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Next time you’re driving around the neighborhood, make it a point to look at the homes and especially their overhead garage doors. How much of the exterior view is represented by those doors? Typically, you’ll find that it’s not less than a third of the home, and oftentimes it’s even more.

Obviously, your choice of door is going to be a big part of that first impression people will form about your home, so finding one that best complements your home and satisfies your needs is something to give some serious thought to. This becomes even more important when the it’s time to sell – you don’t want to chase a potential buyer away before they even get inside!

Today, the range of design and material options is almost endless. You could spend days looking through everything that’s available before you find a door that not only secures your home and enhances its curb appeal, but also improves its energy efficiency at the same time.

To help you narrow those options a bit, here are five important categories to consider when buying or replacing an overhead door.

1. Cost

We all have spending limits! It is essential to have a budget in mind when looking into any major purchase. Give yourself a realistic range to work within that includes both a high-end and even a low-end amount that you are willing to spend.

2. Lifestyle

If you have children or use the garage as a workshop, your best choice is an insulated, heavy gauge steel door that isn’t going to dent every time a ball or bike hits it. And think twice about windows (or at least the type of windows) if you have baseball players! A good door will last 15-20 years if properly maintained and should get you through those years when kids are most apt to have a few run ins with it.

3. Style

Trying to decide on a look that best fits your home is probably going to be the hardest decision of all. By setting a budget, you’ll narrow down the choices. While you’re on that drive around the neighborhood, check out the garage doors that seem to enhance the overall appearance of homes similar to yours. Geauga Door professionals are a good source to consult if you’re struggling here and can help direct you to a style that best fits your home and your budget.

4. Insulation

Not all doors need insulation. However, if your lifestyle includes children, then an insulated door will keep your garage at a more comfortable temperature when you’re loading and unloading the kids, their friends, the dogs, cats, etc.! Other than that, it’s more of a personal preference. If your workshop is in the garage, you’ll want insulation. And with severe weather changes, which do happen all too often in Northeast Ohio, it may be more cost effective to choose an insulated door if your garage is attached to your home.

5. Maintenance

Steel or fiberglass doors will require the least amount of maintenance, but no door is absolutely maintenance-free. Cleaning the door and lubricating the moving parts of the door should be done once a year at the very least.

Wooden garage doors are certainly beautiful and add a warmth and even rustic appeal, but keep in mind that maintenance costs increase. They will need to be painted, treated, and/or stained once every couple of years.

If all this seems a bit overwhelming, call us! Geauga Door Sales & Services has been providing quality service, products, and installation to customers, including contractors, for over four decades. We have plenty of options to choose from and can answer all your questions as you go through the process of finding the right overhead garage door for your home.


Buying a new home is certainly one of the most exciting and one of the most stressful things in life! So can you imagine after all is said and done, you walk out to get your car out of the garage, only to discover the overhead door won’t open? Too late! You should have had that inspected beforehand!

Whether you’re a home buyer, home seller, or a homeowner, inspections are certainly required. After all, the installation of an overhead garage door is one of most expensive enhancements to a home. You don’t want to be caught in any of the above positions and faced with unexpected expenses – or possible court cases!

If you do not already have annual inspection dates scheduled with your overhead door company, or if you are currently looking at a home with an overhead door, now is the time to call Geauga Door. The cost of an inspection versus the cost of a complete door replacement – well, there is obviously no comparison!

You can also do some checking yourself. Here is a list of things to be sure to look over.

1. Check Alignment and Balance

  • Close the garage door. Disconnect from the opener. Open manually with one hand. If lubricated properly it should open easily. If it doesn’t open, re-lubricate and try again. If it still sticks, you may have an alignment problem.
  • Open the door halfway and release it. If it slams down, the culprit is possibly a bad spring. Improper balance could also be the problem.  A properly balanced garage door will stay in place with a bit of shifting perhaps, but it will not rapidly close or open. 

2. Check Door Operator
Garage doors are heavy! They unfortunately have caused a number of serious injuries due to improper maintenance or just careless behavior.

  • Open the door. Place an object such as a piece of wood or paper towel roll under the door and then close it automatically. The door should detect it, stop, and reverse entirely.
  • If your garage door has electric sensors, repeat the above process of opening the door, but then take a stick and pass it under the door at the height of the sensors to check for its reversal. The sensors should detect the stick, stop the door, and reverse it.

If either of the above tests fail, call Geauga Door right away and have the garage door repaired. Waiting will only delay the accident that is sure to take place.

3. Check for Damage

Areas to pay special attention to:

  • damaged wiring and connections
  • damaged weather stripping that could allow air or water in
  • damaged or worn cables 

4. Additional Check Points

  • Power cords or extension cords that aren’t directly wired into the wall
  • Test the emergency release handle occasionally to be sure it will detach from the opener. (Remember to reattach it after checking!)
  • If your overhead door has extension springs, they should have a safety cable running through the middle of it. If not, it is recommended you have them installed.
  • Lubricate springs, sprockets, rollers and bearings and tighten chains, belts, hinges and hardware as needed.
  • Be sure the open/close button is at least five feet from the ground so little hands cannot reach!


If you discover problems with your garage door…

unless you know you are qualified, do not attempt to fix it yourself. Take a look at the manufacturer’s information that came with your door. It may give you a little insight about what is wrong. Then call Geauga Door!

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!


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.

“We are a service company. If you do service, it isn’t always convenient, but you do it anyway.”

Tom Blair, Owner of Geauga Door Sales & Service

It’s 3 a.m. The phone rings. A voice on the other end is frantic. “Our plane leaves in a few hours. What can we do…our [garage] door won’t open!” What would you do if you were the owner of the garage door company? “I drove over and fixed it.” That’s what Tom Blair did!

In 1985, Tom heard a fire siren go off. Once again, it’s the middle of the night. “Do you have an emergency crew standing by?” the man asked. One of Troy’s first responders had come in and started the truck up. Not realizing it had been left in reverse, he had gotten out for a minute. It started moving backward until it pushed the whole door out into the driveway. The temperature was below zero. “Really smashed the door to smithereens!” says Tom as he recalls the story. What did he do? He went over and fixed it, of course!

That’s part of the reason Geauga Door has been around since 1967. You won’t receive better service anywhere else. Service companies serve people – whether it’s convenient or not. ’”With very few exceptions there is a live person that answers the phone 24/7 or gets back in a short time. We’re old fashioned in that way,” says Tom.

In the Beginning…there was a trucker

For 25 years, Tom was driving for Geauga Trucking. During that time, he not only drove, but had plenty of opportunity to exercise his repair skills as well. He loves fixing things. “If you tell me I can’t fix it, I’ll find a way.” Can you imagine a world where everyone thought like that!

Tom found out about Geauga Door after Chuck Molnar, owner of Geauga Door at that time, came to Geauga Trucking on a repair call. As a fellow ‘fixer,’ Tom took an interest in what he was doing. Since he had been in trucking for so many years, he was feeling ready for a career change, so not long after, he began working for Chuck.

Chuck, who began the business from his Burton home in 1967, spent a period of time training Tom, then in 1985, he sold the company to him. In 1998, Geauga Door moved to their present location on Route 87 in Burton where they have remained the last 16 years.

Happy Employees Speak Volumes

If you spend any time at all in the office of Geauga Door, you’ll instantly sense that they are a close knit group. It’s quite obvious Tom’s staff likes being a part of this company, and he is extremely grateful for the quality of people he has employed. Having good employees and keeping them has been one of the most rewarding aspects of his business. “We make our people feel they are needed and wanted and part of the business. Ronnie has been with us since he was 15 – he’s 43 now.” That’s a testimony in itself! Tom says of his work crew, “They are our biggest asset.”

Tell Tale Signs


Even if you have not yet become familiar with the Geauga Door family, you have most likely taken note of the sign that sits out front of their building on Route 87. As of this writing it says,

‘If things go wrong, do not go with them!’

“We’ve had the sign about seven years. We’re always looking for something clever. Everyone contributes. We’ve had people drive by, turn around, and come back. One woman… came back into the office and said, ‘You’ve made my day!’” In addition to the many fun or thoughtful sayings, they also advertise events for the community and promote local fundraisers.

Giving Back

Some people talk about giving back to their communities. Tom just does it. Community is very important to him, and he’s been involved in numerous organizations, fundraisers, and events over the years. He’s been very active in the Burton Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Burton-Middlefield. He was also mayor of Burton Village from 2008 – 2011 and is currently on the Burton Village Council.


Every winter, Geauga Door joins in the Cub Scout (#197) chili cook off event. “We’ve actually won four years in a row now. It’s the whole team; John the salesman, Charlie, Donna… everyone puts in their two cents. It’s very good chili! We have a secret ingredient,” which he would not divulge, of course!


On April 19, 2014, Tom was inducted into the Geauga County Maple Syrup Hall of Fame. Since high school, Tom has been a part of the Geauga County maple syrup community, which has a reputation like no other for producing the finest syrup in the country, though no one needs to tell any Geauga County resident about that! “I can taste the difference and know which syrup is from the Geauga producers,” he says.

Residential and Commercial Garage Door & Operator Services

Geauga Door has been serving customers for over 45 years and is the largest garage door company in Geauga County. Because of their large volume with manufacturers, they are able to pass on the savings to you.

Services also available:

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Same Day Service
  • Semi-Annual Preventative Maintenance
  • Annual Commercial Fire Door Drop Testing
  • Spring Replacement
  • All Other Major and Minor Door & Operator Repairs

And if you’re looking for the highest value-returning home improvement investments, then a garage door replacement is the way to go!

In 2013, midrange garage door replacements ranked at #11 for the Cleveland area. In one year’s time, they have moved up to #3. And upscale door replacements occupy the #1 slot in 2014!

You really can’t go wrong with Geauga Door. Quality people, offering quality service 24 hours a day, every day.

Call them for a free estimate!


Geauga Door Sales & Service, Inc.
14249 Kinsman Road
Burton, OH, 44021

toll free: 800-654-Door (3667)

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For those who have lived in Geauga County for any length of time, March is not the beginning of the  spring season. It’s the beginning of maple season! Spring just happens to occur around the same time, not the other way around. And from the perspective of an 8 year old boy, which would you be more inclined to associate March with – the sweet fragrance of a golden yellow flower or the sweet fragrance of the rich golden brown maple sap boiling away in kettles the size of elephants (remember – he was 8 years old)! Probably a few secret tastings as well….

Tom Blair will tell you that if you place two spoonfuls of maple syrup in front of him, one from a Geauga County producer and one from an out-of-county producer, he can taste the difference – without peeking! How? “There’s maple syrup running in my veins,” he says. It must be the kind that he has been helping to produce for over 54 years now. If it’s true that we become like those whom we spend the most time with, then perhaps all those years spent in the industry have had a similar effect. He knows his own ‘kin.’

Garage Door Repair

Tom was 8 years old when he first made maple syrup, and by the time he was a teenager, he was gathering sap for the Burton Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber built the Burton Log Cabin on the square in the center of town and opened in 1931, just in time for maple season. Since 1936, they have been instrumental in marketing the maple syrup industry. Tom, who has been tree-tapping since 1960, took over the role of the chair of the log cabin committee in 1980, and 54 years later he is still actively involved.

As the official buyer of syrup, all of the producers Tom deals with know him as an honest, fair person as they sell the fruit of their hard work. Only those who have made maple syrup can appreciate the labor involved, and Tom has great respect for all the individuals he deals with as he purchases their crop.

Working with producers requires that he delivers clean barrels to them in early spring. He then drives his own personal truck back out to pick up the product; grades the syrup in front of the producer for color and brix; loads the syrup on his truck; returns to the cabin to weigh the syrup carefully; writes a check for the syrup; then drives the check back to the producer.

Managing the syrup throughout the year requires transfer from barrels (canning) into containers of all sizes. This entails starting the heating process at 5:30 in the morning. After it reaches temperatures hot enough for the others to help can, it requires blending of various barrels with various qualities of color and brix to ensure a high quality product sold in the cabin. He also chooses barrels from producers to be used as candy and then sets these barrels (400 lbs each) up in racks. The cabin takes great pride in its candy.

Tom does not only buy, grade, and can syrup, he has been a dependable, dedicated overseer of cabin operations. He is the “Mr. Fixit” who has repaired and sealed the roof many times, changed light fixtures, fixed drains and toilets, insulated and built the “cool” barrel storage room, and performed countless other repairs which have preserved the cabin as a center of tourism and a place of historical significance.

Tom serves on many Chamber of Commerce committees and, in particular, the Oxtoberfest Committee. He continues flipping pancakes to this day for the Rotary, which dates back to his earlier years of participation at the fire station. Tom was Mayor of Burton Village from 2008 – 2011 and is currently on the Burton Village Council. He is a member of the Geauga County Historical Society, the NFIB, and the NRA. Tom has worked for Cleveland Fireliner and Geauga Truck, and since 1985, has owned Geauga Door.

Tom says that he made a promise to himself that he would keep the tradition of those who walked ahead of him. And that he is doing!

Since 1984, The Geauga County Maple Syrup Hall of Fame has been recognizing those who have been  an important part of the maple syrup industry here in Geauga County with an annual induction ceremony. Tom Blair is the 2014 inductee chosen for this honor. The Geauga County Maple Syrup Hall of Fame officially welcomed him on April 19 at Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen in Middlefield.




Tags: Geauga County, Ohio, maple syrup, Maple Syrup Hall of Fame, Burton Chamber of Commerce,  Burton Log Cabin, 2014 induction, Tom Blair, Geauga Door

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