The garage door is probably one of the largest movable parts in your home. It is made up of several moving components that help with the smooth operation of the door. Unfortunately, many homeowners wait until something goes wrong with their garage door before considering doing something to extend its life. The good news, with regular maintenance, it is not uncommon for a garage door to last from 30 years to a lifetime. Here are a few tips to help you maintain your door for years to come.
Lubricate Moving Parts
Over time, the moving parts of the garage door will suffer wear. While it is possible to replace many of these parts, which will help you avoid purchasing an entirely new door, this is not always necessary. It is important to lubricate the roller, cables, springs and panels regularly. Doing so will prevent them from working harder than they need to and save you the cost of replacing worn parts.
Give it a Good Scrubbing
It is important to treat the garage door like any other part of your home and regularly give it a good cleaning. Using mild soap, such as liquid dishwashing soap, and water, simply scrub anything that looks dirty, especially the areas that are subject to dust, dirt and environmental pollution. You may also need to apply a fresh coat of paint every few years to keep it looking its best.
Check the Balance
Improper balance can cause problems with the functionality of the door and put excess pressure on the door opener, so it is important to check the balance of the door on a regular basis. To check the balance, lift the garage door approximately 2 feet off of the ground, then step back. If the balance is off, the door will begin to close by itself. If it needs balanced, it is important to contact a professional garage door repair company and not to attempt to make the repairs on your own.
Check the Safety Sensors
It is important to ensure the safety sensors are always working properly. To check the sensors, close the door and place something in front of the beam, if the sensors are working correctly the door will immediately stop and begin to reverse. Another way to check the reverse system is by holding your hands out in front of you while the door is closing, if the sensors are working correctly, the door will stop by itself and begin to reverse.
One of the easiest ways to prolong the life of your garage door, as well as determine if repairs are needed, is with routine inspections. If you are experiencing occasional jerks, a grinding noise or problems with the movement of the door, it requires attention. It is important to keep in mind that malfunctioning garage doors can be dangerous, so it is important to always contact a company experienced in garage door repairs instead of risking an injury by doing the work yourself.
If you need more information on how to prolong the life of your garage door or are experiencing problems with the operation of the door, contact Wayne Overhead Door Sales and Home Improvement, we will be happy to perform a thorough inspection of your garage door.