Your garage door is used almost every day, so it would make sense to maintain it regularly for it to last for many years to come. Since this is probably the biggest moving part of your home, maintaining it is just as important as any part of your home. Plus, it ensures that you get easy, safe, and reliable access in and out of your garage. While most homeowners take time to maintain their roofs, tiles, windows, and other parts of the home, the garage door is often left unattended. This might lead to injuries and substantial property damage. Some of the ways you can maintain your garage door include:
Oiling your garage door will keep it running smoothly and avoid creaking and squeaking. Parts of the door that require lubrication include hinges, rollers, springs, pivot points, the lock mechanism of the door (keyhole), and an opener. Remember to use lubricant sparingly as too much of it could attract dirt that might gum up the works. By doing this, your garage door lifespan can be extended by several years.
Check the weather seal strips at the bottom and along the sides of the garage door to see if it’s brittle or cracked. Adjust or replace if necessary to keep the outdoor elements from your house. Door weatherstripping is also important for the energy efficiency of the home. Make sure that wood garage doors are sealed or painted.
Inspect the tracks regularly, wipe out and vacuum them to prevent debris from getting in the way of the rollers. Also check if the tracks are aligned to prevent the wheels from dragging, which could lead to early wear and tear. You can’t tell how long springs can last, and since they are under high tension, they could result in serious injuries if poorly maintained.
If the garage door isn’t properly balanced, the opener has to work harder, thereby reducing its life. You can test the door by disconnecting the automatic opener and manually moving the door halfway up. The door should be able to lift easily, smoothly, and stay open. If not, then it needs to be aligned by a professional.
The reversing mechanism of your garage door should be automatic to ensure everyone’s safety. Perform the test by placing an object on the floor, somewhere the garage door would normally touch, and then activate the opener’s transmitter. The door should be able to automatically reverse when it hits the object. If not, you should have it repaired/replaced.
You have to check your rollers regularly and have them inspected by a professional twice a year. Chipped, cracked, or worn out rollers should be replaced immediately. You can only replace roller brackets that aren’t attached to the cable system directly.
The garage door moves a lot, especially if you use it every day. This frequent movement and vibration can loosen the hardware, which can cause serious injuries and property damage. Check and tighten all the bolts and roller brackets with a socket wrench.
While examining all the parts of the garage door, it’s important to check the door itself. For the wooden doors, check for warp, chipped/peeled paint, or water damage. On the other hand, steel doors should be checked for rust. Every time you clean your car, remember to groom your garage too. Use a mild all-purpose cleaner to clean the door. While it’s not the most glamorous part of your home, it’s still part of your home’s exterior and should be kept clean and fresh.
It’s important to do maintenance at least once a year; even so, you should regularly check your garage door for wear & tear, broken pieces, rust, and dirt. In case of any problem, contact a trained technician to manage the repairs or carry out a tune-up service.