How to Spot Marketing from a Garage Door Repair Scammer

Advertising can be cheap. And if garage door scammers use ads effectively, they can, unfortunately, reach consumers with ease.

If you live in a city with a larger population, it’s important for you to be aware of scammers. Scammers target larger cities—it’s easier for them to blend in where there are more garage door service options available to consumers.

Scammers will often spend a lot of money to rank high in internet search listings and will take up a lot of real estate in local printed directories like the Yellow Pages. The tricky thing is that reputable garage door companies​ also spend a lot of money to rank high online and to be visible in print advertising, so it’s important for you as the consumer to do a little research before choosing a garage door company.

Scammer Warning Sign #1: A Sketchy Company Name

Check out the company name carefully. Unethical companies often operate under many names, or use names that are generic, inconsistent, or unclear. Scammers will often confuse customers on what the company name actually is so that once someone realizes they’ve been ripped off, it’s difficult for that consumer to locate the company.

Scammer Warning Sign #2: No Physical Business Location

Does the ad list a specific street address? Scammers will rarely have an identified address where customers can come to them. If the ad does include a street address, check it quickly on a street view online map to see if their office is actually at that location. Scammers are known to hide behind phony addresses. They claim to be in an office complex or a corporate plaza, and that would rarely be true in this industry.

Scammer Warning Sign #3: Ads that Promise a Low-Priced Service Call

Many scams start with a promise of a low price for service or repair. This is just bait—a hook to get you to make the initial call.

IDEA (the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation) says, “If you call a company that promises a low fee and ends up recommending hundreds of dollars in repairs that seem questionable, pay them their $29 and send them on their way.” Of course, reputable companies may also advertise low prices and deals, so it’s important that you address the first two warning signs, making sure it’s a legitimate company and address.

Look on the International Door Association‘s website for recommended garage door dealers. Check to see if the company is accredited by the IDEA. And browse well-known review sites like Angie’s List and BBB for garage door companies that are listed and have reviews.

Also, some scammers claim to have “certified technicians,” but the company may actually have no real credentials. IDEA states that getting an additional estimate from a reputable garage door company listed on the IDA’s website is one of the best ways to tell if you’re getting scammed.

 

Thanks to IDEA, Door and Access Systems​, and IDA​ for this great information on protecting homeowners from garage door scams.

As a locally owned and operated company, Overhead Door Company of Brunswick/Waycross is committed to educating consumers against scammers and serving the community in an ethical and fair manner.

www.ohdbrunswick.com                     www.ohdwaycross.com

Hurricane Season – Reducing the Potential for Wind & Water Damage

With the recent arrival of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, those who sustained property damage are working diligently to get property repairs completed. Disasters of this magnitude unfortunately mean that repair work will be a long and slow process. Just the processes of preparing to evacuate and then beginning the work after returning home are exhausting.

We as home and business owners are always hoping we’ve done enough to protect our homes and businesses from the hazards of high winds and rising water.  This is especially true if you live in a coastal area or flood zone.

Three important steps can mitigate the damage of high winds and rising water.

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Non-Wind Load Garage Door

Wind Loaded Garage Doors – Wind Loaded garage doors are a very effective way of increasing the strength of a garage door so that it won’t be blown in or out of the opening. Instead of purchasing a new door, have your existing door reinforced if it is in good enough condition to do so.

 

 

 

 

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Storm Shutter

Storm Shutters – Storm shutters are an excellent way to protect your home from broken glass and flying debris. Several types of shutters are available, including shutters that pull down over your windows in the manner of a rolling door. Once installed, you simply lower them when needed.  Another option is a fabric shield barrier—a highly-effective alternative to steel or aluminum hurricane panels. Imagine the time you will save in purchasing and installing plywood panels over openings. We all know time is a premium when preparing for a large storm.

 

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SmartVent

Flood Vents – Flood vents are another option that will allow rising water to flow through the crawl space or garage in your home. Smart Vents are the most advanced flood protection on the market. The SmartVent is installed right into your wall or garage door panel. It stays latched or closed until flood water enters your garage or crawlspaces. The rising water will then lift the internal floats and open the vent. Before the water buildup destroys your walls and foundation, the SmartVent opens, releasing the water. In fact, just one opening gives a home five times the protection. FEMA lists SmartVents among their best practices for dealing with rising water. As an added bonus, if you live in a flood zone, many states will give savings on flood insurance to those who install SmartVents.

For a business, the same solutions apply. Commercial windload doors, both rolling and sectional, can be installed in openings, and storm shutters can be installed over large windows. Smart Vents are also an option as a commercial property application for rising water.

All of these recommendations are items we hope you will never need. After our communities have evacuated twice in the last year for hurricanes, and gone through the long process of boarding up and unboarding upon return, the last thing we want to do is go through it again.

Learn more at your local door store—Overhead Door Company of Brunswick/Waycross. Visit our showroom at 214 Rose Drive, Brunswick, GA. Call 912-265-3355 or 912-283-1843. Or visit our website at www.ohdbrunswick.com.

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BUILDER MAGAZINE STUDY NAMES OVERHEAD DOOR “BRAND LEADER” AGAIN

Posted by Susan Walker on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 @ 01:50 PM

Nation’s Top Homebuilders Identify Best Brands in Garage Door Industry

garage door(April 17. 2013) – Overhead Door Corporation has been named the number one garage door brand for a second year in a row by Builder Magazine’s 2013 Builder Brand Use Study. Since 2008, the company has been recognized each year as a top brand in the garage door industry in at least one category.

A survey of the nation’s largest homebuilders, the 2013 Builder Brand Use study asked participants to rank garage doors by familiarity, use in the past two years, most used and quality. Overhead Door took the top spot in all four categories.

“It is a privilege to once again be recognized by Builder Magazine as the leading manufacturer of garage doors,” said Tim Matthews, Vice President of Residential National Accounts for Overhead Door Corporation. “Knowing that homebuilders prefer our doors validates our commitment to producing high-quality garage door solutions for consumers and the homebuilding industry.”

Builder Magazine has conducted the Brand Use Study every year in its current format since 1995. The study measures 83 different product categories ranging from appliances to windows.

The results of the 2013 Brand Use Study were announced in Builder Magazine’s April Buyers Guide issue, the largest and oldest reference guide in the country. The publication is distributed to more than 10,800 builders across the nation.

Locally, Overhead Door Company of Brunswick also provides sales, service and installation of garage doors and screens and motors, commercial rolling and sectional doors, loading dock equipment, hollow metal steel entry doors and specialty high speed doors and motors. Anyone interested in purchasing a Lifestyle garage screen for their home can contact Overhead Door Company of Brunswick at (912) 265-3355, visit their website: www.ohdbrunswick.com , or visit their showroom located at 214 Rose Drive, Brunswick, GA.

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Recapping the 2013 IDA Expo

Posted by Susan Walker on Thu, Aug 01, 2013 @ 02:53 PM
Originally Posted by Overhead Door Corp.

We recently returned from Nashville, Tenn., where we showcased our latest residential and commercial products with garage door industry leaders and Overhead Door distributors at the 2013 IDAExpo™. In case you missed it, here is a recap of what took place in booth #939.IDA pic 2

Two of our newest commercial options, theStormtite™ AP model 627 rolling steel door and the Thermacore® AP model 850 commercial sectional door, proved to be popular among the many Overhead Door distributors who stopped by our booth. Both are designed for advanced thermal efficiency. The model 627 offers the most advanced thermal performance values on the market for a rolling steel door, while the model 850 provides the most advanced thermal performance values published by any major U.S. manufacturer of three-inch insulated commercial sectional doors.

Another new product released in 2013 and the highlight of our garage door opener accessories showcased at the IDAExpo™ was the Battery Back-up, a product that provides reliable garage door operation when there is a power outage. In addition, show visitors got hands-on experience with the Advanced Wall Console and the Door Report™remote, two accessories designed to provide added safety and security.

Other products on display at the show included popular residential design options, including the Signature® Carriage Collection, the Modern Aluminum Collection, and the Impression Collection®. We also displayed a combination of Overhead Door belt-, chain- and screw-drive garage door openers, including the Legacy® 800, Odyssey® 1000 and 1200, and the Destiny® 1200.

We enjoyed the chance to share our expanding list of state-of-the-art door system solutions and were excited to see so many Ribbon Distributors at this year’s show. Thanks to everyone who attended and made this year’s IDAExpo™ a success!

Overhead Door Keypad Programming Instructions

Posted by Susan Walker on Fri, Feb 07, 2014 @ 10:33 AM

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Overhead Door Keypad Programming Instructions

We get numerous inquiries from our customers on how to program an Overhead Door Code Dodger keypad.

Programming instructions can vary depending on the model of the keypad and model of the garage door opener.

This article focuses on the current series Overhead Door Code Dodger keypad (part #37225R – OKP-BX).

The easiest way to distinguish a current series Overhead Door Code Dodger keypad from another model keypad are asterisk symbols on each side of the “Need Help? Call 1-800-354-3643”. You will find this phrase at the bottom of the programming instructions on the inside of the keypad cover.

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To help clarify how to program the current series Overhead Door keypad, we have outlined below a summary of the programming instructions. Please note that these instructions can also be found on the inside cover of the keypad.

To Delete Existing Code

Press and hold down the PROGRAM and ARROW button for 5 seconds
Program New Code

Press and release the following buttons in order
3, 5, 7, PROGRAM
Enter your new Code
Press and release the PROGRAM

Programming Code to Opener

Code Dodger – Old Style Openers

Press and Release Learn Code Button on the garage door opener motor
The LED next to the Learn Code button will blink red
Enter your Key Pad Code
Press ARROW button on the keypad 3 times
Odyssey & Destiny Openers

Locate the square PROGRAM button on the garage door opener motor
Press and Hold Down the PROGRAM button until both LED lights turn Blue
Release the PROGRAM button and the round Blue LED will remain lit
Press and Release the PROGRAM Button and the long LED will begin to blink purple
Enter the your keypad code
Press the ARROW button on the key pad 3 times
Newer model Odyssey & Destiny Openers (alternative)
Locate the Square PROGRAM button
Press and Hold Down the PROGRAM button for 2 seconds until the round LED turns blue and turns goes out.
The long LED will begin flashing purple
Enter you key pad code
Press the ARROW button on the keypad 3 times
To view videos and print out complete programming instructions on how to program an Overhead Door key pad, click on the link listed below

http://www.overheaddoor.com/garage-door-openers/Pages/wireless-keypad-programming-instructions.aspx

Overhead Door Company of Brunswick is locally owned and operated since 1994. We specialize in sales, service and installation of residential, commercial and industrial doors and electric openers, loading dock equipment, steel entry doors, architectural hardware, gate entry systems, room dividers, garage door screens, garage flooring, Provia custom entry doors, pet doors and more.

We service most make and models of garage doors and openers, including the programming of your remote control link, and commercial door and motors, loading dock equipment and sliding grilles. Our experienced, certified service technicians provide quality, professional service. All employees go through drug testing and background check.

We are a proud member of the International Door Association, the Institute of Door Dealer Education and accreditation, National Federation of Independent Business, and our local Chamber of Commerce and Homebuilders Associations.

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How To Fall In Love Again With Your Garage

Posted by Susan Walker on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 @ 01:50 PM

Do you remember your first love? Not being able to sleep, not being able to work, all because you couldn’t stop thinking about that one special … house?

Chances are the garage was not the part of the property that made your heart skip. While you may have liked the space, you probably had to overlook the garage door’s peeling paint and the (very) loud garage door opener. Looking past faults in a relationship is necessary, but at some point, progress needs to be made. Some of your friends might tell you to move on, but we’re here to tell you – you can work things out, it just takes a little professional help from your local Overhead Door distributor. Let them advise you on the three-step process to garage relationship bliss.

Step 1: Visualize your future.

Overhead Door can help you see past your garage’s current shortcomings to what could be. By visiting the Overhead Door DoorView® Design Center, you can upload a photo of your home and experiment with a variety of garage doors to find the one that works best for your house style. Don’t have a photo to upload? No problem. The DoorView® Design Center includes pre-loaded photos of common home styles so that you can get a sense for what works for you and your garage.

Step 2: Open up

While the beauty of a new garage door is important, what’s inside counts too. With a newOverhead Door® garage door opener, you can be sure that, many Valentine’s Days from now, your garage door will still be operating smoothly, efficiently, quietly and safely. You can choose from chain-, belt- or screw-drive openers, all offering advanced safety and convenience features.

Step 3: Celebrate your progress

The hard work that you’ve put in to your garage relationship should be rewarded. Treat yourself with an Overhead Door® accessory that will give you additional convenience and peace of mind, like the Overhead Door® Advanced Wall Console or the Overhead Door®Battery Back Up.

The Overhead Door® Advanced Wall Console monitors the performance of up to three Odyssey® and Destiny® garage door openers while giving homeowners control of door operation, access security, and lighting features. It features an easy-to-use, backlit LCD touch screen and a feature that disables remote and keypad operation for increased security.

The Overhead Door® Battery Back-Up provides reliable garage door operation even when there is a power outage. Compatible with Destiny® and Odyssey® garage door openers, the Battery Back-up reaches a full charge in 48 hours and provides power for up to 50 open-and-close cycles after a power outage.

This Valentine’s Day, let your local Overhead Door distributor help you fall in love again with your garage.

Visit Overhead Door Company of Brunswicks showroom at 214 Rose Drive, Brunswick, GA for a complete line of garage doors and motors, garage door screens, garage flooring and Proviacustom entry doors and accessories.

Decorate and Organize Your Garage

Posted by Susan Walker on Sat, Mar 29, 2014 @ 10:07 AM

By an eHow Contributor
Many Americans’ garages have become showplaces, abandoning their reputation for being no-frills places to store stuff and park cars. Manufacturers and retailers are responding to this trend by providing products to help consumers deck out their garages with customized storage systems and flooring that mimics what’s typically found inside well-decorated homes. Many products help homeowners decorate their garages by following a simple plan. Read on to learn more.

  1. Instructions
    Remove the clutter. Get rid of anything piled in the garage that you don’t use. If this task seems overwhelming, do it in small doses. Stay on the de-cluttering track by making a schedule, outlining which task you’ll do day after day.
  2. Decide how the new found space will be used and whether cars will be parked there. Many garages now are multi-functional rooms that serve as art studios, workshops and entertainment spots.
  3. Examine the garage floor. An epoxy coating can be used to cover up a stained and cracked concrete floor, and some coatings mimic expensive terrazzo floors. A concrete cleaner also can be used to remove stains. Consider adding an outdoor rug to create a cozy retreat.
  4. Pick storage components that match the space’s intended use. If the garage does not have interior walls, shelves and hangers can be attached to the wall studs. Many storage systems can be customized to turn a multi-functional garage into a workshop, studio or laundry room as well. Use painted stock cabinets and prefabricated countertops to create a space suitable for entertaining.
  5. Choose lighting that supports the tasks to be done in the garage. If the garage becomes a retreat or a place to entertain, table and floor lamps can give the decorated space a homey feel. However, swing-arm lamps or other task lighting is needed for studio and workshop spaces.

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/how_2085285_decorate-a-garage.html#ixzz2xC71KWs7

Overhead Door Company of Brunswick and Overhead Door Company of Waycross are locally owned and operated since 1994. We specialize in sales, service and installation of residential, commercial and industrial doors and electric openers, loading dock equipment, steel entry doors, architectural hardware, gate entry systems, room dividers, garage door screens, garage flooring, Provia custom entry doors, pet doors and more.

We service most make and models of garage doors and openers, including the programming of your remote control, home link system, and commercial door and motors, loading dock equipment and sliding grilles. Our experienced, certified service technicians provide quality, professional service. All employees go through drug testing and background check.

We are a proud member of the International Door Association, the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation, National Federation of Independent Business, and our local Chamber of Commerce and Homebuilders Associations.

For more information please visit our websites at

www.ohdbrunswick.com and www.ohdwaycross.com

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