Regular maintenance of your garage door is important for its continued quality and performance. Our team of experts will be there at any time to make any overhead door repairs that are necessary. While certain repairs should be taken care of by a professional, there are plenty of preventative measures you can take to ensure that your garage door lasts. Here are a few recommended steps to maintain your garage door.
When you leave for work in the morning, it’s tempting to immediately pull out of the driveway and continue your day. Instead, wait a moment to watch the garage door close. Is it “catching” while it’s closing? Do you hear any grinding or scraping noises? Does the door seem to be closing at an angle? If you notice anything wrong with the door, now is the time to get a closer look at your door.
Think about how many times your garage door moves up and down in just one day. Between leaving and returning home from work, social outings, errands, and everything else, your garage door will be used on average more than 1,000 times each year. After all that movement, it makes sense that the mechanical parts loosen over time. Use a socket and wrench to tighten up the hardware, like roller brackets and bolts. You can also take this time to get a closer look at the springs and other components of your door and make sure that everything is functioning as it should.
Twice a year, take the time to inspect the rollers. Garage doors are very heavy! After the strain of pulling back the garage door, it can create cracks or strains in the rollers. Whether they are made of nylon or steel, you should replace rollers every seven years or so. We always recommend one of the experts from our team to handle the replacement of the rollers. This will ensure that nothing gets broken in the process and that the repair is handled with care.
An easy and simple step to preserve the life of your garage door system is to lubricate its moving parts once a year. You’ll want to spray the opener’s chain or screw, as well as the overhead springs. Making sure that these parts are lubricated, you can keep your door functioning as it should and prevent any long term damage.
Your garage door is exposed to the elements of the outdoors. As you can imagine, debris easily collects over time and can negatively affect the performance of your garage door. Be sure to periodically clear the tracks on either side of the door frame to prevent debris from creating obstacles for smooth movement. Again, any major adjustment to the tracks must be implemented by a professional.
It’s important to examine the garage door itself. If it’s a wood door, check to water damage, warping, and chipped or peeling paint. Steel doors can form rust spots, which you can sand, prime, and paint over. You can always wash the garage door with a mild all-propose cleaner to maintain the integrity of its exterior.
If you’re ever having any issue with your door or just wanting to get an inspection by a professional, you can contact our team at any time. We are available 24/7 to handle any repairs that may need to be performed. Find out more information and contact us at Overhead Door Tulsa today!