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Because the right garage door can have a significant impact on your home’s curb appeal, you want to make a great decision. It has probably been awhile since you last shopped for a new garage door so sifting through all buying factors can be tough.

To make the process easier for you, we’ve compiled this easy-to-read list that gets right to the point. Whether you want to upgrade or get a replacement, these 10 tips will help you choose the best garage door for you.

 1. Garage Door Design and Styles

If you spend just a few minutes looking through your garage door selection, you may be surprised at how many design and style options you have. Since your garage is part of your home’s exterior, its style and design should compliment your overall home’s style. Take a look at your options and choose what looks best for your home. For example, the carriage style garage door will give your home the storybook farmhouse look while a contemporary aluminum door or glass door will offer a dramatic compliment to your modern home’s exterior.

2. Garage Door Windows

If you want your new garage door to look even better, windows undoubtedly will take it to the next level. Not only do they enhance your home’s curb appeal and beauty, windows are a great way to allow natural light inside. Windows easily transform a gloomy garage into a welcoming space. If you are concerned about the cold weather, double-paned windows offer a simple solution that will allow the sun to shine while keeping the cold out.

3. Garage Door Material

Garage doors usually come constructed from wood, steel, vinyl, or aluminum. Choosing the garage door material depends on your preferences and desires. The first is look. Wood can offer more customized options and give your home a ornate look. Most commonly garage doors are made from steel. Vinyl doors are durable in harsh weather and aluminum doors offer a sophisticated look.

4. Considering Upkeep

When selecting the material your garage door is made of you may want to consider upkeep expenses. Wood doors, though stunning, do require painting or staining every few years. However, this minimal effort really increases your home’s curb appeal. Steel doors are durable and only require occasional cleaning and maintenance. Vinyl doors last even longer, never need to be painted, and don’t rust. Aluminum doors are low maintenance.

5. Insulation

Choosing a garage door with excellent insulation will keep your utility bill costs down both in the winter and summer. If you plan to use your garage as a work space or a social space, insulation is vital. Insulation of a garage door is expressed in R-Value. A higher R-Value reduces outside noise and keeps the temperature stable. When shopping for a garage door with insulation, do not be fooled by the door’s thickness – look for a high R-Value instead.

6. Garage Door Safety

As the largest moving piece of equipment in most households, make sure you new garage door is safe for everyone. Some garage doors are equipped with pinch-resistant features that push fingers away from harm when the door is closing. Your new door should be equipped with a garage door reversal function.

7. Garage Door Spring System

Your garage door is opened and closed with the counterbalance spring system. The opener only provides the initial push to get the door moving while the springs do the rest of the work. The springs are wound tightly when the door is closed and unwind to push the door up. When choosing your next garage door, ensure this vital mechanism is as sturdy and strong as your new door is beautiful.

8. Warranty

Many garage door manufactures offer you a warranty when you purchase a new door. For example C.H.I. Overhead Doors offers an excellent warranty against splitting, cracking and rusting.

9. Cost

When upgrading your garage door, you must consider the cost. Though you should get what you want, finding a garage door company that offers quality at an affordable rate is important. You deserve to get the best product for your money. Because we are the largest garage door company in Geauga County, we can offer better rates because of our large volume with manufactures.

10. Service Quality

If you are considering getting a new garage door, always consider the quality of the installation service. If some company does a bad job, you will end of paying for it in maintenance and repair costs before long. Always look for positive testimonials and reviews.

Although choosing the best garage door for your home might feel like a big task, these 10 tips will make it easier for you. We offer free estimates for people considering buying a new garage door. Contact us today if you have any questions.

Your garage door is the gateway to your home. In the winter it months it keeps you warm and protects your vehicles from the elements. If you have a garage door that needs to be fixed, whether it is on your home or your business property, you might want to make sure that a professional takes care of the repairs if something breaks.

 

If you try to fix garage door repairs yourself, you may end up causing another problem or making your situation even worse by doing the wrong thing. In this case, it is best to hire a professional. If you do not have the correct knowledge or the necessary expertise, odds are that you will cause more damage instead of fixing the problem.

 

If you have had no training in fixing garage doors, you have no on-the-job knowledge and may be unaware of how to keep yourself safe while attempting to fix a problem. It is not only smarter but also safer to hire a garage door specialist instead of fixing problems yourself. Remember to keep you and your family safe and hire a professional. The following are five garage door repairs that you should not do yourself. Keep your family safe by hiring a professional for the job.

 

1. Bent Track

To make the movements of your garage door smooth, it goes up and down by rolling on the tracks. If these tracks become broken or bent, your garage door will not function property and can be a dangerous hazard to you, your family or people at your business. Make sure to call a professional right away to fix this problem. You will be happy that a professional finished the job in a safe manner.

2. Garage Door Panel Replacement

When one or more of the outside panels of your garage door need to be replaced, a professional is the right person for the job. Panel replacement is a lot more than just a cosmetic problem. Not only will it be safer to hire a professional to do the job, but he or she will also be able to tell you why the problem occurred in the first place and offer tips on how to avoid having this problem in the future.

3. Roller Replacement

One of the more common problems people face is having their garage door rollers bend or break. Since these mechanisms are constantly in motion as you open and close your door, they may eventually become worn out and need to be replaced. If you decide to do this yourself, you might end up wasting a substantial amount of time on this repair. A professional will save you the risk of getting hurt because he or she has experience and will also do the job much more quickly.

4. Spring Replacement

Occasionally, one or more of the springs in your garage door may break and the door will not function as it used to. This may be frustrating and you might want to try to fix this problem yourself. However, without the proper training, the right tools and garage door equipment, replacing a spring can actually be very dangerous. To reduce risks and keep you and your family safe, hire a garage door professional to come and perform this repair for you.

5. Broken Cables

In order for your garage door to function correctly and safely, the cables on your door must be in working order. Since these cables are constantly under a lot of pressure from your heavy garage door, it can be dangerous to you if you do not know how to handle this repair properly. Repairing garage door cables requires a lot of expertise and a professional garage door repair specialist will be able to make this fix safely.

When it comes to making garage door repairs it is usually safer to hire a professional. Not only will it save hours of your time, but you can also rest assured that the work will be done well. Contact us today for a consultation so you can be sure that your garage door operates properly.

Keeping your garage and home safe by locking your doors is obviously a no brainer. And yet how many of us keep our remote openers on the visor of our cars for our own easy access?

Or do you ever wonder how easy it might be for someone to hack your garage door code and enter your garage, home, or both?

At the very least, you should be placing your opener in a hidden spot in your car if you choose to leave it inside.

But if your overhead garage door opener is over 15 years old, then now may be a good time to consider purchasing a new one. It certainly would make it a lot more difficult, in fact, near impossible, to access your garage.

Out with the Old; In with the New

If your garage door opener was made before 1999, it’s time to replace it with something more secure. Not only are many of these older units discontinued by most manufacturers, but finding parts can be difficult.

Today’s garage door openers come with safety features like rolling code technology. Every time you use that remote control, a new code is selected from an infinite number of combinations making copying your frequency impossible. Many new openers even come with a safety switch lock that disables all remote access so when you’re away on vacation, or even for the whole winter, you know your home is under maximum protection.

More features that are available today from many manufacturers of modern garage door openers include:

  • monitor and control your garage door and house lights remotely by using a computer or smartphone
  • electronically programing security codes from a multi-function control panel
  • whole-garage lighting with adjustable light time delay
  • safety sensors that project an invisible light beam across the garage door opening and automatically reverses the door if anything interrupts the beam while door is going down
  • sensing technology which will stop the door from closing if contact is made with a person or object
  • warning system which provides audible and visual warnings that the garage door is about to close
  • manual release handle in case of power failure

Though we can’t help you with where you choose to place your remote operator, we can help you find the best replacement for your out-of-date model which will provide maximum security for your home and maximum peace of mind for you. Call us today!

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!

Yes – I know it’s only August, but it’s a good time to do a little overhead garage door inspecting while the sun shines bright! When late fall and then winter arrive, you won’t want to be outside doing a door inspection in Northeast Ohio. We all know the havoc winter can wreak on …well, on just about everything! And your garage door will receive no exemptions for Mr. Old Man Winter.

Your overhead door is the largest door in your home. If your garage is attached to the house and heated, unless it is properly sealed, you stand to lose a good deal of warmth AND money!  When those temps begin to plummet, your heating bill will begin to rise no matter what, but if your door is in need of new seals, it could be costing you a significant amount more. By properly sealing your door, you could save hundreds of dollars.

Take a few minutes to perform this quick and easy 3 Point Seal Check. Do it now and you’ll have plenty of time to consider your options for repair or replacement should that be needed.

3 Point Seal Check

1. Close the garage door and stand inside during the day. Turn the lights off and look around the door for places where light shows through – the bottom, sides, and between sections.  There should be no light or very minimal light that shows. Feel for drafts as well.

2. Check the exterior vinyl weather stripping along the outside edges of your door. If you see cracks, if it appears loose or damaged, then it will need replacing.

3. Inspect the rubber weatherstripping at the bottom of the garage door. This is where the Northeast Ohio weather may take a big toll. Ice formation, salt accumulations, and debris have collected over time causing the seal to crack, pull away, or even develop holes.

If you notice damage, wear, or anything out of the ordinary, call Geauga Door now. They can take a look and let you know how to proceed. The money you will save in heating costs this winter could easily make up for the cost of any garage door repairs – especially if this winter is anything like that of 2013!