How To Avoid Garage Door Scammers

Avoid Garage Door Scammers | Overhead Door Company

When searching for garage doors and service online, be wary of the imitators out to fool you into believing you are getting the genuine Overhead Door Company experience. With over a century of offering the absolute best customer experience on the market, you can understand why these scammers might want to try to get some of that respectability for themselves. To help you avoid garage door scams, the Overhead Door Company of Western Kentucky has listed a few things you can look for to keep you from getting ripped off by OHD knock-offs and garage con artists. 

Trademark It

Online search results pages are littered with people using Overhead Door in the title. So how do you identify the real deal? Look for the trademark () symbol next to the name. Legally, only official ribbons can have this designation. 

Double-Check The Address

Another easy way to tell if you’ve got a legit business and not a con artist is the street address listed on the search results page. Scammers will rarely have an identified address where customers can come to them. If their business page does include a street address, check it quickly on a street view map to see if their business is actually at that location. Garage door scammers are known to hide behind phony addresses. Additionally, be wary of businesses that say that they are in an office complex or a corporate plaza because this is incredibly rare in the industry.

Check Their Credentials

Unlike Overhead Door employees who are certified exclusively to work on OHD products, scammer technicians oftentimes don’t even specialize in garage doors. If you are even considering using someone outside of us, make sure to check their credentials with your local better business bureau as well as a variety of online review sites including Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor.

Keep It On Schedule

If one of the Overhead Door Company’s employees is performing a job for you, they will always be upfront about the time and cost. Scammers, on the other hand… not so much. Oftentimes, they will give you a rough estimate of how long it will take to complete the job without committing to a day in particular. A good rule of thumb is to always ask for the completion date in writing and never pay the entire fee upfront.

Avoid All This, Call OHD

Now that you know what to look for, why would you want to deal with anyone else? Call the Overhead Door Company of Western Kentucky today and let us take care of all of your garage door repair and replacement needs.

(270) 554-5162

Home Improvement With A New Garage

Home Improvement | Overhead Door Company

Home improvement projects can serve a number of purposes. For some, it’s about moving their home closer to the ideal image they have in their head. For others, energy efficiency is the driving factor. If it’s time to sell, homeowners will often look to make upgrades to draw more eyes and dollars. Lucky for you, the Overhead Door Company of Western Kentucky has an easy solution to all three — replacing your garage door. Below, we’ve listed three quick tidbits of information on what adding a new garage door can do for your home. 

What Kind of Return Can You Expect

While you may think a kitchen upgrade or bathroom remodel is where the big bucks are, the garage renovation actually sits above them both. According to Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value 2019 list, a replacement garage door is the most valuable project with the owner recouping more than 97% of the project cost. You read that right, Overhead Door Company’s doors are so efficient that they basically pay for themselves

Energy Efficiency

Did you know hundreds of dollars could be slipping through the cracks of your home each year?  If you don’t have a properly-insulated door, your home’s heating and cooling system could be working unnecessarily hard to maintain your desired temperature. 

That’s why we recommend our Thermacore® series of doors. With several panel designs to choose from, these doors offer design flexibility, durability, and thermal efficiency that will help keep your home comfortable in cold or hot climates. It can also push that 97% return on investment even higher.

Boost Your Curb Appeal

Think of your garage door like you would a handshake when you are meeting someone — it’s the first thing people will notice and sets the tone for the rest of the encounter. That means if you have a run-down garage door with chipped paint, dents, or (*gulp*) missing panels, it can distract from all the other good things your home has going on. Adding a new door can make your home stick out in a good way from everyone else on the block and shows potential buyers that you have a keen eye for detail. 

If you’re curious about how a new garage door is the ultimate home improvement project for upping your home’s look and value, call the Overhead Door Company of Western Kentucky today and talk to one of the garage door experts. 

(270) 554-5162

Garage Door Decorating Guide

Inspections Made Easy

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Easy Preventative Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Garage Running Smooth

Easy Preventative Maintenance Tips for Your Garage Door

The Overhead Door Company of Western Kentucky is always looking to save you money when we can. The easiest way to do so is by giving you the knowledge to keep your garage door running smoothly with these six tips on preventative maintenance. Read on to find out how to save on garage door repair.

Before Your Start

Before you start working on your garage door, make sure you follow some steps to be safe. If you’re not sure how to safely do garage door preventative maintenance, please call the Overhead Door Company of [insert city], and we’ll get the job done for you. 

Follow these steps for safe garage door maintenance:

  • Unplug the door: Make sure to unplug your door so that it does not start moving while you’re working on it.
  • Use Clamp Locking Pliers: If you are planning to work under the door, attach clamp locking pliers below the rollers to ensure the door won’t move.
  • Don’t touch the torsion spring: These have enough power to seriously injure you if handled improperly. Call a professional instead.

Inspect Your Garage Door Parts

Now is your chance to look over everything. Check your rollers for chips, make sure your tracks are level, and test your sensor using the two-by-four test mentioned in last month’s blog. Now is also a prime opportunity to replace the batteries in both your outdoor keypad and your remote openers.

Checking the basic parts of your garage door goes a long way in keeping everything running smoothly. Garage door checks like the one described above make preventative maintenance an easy task, but if you’re not sure about what the individual parts should be doing, the Overhead Door Company is here to help.

Tighten Loose Ends

The natural motion of your garage door can cause nuts and bolts to become shaky. A simple twist with your wrench should keep them in place until the next check-up. If you notice a particular one becoming repeatedly loose, it could be indicative of a larger issue. If this is the case, jump on a quick call to see what we can do for you.

Grease the Tracks… and Roller… and Spring

Making sure everything on your garage door is properly lubricated is by far the easiest way to prevent wear and tear and add years to the life of its components. Before you grease, make sure to wipe down the areas to remove gunky buildup and debris. Next, be sure to know the difference between lubricants so you can coat your setup properly.

  • Lithium Grease: Thick lubricant applied to the flat surfaces — like the tracks — to prevent friction.
  • Silicone Spray: Applied to the rollers and hinges leads to smooth operation.
  • WD-40: An alternative to silicon spray that has to be applied with more frequency because it is alcohol-based.

Replace the Weatherstripping

We’re always singing the praises of having a solid weatherstrip on the bottom of your garage door. It helps to regulate temperature, keeps out critters, and prevents water from seeping in during showers and snowstorms. For an even greater seal, consider adding similar stripping to all four sides.

For Anything Else, Call Us!

We know there are still probably a few items on this list you still might feel uncomfortable performing yourself. That’s where we come in. The Overhead Door Company of Western Kentucky is here to help with any garage door preventative maintenance to keep you from having to spend big down the road.

(270) 554-5162

Garage Door Safety Month Infographic

Overhead Company Infographic for Garage Door Safety Month