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.

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

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 Northwestern 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!

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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Has your Overhead Door distributor helped out the local community? We’d love to hear your stories. Comment and let us know!

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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