Do It Yourself DIYEver since the words “Google” and “YouTube” became verbs (as in “…just Google it”), it’s become pretty easy to get the answers to almost anything you might wish to accomplish on your own. The urge to do-it-yourself (DIY) has never been stronger, whether it’s that life hack project to organize the mud room, or, amazingly, trying your hand at plumbing and electrical work without any formal training.

We totally understand this urge, and if we’re being honest, have succumbed to it a time or two. But it’s important to follow some guiding principles, even if you’re trying to become the best darn DIY-er in your neighbourhood!

The single most important question you should ask yourself when deciding whether a project is DIY-worthy or not: Is there any way that attempting this on my own could pose a safety risk to myself and my family?

In this age of ‘instant information’, many of us have forgotten the phrase, ‘just because you can, doesn’t mean you should’. In our years of professional, quality service and repair, we have seen more than a few misguided attempts at DIY.

Some of the more common situations:

Attempting to wind/unwind a spring without clamping the door in place; The springs hold enough tension to not only break flesh but even bone and only a professional with professional winding tools should be attempting this – particularly for larger multi-spring or commercial springs. We commonly see/hear of doors flying up, cables breaking or DIYers cutting cables and doors that come crashing down.

Balancing the spring; The combination of the wire size, spring length and weight of the door will give the number of turns required to balance a spring/door and keep the door from either crashing down or flying up. It is not generic based on the size of the door. This is often misinterpreted by non-professionals, leaving a spring/door unbalanced. This shortens the life of the spring, adds unnecessary tension to the door and operator and can lead to springs breaking, operator motors blowing and in the worst cases, the top panel or entire door being damaged.

Adjusting tracks/hinges without securing the door; If the door is not set in place or balanced correctly, the door, rollers, etc. can slide one way and the door can come out of the tracks or worse, slide out completely and come down on one side.

Suffice to say, when it comes to projects around the house that have the potential to pose a health and safety risk, it’s best to leave them to the professionals.

Overhead Door of Winnipeg and Overhead Door of Brandon have a group of dedicated employees and a fleet of trucks ready to respond whenever you need us, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Schedule your service today!

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Wpg Home + Garden Show logoOverhead Door of Winnipeg will once again be among the exhibitors at the 43rd Annual Winnipeg Home + Garden Show.

The show has a few new features this year and we’re very excited to be a part of it all. You will find everything from home improvement ideas, gardening ideas and great deals, windows and flooring, cabinets and landscaping, not to mention CONTESTS including a chance to win an insulated door and operator package valued at $3,000!

Some of the show features include The Design Studio, where industry pros help you nail down your design style and offer tried-and-true design advice; My Playce Playhouse, a designer space created for kids to play their way; and a Scattered Seeds Pop-Up Market, for those in need of a little retail therapy.

Buy your tickets online and save $3.00, it doesn’t get more Manitoban than that!

Head to downtown Winnipeg from Thursday, April 6th at noon until Sunday, April 9th at 6:00pm to start planning your spring project; you will find us in Booth 1328 in Hall C at the RBC Convention Centre. Our display will include beautiful products that you may never have considered for your home.

Given that garage door replacement is among the home projects with the greatest ROI, it’s definitely worth a look!

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On this International Women’s Day, we would like to extend our congratulations to Overhead Door in the US for winning the 2017 Women’s Choice Award® by WomenCertified® for ‘America’s Most Recommended National Garage Door Brand’ – for a sixth consecutive year!

womens-choice-award-for-garage-doors-2017The award is based on a national survey in the US of more than 100,000 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 customers’ needs. We are very proud of the products we carry and to know that our North American customers recognize this has definitely been a source of pride for us.

View the announcement and official press release.

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C.H.I. Overhead Doors are sold exclusively through a professional dealer network and Winnipeg Door & Gate is proud to be a part of that network.

chi-overhead-doors-garage-doorsThe C.H.I. Overhead Doors Company was established on the idea that garage doors should be exceptional in quality, craftsmanship, and value. The company has maintained those standards since their first garage door was manufactured in 1981, to today.

From the beginning, C.H.I. set out to be a different kind of garage door company; one that not only builds garage doors but also celebrates heritage, tradition and value. Their products and manufacturing process continues to be improved and refined, which is precisely why we chose to become part of the C.H.I. dealer family!

At Winnipeg Door & Gate, we strive to offer a full breadth of top quality products, and continuing to expand our product offering is something that we promise to you, our valued Manitoba customers.

Contact Winnipeg Door & Gate today to see all of our unique and beautiful products that add value and security to your home.

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Earlier this year, Overhead Door introduced the new RapidFlex™ high speed fabric and rubber line for commercial and industrial applications.

The doors were developed over an 18 month period and are designed to provide end users with improved productivity, environmental control, and industry-leading standard features.

They are suitable for a range of applications, including food and beverage distribution, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, transit and automotive, mining and environmental control.

The RapidFlex™ series of high performance doors are engineered to allow maximum productivity with fast-acting curtains, high-cycle performance and resistance to damage from accidental collisions. With robust safety features and a pressure resistant design, these high speed doors will keep your facility running securely, efficiently and environmentally controlled.

To learn more about these unique products, contact your local experts, Overhead Door of Winnipeg and Overhead Door of Brandon.

Click the links below for the specifications and watch the video to see them in action!

Model 991 and Model 992 High Speed Interior Fabric Doors

Model 993 and Model 994 High Speed Exterior Fabric Doors

Model 995 High Speed Exterior Rubber Doors

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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 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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