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Where to Look for Heat Loss in the Garage

A newly constructed home in a suburban development

 

During the winter your garage is substantially colder than the rest of your home.  Unless your door is well-insulated, a lot of heat will escape. Unfortunately, heat loss equates to money loss.  Period.  Have you noticed that it is much colder in the rooms that border the garage?  If so, there are options to resolve this problem.  

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Garage Door Trends 2017

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Your garage door should complement your house, not diminish it!  It’s similar to the clothes you choose to wear; you want them to fit well, not look out of place.  Replacing your garage door adds value to your home.  If you feel your dated garage door is taking away from your home’s pleasing aesthetic, then 2017 is the year to update your garage door!  

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Protect home for holidays prevent intruders

Protect Home for Holidays

When I picture the holidays, I imagine kicking my feet up and relaxing, while everyone else does the work…but that might be a wishful thinking 😉!

Traveling is especially exciting during the holidays, and most people at least do a little! But holiday travel means your home is more available to unwanted guests. In order to avoid any issues, take the time to protect your home before your travels and have a peace of mind while relaxing at your in-laws! Read more

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Christmas Ideas

Christmas is coming and Overhead Door Co of Dodge City has some great ideas for presents for your family and friends.  An Overhead Door or Electric Operator is a good idea for that special loved one on your list.  The newer operators have a lot of great options that not only make your life easier but have some great security features as well.  Call us today to arrange installation – Christmas will be here before you know it so don’t delay!

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Prevent Break-Ins With These Tips

Prevent break-ins through garage door

Hopefully you’ve taken advantage of this warm fall weather we’re experiencing and prepared your garage and home for winter, if you haven’t here are a few ways to avoid any issues!

Another way to take advantage of this beautiful weather is to strengthen your garage door against break-ins. As we approach the holidays, home break-ins are ever-present. Especially since burglars have the possibility of finding big ticket items like holiday gifts in your home. Burglars tend to aim for the easiest route in and out, therefore an unlocked window or front or back door are often the first targets of entry. Locking these and having a reliable security system are of the utmost importance. What many homeowners don’t realize, is that a garage door is also a large target, especially if it’s easily manipulated. Read more

Winterize your garage door

Easily Winterize Your Garage Door

We’re officially in fall and that means the chilly days of winter are right around the corner! And it’s looking like it won’t be a mild winter. Over the next several weeks, with warm days in our forecast, it’s a great idea to prepare your garage for the full-force of winter, if you haven’t done so already. It’s time to winterize! These may take a chunk of time, but the time and money you’ll save in the long run will be well worth it! Read more

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Buying Guide for Garage Doors

Buying a new garage door can be a very intimidating task that can also hugely change the look of your house. Lucky for you, we’ve put together this buying guide to simplify this buying process for you. Click here to schedule a time for us to come help you! First you’ll need to know the size of the door.

Let’s start out with the basics: how much do garage doors cost and where are they sold? Read more

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How to Replace Garage Door Rollers

Garage door safety should always be on your mind — keeping the biggest moving door of your home in great working condition is vital! Whether it’s maintenance or servicing, Overhead Door Company of Dodge City has all the information you’re looking for and the services you’ll need.

The rollers on your garage door are important pieces to keeping your garage garage door running correctly. Rollers should replaced every few months or so — luckily, it’s an easy task. If you’re looking to replace your rollers, here’s a guide to get it done without an issue! Read more

Garage door opener components

Garage Door Opener Components

The average garage door opens and closes 1500 times each year and most tend to go out around the 10,000th cycle, your door didn’t open, now what? If this has happened to you, here is a helpful guide to learn about each part and piece that may need replacement. When replacing a garage door opener, all pieces most likely will not need to be replaced, but a few will. Below are some of the important parts that may need changed before other parts.

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  1. Motor and Gears. This is what gets the door moving; both opening and closing.
  2. T-rail/Driver Guide. This guides and protects the chain, screw, or belt as the door moves.
  3. Height Adjustment. This controls the distance the door moves. This can be adjusted to varying levels of force that cause the door to stop, such as pushing upwards on it.
  4. Inverter and Battery. The inverter transfers AC power from the home to DC power necessary to operate the opener. The battery is for times when the power may be out.

Types of Drives:

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Chain – Typically the most cost effective option. Looks just like chains found on a bike.

Belt – The belt has “teeth” on one side that rotate through a gear on the operator that pulls the trolley. Usually the most expensive option.

Screw – This is a continuous thread that connects to the door. Frequently wears out trolley quicker than the chain or belt. Price is average compared to the others.

Below is a visual of other important garage door and opener parts!

Garage door components

If you must replace your garage door opener, it’s better to be knowledgeable. If you’re unsure about a part or have any questions, Overhead Door Company of Dodge City can help! Call us at  (620) 227-8093 or contact us about our services.

National Garage Door Safety Month

June – National Garage Door Safety Month

June is National Garage Door Safety Month!

This is our opportunity to increase awareness about the largest entry to your home and how to keep it working safely!

National Garage Door Safety Month

This is not a complete list of pointers, but they are some of the issues that come up frequently. Always review the manufacturer’s installation or instruction manual for safety guidelines about your particular door.

  • Do not let children play on or with the garage door — i.e., riding on them or running in and out as they’re closing. Tell your children about the possible dangers.
  • Never put your fingers between door sections.
  • Make sure the garage door opener wall mount is out of reach of children, a good height is five feet off the ground.
  • Do not leave the garage door slightly open!
  • Keep all body parts, fingers, hands, and arms away from tracks, springs, rollers, etc.
  • Check the garage door for possible wear and tear. Carefully check over springs, cables, rollers, and pulleys. Do not try to remove, adjust, or repair these parts or anything attached to them. These parts are under high tension and should only be dealt with by a trained garage door professional.
  • If there is glass on your garage door, look to see if any cracks have formed. It’s better to solve the problem before it happens!
  • If you and/or your family have a vacation in the works this summer, unplug the garage door unit or use the lock security switch on the wall console, (if applicable).

Garage door safety should be remembered in June and throughout the rest of the year as well! In order to keep your garage door safe: know how your garage door works and functions, continue maintenance regularly, and be aware of safety measures!

If your garage needs an inspection or some upgrades, contact Overhead Door Company of Dodge City 620-227-8093 or schedule a service appointment.

Happy National Garage Door Safety Month from everyone here at Overhead Door Company of Dodge City!