Overhead Door Company of Brookfield™ Blog

Superior Performance, Style, and Reliability.

A Clean Garage Checklist

open garage door looking inside clean garage

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!

clean white garage doorTraditional Steel Model 1500 

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.

clean garage with white garage door and white entry door

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.

0 Read More

Garage Door Trends of 2021

Garage Door Trends of 2021

garage door

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.

garage door

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.

garage door

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.

garage door

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.

0 Read More

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

0 Read More

Smart Technology in the Garage

Powerful, quiet and durable, Overhead Door® automatic garage door openers and opener accessories are designed for performance. When you combine an Overhead Door® garage door opener with one of our garage doors, you get an integrated system that maximizes performance and reliability. Our full line of automatic garage door openers features a variety of power levels and specifications to handle different garage door weights and sizes. Each opener also comes with built-in, standard functions for ultimate safety, convenience and power. Additionally, we offer a wide variety of garage door opener accessories that further elevate the simplification of carefully crafted design and modern technology.

Opening up about Garage Door Openers

There are two main components to a garage door opener— the motor type and the drive type. Motor types come in two main options, AC and DC power. Garage door openers powered by an AC motor are typically louder, larger and heavier since they require more components. Garage door openers powered by a DC motor offer the most power and are the smoothest running motors in the industry. Not only are DC motors quieter and lighter, but they allow more features on the opener like soft start and stop, which reduces wear and tear on the door and motor.

The drive type is simply the way your garage door travels along with the guide – the long rail connected to the opener and above the center of your door – when it opens and closes. Within the guide is a screw, chain, or belt which moves the trolley along the guide to open and close your door.

Our belt drive opener models are some of the quietest garage door openers you can buy and are ideal for a garage that is connected to the house. Screw drive garage door openers, on the other hand, will give you the most power with the fastest operating speeds. If you have a large garage door, then these are the openers you’ll want to use. This is because our screw drive openers feature an exclusive direct drive system that transfers more power from the motor without using a gear reduction system. Finally, a chain drive garage door opener uses a chain to move the door open and closed. It is suitable for most garage doors as the design has been around for many years and will last a long time with routine maintenance.

To reinforce the garage door opener, the Heavy Duty Rail is also available. These double reinforced, C-Channel rails support the industry’s tallest and heaviest residential doors. Compatible with all existing Overhead Door® openers, the Heavy Duty Rail can supplement any screw, belt, or chain drive models, reinforcing the motor rail, and bolstering the opening system. While the Heavy Duty Rail weighs approximately twice as much as a standard rail of the same length and drive type, it can be installed by a single technician with ease. The sturdy design keeps rail deflection at a minimum to offer you confidence in its performance.


Universal Solutions: Opener Remotes and Keypads Simplify Life

Universal Wireless Keypad

Overhead Door™ Brand offers a variety of convenience-enhancing accessories that simplify life. These optional garage door opener accessories each feature something different to help you enjoy your new Overhead Door® opener or garage door system to the fullest. Among them is a line of keypads and opener remotes, which put ease and comfort at your fingertips.

The Universal Wireless Keypad, for example, simplifies the lives of homeowners with one device and PIN. Homeowners often have multiple garage doors that might not always use the same brand of openers, creating a hassle to manage them all and difficulty in remembering the various access codes. The convenience and versatility of the Universal Wireless Keypad offers customers leading innovation for everyday life. Compatible with some of the most popular garage door opener brands sold in the U.S., the Universal Wireless Keypad is easy to set up and control with simplified keypad programming and efficient backlight coverage.

Universal Remote


Another innovation is the Universal Remote, which can be programmed to operate a combination of up to four garage door openers or gate receivers, reducing the clutter of multiple remotes and replacing it with a single, convenient device. Pre-programmed settings and an exclusive pairing feature make for simplified programming options. The Universal Remote is compact enough to fit in the palm of your hand and comes with a versatile visor clip and key ring loop in every box.

Garage Door Opener Technology

garage door opener app
Garage Door App

Remote controls aren’t all we offer. Find peace of mind with the OHD Anywhere® app, which allows you to control and monitor your garage door from anywhere with your smartphone. You can check if your garage door is open, closed or if there is any change to the door position. You can instantly know when someone is operating your garage door or open the door for a delivery, repair person or friends without having to provide the access password to your garage. With an OHD Anywhere® smart device enabled garage door controller, you can also access the history of each of your openers. This provides helpful security information of exactly when the door was used, including dates and times.

There are also many wall consoles and keypad options available. The Overhead Door® Wireless Wall Console, for instance, is an innovative, battery powered solution for your garage door system that eliminates the need for wires running up the wall. This console includes a “Jogger Button,” which provides a useful 10-second delay. It also has an up/down door button with optional LED backlighting and a separate work light button to control the light on the opener. The LED backlight has two pulsating speeds and will turn red to notify you when your console batteries are running low.

garage door opener wireless wall console
Wireless Wall Console

No matter what kind of Overhead Door™ garage door you own, there are many opener and accessory options available. Contact Overhead Door Company of Brookfield at 203-740-7691 to learn more about these and other convenient products.

0 Read More

we’ve installed so many

customer approved

Schedule a free estimate!