Get Your Garage Ready for Winter

Colder temperatures are on their way. Are you prepared?

Is your garage door ready for winter?Summer is coming to a close. While you don’t have to worry about your holiday shopping just yet, now is a great time to get your garage in shape for the upcoming colder weather. Even if winter isn’t quite at our doorstep, chilly temperatures in Portland can arrive as soon as the end of September. Instead of waiting until your garage turns into a walk-in freezer, follow the tips below for an early start on your winter prep plan.

1. Host a garage sale. If you’re using your garage as an extra storage room, chances are that it could use a major facelift. Selling some of your possessions while the weather is still warm is an easy way to both quickly de-clutter your space and add an unexpected bonus to your savings account. When deciding on what to sell and what to keep, the general rule to remember is to part with anything you haven’t used in over a year. For more ideas on how to keep your garage organized, check out this guide from HGTV.

2. Embrace vertical storage. From mountain bikes to gardening gear, almost any piece of equipment can be mounted on a wall with an affordable rack, hanger or hook from your local home improvement store. With a minimum investment and an hour of labor, you can double your storage space and reduce clutter.

3. Dedicate a special section to your winter equipment. There’s nothing more frustrating than waking up to a snowed-in driveway and spending your entire morning on trying to hunt down your winter shovel. To make dealing with harsh winter weather a lot easier, make a commitment to store all of your winter supplies – shovels, snow blowers, generators, portable heaters, emergency kits and ice scrapers – within reach.

4. Check your garage door for signs of wear and tear. Because doing garage door maintenance and general repairs is no fun after the cold hits, you’ll want to get it out of the way while the temperatures are still on your side. Start by scheduling a day to inspect and clean the entire operating system. In addition to removing dirt and debris around the chains, test how your door opens and closes. If it seems to lag more now than it used to in the past, schedule a professional repair service to rule out a breakdown in the middle of winter.

Does your garage door need professional attention? Contact the Overhead Door Company of Portland. Visit our website to learn more about our maintenance services and to schedule an appointment.

The Power Is Out: Can You Get Into Your Garage?

The best way to fully appreciate the luxury of an automatic garage door opener is to find yourself in your driveway clicking frantically and staring at it in bewilderment until you realize there are no lights on inside your home. When the power goes out, electric garage doors don’t respond to automatic openers, threats, insults or yelling. To get in, you’ll just have to open your front door. You do carry a key, don’t you? Since power outages often occur in bad weather, there’s a good chance you’ll get wet on the way. If you’re really unlucky, your yard will be muddy, your neighbors will see you flailing and grabbing at trees, and your car will get pelted with hail while you wait for electric contractors to work their magic.

Getting Stuck Inside Is Just as Bad

If your car is already in your garage when the blackout hits, it’ll be safe from hail and wind, but it’s also trapped. A severe storm could knock your power out for days or weeks. Even if you’re an expert in blackout preparedness, there are sure to be a million reasons you need to get on the road. You could open the door manually from inside, but then you’d have to either leave it open until you return, or open it from outside by slipping a coat hanger inside to activate the manual release lever. It’s important to note that if you can do this, so can burglars. If your door is large and heavy, lifting it manually might be too physically difficult for older or smaller family members anyway.

Battery Backups Are the Answer

To prevent getting locked out, get a garage door battery backup system, and never worry about these problems again. With a backup power source in place, you won’t need electricity to get in or out of your garage. Many batteries have three-year lifespans, so you won’t need to replace them frequently. Most modern garage door models include a power backup, so if your door is old and needs to be replaced anyway, the solution is simple. Call your garage door contractor to see what options are available—you’ll thank yourself when the next storm hits.

Call the Overhead Door Company: We’ve Got Your Backup

Overhead Door Company of Portland understands the value of security and convenience, and we can help you enjoy both with a quality garage door and battery backup system that guarantees you won’t get left in the cold when the lights go out. At Overhead, we’ve been installing and servicing premium garage doors for Portland residents and businesses since 1929, and we stand behind every door we install for the life of the product. Contact us today to learn more about our advanced battery backup opening systems, and look forward to a dryer, safer future.

5 Reasons to Have a Garage Door With Windows

Why a garage door with windows is always a smart choice

GarageWindows_iStockIt’s time to replace your garage door, and you’re overwhelmed by the options. When it comes to picking a new garage door, it’s essential to consider your own needs as well as the climate in Portland. One of the most basic decisions you’ll need to make when shopping is whether or not your garage door should have windows. If you’re not convinced that windows are a necessity, check out five reasons why they’re always a smart choice.

Do You Need a Garage Door With Windows?

Garage doors are available in dozens of different styles and configurations. Of course, you’ll be focused on finding a door of the right size and architectural style. As you shop, remember that choosing extra features such as windows can make a big difference in the usability and value of your garage door. Windowed doors can:

Add natural light. Windowed garage doors allow plenty of natural light to enter your space. This means that you won’t have to rely on light bulbs that drive up your electricity bill when you need to find something in your garage during the day. Natural light can also help scare away pests that like to hide in very dark garages.

Show off your toys. If you keep collectible vehicles in your garage, you may want to show them off to the neighborhood. There’s no better way to do so than by choosing a windowed door. After all, windows will allow everyone to see in but will prevent damage from the elements and passersby.

Have a window on the weather. You probably peak outside before you head to the garage to start your car in the morning. However, all Portland denizens know that the weather can change in an instant. Having windows in your garage means that you’ll know exactly what kind of weather you’re headed into every day.

Your garage door makes a big impact on your home’s overall appearance. The garage door accounts for more than 30% of the front of some homes, meaning that it can make a huge difference in the overall look of your home.

Boost your home’s value. Choosing a garage door that improves the appearance of your home does more than just increase aesthetic value. It can also increase the actual monetary value of your home. Remember to choose a door that is both sturdy and attractive to get the biggest bang for your buck.

Choosing a new garage door means evaluating your needs and considering what extra features will improve your home’s usability and appearance. Contact us at Overhead Door Company of Portland today to learn more about your windowed garage door options.