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.

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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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Increased Livability
An awning extends your building’s windows and doors into outdoor space visually and functionally. An awning over your patio will shelter it from sun and light precipitation, allowing you to use it when you’d otherwise have to head inside.

Climate Control
awnings-home2Awnings over your windows and doors keep the sun off the glass, which will reduce the amount of heat that gets transferred to the interior of your home. As a result, your air conditioning costs will be less.

UV Reduction
The sun’s ultraviolet radiation can be quite damaging to your home’s interior – particularly flooring or fabric furniture placed near a window. By using awnings to provide shade, you can protect your floors and furniture from damage and discoloration due to sunlight.

Curb Appeal
In addition to being functional, awnings can add a splash of colour to your home’s exterior. They provide accents to the rectangular shape of your home’s windows and doors, making the appearance of the exterior more welcoming.

Overhead Door of Winnipeg is proud to be the area’s exclusive source for Durasol Awnings for residential applications. We offer SunGuard® Topaz and SunCatchers® in a wide array of styles and colours to meet the diverse needs of our customers.

To find out more about the range of awnings we sell and install, contact Overhead Door of Winnipeg online, by telephone at (204) 233-8621, or visit our showroom at 470 Des Meurons Street. In Brandon and surrounding communities, you can find us in the Southview Industrial Park at 17th Street East & Patricia Avenue, or call us at (204) 725-0540 or toll free 1-888-215-3473.

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At Overhead Door of Winnipeg, we’re proud to serve a wide range of local clients. Our products and services are available to residential and commercial customers alike. Here are some of the commercial services that we’re happy to offer.

Garage Doors
We offer a wide range of doors to suit the needs of our business clients. We have sectional steel doors (some insulated with Thermacore® 850), roll-up doors for locations where space is at a premium, fire doors rated to NFPA-80 standards, and security grilles. We also sell aluminum glass doors that provide exceptional aesthetic value in highly visible locations. Our experienced sales staff and highly-trained service crew can get your location outfitted with new doors in less time than you’d think and at a very competitive price point.

Openers
We provide, install, and maintain some of the most reliable automatic door operators on the market today. They’re built to withstand the rigors of even the busiest operations, giving consistent service over the long haul with minimal need for maintenance.

Awnings and Screens
Overhead Door of Winnipeg is the exclusive dealer of Durasol Awnings for commercial applications. Awnings make your business more inviting by adding a splash of colour and style to your building’s exterior, create usable outdoor space by providing shelter from the elements, and reduce your energy costs by keeping the sun’s heat and ultraviolet radiation outside during hot days. Available in many sizes, colours, and styles (including the Sunguard® Romanza line of polycarbonate stationary awnings), Durasol’s line of products provides exceptional value for our customer’s dollar.

Roll Shutters
We provide roll shutters from Pentagon Security Shutters. These very secure shutters provide a neat and clean security solution that is attractive when closed, and fully retractable so they disappear when you’re open for business.

Dock Equipment
Overhead Door stocks loading dock equipment – doors, dock levelers, vehicle restraints, as well as seals and shelters. Keep your shipments rolling in (or out) smoothly with the best products in the business, professionally installed by our technicians.

Overhead Door of Winnipeg can be reached online, by telephone at (204) 233-8621, or by visiting our showroom at 470 Des Meurons Street. In Brandon and surrounding communities, call us at (204) 725-0540 or visit us at 17th Street East and Patricia Avenue.

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Overhead Door of Brandon, a division of Overhead Door of Winnipeg, has been providing Brandon & Southwestern Manitoba with top quality products and professional service since 1974.

Family owned and operated in Manitoba for 3 generations, your local Overhead Door team provides over 80 years of technical expertise in the door industry. Overhead Door of Brandon is proud of our Ribbon Logo and our commitment to innovation and excellence in servicing cities, towns and communities in Southwestern Manitoba.

With this in mind our Pro Service Program was born 10 years ago and has proven to be a cost effective maintenance program for our rural communities.

The savings for each customer is on mileage, with a minimum of two-service calls per call out and cost divided. It also minimizes both downtime and repair expenses – decreasing the door, operator and dock equipment problems.

Call our Pro Service Department in Brandon to be added to our customer list for out of town service at 204-725-0540.

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A Cost vs. Value Report was conducted in the U.S. to compare the average cost of 36 popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale.

Nationally, garage door replacement resulted in 88.4% of costs recouped on average. Compare that to a more common renovation project such as a major kitchen remodel, which results in an average of 67.8% of costs recouped, and you can see why garage door replacement is not only one of the more effortless home renovation projects that you can tackle, but also one of the more lucrative projects.

Homeowners may not naturally think of garage door replacement as a home renovation, but with the array of styles and models available today, the benefits of a new garage door could extend beyond the resale value of your home.

Increased home security, increased energy savings, enhanced appearance of the home, and a reduction in time spent on garage door maintenance are just some of the benefits a new garage door owner can expect.

Contact the team at Overhead Door Winnipeg today to talk about the benefits of your home project!

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Overhead Door Winnipeg will once again be among the exhibitors at the 2015 Home Expressions Show.

Home Expressions show logoLaunched in 1974, Home Expressions is owned and managed by the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association, an organization that we have always been proud to support. Home Expressions is the largest show in Manitoba that brings local suppliers and consumers together under one roof, and we have been a part of the show for over 30 years.

Come to downtown Winnipeg on March 27th thru 29th and head to the RBC Convention Centre to start planning your spring project. We will be showcasing new products, featuring a running overhead door and operator along with samples and brochures. We can be found on the 3rd floor in 2 places – Overhead Door Winnipeg can be found at booth 1134 and Winnipeg Door & Gate can be found at booth 1017/1116.

So put a spring in your step and come say hi at the Home Expressions Show 2015!

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Daily rituals like opening and closing the garage door are so ingrained in our daily routine that sometimes it can be hard to remember if you closed it when you left home.

myQ logoThankfully, there’s an app for that!

The LiftMaster® MyQ® Home and Property Control mobile application allows you to monitor and control your garage door, gate, commercial door and home lighting from anywhere with your Internet-enabled smartphone, tablet or computer from anywhere, any time.

Imagine receiving an alert if you left your garage or gate open, or being able to turn on your lights before you got home. This internet gateway provides peace of mind, time after time.

Click here to see if your garage door is compatible, or contact us today to talk about this and other security options available for your overhead door and home.

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Spring is only hours away! Everyone is itching to get outdoors and…start those renovation projects?

Home renovation projects might not be what’s motivating you to get outdoors, but spring is the time that many homeowners take stock of their surroundings and assess whether anything needs sprucing up.

And what’s the best kind of home renovation? Some might say one that makes you feel proud when you arrive at your home, some might say one that increases the resale value of your home, some might say one that makes your home more safe, and some might say a renovation with a high return on investment.

There exists a home improvement project that does all of this and it’s a project that you don’t have to DIY! According to a U.S. survey conducted by Remodeling magazine, garage door replacement is a top home improvement project in terms of affordability and paying for itself.

To make this renovation decision really easy for you, Overhead Door offers free estimates and 15% off a new door when you book your install. Now get outside and enjoy yourself – your new door will be waiting for you at home.

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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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