Tips For Maintaining your Garage Door for Long Lasting Security
Your garage door is the first thing you see when you arrive home and the last thing you see as you leave. It is an important part of your home’s security system and therefore needs to be maintained and taken care of like other components of your home. With a little but regular maintenance, you can easily keep the largest moving part of your home operating both smoothly and safely.
How to maintain a garage door
1. Inspect for wear and tear
Over a period of time, a garage door will show signs of wear and tear due to regular movement (during opening and closing). Proper maintenance of these doors should therefore include an inspection of all hardware as well as the moving parts. Keenly look for signs of wear or breakage of parts such as springs, rollers, cables, and other door hardware. If you notice any signs of damage, make sure to repair as necessary before using the door again to prevent further damage. Most do-it-yourselves can perform the majority of minor repairs like roller replacement but you should leave the complicated tasks to a qualified garage-door repair technician. Certain hardware items such as the springs are usually under high tension and may cause serious injury when handled improperly.
2. Clean the garage door
It is advisable to clean the outside of the door once every year or several times a year, for those who live in salty-air climates. Mix a cup of detergent with 5 gallons of water (preferably warm water) and wash the door with a cloth or soft sponge. Rinse the door thoroughly with a hose to remove the detergent and any remaining debris or dirt. For wood doors, wipe the outside part with a soft cloth but don’t use water. The inside can be cleaned the same way, though this will depend on its condition. If you find it’s relatively clean, simply use a broom to get rid of any cobwebs and other debris. Wood doors may also require to be repainted or stained so be sure to inspect the door every year or as necessary depending on climate and the finish quality, to determine whether or not it needs repainting or staining.
3. Lubricate moving parts
All moving parts of garage doors require periodic lubrication. It is recommended to use aerosol spray lubricants to clean & lubricate these important components.
- Hinges and roller - Apply the lubricant to the door’s roller as well as the hinge to which it is attached (at both sides of the door). Be sure to use lubricant sparingly as too much will attract dirt which may eventually interfere with their functioning. For the hinges at the centre of the door’s panels, apply the lubricant and then operate your door a couple of times to ensure even distribution.
- Lock mechanism - Spray some lubricant into the keyhole and then work the key a few times to distribute it. For a manual door, lubricate the locking latches on each side. When lubricating a garage door, always refer to the manufacturer's directions for information about requirements or adjustment details.
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