the security and safety of your garage door. Did you know that more than 70 percent of homeowners enter and exit through the garage? The garage is the most-often used entry point of the home, opening and closing an average of four times a day. With that amount of foot traffic it’s important to keep track of your garage door activity and ensure you are maintaining a safe, functioning garage door.

Maintaining the security of your garage door:

Managing the activity of your garage door is easy with OHD Anywhere™​, with this application, you can control and monitor your garage door from anywhere with your Apple® iPhone or Android phone or device. You can check if your garage door is open, closed or if there is any change to the door position. You can instantly know that someone is operating your garage door and open the door for anyone such as delivery, repair person or friends without having to provide the access password to your garage.

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OHD Anywhere™ uses a sensor attached to the garage door which is an important security advantage versus other systems that monitor the opener instead of the garage door position. You are alerted as to whether the door changes to the fully open or closed position even if the door is operated manually by disengaging the door from the opener. OHD Anywhere™ delivers convenience, control, peace-of-mind and safety all in the palm of your hand. Another great tip while on vacation, unplug the garage door opener unit, or use the vacation lock security switch on the wall console, which renders remotes unusable and is an optional accessory to most openers.

Garage Door ​Safety Tips:

1. Keeping your garage door in working order is also important to safety. Test the reversing mechanism by placing a 2-inch by 4-inch board in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, call a qualified garage door professional for repair. If the opener has not been replaced since 1993, replace the garage door opener with a new one that has safety beams and auto-reverse as a standard feature.

2. All garage door owners should make sure that their little ones are kept safe when playing in or around the door. Make sure the garage door opener control button is out of the reach of children and their small fingers and do not let them play with garage door remote controls.

3. Visually inspect the garage door for wear and tear. Pay particular attention to springs, cables, rollers and pulleys. Do not attempt to remove, adjust or repair these parts or anything attached to them. These parts are under high tension and should only be fixed by a trained garage door professional.

If you find there is an issue with your garage door or opener, make sure you contact one of our authorized Red Ribbon Distributors for service. These garage door repair professionals are fully trained on how to properly (and safely) fix your garage doors.

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3 Steps to Winter-Proofing Your Garage Doors

3 Steps to Winter-Proofing Your Garage Door, Brookfield, Connecticut

Your garage door is a feature of your home that you probably use daily but don’t think much about. It adds curb appeal to your property and helps keep your valuables safe, which is why it’s smart to keep up with regular maintenance throughout the year. As winter approaches, the temperature change can affect your garage door’s functionality, so utilize the checklist below to make sure you’re prepared.

How to Prepare Your Garage Door for Winter

1. Check the Weather Seal

Prepare your garage door to help you hold onto more heat. Start by inspecting the seal on the bottom of your door and the weather stripping around your door. Even a tiny crack can quickly pull warm air outside, allowing heating costs to increase. If you notice any damaged or missing weather seal, be sure to have it replaced before the freezing temperatures arrive.

2. Lubricate

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Your garage door is comprised of numerous moving components that allow it to open and close like hinges, springs, and cables. Cold temperatures cause these metal parts to shrink slightly, putting stress on the joints where they meet. All of these parts require lubrication occasionally, but especially in the winter. Before freezing temperatures hit, use a spray lubricant on the bearings, hinges, and springs. To ensure the lubricant is evenly distributed in all the joints, run the motor a few times.

3. Check the Electric Door Operator

During frigid temperatures and winter storms, having access to your garage is crucial. If the door remote isn’t working properly, you could find yourself stuck outside in unfavorable conditions. Before the peak of the season, have a technician inspect your garage door keypad and remote to ensure they work. Keep a replacement battery on-hand, so you can still use your garage if the original dies. 

Now is the time to get your garage door and electric operator serviced by an experienced Overhead Door Company of Brookfield technicianbefore you’re stuck with a broken cable and can’t get out. For over 25 years, this Better Business Bureau®-accredited company has provided residential and commercial customers throughout Fairfield County, CT, with top-quality repairs, replacements, and maintenance services. Visit their website to learn more about what they do, and call (203) 740-7691 to request an appointment today. 

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