4 Ways to Update Your Garage Door This Spring

Everyone knows that springtime is home improvement time. It’s also the perfect time to make a few upgrades to your garage door. The Overhead Door Company of Dodge City has put together a list of things you might want to consider adding, upgrading, or, at the very least, checking out on your garage door while the weather is perfect.

 

Weatherproof Now

No one wants to think about winter when the weather is just starting to get nice. However, this is the perfect time to prep your home for the next time the mercury dips down. Consider adding a weather seal to the bottom of your garage door. This heavy-duty strip of rubber does just as good a job at keeping out the snow and cold in January as it does the showers in April.

If you’re looking to go bigger, it may be time to upgrade to a Thermacore® door from the Overhead Door Company. This series of doors features our sandwich construction of steel-polyurethane-steel as well as between-section seals with thermal breaks to reduce air infiltration. That means when you close your garage door, you’re truly sealing out all the elements.

 

Pay Attention to More Than Just the Door

Torsion springs, hinges, rollers, and tracks are vital to your garage door working properly, yet they rarely get the attention they deserve. While making sure your door is sealed for when the seasons change, check on these lesser-known parts as well. There are plenty of small things you can do to improve the health of your garage door: lubricating the tracks, realigning the sensor, or even something as simple as replacing the batteries in your remote openers. 

One thing you shouldn’t do? Make major adjustments to the torsion springs, hinges, rollers, or tracks yourself. Even if it seems like an easy fix, messing with any of these components too much can be dangerous. If you feel any of these elements are in need of a serious adjustment, be sure to call a trained professional.

 

Install a Keypad

Even if you already have an opener in every car – and one in the kitchen drawer for safety – a wireless keypad outside your home can still be a wise investment. That’s because regardless of how hard you try, openers will still be lost. Since this isn’t the 1960s you probably don’t carry a set of house keys on your person at all times either. In those instances, it’s good to have a Plan C so that you don’t find yourself locked out of your own home. 

It’s also a great addition if you have kids. Now you don’t have to worry about them forgetting the opener when they leave the house – they can simply punch in the code whenever they return.

 

Enough with the Noise

Most folks believe garage doors are noisy. At the Overhead Door Company of Dodge City, we want to change that perception. In fact, we offer a range of openers (the thing that actually pulls the garage door, not the remote we talked about above) – including the Legacy® 920 Belt Drive Garage Door Opener that can open your garage door almost silently. That means no more late-night or early-morning wakeups listening to metal-on-metal grinding.

 

Looking for more ways to improve your garage door this spring? Call us at the Overhead Door Company of Dodge City and we will help turn your garage door dreams into reality.

(620) 227-8093

Curb Enthusiasm: How to Make the Front of Your Home More Appealing

 

People work tirelessly to create a first impression with the front of their homes. They pick out the color, type of bricks, style of windows, even the molding. However, the garage door can often come off as an afterthought. Luckily for you, this is an easy fix.

Adding visual intrigue to your garage will help your home to better sync up with the rest of your home and at the same time make it more visually interesting. Below, the Overhead Door Company of Dodge City has listed a few tips to bump up your home’s style to help you attract a few more eyes and dollars when you decide it’s time to move.

 

A Home Improvement Project That’s Actually Worth the Effort

According to Remodeling.net, adding a new garage door is the number one return on investment when compared to other home improvement projects. This should come as a huge relief. No longer do you have to toil away hiring a contractor to make updates to your bathroom or kitchen in order to positively affect your home’s value. Adding windows, a new set of hinges, some interesting light fixtures, or a tasteful finish will instantly make your garage door look more distinguished. And there’s no easier way to figure out which features you want than by using the DoorView® Garage Door Designer App. It’s simple, just upload a picture of the front of your home and start playing around with every sort of garage door option imaginable.

OHD Doorview in Action

Add a Little Color

A new coat of paint makes everything look better. Instead of doubling down on another shade of eggshell or brown, opt for something with a bit more pizazz. Coral, mint green, or light blue may seem a bit intimidating at first, but them a chance and one of those colors is sure to brighten your, and possibly a potential buyer’s, day.

If you’re looking to get even more adventurous, you might even consider our Envy™ Model 956. This modern garage door style combines an aluminum base with glass paneling to instantly up the sleekness of your home.  

 

Before You Do Anything, Clean

We’re not just talking about taking a broom and sweeping away the cobwebs and dust around the edges of your garage door – we’re talking about giving it a true deep cleaning.

Consider renting a power washer. It’s amazing what a simple high-powered stream of water can do. When used correctly, it removes dirt and grime that can build up over the seasons leaving certain parts of your home (i.e. your garage door) looking dull. Blasting it with the power washer will not only leave it sparkling clean, but it also makes it easier to paint and upgrade.

 

If you’re looking for any additional tips on how to add curb appeal to your home, or if you’re looking to upgrade your garage door call the Overhead Door Company of Dodge City today.

(620) 227-8093

My Garage Door is Frozen Shut. Now What?

It’s February folks, and you know what that means? That’s right, we’re in the midst of winter and your garage door is still taking a beating (oh, and Valentine’s Day is around the corner too).

Last month, we here at the Overhead Door Company of Dodge City went over some ways to help you maintain your garage door during the winter. However, for those especially frosty February days, it helps to know a few additional tricks to keep it from freezing shut.

 

Sometimes, You Just Gotta Shovel

It’s not the most glamorous answer, but it’s usually the thing that works best. Taking special care to clear away any icy build-up around the base of your garage door is arguably the best thing you can do for it during the winter. At the very least, try to brush away the frost from time to time to keep it clear and prevent it from cracking.

Feel the Heat

Unfortunately, most folks don’t have in-floor heat or an infrared heater installed. Instead, we have to look for more cost-effective ways to keep the chill from creeping in. Keeping a pair of small, sturdy space heaters handy will not only make the morning trudge to your car a bit easier, they’ll also help to keep the weather seal (that’s the fancy name for that thin piece of rubber on the bottom of your garage door) from cracking and the battery in your opener from draining – just make sure to be mindful of the cords and unplug them when you’re not using them.

Look in the Pantry

Heavy-duty ice melt is essential during the winter. However, we know there will be instances where you forgot to stock up and every place in town will be sold out. In those instances, look to your kitchen table for the solution. Both table and Kosher salt are serviceable replacements for the heavy-duty stuff. Just sprinkle a little seasoning near the weather seal, let it marinate and watch as your garage door returns to its former glory.

Just Add Water

If your garage door does freeze, the solution may seem a little counterintuitive – adding water. Pouring a small amount of warm (not boiling!) water on the weather seal could be the answer to unsticking it and preventing you from having to take more drastic steps.

 

If you’d like any additional tips or think you might need to replace the weather seal on your garage door, call the trained professionals at the Overhead Door Company of Dodge City today!

(620) 227-8093

Winter Garage Door Maintenance Tips

A man cleans snow in winter weather with a shovel near the garage

Lubricate Everything

If it moves, it needs lubricant during this time of year. All of your garage door’s moving parts, including the rollers, tracks, springs, and hinges, should be well lubricated during the winter in order to combat the corrosive effects of the slushy weather. The good news? It’s not that difficult, just get a can of WD-40, or some other type of comparable lubricant, and apply a thin, even coat to the aforementioned parts.

Devil is in the Details

You paid extra to have those beautiful windows accentuate the top of your garage door, and you took special care when picking out the handle that added just the right amount of oomph. Now, it’s time to treat them with the respect they deserve. Making sure those windows are sealed will keep precious heat from slipping away and giving those handles a quick scrape will ensure that they’ll be garnering compliments for years to come.

Check the Balance

It’s imperative to have good balance this time of year to keep from slipping and falling. Balance is also a key factor when it comes to the health of your garage door. To make sure your setup is balanced you should watch it a few times. Is one side rising faster than the other? Do you see a hitch when the garage door is moving? Answering yes to either of these questions means that it’s time to get a professional from Overhead Door Company of Dodge City to take a closer look.

Know How to Shut it Down

You know how your phone shuts down after it’s been in the cold for too long? Unfortunately, this same thing can happen to your garage door opener when the mercury takes a dip. In these instances, it’s important to know where your garage door’s power source is so that you can shut it down and open the door manually. Having the cord clearly marked, we here at Overhead Door Company of Dodge City recommend using brightly colored gaffer tape, will make it that much easier.

 

Again, we know it sounds like a lot of extra work, but it really is worth it to save yourself the headache of having to do any major repairs during the dead of winter. If any serious issues do arise, or you have any other questions about your garage door and how to maintain it, you can reach the Overhead Door Company of Dodge City at the number below.

 

620-227-8093

Think Safety This Holiday Season

close up hanging Christmas lights

As those of us at the Overhead Door Company of Dodge City begin to hang the tinsel on the tree and place the ever mischievous Elf on his perch, we want to take a moment and share with our community of friends some helpful reminders of both dos and don’ts for the holiday season.

Don’t be a Clark

As most of us can attest, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a classic.  Not only does it provide a bountiful of laughs, it clearly demonstrates what not to do when it comes to plugging in too many electrical devices and/or overloading outlets.   As Clark Griswold demonstrated, too many cords, extensions or otherwise, can overheat and lead to an unexpected – or worse – undetected fire. 

To prevent the possibility of having your tree, gifts and/or cat scorched (as the Griswold’s so memorably experienced), keep these simple tips in mind:

  • Major appliances such as inflatable decorations should only be plugged directly into an appropriate receptacle outlet. 
  • It is not wise and can be dangerous to use extension cords or multi-outlet converters for large energy conductors.
  • Relying heavily on extension cords is a clear indication that you need additional outlets.  Having a qualified professional address your needs is a lot less stressful and less expensive than realizing your need after a major catastrophe.
  • Make sure that all chosen decorations for outside display are designated for outside use.  Although you may be tempted to use indoor and outdoor lights interchangeably, they are not designed to work in certain conditions.  For example, outside lights are able to withstand winter conditions whereas indoor lights are safety tested to ensure that they are not a fire hazard for your Christmas tree.

Check, Check and Triple Check

As we are in the business of keeping you and yours safe, we would be remiss to not strongly recommend that you to keep a close eye on your electrical cords.  By this, be sure to first check the electrical cords insulation to ensure the wrapping is intact.  If it becomes separated from the wires, you can run the risk of possibly causing a power shortage, starting a fire or creating a shock hazard than can cause serious injuries or worse.

Safety Before Sugar Plums

Your best bet to a merry night’s sleep is to power down all indoor and outdoor decorations before bed and when leaving your home.  Although it is nice to come home to a festive holiday scene when returning home from an evening out, this simple measure can make a significant impact.  Not only does this precaution prevent the possibility of an unnoticed electrical incident, this can also save you a handful of cash when it comes to your power bill.

Above all this season, we at the Overhead Door Company of Dodge City wish you a Merry Christmas and a joyful and prosperous New Year!

(620) 227-8093

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