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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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