Posts by Tom Blair

When was the last time you tried to sneak out of the house without your spouse or kids hearing you? Oh, you were being ‘good’ – you were planning a wonderful surprise and had to pick up a few last minute items. You ever-so-quietly grabbed the keys and your purse or wallet, then slowly crept through the door leading out to the garage. You silently opened the car door and even closed it without the slightest sound. Impressive! Everyone was on the other end of the house, so all was good to go – you made it! Until…

you hit the garage door button and the screeching brought the whole clan up wondering who was home or who was leaving! Caught! “Where are you going?” “Can I come?” “Why were you trying to sneak out?”

So much for the surprise…

Maybe it’s time for a little garage door lubricating! Your garage door needs a little regular  maintenance to keep it operating smoothly and safely. Geauga Door technicians perform tune-ups hundreds of times each year. For a thorough job, call and set up an appointment.

If you prefer to do it yourself, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Wipe out tracks, or vacuum if needed, to remove debris that may catch the rollers.
  • Put a drop of regular engine oil on each roller and allow the rolling action to draw it into the bearings. Do not use grease as a lubricant as it will just gum up the tracks and collect debris.
  • Lightly lubricate any bearings and garage door hinges.
  • Check the spring to make sure that it is lightly lubricated. If it gets dried out, it will clump and jam up your system.
  • If you have a chain-drive system, make sure the chain is lubricated.
  • Check the garage door itself and lightly oil connections. 

If this sounds a bit too time consuming and you aren’t feeling up to the challenge, our technicians can do it in a jiffy! As an overhead door company that has been in business since 1967, we know all about repairs and maintenance! Give us a call today.

A garage door is a good sized investment for any home owner. Take time for proper maintenance, and you will enjoy years of trouble free operation. And the next time you need to sneak out, you won’t get the third degree!

What is the longest period of time you have gone without getting a haircut? Three months? Six months? A year? Anyone gone over 16 months?

I imagine some of you ladies would say yes to each of these time periods.

But what about you guys out there? How long have you gone?

Charlie didn’t cut a single hair for over 16 months, and it was grueling for this middle-aged, gray-haired employee at Geauga Door in Burton! Never before had he done such a thing. “I have a lot more respect for women with long hair now!” he says.

Charlie and his coworker Ron have both been on a mission these past many months to grow their hair out so they can donate it to organizations who will then either sell it to make wigs for children or use it for adults who have lost hair due to treatments for cancer.

It actually began with Ron. A couple of years ago while in the hospital for tests, he had to walk through the children’s ward. What he saw broke his heart as he encountered many children who had lost all their hair due to treatments for cancers of various types. Wanting to help in some way, he made the decision to grow his hair, also gray, which could be cut and sold and the money used to make wigs for these children.

Not long after, Charlie’s youngest grandson was discovered to have enlarged lymph nodes. Although we all know cancer is everywhere, and we all know people who have suffered as a result, it’s still something that happens to other people…until it strikes someone close to us or even ourselves. After tests, this little guy was found to be clear of cancer, but the scare was pretty severe. Enough to cause Charlie to join Ron in his efforts to get involved and do something to help.

Though 16 months is a long time and it was anything but pleasant, especially as the hot weather settled in on that thick, bushy layer of insulation resting atop of Charlie’s head, it was still a small sacrifice in comparison. But, finally, the day came when it had reached the minimum 10” length required for Locks of Love to accept it.

Kristen, an independent stylist whom Ron contacted, came to Geauga Door on May 20, scissors and shaver in hand! Stacey, Social Media Manager and Creative Designer at Geauga News, showed up as well with her own tool – a camera! She took a total of 85 pictures. Here you will see the amazing transformation from ‘bush baby’ to the re-emergence of the clean cut man! Note the smile!

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Ron is still struggling to reach that minimum length requirement, even though he began the hair growing before Charlie. Poor Ron….keep him in your thoughts. (smile)

Geauga Door has a wonderful family of employees. You can’t help but sense that when you walk into the office. Stop by and see Charlie – the new man – and give Ron a little encouragement while you’re there as well. And thank both of them for their commitment to help make the world a little better place for all.

Summer vacation for children has just about arrived. Whether you are glad or sad over that fact could be the subject of an entire blog post itself! But one thing is for sure – children will be out of school and they will be in and out of the garage much more. Is your overhead door ready for them?

How often do you concern yourself with the safe operation of your garage door? If you’re like most people, probably not much – until you happen to hear or see something quite out of the ordinary. You simply take for granted that it will open and close properly and that it is safe. And most of the time it does, thankfully!

Unfortunately, garage doors play a role in thousands of injuries every year. Figures by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are frequently seen online stating that between 20,000 – 30,000 people visit emergency rooms each year for garage related injuries. No verifiable link is ever shown, but here is a chart by the CPSC which does confirm the fact that injuries do occur, some severe. It is seven years old and we can assume that manufacturers have improved safety features since then, but that doesn’t mean children (or adults) need not bother with practical safety measures.

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10 Garage Door Safety Tips

Children are definitely more susceptible to garage door injuries than adults, but injuries can happen to people of all ages. Why not take a few minutes and establish some simple safety rules for your home and review them with your children? Remember – the average weight of a garage door is 400 pounds! Unless you are some kind of superhero, you are no match against a falling garage door!

1. Garage door openers are not toys. Young children should never have access to them.

2. Mount the garage door opener control button out of the reach of small children (at least five feet from the floor) and where you have a clear view of the door.

3.Test your garage door opener’s reversing mechanism monthly by placing a full roll of paper towels in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, call Geauga Door immediately!

4.If you do not know how to use your garage door opener’s emergency release feature, read your owner’s manual until you do or ask your Geauga Door technician to show you.

5. Do not allow children to play under or near any garage door, especially when the door is open or moving. It should never be considered a game to duck the door.

6. Keep an eye on the door until it is fully closed or opened to prevent any child or pet from entering or exiting.

7. Keep fingers and hands away from door sections when the door is opening or closing to avoid injury.

8. Never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables. These are under extreme tension and can cause severe injury or even death. Call Geauga Door!

9. If your new teen driver backs into the door (or, heaven forbid – YOU do!) have the door inspected even if it doesn’t look damaged. The operating system may have become misaligned and wear prematurely – an accident waiting to happen.

10.Call Geauga Door for annual maintenance checks. A trained service technician is your best bet against a faulty system. He will also inform you of specific things you can watch for, what you can do yourself, and when you need a professional.

How long has it been since your garage door was thoroughly inspected? If more than a year has passed, the safest way to start your summer is to call Geauga Door and make an appointment for a general maintenance check. You could save yourself a lot of money with an ounce of prevention, save yourself or family injury, and have peace of mind – isn’t that worth it?

 

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Today’s metal garage doors are among the most durable you can select for your home. Whether aluminum or steel, they both hold up extremely well. If carefully maintained, they will last for many years. Carefully is the key word here, since metal is prone to rusting, and especially in this Northeast Ohio climate! Add to that the salt and other chemicals that come with winter road maintenance, and you have now created a feasting ground for rust to eat away at steel doors, and just like cancer, it will spread. It not only ruins the appearance of the door, but ruins its durability as well.

Factory-applied finishes for steel doors are in general use today which will last many years longer than ordinary paints, but routine washings should become a regular part of your spring cleaning chores. To keep the luster and maintain the original finish of your steel doors, plan on an annual washing with a mild solution of biodegradable cleaner which will remove most of the dirt and grime.

One effective solution consists of one cup of Simple Green®, which contains less than 0.5% phosphate, dissolved into five gallons of warm water. Other mild detergents can be substituted, but do not exceed 0.5% phosphate as this may remove some of the protective finish on your steel doors.

  • With a clean soft cloth or sponge, wash the entire door down.
  • Clean behind weather-strips on both sides and top of door.
  • Use your bare hands to feel and dislodge any caked on particles.
  • Wipe the surface dry with a soft clean cloth or damp chamois.
  • Do not use window cleaners. They may harm the finish.
  • Do not use rough material; it will scratch the glaze.
  • Do not use a pressure washer on your door!
  • Never blend cleansers or detergents with bleach.

Clean windows with a mild solution of dish washing detergent and a soft cloth. Do not use ammoniated, abrasive, or solvent-based cleaners of any kind.

To help prevent rust, you can apply a quality car wax to the inside and outside of a steel door surface twice a year, immediately after cleaning, to help maintain the finish.

If you do detect rust, call Geauga Door for a recommendation for cleaning and repainting.

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Nobody wants to wake up the whole neighborhood because of a faulty squeaking garage door. A garage door that neither closes nor opens properly will normally produce a sharp noise that will leave everyone awake! Faulty garage doors are also risky to homeowners as they can cause unexpected injuries. Due to the weight that they carry, they can easily come off their hinges and cause harm. By performing these regular basic maintenance operations, the door will last longer, be safe, and keep the neighbors on good terms!

Tip no. 1

Lubricate your door frequently with good lubricating oil. Some of the parts that might require lubricating include the hinges, the rollers, the chain rail and even the locks, end bearings and cables should be inspected. This will tremendously reduce the squeaking noise that is normally associated with a faulty garage door.

Tip no. 2

Moisture is what causes metal parts to rust. A garage door can easily attract rust because it is exposed to moisture and dust. But you can reduce the impact of moisture entering sensitive parts of the garage door by installing weather seals. Apply weather seals at the bottom of the garage door, between door panels, and on the frame of the garage door. These are the areas that are susceptible to rust and easily get damaged.

Tip no. 3

Always clean the garage door track thoroughly with clean water instead of lubricating. Wipe the areas using a damp cloth as oil might not work well for the tracks.

Tip no. 4

If you are using an electronic door operator and the remote does not seem to be working, first ensure that the batteries are working okay. If not, then replace them. If it is still not working, then you may need to reset the door opener. A simple reset might include briefly shutting off the power source completely and turning it on. If it does not work, then you may have to call a professional to assist you with resetting as each door has its specific instructions.

Tip no. 5

Last but not least, always realign the door sensors if you are having trouble opening and closing the door with the remote. When the door sensors are out of line, they may not communicate properly and might need to be returned back to their rightful positions.

If you need help, never hesitate to call our professional service technicians at 440-834-4949 to assist you. Never attempt to repair garage doors on your own; you may be harmed if you do not do it properly. Geauga Door repair is a professional company that deals with garage door repairs and new garage doors. But by performing these regular tasks, you can extend the life and maintain functionality of your door.

Just as you perform regular maintenance on your car to assure safe and reliable travel, your garage door will require regular checks as well. As a homeowner, we suggest to our clients a semi-annual maintenance check by our technicians to assure the same safe and reliable operation.

By paying attention to a few important parts of your garage door, you could save time, money, and frustration, not to mention possible injury.

Start by checking if there are any loose bolts and screws in each mounting bracket located along the tracks. If they are loose, they need to be tightened and missing ones replaced using genuine bolts and screws. You might also need to check the tracks themselves. The vertical ones should be aligned straight and be at the same height while the horizontal ones should be a little bit slanted towards the back of the garage. If they are not properly aligned, our professional technicians have the correct tools to return them to the right position and will tighten all bolts and screws.

Also do a checkup on the springs. If they seem to be loose, call and we will retighten the springs and create new tension. Do not try to adjust the springs on your own; there is too much tension and injury is possible during the process.

Open and close the door several times to confirm whether it is swift and smooth. If it is heavy and does not open easily, then there might be a problem in the garage door opener itself. For electric doors, check the batteries. They may be low if the door keeps on getting stuck. Also check to see if the remote control if it is in sync with the garage door. You may be required to reprogram the remote. If you don’t know how, give us a call and we’ll gladly assist you.

By keeping your eye on these important functions of your garage door, you will able to detect and prevent a problem that could otherwise prove to be hazardous and costly. If you have any doubt about the safety or operational functions of your garage door, give us a call. You know what they say – it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

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Maintenance of your garage door is essential for optimum performance and safety. No one wants to be on the way out for that critical 8 am appointment with the boss only to find they are trapped in their own garage! If you own a garage, then regular maintenance is essential.

Geauga Door is a professional garage door repair service that offers a semi-annual preventative maintenance program.

There are two major parts in a garage door that need to be checked regularly for repairs or maintenance. When you contract with us, we will inspect the metal tracks inside the garage to see if the mounting brackets that hold the metal tracks together are lose. If so, we will fasten and tighten them. We also check inside the door for dents, crimps, and flat spots. Any areas that are damaged will be repaired unless they are damaged, then the tracks will be replaced. The tracks will also be checked to make sure that they are properly aligned and will be cleaned to remove rust and dirt and wiped to make sure they are dry.

Any loose hardware and parts in the garage door will be inspected and tightened as needed. Tensions and springs will be looked over to make sure they are working optimally. If the garage door is a slide door, we test to see that it slides smoothly along the rail with ease. The bearings will be cleaned, dried, and greased. If it is a roll up garage door, then the gears, rollers and tension will be checked to make sure that they are all functioning properly. Any parts that cannot be repaired will be replaced with new ones.

By employing the services of our professional company, you are guaranteed a fully functional and safe garage door and will never have to miss that critical appointment! That’s why Geauga Door is the leading garage door repair company in this region as well as the leading provider of new garage doors. We check all parts professionally and use the right tools to repair your garage door the right way.

 

If you have maintenance or repair question, call today: 440-834-4949

Faulty garage doors are dangerous to you, your car, or anyone who comes in contact with it.

Garage doors contain many moving parts. These moving parts can become worn with time. When this happens, it is time you repair your garage door or replace it with a new one. If you decide to repair it, then you will require the services of a professional company to do the repairs rather than trying to repair it on your own. Modern doors require specialized tools and a skilled technician to identify and repair the faulty areas.

There are many advantages of choosing Geauga Door for repairs as they will ensure that the door is properly fixed, safe, and completed in a timely manner at an affordable price.

With over 40 years of experience, our company is capable of performing all necessary repairs. Our technicians are certified and have licenses that are current.

When it comes to cost, it is not always the company offering the lowest price that provides the highest quality and safest service. Neither does a higher price always ensure quality! Do your homework and read reviews. Ask for quotations and compare the prices versus the experience that company has.

Finally, choose a company with good customer service that will answer all your queries promptly and efficiently. Geauga Door has a professional staff that are ready to serve you diligently and promptly.

Get the Quality Service You Deserve. Call Today: 440-834-4949

 

When it comes to fixing the garage doors, there is no doubt that this cannot be a self quick fix job; you will need to call the professional. Garage door service companies hire experts who know how and where to find those parts to repair the door. There are several benefits to having a garage door service provider fix your problem.

1. Efficiency – The professional garage door service provider will give you the efficient service that you would require should you have an emergency since the service is available 24 hours. If you need a replacement of any part for the door or the door itself, they will have them at their disposal. This adds that measure of security since many garages open into the home.

2. Insurance – When you are working with the professionals, you will have to make sure that they are licensed, insured, and bonded. You should always go for those service providers that sell, install and also service the garage doors. This will mean that you can use the same service provider for all your garage door problems, and you will not need to hire another company that may not be as familiar with your garage door.

3. Cost – The service providers have standard fees for their services, and you will receive costs up front. There are also different prices when it comes to buying a replacement door or parts, all of which the provider is very familiar with.

4. Door Strength – Depending on your location and whether it is a residential or commercial garage door, there may be need to have a stronger door that can withstand the severe weather conditions or heavy usage. Because of such requirements, some areas have building codes which have to be met by the builders.

5. Quality – The garage door service provider will be in a position to share advice about the best doors available for your needs. There are doors made from different materials and you need a professional opinion before you pick your option. There are also different styles when it comes to the doors including traditional doors, carriage doors, and many more.

Working on the garage door may sound like an easy job, but in reality requires careful attention to detail to ensure safety and proper functionality. So whether it is repairing the existing old door or fixing a new door, it is better to go for the professional.

When you are choosing a garage door service, you need to do your research so that you can find a trusted service provider. Geauga Door is a family owned business that has been serving clients for over 40 years. They have a fleet of fully equipped service trucks to better serve customers and provide on-call 24 hour emergency service, including weekends and holidays.

 

 

 

A garage door is as important as any other part of your house. It can add a nice aesthetic value to your house or spoil it. It is therefore important that you always have your garage door in good condition. Getting the right person to repair your door is very important. The technicians at Geauga Door have the expertise to do it perfectly and bring it back to its original status. If you are not very conversant with fixing and repairing garage doors, then do not attempt to fix yourself. You might end up leaving it worse than it was. It might also be that you do not have the right tools to fix the garage door; that’s why it is important to let the professionals do it for you.

Many home owners always want to fix their home issues on their own, especially minor repairs in the home. But when it comes to garage door repairs, it is always better to hire a professional to do it. Garage doors might be dangerous especially when you don’t have the right tools to do the repairs. You might end up with injuries if you do not have the right gears to use when repairing it. It has parts that could cause serious bodily harm. These include big hinges, tension springs and even chains that are heavy and moving. An expert from Geauga Door who has the right tools can make sure that the repairs are carried out professionally and accurately. The garage door will end up running smoothly and will be safe to use. Professionals will always ensure that they remove old and faulty parts and replace them with new parts. This will ensure that the garage door does not come out of its hinges or fall down. This could be dangerous to you or even damage your car or any other thing that is adjacent to it.

When it comes to costs, which is one of the issues most people want to know, nowadays it has even become less expensive to repair a broken down garage. This is because there are many professionals in the field and the prices for parts have gone down. Though it may seem cheaper to replace the broken parts on your own, you might end up doing it incorrectly which could prove to be even more expensive in the long run. Professionals from Geauga Door will take their time to assess the extent of damage, the costs involved, and carry or obtain the tools required to repair the door.

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