Overhead Door Races into Pole Position in the Grand Prix of Houston

The garage. The home for your car. Could you imagine if this car was tucked away safely in yours?

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Overhead Door is proud to have been a part of Team Penske in the IndyCar Series on June 28 and 29 where driver Helio Castroneves had a big weekend in the two races of the Grand Prix of Houston.

Castroneves, originally from Brazil, has become a celebrity in the racing community and is in the middle of his 15th IndyCar season with Team Penske.

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Overhead Door received great brand exposure with the placement of our recognizable ribbon logo on two locations of the No. 3 Shell-V-Power Pennzoil-Ultra, Hitachi, and AAA/Automobile Club of Southern California Indy car. If you watched Race 1 and Race 2 over that weekend, you probably saw the logo as Castroneves zoomed by the cameras.  Every time the car stopped in the pit, Overhead Door was captured on TV, with the logo being strategically placed on the left side and right side of the front wing.

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In Race 1, Castroneves finished in  9th place, which allowed him to start in the pole position for Race 2.  During Race 2, he held the lead for 47 straight laps until he unfortunately crashed, taking him out of the race..

Fun Fact: Helio’s garage boasts a Chevy Tahoe; the 2001 Indianapolis 500 Pace Vehicle Oldsmobile Bravada; a 50th Anniversary Special Edition Chevrolet Corvette, which he received for winning the 2002 Indianapolis 500, and his latest addition — a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro Indianapolis 500 Pace Car.

What’s in your garage? Tell us in the comment section!

Three Years Running, Overhead Door Wins Women’s Choice Award

When it comes to finding a trusted garage door brand, women across the United States are turning to Overhead Door.

For the third year in a row, Overhead Door has earned the Women’s Choice Award by WomenCertified® for America’s Best for Home in the garage door category. Based on a national survey of women who were asked to select the brands they would most likely recommend to others, the Women’s Choice Award sets the standard for assisting consumers in making informed purchases.

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For all of us at Overhead Door, winning a 2014 Women’s Choice Award is a high honor because it validates our ongoing efforts to deliver superior products, reliability and service. The award is also important for our Red Ribbon Distributors because research has found that women are often the key decision makers for any major home component purchase. For example, a 2013 Fleishman Hillard study likened today’s female consumer to a CEO of a household, citing that she controls the day-to-day purchasing in a household and partners with her spouse in larger purchasing and financial decisions.

In recent years, Overhead Door and many of our distributors have revamped sales processes and introduced new marketing materials into showrooms that are centered on enhancing the garage door buying experience. For example, our DoorView Design Center enables sales associates and customers to see how a new garage door will look on a customer’s home before any purchase is made – making visualization of a new door come to life from the comfort of a personal computer or tablet device.  Meanwhile, our Garage Door Selection video series allows a customer to learn about the many aspects of choosing a garage door before stepping inside a showroom. Both of these marketing enhancements make it easier for the busy female shopper to do the proper research from her own home before she sets foot into a showroom.  Once she does visit her local distributor, we hope that she is also pleased with our recently revamped product brochures that have been designed to better illustrate the features that make Overhead Door garage doors the premier selection available in the marketplace.

To learn more about Overhead Door, its residential products and to find a local Overhead Door distributor, visit www.overheaddoor.com.   Have questions? Leave a comment below and we’ll answer them.

The New 674 Security Grille: Security, Visibility, Air-Flow and Light in Stylish Aluminum

Commercial and retail property owners have an attractive new option for securing their interior spaces with the introduction of Overhead Door’s Model 674 Security Grille.

Engineered for inside applications, the Model 674 is a new perforated grille constructed from lightweight aluminum panels that provide security while maximizing visibility, air flow and light infiltration. This makes the Model 674 an ideal solution for securing interior retail storefronts in retail facilities, airports, stadiums, malls and multi-purpose buildings because it provides long-lasting high performance, but in a visually appealing package that won’t detract from its surroundings.

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Both inside and out, the Model 674 is designed to be aesthetically pleasing and functional. For example, its perforated aluminum curtain panels feature a clear, anodized finish or an optional PowderGuard™premium powder coat paint finish to match interior surroundings. Meanwhile, the grille’s counterbalance assembly is composed of heavy duty, helical torsion-springs enclosed in a steel tube. The Model 674 even features continuous wear strips on guides to ensure ease of operation and noise reduction.

You can find more information about the Overhead Door Model 674 Security Grille by visiting the security grilles page on our website, or by visiting your local Overhead Door distributor. Do you have questions about the Model 674? Leave a comment below and we’ll answer them.

Garage Door Safety Month

June, the official start of summer, means more activity around the house. It’s also Garage Door Safety Month. Every June, the International Door Association (IDA) and Door and Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA) push safety as a focus for garage door owners. Overhead Door is a member of both organizations and is a proponent of making homeowners aware of garage door safety. That’s because even though using a garage door may seem like second nature to most homeowners, it’s still the largest piece of moving, mechanical equipment in the home, which means there are safety and security issues that need to be kept in mind.

In celebration of Garage Door Safety Month, here are some easy steps to take to ensure your garage door continues to operate safely and efficiently, not just in June, but year-round:

  • Test garage door movement: Whether the garage door is old or new, a checkup is needed to be sure that the door is balanced on its tracks, is able to reverse smoothly, and has no sign of damage, loose cables or worn out functions.
  • Test garage door safety features: Use a basketball or a paper towel roll to test the garage door’s auto stop and reverse function by rolling it under the door while the door is moving. If the garage door is properly functioning, it should immediately stop and reverse when the basketball interrupts the photoelectric safety beams. If not, the door needs to be repaired right away.
  • Educate children on proper garage door function and safety: Curiosity can lead to injury, so explaining and showing how the garage door operates and the safe way to use it can go a long way toward keeping them safe. Also, remember to keep garage door remotes away from small children

Keep your children safe in your garage. Photo from: http://www.garagedoorcare.com/garage-door-safety.html
Keep your children safe in your garage. Photo from: http://www.garagedoorcare.com/garage-door-safety.html

  • Learn to use the emergency garage door release feature: Designed to allow you to open your garage door even if your garage door opener stops working, the emergency release can even help save a life if the worst-case scenario occurs. If you are unsure how to use this feature, refer to your owner’s manual.
  • Don’t leave your garage door open: Leaving your garage door wide open, even when you’re at home, is an advertisement for thieves to take inventory of what’s in your garage and come back later. Additionally, leaving your garage door open, even if it’s a small crack, can allow rodents and stray animals to take up residence in your garage.
  • Keep the garage well-lit and organized: A well-lit and organized garage is a safe garage because you won’t be tripping over tools and toys in the dark. Be sure there is a separate light aside from the automatic light that turns on when the door opens and shuts.
  • Make repairs promptly: For many homeowners, the garage door is the most often used entrance to the home, which means it’s important to have your door repaired quickly if anything goes wrong. If you find there are issues with your door, call your local Overhead Door distributor at 1-800-929-DOOR for repairs and inspections, or click here to find the distributor near you.

Do you have tips for Garage Door Safety Month? Leave a reply and let us know.

Thermacore® Collection Expands With New Finishes, Window Options

As the summer heats up and homeowners look for ways to spruce up their homes, some great new options are available at Overhead Door distributors nationwide thanks to an expansion of the Overhead Door Thermacore® Collection.

The Thermacore® Collection  is Overhead Door’s line of premium, insulated-steel garage doors that  are built with a continuous layer of foamed-in-place polyurethane insulation sandwiched between two layers of corrosion-resistant steel. This construction method, along with in-between section seals, provides maximum thermal efficiency. Properly installed, Thermacore®doors have an R-value of up to 17.5. Thermacore® doors also feature a steel backing for a clean, finished interior appearance.

This spring, Overhead Door expanded the options available to Thermacore® Collection garage doors with the introduction of two new wood grain finishes, two new paint color options and five new window configurations.

For homeowners seeking the look of a wood garage door but without all the maintenance, Thermacore® doors can be purchased with one of two realistic, bi-directional wood grain color finishes – in Walnut or Golden Oak. The Thermacore® line also features nine paint finishes, including recently added Black and Gray, for a clean, classic look that will make a home stand out.

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Black Thermacore® Garage Door

Thermacore® doors can be further customized with a range of window options. New to the Thermacore® Collection this year are Stockbridge windows in 2-3 and 2-4 configurations, and Stockton windows in 2-4, 2-6 and 2-8 configurations.  Each window option features thinner mullions and less plastic material around the perimeter to provide garages with increased natural light.

New Window Configurations

New Window Configurations

Altogether, these additions make Thermacore® doors a great choice for homeowners looking for a strong, attractive, insulated garage door that will require minimal maintenance.

Is a Thermacore® Collection garage door right for your home? You can find more information by visiting the Thermacore® Collection page on our website, or by visiting your local Overhead Door distributor. Do you have questions about the collection? Leave a comment below and we’ll answer them.

Preparing for Hurricane Season

For the millions of property owners in coastal areas, June marks the time of year when questions and worries about hurricane season start to rise.

Is the season going to be a bad one? Will my insurance rates rise? Is my property prepared?

Unfortunately, the only one of those common questions a property owner can answer for themselves is whether or not their home or business is prepared. That means taking the proper precautions for your family, employees and real estate.

Taking special care to ensure garage doors are sound is particularly wise. That’s because during hurricanes and tropical storms, pressure or high winds can cause doors to collapse or detach from their tracks. If your door fails, damaging, winds can enter your structure, blowing out doors, windows, walls and the roof. Couple this with exterior debris, such as signs, roofing materials and siding, and those inside could be subject to injuries or worse.

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Your local Overhead Door Distributor can suggest a wind-resistant garage door that offers the highest level of protection for your situation or geographic region.

Outfitting your home or business with Overhead Door Corporation’s wind load products are ideal severe weather solutions. When you purchase a new wind-resistant residential, commercial or industrial door, you’ll have one less worry during times of high winds from hurricanes or extreme storms.

Our Windstorm™ wind load-rated garage doors, with properly selected wind load options, are tested to provide additional reinforcement in pressure conditions caused by strong winds from extreme weather.  As the homeowner or business owner, it’s important to check with your local building code official for your home or business’ specific wind load requirements and appropriate design pressure (PSF – pounds per square foot) to help in determining the best door option for your home or business’ demands.

Windstorm residential garage doors are reinforced, wind load-rated overhead doors that meet or exceed wind load requirements set by the International Building Code and International Residential Code, the Florida Building Code and Miami-Dade County, and the Texas Department of Insurance. (Note: While wind load doors are built to provide extra security, you should always follow your city, town or region’s evacuation orders.)

Homeowners can choose from Windstorm doors in the Overhead Door Traditional Steel Collection, Thermacore® Collection, Courtyard Collection®, Carriage House Collection, Durafirm Collection®, Impression Collection®, Modern Aluminum Collection and Signature® Carriage Collection

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Overhead Door Thermacore® Model 591

On the commercial and industrial side, there are nearly just as many options. Property owners can choose from our Thermacore® Sectional Doors, Advanced Performance Service Doors, Sectional Steel Doors, Rolling Service Doors and Fire Rated Doors.

For questions about residential or commercial door options, or to upgrade your existing commercial or industrial door to a wind load compliant door system, contact your local Overhead Door distributor. Overhead Door distributors will help you find the wind-resistant door that will offer the highest level of protection for your situation or geographic location.

How do you prepare for hurricane season? Leave a comment below with your tips.

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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Movie Artwork and Photography © 2014 CTMG. All Rights Reserved

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.