Keeping Your Garage Safe

We know choosing a new garage door and system can be a daunting task. Between considering a style, selecting a color and worrying about price, it’s easy to get distracted and forget about one of the most important aspects – safety. It’s something that homeowners too often overlook. Luckily, Overhead Door does not, and we build many safety features into our doors, openers and accessories that will help to keep your home and family safe. Below are just some of the many safety features you’ll find in Overhead Door products.

One of the most important safety features to consider when remodeling your garage or purchasing a new garage door and opener system is garage lighting. All Overhead Door openers feature a lighting system that activates when you open your garage door and then switch off after a set time. And some, like our Destiny® and Odyssey® openers, even include motion detection lighting that will turn on the lights for you so you aren’t fumbling for a light switch in a dark garage.

Accident Prevention
Our Safe-T-Beam System®, standard in all Overhead Door openers, stops and reverses a closing door when an object passes through its infrared beam, helping to prevent accidents when your garage door is closing.

Battery Back-Up
OHD Battery BackUp
Power’s out? No problem. The Overhead Door Battery Back-Up Unit allows you to continue to operate your garage door during a power outage. This system reaches a full charge in 48 hours and gives you up to 50 cycles of use in a 24-hour period after the initial power outage.

Part of keeping your garage safe is keeping it secure. That’s why we use the latest in CodeDodger® technology on all our openers, which prevents piracy of the radio signal that opens your garage door. This technology chooses a code from one of billions of combinations, keeping it encrypted for maximum security.

For further security, Overhead Door developed the Door Reportremote, a garage door opener remote control that answers the nagging question, “Did I close the garage door?” When your garage door closes, the Door Reportremote flashes a green light and emits a beep for confirmation. If for some reason the garage door does not close properly, a warning tone sounds and a red light flashes to alert you. This innovative accessory eliminates uneasiness because you will never have to wonder, “Did I forget to shut the garage door?” again.

By visiting, you can find more information on our products and accessories that enhance garage safety, as well as locate a distributor near you to discuss updating or adding these options to your system.


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

Put Your Tax Refund to Work and Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal

It’s that time of year again…tax season. The dreaded April 15 deadline also means its spring, and time to start thinking about how your home looks from the outside. If filing taxes means a return for your family, reinvesting that money in home improvements is one option that could have a valuable outcome. We’ve come up with three ways you can improve your garage this spring, whether your tax refund is small, medium or large in

Small: Even a refund of $500 or less can go a long way to improving the look of your garage. Think spring cleaning. Start by getting the clutter out and organizing what’s left. A good floor scrubbing and a couple of shelves will make a big difference too. It’s also a good time of year to contact your local Overhead Door distributor to schedule an annual maintenance inspection.  Keeping your door running properly year-after-year can save time and money in the long run. Continue reading

Introducing the Garage Door Selection 101 Video Series

We know how much hard work goes into choosing a new garage door – after all, it’s not a decision you make every day. That’s why we have created a new series of videos called Garage Door Selection 101 to help you make the best choice for your home. As the industry’s most comprehensive and informational video series, Overhead Door’s Garage Door Selection 101 highlights everything from insulation and pricing to style and curb appeal.

One of the first things that you might ask when starting the garage door selection process is, “What brand should I choose?”  It is an important first step because you want to pick a brand that you can count on – one that delivers superior products, service and customer satisfaction. Take a look at our video, “Choosing a Brand,” that presents exactly what you need to consider.

The other five videos in the series include:

  1. Increasing Curb Appeal
  2. Choosing  a Style
  3. Selecting the Right Materials
  4. Insulation
  5. Price Considerations

The videos are approximately 90 seconds in length and you can view the entire Garage Door Selection 101 series on our website at

After watching all six videos, you may be ready to make a decision, or you may still have unanswered questions. Whatever stage of the process you are in, your local Overhead Door distributor is ready to help. Use our online Distributor Locator to find a distributor near you.

Get Your Garage Prepared for Spring

O-RD-Carriage-House1Preparing Your Garage for Spring

With the start of spring just days away, there’s no better time than now to begin checking off your spring-cleaning list. During winter months, the garage often becomes the catchall for everything from lawn and garden equipment to holiday decorations. As the weather warms, give your garage the attention it deserves. Here are a few garage organization and garage door maintenance tips to get you started this spring: Continue reading

10 Ways to Winterize Your Garage


The weather outside might be frightful, but that doesn’t mean your garage has to be as well. Just like other areas of your home, your garage needs regularly scheduled maintenance to match seasonal conditions. Because your garage door is probably the largest entry point to your home, it can be one of the greatest sources of air leaks. As you prepare for months of colder weather, take steps to ensure that both your garage and garage door are ready for the wrath of old man winter.

To make your garage more energy efficient and organized, consider these ten tips for winterizing your garage: Continue reading