2016: Overhead Door Turns 95!

Now that you’ve celebrated ringing in the New Year, join Overhead Door as we celebrate our 95th Anniversary! We’re excited to kick-off 2016 and share with you the history, and founding of our company. This year, we will be sharing some of our historic contributions to the industry over these 95 years on our blog. Today’s post will focus on our founder, C. G. Johnson and two of his many contributions to the garage door industry.

In the early 1900’s Henry Ford unveiled the Model T. This automobile was affordable, reliable, and had country roads and small towns in mind. The cost of the Model T made it affordable for the majority of the population. This boom in the automobile industry led several other car makers to start producing affordable cars, which made for even more car owners. With so many Americans now on the road they needed a place to store their newly purchased vehicles!

Carriage houses, originally meant to house horses and the carriages they led, had a new addition: the automobile. Eventually, carriage houses were phased out as more and more people purchased vehicles, and were replaced with garages. Early garages had side-opening panel doors which worked, but not in the most convenient manner. Seeing that these doors required double the amount of space to open, C. G. Johnson had an idea. In 1921 Johnson patented a sectional overhead door, and with that idea, a corporation was born.

To showcase this new invention, Johnson traveled to fairs and expositions with a prototype door attached to his Model T. With the help of new marketing tactics such as customer coupons and community bulletin boards, Johnson quickly established a network of distributors. Five years later, Johnson brought another invaluable piece of technology to the industry to help those who could not manually lift their doors: the electric garage door opener. These two inventions laid the foundation for Overhead Door Corporation, which has continued to be a leader in the industry.

Do you have an Overhead Door garage door? Comment below and share what inventions have made your life easier!

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12 Days of Christmas with Overhead Door

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me,

A home filled with holiday glee.

 

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me,

2 Carriage House garage doors

And a home filled with holiday glee

 

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me,

3 Car garage

2 Carriage House garage doors

And a home filled with holiday glee

 

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me,

4 Women’s Choice awards

3 Car garage

2 Carriage House garage doors

And a home filled with holiday glee

 

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me,

5 AlluraShutters

4 Women’s Choice awards

3 Car garage

2 Carriage House garage doors

And a home filled with holiday glee

 

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me,

6 Rolling Doors

5 AlluraShutters

4 Women’s Choice awards

3 Car garage

2 Carriage House garage doors

And a home filled with holiday glee

 

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me,

7 Styles on DoorView®

6 Rolling Doors

5 AlluraShutters

4 Women’s Choice awards

3 Car garage

2 Carriage House garage doors

And a home filled with holiday glee

 

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me,

8 Arrow hinges

7 Styles on DoorView®

6 Rolling Doors

5 AlluraShutters

4 Women’s Choice awards

3 Car garage

2 Carriage House garage doors

And a home filled with holiday glee

 

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me,

9 Paint color options

8 Arrow hinges

7 Styles on DoorView®

6 Rolling Doors

5 AlluraShutters

4 Women’s Choice awards

3 Car garage

2 Carriage House garage doors

And a home filled with holiday glee

 

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me,

10 Wireless keypads

9 Paint color options

8 Arrow hinges

7 Styles on DoorView®

6 Rolling Doors

5 AlluraShutters

4 Women’s Choice awards

3 Car garage

2 Carriage House garage doors

And a home filled with holiday glee

 

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me,

11 Custom Wood Doors

10 Wireless keypads

9 Paint color options

8 Arrow hinges

7 Styles on DoorView®

6 Rolling Doors

5 AlluraShutters

4 Women’s Choice awards

3 Car garage

2 Carriage House garage doors

And a home filled with holiday glee

 

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me,

12 window squares

11 Custom Wood Doors

10 Wireless keypads

9 Paint color options

8 Arrow hinges

7 Styles on DoorView®

6 Rolling Doors

5 AlluraShutters

4 Women’s Choice awards

3 Car garage

2 Carriage House garage doors

And a home filled with holiday glee

 

Happy Holidays from Overhead Door!

What’s on your Christmas list this year? Comment below and or share on social media!

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Garage Security You Can Be Thankful For

The holidays are a time to spend with family and friends. While preparing for parties and rushing out to find the perfect gift can take up most of your time, it’s important to keep the safety of your home or business top of mind during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

The holiday season is unfortunately a peak time for criminal activity. Many of these burglaries occur on the home’s first floor and one of the most vulnerable entry points, if not properly secured, is through the garage door. The first precaution in making sure your garage isn’t an easy target is removing or hiding all garage door opening devices from your vehicles. If a burglar breaks into your car and finds the opener remote, the security of your home could be compromised. If you’re headed over the river and through the woods this holiday, Overhead Door’s Wall Console and Advanced Wall Console provides additional security for homeowners by giving them more control over their garage door. The consoles feature Sure-Lock™, which disables the remote’s access to the garage when away for extended periods of time.

Wall Console Series 2 and Advanced Wall Console

If you have key access to your home, another precaution to prevent a break-in is to deadbolt the door from your garage to your home. You can also implement the slide lock on the inside of your garage door. By utilizing this feature, homeowners can render it nearly impossible for an unwelcome guest to use a coat hanger or other security breaching device to unlatch the safety mechanism and manually lift the garage door. These inside slide locks have the ability to be padlocked as well.

For businesses, the holidays are often one of, if not the busiest shopping times of year. Our newest commercial door model, the Allura™ Shutter, has side bolts that are compatible for use with padlocks and also features an optional cylinder lock for increased security for commercial and retail facilities.

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Model 653 Allura™ Shutter

Have peace of mind that your garage door will also be able to withstand Old Man Winter while you are away. If you live where temperatures can reach sub-zero or you can annually expect 4-6 feet of snow, 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 bottom weather seal and polyurethane insulation.

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Thermacore® Collection Flush Panel

Finally, make sure your garage is secure by keeping an eye on its mechanical parts for corrosion or malfunction. While it may seem like common sense, this measure is often overlooked in the busy life of a homeowner, and, if not monitored regularly, can pose a threat to the security of your home.

We hope these tips allow you peace-of-mind this holiday season so you can focus on spending time with your loved ones. We’re thankful for YOU! Happy Holidays from everyone at Overhead Door!

What tips do you have to keep your garage secure during the holidays? Comment below and we’ll share your tips on social media.

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Garage Maintenance in the Fall that Will Save You Headaches in the Winter

With cold weather approaching, fall is the perfect time to discuss an important subject – garage door maintenance. Preparing for inclement weather and freezing temperatures is just as important for the garage and garage door operating system as it is for the rest of the home. Taking preventative steps now before problems arise, and while the weather is still tolerable, can save you time, money and the headache of larger issues down the road.

Below are three maintenance tips for prepping your garage this fall.

Fall Weather

1. Organize

  • Clear out and organize the contents of the garage. This is an excellent time to check for concrete damage, mold or any other issues.
  • Remove any summertime items that are no longer in use, as well as anything that could be damaged by cold or freezing temperatures.
  • Empty unused fuel from gas-powered equipment stored in the garage.
  • Make necessary winter items like snow shovels and blowers more easily accessible.

2. Insulate

  • Cover or insulate any exposed pipes in the garage to protect them from bursting during cold or below-freezing temperatures.
  • Check the seals and weather stripping around your garage door to help keep cold air out of the garage and prevent water and moisture from entering. Over time, bad weather stripping can also lead to mold, rot or insect infestation.
  • Consider investing in an insulated garage door. Insulated doors can help improve the thermal efficiency of your garage space and block unwanted street noise from entering living areas that adjoin the garage. Not only that, insulated doors are quieter and stronger than their non-insulated counterparts.

3. Take Precautionary Action

  • Inspect the operating system for bent or loose hinges, along with broken wheels or worn-out bearings. These should be serviced by a professional.
  • Wash the garage door. This not only keeps it looking great, but it also increases its lifespan by removing dirt and debris that can affect operation.

By taking a few proactive steps this fall, you will be prepared for whatever winter brings. If you do need a professional to service your garage door or operating system, here is a list of Overhead Door Distributors.

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What tips do you have to get your garage ready for winter? Comment below and tell us!

Overhead Door’s New Allura™ Shutter is Here

The Allura™ Shutter is Overhead Door’s newest addition to its commercial line of rolling doors. An attractive alternative to rolling grilles and service doors, Model 653 is perfect for high-traffic pedestrian areas where security and versatility are at a premium.

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Allura™ Shutter Model 653 

The Model 653 Allura™ Shutter offers flexibility in aesthetic options to match the surrounding environment of almost any location, providing the security and high visibility that many retailers require. This shutter is a new light-duty door solution versatile enough for specialty use, and it offers a space-saving design, making it perfect for installations with limited side room and headroom.

The Allura™ Shutter is available in 197 powder coat colors and several wood grain finishes, offering an appealing look for any commercial application. The Allura™ Shutter also allows for many configurations with the right amount of light and air passage.

The aluminum design of this system provides durability for both interior and non-windload exterior use and functions quietly and smoothly no matter if your shutters are operated manually, with a crank or motorized.

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 shutter? Comment below and tell us!

Overhead Door Trusted on Mount Washington to Handle “Worst Weather in the World”

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                     Mount Washington Observatory, Mount Washington State Park, NH                    Credit: Karl Swenson/Mount Washington Observatory Photo

Mount Washington Observatory near North Conway, New Hampshire is a world-class research laboratory for observing and monitoring weather conditions. The observatory is well known in part due to its unique location at the heart of some of the world’s most extreme weather conditions, including the highest ever recorded wind speed at 231 mph, annual snow fall of over 250 inches and temperatures that range from -47 F to 72 F.

When the observatory needed rolling doors that met extreme wind load requirements for its visitor’s center and transportation vehicle’s garage, they turned to the experts at Overhead Door of Concord. Ron Hewitt, vice president, OHD Concord, and Rich Sarno, technician, OHD Concord, installed four Stormtite™ Model 620 rolling steel doors to allow visitors to have access to the observatory, and one Stormtite™ Model 625 rolling steel door to house and protect the observatory’s vehicles.

“My wife, Shirley, and I love hiking, and have hiked to the top of Mount Washington in the past,” said Hewitt.  “That made this installation extra special for me.  I never thought I would be installing doors up there.”

StormTite Model 620 (Visitor's Center)

Stormtite™ Model 620 doors on the Sherman Adams visitors center

Rich Sarno (OHD Concord)

Rich Sarno, OHD Concord Technician

Overhead Door of Concord services the doors four times per year, scheduling visits for when the roads are passable and the building is not coated with ice.

Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported institution with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create Earth’s weather and climate. This weather station on the summit of Mount Washington performs weather and climate research and conducts innovative science education programs. For more information on the observatory, visit http://www.mountwashington.org

For more information on Overhead Door, Stormtite™ Rolling Steel 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.

Where are some unique locations you’ve seen Overhead Door products? Comment below and tell us!

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!