Burglar-Proofing Your Garage

Last month, we talked about how to keep you safe from your garage door. For July, The Overhead Door Company of Des Moines is here to show you how your garage door keeps you safe from the outside world. Below are a few helpful suggestions about the precautions you can take and the upgrades you can make in order to turn your home into an impenetrable fortress.

Eye in the Sky

Placing a security camera next to your garage door, or adding a full surveillance system, is an easy way to make your home substantially less appealing to all the burglars and thieves in your area. They track all movement around your home, can be paired with a siren or alarm in case someone does try to make an unauthorized entrance, and, in some cases, record the events in case you have to file a police report.

If you are not looking to pay a monthly service fee, you might want to consider the discount version – a fake camera. Nobody needs to know it is not connected to anything and it should do a solid job of spooking any criminal that catches a glimpse of it.

OHD Anywhere
Like turning off lights or grabbing our lunch from the fridge, closing the garage door is something we all forget to do from time to time when we are on our way out the house.  Now, thanks to the  OHD Anywhere® app, you don’t have to worry about driving home to correct your mistake. 

The app is simple. All you need to do is attach the OHD Anywhere® sensor to your garage door and download the corresponding OHD Anywhere® app. Once everything is in place, you have full control over your garage door from anywhere that you are connected to the internet. It even tracks when your garage is opened so that you can exactly pinpoint the exact time someone makes an unauthorized entrance.

Stay Frosty

Windows look amazing when they are artfully placed on a garage door. Burglars enjoy them because they let them see what they could steal.

If you still like the look but also want a bit more privacy, consider frosted glass. Sand-blasting gives these windows their translucent appearance, which makes it impossible for intruders to make out what you have stored in your garage. 

Hide Your Openers
Finally, just a quick reminder to stash your remote openers before you exit your vehicle. This is especially true if you park your vehicle outside during the evenings.

Before you come in, just make sure to place it in the overhead compartment, glove compartment, or center console. Sure, you may have to fumble around for it a bit in the morning but that’s light years better than not having a vehicle to fumble around in.

For more home and garage door security tips, or to upgrade current setup, contact the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines

(515) 276-1332

Watch Your Fingers: Playing It Safe Around Your Garage Door

What are the seven most costly words in the English language? “Let me try to fix it myself.” Untrained handy people all over the world end up hurting themselves – and things they are working – every day. At the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines, we know that garage doors are not exempt from this trend. So for Garage Door Safety Month, we’ve listed a few points that will make you reconsider the next time you’re thinking of going all Home Improvement on your garage door.

Number Don’t Lie

NEISS (National Electronic Injury Surveillance System) – a database maintained by the Consumer Product Safety Commission on all consumer product-related injuries – states there are approximately 10,000 Americans injured per year in garage door-related accidents. While most are not serious, many are avoidable. People putting appendages where they should not is always a recipe for disaster. As a rule of thumb (get it), do not touch a garage door while it’s moving.

Don’t Be A Stuntman

This goes hand-in-hand with the first point. In addition to the folks that don’t take the proper precautions when operating their garage doors, there are those that are seemingly trying to injure themselves by playing with them. They hang on them like they would playground equipment and try slide underneath them in order to act out some sort of Indiana Jones-style fantasy. Unsurprisingly, this does not end well. An additional 800 injuries occur each year due to stunts. Just a gentle reminder: YOUR GARAGE DOOR IS NOT A TOY!

Safety Extends To You And Your Home

Garage Door Safety Month is about more than preventing you and your family from doing questionable stunts, it’s also about keeping you up to date on the latest and greatest technology to keep your home safe. With OHD Anywhere® app, it’s now easier than ever to control your garage door. Once the OHD Anywhere® sensor is attached to your garage door, you check to see if it is open or closed. Additionally, the OHD Anywhere® app gives you a full history of when your door has been opened and with which opener.

Leave It To The Pros

It doesn’t take a trained eye to see if something is off with your garage door, but it takes a trained pair of hands to fix it. Whether it’s a hitch, a kink, or a hiccup, taking a few notes is all you should do before you call a professional. In fact, the only test we recommend you run is the 2×4 test. Designed to test the reversing mechanism, it’s as easy as placing a board in your garage door’s path and hitting your opener. If it does not reverse before reaching the board, then it’s once again time to call the professionals at the Overhead Door Company.

For all the do’s and don’ts regarding garage door safety, or to set up an inspection, call the experts at the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines today.

(515) 276-1332

Summer Garage Door Prep

At the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines, we want to make sure that you are prepared for summer. Below, we’ve listed a few tips and products to keep your garage cooler and more hospitable for you, your family, and maybe even a few guests. Read on to find out more!

Colors Count

We’ve talked about how painting your garage door can draw the eye, but color can also serve a practical purpose. You’ve probably heard it before, but light colors reflect light and dark colors absorb it. Simple, right? Consider lightening your garage door a few shades with a fresh coat of paint or swap it out for something made of a lighter wood – like a door from our Carriage House Collection.

The Last Airbender

Air conditioning your garage is a fruitless endeavor. It’s big, it’s leaky, and it can get expensive. That doesn’t mean you should feel like you’ve entered a sauna whenever you go out to your car.

One easy solution is to install a fan. A simple ceiling fan keeps the air from becoming hot and stagnant. Even better, consider a ventilation fan. These cost-effective units suck the hot air right out of your garage door and send it back where it belongs – the outdoors.

To go along with that, you might want to think about partnering your new fan with a dehumidifier. Removing the moisture from the air means that the heat will no longer have something to cling to.

Turn It Into a Guest Room

Everyone is looking to pocket a little extra money, especially during the summer. One way to do this is to rent out a room in your home. By sprucing up your garage with the necessary trimmings, you can create an additional guest bedroom and a steady stream of supplemental income to go along with it. Just add a bed, nightstand, maybe a window (which will also help with the airflow), and a rug. Topping it off with a Wind Load door will give your garage the appearance of a cozy cottage rather than a place you store everything that won’t fit in the basement. It won’t be the Four Seasons, but it will turn your garage into a solid, budget-friendly option for folks traveling without much coin.

Insulation Isn’t Just for the Winter

Insulation is usually associated with keeping the heat in during the frosty winter months, but did you know it actually does double duty when it comes to regulating the temperature? Not only is something like our Thermacore technology perfect for preventing your car from becoming an ice cube during the winter months, but a properly sealed garage door can also keep the sun’s heat from creeping inside and upping your cooling costs.

If you’re looking for more ways to prep your garage for summer, or if you want to upgrade to one of the garage doors mentioned above, call the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines today!

(515) 276-1332

Spring Into April With These Garage Door Upgrades


Springtime is the perfect opportunity to get out and get going on any home improvement projects you might have. It’s also the perfect time to make a few upgrades to your garage door. The Overhead Door Company of Des Moines has put together a list of things you might want to consider adding, upgrading, or, at the very least, checking out on your garage door while the weather is perfect.

Weatherproof Now

Even though the mercury is rising and winter may be the furthest thing from your mind, it’s good to do a little bit of planning to prepare for when the cold returns. Consider adding a weather seal to the bottom of your garage door. This heavy-duty strip of rubber does just as good a job at keeping out the snow and cold in January as it does the showers in April.

If you’re looking to go bigger, it may be time to upgrade to a Thermacore® door from the Overhead Door Company. This series of doors features our sandwich construction of steel-polyurethane-steel as well as between-section seals with thermal breaks to reduce air infiltration. That means when you close your garage door, you’re truly sealing out all the elements.

Pay Attention to More Than Just the Door

Torsion springs, hinges, rollers, and tracks are vital to your garage door working properly, yet they rarely get the attention they deserve. When you’re sealing your door for next winter, check on these lesser-known parts as well.

However, while it’s important to make sure these elements are working properly, you should not try to fix them yourself – after all, they do have the tension that comes along with holding up a 500-pound garage door. Always make sure to call a trained professional in order to avoid injury.

Install a Keypad

Even if you already have an opener in every car – and one in the kitchen drawer for safety – a wireless keypad outside your home can still be a wise investment. Despite your best efforts, there will always be those times when one of your openers seems to magically disappear, and in those instances, you don’t want to find yourself locked out.

It’s also a great addition if you have kids. Now you don’t have to worry about them forgetting the opener when they leave the house. They can simply punch in the code whenever they return.

Enough with the Noise

Most folks believe garage doors are noisy. At the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines, we want to change that perception. In fact, we offer a range of openers (the thing that actually pulls the garage door, not the remote we talked about above) – including the Legacy® 920 Belt Drive Garage Door Opener – that can open your garage almost silently. That means no more late-night or early-morning wakeups listening to metal-on-metal grinding.

Looking for more ways to improve your garage door this spring? Call us at the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines and we will help turn your garage door dreams into reality.

(515) 276-1332

Curb Enthusiasm: Simple Tips to Make Your Garage Door Pop

When people think about updating their home in order to get the most value for it on the market, they usually look to the inside. However, adding curb appeal by updating your garage door is an incredibly easy and cost-effective way to get you even more money when you finally decide it’s time to move into a new home. Below, the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines has listed a few tips on how to get the most out of your garage door and, in turn, your home.

A Home Improvement Project That’s Actually Worth the Effort

Like we mentioned above, people usually think it’s the major indoor projects, like redoing their kitchen or bathroom, that will net them the big bucks. However, according to Remodeling.net, adding a new garage door is the number one return on investment when compared to other home improvement projects. Adding windows, a new set of hinges, some interesting light fixtures, or a tasteful finish will instantly make your garage door look more distinguished. It will also take significantly less time to install.

There’s no easier way to figure out which features you want than by using the DoorView® Garage Door De​signer App. It’s simple, just upload a picture of the front of your home and start experimenting with our massive selection of garage door styles and features.

Add a Little Color

As you saw in the opening picture, adding a little color to your garage door makes it much more easily identifiable than the average slab of white or taupe perched at the top of almost every driveway on your block. Get whacky by experimenting with color like coral, mint green, or an interesting shade of blue.

If you’re looking to get even more adventurous, you might even consider our ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Envy™​ Model 956. These doors combine aluminum with glass paneling to instantly give your home the sleek, modern feel of that trendy restaurant you’ve been trying to get reservations at for weeks.

Before You Do Anything, Clean

We’re not just talking about taking a broom and sweeping away the cobwebs and dust around the edges of your garage door – we’re talking about giving it a true deep cleaning.

Consider renting a power washer. It’s amazing what a simple high-powered stream of water can do. When used correctly, it removes dirt and grime that can build up over the seasons leaving certain parts of your home (i.e. your garage door) looking dull. Blasting it with the power washer will not only leave it sparkling clean, but it also makes it easier to paint and upgrade.

If you’re looking for any additional tips on how to add curb appeal to your home, or if you’re looking to upgrade your garage door call the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines today.

(515) 276-1332

Keep it Moving: 4 Tricks to Keep Your Garage Door From Freezing Shut

It’s February folks, and you know what that means? That’s right, we’re in the midst of winter and your garage door is still taking a beating (oh, and Valentine’s Day is around the corner too).

Last month, we here at the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines went over some ways to help you maintain your garage door during the winter. However, for those especially frosty February days, it helps to know a few additional tricks to keep it from freezing shut.

 

Sometimes, You Just Gotta Shovel

It’s not the most glamorous answer, but it’s usually the thing that works best. If you don’t want your garage door to freeze, you have to try your best to keep it clean. Brushing away excess ice and snow in between the times when you go out to shovel the full driveway is usually all it takes to prevent the build-up that causes garage doors to freeze shut.

Feel the Heat

Space heaters are good for more than just keeping your basement livable during the winter months, they can also help to combat the elements in your garage. Keeping a pair of small, sturdy space heaters handy will not only make the morning trudge to your car a bit easier, they’ll also help to keep the weather seal (that’s the fancy name for that thin piece of rubber on the bottom of your garage door) from cracking and the battery in your opener from draining – just make sure to be mindful of the cords and unplug them when you’re not using them.

Look in the Pantry

Heavy-duty ice melt is essential during the winter. However, we’ll forgive you if you chose to stay in during that cold weekend when you probably should have been at the hardware store picking up a bag. In those instances when you need something to break down icy build-up, look no further than your pantry for assistance. Both table and Kosher salt are serviceable replacements for the heavy-duty stuff. Just sprinkle a little seasoning near the weather seal, let it marinate and watch as your garage door returns to its former glory.

Just Add Water

If your garage door does freeze, the solution may seem a little counterintuitive – adding water. Pouring a small amount of warm (not boiling!) water on the weather seal could be the answer to unsticking it and preventing you from having to take more drastic steps.

If you’d like any additional tips or think you might need to replace the weather seal on your garage door, call the trained professionals at the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines today!

Plus, be sure to come check us out at the Des Moines Home & Garden Show at the Iowa Events Center starting this Thursday, Feb. 7 at noon and going through Sunday, Feb. 10. For tickets and more information click here.

 

(515) 276-1332

Keep Your Garage Door Humming Through the Cold

Everyone knows that winter is the worst time to be a homeowner in the midwest. You’ve got to shovel the driveway, squeegee boot prints off your floors, and make sure that the furnace is keeping your fortress warm. The last thing you want to do is add another item to that checklist. However, we here at the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines know how important it is to put a little time into maintaining your garage door as well. Following these simple steps will ensure that everything is running smoothly for the rest of the winter months.

Grease It Up

Making sure your garage door’s moving parts – rollers, tracks, springs, and hinges – are properly lubricated is something you should it make a point to check yearly. During the winter months though, it’s imperative that you stay on top of it. The snow and slush can cause these parts to corrode which leads to more friction than your garage door can comfortably handle. Like everything else mechanical in your life, a little elbow grease – and, in this case, literal grease – can go a long way. Break out a can of WD-40 and get lubricating.

Accessories Matter

Even if your garage door is in pristine condition this winter, the accessories may not be. The cold weather can drain the battery of an outdoor keypad or remote opener at a much faster rate than during the warmer months. If you can, try to replace the batteries beforehand so you’re not fumbling around with them in a pair of gloves at the end of a long day of work.

Keep It Clean

In case you haven’t heard, wood and water aren’t the best of friends. Same goes for steel and H2O. In addition to harming the functionality, the aesthetic damage to your garage door can be considerable during the frosty months. Warping, rust, and water damage can all be prevented by washing your garage door with a mild cleaner and giving it a wipe down with a soft towel. Just make sure to save this for one of the days when you don’t have to throw a parka on to do it.

Listen to the Music

Even though your garage door may pass the eye test, it might not be functioning at its peak. Another way to ensure it’s working properly? Listen. If there are any unusual creaks, cracks, or crunches while your garage door is moving it could indicate that something is off. If something sounds jarring (or downright terrifying) call the professionals at Overhead Door Company of Des Moines immediately to take a closer look.

Know Where the Power is

Unfortunately, there will be times when you politely ask your garage door to open and it replies with a resounding “No!” In these instances, you need to know where your garage door’s power is coming from so that you can shut it down and open it manually. Make sure this cord is properly highlighted and easily accessible so that you won’t have to spend your time rummaging around the garage with a flashlight searching for it.

 

All of this may seem a bit over-the-top, but this small investment of your time can pay big dividends by saving you time, money, and stress later on. If you have any additional questions, or you want to set up an appointment to talk about your garage door, give Overhead Door Company of Des Moines a call.

(515) 276-1332

 

Building Regulations

You’ve been dreaming about it long enough. Freeing up the space in your attached garage is the goal. It’s time to build that shed out back or an additional detached garage. But before getting started you will want to be sure you know the dos and don’ts of the Des Moines building regulations, permits, and laws.

 

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