Introducing OHD Anywhere™ Garage Door Opener App

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Imagine the peace of mind and convenience that comes with being able to open or close your garage door from anywhere in the world. We’re excited to introduce Overhead Door’s new smart device enabled garage door controller: OHD Anywhere. Never worry again about giving your garage passcode to anyone. With the use of OHD Anywhere, it’s as simple as opening the app on your smart device.

OHD Anywhere allows users to operate up to three garage doors from any location. The app is compatible with most Android and Apple mobile devices. The ability to monitor your garage from afar is not only convenient, but also safer than traditional monitoring methods. Door-mounted sensors monitor the position of the garage door rather than the operation of a garage door opener. Users will be alerted to any change in position of the garage door even if it’s been disengaged from the opener.

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OHD Anywhereworks through the use of your home Wi-Fi® connection, and can be programmed for use on up to three doors per module (additional sensors are required if you have more than one door). The door module incorporates the low-power SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3200 wireless MCU from Texas Instruments (TI)* which allows for users to securely operate their garage doors. OHD Anywhere can be used with most garage door openers produced after 1993 (click here to see if your opener is compatible).

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OHD Anywhereoperates via a free app that can be downloaded from your device’s app store (iPhone users click here, and Android users click here for quick access to download).

What would you use your app-controlled garage door for? Comment below and tell us!

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*SimpleLink is a trademark of Texas Instruments Incorporated

 

Falling in Love Again, With Your Garage

Do you remember your first love? Not being able to sleep, not being able to work, all because you couldn’t stop thinking about that one special … house?

Chances are the garage was not the part of the property that made your heart skip. While you may have liked the space, you probably had to overlook the garage door’s peeling paint and the (very) loud garage door opener. Looking past faults in a relationship is necessary, but at some point, progress needs to be made. Some of your friends might tell you to move on, but we’re here to tell you – you can work things out, it just takes a little professional help from your local Overhead Door distributor. Let them advise you on the three-step process to garage relationship bliss.

Step 1: Visualize your future.

Overhead Door can help you see past your garage’s current shortcomings to what could be. By visiting the Overhead Door DoorView® Design Center, you can upload a photo of your home and experiment with a variety of garage doors to find the one that works best for your house style. Don’t have a photo to upload? No problem. The DoorView® Design Center includes pre-loaded photos of common home styles so that you can get a sense for what works for you and your garage.

Step 2: Open up

While the beauty of a new garage door is important, what’s inside counts too. With a new Overhead Door® garage door opener, you can be sure that, many Valentine’s Days from now, your garage door will still be operating smoothly, efficiently, quietly and safely. You can choose from chain-, belt- or screw-drive openers, all offering advanced safety and convenience features.

Step 3: Celebrate your progress

                   

The hard work that you’ve put in to your garage relationship should be rewarded. Treat yourself with an Overhead Door® accessory that will give you additional convenience and peace of mind, like the Overhead Door® Advanced Wall Console or the Overhead Door® Battery Back Up.

The Overhead Door® Advanced Wall Console monitors the performance of up to three Odyssey® and Destiny® garage door openers while giving homeowners control of door operation, access security, and lighting features. It features an easy-to-use, backlit LCD touch screen and a feature that disables remote and keypad operation for increased security.

The Overhead Door® Battery Back-Up provides reliable garage door operation even when there is a power outage. Compatible with Destiny® and Odyssey® garage door openers, the Battery Back-up reaches a full charge in 48 hours and provides power for up to 50 open-and-close cycles after a power outage.

This Valentine’s Day, let your local Overhead Door distributor help you fall in love again with your garage.

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Garage Door Safety Month Reminders from Overhead Door

Think-Safety-FirstJune has arrived. For a garage door company like us, this means it’s Garage Door Safety Month, a time the International Door Association (IDA) and the Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA), two associations that we are proud to be a part of, have designated to educate homeowners on the importance of keeping safe in and around the garage.

As you gather outdoors for summer picnics and parties, or even just spend an evening in the driveway chatting with the neighbors, we want you to keep something in mind. Your garage door is most likely the largest moving object in your home. If you are like many American families, it’s also the door you enter and leave the home from most often.

That’s why we’d like to share with you ten garage safety tips to keep your family safe this summer.

  1.  Mount the garage door opener control button out of the reach of small children (at least five feet from the floor) and where you have a clear view of the door.
  2.  Do not allow children to play with garage door remote controls; explain that the remote controls are not toys.
  3. Set a good example for children and discuss garage door safety with them; explain how to operate the door safely.
  4. Test your garage door opener’s reversing mechanism monthly by placing a 2 x 4 board in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, call an authorized Overhead Door Ribbon® distributor at 1-800-929-DOOR for ohd install openerprofessional repair.
  5.  Know how to use your garage door opener’s emergency release feature. Your owner’s manual provides instructions.
  6. Visually inspect your garage door each month. Look at the garage door’s springs, cables, rollers and pulleys for signs of wear. If any of these components appear damaged, contact an authorized Overhead Door Ribbon® distributor for inspection or repair.
  7. Do not attempt to repair cables or springs. These parts are under high tension and require special tools for adjustment. Improper handling or disconnection can cause breakage and serious injury.
  8. To avoid damage to your door and opener, make sure you disable or remove any door locks, ropes, and/or cables prior to operating your opener.
  9. Use the release mechanism on the garage door opener to manually open the door using its interior or exterior lift handles. The door should lift smoothly with little resistance and should stay open around three or four feet above the floor. If it is difficult to perform this task, your door may be out of balance, causing premature wear. Call an authorized Overhead Door distributor for adjustment.
  10. To prevent accidents when a garage door is closing, invest in a garage door opener that features photoelectric eye safety beams, which are mounted a few inches off the floor and send an invisible beam across the door’s path. If the invisible beam is broken, the garage door will automatically reverse to its fully open position. The invisible beam provides added safety to the auto reverse mechanism, as the door does not have to contact an object in order to reverse. The Safe-T-Beam® is a standard feature on the entire line of Overhead Door garage door openers.

For more information on garage door safety and security, visit the Safety Information page on our web site.

Top Three Residential Garage Door Trends

Keeping up with the latest trends in home building and curb appeal is one of our mostO-RD-Carriage-House1- small important jobs. We want to ensure that the garage doors we craft and sell are going to make an impact on the overall look of your home and bring you as much value as possible if you ever decide to sell your home.

That’s why we continue to develop new residential options to our garage door, garage door opener and accessory lines. Several of our latest additions are based on top homeowner needs. The first is the Battery Back-up garage door opener accessory, which keeps your garage door operating during a power outage. We’ve also enhanced our Durafirm Collection®, Thermacore Collection® and Traditional Steel lines to include panel options and window inserts that meet the demands of today’s homeowners, complement a home’s architecture and increase curb appeal. Continue reading

Recapping the 2013 IDAExpo™ and Announcing a Chance to Win Big

We recently returned from Nashville, Tenn., where we showcased our latest residential and commercial products with garage door industry leaders and Overhead Door distributors at the 2013 IDAExpo. In case you missed it, here is a recap of what took place in booth #939.IDA pic 2

Two of our newest commercial options, the Stormtite AP model 627 rolling steel door and the Thermacore® AP model 850 commercial sectional door, proved to be popular among the many Overhead Door distributors who stopped by our booth.  Both are designed for advanced thermal efficiency. The model 627 offers the most advanced thermal performance values on the market for a rolling steel door, while the model 850 provides the most advanced thermal performance values published by any major U.S. manufacturer of three-inch insulated commercial sectional doors. Continue reading

Overhead Door Introduces Garage Door Opener Emergency Battery Back-up

We are proud to announce the latest addition to our residential opener accessories lineup, the Battery Back-up. The Overhead Door® Battery Back-up provides homeowners with reliable garage door operation during severe weather, thunderstorms and blackouts.

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  • Front facing colored LEDs indicate charge status
  • Up to 50 cycles in a 24-hour period after initial power outage
  • Operates door at 3.5 inches per second

“The Battery Back-up accessory offers homeowners the security of always being prepared when severe weather hits, even in case of a power outage,” said Joe Dachowicz, vice president of marketing for Overhead Door. “It’s an accessory that can be easily installed and provides true peace of mind. When the power is out, the Battery Back-up will do the heavy lifting.”

Our Battery Back-up, powered by Interstate Batteries®, provides reliable garage door operation in the event of electricity outages. It is compatible with  Destiny® and Odyssey® garage door openers, which combine reliability, speed and power, all with quiet operation. The Battery Back-up accessory enables an opener to operate the garage door at 3.5 inches per second, and, in the event of an extended loss of electricity, the unit will run up to 50 cycles in a 24-hour period after initial power outage.

To read more about Battery Back-up see the full press release.

A Year in Review with Overhead Door

2012 was quite the year for us here at Overhead Door. As we enter 2013, we’re taking time to look back at what happened in the garage door industry this past year and preparing for things to come in the next. With the U.S. Department of Commerce expecting an increase in homebuilding in the coming months, it’s likely that we’ll see growing demand in the garage door industry.

Recently, we sat down with Joe Dachowicz, Vice President of Marketing, to discuss garage door industry trends from 2012 and what we can expect in 2013. Continue reading