7 Easy Garage Door Maintenance Tips
Did you know your garage door is one of the most frequently used parts of your entire home? Of course you did. You must know then garage doors provide a combination of convenience, security and refinement that is often under-appreciated.
Every component of your garage door plays an important role in its overall function. If one part isn’t performing at its optimal capacity, then the rest will begin to follow. To keep your garage door operating smoothly for an extended period of time you must perform regular preventive care and maintenance.
Here are seven easy maintenance tasks all homeowners can do to keep their garage doors in top working conditions:
1. Look and Listen
Sometimes we just have to trust our eyes and ears. The most important thing you can do to prevent issues with your garage door is to observe it in action every day.
Does it move smoothly when you open it, or does it jerk and stop in some places? Is it operating quietly or is it so loud it wakes up your neighbours? Does your garage door look symmetrical? A jerky, noisy or lopsided garage door system can be a sign of disaster to come!
2. Test the Garage Door Balance
Make sure your garage door is properly balanced. If it isn’t, the opener will have to work that much harder to open properly and won’t last as long as it should.
To balance the opener, disconnect it and then manually raise the door about halfway up. If it doesn’t stay put, it means the counterweight system is improperly balanced. If this is the case, it’s best to leave garage door spring adjustment to the professionals.
3. Inspect and Replace the Rollers
Your garage door’s rollers need to be inspected twice a year and replaced every seven years or so, and even more frequently if you use your garage door multiple times per day.
If your rollers are worn, chipped or cracked, they should be replaced as soon as possible.
4. Replace the Weatherstripping
Check the bottom of the garage door. If the rubber weather seal strip is brittle or cracked, it’s important to replace it right away to keep the elements out of your house.
5. Lubricate Any Moving Parts
Keeping your garage door parts well lubricated will add years of smooth and easy operation to your system – a simple task that only takes ten minutes a year!
6. Ensure the Tracks are Clear
Make sure the tracks on either side of the door are free from debris. You can also break out the level to ensure the tracks are plumb. If any major adjustments to the tracks are needed, this must be done by a professional garage door technician.
7. Clean and Touch Up Your Garage Door
You’ve checked all the other parts, now don’t forget to examine the door itself. Wood garage doors will need to be checked for water damage and warp, as well as chipped or peeling paint. Steel doors could have rust that will need to be sanded, primed and painted.
Wash your garage door regularly to keep it in tip top shape for as long as possible. Try doing it every time you wash your car so you don’t forget!
Remember, your garage door makes up about one-third of the exterior of your home, so keep it fresh and clean. If you don’t have time to perform the above maintenance tasks, give Nova Garage Doors a call and schedule your tune-up service appointment today!