Preventative Maintenance for Garage Doors
Regular maintenance of your garage door is important for its continued quality and performance. 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 maintenance 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 answer is yes to any of these questions, it’s time to take a closer look.
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.
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 in the rollers. Whether they are made of nylon or steel, you should replace rollers every seven years or so.
An easy and simple step to preserve the life of your garage door system is to lubricate its moving parts once a year. Just grab that trusty can of WD-40 that you keep in your garage and spray down the opener’s chain or screw and overhead springs.
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.