broken-garage-door-torsion-spring-feb2015Most of us are trying to eliminate tension from our lives. But tension is necessary when it comes to opening your garage door either remotely or manually.

If you’re like most homeowners, upon realizing that your overhead door will not open, you might get on all fours and look deeply into the sensors of your garage door opener (just what ARE people looking for when they do that?). Or maybe you’ll start pulling on various parts of the assembly, to see if the problem jumps out at you.

Please don’t do that. Whether your garage door gets stuck open or closed, a safety risk could exist.

Read this article to learn more about what the problem could be.

Be sure to contact a professional to diagnose and treat your overhead door problems safely and efficiently.

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torsion-springs-or-extension-springsfeb2015You might be thinking: Why would I ask specifically about the type of springs that form part of my overhead door installation? Isn’t the spring mechanism standard fare, par for the course and all that?

The truth is, there are some generalities about garage door springs and assumptions that can be made, but each homeowner or business has to be looked at independently by the installer, in order to address individual needs.

Sometimes one type of spring will be recommended from a safety and operation standpoint, but logistically speaking, that type will not work.

As the ultimate project manager of your overhead door install, it’s important that you understand the differences and the impact they could have on your life in the months and years to come. Read this to learn more and call us to talk about your project.

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garage-door-insulation-feb2015Ah, February in Manitoba, such a magical time when thoughts go to…insulation? Yes it’s true, there are many things that are inherent to a Manitoba lifestyle, and some might be rather unglamorous but they go a long way to preserving our comfort and peace of mind. You probably don’t think too much about the insulation factor of your overhead door, which is understandable.

But perhaps that’s because you’ve only ever been exposed to one standardized type of insulated garage door and not had the options adequately explained. There might be something available to you that would better suit your needs.

Read this to learn about the differences between two types of basic garage door insulation. Contact us to talk about your needs and which type of insulation would better suit your lifestyle.

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If you need to secure a single area, but not a whole building, Roll Shutters are the solution you need.  They are the ideal way to secure your location in a mall, office building, or outdoor promenade when you are closed, but the rest of the area remains open.

Roll shutters from Overhead Door Winnipeg are custom made for your location, so they’re always a perfect fit.  You can choose different materials and construction depending on the level of security that you need.  Roll shutters are available in a wide range of colours, and provide a tidy look to your business, even when it’s closed.  Your assets can be hidden from view, and unauthorized access prevented by a heavy- duty key lock, which can be master keyed.

Roll Shutters can be manually operated, or controlled by a motorized drive system with a remote control, depending on your requirements.

Ideal locations for roll shutters?  Anywhere there’s a counter or area that needs to be secured.  Fast food outlets, transaction wickets, pharmacies, schools, and community centres, as well as a whole host of other applications can benefit from the clean appearance and increased security level provided by a lockable cover over windows and in front of customer service areas.

Roll shutters will prevent and deter theft and vandalism, provide a barrier for fire protection, and are far less obtrusive than other security treatments like prison-style metal bars or chain link fencing.  Because they are custom fitted to your need, their installation will be neat and professional in appearance.  Roll shutters will look good, whether open or closed.

To find out how roll shutters can beautify your business while increasing your security level and saving you money, contact Overhead Door of Winnipeg online, or visit our showroom at 470 Des Meurons Street.

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As anyone who has ever spent a winter day in Winnipeg knows, it’s cold here. So cold, at times, that you can’t start your car without a block heater, and it’s unsafe to spend a great deal of time outdoors.

We all know that energy costs are going nowhere but up. How does a business owner make a dent in skyrocketing prices of gas, oil and electricity when it comes to heating? The only answer is energy conservation through insulation.

If you have a shop with overhead doors, you are likely doing your best to minimize the amount of time that the door is open during cold weather, because when you do open it, you are attempting to heat the outdoors – always a losing battle.

But what about the time that the door is shut? It’s still a thermal weak point in the perimeter of your building. That’s why you need a quality, insulated door to do battle with the elements for you.

Thermacore® AP Model 850 insulated doors are engineered to deliver maximum thermal efficiency, while living up to all the other expectations you have in an overhead door.

Available in widths up to 40’2”, and a height up to 24’1”, Thermacore® AP doors are rated to have an R-value of 26, and a model with an R-value of 40 will soon be available. These doors are ideal for applications where you expect climate control, durability, and ease of maintenance. Installed by Overhead Door of Winnipeg, Thermacore® AP Advanced Performance Commercial Sectional doors come with a 10 year delamination warranty, 1 year warranty on material and workmanship, and a 3 year/20.000 cycle door and operator system warranty.

When you install a Thermacore® AP Model 850 door, you can be sure you’re getting the most advanced thermal performance values published by any major US manufacturer of 3” insulated doors

To start saving money on the high cost of energy in your shop facility by overhead doors with the best available thermal properties, contact Overhead Door of Winnipeg today.

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At Overhead Door of Winnipeg, we proudly sell dock equipment products from Pentalift, one of North America’s largest and best manufacturers of loading dock equipment.

Dock Equipment WinnipegEvery loading dock needs a leveling system, to allow for variances in trailer heights and expedite the loading/unloading of cargo across the gap between the trailer and the dock.  Pentalift makes a wide range of leveling devices, including economical and reliable mechanical levelers, heavy-duty hydraulic systems, vertically storing levelers for facilities where temperature control and cleanliness are imperatives, and even a solar powered hydraulic dock leveler, eliminating the need for an expensive dedicated power supply.

In addition to dock levelers, Pentalift offers a complete line of products designed to enhance the safety and efficiency of your loading facility.  Vehicle restraint systems that lock trailers into position, wheel chocks, dock bumpers to protect your building, energy efficient LED dock lighting systems, and seals and shelters to ensure the comfort and safety of workers and the energy efficiency of your building.

When it comes time to outfit a newly built loading facility, or to retrofit your existing dock, come to Overhead Door of Winnipeg for access to our years of design and installation experience.  We’ve checked the products available across the industry, and we find that Pentalift loading dock equipment is best engineered for safety and longevity.  LEED information is available on all of their products, and their particular combination of environmental and safety concern in their quality products are completely in line with the goals of Overhead Door of Winnipeg – 100% safety and customer satisfaction.

If you’re outfitting a loading dock, contact Overhead Door of Winnipeg online or by telephone at (204) 233-8621. We do a lot more than just doors.

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In your loading dock, your dock leveler (the plate that extends from the dock to the truck, compensating for any disparity between the height of your loading dock and the truck or trailer you are unloading) is a crucial piece of equipment.  Failure of your dock leveler can be dangerous and costly.  Here are some things you need to know when choosing a dock leveler with adequate capacity for your needs.

Static Capacity

A dock leveler’s static capacity is an engineered calculation of the maximum weight that can be evenly distributed on the dock leveler.  Typical capacity ratings for dock levelers range between 25,000 and 80,000 lbs.  This figure does not take unevenly distributed loads, or the speed of frequency of loading on the leveler into consideration, and accepting it as a true maximum capacity for loading/unloading can lead to dangerous equipment failure.

Dynamic Capacity

A number of factors need to be considered to arrive at a leveler’s dynamic capacity, including speed, weight distribution of the loading equipment, frequency of use, and percentage of grade.  These factors reduce the levelers capacity.   The dynamic total load multiplier is the number that the total load to be carried by the equipment is multiplied by.  The load, when modified by this multiplier, must be less than the rated static capacity of the dock.  A typical total load multiplier is 2.5 – this means that a 20,000-pound load will require a leveler with a rating of 50,000 lbs. to be safely accommodated.  Your multiplier will vary depending on the nature of the equipment used for loading/unloading, the angle of the leveler, and the number of loads carried per shift or per day.  Load multipliers as high as 5.0 aren’t unheard of.

It’s best to err on the side of caution when selecting equipment.  Consider upsizing, because increasing capacity when purchasing equipment is a lot more economical than replacing it later, and your needs may change.  You might be using a palette truck today, but buying a forklift tomorrow.

If you’re outfitting a loading dock, contact Overhead Door of Winnipeg today. We do a lot more than just doors.

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Garage Doors WinnipegA noisy garage door is an inconvenience.  How many times have you had to make a decision when coming home late – leave the car outside for the night, or risk waking everyone up by opening and closing your noisy garage door?

You don’t have to live with a noisy garage door forever.  There are some things you can do to reduce or eliminate garage door noises forever, improving everyone’s quality of life (and sleep).  Some tips:

1)      Lubrication.  Garage doors have moving parts, and these parts require lubrication.  Consult your owner’s manual or manufacturer’s website to find out what type of oil or grease to use, and apply it liberally.  Be careful to avoid any plastic parts with petroleum lubricants.

2)      Replace the rollers.  Steel rollers are noisy, and can be replaced with nylon ones quite cheaply.  If you choose to do it yourself, ensure that you know what you’re doing.  Springs can keep garage doors under load all the time, and make user service dangerous.  If in doubt, contact a qualified service person. They can change the rollers in a matter of a few hours.

3)      Isolate moving parts.  Use rubber washers or bushings underneath the bolts that attach door components to your house to reduce vibration and minimize transfer of noise to the frame of your building.  You can also hang the motor of your garage door opener on some rubber isolators to do the same.

4)      Make sure the seal at the bottom of the door is in good order.  If this seal is missing, or has become hardened by the elements, the doors will make a “boom” sound when it closes.

5)      Replacement.  Garage doors should last for decades, but they will wear out.  If you suspect that your door is beyond reasonable repair (has broken components, rusted, dented, or otherwise worn out) contact a reputable garage door shop for a quote on a new one.

For service or replacement of your residential garage door, contact Overhead Door of Winnipeg online, by telephone at (204) 233-7167, or visit our showroom at 47 Des Meurons Street.

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Winter is coming. 

Typically, fall is a time for preventive maintenance.  Prairie winters are harsh, and it’s best to ensure that anything around your home that needs repair get it now, before the blistering cold begins.  While you’re dealing with your routine autumn maintenance (downspouts, hoses, etc.), take a few minutes to ensure that your residential garage door is in top operating conditions.  After all, it’s going to protect you and your car from the elements this winter.

Now that the kids are back in school, it is the perfect time to conduct a maintenance check on your garage. Here are some things to look for:

1)      Seal - The rubber strip at the bottom can degrade, or be damaged by improper door adjustment or even be eaten away by rodents trying to gain access to shelter in your garage.  If it’s damaged, replace it.

2)      Visual Inspection of the Hardware – look at the springs, rollers, and cables inside the garage door for signs of damage or wear.  If you see anything that looks out of sorts, refer service to a professional.  Garage door springs are under very high tension, and service by unqualified persons can lead to severe injury.

3)      Lubricate – use the recommended oil or grease to lubricate moving parts.  Consult the owner’s manual for the appropriate lubricants and instructions.  Make sure you don’t get oil or grease on plastic components.

4)      Safety tests – test the reverse mode of your garage door opener by placing a 1 ½” board (a 2×4 laid on its side) under the middle of the door and close it.  The door should reverse when it strikes it, and open all the way.  Check the force setting of the door by pushing upward on the bottom while it’s closing (being careful not to get caught). It should reverse relatively easily.  If your door fails either of these tests, consult your owner’s manual for the adjustment procedure, or contact a qualified repair shop.

5)      Door balance.  Open the door manually (disconnect your garage door opener if necessary).  The door should open relatively easily, and stay up 3 to 4 feet above the floor.  If it doesn’t, it’s out of adjustment and should be serviced.

For service of your residential garage door, contact Overhead Door of Winnipeg online, or by telephone at (204) 233-7167.

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Summer is here in Manitoba which means that construction season has officially begun. Whether it is roads or buildings – our summers are the prime time for building!

For building professionals, architects and project specifiers, don’t forget to make use of the Overhead Door Architect’s Corner tool.  The Architect’s Corner section of our website is specifically built to help building professionals speed up the commercial specifying process.

Once you click into Architect’s Corner, you will find everything need for planning and preparation, from technical and resource materials to downloadable project specs, architect drawings, compatible opener and operator lists, BIM project libraries and Overhead Door product brochures.

There is also an Online Architects Design Manual to help you select the Overhead Door collection that meets your building or client demands.  The Design Manual is set up as a series of questions to help guide you through the selection process.

Curious about what you can do with Architect’s Corner? Take a look for yourself now on the Overhead Door site. If you have any questions at any point during the selection process or have questions about the products suggested, feel free to contact us!  We would love to help you out.

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