Home Improvement With A New Garage

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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. 

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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.

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Garage Door Safety Month Infographic

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Everything You Need to Know Before Converting Your Garage

Converted garage living room

Chances are you haven’t been leaving the house much over the past two months. It’s given you the opportunity to clean your house and work on a number of those nagging projects that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to complete. But now it’s time to take it up a notch. Below, the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri has compiled a list of things for you to consider before you decide whether converting your garage into a living space is the right move and what garage maintenance comes with it.

Get In The Zone

If you plan on making big adjustments to your garage, you have to get the proper paperwork. Requirements vary depending on your location but you typically need to attain what’s called a conversion permit from your city’s zoning department. Depending on the specific renovations you plan on making — such as raising the floor, adding windows, or putting in a bathroom — you may be required to attain additional permits. Typically, contractors will take care of the paperwork, so this note is directed towards the DIYers out there.

Specific zoning requirements include:

  • Adding a window to allow natural light and air
  • A ceiling that is at least 7 ½ feet high
  • Maintain a temperature of at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Make sure all electrical outlets are properly spaced

Consider The Cost (And Benefits)

A full-scale garage overhaul and garage maintenance does not come cheap. Adding insulation, finishing floors, and putting in windows all come with significant costs. If you plan on adding plumbing, plan on adding between $10,000 and $20,000 to the cost. That may seem like a lot, but typically, you are able to recoup around 80% of the cost in added value to your home. If you live in a tourist destination you can offset the cost of your renovations, mortgage or living expenses by renting the converted room out on Airbnb or VRBO. 

Do You Have Space?

If you’ve got people staying in your garage that means your car — along with everything else you store in your garage — has to be stored somewhere else. That means you’ll need either a spacious driveway or neighborhood with an abundance of street parking. If you live in an area with extremes in temperature, you need to take the proper precautions to protect your vehicle. Also, make sure either your attic or basement can handle the influx of items. Often times, converting your garage can be the impetus to getting rid of unnecessary junk that has built up over the years.

Do You Have The Right Garage Door?

Transforming your garage to a habitable room requires the right garage door. A Thermacore® door from the Overhead Door Company is the perfect piece to kickstart your remodeling project. With its sandwich constructions, these doors were built to keep the temperature of your garage regulated (perfect for complying with the permit above). Set up an appointment with the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri today and take the first step to creating the converted garage you’ve always wanted.

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The 5 Things You Should Know Before Buying A New Garage Door Opener

The average American opens their garage door roughly 1,500 times per year. Once you factor in that the average garage door weighs between 200 and 400 pounds depending on the material and size, you start to get an idea of how hard your opener is working. Below, the Overhead Door Company of Western Kentucky has a guide to garage door openers filled with the information you need to know when you’re selecting a new one for your home. 

You’ve Got Options

If it hasn’t happened to you yet, it’s bound to happen at some point. You’ll be on your way to work and your garage door won’t open. Your first thought is to go on Google and click on the first garage door repair company you see. However, only the Overhead Door Company has options and expertise to make sure you’re on your way out the door in a timely fashion. Here are some options we provide: 

  • Chain Drive: This is the OG. A chain drive uses a metal chain attached to a motor to raise and lower your door. Though this is one of the most economical and inexpensive versions of the garage door opener, it’s also one of the loudest. If noise is a concern and your garage door is connected to your home, you might want to look elsewhere. 
  • Belt Drive: Swap out that chain for a belt and you arrive here. Nearly as cost-efficient and none of the noise. These openers generally have fewer parts as well so maintenance is a breeze. 
  • Screw Drive: A screw-drive opener uses a threaded steel rod to move the lifting mechanism. As the rod rotates, it drives the trolley along the track to raise or lower the door. It is In between the chain and belt drive in terms of noise and closer to the chain drive in terms of maintenance.
  • Direct Drive: No belt. No chain. Nothing. With a direct drive garage door opener, the motor is the opener because it’s installed inside the trolley and uses a gear wheel to guide the trolley along a fixed chain. 

Wild Horses

Just like your car, the power of garage door openers is measured in horsepower. Almost every option on the market ranges from ⅓ to 1½ horsepower. When choosing the horsepower of your new opener, there are two factors that you need to consider:

  • How much does my door weigh: As mentioned above, the weight of your garage door can vary based on the type of material. The math here is pretty simple,  heavier door = more needed power. 
  • Can the other components handle the power: If you are looking to purchase a new opener and/or door, know you might have to upgrade your hardware — the roller, tracks, springs, etc. You need to make sure your setup is able to evenly distribute your new opener’s power. If not, you’re putting unnecessary pressure on these parts and they’ll wear out faster.

You Only Need Half

In most cases, your garage door should only require a motor with a ½ horsepower. This is the industry standard that can lift most metal and vinyl doors quickly and reliably. If you plan on purchasing a door made of a heavier wood — like the Carriage House Collection — or an ultra-modern glass model — such as Overhead Door’s 511 and 521 models, you might need something with more power.  

Invest In Quality Now

It might be tempting to opt for the cheapest opener you come across while searching online. However, this could end up costing you more money down the road. Cheap openers that don’t evenly distribute weight tend not to last as long which means you could be shelling out for a new system sooner than if you had paid a little extra up front.

The Original and Still the Best

We don’t mean to brag, but the Overhead Door Company wrote the book on garage door maintenance, garage door repair, and garage door installation. Our founder, C.G. Johnson, invented the electric garage door opener in 1926 and OHD has made a commitment to innovating ever since. Our staff is trained to work exclusively on garage doors and can help get you exactly what you need to update your garage — from the door to the opener to everything in between. 

Feel free to reach out to one of our technicians for more information about how the Overhead Door Company can help you or call today to set up an appointment. 

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