Six Easy Steps to Winterize Your Garage Door In The Coastal South

Winter In Coastal GA

Winter arrives soon, and even though the season comes and goes quickly in coastal Georgia, it is important to inspect and winterize your garage door before you find yourself faced with any unpleasant surprises. The whole process to winterize takes only about 30 minutes using items you already have around the house or garage.

1. Check the Battery in Your Remote Control 

Depending on how many times a day you use your garage door, the normally flat round battery inside your remote control can last up to 12 months.  But our suggestion? Always keep a spare one on hand or drop by one of our offices for a free one!

2. Check the Battery in the External Keypad

This 9-volt battery is located underneath the keypad cover. You may need a Phillips screwdriver to open the compartment. Since this battery is subjected to extreme temperature fluctuations, you should change it yearly.

3. Check the Springs on Your Garage Door

To do this, disable your garage door opener by pulling the emergency cord. Open the garage door gently using one hand. Were you able to do it easily?

If it’s hard to open, there are several possible causes. Don’t attempt to fix it by yourself! Contact a certified garage door system technician who will identify the cause of the problem and repair it on-site. Never try to change a broken spring yourself as it is very hazardous.

4. Check the Weather-Stripping

Is the weather-stripping, also called perimeter seal, on the outer door frame working correctly without being smashed tightly against the door? If there is any damage or any hardening caused by the sun, take the time to replace it. If it’s made of PVC, apply a silicone-based lubricant.

Also, take a look at the weather-stripping at the bottom of the door. Is it worn or damaged? You can change this weather-stripping yourself or have a professional complete the job.

5. Lubricate the Metal Parts of Your Hardware

To winterize inside your garage, lubricate all the metallic parts: rollers, tracks and springs.

  • Before applying, use a dry cloth to remove any remaining lubricant from years past, and most importantly, any accumulated dust.
  • Use an oil-based lubricant (e.g., 10W-30 motor oil).
  • Apply sparingly, wiping up the excess with a rag.
  • Do not use lubricants such as WD-40, as these are actually degreasers, rather than lubricants.
  • Do not use grease, especially on the tracks. The rollers should roll, rather than slide inside the track.

6. Check Your Garage Door’s Automatic Reversal Systems

There are two different methods—one mechanical and one photoelectric:

  • Mechanical: Place a two-by-four on the threshold of your garage door. Press the button to close the door. When it contacts the piece of wood, the door should detect the resistance, stop and then go back up. If it doesn’t, consult the door opener maintenance manual to find the location of the button for making the necessary adjustments.
  • Photoelectric: If you have this type of safety system in place (2 encased units about 4” off the ground), just stick your foot in front of the beam while the door is closing. If the door doesn’t stop and then reverse, the most common cause of the problem is that the two units are misaligned. Check and correct the alignment and then try again. If it still doesn’t work, contact a certified door professional immediately.

So, that’s it! We hope these few little tips help you winterize and avoid some big problems later.

Keep in mind that it is recommended by the International Door Association and DASMA (Doors & Access Systems Manufacturers Association) that your garage door system be serviced at least annually. Think about it: Your garage door is the largest moving mechanical part in your home and must be maintained properly.

If you don’t have the time or aren’t the DIY type, contact Overhead Door Company of Brunswick at 912-265-3355, or visit our website at www.ohdbrunswick.com. We will be glad to service your door system and can set you up on our annual planned maintenance schedule.

 

Garage Maintenance in the Fall that Will Save You Headaches in the Winter

Garage Maintenance in the Fall that Will Save You Headaches in the Winter

With cold weather approaching, fall is the perfect time to discuss an important subject – garage door maintenance. Preparing for inclement weather and freezing temperatures is just as important for the garage and garage door operating system as it is for the rest of the home. Taking preventative steps now before problems arise, and while the weather is still tolerable, can save you time, money and the headache of larger issues down the road.

Below are three maintenance tips for prepping your garage this fall.

Fall Weather

1. Organize

  • Clear out and organize the contents of the garage. This is an excellent time to check for concrete damage, mold or any other issues.
  • Remove any summertime items that are no longer in use, as well as anything that could be damaged by cold or freezing temperatures.
  • Empty unused fuel from gas-powered equipment stored in the garage.
  • Make necessary winter items like snow shovels and blowers more easily accessible.

2. Insulate

  • Cover or insulate any exposed pipes in the garage to protect them from bursting during cold or below-freezing temperatures.
  • Check the seals and weather stripping around your garage door to help keep cold air out of the garage and prevent water and moisture from entering. Over time, bad weather stripping can also lead to mold, rot or insect infestation.
  • Consider investing in an insulated garage door. Insulated doors can help improve the thermal efficiency of your garage space and block unwanted street noise from entering living areas that adjoin the garage. Not only that, insulated doors are quieter and stronger than their non-insulated counterparts.

3. Take Precautionary Action

  • Inspect the operating system for bent or loose hinges, along with broken wheels or worn-out bearings. These should be serviced by a professional.
  • Wash the garage door. This not only keeps it looking great, but it also increases its lifespan by removing dirt and debris that can affect operation.

By taking a few proactive steps this fall, you will be prepared for whatever winter brings. If you do need a professional to service your garage door or operating system, contact Overhead Door Company of Brunswick or Overhead Door Company of Waycross today.

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Preparing Your Garage Door for Spring

Posted by Susan Walker on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 @ 02:03 PM

With the start of spring upon us, there’s no better time than now to begin checking off your spring-cleaning list. During winter months, the garage often becomes the catchall for everything from lawn and garden equipment to holiday decorations. As the weather warms, give your garage the attention it deserves. Here are a few garage organization and garage door maintenance tips to get you started this spring:

Getting Organized

Some of you may love everything about the organizing process – the sorting, the discovery of long-lost possessions and the purging of those things you no longer need. For others, the organization process is a daunting task.

If you’re dreading the task, the best best way to get started may be to empty out the garage and sort everything into designated areas. Make lists of the items that you’d like to keep, and note where in your garage you plan to store these items – this might include a storage bin, a workbench or a wall hook.

Once you’ve got your plan in place, it’s time to give your garage the white-glove treatment. Clean your garage’s cement floor with an old mop or broom; wipe down garage walls and clear cobwebs from garage lights, corners and ceilings. You may also want to use a cleaning solution to remove any stains or oil spots that have appeared on your floor during winter months.

Don’t Forget the Door

After months of cold, wind, rain and sometimes freezing temperatures, your garage door may not be in the same condition it was in this time last year. While Overhead Door garage door systems are built for long-lasting performance and daily use, we recommend inspecting your garage door annually. Your Overhead Door Distributor can give you a thorough evaluation and perform routine maintenance, as needed.

Your local Overhead Door Distributor will be able to spot any mechanical issues, but there are still a few things that you can do to prepare for the upcoming spring inspection. Here’s a quick checklist:

Check all the moving components of the door mechanism to make sure that none are bent or broken
Use a soft cloth and household detergent to remove any rust, dirt or residue from your garage door
Carefully examine and make note of any cracks or gaps that have appeared during winter months
Check the weather seal at the bottom of your door. If broken, your Overhead Door Distributor will be able to help you find the best replacement for your door
Now that you know what to do, it’s time to get started! If you think you’ve got the cleanest garage on the block, leave a comment to tell us your spring-cleaning secrets. To schedule an annual maintenance inspection, contact Overhead Door Company of Brunswick. Just click on the button below or call one of our convenient numbers.

Glynn and surrounding counties – 912-265-3355 / 912-638-4944

Camden and surrounding counties – 912-576-7660

Overhead Door Introduces Garage Door Emergency Battery Back-Up

Posted by Susan Walker on Thu, May 09, 2013 @ 11:27 AM

Overhead Door Corporation, one of the most-recognized brands in the garage door industry, is adding assurance and reliability to its garage door opener accessory portfolio with the Battery Back-up, a product that provides homeowners with reliable garage door operation during severe weather, thunderstorms and blackouts.

garage door battery backup“The Battery Back-up accessory offers homeowners the security of always being prepared when severe weather hits, even in case of a power outage,” said Joe Dachowicz, vice president of marketing for Overhead Door. “It’s an accessory that can be easily installed and provides true peace of mind. When the power is out, the Battery Back-up will do the heavy lifting.”

Overhead Door’s Battery Back-up, powered by Interstate Batteries®, provides reliable garage door operation in the event of electricity outages. It is compatible with Overhead Door’s next generation of garage door openers, the Destiny® and Odyssey®, which combine reliability, speed and power, all with quiet operation. The Battery Back-up accessory enables an opener to operate the garage door at 3.5 inches per second, and, in the event of an extended loss of electricity, the unit will run up to 50 cycles in a 24-hour period after initial power outage.

With several mounting options available, this accessory is designed to be unobtrusive. It’s charged and powered via a connector cable running between the opener and the unit, which means there is no need for it to be plugged into an outlet. The Battery Back-up can be easily installed by either an Overhead Door distributor or the homeowner. The unit is equipped with an 8-AMP, sealed lead-acid battery (SLA) from Interstate, one of the nation’s largest battery replacement companies, reaches full charge within 48 hours and has front facing LEDs that indicate charge status.

“Severe weather events are not an uncommon occurrence,” said Dachowicz. “With the Overhead Door Battery Back-up, customers can rest easy knowing that, with electricity or not, they will always be able to access their garage.”

To learn more about Overhead Door’s new Batter Back-Up accessory visit www.overheaddoor.com or contact Overhead Door Company of Brunswick at 912-265-3355, 912-638-4944 or 912-576-7660.

11 Tips to Improve Garage Door Security

Posted by Susan Walker on Mon, Aug 26, 2013 @ 01:37 PM

Many of us keep the garage door remote on the car visor for easy access, but if you’re not locking up at night, it can also give would be criminals easy access. Once they have your remote, they’re in the garage and possibly even your home if it’s attached. Be proactive. Arm yourself with some pretty cool technology from the Overhead Door Company of Brunswick.

If your existing garage door opener was made before 1999, we highly recommend an upgrade to a newer model. Older units have been discontinued by most manufacturers making parts expensive & difficult to find. Today our motors come standard with safety features like rolling code technology. With every press of the button on your remote control, a new code is selected from billions of combinations preventing others from copying and using your frequency. New openers such as the Legacy, Odyssey, & Destiny also come with wall stations that have a “Vacation Switch” lock that disables all remote access when activated, protecting your home even when you’re away. We also offer the Door Report remote; created to answer the
nagging question, “did I remember to close the garage door?” this unit beeps
& lights up when the door is open for any reason.

If a new motor doesn’t fit into your budget right now, you can still help protect your family with these simple steps:

When leaving the car in your driveway or a parking lot, make sure it’s locked. Set the alarm if you have one.

Don’t leave your garage door remote out in the open. If you keep remotes in your car at night, put them in the glove compartment or center console to make them less visible to passersby.

If your garage is attached to your home, lock all
interior doors leading into the house.

Never leave your keys in the car even if it’s parked in the garage.

Don’t forget the garage door when you’re locking up at night. Most overhead doors have a locking mechanism. A simple interior slide lock or exterior keyed lock can be purchased through a local garage door service provider.

When leaving for extended periods of time, always remember to lock the garage door & set the vacation lock switch on your wall station. You could also unplug the garage door opener.

Never leave your garage door open when you’re not around. This gives everyone visual access to anything valuable that might be stored inside.

When buying a new garage door, consider a solid door without windows. If you prefer having daylight in the garage, ask for the windows to be installed in the top section to make the inside less visible. You can also frost your existing windows.

Never give out the security code to your exterior
wireless keypad. If you do have to share it with someone, such as a service provider, be sure to clear out the old code & reprogram the keypad with a new one.

Illuminate the exterior of your garage with a spotlight or motion sensing light.

Invest in an alarm system for the garage.

Let us assist you with the safety and security of your home –

Call Overhead Door Company of Brunswick at

912-265-3355

Garage Door Remote Control Not Working?

Posted by Susan Walker on Wed, Sep 11, 2013 @ 01:56 PM

Sooner or later, this will happen to everyone with a remote control: You push the
button and nothing happens! Before you place the call for a service
technician, you may want to make a few simple checks to see if you can resolve
the issue yourself:
* First, check and see if there is power to the garage door opener (easiest way
to check is to open the door with the wall-mounted switch). If there is no
power, you may have more than one problem.

NOTE: Garage door remotes have a limited range, typically 3- 5 car lengths. If you
are too far away, that could be the problem. If your typical range has gone way
down, then continue to read the following.

* Second, check to see if the battery terminals are clean. Often, they will
develop a layer of blue-green corrosion that can keep the battery from making
contact. If they are dirty, clean them off by lightly rubbing them with an
emery board (or mild abrasive material).

NOTE: Opening the case of the remote may require that you take off the metal visor
clip and remove a small screw holding the two halves together. Watch out for
small parts that may be loose inside the case. Some cases require you to pry
the two halves apart. Others have a flip-up cover to the battery compartment.

* Third, replace the battery. Make sure the battery is fresh (date on the
package) and that it is inserted into the remote in the right direction. Also
make sure that the battery fits snugly between the terminals. If you don’t have
a strong electrical contact, the remote may not work properly, if at all.

NOTE: If the remote has not been used for a period of time (at least two – four
weeks), it may have lost its programming (ability to communicate with the
powerhead). If you have your owner’s manual, programming directions can be
found there. If the manual has been misplaced, call the manufacturer’s customer
service line, call us, or check our website for instructions: www.ohdbrunswick.com.

* Fourth, electronic devices do wear-out, get damaged, or fall prey to
mishandling (even a quick-dip into water can be fatal). If a new remote is
needed, be aware that not all remotes will work with all openers or brands
(this includes so-called universal remotes). If you need support, call
the manufacturer’s customer service line, call us, or check our website for
additional information: www.ohdbrunswick.com.

Visit our showroom at 214 Rose Drive, Brunswick, GA 31520 for further assistance with your garage door remote control and accessory needs.

garage door showroom

Why Call A Professional Garage Door Company

Posted by Susan Walker on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 @ 09:14 AM

There are somethings you can do to keep your garage door working smoothly. But there are also times when it’s a lot smarter to call a professional garage door repair company.

Good things to do yourself:

Stick to the basics. You can do simple preventative maintenance and make minor repairs easily, inexpensively and pretty quickly. For example, lubrication of hinges, rollers, and springs.
Regular cleaning and inspection will help avoid serious problems and make your garage doors last longer. This is especially true in climates with harsh winters and dusty summers that increase “wear and tear” of key moving parts.
Reasons for calling Overhead Door Co. of Brunswick: Schedule a Service Call

More involved repairs and replacing parts can be dangerous. Your garage door can weigh more than 400 pounds, and the spring(s) are under tremendous pressure. Anything strong enough to lift and lower your door can seriously injure or kill you and also do significant damage to your garage and its contents.
Keep in mind that your garage door is the largest moving mechanical object in your home. Industry recommendations are that doors and operators be serviced and inspected annually to facilitate safety and proper operation. Calling Overhead Door Co. of Brunswick is the sensible route to go for annual maintenance. Did you know we have a Planned Maintenance Program? Check out the program on our website at www.ohdbrunswick.com.
We can get the work done efficiently and professionally. This is especially important if your door isn’t working, which could present a home security problem as well as hair pulling inconvenience. For emergency calls we do our best to have same day service and get the problem fixed immediately!
Simply calling us will take less time than doing it yourself. You won’t have to waste time reading online “how to” instructions or driving around town to find the right parts, etc.
Sometimes what’s needed may not be obvious to you, whereas one of our experienced garage door repair professionals can identify and address the problem immediately.
You know the work will be done correctly the first time. If you don’t do it right yourself, you may have to call a professional anyway to make things work smoothly.
Reputable professional Overhead Door distributors have everything they need…quality parts, the right tools, and expert professionals ready to go when you call.
So if you’re a DIY kind of person, go ahead and do the simpler, safer garage door maintenance yourself. But when it comes to major work or parts replacement, calling Overhead Door Co. of Brunswick will ensure quality, safety and peace of mind.

Follow 5 Steps in Choosing a New Garage Door

Posted by Susan Walker on Sun, Oct 06, 2013 @ 01:40 PM

For many people, the idea of replacing a garage door is daunting. It’s a (physically) big purchase that can make a big impact on the look and character of the home.

But if you’re thinking about selling your home or just trying to add some curb appeal, replacing your old door is a great way to go. It will help your house stand out in the neighborhood and, research has shown, deliver a significant return on investment when it comes time to sell (up to 75 percent on average, according to REMODELING magazine’s 2013 Cost vs. Value report).

But how should you go about it? What should you look for? What is available? There are more choices than you think, especially when factoring in materials (steel, vinyl, wood), styles (modern, traditional, carriage house), energy efficiency (insulated or non-insulated), options (windows, decorative hardware) and colors. To make sense of it all and find the garage door system that best fits your home’s architecture, follow these five steps.
Step One: Understand your options

While you’ll eventually want to visit an Overhead Door distributor showroom, taking the time to research your options online is the best place to start. OHDBrunswick.com and OverheadDoor.com and even social interest sites like Pinterest are good places to get ideas.

However, to really understand the decisions you’ll need to make, watch these short videosOverhead Door put together on selecting a new garage door. Combined, the six videos go through the basics that will be brought up when you get to the showroom, including brand selection, the impact a garage door can have on curb appeal, the style options and material choices available, insulation benefits and even price considerations.

Step Two: Determine your door material

One of the most important factors to consider is door material. All doors are not created equal, and each material used in construction has its own pros and cons. For example, while a steel garage door will last a long time, it can also be dented, something to keep in mind if your kids play ball in the driveway. Wood doors are beautiful, incredibly strong and can be custom designed to perfectly complement your home’s architectural style, but they require routine maintenance and can be more expensive than other garage doors on the market. And, if you live in an area subject to strong winds, you’ll want to consider doors with high windload ratings.

Step Three: To insulate or not insulate

If your garage is adjacent to any kind of living space, such as a bedroom or living room, it’s a good idea to choose an insulated garage door; it may help to keep those rooms more comfortable, especially if you live in a climate with extreme winter or summer temperatures. Not only that, insulated doors tend to have quieter operation, a significant plus if a bedroom is located next to or above the garage. Do you have a detached garage? If so, a non-insulated door will probably do just fine as long as you’re not in a region with extreme winter temperatures or there is nothing stored in your garage that could be damaged by freezing such as paint and caulk.

Step Four: Try on some doors

The fun starts after you’ve determined the basics of what you want in a new garage door. When visiting the Overhead Door website, you’ll find styles ranging from utilitarian to ornate, carriage-house to modern.

Door View Screen Shot

For many people, imagining how a new door will look on their home can be difficult. We’ve heard this from many of our customers, so we created an online visualization tool to make the process easier. OurDoorView® Design Center allows you to upload a photo of your house then place many kinds of doors onto your home until you find the one you like. For each door, you can choose among window, color, panel and decorative hardware styles. If you just want to browse on the fly, the online tool also contains a variety of sample homes in many different architectural styles.

Step Five: Time to buy

Now that you’ve done your research, you can vist you local distributor Overhead Door Company of Brunswick as an informed customer. Even better, you’ll be able to choose a door that truly matches your home and helps it stand out.

Visit Overhead Door Company of Brunswick’s showroom at 214 Rose Drive, Brunswick, GA 31520 today to meet with our design team or call 912-265-3355

Hurricane Season, Flood Vents & Windloading

Posted by Susan Walker on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 @ 01:36 PM

By Janine Pappalardo

Well, it’s raining again on the coast of Georgia but that’s what tropical storm and hurricane season brings. We homeowners are always hoping we’ve done enough to protect our homes from rising flood waters in the event we get that dreaded storm. This is true, especially if some of us are lucky enough to live on a barrier island, otherwise known as a flood zone.

There are so many products on the market that we can get to safeguard this and safeguard that, but I’m going to concentrate on just one of the “safeguards” I think are important.

Here’s one for you….. Smart Vents. So many people call in ordering them so I thought I’d expand a little on what their purpose is.

flood vents rising water

Smart Vents are the most advanced flood protection on the market. The Smart Vent is installed right into your walls or garage door panel. It stays latched closed until flood water enters your garage or crawlspaces. The rising water will then lift the internal floats and open the vent. So, before the water buildup destroys your walls and foundation, your Smart Vent opens, releasing the water. In fact, just 1 opening give you 5 times the protection. FEMA even lists Smart Vents in their best practices for rising water.

But wait, you can buy and even smarter one. It’s the dual function Smart Vent. Sounds fancy huh? It not only provides flood protection, but….. wait for it…., it can provide air ventilation as well. There are temperature controlled louvers that automatically open in warm weather and close in cold weather. How smart!

In most cases, the Smart Vents can be installed in 30 minutes or less. Additionally, if you live in a flood zone, many states will give you some savings on your flood insurance.

In addition to water protection you should have wind resistant capacity for your garage door. Tropical storms and hurricanes can certainly cause your regular garage door to detach and blow down in a severe storm. It’s an awfully big opening not to have reinforced so next week we’ll talk about windloading the largest moving object in your home….. the garage door.

Until then….. Call Overhead Door Company of Brunswick at 912-265-3355 or visit our showroom at 214 Rose Drive, Brunswick, GA 31520 for a consultation on doors, vents, motors and more!

Wind loading Your Garage Door

Posted by Susan Walker on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 @ 02:42 PM

By Janine Pappalardo

Last week we talked about Smart Vents for rising water. As promised, this week we’ll be discussing wind loading of your garage doors to protect against damage in a tropical storm or hurricane.

wind load garage doorOverhead Door has some more exciting garage door safeguards to offer your family. Transforming your garage door into a wind-rated door doesn’t mean sacrificing the curb appeal and beauty you have come to expect from Overhead Door. Our industry-leading wind-rated garage doors are the pinnacle of high-wind protection and stylish designs.

As the largest point of entry, your garage door offers the largest opportunity for high-pressure havoc. When high winds hit, a reinforced garage door is one of your home’s most-important safeguards against nature’s fury.

Overhead Door manufactures wind loaded doors for both residential and commercial applications. Simply put, wind loaded doors offer extra protection against high winds. We all know high winds and rain can certainly do major damage. However, have you ever thought of the damage it could cause if your garage door were to be blown in or busted during one of these coastal storms we tend to see here? Garage doors with no reinforcement can buckle under pressure, giving high winds access to the interior of our homes, often resulting in roof and wall panels being blown apart. The garage door is by far, the largest opening we all have in our homes, and we need to make sure it is properly reinforced to protect our largest investment…. our homes.

Overhead Doors are made so strong; they even meet the stringent Florida state building codes. Most models can withstand anywhere from 90 to 170 mph depending on the type you choose. The doors are between 1” and 2 “ thick, and have at least a 15 year limited warranty while others offer a lifetime limited warranty.

Wind loading is offered in steel, insulated steel, aluminum, wood, wood grain fiberglass, rugged thick vinyl doors, and offered in many different colors. These doors offer strength and durability against extreme weather conditions and even equipped with wind load hardware. This hardware is designed to make your door stronger against wind storms. It includes horizontal reinforced steel struts, upgraded springs, heavy duty tracks and heavy duty rollers.

Our Windstorm™ wind load-rated garage doors, with properly selected wind load options, are tested and designed to provide additional reinforcement in pressure conditions caused by strong winds from extreme weather. As the homeowner, it’s important to check with your local building code official for your home’s specific wind load requirements and appropriate design pressure (PSF − pounds per square foot) to help in determining the best door option for your home’s demands.

We are happy to make this process simple too. All you need to do is look through our available models, pick out the door you really like, and simply ask for the wind load option to be added. Overhead Door makes so many different designs, materials, colors, and most even offer glass windows, you’re sure to leave our showroom a happy and safer customer. Visit our showroom design center or call for a consultation today.