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Everything to Know About Garage Door Maintenance

Posted on 26 March 2022

Like anything in your house, your garage door will require a degree of maintenance to keep it looking and working its best. Luckily, garage door maintenance isn’t a monumental task and requires very little in the way of effort each month. That being said, it is important to keep on top of it so that you can avoid any potential issues.

The type of garage door you have will determine how it needs to be maintained. As leading garage door fitters, we’re best placed to advise you on how best to look after your garage door.

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Everything to Know About Garage Door Maintenance

There are a few different ways you can maintain your garage door, with each method depending on the type and material.

Electric Garage Door Maintenance 

First of all, let’s look at electric garage doors as they’re becoming increasingly more common. Many people assume that because they’re electric they require no maintenance at all.

This simply isn’t true. They won’t require as much looking after as a manual garage door, but they do require some degree of effort on your part; namely in the way of running a damp cloth along the inside of the track when the door is open. This will clear away any debris and ensure the door continues to operate problem-free.

Up and Over Garage Door Maintenance

On the other hand, if you have an up and over garage door, you will need to lubricate the spring mechanisms to ensure the rollers can operate smoothly and efficiently. This will entail oiling the inside tracks.

Wooden Garage Door Maintenance

Now, onto general maintenance of different types of doors. If you have a wooden garage door or one that is made from timber, you’ll want to rinse it with warm soapy water and a non-abrasive cloth. This will keep it looking clean.

If you notice any splits in your wooden garage door, make sure to use a wood filler to fill them in and prevent any further issues. Also, make sure the wood is treated.

Metal Garage Door Maintenance

Metal garage doors also need to be wiped down to stay looking their best. To do this, use a soft cloth or a sponge to avoid making any scratches in the metal and use a gentle hose to rinse the door at the end. Do not use a pressure washer as this can damage the paint.

If your paintwork is a bit shabby, you can easily touch it up with the correct paint and priming technique.

When Does a Garage Door Need Fixing?

So, how do you know when general garage door maintenance turns into needing to call a professional? Well, there are several things to look out for, including:

  •       Noises – listen for any scraping or grinding noises when the door is in use
  •       Smoothness – keep an eye out for any sticking points or jerking movements
  •       Breaks – look at every aspect of your garage door (rollers, cables etc.) to identify any breaks

If you notice any of the above, it’s important to call for professional help. The mechanisms behind a garage door are incredibly powerful and can cause serious injury, so it’s best to rely on garage door fitters if you notice anything amiss about your garage door.

That being said, taking on board the garage door maintenance tips listed above will help to prevent the potential for issues to crop up. 

If you want to know more about garage door maintenance or get your garage door repaired, then get in contact with us at Diamond Garage Doors and we can help you maintain your garage door, no matter the brand or where it was purchased from. Contact us on 01525713600, or visit our contact page to send us a message.

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