Overhead Door Turns Old Into New in Ithaca, NY

Just in time for the holiday shopping frenzy, Overhead Door assisted in transforming a bay of loading garages in Ithaca, New York, into an aesthetically pleasing retail space. What was previously a drab alley of loading garages is now a bustling retail space in Press Bay Alley.

Photo courtesy of Ithaca Builds.

Photo courtesy of Ithaca Builds.

This eye-catching retail space houses Boxy Bikes, which sells custom electric bikes, and Amuse: Modern Cottage Industry, which features handmade crafts and interesting local finds. The entire transformation was followed by Ithaca Builds, a site that provides information and updates about projects and development in the Ithaca area.

The transformation began with the demolition and gutting of the Press Bay Alley structure, and then the building was slowly added to piece by piece. Overhead Door supplied aluminum sectional doors, in keeping with the key design components of the remodel and vision of the designer. The Press Bay Alley project was completed as a collective effort by John Guttridge and David Kuckuck of Urban Core, LLC, John and Claudia Brenner Architects, Accufab, McPherson Builders, and RG Builders, along with others.

Photo courtesy of Ithaca Builds.

Photo courtesy of Ithaca Builds.

Updating a commercial space can be as simple as adding a new garage or loading door, and can increase the visual appeal of your business instantly. Have you updated a business’s commercial space recently with a new door or participated in a commercial transformation in your local community? Let us know and share pictures with us!

To learn more about upcoming projects in Ithaca and about Ithaca Builds, visit http://ithacabuilds.com/.

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Overhead Door and Building Homes for Heroes® Help Build a Home for Veteran

Veteran’s Day: a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism and willingness to serve and sacrifice for our country. Overhead Door recently partnered with Building Homes for Heroes to say thank you to a veteran who protects our country every day.

On August 7, 2003, Army Specialist Robert “B.J.” Jackson of the 186th Military Police Company was driving a Humvee with other soldiers through Baghdad, Iraq when his vehicle triggered a roadside bomb, and was immediately hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. Over the course of several hours, soldiers fought off insurgents and worked to extract B.J. from his vehicle. He was then airlifted to an Iraqi field hospital for immediate care, then to Kuwait and finally to Germany for additional treatment.

B.J. lost both legs below the knee and suffered severe burns on his arms, legs and back, and flash burns on his face and head. He spent nearly 50 days in the post burn unit recovering.

Over the past few months, Building Homes for Heroes, a national non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2006, along with Overhead Door and several other partners have been finalizing the details to build a new, mortgage-free home for B.J. and his family in Orlando, Florida.

Building Homes for Heroes is strongly committed to rebuilding lives and supporting the brave men and women who were injured while serving the country during the time of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. The organization builds or modifies homes and gifts them, mortgage-free, to veterans and their families.

Overhead Door provided the two Model 170 Traditional steel garage doors and two Legacy 850 belt drive openers for B.J.’s home, which was built in the beautiful Lake Nona community; a peaceful, family-friendly neighborhood with a state-of-the-art elementary school, fitness center, community pool, athletic fields and, of course, in close proximity to all the Orlando attractions.

New Model 170 Tradition steel garage doors on B.J. Jackson's home.

New Model 170 Tradition steel garage doors on B.J. Jackson’s home.

Due to the nature of Jackson’s injuries, the home will be built specifically to meet his needs. The home will be designed and constructed based on recommendations and requirements for specially adapted housing put forth by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Thank you, Army Specialist B.J. Jackson of the 186th Military Police Company, and thank you to all the past, present and future veterans who make sacrifices every day for our country and our freedom.

Army Specialist Robert “B.J.” Jackson of the 186th Military Police Company and his family. Photo from http://buildinghomesforheroes.org/.

Army Specialist Robert “B.J.” Jackson of the 186th Military Police Company and his family. Photo from http://buildinghomesforheroes.org/.

For more information or to learn how you can get involved with Building Homes for Heroes, please visit www.buildinghomesforheroes.org.

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Overhead Door Shares Tips to Boost Curb Appeal on The Money Pit Radio Show

Improving or updating the look of your home is a popular topic no matter what the time of year. From DIY websites to radio shows, there are useful tips aplenty for homeowners. Recently, Overhead Door partnered with The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show, the nation’s only he said/she said home improvement team, on how your garage door can play a big part in boosting curb appeal.

The format of The Money Pit appeals to both men and women looking for home improvement sources and ideas. Tom Kraeutler, a home improvement expert, and Leslie Segrete, formerly of TLC’s While You Were Out, the hosts, take calls and questions from homeowners on topics ranging from roofing to repairing floors.

The Money Pit provides easy to understand answers on any home improvement, decorating or repair project. Tom, Leslie and their guests offer guidance on choosing the right products for each project, as well as safety tips and ways to save time, energy and money. They also provide advice on which projects should be DIY and when to call in an expert.

Overhead Door partnered with The Money Pit in three ways. We ran commercial spots educating listeners on the importance of utilizing your garage door when making enhancements to your home, we chronicled the installation of a garage door remodel through social media, and our Brand Manager, Ali Isham, will be on with Tom and Leslie later this month to talk about garage door trends, the value of a garage door remodel and more.

Post from The Money Pit

Post from Money Pit

For the garage door remodel, Overhead Door Company of Glen Falls replaced a non-insulated, warped and cracked 8’x8’ door with a Thermacore® Model 199 door in white with Stockton 1 windows.  The insulated steel door will improve the thermal efficiency of the garage space from the harsh winters and humid summers typically experienced on the East Coast. The home had just been painted, and the embossed wood grain texture of the door adds sophistication and beauty, complementing the overall look and feel.





Be sure to tune in to The Money Pit, which airs on 315 affiliates including WCBS in New York, on October 22 to hear Ali give great tips about garage door upgrades and learn how to help your customers choose the best door for their home.

For more information on Overhead Door’s new residential wind load rated garage doors, or to find an Overhead Door distributor, visit www.OverheadDoor.com, like Overhead Door on Facebook, follow Overhead Door on Twitter or find us on Google Plus.

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New Overhead Door Products Offer Coastal Homeowners Beauty and Strength

Damage from hurricanes and tropical storms is a constant threat for homeowners in coastal and high-wind regions. For those who live in areas subject to Atlantic hurricanes, the risk is often even greater. Homeowners sometimes need to choose products for their properties that offer protection, but not necessarily the attractiveness they would like.

Luckily, coastal region homeowners no longer have to compromise beauty for strength when choosing a garage door. New Overhead Door residential wind load options let homeowners choose high style while still keeping their homes up to code.

Overhead Door’s three new comprehensive wind load garage doors feature superior craftsmanship, durability and additional protection against hurricanes, high-wind damages, pressure changes and wind-borne debris. These garage doors are designed to meet the nation’s strictest building codes, including those in Miami-Dade County, Florida, where high winds and hurricanes are commonplace.

Overhead Door Courtyard Collection® 7565, Model 920 in Almond/White finish

Overhead Door Courtyard Collection® 7565, Model 920 in Almond/White finish

While each garage door is designed to add beauty and enhance a home’s curb appeal, it is also designed to act as an important safeguard for residential structures. That’s because during high wind events, debris can become powerful projectiles that can damage the garage door, reducing the door’s ability to protect the home against damaging winds. Garage doors without reinforcement can buckle under the pressure, giving the high winds access to the interior of the structure. This often results in the roof members and wall panels being blown apart, allowing rain, wind and debris to have easy access inside.

Overhead Door Thermacore® Collection 5745, Model 903 in Golden Oak

Overhead Door Thermacore® Collection 5745, Model 903 in Golden Oak

Residents located in an area prone to high winds can count on WindStorm doors, ordered with proper wind load options, to provide reliable protection against high wind damage without sacrificing fine craftsmanship, durability and style. The Overhead Door Thermacore® 5745 and 5765 series and Courtyard Collection® 7565 series garage doors are foamed-in-place, steel and polyurethane constructed doors that come in a range of panel styles and carriage house designs. The garage doors feature a minimum wind load with optional upgrades that meet or exceed coastal region building codes, including the International Building Code (IBC), International Residential Code (IRC), Florida Building Code (FBC), Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) and Miami-Dade County building code.

For more information on Overhead Door’s new residential wind load rated garage doors, or to find an Overhead Door distributor, visit www.OverheadDoor.com, like Overhead Door on  Facebook, follow Overhead Door on Twitter or find us on Google Plus.

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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?


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.


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.


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.

Women's Choice


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.


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.