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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.


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.





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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“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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