How to Keep Your Garage Door From Sticking in 4 Easy Steps

In case you need reminding, we’re in the middle of winter. In other words, we’re in the middle of garage door repair season. Cold temperatures, snow, ice, it’s all happening and it’s taking its toll on your garage door. Cold weather can have a lasting impact on your garage door, but the worst is when the freezing temperatures make it stick to the ground. Now you’re stuck waiting for the repairman (who’s running late because remember, it’s winter and everyone and their mother is getting their door fixed too) or trying to chip it out yourself and making what is already a damaged door, worse. 

At the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri, we want to make sure you’re never stuck waiting for a garage door maintenance team. Below are four easy tricks to help a winter garage door catastrophe from happening and what to do in case it does happen. 

  1. Get a Heat Source – Adding a heat source to your garage can help keep your garage door from sticking to the ground due to ice or moisture.
  2. Replace the Seal – Having a fresh weatherstripping seal on your garage door will help keep things running smoothly. Reach out to your local garage door company to see what weatherstripping works best for you.
  3. Use Salt – Using standard kitchen salts are easier on your garage door than the heavy-duty sidewalk salt. Kosher salt can also keep ice away from your weatherstripping and help keep your garage door from getting stuck.
  4. Call an Expert Garage Door Repair Company – If nothing else works, get your garage door maintenance company out to your home or business to take a look at what’s going on.

Bring the Heat

Adding a space heater to your garage is an easy way to ensure two things: your morning walk to the car will be a little more bearable and your garage door will be less likely to stick to the floor. To avoid increasing your electric bill, look for battery-powered models you can run throughout the day. A simple, cheap fix like this can save you from calling a garage door repair team when winter happen. But in case a winter vortex does hit, the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri is ready for all your winter garage door maintenance needs.

Replace the Seal

The weatherstripping on the bottom of your garage door is usually the first thing to go when the weather turns icy. Even the best seals need to be replaced after a few years. When purchasing a new one, opt for a version made of heavy-duty rubber. Not only will these be less likely to freeze as the temperature drops, but they will also prevent water from creeping inside. If you’re having trouble finding the best weatherstripping or aren’t sure how to get it on your garage door, reach out the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri and we’ll point you in the right direction.

Pass the Salt

Ice melt is essential for survival during midwest winters. However, the premium stuff you sprinkle on your driveway isn’t ideal for putting directly on your weather seal as it can wear down the rubber even faster than the elements. Instead, reach into your pantry and pull out the iodized or kosher varieties to keep those garage door maintenance men at bay. Both do a great job at ridding your garage door of icy debris without any of the unpleasant side effects of the heavy-duty stuff. 

Let the Experts Take Care of It

If you’ve taken all the proper steps and your garage door still freezes shut — to the point where you feel uncomfortable messing with it — let one of our garage door specialists come out and handle it. Or, if your door is looking a little worse for wear, consider replacing it before next winter. Either way, give us a call at (573) 243-3111 today!

Keeping Your Garage Going Through the Winter

It’s that time of year again. Jack Frost is nipping at your garage door and you need to take the proper steps to protect it so it makes it to the spring. Below, the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri, has 4 tips to keep your garage operating at peak performance for as long as there is snow on the ground.

Seal the Deal

The weather stripping on the bottom of your garage door might be its most underrated feature. This small strip of rubber does a whole host of jobs: it prevents moisture from sneaking in, regulates the temperature, and keeps the door from freezing to the ground. That’s why this winter, you need to show it some respect by clearing off any icy buildup. If it does freeze, douse it with warm water and let it sit. It should be back to normal in a matter of minutes. 

Lubrication

Lubrication is essential for your garage door year-round. Normally, you would only have to worry about greasing up the hinges, roller, tracks, and springs every three months. During the winter, that should increase to once every six weeks. But don’t worry, It’s a relatively simple process that only takes ten minutes to complete. 

First, make sure your garage door is down and the power to the opener is unplugged. Next, give the aforementioned parts a gentle wipe down with a rag to clean any dirt or debris. Finally, apply an even coat of lithium-based grease — best because the mixture adheres to the metal with ease — and you’re all set. The benefits are plentiful: your garage door will run smoothly, be protected from the elements, and make far less noise than if you left it untouched.

Check For Material-Specific Damage

Different garage doors take different types of damage. If wood absorbs too much water, it rots. Metal rusts. Even plastics can be adversely affected by driveway salts. Knowing the signs of decay and what to look for can be the difference between replacing a panel and the whole door. 

Protect Your Tech

The electronic components of your garage door — the opener, keypad, and photoelectric system (that fancy laser that tells you if anything is keeping your garage door from closing) — are all more susceptible to having their batteries drained during the winter. Switching them out mid-winter will drastically decrease the chances of waking up to a dead battery and your car trapped in your garage.

To set up an appointment, schedule a repair, or get a little more advice about how to care for your garage door this winter, call Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri today.

(573) 243-3111

Overhead Door’s Guide to Holiday Decorating

With the holidays upon us, many Americans will take the time to make their homes, yards, and offices look seasonally-appropriate. While decorating is a fun way to show your holiday spirit, the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri wants to make sure that you do it properly. Below we have included a list of tips on how to decorate in a safe, energy-efficient manner.

Have a Plan

Decorating your home isn’t like decorating the tree, you can’t just haul everything out and hope it all fits. When plotting your decorations, especially your lights, you need to take into account the resources you have at your disposal — like how much room you have and how many sockets are close by. Also, with regards to lights, check the packaging to see how many strands you are able to connect and then safely plug into a single outlet. Doing so will ensure that you have a sparkling display instead of a fire hazard.

Torn and Frayed

Speaking of fire hazards, now is also the time to double-check the condition of your wires, plugs, and electric-powered decorations. After spending months in the attic, bulbs can crack and wires can fray meaning that sparks could fly – and not in a good way. Thoroughly inspect everything you want to put up and repair or replace anything that is not up to code. 

Consider the Ladder

Once you have the lights and decorations picked out, it’s time to get the proper gear to hang them. Chances are you will need a ladder to reach the tippy-top of the tree and the frame of your home. Instead of using a metal ladder, which can conduct electricity, consider using a wood, rubber, or plastic one as a safer alternative.

Once you are up there, make sure you have someone on the ground holding you down. Even if you have the sturdiest ladder in the world, it is still good to have a buddy at the base to provide extra stability and peace of mind. 

Hit the Lights

Once your home is ready for Santa and his sleigh, you should be good to go, right? Well, not quite. Just because your house can light up the night sky doesn’t mean you should do so all the time. The average American household can increase its electric bill by up to $200 for the month of December if they choose to turn on their lights every night. Instead of paying a hefty bill, pick and choose certain days to light up — your wallet and the environment will thank you. 

For more decoration tips, or to get a new garage door for the holidays, contact the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri today!

(573) 243-3111

Fall Garage Storage Tips

Everyone has heard of spring cleaning, but at the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri, we are offering an alternative that we are calling fall organizing. Below, we have listed a number of easy hacks that you can do at home in order to get a clean, organized garage before winter. Read on to find out more.

From the Window to the Wall

Maximizing your wall space goes a long way in getting your garage clean. A good place to start? Adding a pegboard. A wall-sized pegboard is a great way to store tons of items in an easily-accessible fashion. Not only that, but you can install small drawers or baskets to give you a place to hold small items like nuts and bolts alongside the tools you use them with. If you are looking to take it up a level, you can even make an outline of every tool so cleanup from big projects is a simple game of match instead of a giant jigsaw puzzle.

Going Vertical

You know the saying “there’s nowhere to go but up”?  Well, that definitely applies to your garage. We recommend maximizing the space in your garage by thinking about it in the most vertical way possible. For instance, if you are considering adding a basket or drawer to hold things, you might as well add a full stack of them in order to best utilize the space.

The same goes for big-ticket items such as bikes. If you have found a space that can comfortably fit one, double up and add an additional hanger. You might even consider a ceiling rack if you have the room up top. This way, you will have more valuable floor space and you won’t have to do a full-scale rearrange just to get to a particular item.

Think Like a Superstore

Stores like Walmart and Target are designed to comfortably fit the maximum amount of products in the least amount of space which is exactly what your goal should be with your garage floor. Those wire ball racks you see in the sporting goods section? They are good for more than just showing off your rapidly-fading jump shot. They actually make for a great (vertically-efficient) way to keep your kids’ basketballs, soccer balls, and volleyballs from rolling under your car.

Also, think about creating specific zones. Having a work station, lawn/driveway care section, toy area, and pet place (if applicable) mean that you will be able to easily find whatever you need.
If you need more help getting your garage organized, or a new door to cover it, call the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri today!

(573) 243-3111

Winter-Proofing Your Garage? Just Follow These 4 Steps.

It’s that time of year again. The Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri has your annual winterization checklist to make sure you won’t have to worry about your garage from December to March – because, unfortunately, winter technically does not end until March. Keep reading for everything you need to know about turning your garage door into a snow barrier.

Seal the Deal

The weatherstrip on the bottom of your garage door may be the single most underrated part of your entire setup. This small strip of rubber does a huge amount of work by keeping the cold from sneaking underneath the base of the door, preventing water from seeping in, and saving your door’s bottom panel from rot and rust. What’s even better is that replacing the weatherstrip won’t cost you an arm and a leg. In fact, you can find a solid replacement at almost every major hardware store for less than $60. 

It’s Coming in Through the Cracks

Fun fact: the outlets in your garage are the source of anywhere from two to five percent of air infiltration. That means leaving them unsealed could be costing you some real money. The easy fix? Buy a can of expandable foam caulk to cover up those areas where heat escapes from.

Insulate Yourself From the Outside World

Well, that may be a bit much, however, adding insulation to your garage certainly is not. The Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri already offers Thermacore® doors that feature our sandwich construction of steel-polyurethane-steel as well as between-section seals with thermal breaks to reduce air infiltration. On top of that, you should consider adding insulation to the walls of your garage to help trap even more heat and make your garage feel like your living room (again, maybe a bit much). As a bonus, adding this temperature-regulating substance will also keep it cool when the sun finally decides to return.

Blanket Yourself in Savings

Since you are theoretically insulating your entire garage, you might as well insulate everything inside of it as well. Wrapping insulated blankets around your water heater and pipes means that they won’t have to work as hard when they are heating your morning shower. In turn, your water bill is going to look a lot more pleasing. You can also spend an extra minute(s) enjoying that glorious hot water without feeling guilty. 

For more tips on winter-proofing, or to get a garage door that can handle the elements, call the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri today.

(573) 243-3111

End of Summer Specials

We’re dialing up the savings this month at the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri. For the entire month of September get a free garage door opener or opener accessories (up to a $450 value) with the purchase of select Overhead Door garage doors. From modern styles and space-age finishes to classic colors and designs, we have everything you need to give your home the style bump you are looking for. Below, we have compiled a list of some of the season’s hottest looks along with the perfect opener/accessory to go along with each of them.

Traditional Steel Garage Door

Going for the classic look? The Traditional Steel Garage Door combines the company’s legendary performance and durability at an affordable price. These minimalist doors, with their raised panels and weather-resistant build, make for a solid door that looks good on any home.

Even better, when you purchase this model in either Mission Oak or Walnut you get a free 3-button remote Model O3T-BX and Digital Wireless Keypad Model OKP-BX.

Thermacore Collection

We’ve talked about the benefits of using Overhead Door’s signature insulation technology over and over again. Its patented combination of steel and insulation helps regulate the temperature of your garage which, in turn, helps you to save on your heating and cooling costs.

Now, you can add one to your home at an exceptionally great price. Order a Thermacore® Collection 190 Series garage door in wood grain or Modern Metallic finish and receive a FREE Legacy 920 garage door opener Model 7120H.

Courtyard Collection

Looking to add a touch of the country to your home. Then there is no better choice than the Courtyard Collection from Overhead Door. 

Elegant and rustic, these carriage-house-style doors have the beauty of wood and the durability of steel – meaning they can weather a storm and an accidental bump from your crossover. And, if you purchase one by the end of the month, you will get a FREE Destiny 1200 garage door opener Model 8130H.

If you are interested in any of these doors or deals, or want to find out about the other great specials we have going on this September, contact the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri today.

(573) 243-3111

What Separates Residential Garage Doors from Commercial?

At the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri, we’re focused on bringing our customers the highest-quality garage doors regardless of what type of project they are looking to create. While this blog usually focuses on residential projects, the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri also has a fantastic selection of commercial garage doors to fit businesses of every shape and size, and, today, we would like to take the time to discuss the differences between the two types.

The Size

The main difference that you notice between commercial and residential garage doors is the size. The average residential garage door is between seven and eight feet tall and eight to sixteen wide depending on whether it is a one or two-car garage. Commercial garage doors, on the other hand, can be double, or even triple, in size. For instance, our Model 600 Rolling Door is scalable up to 16×16 feet while our Stromtite Insulated Rolling Door is expandable up to 30 feet both ways. 

The Materials

As much as your garage door goes through at home, it does not take nearly as much punishment as a commercial garage door. Therefore, the materials on a commercial door are even more rigid and dent-resistant. Our commercial garage doors are made of everything from aluminum to galvanized steel. Some models even include our Thermacore® technology. 

In addition to the door itself, the rollers, tracks, and spring are all made of the strongest materials we carry. The reason being is the usage rate is much higher than that of a residential door. In fact, the difference is astronomical. While a standard residential garage door is opened a few times per day, large warehouses can see their doors rise and fall as many as 50 times per day.

Cost

As you might imagine, there is a difference between the cost of residential and commercial garage doors due to the higher-grade materials and the custom sizing for the larger doorways. Business owners should also factor in the cost of service. As with everything else on your custom, commercial garage door, taking care of it is going to cost a smidge more.

If you have any additional questions on how these garage doors differ, or you are a business owner looking to purchase a commercial door of your own, call the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri.

(573) 243-3111

Breaking Down How to Prevent Break-Ins

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Last month, we talked about how to keep you safe from your garage door. For July, The Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri is here to show you how your garage door keeps you safe from the outside world. Below are a few helpful suggestions about the precautions you can take and the upgrades you can make in order to turn your home into an impenetrable fortress.

Eye in the Sky

If you know that you are being watched you will be on your best behavior. Burglars and criminals are not immune to this rule. The second they catch a glimpse of a home security system they move on to the next house.

Nowadays, there are plenty of cost-efficient home security measures that you can pick up both online and in-store. Motion sense lights, cameras, garage door sensors (see below for more details), and full-on home security systems are all at your disposal. Even if you are not able to afford the real thing, there are plenty of fake versions of the items mentioned above that can also help to deter criminals

OHD Anywhere

Like turning off lights or grabbing our lunch from the fridge, closing the garage door is something we all forget to do from time to time when we are on our way out the house.  Now, thanks to the  OHD Anywhere® app, you don’t have to worry about driving home to correct your mistake. 

The app is simple. All you need to do is attach the OHD Anywhere® sensor to your garage door and download the corresponding OHD Anywhere® app. Once everything is in place, you have full control over your garage door from anywhere. Not only that, but the opener gives you a full history of all your comings and goings.

Stay Frosty

Windows look amazing when they are artfully placed on a garage door. Burglars enjoy them because they let them see what they could steal.

An Alternative? Frosted glass. Sand-blasting gives these windows their translucent appearance, which makes it impossible for intruders to make out what you have stored in your garage. 

Hide Your Openers

Finally, just a quick reminder to never leave your remote openers out in plain sight – especially if you park your vehicle on the street during the evening. It might not be as easy as placing it in the unused cupholder, but trust us, it is worth the extra effort.

For more home and garage door security tips, or to upgrade current setup, contact the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri.

(573) 243-3111

Maintenance and Safety Tips for Garage Door Safety Month

Almost everyone has fallen victim to the trap of thinking they’re a handyman (or woman). You believe something is just a quick fix and you either a) end up breaking said item b) hurting yourself or c) all of the above. At the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri, we’re all too aware that this happens with garage doors way more than it should. So for Garage Door Safety Month, we’ve listed a few points that will make you reconsider the next time you’re thinking of going all Home Improvement on your garage door.

Number Don’t Lie

The numbers vary a bit, but according to NEISS (National Electronic Injury Surveillance System) – a database maintained by the Consumer Product Safety Commission on all consumer product-related injuries – approximately 10,000 Americans are injured per year in garage door-related accidents. Almost three-quarters of those accidents are due to people putting their limbs in the wrong places at the worst times: fingers between panels, next to the springs, or underneath the rollers. Ouch! On top of that, a large chunk of these come during unsupervised repair attempts.

Don’t Be A Stuntman

In addition to the reckless DIYers mentioned above, there are people who attempt to get creative in the ways they mess with their garage doors. They hang on them like they would playground equipment and try slide underneath them in order to act out some sort of Indiana Jones-style fantasy. Unsurprisingly, this does not end well. An additional 800 injuries per year occur due to stunts. Just a gentle reminder: YOUR GARAGE DOOR IS NOT A TOY!

Safety Extends To You And Your Home

Garage Door Safety Month is about more than preventing you and your family from doing questionable stunts, it’s also about keeping you up to date on the latest and greatest technology to keep your home safe. With OHD Anywhere® app, it’s now easier than ever to control your garage door. Once the OHD Anywhere® sensor is attached to your garage door, you check to see if it is open or closed. Additionally, the OHD Anywhere® app gives you a full history of when your door has been opened and with which opener.

Leave It To The Pros

It doesn’t take a trained eye to see if something is off with your garage door, but it takes a trained pair of hands to fix it. Whether it’s a hitch, a kink, or a hiccup in how it’s running, simply using the eye test and taking a few notes is all you should do before you call a professional.

In fact, the only test we recommend you run is the 2×4 test. Designed to test the reversing mechanism, it’s as easy as placing a board in your garage door’s path and hitting your opener. If it does not reverse before reaching the board, then it’s once again time to call the professionals at the Overhead Door Company.  

For all the do’s and don’ts regarding garage door safety, or to set up an inspection, call the experts at the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri today.

(573) 243-3111

How To Prepare Your Garage Door For The Summer

Summer has arrived and the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri is back with another list of helpful, seasonal tips to make your garage a bit more hospitable, and profitable, during the summer months. Read on to find out more!

Colors Count

If you’ve studied color theory then you know the lighter the color, the more light it reflects. The more light it reflects, the cooler it is. Through some math property that we don’t fully understand (the transitive?), that means making your garage a lighter color will make it a much more pleasant place to venture out to. Consider lightening your garage door a few shades with a fresh coat of paint or swap it out for something made of a lighter wood like a door from our Carriage House Collection.

The Last Airbender

Like every other room in your home during the summer, your garage is bound to get hot and stuffy. Unlike every other room in your home, you don’t want to pay to pump in air conditioning. However, if you don’t want to be greeted by a wave of heat every time you head out to your vehicle, you should consider installing a fan.

A simple ceiling fan keeps the air from becoming hot and stagnant. Even better, consider a ventilation fan. These cost-effective units funnel the hot, muggy air back outside with ease.

To go along with that, you might want to think about partnering your new fan with a dehumidifier. Removing the moisture from the air means that the heat will no longer have something to cling to. It’s such an easy upgrade you might even say it’s a breeze to install (sorry, we couldn’t help it).

Turn It Into a Guest Room

Everyone is looking to pocket a little extra money, especially during the summer. One way to do this is to rent out a room in your home. By sprucing up your garage with the necessary trimmings, you can create an additional guest bedroom and a steady stream of supplemental income to go along with it. Just add a bed, nightstand, maybe a window (which will also help with the airflow), and a rug. Topping it off with a Wind Load door to make your garage feel less like a place where you store your car and more like a cozy bed and breakfast. It won’t be the Four Seasons, but it will make your home into a solid, budget-friendly option for folks traveling without much coin.

Insulation Isn’t Just for the Winter

Insulation normally comes to mind when you’re thinking about the winter but it can be a godsend during the summer months as well. Not only is something like our Thermacore technology perfect for preventing your car from becoming an ice cube during the winter months, but a properly sealed garage door can also keep the sun’s heat from creeping inside and upping your cooling costs.

If you’re looking for more ways to prep your garage for summer, or if you want to upgrade to one of the garage doors mentioned above, call the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri today!

(573) 243-3111