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Pros and Cons of Installing a Garage Door with Windows 

If you’ve never had a garage door with windows, you might be wary of making the change. But many houses in your neighborhood likely have garage doors with windows, and they add such an elegant touch to the property.

Installing a Garage Door with Windows

Is it worth it? Do the potential drawbacks outweigh the benefits?

Enjoy the Benefits of Daylight

Wouldn’t it be nice not to have to switch on the light every time you needed to look for a tool? Even better, you wouldn’t have to raise your garage door to let in daylight — the windows do it for you. This saves wear and tear on the garage door, and you get free natural light in your workspace.

It’s one of the practical ways garage door windows make life more convenient.

Superior Aesthetics

When you add a garage door with windows, your garage becomes a part of your home, not simply an extension that houses a car. When the windows match your home’s, your garage enhances your property’s curb appeal, attracting the attention of neighbors and potential buyers.

Does it Fit the Bill?

One factor you should consider is that a garage door with windows will likely cost a bit more than one without. That’s because of the workmanship costs associated with crafting a door with glass inserts. While the price isn’t that much higher, if you’re on a tight budget, this might deter you.

Is it Really a Security Threat?

Many people who warn against garage door windows say they are a security threat. But when you think about it, even if someone breaks the glass, how would they fit inside? They could look through the glass to see if you have anything valuable stored inside, but anyone can look inside your garage any time you open it, which could be multiple times a day.

While a door with glass windows technically isn’t as secure as a door made of 100 percent solid material, it’s probably not the security threat you might think it is.

Newsflash: Glass Is Breakable

One definite downside to adding windows to anything is that those windows can break. After all, they are made of glass! So a stray basketball could smash the window. But if you aren’t worried about breakage, or you’re sure you can convince the kids to direct flying objects away from the garage, it won’t present too much of an issue.

What Will You Decide?

Overhead Door Company offers a range of residential garage door choices, with windows and without. We can help you find the style that fits your home. Talk to our team about more of the benefits of a garage door with windows. We are your local resource on all things garage doors!

Compare Types of Garage Doors Before You Buy

The many types of garage doors for sale can leave homeowners scratching their heads. You know you need to replace your outdated door, but which door will look the nicest, function the best and last the longest?

It’s not easy choosing among wood, steel, vinyl or aluminum. This guide will outline the pros and cons of each material type, helping you find the perfect fit for your home.

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The Wonders of Wood

Wood offers an authentic look — it’s high-end, traditional and elegant. It sets your garage apart from the neighbors’. It stands up to wear and tear, but it’s vital that you care for it. Your wood garage door will need to be refinished regularly, and you can expect to pay a little more for real wood.

You could opt for a wood composite door that has a real-wood look, but without the same high price. You won’t have to put as much effort into maintaining it either.

Steel Is Secure

There’s something about the security of steel that makes homeowners happy. Steel doors are double-layered and are constructed with plenty of insulating properties, guaranteed to improve the energy efficiency of your garage. They’re typically finished with a topcoat of paint, or an overlay is placed over the exterior to finalize the look.

Steel’s main downside is that it’s susceptible to corrosion, especially in coastal regions.

All About Aluminum

Aluminum doors don’t rust! That’s the main draw of this type of garage door, plus the fact that it’s extremely lightweight. It’s also less expensive than wood or steel, and it has many options for faux finishes and colors.

The negative side of aluminum is that it’s easy to dent. If you have lots of flying basketballs and runaway tricycles at your house, you might want to reconsider.

Vinyl Provides Value

If dent-proof is what you’re looking for when reviewing types of garage doors, look no further than vinyl. Vinyl is difficult to bend, break, dent or warp. Another advantage? They’re the easiest to clean. All you need is a hose — you can spray down your garage door in minutes.

If you choose vinyl, you will have to settle for the colors, designs and textures the manufacturer offers. You don’t have as much control over the look, but you can trust you’ll have a long-lasting door for years to come.

Which Is Right for You?

Overhead Door Company has plenty of information about types of garage doors, and a wealth of advice on which one you should choose. Call us today to see what sets us apart from our competitors, and get your free estimate from our highly qualified garage door technicians.

Having a Garage Door Backup Power Supply Is a Good Idea

Is a garage door backup power supply more important than a fully charged portable cell phone battery?

It’s a toss-up, and the cell phone may come out on top. But when the power is out and it’s time to leave your house, you’ll wish you had both!

Backup Power Supply

What to Do in a Blackout

Blackouts in bad weather are frustrating, but common. While you’re waiting for the power to come back on, you might want to light candles and play card games … or you might want to leave your house and go somewhere where there’s light and entertainment.

You walk out to your garage and hop in the car, only to realize pressing the garage door opener button isn’t going to get you anywhere — it’s down, just like all other electrically powered systems in your home.

What should you do? Are you trapped in your house for the duration of the blackout? Thankfully, garage doors are required by law to offer a manual operation feature. All you have to do is pull the emergency rope that’s attached to the opener. It usually has a red, T-shaped handle at the end.

This disengages the garage door from the drive belt or chain. Open the lock and lift the door slowly. Be careful — garage doors can be heavier than you expect. Once the door is fully open, make sure it will stay open before you let go.

Prevent This Problem from Recurring

When you have to revert to manually operating your garage door, you’ve gone back to the dark ages, both literally and figuratively. But you can make sure this doesn’t happen again in the event of another blackout.

A garage door backup power supply will provide battery power for the automatic opening system, allowing between five and 20 full cycles (both opening and closing the door) and letting you in and out of your garage easily, regardless of your home’s power situation.

Your Battery Backup Options

Garage door backup power batteries are built into your opening system. If you didn’t select this add-on option when purchasing your lift, you can’t add one after the fact. Some non-manufacturer-brand aftermarket options can work, but they are usually large and clunky and not the best choice if you’re looking for sleek efficiency and a system that’s guaranteed to work with your model.

If your automatic garage door opening system is old enough that a backup power supply wasn’t an option at the time of installation, consider upgrading your system so you can take advantage of this great feature.

Test Your Backup Power Source Regularly

Make sure the battery backup is fully charged, and test it every few months to make sure it’s in good working condition.

Looking for assistance installing a new system or checking your garage door backup power supply? Get in touch with our garage door team — we are ready and willing to help!

Should You Install a Double Wide Garage Door or Two Singles?

Is a double wide garage door the best option for your new garage? Or should you opt for the traditional choice and choose two single doors instead?

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Many homeowners have an instant preference — they either love or hate the double wide garage door. But if you don’t have a strong opinion, this guide can help you understand the pros and cons of each option. There are many factors to contemplate, some you may not have considered.

Think Practical

First off, how many cars do you plan on parking in your garage? If you want to try to fit three small vehicles inside, it will take expert driving skills to move all three in if you have two separate doors.

On the other hand, a large opening allows you plenty of flexibility when it comes to parking. You can fit your ATV in between your vehicles without an issue. You don’t have to drive in and out uber-carefully in order to avoid hitting the center post.

While a double wide space offers flexibility, single doors offer this too, but in a different way. If one garage door opener breaks, your other door will likely still work. You can at least get one car out of your garage; not so if a double wide door or opener breaks.

Energy Efficiency

Do you heat your garage? If so, think about how much heat will be lost the every time you open your double wide door in the winter.

In comparison, opening a single door decreases heat loss and saves on energy costs.

Aesthetic Preferences

Drive around your neighborhood and look at which types of garage doors fit with different home styles. As the homeowner, you have the final say on which design you like best, but certain styles fit with either garage door option.

For example, a modern home looks complete with a sleek, double wide door. A traditional carriage house garage is the definition of class with two single doors.

What About the Cost?

This might come as a surprise, but there isn’t much of a price difference in purchasing two singles versus a larger garage door. However, there is a price difference if you want them both to operate automatically.

Purchasing two automatic garage door opening systems will cost more, along with the maintenance commitment of caring for two sets of belts and pulleys.

We Can Help

If you’re looking for either two singles or one double wide garage door that fits your home’s style, delivers functional practicality and matches your budget restrictions, call Overhead Door for a solution. We have the products that fit any design style and fall in line with your budget.

How Long Is a Garage Door’s Life Span?

For many Utah homeowners, their garage door’s life span is a mystery. The roof should last 30 years. The water heater should last 10 years. You have expectations about other home systems, but garage doors are harder to judge. When can you expect to have to replace yours?

Estimating a garage door’s life span isn’t always easy. It may depend on the weather. Projections may change based on how well it’s maintained. Some may last 30 years, but others may need to be replaced much sooner.

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Here’s how you can maximize the life of your door:

Monitor Spring Life

Garage door springs will only work for a set number of cycles. Torsion springs typically last for 10,000 cycles. That means if you open and close your garage twice a day, seven days a week, your torsion springs will work for almost 14 years. Extension springs usually last for at least 15,000 cycles. You may be able to get 20 years out of this type of spring.

Keep track of when your springs were last changed, and roughly estimate how often you use your garage door. This will tell you when it’s time to call a technician for torsion or extension spring replacement.

Maintain the Exterior

The door panel itself may be made of aluminum, steel, wood or vinyl, all of which require a different maintenance approach.

Read the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions and wash the door on a regular basis. Vinyl doors may simply need soap and water, but wood may need to be sanded and repainted to avoid mold and rot.

Replace Parts and Apply Lubricant as Needed

Inspect your garage door seal regularly, and replace the gasket if necessary. It’s a simple repair, but it’s important because it keeps moisture out of your garage and away from the door. This is key for a wooden garage door.

You should also abide by manufacturer guidelines and apply lubricant to the springs and rollers when needed to ensure the smooth functioning of the entire system.

Your Automatic Opener

Your automatic opening system likely comes with its own warranty, typically between 10 and 15 years. While you may have to replace your opener about halfway through your garage door’s life, it’s worth it for the convenience, and for keeping your door stable as it opens and closes over the years.

Know Your Warranty Coverage

Read the manufacturer’s warranty coverage closely. It can give you clues as to the length of the garage door’s life span. It’s not unusual for doors to remain beautiful and sturdy beyond the warranty coverage, but make sure you know when it expires so you can keep up with thorough maintenance.

Depend on a Professional for Expert Repairs

Want to extend your garage door’s life span? Trust Overhead Door Company for service throughout northern Utah. We are here for you for routine repairs, and 24/7 for emergencies.

5 Common Garage Door Problems and How to Fix Them

Garage door problems are a buzzkill.

You’re rushing out the door, trying to get the kids to school and yourself to the office on time, then your garage door decides to act up. Or after a long day of work, when you can’t wait to get home and get out of the rain, your garage door decides to malfunction.

What can you do to resolve the issues that plague your garage door?

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Here are five common garage door complaints and what to do about them:

1. It Makes a Loud Banging Noise

Your door starts opening normally, but then a loud bang echoes through the garage. You duck your head and cover your ears. Why does it sound like a gunshot when your garage opens?

This is the classic case of a broken spring. Garage door springs have a shelf life — they’re only good for a certain number of openings and closings. When a spring breaks, leave the door alone until you can get a professional repair technician to the scene. Don’t let anyone in the garage, and don’t park your car inside. A broken spring is a serious safety threat.

2. It Makes a Loud Screeching Noise

If your door opens and closes normally but with a loud screeching sound, it’s time to check the rollers. The rollers move it along its tracks, and they could be bent, or they could need additional lubrication. Make sure nothing is blocking the door’s path along the track, like dirt or debris.

3. It Falls to the Ground Quickly When You Close It

If your door begins to lower normally but falls the rest of the way to the ground, you could have broken cables or loose springs. Both issues require a professional’s touch. If you don’t have the right training and equipment, don’t detach a cable or spring — they’re under high tension and could cause serious injuries.

4. Nothing Happens When You Press the Remote

You press the open button on your remote, but nothing happens. You replace the batteries. Still nothing. The issue may not be your remote, it could be the opener’s motor or sensor system. Call a repair team for help.

5. The Door Gets Stuck When You Try to Open It

When your door gets stuck, the opener’s sensors could be to blame. An obstruction in the roller path could also be the cause, or the door may have been hung unevenly at the time of installation. Perhaps the tracks were damaged and knocked out of alignment.

Your repair technician will conduct tests to find out why it won’t open or close freely.

Get Quality Repairs from Us

Even a high-quality garage door and opening system needs regular maintenance. You can call Overhead Door Company when you need help with garage door problems, or when you simply need a tuneup. We’ll help you keep your doors working smoothly.

Need Garage Door Service?

Everyone needs garage door service at some point — every homeowner who owns a garage, that is. Taking care of your garage door system will help you get the most out of your investment for years to come.

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Has your garage door been acting strange lately? Run through this checklist to see if you need to hire a professional to diagnose and repair issues.

Check the Door’s Response Time

Press the button on your opener remote — how soon does the door start to move? It should only take a second or two for the door to begin to open or close. Test its response time from the wall-mounted opener button as well. You should not have to press the buttons multiple times to get it to move.

If there’s a delay in operation, or the door pauses on its way up or down the tracks, the problem could be as simple as dying remote batteries, or it could be an issue with the opener system itself. If you replace the remote batteries and you’re still having this problem, you need professional garage door service.

Check How it Moves on the Tracks

When your door opens and closes, watch how it moves along the tracks. If it catches, jerks or continually comes off the tracks altogether, there could be an issue with the pulleys, sensors or alignment. You should schedule garage door service and allow a professional to get to the bottom of it.

Check the Seal Around the Door’s Edges

Check and see if the door seal fits snugly all the way around the perimeter. If there’s a gap, the door may be dented, the seal itself could require a repair or there could be an issue with the alignment.

Listen for Strange Noises

Does your door occasionally make a loud banging noise when you open it? Do you hear groaning, squeaking and squealing when it moves up or down? Don’t accept these noises as normal — they’re not. Loose screws, malfunctioning pulleys or worn rollers could all cause this issue.

The hardware and mechanics of the opening system should be examined by a professional. Don’t try to take the door opening system apart on your own — the high tension parts are extremely dangerous to handle without the right training and tools.

If you’re noticing decreased performance with your door, call Overhead Door Company. Scheduling preventive maintenance is the best approach to garage door service, because it helps keep the doors in good working order and fixes small problems before they turn into more expensive projects.

Your Garage Door Remote Was Stolen: What Should You Do?

A garage door remote is a convenient tool — you don’t have to park and get out of your vehicle before pulling into the garage.

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In bad weather and when you’re in a rush, this efficient process helps you avoid discomfort and save time. With a click of a button, the automatic lift gate is activated and lets you inside.

But did you know this handy tool could potentially be a security risk if it’s stolen?

It’s a Real Safety Threat

Many homeowners don’t think twice about pinning their automatic garage door remote opener to their sun visor and leaving it there, conveniently available for when they’re pulling back into their driveway and they need it.

But this is just like leaving a key to your house in plain sight on your dashboard. If burglars break into your car and take the remote, they can also open the glove box and check your car’s registration to see where you live.

Immediately De-Program Remotes and Shut Off the System

If your garage door remote is stolen, return home and immediately de-program all other remotes. Depending on the opener model you own, you may be able to press one button and wipe the system’s memory. You should also turn off the automatic system until you have new remotes programmed and ready to use. Just pull the emergency lever and you will be able to open and close your garage door manually.

If you don’t have a deadbolt lock on the inside of your garage doors, it’s a good idea to get one for an extra layer of security.

Purchase and Program New Remotes

Replace your stolen remote and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on reprogramming each device. Make sure you purchase a model that is compatible with your system and that’s recommended by the manufacturer.

Future Prevention Tips

Don’t invite thieves and burglars into your car then your home — keep the garage door remote with you at all times. If possible, get a remote that can fit on your keychain so you won’t forget to take it out of your car with you.

Also, make sure the door between your garage and the inside of your house is always locked with a deadbolt. This will help prevent burglars from entering your home if they gain access to your garage.

Do you need help reprogramming your automatic garage door opener remote? Do you have any other issues with your garage door opening system you aren’t sure how to resolve on your own?

Overhead Door Company is here for you. Contact us today to set up a service appointment, and ensure your home maintains the highest level of security.

Preventive Garage Door Maintenance: Do You Need It?

Forgetting about garage door maintenance is normal — who thinks about their garage doors? All you care about is that the door opens and closes when you need it to. As a homeowner, you already have so many other items on your to-do list. Is garage door maintenance a must?

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Here are three reasons you should schedule a tuneup today:

1. Keep it Working

Keeping your garage doors functioning is a must. Think about how frustrated you’d be if they suddenly stop working when you needed to get your car out to get to work. Preventive garage door maintenance will help you avoid this unpleasant scenario and keep your day on schedule.

2. Prevent Damage and Injury

You don’t want your garage door closing on your car, your pet, your child or you. Regular maintenance checks will ensure that the opening system and safety features are all in good condition. It makes more sense to schedule preventive work than to deal with the collateral damage from a breakdown.

3. Save Money

Garage doors are just like many other fixtures on your property — the better they’re maintained, the longer they will last. Replacing worn parts and refinishing the exterior will help your investment last. You will get more life out of your garage doors, which will save you money over the long term.

What Do You Get in a Maintenance Checkup?

When you schedule a maintenance check, the technician will look over the following parts of the system:

  • Rollers: They make sure the steel or nylon rollers aren’t cracked or worn down.
    Weatherstripping: They look at the edges to ensure your garage enjoys maximum energy efficiency.
  • Cables: They look over each cable, making sure no strands are broken.
  • Tracks: They check the balance and layout of each track, clearing any debris.
  • Safety features: They test the auto-reverse feature on mechanical opening systems to make sure they’re performing up to par.
  • Lubricant: They add lubricant to ensure the door’s movements are as smooth and efficient as possible.
  • Brackets and hardware: They check the security of screws, making sure the vibrations from the door haven’t caused any to loosen.
  • Exterior: They look at the finish and advise you of any need for resurfacing to prevent rust or rot.

Are you due for garage door maintenance? Overhead Door Company provides affordable, speedy service for homeowners throughout Utah. Get preventive service or repairs. Call today to request service or find out more.

Commercial Garage Door Service Will Save You Money

A commercial garage door service does more than help you when you have a major problem; they keep your doors in shape year-round. Preventive maintenance isn’t a frivolous expense — it’s the best way to protect against more expensive issues that take a lot longer to repair.

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Here are five good reasons to schedule commercial garage door service before a problem crops up.

Reduce Risk of Injury

Employees are a central asset to every company, and a malfunctioning garage door poses a safety threat. You may also have property in the area that could be damaged if the garage door suddenly falls or any parts become detached from the system.

Lower the chance of injury to people and damage to property by scheduling regular commercial garage door service.

Safeguard Your Business

Your garage may be one of the main entryways to your business. If the opening or locking systems aren’t working properly, a thief could get in. A break-in could mean financial losses, including stolen equipment and destroyed property.

Don’t risk your business’ security — get your doors looked at today.

Preserve Exterior Look

Commercial garage door service doesn’t only include maintenance for moving parts. Your technician will also examine the door’s surface and recommend touch-ups that can keep it rust-free.

Keeping your business’ exterior looking good shows your clients a polished image, and it helps your company retain value.

Lower Downtime

When your commercial door is down, so are business operations. This means a loss of income for you and a backlog of work when it’s finally up and running again. You don’t want to have to turn customers away or explain to clients why your business is out of commission. Prevention is key to keeping daily operations running smoothly and sales flowing in.

Get More Out of Your Warranty

Garage doors typically come with a warranty, but how long does it last? If you let little problems go on too long, you may run out of warranty coverage and then be stuck paying the repair bill.

Address problems immediately, or better yet, prevent them altogether with regular service and you won’t have to worry about wasted warranty coverage. You’ll get the most out of your investment.

Budget for Small Expenses — It Leads to Savings

Add your commercial door to the list of items at your business that need regular service calls. It’s much easier to budget ahead of time for minor maintenance expenses than it is to come up with the cash for large repairs.

Trust Overhead Door Company for affordable commercial garage door service, and make an appointment today.