In this modern age, it’s safe to say that most people take their vehicles and the ability to drive for granted. But around 100 years ago, the Model T was just becoming available to the general population and people were all aflutter about this newfound freedom. If many of us take an invention as pervasive as the vehicle for granted, the garage door that closes behind us when we arrive home is not even given a second thought much of the time.

However, were it not for the ingenuity of C. G. Johnson, the founder of Overhead Door, we might be wrangling with side-opening panel doors that require the length of your yard to open!

C.G. Johnson identified a need and patented a sectional overhead door in 1921, and with that, the Overhead Door Corporation was born. It wasn’t long before he patented the electric garage door opener, so Manitobans owe him a debt of gratitude for allowing us to stay in our warm vehicles and head directly into our warm homes without unnecessary exposure!

Overhead Door of Winnipeg has been locally owned and operated since 1928. At 88 years and counting, that’s not far behind the founding of the corporation. That’s only one part of what makes us different; you can count on us to be around for the life of your door. We are local and experienced professionals with a dedicated staff and exceptional customer service.

Whether it’s sales, service, or installation, it’s what we do and we’re proud to be a part of the Overhead Door Corporation!

Click here to read more about Overhead Door’s 95th Anniversary.

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It might not look like it, but a garage door can actually be one of the most hazardous items in and around your home. Countless injuries, and even deaths, have resulted from inadequate garage door safety practices, both in installation and operation of the door that is often the most used point of entrance to a home.

Manual Doors
Manual doors present a hazard if they are incorrectly installed or maintained. Once open, your garage door should remain firmly in the up position until it is lowered intentionally. Its closing action should be regulated by the spring mechanism so that it closes firmly so that it can be locked, but doesn’t come crashing down. Regular inspection and adjustment by a professional will keep a manual garage door working safely.

garage-door-insulation-feb2015Automatic Doors
Most homes use automatic garage door openers, because they’re convenient. You can open the door and enter without having to leave your car.

A mechanism that can move a heavy item like a roll-up garage door needs to be respected. Regular service by a qualified professional is required.

Children are particularly vulnerable, because they often don’t understand the hazardous nature of the garage door. It’s essential that you ensure the actuator buttons for your garage door are out of reach of children too young to appreciate the dangers they present, and that your remote openers are in a location where they can’t be grabbed.

Never leave your garage door part way open. When you start it, it may travel downward, resulting in an injury. Make sure to keep fingers clear of the door as it opens or closes, and look into anti-pinch protectors for your doors if you have children.

Inspect your door’s mechanism regularly, looking for signs of breakage, wear, etc. When it comes time for service, however, it is strongly recommended that you seek the services of a professional. Your door’s raising and lowering mechanism utilizes springs under very high load, and service by someone other than a trained professional can result in a serious injury or even death.

Overhead Door of Winnipeg can help you keep your residential garage door working safely. Contact us online, by telephone at (204) 233-7167, or visit our showroom at 470 Des Meurons Street in Winnipeg or in Brandon’s Southview Industrial Park.

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Heavy-Horse-Barn-frontAs a proud Winnipeg company (for generations now), we were absolutely thrilled to be able to provide our services in the new Heavy Horse Barn at the McFeetors Heavy Horse Centre at Assiniboine Park.

We were not surprised that the contract came our way, however. As Winnipeg’s overhead door specialist, we sell more and different types of doors than anyone else around, and we have our own manufacturing facilities and unparalleled installation experience. We knew the job, which included rolling and overhead doors in a rustic brown finish, as well as a pass-through man door inset into the overhead carriage house door, would present a significant challenge. We used jackshaft operators for the overhead doors, which use a side-mounted motor that eliminates the central trolley unit and work quickly, efficiently, and quietly. The track unit for the sliding doors was custom manufactured for the application.

Heavy-Horse-Barn-sideWe’re extremely proud of the end result. While the multi-day installation was challenging, there was never any doubt that we could get the job done, on time and on budget. On your next visit to the park, have a look at the doors in the horse barn and the carriage house and let us know what you think!

When it comes time to install new garage doors for your home or business, Overhead Door of Winnipeg should be your first call. Contact us online or by telephone at (204) 233-7167 today to speak with a consultant and find out what we can do. Our showroom is located at 470 Des Meurons Street in Winnipeg and in the Southview Industrial Park in Brandon.

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At Overhead Door of Winnipeg, we’re always looking for new ways to keep our customers and their property looking great and functioning properly. Recently, we’ve entered an agreement with Crelogix allowing financing for larger projects that may represent a significant challenge for our customers – those that cost more that $1500.

In our experience, many of our customers run into trouble with larger project costs, and delay them until they can pay for them in cash. Unfortunately, this can compromise their building security, functionality, and aesthetics. For many of our customers, this can present a significant problem.

OHD-and-CrelogixWhen we went looking for a partner company to work with us in the area of consumer credit, Crelogix was the obvious choice. They’ve been in business for more than 40 years, and have a solid history of offering responsible and accessible financing for their customers.

How it Works
Get a quote from Overhead Door on the work that your home or business needs, and visit Overhead Door’s portal on the Crelogix web site. Fill out the application (which is confidential between Crelogix and you), and one of their representatives will be back to you within a day and let you know that your application’s been approved. Once that happens, Overhead Door will be free to get to work on your project, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’re getting our stellar products and service right away, with reasonable monthly payments that you can afford.

Don’t put off needed upgrades to your property’s appearance, functionality, and security. Get the overhead door or security shutter upgrade you need today.

Contact Overhead Door of Winnipeg online, by telephone at (204) 233-7167, or visit our showroom at 470 Des Meurons Street. Our helpful professionals in Brandon can be reached online or by calling 1-888-215-3473.

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double car garageLike it or not, the cold weather is on its way! Even with El Niño promising to bring slightly warmer winter temperatures, there are a few easy tasks that you can do in your garage that will make your life that much easier.

Taking these basic preventative steps now will save you time, money and potentially larger issues once winter is in full swing!

This post from the Overhead Door Chronicles gives you 3 simple steps to prepping your garage for the winter months.

For more tips and great advice about your garage and overhead door, contact us today.

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Our work was recently featured as part of the Manitoba Homebuilders’ Association Fall 2015 Parade of Homes.

We provided and installed the two large garage doors that feature prominently on the front of the home located at 28 Waterstone Drive. As Winnipeg’s premiere Overhead Door Company, we’ve had our work featured on the Parade on several previous occasions.

This year, it was our pleasure to provide the doors for this beautiful property – with a Walnut finish and a V5 Panel Stamp (which we developed ourselves, to provide the visual impact of wainscoting to the doors’ surfaces). This finish was chosen to complement the rest of the home’s exterior, which we’re sure you’ll agree they do. The doors are steel with R13 Polyurethane insulation, providing excellent heat retention and noise exclusion.

Mechanically, the doors are operated by two ½ horsepower belt drive units from Lift Master. The entire installation took a single day, and the doors operate seamlessly, with very little noise.

When it comes to residential overhead door installations, Overhead Door Winnipeg has the products, the facilities, and the expertise to take on any job. We’ve been doing business here for generations, and expect to do so for generations more

So when it comes time for garage doors for your dream home, or repair or replacement of your existing door, Overhead Door of Winnipeg should be your first choice. Contact us online or by telephone at (204) 233-7167 today to speak with a consultant about our services, which now include financing for installations over $1500. Our showroom is located at 470 Des Meurons Street in Winnipeg.

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Recently, two new panel designs in the popular Carriage House Collection were introduced. The two designs, models 305 and 306, offer homeowners beautifully unique choices for their garage doors.

Carriage-House-Model-305Model 305 combines old-world charm with a modern door and features a flush panel with rails and stiles outlining each door section, creating a unique style that will complement a wide variety of homes.


Model 306 is a modified design, featuring wide middle panels and narrow panels toward the sides for a more progressive look.


These distinctive carriage house designs and superior insulated steel construction combine to create the harmonious balance of elegance and strength that has always been a part of our Carriage House Collection.

Contact us for more information about all of our unique and exclusive residential garage door collections; we have the one that is perfect for your home!

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2015-Womens-Choice-Award-logoCongratulations to Overhead Door in the US for winning the 2015 Women’s Choice Award in the Garage Door Category – for a fourth consecutive year! The award is based on a national survey in the US of more than 5,000 women who all selected Overhead Door as the garage door brand of choice that they would most recommend to others.

This award is significant to us in many ways. First launched in 2007, the Women’s Choice Awards have become the number one source for the best brands, businesses and services recommended by women in the US. It has set a standard for helping consumers (especially women) make wise purchase decisions based on the experiences and knowledge of others.

We’re very proud of this recognition as it lets us know that the products we sell and the level of service we offer have continued to meet and satisfy our customer’s needs. We are very proud of the products we carry and to know that our customers recognize this has definitely been a source of pride for us.

Check out the congratulatory video from Delia Passi, founder of the Women’s Choice Award:

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Rollshutter2We’re used to seeing roll shutters in commercial applications, but recently there has been a trend toward including them in residential designs.

As more people are installing them, they’re finding that the properties that make them ideal for commercial applications make them good for home use, too.

Because they’re usually made of metal, roll shutters are much more secure than the windows and doors they cover. They’re opaque, so would-be intruders don’t know what’s inside. Most criminals are opportunists, and will be deterred by the extra hassle that roll shutters pose to them. They’ll also protect your home in the event of a severe weather event, by ensuring that your windows remain secure even if the winds are high enough to throw debris around.

Roll shutters keep sunlight out, which keeps air conditioning costs down. In winter, they’ll help keep the heat created by your furnace in. They can also greatly reduce the level of noise that gets into your home from outside, which makes them ideal for shift workers who need to sleep soundly in the daytime.

Better than Blinds or Curtains
Roll shutters can be opened or closed at a moment’s notice, to allow air and light to flow into the house, or to completely close your windows and doors. Because they close completely, they provide maximum privacy for you and your home’s occupants.

Overhead Door of Winnipeg can help you keep on top of this trend. Contact us online, by telephone at (204) 233-8621, or visit our showroom at 470 Des Meurons Street in Winnipeg. If you’re in the Brandon and surrounding area, call us at (204) 725-0540 or visit us at 17th Street East & Patricia Avenue in the Southview Industrial Park.

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All overhead doors, even the quietest ones, make some noise. We just push the button to open or close the door and ignore the sound it makes. Sometimes, however, a noise can slowly progress beyond the normal sound of operation, becoming an indicator of a problem with the door or the opener. Many times, we miss the warning signs, and the first sign of a garage door problem is a total failure.

noisygaragedoorNext time you open or close your garage door, listen for these signs of impending trouble. Many times, a little prevention can restore your garage door’s trouble-free service.

Noise in the Operator
The operator is the electric motor and the drive mechanism that raises and lowers the door. A little humming is to be expected, but listen for excessive groaning or grinding sounds from the motor box. If you hear the metallic rattle of loose chain hitting the rail of the opener, have it adjusted. They can stretch over time.

Noise in the Door
Grinding – often indicates a problem with the hinges or the rollers. They’ll need to be adjusted or replaced.

Squeaking – some minor squeaks are normal, as the hinges, rollers, springs, cables and pulleys move up and down with the door, especially as the changing seasons cause wooden materials to expand and contract, affecting the door’s alignment slightly. If the noise seems to have gotten louder, there’s a chance that the door needs lubrication or adjusting.

Crashing Noises/Jolting Door – a major problem, like a broken spring or the cable off the drum can cause this. So can a misadjusted force/limits adjuster.

For expert diagnosis and service you can trust, Overhead Door of Winnipeg online or by telephone at (204) 233-8621 in the Winnipeg area and (204) 725-0540 in the Brandon area.

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