Garage Tune-Ups

Spring Garage Door Tune-Ups May Help You Avoid Costly Repairs

Spring is a good time for garage door tune-ups. Consider inspecting your garage door and garage door openers. Make sure to remove stored household items or debris from the sides of each track before inspecting your custom garage doors. Garage door safety comes first.

Do a visual inspection of all garage door parts:

  • Cables
  • Rollers
  • Springs
  • Hinges

Seasonal Garage Door Tune-Ups Can Reduce Repair Costs

Garage Door Tune-UpsVisually check the cables on your garage doors to make sure they are not frayed. Garage door hardware can loosen over time. Your garage door moves up and down hundreds of times in the course of a year. Be sure to call a professional to replace any worn parts that are necessary. Don’t take it for granted, inspect your garage doors seasonally to prevent costly repairs in the future.

You can lubricate garage door hinges, springs and bearings with a non-silicone based lubricant to keep your garage doors operating smooth. Check to see if your garage doors are in proper alignment. Your garage door should be evenly flushed at the bottom. Any imbalances in alignment whether right or left can overwork your garage door opener. It’s a good idea to check the garage door remote control battery, and your garage door opener’s Battery Back-up in case you don’t have power to operate the door. Be proactive in changing your battery so your garage door doesn’t stop working at an inconvenient time.

Garage door rollers and weather-stripping should be inspected at least two times a year especially, during change of season. Temperatures can be extreme from winter to summer causing stress on your garage door or parts.

Wash Your Garage Doors As You Would A Car

Some garage doors accumulate dirt or mold spots and will bake in from sun exposure. Remember to wash your garage doors with the appropriate solution just as you would your car. Check your garage door care and cleaning paperwork to use the right products to maintain the look of your garage door.

Garage doors are very durable for the most part but all hardware has wear and tear over time. Keep your garage door tracks clear of debris. You can visually inspect your garage door tracks to make sure the alignment isn’t shifting but any adjustments to your garage tracks should be done by a certified Garage Door technician.

If you haven’t inspected your garage doors in Brooklyn, Staten Island, New Jersey or Queens this spring, contact Christie Overhead Door for more information.


5 Tips For Winterizing Garage Doors

Winterizing garage doors before winter is essential.  You haven’t miss the season. Cold weather has still been creeping up in Brooklyn, Staten Island, and New Jersey lately! Homeowners can expect to experience problems with the opening and closing of their garage doors during frigid temperatures. The cold weather can cause operational problems but there are a few things you can do to be proactive with maintaining the functionality and look of your garage doors.

  1. Grease & Lube Garage Doors
  2. Check Weather Stripping Seals
  3. Insulate Walls in Your Garage
  4. Seal & Cover Your Switches & Outlets
  5. Use Caulk Around Your Garage Doors

Winterizing Garage Doors Is Recommended Every Year

Winterizing Garage DoorsChristie Overhead Doors recommends winterizing your garage doors yearly to minimize maintenance repairs. It’s a good idea to lube and grease your garage doors. This allows the tensioners to keep operating smoothly. Sometimes you may hear cracks or creaking noises when opening or closing your garage doors in winter. This may be a sign that your garage doors need a little TLC.

Be sure to inspect the weather stripping at the bottom of your garage doors. The weather stripping can sometimes loosen or come off if the weather is extreme.  You can upgrade your weather stripping too. Heavy duty weather stripping is available for your garage doors.  Your garage door walls and garage door should be insulated to maximize energy-efficiency.

Did you know that air can infiltrate your wall switches? It’s a good idea to use covers and seals on all your wall switches to prevent cold air from coming inside. It’s easy to overlook such small things in your garage. Take winterizing your garage doors seriously, just like you would for any other exterior elements outside your home.

Many homeowners use caulk around their windows during the winter for a little added insulation and protection. The same mentality can be used on your garage doors. You can easily use caulk around your garage doors to keep cold air and moisture out of your garage. Christie Overhead Doors can answer any questions you may have about winterizing your garage doors. Contact Christie for more information.


Garage Door Company Couple Grows Business To Success

Garage door company Christie Overhead Door was recently featured in an industry magazine by International Door & Operator™. The article by Todd Thomas, IDA Managing director told a story of how a local garage door company in Brooklyn emerged as a top garage door company serving Staten Island, New York City and Long Island.

Garage Door Company Couple Started Out As High School Sweethearts

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Andrew & Carla Cimmino

Christie Overhead Door has been working with homeowners and commercial businesses to supply quality, garage doors since 1945. It hasn’t been an easy journey but it’s a love story that spans decades. Owners of Christie Overhead Door, Andrew and Carla Cimmino, started out as high school sweethearts. Now they are husband and wife and longtime business owners.

Andrew and Carla’s relationship has stood the test of time. They are a remarkable couple that continues to work together in good times and bad. The couple has managed to weather a recession, a facility transition and a restructuring of their garage door company to become a success. Andrew and Carla are true partners in life and they possess strengths that balance each other out.

Garage Door Company Owners Rely On Each Other

Andrew relies on Carla to collect and pay bills without compromising valuable customer relationships. Carla also manages internal staff and procedures to keep things running smooth. “She frees me up to go out and do what I do best,” Andrew says.


Garage Door Company Vanity

A Vanity Andrew Cimmino Handmade

Andrew has been working at Christie Overhead Door since the age of 23. He is a natural when it comes to designing and carving woodwork.  Andrew started out as an installer and garage door technician. He climbed the company ladder overtime by working hard.   Andrew and Carla purchased Christie Overhead Door from the Christie family in April of 1993. They acquired Diamond Door Systems, a garage door company competitor in 1998.

Andrew and Carla attend garage door industry expos and they are active in local industry groups to stay current with the latest garage door innovations. Christie Overhead Door is the only accredited garage door dealer in New York City.  The company takes training and certifications very seriously. The credentials Christie Overhead Door has achieved is evident in the company’s superior technical abilities and exceptional customer service. Professionalism and the ability to create a customer’s vision is at the core of everything Christie Overhead Door does.

garage door company owner andrew-cimminoThis is one Staten Island garage door company with incredible heart. Christie Overhead Door attributes their success to close friends, advisors and dedicated employees. “We have a lot to be grateful for today and this holiday season.” Andrew says.  Christie Overhead Door wishes everyone a happy, healthy holiday season filled with many blessings! Read the full Christie Overhead Door story here.

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Modern Garage Doors Trends In Brooklyn

Modern garage doors are trendy in various parts of New York. There is no doubt that a modern garage door can improve the look of your home or office in Brooklyn, Staten Island and surrounding areas. We tend to focus on interior renovations rather than improving the look of our garage doors. Since the warmer weather has finally arrived on the east coast, it’s a good time to improve your curb appeal. Focus on the outside exterior during spring and summer to make a great first impression. After all, garage doors generally take up 30% of your front facade.

Modern Garage Doors Are Available In Many Styles

If you are shopping for modern garage doors for your home or commercial business, here are some styles to consider:

– Plank garage doors
– Flush or recessed panel garage doors
– Contemporary powder-coated steel or aluminum garage doors
– Painted wood and ink-jet surfaced carriage house doors
– Wood stained and faux wood garage doors

There are so many types of modern garage doors to choose from. You might consider an eco-friendly garage door. From faux reclaimed plank wood to sleek clean steel or aluminum lines the garage door possibilities are truly endless. Most any garage door look you desire is achievable. Technology today is very innovative even when it comes to garage door materials. Fiberglass garage doors and plank design frames with clear or frosted acrylic inserts can make your home look absolutely stunning from the outside. Modern garage doors are also easy to clean and maintain.

How does it feel walking up or driving up to your home or place of business? You can feel good about the outside of your home all year long. Consider renovating the look of your outside facade as well as your interior space this spring or summer. A modern garage door just might put the finishing touches on the curb appeal of your home or office. Contact Christie Overhead Door for more information about the latest modern garage doors in your area. To view more contemporary garage doors visit the CHI website.

New Garage Doors

New Garage Doors – A Major Part Of Your Curb Appeal

New Garage Doors are a major part of your curb appeal. Curb Appeal is particularly important in the spring and summer when the sun shines more and the grass is green. People seem to pay more attention to the overall look of your home or storefront when the weather changes here in Brooklyn, Staten Island, New Jersey and Long Island.

New Garage DoorsThere is nothing like having a new garage door that functions well to enhance your curb appeal. Whether you plan to sell or stay in your home, a new garage door adds tremendous value and beauty. There are many types of new garage doors that can compliment your home. You can go with traditional wood stains or modern glass doors for a more contemporary look. Of course, the style of your home plays a big part in selecting new garage doors for your home or commercial building.

Christie Overhead Door comes out to your home or business to inspect your current garage door appearance and functionality. The safety of your garage door is a primarily concern. If the springs or actual garage door is broken it could be a hazard to you, family members, friends, neighbors, pets and service providers. Many times homeowners use a garage door as the main entry and exit way to their home. It’s important to check the functionality of your garage door often since it is one of the biggest moving parts of your home. Christie Overhead Door makes new garage door recommendations based on your safety, appearance, functionality and budget.

Homeowners often take for granted the ease of use and automation of clicking a button to open and close a garage door. Your garage door springs and cables should be checked routinely once you purchase new garage doors. Ask your garage door specialists about safety inspections and annual maintenance plans to keep your door in good working order.

New Garage Doors Are Recommended By Trained & Certified Professionals

The garage door specialists at Christie Overhead Door can help you select a garage door to make your home look absolutely stunning from the outside. Your curb appeal will substantially improve with new garage doors that compliment your home or office building. Spring and summer are ideal times of year to inspect your garage door looks from the curb. Since the weather is warmer, ask for a garage door quality control test by a trained garage door technician. A garage door technician or specialist is the only professional capable of testing or recommending a new garage door altogether.

Garage Doors can last up to 15 years if they are maintained properly. If you use your garage door more than twice a day, or as the main entrance to your home, you may want to test for malfunctions on a more regular basis. If your garage door is making unusual noises do not delay contacting a professional and certified garage door specialist. Repairs can be more costly if problems persist and of course the safety of others comes first to prevent injury.

Contact Christie Overhead Door for more information about improving the curb appeal of your home with a new garage door. We’re always happy to consult with you or provide a free estimate. If you have questions about garage door maintenance call (718) 241-8585. Christie Overhead Door services Brooklyn, Staten Island, New Jersey and Long Island.

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Garage Door Maintenance And Repairs Crucial in Winter

Garage door maintenance and repairs are almost inevitable in winter with the change of season. It’s a good idea to inspect your garage door and garage door opener thoroughly since we’ve been having extreme temperatures in Brooklyn, Manhattan, New York & Staten Island.

It is common to have difficulty in lifting or opening your garage doors whether manually or remotely in winter. The overhead springs on your garage doors tend to break easily especially in cold weather. Since temperatures can be extreme with warm weather one day and freezing cold weather the next day, it’s understandable that garage door malfunctions can happen.

Garage Door Maintenance or Repairs for Springs Are Common In Winter

Christie Overhead Door has received calls for garage door maintenance and repairs to replace springs this winter. Garage door springs are a common repair especially, since the temperature has fluctuated from warm to cold so often. Sometimes your garage doors will give you a warning sign that something could be wrong. You may hear unusual noises coming from your garage doors or garage door openers
such as squeaks or creeking-type sounds. This could be an indication that you need to lubricate the tensioners or other parts of your garage doors.

Your garage door opener may even stop operating unexpectedly during winter. Christie Overhead Door can troubleshoot or inspect your garage door problem by dispatching a certified technician. In most cases, a service charge is all you need to get your garage door back in working order. Sometimes more extensive work needs to be done. You might have to replace your garage door opener.

Garage Door Maintenance and Repairs Without Worry

You don’t have to worry when contacting Christie Overhead Door about your garage door maintenance or repairs.  Service fees are always applied to the work actually being done. Contact the experts at Christie Overhead Door if you need to maintain or repair your garage door in Staten Island, New Jersey, Brooklyn or Manhattan, New York.

Residential Garage Doors

Residential Garage Doors And Commercial Garage Doors That Reflect Your Lifestyle

Residential garage doors and commercial garage doors can make a bold statement about your lifestyle. Gone are the days where all residential or commercial garage doors in Brooklyn, Staten Island, New York and New Jersey have one solid, white or brown color. The residential garage door and commercial garage door industry has evolved tremendously over the years. Christie OverHead Door is proud to have evolved with the garage door industry by offering the latest garage door designs to customers across Brooklyn, Staten Island, New York and New Jersey.

Residential Garage Doors & Commercial Garage Doors With Innovative Designs

Residential garage doors and commercial garage doors are much more innovative today. The designs can have the luxury of wood combined with the durability of steel. You can even choose accent plank doors that look similar to the look of wood floors. Accent plank garage doors are available in rich and exquisite hues that match the facade of your home or office. The garage door and commercial garage door industries have come along way. Garage door manufacturers have made great strides in making residential garage doors and commercial garage doors more appealing for homeowners and business owners.

commercialgaragedoorsWhen someone drives or walks up to your home or place of business, does your residential garage door or commercial garage door enhance the look of your home or office? You can make a beautiful design statement by choosing a garage door with colorful images to compliment the way you live or work. For example, do you love to travel or have a favorite baseball team? Maybe you are an avid golfer! You can choose from multiple accent images whether it’s a favorite vacation spot or a logo of the New York Yankees or New York Mets. If you are looking for a commercial garage door, consider using your logo as the accent image. It just might be a great form of advertising. Especially, if your business is located in a high traffic area.

Residential Garage Doors & Commercial Garage Doors With Design Options

Next time you are shopping for a new residential or commercial garage door ask about the following options:

• Wood tones with the durability of steel
• Accent planks for traditional or contemporary garage doors
• Accent images featuring destinations, your favorite MLB™ team or sports game

Did you know that garage doors are available in 3D patterns of nature too? The print technology available today really allows you to totally transform the look of your residential garage doors or commercial garage doors. To learn more about the latest garage door design patterns, wood plank options and accent images available please visit

Have more questions? Contact Christie Overhead Door, the experts in residential garage doors and commercial garage doors located in Staten Island since 1945.

Energy Efficient Garage Door

Energy Efficient Garage Doors Help Reduce Costs

Energy efficient garage doors can help you save money on energy costs. Durable layers of polyurethane foam are added to heavy gauge steel for maximum strength, durability and thermal resistance. An R-value refers to the measure of thermal resistance in the building and construction industry. The ‘R’ stands for resistance. Energy efficient garage doors with a higher R-value can help save on energy bills especially in winter. 

Energy Efficient Garage Doors Reduce Overall Costs

The past two winters in Brooklyn, New York, New Jersey, Staten Island and the northeast have been brutal to say the least. It’s important to purchase energy efficient garage doors with an R-value range of 9.1 to 17.2 to help save you money. New homes take advantage of higher R-values. Older homes generally do not have energy efficient garage doors. If you’ve been feeling a draft in your garage, it’s more than likely you are spending a higher amount on your heating bills. Energy efficient garage doors keep warm air from escaping outside your home or commercial dwelling during winter. Even glass can be insulated to help reduce energy costs.

Energy Efficient Garage Doors Have Insulated Materials And Parts

Insulated materials can be used on many parts of a garage door helping to make it more energy efficient.  The R-value depends on the type of insulation that is used on the garage doors, glass, weather stripping and more.  You’ll want to make sure to use a factory-applied heavy duty weather seal on the bottom of your garage doors to keep the cold elements outside.

If you’re looking to purchase energy efficient residential or commercial garage doors, contact Christie Overhead Door for more information. Christie Overhead Door is a certified residential and commercial garage door expert and installer. Christie Overhead is also an accredited C.H.I. Overhead Doors specialist serving homeowners and commercial businesses in Brooklyn, Staten Island and New Jersey since 1945. 

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Aluminum Glass Garage Doors Are A Modern Trend For Homes & Commercial Businesses

Aluminum glass garage doors can modernize your space.  If you are looking to make contemporary updates on your home or office space, consider aluminum glass garage doors for your home or commercial business. Aluminum glass garage doors allow natural light to filter into your space without sacrificing privacy. There are so many options available with glass garage doors:

• Clear glass
• Tinted glass
• Mirrored Glass
• Frosted Glass

Glass garage doors come in half inch insulated glass. Glass garage doors are insulated to help you save on energy bills in winter and summer.
You can control the amount of light entering into your space by selecting a glass garage door with your desired amount of light control and privacy. The glass is factory tempered so it does not shatter into large pieces. It’s similar to a car window. If there is any impact the windows break into small chunks.

glass garage doorsAluminum glass garage doors do not corrode like wood or rust like steel making it a great choice in terms of durability. The look of aluminum glass garage doors can’t be beat. They add a beautiful architectural element to your facade and the glass windows are easy to clean. Use your favorite glass cleaner or soap and water to keep your garage doors looking new.

Aluminum garage doors come in many different colors and finishes. Choose from 180 powder coated colors and even faux wood stains. Just like you can choose the type of glass, you can customize the color. From traditional white garage doors, faux woodgrain stains to black and oil rubbed bronze, there is a color to satisfy your personal taste.

Aluminum garage door panels are available in matching colors to coordinate with the outside look of your home of office space. Aluminum glass garage doors are rust free to protect your residence and for office space to divide space without closing in walls, and commercial buildings from the outside elements. Heavy duty vinyl seals are used at the bottom of the garage doors for increased protection.

When it comes to architectural beauty, energy efficiency, ease of maintenance and durability aluminum glass doors are an excellent choice for home and commercial buildings in Staten Island, New Jersey and New York.

View the aluminum garage door portfolio for some ideas or contact Christie Overhead Door for more information.


Using Your iPhone To Open Your Garage Doors

As an avid iphone user and Tech-Junkie the short answer is yes, you can use your iphone to open your garage doors.  The truth is you can probably turn on and shut down and open and close more devices than you think. The auto industry has enabled technology to start your car with Smart Phones.  Smart House technology allows complete house management from a smart phone, but what’s practical and what’s not.

Unless you have 100-150 thousand dollars to devote to Smart house technology so you can dim the lights from Bali, this may be impractical. Unless you want to pay the monthly charges for On-Star, starting your car from work won’t be possible. However you can operate your garage doors using your homes Wi-Fi and some store bought add on’s. If you have the proper in house wiring and some creative programming consider downing load the X10 Commander App to your phone for $9.99! Go online and get a USB to RF X10 interface and an X10 PUM01 low Voltage Controller device, run some low voltage wiring from the garage door button to the controller. Program the software, set it up to be ALWAYS running and “PRESTO” open and close your garage door all day long. I have a nice mini remote on my key-chain ( under 30.00 ) and it works when I am in front of the garage door where I should be when opening it. It leaves me plenty of time to use my iPhone for what it was intended for…to play ANGRY BIRDS .

OK so the iphone does almost anything now, I love 6.0! No, I don’t need the iPhone 5 because the 4S works just fine. OK so unless you are ready to change your automatic garage door opener and drop anywhere from $400.00 – $700.00 to get your iPhone to close your garage door, then simply do this:

” CLOSE YOUR GARAGE DOOR WHEN YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE!!!”  If your life is that kaotic that you could pull away with the LARGEST door  to your house open, then you might require something beyond what your iPhone can give you. If you a Tech-Junkie, implement smart house technology into your entire home and open and close everything with your iPhone.