We have fixed and installed hundreds of garage doors, so we know how crucial it is to keep your garage door in top working condition. A well-maintained garage door not only ensures your convenience and safety but also extends the life of your door, saving you money in the long run. There is already a lot of advice out there about garage door maintenance, so much so it can get hard to keep it all straight. That is why we want to break it down to the 5 most important garage door maintenance tips. Follow these suggestions and your garage door system will last longer.
The first step in maintaining your garage door is a simple one – inspect and listen. Every month, take a few moments to watch your garage door in action. Does it move smoothly, or is it jerky in places? Do you hear grinding, scraping, or other unusual noises? These can be early signs of a problem. Pay special attention to the rollers, cables, springs, and pulleys. Remember, if something seems amiss, it’s better to call in the experts at Stateline Garage Door rather than attempt a DIY fix.
A little lubrication goes a long way in extending the life of your garage door. Use a spray lubricant to coat the overhead springs, and a silicone-based lubricant on your door’s rollers, hinges, and tracks. This should be done at least once a year. It’s a quick task that can prevent noise and wear on the door’s moving parts.
An unbalanced garage door can put stress on the opener and shorten its lifespan. To test the balance, disconnect the opener by pulling the release handle (usually a red cord), and manually move the door halfway up. If it doesn’t stay put, the counterweight system (springs) has become improperly balanced. This is a critical issue that requires professional attention.
Check the rubber weather seal strip on the bottom of your door. If it’s cracked or brittle, replace it right away to keep out rain, snow, and pests. Also, inspect the seals around the garage door to ensure they are in good condition. This not only improves energy efficiency but also protects the garage interior from weather and external elements.
Finally, keeping your garage door clean can significantly impact its longevity and appearance. Use a mild all-purpose cleaner to wash the door a few times a year. For metal doors, check for rust spots that should be sanded, primed, and painted. Wooden doors will require more care, including checking for water damage and warping.
Remember, while regular maintenance can be performed at home, certain tasks like spring repair or replacement are best left to professionals due to the high risk of injury. At Stateline Garage Door, we’re committed to providing the best service to keep your garage door in perfect shape. Need help or have questions about garage door maintenance? Contact us today – we’re here to help the Athens community with all your garage door needs!