Now that we’ve had our first dumping of snow (and at November 22nd, Manitoba’s latest recorded snowfall!), it’s the perfect time to discuss an important topic – garage door maintenance. Preparing for our province’s winter weather and freezing temperatures is just as important for the garage and garage door operating system as it is for the rest of the home.

Taking preventative steps before problems arise, and while the weather is still tolerable, can save you time, money and the headache of larger issues down the road.

Below are three maintenance tips for prepping your garage for winter.

unorganized garage interior1. Organize

  • Clear out and organize the contents of the garage. This is an excellent time to check for concrete damage, mold or any other issues.
  • Remove any summertime items that are no longer in use, as well as anything that could be damaged by cold or freezing temperatures.
  • Empty unused fuel from gas-powered equipment stored in the garage.
  • Make necessary winter items like snow shovels and blowers more easily accessible.

2. Insulate

  • Cover or insulate any exposed pipes in the garage to protect them from bursting during cold or below-freezing temperatures.
  • Check the seals and weather stripping around your garage door to help keep cold air out of the garage and prevent water and moisture from entering. Over time, bad weather stripping can also lead to mold, rot or insect infestation.
  • Consider investing in an insulated garage door. Insulated doors can help improve the thermal efficiency of your garage space and block unwanted street noise from entering living areas that adjoin the garage. Not only that, insulated doors are quieter and stronger than their non-insulated counterparts.

3. Take Precautionary Action

  • Inspect the operating system for bent or loose hinges, along with broken wheels or worn-out bearings. These should be serviced by a professional.
  • Wash the garage door. This not only keeps it looking great, but it also increases its lifespan by removing dirt and debris that can affect operation.

By taking a few proactive steps, you will be prepared for whatever winter brings. If you do need a professional to service your garage door or operating system, contact our dedicated employees available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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We’ve seen alot of trends come and go in our 88 years of experience in Manitoba, but one thing has always remained the same: the style of your overhead door will often set the tone for the impression your entire home makes on onlookers.

Guest blog - insulated-garage-door-thermacoreA garage door makeover can make all the difference when it comes to beautifying, updating, modernizing, and protecting your home. We already know that a garage door replacement is among the home projects with the greatest return on investment, so if resale is in your sights for the future, adding curb appeal and ROI go hand in hand.

Our parent company partnered with modernize.com to discuss how different styles of garage doors add their own unique appeal, so read on to find your favourite!

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Parade-of-Homes-113-Rose-Lake-CourtThe 2016 Fall Parade of Homes is in full swing, and there is something for everyone to enjoy! First time home buyers will have a unique opportunity to see a wide variety of options all at once. For those who need a change and are considering selling their home or making changes to their existing home, there is nowhere better to see so many new and dynamic building styles and techniques than the Fall Parade of Homes.

The Parade of Homes, presented by the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association, is where Manitobans go to see the best of the best and envision their dream home, which is why Overhead Door of Winnipeg and Brandon has long been a contributor to the Parade.

Overhead Door of Winnipeg products are featured in 3 of Maric Homes’ stunning showhomes that are all part of this year’s Parade; 259 Bonaventure Drive East in the Bonavista region; 18 Camira Way in Ridgewood West; and 113 Rose Lake Court in Bridgwater Trails.

Some of the themes, styles, and customer preferences that we’re currently seeing are:

All of this and more, you will see beautifully displayed in many properties throughout the Parade. The Fall Parade of Homes runs from September 10 through October 2, so there’s plenty of time to explore! Visit a show home from Monday to Thursday between 3pm and 8pm or Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 6pm.

Overhead Door of Winnipeg has the experience and professionalism to provide overhead doors for your dream home, or repair / replace your existing equipment to get you closer to the home of your dreams. In Winnipeg, Brandon, and surrounding communities throughout Manitoba, contact us for all of your overhead door needs.

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We’re very proud to announce that four Overhead Door of Winnipeg technicians have been designated as Certified Commercial Rolling Door Systems Technicians by the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation (IDEA). The Certifications are effective as of September 1, 2016.

IDEA-Logo-250x205IDEA is a non-profit organization created in 1995 to serve the general public by promoting safety and high professional standards in the door and access systems industry. IDEA Accreditation is endorsed by the Door and Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA) and the International Door Association (IDA).

IDEA Commercial Rolling Door Systems Technician Certification is available to individuals who can document training and demonstrate a high degree of knowledge and expertise in the installation and service of commercial rolling door systems.

The program was created by IDEA in 2005 to promote safety, product quality, and facility security, among door and access systems technicians. Candidates must pass a comprehensive written examination covering all aspects of commercial rolling door installation, service, and troubleshooting.

Because our products are most often automated, we feel it’s very important that technicians have special knowledge and skills to ensure the products are dependable, safe and secure for the use of our customers, and we welcome every opportunity to further the education of our employees.

Customer service is our #1 priority, and increasing the skills and education of our employees is one of the many ways that we can continue to offer a reliable, professional solution for your overhead door needs.

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Overhead doors exist in many places, including unconventional spots that you may not think of, like in boathouses on the water. Manitobans routinely flock to cottage country as soon as the weather permits, and spend a good portion of their summer at their seasonal home away from home.

A boathouse is a great addition to any lake property, it provides beauty, protection, energy savings, and adds overall property value. We already know that garage door replacement is among home projects with the greatest return on investment, and the same is true about the summer home.

Overhead Door of Winnipeg has a wide variety of designs and styles of overhead doors designed to facilitate access to the boathouse and allow clearances for boat lifts. Our rolling sheet doors and sectional doors in both traditional and modern aluminum are available with glazing options and an array of factory colours to complement the architectural style of your boathouse.

With over 80 years of door experience in residential and commercial sales and repair, we provide the expertise and professionalism to get your cottage project done efficiently, so you can spend your time enjoying your property.

Whether you’re in Kenora and Lake of the Woods, Victoria Beach, the Interlake region, or any other Manitoba cottage country, Overhead Door of Winnipeg wants to partner with you in making your seasonal home the best it can be with the least amount of disruption to your valued leisure time. With locations in Winnipeg and Brandon to serve you, experienced and reliable service is just a phone call away!

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Overhead Door of Brandon and Winnipeg are excited about the opportunity to provide our customers with another high quality, innovative product, as we partner with our new supplier, Sunshine Door.

The first Sunshine Door was developed in 1996, after the inventors identified a consumer need for overhead doors that allowed natural light transmission, while also providing strength and insulation to withstand our Canadian climate.

Originally designed for commercial and industrial applications such as car washes and dealerships, restaurants, and transaction windows, residential customers have come to realize that the design versatility, strength, and beauty of the product enhance a home aesthetically while greatly increasing overall property value.

The Sunshine Door consists of panels made with triple wall polycarbonate sheets that run the full width of the door for the best in structural and thermal performance. These panels allow up to 82% light transmission, while maintaining high impact resistance and weather resistance. It is the standard material used in greenhouses for temperature control and is widely used in many agricultural applications for its durability, design options, and fire safety.

Whether your overhead door project is large-scale industrial, or a worry-free home renovation, this product is guaranteed to impress!

Contact Overhead Door of Winnipeg or Overhead Door of Brandon to create your Sunshine Door today.

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Chances are, you see the logo somewhere every day in your travels, but maybe you don’t know what it means. Or maybe you have an idea of what it means but don’t know how it applies to the company who has it displayed?

COR Certification Logo 2016The Certificate of Recognition (COR™) Program is the ultimate accreditation to verify companies that have implemented a comprehensive health and safety program. COR™ is nationally trademarked and endorsed by participating members of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations, which includes the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba.

The COR™ certification is important to Overhead Door of Winnipeg because it acknowledges our ongoing efforts to provide a safe working place for our employees and customers; as well as our adherence to upholding the general safety program standards that COR™ represents internationally.

This certification provides our workers and project partners with the confidence that not only will we get the job done efficiently, but we will do so with a level of safety and professionalism that not all companies can offer.

It opens the door for Overhead Door of Winnipeg to continue to be a supplier and installer of products for large scale commercial projects.

Most importantly, it gives us the peace of mind of knowing that we are providing our customers with the highest standard of safety – which is in everyone’s best interest.
Your overhead door project deserves the best; contact Overhead Door of Winnipeg or Overhead Door of Brandon today and you’ll be sure to receive safe, professional, and efficient service, whether you need sales, service, or installation.

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Wpg Home + Garden Show logoOverhead Door of Winnipeg will once again be among the exhibitors at the 42nd Annual Winnipeg Home + Garden Show.

The show has a new look this year and we’re very excited to be a part of all of the great new features. Everything from home improvements, gardening ideas and great deals, windows and flooring, to cabinets and landscaping, you will find it here!

Some of the show features include Ask A Renovator, where you get direct access to the city’s top home improvement experts; Barkitecture, a unique silent auction for a pampered pooch palace like no other, all in support of Habitat for Humanity Manitoba; and a Scattered Seeds Pop-Up Market, for those in need of a little retail therapy.

WPG Home + Garden web-buttonHead to downtown Winnipeg from April 1st thru 3rd to start planning your spring project; find us in Booth 246 at the RBC Convention Centre on your way to the show floor food court.

Our display will include beautiful products that you may never have considered for your home. Given that garage door replacement is among home projects with the greatest ROI, it’s definitely worth a look!

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At Overhead Door of Winnipeg, we’ve always been very proud of the special project work that we get to be a part of; ranging from custom residential projects via the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association’s Parade of Homes to the beautiful and unique McFeetors Heavy Horse Centre at Assiniboine Park.

One company with whom we work where the project is always guaranteed to be a fun and thought provoking challenge is Sprung Instant Structures. Beginning with the production of canvas products in 1887, including wall tents, chuck-wagon covers and mattresses in the North American west, the Sprung family name has been synonymous with “innovative enclosures” for well over a century. Today, Sprung has the impressive global experience of more than 12,000 structures in over 100 countries worldwide.

We are lucky enough to have been working with Sprung for about the past 3 years, and projects have literally spanned the globe. We have sent our products everywhere from Canada, to Hawaii and Alaska in the U.S., to foreign locales such as Chile, Brazil, Australia, and Mongolia.

Typically, the projects require Rolling Service Doors (Overhead Door #630 Series) with high wind load ratings, customer options and electric operators. Some of these doors are in high elevation remote locations or mines, where they need to withstand some of the harshest winds and climates Mother Nature has to offer.

Needless to say, we value our relationship with Sprung Instant Structures and always look forward to the next challenge.

We always jump at the opportunity to use our superior products and service to help make someone’s life a little easier, whether it’s our residential customer down the street or a company in a foreign country we have yet to visit.

The next time you need overhead door sales or service, call Overhead Door of Winnipeg and Overhead Door of Brandon – we are your local expert with global expertise!

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Mount Washington ObservatoryMount Washington Observatory near North Conway, New Hampshire is a world-class non-profit research and educational institution working to advance understanding of Earth’s weather and climate. The observatory is well known in part due to its unique location at the heart of some of the world’s most extreme weather conditions, including the highest ever recorded wind speed at 231 mph, annual snow fall of over 250 inches and temperatures that range from -47 F to 72 F.

stormtite model 620 overhead doorWhen the observatory needed rolling doors that met extreme wind load requirements for its visitor’s center and transportation vehicle’s garage, they turned to the experts at Overhead Door of Concord, New Hampshire. OHD Concord installed four Stormtite™ Model 620 rolling steel doors that allow visitors access to the observatory, and one Stormtite™ Model 625 rolling steel door to house and protect the observatory’s vehicles.

Here in Manitoba, we wear our extreme weather stories like a badge of honour and claim to have the coldest and windiest intersection in Canada, that being downtown Winnipeg’s Portage and Main.

At Overhead Door of Winnipeg and Overhead Door of Brandon, we pride ourselves on offering the most durable and reliable residential and commercial overhead doors, able to withstand our weather extremes and fluctuations with ease. We always knew it was true, but we’re very happy that somebody else tested that theory for us!

For expert installation, service, or repair, you can count on the professionals at Overhead Door in Manitoba.

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