You know how important it is to have regular maintenance done on your vehicle, but do you treat your garage door the same way? Many of us tend to take our garage doors for granted, but with plenty of moving parts they need maintenance or they’ll break down over time.
You should leave any major garage door repairs to the professionals, but there are some things you can do on your own to keep your door working properly and help prevent it from needing to be repaired or replaced too soon.
A malfunctioning garage door can not only be annoying or costly, it can also be a significant safety issue, especially if you have children. Here are a few things you can do to help maintain your garage door:
Pay Attention – When garage doors start making noises that means that something is likely wrong. If you catch them at the early stages the problem might not be too bad, but if you ignore it and let it go on too long it could lead to larger issues.
Lubricate – Use WD-40 or another penetrating solvent to lubricate your garage door’s rollers, roller tracks, hinges, and latches. For extension-spring openers lubricate the pulleys and for torsion-spring openers lubricate the bearings. Next, you’ll want to wipe everything clean and then apply a light oil like a 3-in-1 lubricant.
Weather-stripping – You’ll want to check the door’s weather-stripping along the sides. If you find that it’s jamming against the sides you can try adjusting it but you may need to have it replaced. For wooden doors that don’t have weather-stripping, make sure they are sealed or painted and you may also want to have them weather-stripped.
If you are consistent you’ll only need to inspect your garage once or twice a year. If you are experiencing any problems with your garage door don’t hesitate to give Guardian Garage Door Services a call at 609-693-8040 to schedule an appointment.
Each year many Americans participate in some form of spring cleaning for their homes, but many of them forget about or neglect their garages. When the weather starts to warm up in the spring and summer it’s only natural to spend more time outdoors. Your garage is a great place to work or even hang out because it provides a combination of being inside and outside at the same time.
The first step to getting your garage ready for spring is making sure it functions properly. Garage door springs are one of the most common parts that require repairs. These springs are under stress every time your garage door operates and eventually they’ll need to be replaced. The best thing you can do is to schedule a garage door inspection from a professional to make sure it’s working properly.
Once your garage door is up to par you can start cleaning out the inside of your garage. You’ll certainly need a broom to clean up the floor and get rid of any cobwebs in the corners. You should open up your garage door while you are cleaning to air the space out. You may want to do a bit of reorganizing including getting out your items for spring and summer and putting away your winter items.
Go through boxes you haven’t opened or used in a long time and determine if you want to sell them, donate them, or throw them away. This is also a great time to reevaluate your garage’s purpose. If you use it to store two vehicles there may not be much you can do with it. However, if you don’t’ store any cars in your garage you can make it into an extra room in your home that serves a specific purpose.
To schedule garage door service, give Guardian Garage Door Services a call today at 609-693-8040 .