Overhead Door Adds Two Panel Designs to the Carriage House Collection

Last month, we introduced two new panel designs in our popular Carriage House Collection. The two designs, models 305 and 306, will give homeowners more unique choices for their garage doors.

Model 306 is a modified design that features wide middle panels and narrow panels toward the sides for a more progressive look. Model 305 features a flush panel with rails and stiles outlining each door section, creating a unique style that will compliment a wide range of homes.

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Distinctive carriage house designs and superior insulated steel construction combine to create a harmonious balance of elegance and strength in our Carriage House Collection, and our two new models are no exception.

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What do you think of the new designs? Comment below and tell us!

Overhead Door Promotes Garage Door Safety Month

June means longer days and more outdoor activity in and around the house. It’s important for homeowners to keep their families safe while working around the largest entry point of the home – the garage. June has been designated Garage Door Safety Month by the International Door Association (IDA) and the Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA).

Insulated Garage Door from Overhead DoorThe garage door is often the largest moving object and most-used entry point of a home, which is why it’s important for homeowners to keep their garage doors and automatic opener systems in proper working condition.

Below are some industry tips and advice on how to keep your garage door and its opener working properly, and avoid accidents:

  1. Make sure the garage door opener control button is out of the reach of children and their small fingers and do not let them play with garage door remote controls.
  2. Never place fingers between door sections. Consider pinch-resistant door panels to help prevent accidents.
  3. Visually inspect the garage door for wear and tear. Pay particular attention to springs, cables, rollers and pulleys. Do not attempt to remove, adjust or repair these parts or anything attached to them. These parts are under high tension and should only be fixed by a trained garage door professional.
  4. Test the reversing mechanism by placing a 2-inch by 4-inch board in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, call a qualified garage door professional for repair. If the opener has not been replaced since 1993, replace the garage door opener with a new one that has safety beams and auto-reverse as a standard feature.
  5. While on vacation, unplug the garage door opener unit or use the vacation lock security switch on the wall console, which renders remotes unusable and is an optional accessory to most openers.
  6. Do not leave the garage door partially open. When activated again, it may travel downward and come in contact with an object in its path. This also compromises a home’s security.

 What tips do you have to stay safe during Garage Door Safety Month? Comment and share your ideas with us!

Hacker Explains in a Video How Garage Doors Can be Hacked Within Seconds Using a Mattel Toy

Hacking has been making a lot of news headlines the past few years, with everything from personal computer systems to voicemail accounts.  When these electronic devices are hacked, criminals are usually looking for information that will enable them to perform actions like identity theft or even gain access to personal financial information. But did you know that your garage door opener could be at risk?

A recent video created by a privacy and security researcher and computer hacker Samy Kamkar, titled “OpenSesame – hacking garages in second using a Mattel toy” is causing a lot of buzz around garage door and garage door opener security.

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So is it true that your garage door opener and remotes could be at risk? Garage door openers and garage door remotes that do not have the latest technology that prevents piracy of the radio signals that open your garage door certainly can be at risk.

Are Overhead Door® garage door openers and remotes protected from hackers?

Yes, all Overhead Door® garage door openers come with the CodeDodger® Access Security System. This system features advanced technology that prevents hacking of the radio signal that opens your door by selecting a new code from billions of combinations every time you open your door. Each time your Overhead Door® remote controller is activated it automatically changes access codes, which prevents illegal entry from any type of access code signal duplication device like Samy Kamkar’s OpenSesame.

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Are Overhead Door commercial operator radio transmitters protected too?

Overhead Door commercial radio transmitters are also available with the CodeDodger® Access Security System, keeping businesses and industrial applications safe and secure from hackers.

Visit our website to learn more about the CodeDodger® Access Security System or if you’re looking to upgrade your garage door opener or opener accessories.

OVERHEAD DOOR RECOGNIZED AS TOP BRAND IN THREE CATEGORIES IN BRAND USE STUDY

Once again, Overhead Door has earned the distinction of being the industry’s No. 1 garage door brand, as determined by Builder Magazine’s  2015 Builder Brand Use Study.

Now in its 20th year, Builder Magazine’s Builder Brand Use study is a survey of the nation’s largest homebuilders. It asks participants to rank garage door brands in four categories: brand familiarity, brand use during the last two years, brand used most and quality. This year, Overhead Door took the top spot in three of the four categories – brand familiarity, brand used most and quality rating.

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The results of the 2015 Brand Use Study were announced in Builder Magazine’s April Buyer’s Guide issue. The publication is distributed to more than 10,800 builders across the nation. The study measures 83 different product categories ranging from appliances to windows.

For all of us at Overhead Door, we are honored knowing that Builder Magazine readers prefer our garage doors, are familiar with our brand and realize the quality of our products. This only reinforces our commitment to producing excellent and reliable garage door solutions, not only for consumers but also for homebuilders. We are looking forward to providing best-in-class products for many years to come.

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

Looking for a new garage door? Overhead Door took the top spot in three of the four categories – brand familiarity, brand used most and quality rating.

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Meet the Cameron Brothers of OHD Northwest Indiana

Tomorrow is Brothers & Sisters day. We’ve always felt like our Overhead Door distributors are like family, but did you know that many of them got their start because their parents, grandparents or another relative were also in the business? Case in point, meet the Cameron brothers, Jim and Tom. Jim is the president and CEO of Overhead Door Company of Northwest Indiana and Tom is the general manager. We caught up with Jim in between jobs to ask him a little bit about what it is like to work in a family business.

cameron brothersThe Cameron brothers, Tom (left) and Jim!

Q: How did you and your brother get involved with Overhead Door?

A: My grandpa and his family immigrated to the United States back in the 1940s and my grandpa learned how to build garages in a day. Our dad got into the garage building business with my grandpa for years and then decided to go into the garage door business in the 70s. My brother and I would go and work in the warehouse during the summers and learned the garage door business from the ground up. We have been working full-time in the garage door industry since 1985.

In 2004 we had the opportunity to purchase the Overhead Door Company of Northwest Indiana distributorship. It was a great decision and things are really going well.

Q: What is your role as President/CEO? And what is Tom’s role as General Manager?

A: My role in the company is to run the financial side, develop the vision, the strategies, pricing, recruiting, and goal setting.

Tom’s role is to coach and lead the team day-to-day. He is in charge of the operations side of the company and the sales side of the company.

Q: What do you like most about working with your brother? The least?

A: What I like most about working with my brother is his passion for our business, his honesty, integrity and strong leadership skills. He is liked and respected by all of our employees.

I’d say we still have your typical sibling rivalries, but all in all, we get along really well and balance each other out.

Q: What would you like readers of the Overhead Door Chronicles to know about Overhead Door?

A: What I would like people to know about Overhead Door is that my brother and I have had the opportunity over the years to sell many different manufacturers but none as good as the Overhead Door brand products. We truly believe that partnering with Overhead Door, along with our employees are the reasons we are successful company.

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Overhead Door of Northwest Indiana was the recipient of the 2014 Eagle Award!

Happy Brothers and Sisters Day! Do you work with your sibling? Comment below and tell us!

To learn more about Overhead Door, its residential products and to find a local Overhead Door distributor, visit www.overheaddoor.com.

Overhead Door Wins Women’s Choice Award for Fourth Consecutive Year

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

For the fourth consecutive year, Overhead Door Corporation has earned the Women’s Choice Award by WomenCertified® for America’s Best for Home in the garage door category. This award designation is based on a national survey of women who were asked to select the brands they would most likely recommend to others.

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“Receiving this award is an honor, and for Overhead Door to consistently be recommended as the top brand among women for four years in a row really speaks to our commitment to deliver superior products and reliable, quality service,” said Dennis Stone, president and CEO of Overhead Door Corporation. “I would like to personally thank each of our Overhead Door distributors for being trusted partners and providing expert solutions to our customers year after year.”

“Women are responsible for most home improvement choices, and because they are risk adverse they value the recommendations of other women. We are proud to recognize Overhead Door with the Women’s Choice Award for a fourth consecutive year which is a testament to the superior quality of their products and service,” said Delia Passi, founder of the Women’s Choice Award and author of Winning the Toughest Customer: The Essential Guide to Selling to Women.

The Women’s Choice Award has set the standard for assisting consumers in making informed purchases by identifying brands that are most recommended and trusted by women. Those that deliver a customer experience worthy of recommendation are selected to win a Women’s Choice Award.

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.

Introducing a New Design in the Thermacore® Collection

Earlier this month we introduced a new design in our popular Thermacore® Collection. The Model 192 V10 allows local Ribbon distributors to remain competitive with another garage door solution, expanding our industry offerings.

The Model 192 V10 embossment comes in the existing Thermacore Collection colors and finishes and is available with the wind load offerings within the current 190 series. The wainscoting design is a centuries-old marriage of form and style, adding an upscale look at an affordable price.

With five designs, nine colors and two finishes, and a variety of window styles, the Model 192 V10 is everything a homeowner could want in a door. The new long panel design allows another choice for our distributors to offer customers, keeping them competitive in the industry.

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A garage door can enhance the overall look and feel of a home, and homeowners can be confident when outfitting their home with a Thermacore insulated steel garage door. Specifically designed to reduce air filtration, Thermacore doors can help maintain thermal efficiency   in both hot and cold weather climates.

For more information on Overhead Door, 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.

What do you think of the new door design? Comment below and tell us!