Overhead Door on the Silver Screen

Red Ribbon distributors will get an extra dose of publicity this spring thanks to a new movie opening in theaters on Wednesday, April 16. The film from Sony Pictures Entertainment “Heaven is for Real” features an Overhead Door distributor as one of its main characters.

If you haven’t heard about the movie, it’s based on the best-selling book of the same name. “Heaven is for Real” brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.  The film stars Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo, who works as an Overhead Door distributor in the film.



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About a year ago, producers for the movie approached Overhead Door looking for materials they could use in the filming and we were happy to oblige. Throughout the movie, the Todd Burpo character drives a work truck with an Overhead Door logo and wears shirts with the logo as well. It’s a great opportunity for us to get our industry-leading brand greater recognition, and it will pay dividends well into the future when the movie eventually runs in syndication on television.

To celebrate Overhead Door’s involvement in the movie, Overhead Door Corporation is hosting an advance screening of the movie for our Dallas-based employees on April 15, the night before the movie hits theaters nationwide.

For more information about “Heaven is for Real,” including a trailer, synopsis and stills from the movie, visit the Overhead Door Facebook page, or click here: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/heavenisforreal/

Are you planning to see the movie? Leave a comment and let us know.

About Heaven is for Real: The film stars Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and co-stars Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum) claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience.  Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth … things he couldn’t possibly know.  Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event.   The film will be in theaters on Wednesday, April 16.

Let Architect’s Corner Help You Through a Busy Commercial Construction Season


Good news for building professionals – in much of the country the ground is thawing and the snow is melting, which means the 2014 building season is right around the corner. For commercial and industrial building professionals there is even more good news, as recent estimates point to a much stronger non-residential construction season in 2014 and 2015 compared to 2013.

According to the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Consensus Construction Forecast, all non-residential construction is expected to increase by more than 5 percent in 2014 compared to 2013 and increase by 8 percent in 2015. Meanwhile, the December report estimates that commercial construction activity will increase by more than 10 percent in both 2014 and 2015.

For the architect or project specifier who focuses on commercial construction, a busier year ahead means there is a need to find ways to optimize time to be as productive and profitable as possible. To make this goal achievable, The Architect’s Corner on OverheadDoor.com is set up to speed architects through the commercial specifying process.

With The Architect’s Corner, Overhead Door Corporation has put all its resources for building professionals into one, easy-to-access location. It includes everything needed for planning and preparation, from technical and resource materials to downloadable project specs, architect drawings, compatible opener and operator lists, BIM project libraries and product brochures.


For architects who specialize in commercial and industrial applications, our Online Architects Design Manual is an ideal resource; especially if they are unsure which Overhead Door collection meets their demands. By simply clicking on the design manual’s application button, a series of simple questions guides the user to the best door for their project, whether it’s a retail space, manufacturing facility, warehouse facility, hospital … you name it.


The Design Manual also lets users search based on a table of contents or by a menu of door and operator types. Meanwhile, a ‘Resources’ button brings up downloadable viewers to access product documents and drawings. The Resources button also allows users to find a distributor, send us an email or even request an AIA-certified continuing education course session to be held at your offices.

Like what you’ve read? Take The Architect’s Corner for spin and see how easy it is to spec a commercial construction project today. And if you’ve used The Architect’s Corner recently, leave a comment below to tell us what you think.

Falling in Love Again, With Your Garage

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 new Overhead 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.

Has an Overhead Door distributor helped you fall back in love with your garage? Let us know by leaving a comment.

How to Improve Curb Appeal and Retain Value

How do you make your home look better this spring without depleting your budget? An annual study of home improvement projects has found the answer is no further away than your garage.

Remodeling magazine’s 2014 Cost vs. Value survey shows that homeowners who upgrade their garage doors with either mid-range or upscale replacements can expect to see some of the best returns on investment (ROI) among popular home renovation projects. Even better, the survey found that garage door replacement is incredibly economical compared to other projects like family room additions, deck additions and kitchen remodels. For example, the nationwide average cost for an installed, mid-range garage door is just $1,534, while the cost for an upscale door is $2,791. This compares to room, deck and kitchen projects that can run into the tens of thousands of dollars.

Down the road when it comes time to sell, the survey says mid-range garage door replacement will yield an average 83.7 percent return on investment (ROI), while an upscale garage door will deliver an average 82.9 percent ROI. Why so high? Take a look at your home and you’ll see. For many homes, a garage door comprises up to 40 percent of the façade. That means that when you replace an ordinary or old door with a new one, your home becomes the stand-out in your neighborhood.

afterAs in the past, this year’s survey determined the ROI for garage door replacement by evaluating the average cost to replace a basic garage door with a mid-range door model. The survey found the value of that replacement at home sale to be $1,283, or 83.7 percent ROI; an increase over last year’s 75.7 percent ROI. In the upscale home improvement category, the survey evaluated the average cost to replace a mid-range door with an upscale door and found a $2,315 value of the project at home sale, which equates to an 82.9 percent return; an increase from last year’s 75.2 percent ROI.

The study details not only the national average value returned on common home remodeling and renovation projects, but also the expected ROI in nine U.S. regions and 101 U.S. cities, so it’s easy to see what ROI you could expect in your city. Full results of the report are available at www.costvsvalue.com.

Thinking of improving the value of your home? Educational and planning resources to jump-start the process can be found at www.OverheadDoor.com. You can learn what to look for in a garage door from our Garage Door Selection web video series, and you can see how any Overhead Door garage door will look on your actual home with our DoorView® Design Center.

Have questions? Leave a comment below and we’ll answer!

A Creative Solution to a Super Problem

Some of the garage door industry’s most experienced professionals work for Overhead Door distributors. We see evidence of it nearly every day in the feedback we get from satisfied residential and commercial customers. In fact, even when our distributors are approached with a super-sized problem we can count on them to get super creative.

A perfect example is the Overhead Door Company of the Meadowlands, in the New York City area. Last year, the distributor was approached by MetLife Stadium, home of the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets – and the location of a particularly big football game taking place on Feb. 2.

The owners of the stadium had a difficult problem – plenty of doors, but all too small for the needs of the upcoming Sunday game. While MetLife Stadium has dock doors, they aren’t wide enough to accommodate the width of the set pieces for this year’s halftime show.

Before: MetLife Stadium’s two 8×10 doors from the inside.

Creating a new, super opening for an event that only takes place annually; much less one-time only, didn’t make sense. What to do? Luckily, Overhead Door Company of the Meadowlands came up with a custom solution.

Before: The exterior view of the two 8×10 stadium doors.

By working with the Overhead Door rolling steel plant, they created a system using the existing openings of two of the stadium’s dock doors. The stadium’s two 8-by-10 doors were removed and replaced with two 8-by-14 rolling steel RSX-operated 625 series doors with a mullion on a trolley between them. Now, when the stadium needs a larger opening, the doors are simply rolled up; the mullion is disengaged from the floor and rolled to the side to create 16-feet wide and 14-feet high clear opening.

After: The two smaller doors were replaced by two 8×14 doors with a removable mullion trolley.

According to Jai Patel, general manager of Overhead Door of the Meadowlands, the team at MetLife Stadium is thrilled with the finished product saying that the new doors are simple to operate and reliable. The stadium is also able to market the facility to new customers, such as Monster Jam trucks that will have an annual show at the arena.

Make sure you look for the Overhead Door red ribbon if you’re at the big game!

So, as you watch the big halftime show this weekend, thank Overhead Door Company of the Meadowlands for their creative solution. Without them, Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers wouldn’t have their gear to pull off their performances.

Has an Overhead Door distributor come up with a super creative solution for you, or are you a distributor who’s found a super way to help a customer? We’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment and let us know!

New Insulation Options for Industrial and Commercial Facilities


With temperatures dropping nationwide, it’s the time of year when industrial and commercial facility operators become concerned with thermal efficiency, especially if they run a climate-controlled facility. Even when a building has an efficient envelope, the weakest points are usually large entry spaces.

At Overhead Door, we understand the demands of large facility owners and operators, so we’ve made it a point to provide our customers with a product line-up that features the best thermal performance values on the market. With the introduction of the Stormtite AP model 627 rolling steel door and the Thermacore® AP model 850 commercial sectional door, we did just that.

The Stormtite AP 627 offers the most advanced thermal performance values published by any major U.S. manufacturer of insulated rolling steel doors, with an R-value of 10.9, a U-value of 0.09 and a tested installed U-factor of 0.84. The Model 627 door also minimizes air transfer, reduces operating costs and surpasses International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) requirements.


But don’t take our word for it. This door system just won first place in Architectural Products Magazine’s annual Product Innovation Awards (PIAs) in the windows/doors/openings category and this is what the judges had to say, “Get these in every business park in North America.”

If you’re looking for sectional door with maximum thermal efficiency, the Thermacore® AP model 850 insulated door from Overhead Door is the perfect choice.  Featuring the most advanced thermal performance values published by any major U.S. manufacturer – an R-value of 26, U-value of .038 and a third party tested installed U-factor of .14 –  the Thermacore® AP model 850 is a 3-inch-thick insulated sectional door that is not only one of the most thermally efficient doors on the market, but strong too. It’s an ideal choice when extreme heat, cold, durability and ease of maintenance are primary concerns.

Facility owners will also be glad to know that both door systems come ready with a number of options to meet individual application needs.


For questions about commercial door options or to upgrade your existing commercial or industrial door to a thermally efficient door system, contact your local Overhead Door distributor. Overhead Door distributors will help you find the door that will offer the highest level of protection for your building or geographic location.

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Decorating

We’re sure that this holiday season the inside of your home will be decorated with care – stockings, twinkling lights and a tree or a menorah will make your home feel festive as the holidays approach.  However, we think this year you should give your neighbors something to talk about. 

While many of the houses that line your street will be decorated with the standard wreath on the front door, lights on the bushes, or even a giant, blow-up Snoopy, this year you can set a new standard by decorating your garage door (tastefully, of course.) This large, blank canvas is the perfect place to add some holiday cheer to your home.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Hang a wreath or garland in the center of your garage door for a simple yet traditional look.
  •  Handy with wrapping paper? Wrap each section of the door with holiday wrapping paper and secure with duct tape. Finish it off with a large bow for some extra flair.
  • Use battery-operated or LED solar lights to add a cord-free glow to your door. If you’re feeling creative, use them to make a festive design like a Christmas tree or star.
  • Your white garage door works as a perfect projector screen. Use it to project a holiday-themed image or greeting at nighttime.
  •  Garage door magnets or decals are probably the simplest option. These come in a variety of sizes, from small to mural-sized, and can easily be taken down and used again year after year.


No matter how you trim your garage door this season, make sure safety remains your first priority. Keep decorations clear of hinges and check to make sure they don’t affect how your door opens and closes.

How do you decorate your garage door for the holidays? Leave a comment and let us know! Better yet, post a photo of your decorations to our Facebook page.