4 Tips to Keeping Your Garage Door Sensors Aligned

Is your garage door broken? If it is, STOP! Before you panic, make sure your sensors aren’t out of alignment. This could be a relatively easy fix using an experienced garage door technician.

Believe it or not, it is pretty easy for garage door sensors to lose their positioning. Obviously, these sensors are designed as a safety precaution, so the door doesn’t close on you. However, like everything else in life, they move over time.

What Causes Alignment Issues?

Something as simple as bumping a sensor as you walk by is enough to knock a garage door sensor out of alignment. You’d think that this wouldn’t go unnoticed. However, it’s fairly common for sensors to get bumped when moving things in and out of your garage. 

Over time, garage door sensors will also lose positioning just from the door opening and closing. The more active your door is, the sooner it will get knocked out of alignment. 

Weather can also mess with the sensor alignment. Fluctuations in hot and cold temperatures cause the garage door’s metal parts to expand and contract. The metal inserts and rivets connecting the sensors to the door frame are no exception. Living in a climate with extreme summers and winters leads to more garage door alignment issues than people living in moderate climates.  

Are My Garage Door Sensors Out of Alignment? 

As discussed above, the best way to tell your sensors are out of alignment is if your door has trouble closing. Sensors are there for personal safety, and if they are not aligned, they will prevent the garage door from closing. 

Another way to tell if your garage door sensors are out of alignment is by the led lights that are built into them. The newest garage door sensors will show a green light if they are properly positioned. However, if that same light is blinking red constantly, that could be a sign that you have a problem with alignment and need to take action. 

How do I Re-Align My Garage Door Sensors?

Getting your garage door sensors back into alignment is not as easy as you would think. First, you need to cut power to your garage to eliminate the chance of electrocution. Then you will have to wear electric-resistant gloves, remove the sensors with tools, and re-level them. 

The Overhead Door Company® does not recommend attempting to put your garage door sensors back into alignment yourself. Severe levels of electricity run into these sensors, and if you don’t know what you are doing, you can seriously injure yourself. Also, if you have minimal experience working with garage door sensors, you might just end up making the problem worse, even breaking your sensors!

Call The Overhead Door Company™

The professionals at Overhead Door Company of Dodge City™ can diagnose and fix your alignment problem faster than you can figure out how to cut the power supply to your door. Our installers are highly trained and will be able to answer any questions or concerns you might have about the issues your door is experiencing. 

Again, we do not recommend or suggest that you attempt to re-align your garage door sensors by yourself! It can cause serious bodily harm if you do not follow the proper precautions and have the right gear on hand. 

Give us a call today and we’ll get your garage door where it needs to be!

Buying and Installing Your New Garage Door

Getting a new garage door and having it installed can be a very intimidating process. We at The Overhead Door Company of Dodge City™ understand this and want to make hiring a garage door installer as easy as possible.  

Installing a new garage door is no easy task. There are many moving parts behind getting a new door delivered, assembled, and installed correctly in your garage. While handier, experienced, and technical people could pull off installing a garage door without a professional, it is recommended that the majority of people go through a reputable garage door distributor. 

Overall, buying and having a new garage door installed is a lot of work. You will have questions about pricing, installation, things to avoid, etc. This is why we decided to put this article together on things you want to know when considering a new garage door. 

How much does it cost to install a garage door?

That isn’t an easy question to answer. The installation price varies from the type of door, where it is being installed, etc. The Overhead Door Company of Dodge City™ likes to do installation service pricing on an estimate basis. Creating an estimate makes several things possible! 

One of the main reasons we do estimates is to get to know you through the decision-making process. As we said, the installation cost is highly situational, and there will be things we have to take into account when giving a price on installation services. You may want a modern aluminum door installed on the house in a remote area. Or a rustic, wooden door installed on a maisonette in an upscale neighborhood. Regardless of what you want, the estimation process makes things easier on everyone and allows both parties to reach an understanding before installation moves forward. 

Can I install my new garage door myself?

Unless you have experience installing and servicing garage doors, we don’t recommend installing your new door yourself. If you want your new garage door to work, some steps need to be done correctly. Missing a part or installing one part before another could mean the difference between no problems and a total mechanical disaster. 

Installing a garage door incorrectly could also result in severe injury and even death. Garage door parts are heavy and can easily hurt an inexperienced person attempting to do an install by themselves. More technical features of these doors, like the engine, tracks, and torsion spring, can cause injury if not handled the right way. For example, people have been killed while installing a torsion spring without proper supervision.

Contact The Overhead Door Company™!

Installing a new garage door is not a simple process. However, at The Overhead Door Company of Dodge City™, we understand this and do our best to make a new garage door stress-free. We’ll come up with an estimate that fits your needs, budget, and home/business situation. After that, your door will be ordered, delivered, and installed by one of our experienced garage door technicians. 
Do you need a new garage door installed or want to get an estimate on an installation? Give The Overhead Door Company of Dodge City™ a call, or fill out our form for more information!

Overhead Door Buying Guide

Buying the right garage door is more important than you might think. Most realtors agree that having an overhead door with curb appeal for your property is a legitimate deciding factor when it comes time to sell your real estate. At the Overhead Door Company™, we understand this more than anyone else. That’s why we’ve decided to put together a garage door buying guide—so you can find the door that works best for you. Give the article below a good read, and we promise that choosing your new garage door will be a breeze!

Consider Your Climate and Location First 

Location, climate, and building codes are just a few factors to consider when determining which type of new garage door is right for your home. Identifying these things first will help make the deciding process when choosing a garage door easier. We have a few categories on our website that can help with this process. 

Depending on the region you live in, you may need to choose a wind load option for your new garage door. Wind-loaded garage doors help safeguard your home in high wind-prone areas; with garage doors serving as the most significant and often the primary entrance to the house, an insulated garage door may also be right for you.

Material

Most garage doors for your home are made from either wood, steel, or fiberglass. These three garage door style materials are strong, durable, and each has unique benefits at various price points. However, Overhead Door™ also offers vinyl and aluminum material options. As we mentioned above, our wind load category gives you a host of readymade options for those concerned about climate, so your research ends with us. 

To pick the perfect fit for your home, we have developed the DoorView® garage door designer. This interactive visualizer tool helps you design your dream door and allows you to see how it will look on your home with just the push of a button. You can also try it on your Apple and Android devices.

Color

Overhead Door™ offers a wide variety of garage door colors for your home’s exterior. However, you always have the option to paint your door at any time should you feel the need for a home improvement project. We can provide some great insights into doing that correctly, so you won’t have to do it a second time. 

A good rule of thumb is to pick a garage door color that coordinates with your house. If your home is green, a good option for painting your garage door will be. . . brown or white (because white goes with everything)! It’s that simple. 

Of course, there is always room for a little more creativity when working with today’s favored, timeless color schemes. This comes in the form of trims that can be chosen, specifically in white—do you see a throughline here? 

For this example, we’ll stick to our example of a house with a primary color of green. To match this, you could select a brown door with white trim!

Contact Us!

We at the Overhead Door Company™ pride ourselves on being the original when it comes to garage doors. With over 100 years of experience, one call to us can address all of your comments, concerns, thoughts, and ideas when buying a new garage door. 

What we covered are the most important aspects of choosing a residential garage door. However, there are other things to consider, including torsion springs, energy efficiency, natural light, and garage door opening.

At Overhead Door Company of Dodge City™, we work hard to serve the community surrounding us and can’t wait to help you with anything you might need concerning your new garage door. Give us a call, or fill out our online form. Hurry! The demand for overhead doors is skyrocketing, and we want to help you as soon as possible. Get in touch now!

What are the Trendiest Garage Door Colors of 2022?

Choosing what color to paint your garage door can be more complicated than selecting the door itself. 

However, another factor in choosing a color that people don’t think about is what is in style. Good garage door colors capture attention, tying the aesthetic of your house together. At the same time, lousy garage door colors can derail the look of your home investment.

At Overhead Door Company of Dodge City™, we understand choosing a color is essential. That’s why we’ve put a list of garage door paint colors trending in 2022, so you can make the right decision or fix a bad one.  

You Can’t Go Wrong with White Paint!

Timeless is in, so homeowners can never go wrong with painting their garage door white. White paint never goes out of style—hence why many people use it for a timeless look. But the true power of this color comes in its ability to match. White will match with any color or esthetic the dominant color of your house incorporates. 

It may seem strange, but there are different colors of white that garage doors can be painted. Here are just a few of the tones to choose from when seeking your timeless 2022 look:

  • Cream
  • Off-white
  • Alabaster 

Other Timeless Colors

Timeless doesn’t have to mean white paint! If you think that color is too dull for a garage door, there are plenty of other paint options you can go with that will be in style during 2022. 

If you don’t want to go with white, other garage door colors you’ll see in 2022 will be:

  • Black
  • Bay
  • Navy
  • Taupe
  • Gray

Combination

There is always the option of combining white paint with traditional color schemes. Overhead Door offers a wide variety of garage door colors that feature white trims!

For example, white/gray, white/clay, and white/green give your garage door the best of both worlds when featuring not one but two timeless colors. 

Wood 

Don’t want to go with a traditional paint color? Timeless doesn’t mean only one of the above. Wooden garage doors are, and always will be, in style—which means they certainly will be in 2022. Here are some of the wooden garage door colors and finishes that we offer:

  • Mahogany 
  • West Cedar
  • Smooth Plywood
  • Roughsawn Plywood
  • Knotty Cedar
  • Hemlock 

Don’t want a wooden garage door but still want the look? A variety of our steel, fiberglass, and vinal have finishes that can mimic the look of that material! Overhead Door offers a variety of stained finishes on our doors like Mahogany, Honduran mahogany, Oak, and Red Oak.

Which Garage Door Color is Right for Me?

A good rule of thumb is to match the garage door paint you use with the dominant color of your house. If you have a green place, a good option for painting your garage door will be. . . green or white (because white goes with everything)! It’s that simple. 

Of course, there is always room for a little more creativity when working with the favored, timeless color schemes of 2022. This comes in the form of trims that can be chosen, specifically in white—do you see a throughline here? 

For this example, we’ll stick to our example of a house with a primary color of green. To match this, you could select a green door with white trim!

We can Help! 

Choosing a garage door color in the new year won’t be easy! However, if you stay timeless, your home will be in style in 2022 and for decades to come. 
Demand for this coming year is high, so don’t wait. Call now! Contact Overhead Door Company of Dodge City™, and we’ll get you set up with the ideal door that has the perfect color.

Garage Door Facts

Many people take it for granted, even though life would be difficult without it. They use it every day, yet they only think twice about it—when they open it and close it. Can you guess what we are talking about? Probably, since you’re on our website. But, if you somehow still aren’t sure, it’s the garage door!  

The garage door serves many purposes that we don’t stop and take a minute out of our day to appreciate. It protects our cars from unsavory weather. They seal our homes, keeping intruders away. If chosen correctly, garage doors can even be a significant selling point for a house when it comes time to put it on the market. However, people still don’t know many things about this important home feature. Here are a few facts you might not know about your garage door! 

The Garage Door is probably the most Popular Entrance to Your Home

Over 65% of people use their garage door more than their front door. Think about it! How often do you use your front door if your garage connects to your house? Exactly! All the more reason to appreciate the role your garage door has in your life. 

Modern Garage Doors can last more than 20 Years, but . . 

. . . Regular maintenance is required! 

What does this include:

  • Making sure that the moving parts of the door are correctly oiled
  • Keeping bolts and screws tightened
  • Sealing against wind and moisture 
  • Keeping rollers in good shape 
  • Tracks aren’t bent or warped
  • The torsion spring is adjusted correctly 

The list keeps going, but you get the idea—putting in the work to maintain a door takes quite a bit of time and effort. Lucky for you, one call to Overhead Door of Dodge City™, and our technicians can make sure everything is working correctly with one easy-to-make appointment.

Garage Doors really do Sell Your House!

Yes, we talked about this in the introduction, but did you know that most realtors, on average, will recommend people replace their garage doors before listing a home on the market? If you think about it, the garage door is one of the first things a person sees when looking at a house. 

Investing in a garage door that is in-style, well-made, and suited to the look of your house will always bring a significant return on investment. It may even be the deciding factor between if your home sells or your neighbor’s. It could also be a contender in raising your asking price, as garage doors are an essential home feature, especially in colder climates. 

The First Modern Garage Doors were Invented in 1921. . . by Us! 

C.G. Johnson invented the first upward-acting garage door back in the roaring 20s—now a century ago. He rode the momentum from the popularity of his invention to found what would become the Overhead Door Corporation, which is now Overhead Door! You can check out more about our history here

A Total Workhorse 

The average garage door tends to open and close more than five times per day—averaging out to more than 1,500 times per year. This is why it’s vital you contact us for regular maintenance, or if you start noticing any problems. 

Give Us a Call! 

It’s easy to take the modern garage door for granted. It only has two functions—opening and closing. But it turns out those two functions mean a whole lot more to us than we realize. They can mean the difference between selling or not selling a home. They also serve as the most-used entrance to the place we feel most safe and comfortable—home. 
At Overhead Door, we created and developed the first of these doors back in the 1920s, so we see it as our responsibility to help people with anything they might need in regards to them. Because to us, they aren’t just a door; they’re an Overhead Door.

Selling Your Home in the Winter

Selling your home in the winter can be a tricky proposition. Normally, a buyer makes a decision on whether to pull the trigger on home within a few minutes of wandering around the property. That means making a first impression is key — something snow and ice can complicate greatly. Below, the Overhead Door Company of Dodge City™ has put together a few tips on how to keep your home looking amazing regardless of weather conditions. 

Clear Your Driveway

Easy, right? Yet you would be surprised how many people forget this step. Potential buyers will always be curious about the state of your driveway. Does it have cracks? Is it even? Is it sinking? If you have any of the aforementioned problems, you need to fix those first. Additionally, add a coat of water-repellent sealant to make it easy to clean. 

Showing them that you have nothing to hide from the onset will go a long way into making them think the rest of your home, even the parts they can’t see, are in good shape. Also, it makes it safer on the walk up to your home. How well do you think someone will view your home if they just fell on their butt before coming in?

Care For Your Gutters

Another small thing you can do that shows potential buyers you care about the details. Overflowing gutters cause leaves to spew out onto your lawn and create a constant battle to keep things clean. Furthermore, make sure your gutters are draining properly. Water pooling can quickly freeze over and become another hazard spot on your driveway.

Subtle Holiday Decorations

The key word is subtle. That means no giant inflatables, projectors, or light-up Santas. Simple, clean decorations can accent the frame of your home and draw the eye to where you want it.

Organize Your Garage 

A neatly organized and decluttered garage signals the buyer on how the rest of your home has been maintained. Organizing your garage with shelves, and an organized system of stacking boxes can help your garage look larger. Sweep the floor of litter; remove oil, grease and paint marks if necessary. Organize your tools and equipment with wall storage hooks and tool cabinets to help conceal unsightly yard tools. If you have an excessive amount of garden and yard tools consider a small outdoor yard shed where tools can be stored. Buyers want to be able to see how large your garage is, so make it inviting.

You know what else adds some serious curb appeal to your home? A new garage door, of course! Call the Overhead Door Company of Dodge City™ to schedule your free consultation today!

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