Our garages are a necessity in our lives that we generally take for granted until it's broken. Only then do we stop to think how important it is in our daily lives storing our memories, possessions and treasures safely. Here are a few tips for your garage doors.
Wood garage door advice
Wood garage doors are more resistant to most damage compared to metal garage doors except for termites or water damage do to rain, snow if the garage door is not well painted and cared for. To care for your metal garage doors, inspect regularly for dents, cracks and scratches. Also, check for any rust that can permanently ruin the door. Wooden doors must be varnished or painted every so often to ensure that it is not exposed to water for prolonged periods. You could also get your doors inspected by a professional who can identify some damage that an untrained eye could miss.
Advice for lubricating garage door hardware
Garage Door Springs and hardware should be oiled once a month with a quality lubricant. Motor oil is the best to use, a light oil such as WD-40 can be used as well.
Oil all moving part your garage door and hardware you can also refer to your factory data or spec sheet if available. Have your garage door professional service at least every 5 years.
Garage door safety inspection advice
Garage doors, hardware, springs and garage door openers should be checked for loose or broken parts at least four times a year you can do your monthly oiling at the same time as the safety inspection. Have your garage door professional service at least every 5 years.
Garage door operators advice
Need very little maintenance if it's a chain drive opener oil the chain with a 20 or 30 weight motor oil once every 3 to 5 years depending on location. Have your garage door professional service at least every 5 years.
Garage door operators
Need very little maintenance if it's a screw drive opener multi purpose grease should be used on the screw shaft every 2 to 3 years depending on location and how often you use your garage door operator. You can buy this grease at any hardware or home build store. Have your garage door professional service at least every 5 years.
Advice for painting your garage door
Keeping your garage door properly painted will keep you garage door lasting for ever.
Always paint your garage door around October or November this will keep a fresh coat of paint on the garage door for the rainy winter season. Have your garage door professional service at least every 5 years.
Balancing a garage door
If you have a garage door that weights 200lbs you want 200lbs of spring tension to keep it balanced. As garage door springs get older they loose tension you should have your garage door rebalanced every 5 to 7 years if you haven't had any broken springs. Have your garage door professional service at least every 5 years.
Broken garage door spring advice
When you have a broken garage door spring it's normally cheaper to replace the other springs then to pay for a second service call with in a short period of time. Always call a professional to replace your broken springs. Having the proper springs and the proper balance is important to the longevity of a garage door opener. Have your garage door professional service at least every 5 years.
Garage door safety
Garage door safety should be on everyone's mind. You may not read about the deaths and injuries that are caused at home from broken garage doors, garage door springs, garage door hardware and sectional garage doors but they happen. Always be in full sight of the garage door when opening and closing the garage door. Keep all moving parts on the garage door and hardware oiled and keep up the inspections for loose or broken parts.
Have your garage door professional service at least every 5 years.