Overhead Door Distributor Teams Up With Local Realtor to Help a Veteran

A real estate agent in Delhi Township, Ohio noticed that a home that was next door to one that she was trying to sell was in need of some upgrades. After learning that the owner of the home, Albert Garbett, is a Vietnam veteran who lost his leg in the war, she and a co-worker got busy contacting local businesses to see if they could help.

Naturally, one of our distributors, Overhead Door Company in Northern Kentucky, sprang into action.

Known for its top-notch garage door replacement throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Overhead Door Company donated their time and resources to replace the old garage doors on Garbett’s home. The distributor worked alongside landscapers, contractors, neighbors and local business people to rehab the outside of Garbett’s home.

Although Garbett admitted that it was not easy to ask for help, he told the local television station that he gave the local business people his blessing to help improve the exterior of his home.

The many customers who have worked with Overhead Door Company over the years were probably not surprised to learn about their generous donation. Since the second generation family owned company opened almost seven decades ago, they have strived to offer not only top quality products and services, but also help others as often as they can.

“Not only did we grow up in this area but our parents and now our kids are growing up in this area. Our community has supported us for all this time and if someone asks for our help we try to do what we can to help,” said Dave Willmes with Overhead Door Company.

Check out these before and after pictures of Mr. Garbett’s garage:

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Garage Door Replacement: A Top Home Improvement Project

Replacing a garage door is not only one of the most affordable home improvement projects, but also can nearly pay for itself, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2015 Cost vs. Value survey. The survey makes an annual comparison of popular home renovation projects, and breaks down the results for consumers and homeowners.

A new garage door can take your home's curb appeal to the next level.

A new garage door can take your home’s curb appeal to the next level.

The survey determined the average cost to a replace a mid-range door with an upscale door to be $2,944, and found a $2,429 value of the project at home sale, which equates to an 82.5 percent return. This makes garage door replacement the second-best remodeling project in terms of return on investment (ROI) in the upscale home improvement category. In the mid-range home improvement category, the results were also positive; the survey revealed a garage door replacement delivers an average 88.4 percent ROI for homeowners, the third most affordable home improvement project in the category.

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We offer two online resources for homeowners to find their home’s perfect garage door match, the Overhead Door website and the Overhead Door DoorView Design Center, a visualization tool that allows you to mix and match garage doors on a photo of your own home that you upload into the tool. The DoorView Design Center is easy to use and is optimized for use with tablets and offers hundreds of door, style and color choices to find the perfect door.

Are you planning a major home improvement? Will you replace or upgrade your garage door this year? Comment and let us know!

The Cost vs. Value report is conducted in partnership with the National Association of Realtors. Hanley Wood, publisher of Remodeling magazine, asks NAR members nationwide to evaluate a variety of home remodeling jobs and then project the ROI homeowners could expect to receive when they sell their homes. The study, available at www.costvsvalue.com, details both the national average value returned for common renovation projects, as well as the expected ROI in nine U.S. regions and 102 U.S. cities. For access to detailed renovation data on the go, an iPhone app is also available through the Apple iTunes store.

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Home and Garage Safety and Security Tips for the Holiday Season

The holidays are time best spent with family and friends. Getting over the river and through the woods is half of the battle. The other is having peace of mind that your home and property are protected as you are out and about. Since the garage door is oftentimes the largest and most used entry point of the home, we wanted to provide some safety tips so you can enjoy eggnog and fruitcake at this time of year.

Garage Storage

Think twice before storing items in your garage for the winter. Flammable liquids like gasoline, propane and paints can be dangerous if improperly stored. It’s important to keep flammable liquids in small amounts to avoid garage fires, according to Safety.com.

Garage Safety

Prevent fires and decrease the risk of an electrical shock with the proper use of extension cords, and be sure to never use a frayed extension cord, recommends Prevention.com. Make sure to keep a fire extinguisher in your garage, and routinely change the batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your garage.

Taking precautions in case of power outages or other unplanned events can also aid home and garage safety. The Overhead Door Battery Back-up accessory provides added security and peace of mind in case of a power outage.

Overhead Door Battery Back-up accessory

Overhead Door Battery Back-up accessory

Protect the Garage

A quality garage door can keep your home and garage safe as well as provide added thermal efficiency. Our Thermacore® insulated garage doors provide maximum protection from the elements with a bulb-type bottom weather seal and polyurethane insulation. This added protection will help keep your garage and home warm and safe. The Overhead Door Odyssey and Destiny garage openers provide additional safety, both featuring Sure-Lock™ which disables the remote’s access to the garage for security when away for extended times.

Protect Your Home

Whether you are traveling for a few days or a month, it’s important to take extra steps to keep your home safe while you are away. Independent Traveler shares tips such as stopping your mail, removing a spare key from outside your home and asking a trusted friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your home to prevent break-ins.

When getting ready for the winter or to leave on vacation, creating a checklist can help keep your home and family safe and organized. Identify the areas of your garage and home to review before leaving, and then refer to your customized checklist to ensure everything is ready so you can enjoy your trip.

What tips do you have to keep your home and garage safe and secure for winter or while you are away? Comment in the comment section and we’ll share your tips on social media. Happy Holidays from everyone at Overhead Door!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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