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

 

Part II: Love and Garage Doors- Growing Families and Businesses Since 1921

We’re continuing the love fest with Part II of our Love and Garage Doors series. Meet four more of our amazing distributors in today’s blog. If you missed Love and Garage Doors Part I, read it here http://bit.ly/1WidJgZ!

The McGraws

Overhead Door Company of Eugene-Springfield

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In 1986, Gordon McGraw bought Overhead Door Company of Eugene-Springfield to build a flexible life for his young family. In 2007, when he was ready to retire and enjoy his hobbies, the next generation was ready to step in. His daughters and their husbands, Katie and Chris Schnider and Sara and Paul Burrell, were ready to take on the very successful distributorship that Gordon had built. Katie and Paul took over day-to-day operations, while Chris eventually began to manage the commercial sales department and Sara continued her work in the community as a registered nurse. The group went on to win the Eagle Award from 2012-2014.

We asked them a few of their favorite things about working as Overhead Door Distributors:

“Seeing the impact we’ve been able to achieve in the community, not just from providing and installing garage doors, but helping others in the community. Whether it is through donating to a charitable cause, or donating materials and services for auctions and raffles, we’re blessed and fortunate to be able to give back. It has been as rewarding as any other element of being involved with this business,” said Chris.

“It is always memorable when we get to spend continuing our garage door education at conferences and meetings as well as socializing with other distributors,” said Katie.

Chris said he enjoys the business side of things, “Getting to see the whole picture of running a business. Instead of just one aspect, we get to delve into and make decisions regarding every part of our livelihood,” he explained.

The group sees changes toward viewing the garage door as a statement piece as an upcoming trend for their business. Being in a microbrewery capital, many are now showing interest in Full Vision doors. In addition, the group has seen a trend toward proactive safety measures, particularly when it comes to fire doors.

The Ross’s

Overhead Door Company of South Central Texas

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When Jeff Ross lost his job to an organizational restructure almost 15 years ago he had to make a choice:  start working for somebody else or become his own boss. Now, he owns and manages three distributorships along with the help and support of his family.

His wife Lauri, whom he knew growing up, started out in inside sales and evolved to purchasing and inventory control. Mike, Jeff and Lauri’s oldest son, joined the family business almost 12 years ago and has worked in inside sales, estimating and now works as an operations supervisor. Danny, Jeff and Lauri’s youngest son, worked as a door tech while attending college and eventually moved to outside sales, branch manager, and now works in the material handling division of the company. Lauri and Jeff’s daughter-in-law Erica also started working in the business while in college, and now manages the company’s e-commerce and websites.

Owning a distributorship allowed the family to hire on Jeff’s father part-time making sales calls. These led to some of the most cherished memories the family has. Mike and Danny had the opportunity to work along-side and learn from their grandfather, who was very mindful of schedules, arriving early to sales calls and always being prepared.

“A family business is not without its challenges. One of the challenges is to make sure you treat all of your employees as family.  As long as people understand the rules and you treat everyone fairly and with respect, it’s not an issue,” said Jeff.

The Parmelys

Overhead Door Company of Riverton/Lander

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Chuck and Cynthia Parmely met in 1981, when Cynthia began work as a bookkeeper for Chuck’s dad who owned the distributorship before Chuck and Cynthia took over in 1998. The two were married just six months later on April 3, 1982 and will be spending their 34th wedding anniversary at Overhead Door’s 95th National Ribbon Distributor Meeting!

Chuck has been in the garage door business since he was 10 years old, spending the past 37 years with Overhead Door Company of Riverton/Lander, “I was born into this business and I love the job,” said Chuck.

Chuck and Cynthia’s daughter, Ashley, followed in her family’s footsteps. This year will mark her tenth year with Overhead Door! “Even though we aren’t all related, it’s like we are all family here. We joke around with each other and the atmosphere is always light, fun and carefree,” said Ashley.

Some of their favorite memories revolve around that family bond with the entire distributorship. Chuck remembers an unexpected gift, the metal art with the Overhead Door logo in the pictures above, that meant a lot to him and Cynthia. The art was given to the couple by the employees at a company Christmas party a few years ago. This bond has transformed the distributorship from a one man shop to a 16-person business that has thrived for the past 37 years.

The Christophersons

Overhead Door Company of Bountiful

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James and Ilona Christopherson were high school sweethearts. They’ve been in the business for 29 years and their son, David, also works as an integral part of the distributorship. This family has worked hard, and due to this hard work they have grown their business in 12 of the last 13 years, a milestone they’re particularly proud of.

“I wouldn’t be here today without my families’ help,” said James.

When asked about some of their favorite personal memories from working as an Overhead Door Distributor, they pointed to the people they have met at the company as well as other distributorships, who have become their friends and people they look up to.

We want to thank these special distributors for taking the time to share their stories with us. We’re proud to have the opportunity to work with all of our wonderful distributors.

Did you enjoy reading our Love and Garage Door series? Comment below and tell us!

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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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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!

A Creative Solution to a Super Problem

Some of the garage door industry’s most experienced professionals work for Overhead Door distributors. We see evidence of it nearly every day in the feedback we get from satisfied residential and commercial customers. In fact, even when our distributors are approached with a super-sized problem we can count on them to get super creative.

A perfect example is the Overhead Door Company of the Meadowlands, in the New York City area. Last year, the distributor was approached by MetLife Stadium, home of the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets – and the location of a particularly big football game taking place on Feb. 2.

The owners of the stadium had a difficult problem – plenty of doors, but all too small for the needs of the upcoming Sunday game. While MetLife Stadium has dock doors, they aren’t wide enough to accommodate the width of the set pieces for this year’s halftime show.

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Before: MetLife Stadium’s two 8×10 doors from the inside.

Creating a new, super opening for an event that only takes place annually; much less one-time only, didn’t make sense. What to do? Luckily, Overhead Door Company of the Meadowlands came up with a custom solution.

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Before: The exterior view of the two 8×10 stadium doors.

By working with the Overhead Door rolling steel plant, they created a system using the existing openings of two of the stadium’s dock doors. The stadium’s two 8-by-10 doors were removed and replaced with two 8-by-14 rolling steel RSX-operated 625 series doors with a mullion on a trolley between them. Now, when the stadium needs a larger opening, the doors are simply rolled up; the mullion is disengaged from the floor and rolled to the side to create 16-feet wide and 14-feet high clear opening.

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After: The two smaller doors were replaced by two 8×14 doors with a removable mullion trolley.

According to Jai Patel, general manager of Overhead Door of the Meadowlands, the team at MetLife Stadium is thrilled with the finished product saying that the new doors are simple to operate and reliable. The stadium is also able to market the facility to new customers, such as Monster Jam trucks that will have an annual show at the arena.

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Make sure you look for the Overhead Door red ribbon if you’re at the big game!

So, as you watch the big halftime show this weekend, thank Overhead Door Company of the Meadowlands for their creative solution. Without them, Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers wouldn’t have their gear to pull off their performances.

Has an Overhead Door distributor come up with a super creative solution for you, or are you a distributor who’s found a super way to help a customer? We’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment and let us know!

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.

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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.

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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.

Security
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 OverheadDoor.com, 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.

Choosing a New Garage Door? Follow These Five Steps

By Kevin Jones, Director, Brand Management, Overhead Door Corporation

For many people, the idea of replacing a garage door is daunting. It’s a (physically) big purchase that can make a big impact on the look and character of the home.

But if you’re thinking about selling your home or just trying to add some curb appeal, replacing your old door is a great way to go. It will help your house stand out in the neighborhood and, research has shown, deliver a significant return on investment when it comes time to sell (up to 75 percent on average, according to REMODELING magazine’s 2013 Cost vs. Value report).

But how should you go about it? What should you look for? What is available? There are more choices than you think, especially when factoring in materials (steel, vinyl, wood), styles (modern, traditional, carriage house), energy efficiency (insulated or non-insulated), options (windows, decorative hardware) and colors. To make sense of it all and find the garage door system that best fits your home’s architecture, follow these five steps.

Step One: Understand your options

While you’ll eventually want to visit an Overhead Door distributor showroom, taking the time to research your options online is the best place to start. OverheadDoor.com and even social interest sites like Pinterest are good places to get ideas.

However, to really understand the decisions you’ll need to make, watch these short videos Overhead Door put together on selecting a new garage door. Combined, the six videos go through the basics that will be brought up when you get to the showroom, including brand selection, the impact a garage door can have on curb appeal, the style options and material choices available, insulation benefits and even price considerations.

Step Two: Determine your door material

One of the most important factors to consider is door material. All doors are not created equal, and each material used in construction has its own pros and cons. For example, while a steel garage door will last a long time, it can also be dented, something to keep in mind if your kids play ball in the driveway. Wood doors are beautiful, incredibly strong and can be custom designed to perfectly complement your home’s architectural style, but they require routine maintenance and can be more expensive than other garage doors on the market. And, if you live in an area subject to strong winds, you’ll want to consider doors with high windload ratings.

Step Three: To insulate or not insulate

If your garage is adjacent to any kind of living space, such as a bedroom or living room, it’s a good idea to choose an insulated garage door; it may help to keep those rooms more comfortable, especially if you live in a climate with extreme winter or summer temperatures. Not only that, insulated doors tend to have quieter operation, a significant plus if a bedroom is located next to or above the garage. Do you have a detached garage? If so, a non-insulated door will probably do just fine as long as you’re not in a region with extreme winter temperatures or there is nothing stored in your garage that could be damaged by freezing such as paint and caulk.

Step Four: Try on some doors

The fun starts after you’ve determined the basics of what you want in a new garage door. When visiting the Overhead Door website, you’ll find styles ranging from utilitarian to ornate, carriage-house to modern.

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For many people, imagining how a new door will look on their home can be difficult. We’ve heard this from many of our customers, so we created an online visualization tool to make the process easier. Our DoorView® Design Center allows you to upload a photo of your house then place many kinds of doors onto your home until you find the one you like. For each door, you can choose among window, color, panel and decorative hardware styles. If you just want to browse on the fly, the online tool also contains a variety of sample homes in many different architectural styles.

Step Five: Time to buy

Now that you’ve done your research, you can walk into your local Overhead Door showroom as an informed customer. Even better, you’ll be able to choose a door that truly matches your home and helps it stand out.

A Look at Architect’s Corner

We know what it takes to complete a project: hard work and a lot of planning. That’s architet's cornerwhy Overhead Door Corporation has put all its resources for architects and project specifiers into one, easy-to-access location: The Architect’s Corner on OverheadDoor.com. If you are an architect or designer looking to incorporate an Overhead Door sectional or rolling door system into a residential or commercial project, Architect’s Corner offers everything you need for planning and preparation.

Whether you’re using the tool for commercial construction or for a residential home remodel, Architect’s Corner offers technical and resource materials to support your project. Conveniently accessible residential and commercial product information available includes downloadable project specs, architect drawings, compatible openers and operators, BIM project libraries and product brochures.

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For architects who specialize in commercial and industrial applications, our Online Architects Design Manual is a great resource for those who are unsure which Overhead Door collection meets their demands. Simply select the specific door and operator application for your industry, and the tool will recommend the best collection(s) for the project.

Continuing Education Courses

Are you looking to brush up on the latest industry trends and learn about recent enhancements in commercial and residential product lines? In an effort to inform professionals across the architecture and construction industries, we’ve created continuing education courses certified by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Topics include Wind Load Doors Systems, Rolling Door Systems, Fire Door Systems and Commercial Sectional Door Systems.

Because the deadline and project demands facing architects are many, we’ve made access to our continuing education courses easy. Overhead Door offers on-site Lunch-and-Learn sessions that can be scheduled at your office. Additionally, these same, AIA-certified courses are also available online through the Architect’s Corner. Currently available online courses are “An Overview of Commercial Rolling Door Products” and “Upward-Acting Commercial Sectional Door Systems.” You can request an on-site Lunch-and-Learn continuing education session or suggest a new topic on the “Continuing Education” page under the “Resources” within the Architect’s Corner tool.

For specific questions or help determining the doors that match your project needs, you can also contact your local Overhead Door distributor.