6 Tips for Garage Door Maintenance
Having your garage door falling apart is a serious problem. It’s expensive, it can be dangerous, and it’s also rather inconvenient. If your garage door is noisy, hard to open, and often unresponsive to remote controls or heavy to lift manually, these issues could lead to a much larger hassle than one may initially think. With proper maintenance by a professional garage door service in Vancouver, BC, you can avoid all the hassles associated with a garage door not functioning properly. Garage door maintenance keeps your garage door from becoming another eyesore in your front yard.
In this article, we will talk about six tips for residential and commercial garage door maintenance that help you schedule regular inspections with the help of reliable garage door providers in your area.
Clean the Garage Door
It’s easy to forget about the garage door, particularly when having a busy lifestyle. However, it’s important to remember that a garage door is an integral part of the home and daily routine. It keeps out pests and burglars while providing an extra layer of security. It can also help reduce energy consumption by providing superior insulation.
Cleaning the garage door will ensure it lasts longer and performs better. Here are four tips to use when cleaning your garage door:
- Look for any signs of rust or wear in the corroded panel that may indicate damage has occurred in this area. If there are signs of damage, consider replacing the panel.
- Wipe down the door with a damp rag once or twice a month to remove dirt, grime, and other debris.
- Use mild soap and water to clean the garage door’s tracks and panels.
- If you have a garage door opener, clear cobwebs and wipe safety sensors to ensure they are working without obstruction
Although they get overlooked, the garage door tracks are just as essential as the door itself. The tracks allow the rollers to operate freely, allowing the garage door to travel smoothly up and down. When opening the garage door every day, dirt, debris, and grime can build up in the tracks. Over time, this can lead to garage door issues, such as a noisy garage door or premature garage door hardware failure.
Check the Rollers
Roller brackets(hinges) and garage door rollers get worn out over time. If the roller bearing is worn out or if they are not working properly, the garage door will be difficult to open and close. You will need to lift the garage door to check for these issues. If the rollers do not move smoothly, they might need to get replaced.
Maintenance should get done at least once a year. We recommend contacting a professional for assistance with this part of the process.
Inspect the Drums
Check them for cracks or chips every six months to ensure they’re not starting to wear out, which could lead to rusting and other issues. The garage door’s drums allow the door to move up and down.
There will be trouble moving the garage door smoothly when damaged, leading to many problems. Listen for any grinding noises when opening or closing the door. If there’s anything wrong with the drums, replace them—and that’s not something you should do by yourself. Call an expert.
Check the Hinges
Inspecting the hinges regularly is essential, so they don’t break while in use. A broken hinge could cause the garage door to go off track resulting in damage to property and belongings and in some cases, can cause injuries to anyone nearby. The owner or user can check the garage door hinges regularly for wear or cracks to prevent accidents.
Lubricate Garage Door Hardware
Lubricating the garage door is another essential task to consider when performing maintenance. Keep all moving parts lubricated, rollers and hinges, and springs well-lubricated. Use a garage door lubricant like white lithium grease on the door’s hinges, rollers, springs, and other metal parts that regularly contact other moving parts. A dry, squeaky door means a lack of proper lubrication. Lubricate the parts when needed.
Be careful not to get any lubricant on plastic components! Plastic components help keep parts in place while being installed or repaired. If oil or grease gets applied to plastic pieces, it could affect how well they work and how long they take to break down completely. If this does happen, wipe off excess oils/greases immediately with a paper towel before using them again.
Check The Weatherstripping
If you get cold/Hot air inside the garage, the garage door might not seal as well as it used to, so it could be time for weatherstripping maintenance. The weatherstripping seals the gap between your door’s bottom, top and side panels so that cold air doesn’t come into your home during the winter and warm air doesn’t escape. It serves the opposite purpose during the summer and keeps the garage nice and cool.
If the weatherstripping on your garage door is old or damaged, it may not effectively keep out the cold/heat. Here are three easy steps we recommend on how to replace the weatherstripping on your garage door:
- Remove the old weather stripping by pulling on it gently until it comes off. If it doesn’t come off quickly, try using a utility knife or a pry bar to gently pry it up from underneath. Once removed, throw away the old strip of rubber or plastic and clean off the area where it gets attached with a rag.
- Measure out new weather stripping according to the door width and height; most kits come with multiple pieces so that you can just cut them down as needed instead of buying something too long for your door or too short for your needs!
- Apply water and soap to make the bottom retainer slippery. It enables easy fitting of the bottom rubber.
Garage doors are a vital component of the everyday functioning of a home. They function as a main entrance to a home. The garage door is only as good as the maintenance that it receives. A well-maintained garage door will last longer, operate smoothly, be safer and less likely to cause an accident, and consume less energy than a poorly maintained one. So the next time you or your neighbour complains about a garage door opener not working—or any other component on the garage door. Contact us at https://titangaragedoors.ca/ for the best garage door service in Coquitlam.
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