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Winter Garage Door Maintenance Tips

Your garage door is the largest moving part in your entire home, and is used multiple times per day at any hour and in all seasons. To keep your garage door operating smoothly for decades to come, it’s very important that you take the time to perform regular preventive care and maintenance. Winter conditions take the most significant toll to garage doors, so we have compiled 10 proactive tips to monitor tell-tale indicators of necessary maintenance and to prepare your garage door for harsh seasonal conditions.

1. Look and Listen

The most important preventive step you can take is to observe your garage door in action every time you use it. Is it moving smoothly or is it jerky in places? Does it operate silently or does it make grinding or scraping noises? Do both sides of the system (springs, pulleys and cables) look symmetrical?

2. Tighten up the Hardware

The average garage door moves up and down more than a thousand times a year. That’s a lot of movement and vibration, which can loosen the hardware. Examine and tighten all roller brackets and bolts with a socket wrench.

3. Test the Garage Door Balance

If your garage door is not properly balanced, the garage door opener will need to work harder, and it won’t last as long. After you disconnect the opener by pulling the release handle (usually a red cord), manually move the door about halfway up. If it doesn’t stay put, the counterweight system (springs) are improperly balanced. Garage door spring adjustment is best left to the professionals.

4. Inspect and Replace the Rollers

The rollers, whether steel or nylon, need to be inspected twice a year and replaced every seven years or so, and even more if you use your garage door many times a day. Worn, chipped or cracked rollers should be replaced as soon as possible. You do this by removing and reinstalling any roller brackets that are not directly attached to the cable system.

5. Replace the Weather stripping

If the rubber weather seal strip on the bottom of your door is brittle or cracked, replace it right away to keep the elements out of your house. There are many different styles of bottom rubber, depending on the manufacturer of the door. Call your local garage door professional to find the right type of rubber for your door.

6. Lubricate the Moving Parts

Keeping your garage door parts lubricated will add years of seamless operation to your system – and it takes just 10 minutes a year! Use a spray lubricant, available from your garage door specialist, to coat all of the moving parts, including the overhead springs.

7. Check the Cables

You should never tinker with the high-tension cables that lift your door because they have enough force to maim and kill. But you can check their condition so you know when to hire a pro. Check for broken strands and damage near the bottom roller bracket.

8. Test the Auto-Reverse Safety Features

There are two mechanisms: mechanical and photocell.

To test the mechanical feature: Place a piece of wood or a brick on the ground in the path of the door. When the door coming down touches that object, it should reverse direction and go back up again.

To test the photoelectric system with beams at each side: Close your door and just pass your leg in the door’s path. Your door should reverse.

If your opener is more than 20 years old, it may lack basic safety features – and so it’s time to buy a new garage door opener.

9. Clear the Tracks

Make sure the tracks on either side of the door are free from debris and, if you are so inclined, you can use a level to check the plumb. Any major adjustments to tracks must be done by a professional garage door technician.

10. Groom Your Garage Door

Don’t forget to examine the door itself. Wood doors will need to be checked for water damage and warp, as well as chipped and peeling paint. Steel doors may have rust spots that need to be sanded, primed and painted. Wash your garage door regularly with a mild all-purpose cleaner at the same time you do your car.

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A Clean Garage Checklist

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Don’t clean harder; clean smarter! Since the garage can be a significant source of clutter, we recommend you start there first. Not many look forward to this yearly chore, but it’s an essential task if you want to keep things clean, accessible, and in tip-top shape. The garage (and especially the garage door) is used almost every day, so keeping them both well-maintained is the key to enjoying your year and ensuring your garage doors last. Once this exhausting chore is complete, you’ll be glad that your garage looks exceptional!

While our Overhead Door™ garage doors are built strong and durable, they still need maintenance from time to time. So while you’re cleaning your garage, it’s an excellent opportunity to visually inspect your garage door. Make the most of your time and energy by following our ultimate garage cleaning checklist that even the busiest of homeowners can manage!

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Cleaning Guide

Cluttered to Decluttered

Let’s start off by decluttering your garage. Depending on your garage’s size and the amount of clutter, choose a full day or weekend for you and your family or friends to dedicate to this home project. You’ll want to remove everything (yes, everything) that’s not nailed or screwed down. This will make it easier to give the garage a thorough cleaning. You’ll also be better able to assess which of your items are worth keeping or discarding.

Go through every single item and box to determine what you will keep, donate, sell or toss and sort those in separate piles. If you’re struggling to let go of items, ask yourself: Have I used this in the past year? And, as the famed organizing consultant Marie Kondo says, does it “spark joy?” If your answer is no to both these questions, then it’s time to get rid of it. Don’t just keep items you think you might use someday. Wouldn’t you rather be able to utilize the space those items are taking up?

Wipe, Sweep, Clean, Repeat

With the space cleared, move any sorted items away from the entrance of your garage. There will be plenty of dirt, dust, and water passing through that area as you scrub out your garage interior. Start by gathering any cleaning and organizing supplies that you may need. Here are our six steps to ensure your cleanest garage yet:

Step #1: Start by wiping down any shelving or flat surface with multipurpose spray. You might want to clean the floor first, but doing that later is crucial to efficient cleaning.

Step #2: Gently clean garage slatwall panels with a rag. If your garage walls are made of drywall, brick or other rough materials, downward sweep the walls with a broom to remove some of the dirt and dust that’s accumulated. Use a broom to also remove any cobwebs you see.

Step #3: It’s time for the floors! Sweep out all the dirt, dust and salt deposits (if you live in a cold climate area) that have gathered on the floor. Make sure you’re not missing any corners.

Step #4: For garages that need extra care, wash your floor with a garden hose and a gentle cleanser. If only light cleaning is required, a mop will work. Once this is complete, use a squeegee to remove the remaining water.

Step #5: Next, clean your garage door. Make sure you are cleaning your door based on its material. For many materials such as vinyl, steel and fiberglass, simply rinse off the door with a hose and then wipe it down using a sponge, dish detergent and water. Don’t forget to attend to both sides of your garage door!

Step #6: Check your door frames for any caked-on dirt. Cleaning the frame may require a simple scrubbing and hose off. If this step involves stripping, painting or staining the doorframe on your garage, our Overhead Door™ distributors are here to help.

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Examine Your Garage Door System

With your past clutter obstructing your view, you may not have noticed your garage door system needs some sprucing up and that’s okay. Now is the perfect time to schedule any garage door repair or preventative maintenance needed.

No one enjoys replacing or fixing garage door parts as much as our Red Ribbon team. If you need repairs for safe and dependable garage door operation, turn to our well-trained garage door repair professionals. Our distributors can provide your garage door system with the recommended service and maintenance procedures to ensure smooth and reliable operation.

Appealing Curb Appeal and Smart Upgrades

As you admire your freshly cleaned garage, make sure your curb appeal reflects the beautiful space you’ve created behind the door. Your garage door can significantly impact your home’s overall appearance and increase its resale value. An Overhead Door™ garage door replacement could be the thing needed to take your curb appeal to the next level.

We offer a wide variety of designs, colors, features, and benefits. Whether you prefer to enhance your home with a sleek, corrosion-resistant Modern Aluminum garage door, a rustic, well-insulated door from our Carriage House Collection or somewhere in between, we can help with your springtime transformation. Complete the ultimate garage door system by pairing your new door with one of our garage door openers and install our OHD Anywhere® app for a smart home upgrade that delivers convenience, control, and peace of mind, all in the palm of your hand.

garage doorCourtyard Collection® Model 7560 

Now that your garage looks brand new inside and out, all you have to do is keep it that way! Make sure to keep your floor space clear, regularly clean, and, most importantly, complete a deep clean once a year to ensure your garage looks as good as it does today.

For more information on our repair services, garage door options, and opener accessories, give Overhead Door Company of Brookfield a call at 203-740-7691.

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Garage Door Trends of 2021

Garage Door Trends of 2021

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The new year has arrived and though 2020 will never be forgotten— to put it mildly —2021 offers the promise of the new and the hopeful. Home trends that continue to gain prominence and are considered a priority among homeowners and are also center stage for the garage door industry. Home security, smart technology and contemporary, yet bold, design puts your home’s garage door system squarely in the crosshairs of 2021 home trends.

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Home Security

One trend that is gaining further momentum is the need for home security. From smart home security to reinforced entry points and upgraded access systems, 2021 is about achieving peace of mind and prioritizing safety.

Often the most-used gateway to and from the home, a garage door that is built and installed by a trusted brand known for quality and dependability is essential. As a trusted garage door manufacturer now celebrating its 100-year anniversary, Overhead Door™ Brand has the industry know-how coupled with a wide assortment of security enhancing garage doors.

Smart Technology

Another element to home security and a continuing trend for 2021, is utilizing the most up-to-date technology. With Overhead Door™ Brand’s OHD Anywhere® app, homeowners can monitor or control their garage doors remotely via their smart devices, allowing you to check if your garage door is open or closed, or if someone is attempting to operate the garage door without permission. It even offers the added security benefit of keeping a log of all uses of the garage door with dates and times. With OHD Anywhere®, garage doors will never accidentally be left open because homeowners can check the status through their smartphone app and safely close the door. OHD Anywhere® will also alert the owner if the door is open for an extended period of time or after a certain time at night. The OHD Anywhere® app is compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and other smart home systems like Alarm.com, Yonomi, Brilliant, Control4, Clare Controls and more.

To go along with high-tech applications, Overhead Door™ Brand offers leading garage door openers, including the Overhead Door® Infinity™ 2000 Garage Door Openers, which saves homeowners space as the brand’s first wall mount garage door openers. These openers come standard with the Overhead Door® Wireless Wall Console, integrated with OHD Anywhere® technology and easing the everyday lives of consumers with its ‘Jogger Button,’ allowing homeowners a maximum 30-second delay to exit the garage safely when used.

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Contemporary Design

In 2021, home design trends will continue to lean toward a sleek, no-nonsense aesthetic with designs favoring a contemporary style. To best complement modern architectural design for indoor-outdoor spaces, garage doors that feature clean lines provide an uninterrupted flow between these settings. Homeowners also understand the importance of functionality paired with aesthetics. As such, garage doors featuring premium insulation and durability are a top priority in addition to aesthetics.

But don’t be afraid to go bold! Homeowners are continually choosing colors and design options that help their homes stand out from the pack while boosting their curb appeal. That’s why enhanced customization is a trend that is here to stay. To begin the remodeling process and experiment, homeowners can use Overhead Door™ Brand’s garage door design center app called DoorView® that allows the user to upload an actual image of their home and puts the power of design at their fingertips, allowing users to customize the garage door through a wide variety of design options, including styles, windows, door colors, overlay colors, trim colors, handles and accessories.

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Modern Style Upgrades

Overhead Door™ Brand offers a wide selection of modern garage doors that can complement any home. Providing security, smart home capabilities and style to match any aesthetic, you can’t go wrong with a garage door from Overhead Door™ Brand. To get started, consider the below options that can really pump up your curb appeal in 2021.

The popular Impression Steel Collection® combines high-end aesthetics and durable construction. Model 5800 offers a striking Recessed Panel option and multiple color and detail choices. The Recessed Panel features a unique pinstriped panel with a bold, recessed stamp design, allowing homeowners to obtain a carriage house-style garage door while benefiting from the low maintenance and durability of steel. These residential garage doors come in a variety of stunning designs including new Red Walnut or Weathered Gray wood grain textures.

Thermacore® insulated steel garage doors are the ideal choice for premium construction and maximum thermal efficiency. With multiple panel designs and colors to choose from, these doors offer design flexibility, durability and thermal efficiency that will help keep your home comfortable in cold or hot climates.

For a cutting-edge look, Modern Aluminum Garage Doors offer many advantages, including maximum light infiltration, durability and, of course, a striking look for today’s contemporary-styled homes. Crisp lines and sleek design formed from durable corrosion-resistant aluminum frames and light-filtering glass make a striking complement to your home.

For these and many more garage door design options, or to learn more about our security or smart home technology features, contact Overhead Door Company of Brookfield at 203-740-7691.

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Winter Garage Door Maintenance Tips

Winter Garage Door Maintenance Tips

Picture this: you pull into your driveway after work on a cold, dreary evening, and you’re ready to get inside and cuddle up under a blanket. You click your garage door opener and… the door doesn’t move. You’re stuck out in the cold.

This can be a common occurrence during the winter months – but it doesn’t have to be.

When temperatures drop, garage doors tend to stick for a variety of reasons. And when temperatures get below freezing, doors can even freeze shut. With these three simple maintenance steps, you can safeguard your garage door from cold-weather stress and keep it in pristine condition, allowing you to come and go as you please year-round.

REMOVE ANY GUNK OR GREASE BUILD-UP ON THE GARAGE DOOR TRACK.

As you use your door more and more, over time, debris can build on the track and rollers, which interferes with how easily it opens and closes. Eventually, your tracks may become so clogged that your garage door can’t open and close at all, which can be pretty inconvenient when temperatures reach those winter lows. If yours is snagged, this could be a likely culprit. Start from inside the garage, and use a cloth to wipe away and remove any grease build-up.

LUBRICATE ALL MOVING PARTS.

Once you’ve cleaned the tracks, use regular grade machine oil (avoid heavy axle grease) to lubricate the rollers, track, hinges and bushings. These parts can stick and stall when it’s cold outside, and the lubrication will help get those parts operating smoothly again.

When you’re done, wipe away any excess oil to prevent additional build-up. We recommend that garage doors be cleaned and lubricated a few times a year, so getting into the practice now can only help the longevity of your door.

WIPE DOWN THE WEATHER-STRIPPING AND LOOK FOR CRACKS THAT NEED REPAIRS.

Since you use it every day, your garage door will wear down over time. Weather-stripping at the bottom of the door can often crack after extended use. Cracked weather-stripping can allow snow and ice underneath the door and inside your garage, which will cause the door to free shut.

To inspect the weather-stripping, wipe it down with a cloth, take note of any problem areas, and have an expert help with the repairs.

CONTACT OVERHEAD DOOR COMPANY OF BROOKFIELD!

If none of those three tips help solve your problem, you may need to consult with an expert. Please do not hesitate to contact our team for help! We’ll identify and fix your problem quickly, so you don’t get left out in the cold.

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