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How to Prepare Your Garage Door for Summer

Posted on by Diamond Garage Doors

With summer fast approaching and the cold winter months behind us, it’s the perfect time to start doing some garage door maintenance. It doesn’t take much effort and its affordable and you can do most of the things yourself unless it’s completely broken then you would have to get some professional help.  Carry on reading to see how you can prepare your garage door for summer.

Inspect the garage door

Icy winter conditions can be quite tough on the garage door. So, moving into summer requires a few repairs here and there to keep it smooth and efficient. So how do you go about preparing your garage door? Start with inspecting the door. Inspecting the door enables you to note necessary changes. The critical points to check to include the springs, level of cleanliness, the hinges and locks. Each of these components plays an important role in enhancing efficiency.

Clean the door

During the cold season, very few people take the time or even consider cleaning the garage door. For this reason, your garage door can be extremely dirty. As such, after inspecting the garage doors, it is time to clean it. Cleaning the door gets rid of dirt and dust. Using water and detergents ensure that you clean both sides of the garage door. You could even get a pressure washer and have it on a fairly low setting so you’re not damaging the door and clean away all the muck.

Lubricate the hinges

Due to the cold and wet weather during winter, the hinges or moving parts become rusty. This prevents the door from operating correctly. Lubrication helps to facilitate the moving parts. It makes it easy to operate the door as well as preventing any form of damage. When lubricating, avoid using too much of the oil. Too much oil tends to attract and retain dust and dirt. Secondly, to avoid any future mishaps, use the recommended lubricant or those oils specifically designed for your particular door.

Fix the bolts

Changing seasons comes with different temperatures. These changes often interfere with the bolts. Expansion and contraction brought about by these changes affect the tightness of the bolts. Check to confirm whether they are tight. If there are bolts to replace, get new ones. If not, tighten the loose ones.

Fix the springs

As we said before rust is a common feature on many metallic components. It doesn’t matter how well you take care of the springs. Rust will keep coming. If your springs are not in a tube, then to prolong their life, clean them from time to time to make sure that they don’t break or get too rusty you can’t use them.  

Are the garage locks working?

When preparing for the summer, chances are high that you may be travelling at some point. As such, it is important to ensure that the locks are functioning properly. During this time, you can also consider enhancing the safety features of your door.

 

We hope that our blog helped you in preparing your garage door for summertime if you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate in getting in touch on 01525 713 600 or head over to our website for more information.

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