Adorn your door!

Recently, Leo’s Overhead Doors partnered with Fabbri Creations to create a new, low cost way to jazz up the look of overhead doors that may be dated and worn. If you have an overhead door that may not necessarily need to be replaced, but that you want to maybe dress up, update the curb appeal of your home, and differentiate from other doors in your neighborhood, we may have the answer.

Fabbri Creations offers a varied and customizable line of sturdy, American made door adornments such as handles, hinges, accents, knockers, and signs that can both complement the look of your home and do it at a more manageable price than replacing your otherwise perfectly good door. This line is completely manufactured in the US from a high quality resin that is guaranteed to last a lifetime by Fabbri, and won’t rust or fade. The items come in a range of colors, and can be made to look like old fashioned wrought iron, or intricately woven copper, brushed silver, gold, or can even come with a  weathered patina for whatever color scheme or application you have in mind. The Fabbri accents can be installed on wooden or fiberglass doors as well as metal, unlike the magnetic applications of traditional overhead door accents offered by other suppliers.IMG_0396

Best of all, we can order and install for you, in addition to everything else we do here at Leo’s Overhead Doors. For a limited time, we are offering 5% off and free shipping of anything you want from Fabbri Creations, with the installation of a new door or a service visit from Leo’s Overhead Doors. IMG_0394


Daily Prompt: Miniature

Good morning, all!

Today’s daily prompt is “Miniature.” Nothing that I do is miniature. That word doesn’t come up around here very often, unless you are referring to my height. But as a shorter person, I’ve got a big attitude and an ever bigger drive. Go big or go home. everything lately that I’ve done, wanted, gotten, etc, I got threefold. Miniature? Me? Never!

For example, Leo’s Overhead Doors is our family’s business, and we deal in absolutely NOTHING that is miniature. From garage doors, which are generally the largest moving parts of buildings or homes, to our customer service, our reputation, even our pets, for that matter, are not in the slightest idea anything that one can call miniature. Even our warehouse cat, Carley, isn’t miniature – she’s the largest tortoise-shell cat I’ve ever seen. I suppose you could call our goats miniature, but they really aren’t. Don’t believe the ad when it says Miniature Nubian goats – they weigh about 125 lbs each. That’s not mini in my book, even if the full size version weighs between 150 and 200 lbs normally. It might be a tad smaller, but not mini. And I’ve the pleasure of having 4 of them in my backyard. So, mini doesn’t describe me at all – even when I tried.

Our efforts to run our business in Troy is nowhere near mini – we offer the ONLY 5 year warranty there is on garage doors in the area, and we’re the only overhead door company that has taken the extra step of becoming industry certified by the IDA, the US’s only national door company association. Our family and staff is here for our clients 24/7/365 for any problem they might have with their overhead door. I would not call that dedication miniature at all – more like macro. We like macro. We do macro well.

So if you want miniature around here, you must go looking elsewhere. Leo’s and our family does things all the way, the right way, and beyond. Nothing miniature about us! Don’t let my height fool you 🙂

via Daily Prompt: Miniature

Today’s Singular Event

So, Brian Hansen is one of our gifted technicians here at Leo’s Overhead Doors. He just sat down today, fresh off the job site, and told me something I really liked, something I thought I should share with you all.

Today, Brian was at a job site where Leo’s Overhead Doors had installed a garage door 47 years ago! Grandpa Leo Meichtry had originally done the installation, and here we are, years later, to come repair that same door- the only overhead door company to ever touch that door since it was brand new! Brian is our newest technician, and he is the son of our longest-working veteran commercial technician, Mark. This particular garage door was installed even before Mark was hired by Leo’s, when this business was just starting out.

Things like this make me proud to continue this tradition. To have a job done by Leo’s Overhead Doors so long ago, and to have that door last that long until they need us again is a real privilege. Thank you, Brian, for that special moment for Leo’s!

Overhead Door Safety

Do you wonder what it would be like to be hit with a ton of bricks from out of nowhere? Me, neither. Although seeing it in cartoons might have been amusing to me as a child, in reality to see such a thing would be horrific, and the farthest thing from those Saturday morning cartoons. This is why I feel that overhead door safety needs to be addressed and brought to the forefront of awareness. Your overhead door is not something that is necessarily what you think of in your daily life, but we here at Leo’s Overhead Doors feel very strongly about safety and quality when it comes to the operation of all overhead doors that we come in contact with on a daily basis.

Your overhead door might as well be a ton of bricks if those springs ever gave way and let the door come down in free-fall. Believe me, a garage door in free-fall is not something you ever want to encounter. It will crush anything in its path – you, your car, your children, pets, garbage cans, nothing that is under the door at the time will be spared. It is of monumental importance that your door be in good working order, lubricated, with parts and springs in optimal condition, as well as the opener and its safety components and connections, including photo eyes. All of these parts must be maintained, installed correctly, and in the right places for your safety and that of your family and possessions. The photo eyes of your door should be located no more that 6 inches off the ground to ensure its proper operation, and they have built-in fail-safes to let you know they are working correctly- usually a red or green light. The photo eyes interact with the ceiling mounted operator as well, so if the operator begins to act differently all of a sudden, it’s possible that the photo eyes are relaying a message to the opener indicating that there may be a problem interfering with the door’s safe operation. An overhead door technician should be called immediately. The overhead door itself should be balanced and lubricated. Your overhead door is engineered to operate safely if the hinges, cables, springs, drums, and other parts are in the correct places and in good working order.

Please call us at 518-274-4455 if you have any doubts at all about the safety and working order of your overhead door, or if you have outdated or improperly functioning/located safety equipment. Leo’s Overhead Doors will always go above and beyond to ensure all of our clients’ safety.

Feast: Response to the daily prompt

So, today’s daily prompt being the word “Feast” got me to thinking about what usually follows that word, which is “…or Famine.” In today’s world, this old saying truly still applies to a lot of things. Upstate NY is not known for its particularly good economy, and I don’t believe it is a stretch to say that businesses in NY are not exactly thriving as of late. Here we all are, family businesses, struggling like everyone else to continue to make ends meet. Pizzerias, laundromats, pharmacies, mechanic shops, repair shops, and more. We continue to be here, day in and out, because we are proud of what we contribute to take care of our clients and our families. We are experts in our fields, having done what we do for years, now, through the feasts and famines of our lives, the ups and the downs. We know what to expect, generations of us have gone through the ups and downs. Our community is so familiar, and that is so rare these days. The small town where everyone knows everything about everyone from generations back is truly a remarkable thing. Together we have weathered so much. It is important to know and acknowledge that we are special in today’s world – a world that is marred by violence and hatred. We are still here, and we will continue to work for ourselves and our families, to do good and return again to times of feasting and plenty. Throughout it all, we hold steadfast to who we are, through thick and thin, through feast and famine.

Here is the link to the daily prompt:

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Choosing a garage door company-Why Leo’s?

Leo’s Overhead Doors wants to be the company that you remember in the Capital Region and vicinity when you need service on your overhead door. That is a big, big responsibility that we do not take lightly here at Leo’s Overhead Doors. Think about it, your overhead door is (likely) the largest, heaviest moving part of your residential home or commercial building, weighing in at hundreds, sometimes thousands of pounds. It takes monumental effort to move that door or set of doors every day. Those metal springs take a lot of tension, and must be in good working order for the safety of your family and/or coworkers. Metal springs, door hardware, and other parts of your door are subjected to salt, rot, corrosion, metal fatigue and abuse that is common in the Northeast because of the change of seasons and temperatures. This is why we urge you to consider these following points when your door, parts, or springs have reached their end and you are looking to hire someone to fix them:


Hire a company that holds the right amount of insurance for the unplanned. Leo’s Overhead Doors carries not just the right amount of insurance, but we cover our liability & employees’ health and safety correctly and lawfully, our commercial vehicles, our building, residential and commercial work, and more.


Make sure that the company you hire regularly offers warranties on their labor and parts above and beyond what the manufacturer will warranty. You never know until it is too late, and you never want to guess wrong when you need your door covered. Leo’s offers a 30 day warranty on residential repairs and labor. On all new residential overhead door installations, Leo’s Overhead Doors offers a 1 year warranty on our parts of doors & door operators and 6 months on labor from the installation date, in addition to the applicable manufacturer’s warranty. Commercial warranties are offered as well; clients are welcome to call our office at 518-274-4455 to discuss.


Please, please ensure that the company you hire has a longstanding reputation in the service area, and is not some fly-by-night operation that will appear out of nowhere just to disappear when you need a followup. In addition, unlike big box stores, Leo’s Overhead Doors is a smaller family owned company and we will treat our clients like individuals. Leo’s Overhead Doors has a nearby physical location that clients are more than welcome to visit, and we take pride in our presence in the community. We have been here since 1966, and this year we are celebrating our 50th year in business. We have maintained positive and mutually beneficial relationships with our vendors, suppliers, and clients for years, enabling our clients to benefit from our longstanding presence in the community. A company like ours will make great effort in making sure our customers’ needs are met not just now but for years to come.



Our company will do what we say we will do, in writing, every time, and finish what we start. We also maintain a 24/7/365 help line for emergency service, so that we are here for our clients whenever you need us, with honesty and integrity.


Our servicemen have generations in the door servicing industry, with some individual technicians having over 30 years in the field. This much experience and education works to our clients’ advantage, as we can offer all kinds of solutions to varying needs. Overhead door work is what we do & what we specialize in, all day, every day. From highly specialized and regulated commercial fire doors with heavy duty industrial grade operators, to overhead doors on a trailer or truck, or a car garage door in a home, or retail metal shutters or rollups, we can repair, replace, or maintain it.

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Industry Certification

Leo’s Overhead Doors is the only local door company accredited by the International Door Association, and we operate by (and sometimes above) their voluntary Code of Business Conduct. The Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation, or IDEA, offers an accreditation program for door companies to become recognized in the industry for a commitment to quality, education, and professionalism. Leo’s Overhead Doors is the only company within 99 miles of the Capital Region to be certified through this program. In order to achieve this accreditation, our company has to demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of various facets of the door industry and have a high level of commitment to a higher code of business standards. Learn more at


Leo’s Overhead Doors stands by our word and our work, and we invite you to give us a try, day or night, rain, snow, or shine. As a Troy-based family-run company, we know what it is like to hire contractors. We want the job done right the first time when we have a need, so we want to be the same to our clients. Your garage door deserves the best. You can really take no chances when it comes to its safe and efficient operation. The technicians here at Leo’s Overhead Doors go above and beyond to deliver the quality we are known for, both residential and commercial. So when you need your overhead door working correctly, whether it is old, corroded, or damaged, or just want a new enhanced look for your home’s curb appeal to remove that outdated and unattractive original door, or just need a new remote transmitter or operator, give us a call. We will be here!


IDEA Certification and Accreditation

Leo’s Overhead Doors is proud to be the only IDEA accredited overhead door company within 100 miles of the Capital RegionACCR

The International Door Association, or IDA, is THE trade association for the overhead door industry, of which Leo’s Overhead Doors is a proud member. The IDA’s Code of Business Conduct outlines maintaining customer satisfaction, truth in selling & advertising, responsible business practices, safety, compliance, warranties, and more. We here at Leo’s go above and beyond for our clients, so in addition to adhering to the Code of Business Conduct, we have pursued more: accreditation from the IDEA. The Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation, or IDEA, is a nonprofit educational organization that offers a rigorous and thorough accreditation program to overhead door companies.

What this means to you-

Accreditation means that Leo’s has demonstrated exceptional industry knowledge. It is an affirmation of our reputation, experience, and continuous conscientious effort towards the betterment of the value of our product.

We here at Leo’s Overhead Doors are proud and humbled to be able to earn this important recognition, and we hope that you take into consideration this proof of our commitment to providing quality when your need for an overhead door company arises. If you want to do business with a quality-conscious, longstanding, reputable company, please consider Leo’s Overhead Doors. We are the only ones in the Capital Region who have shown this kind of commitment to our clients- and the proof is at