Published on 27 April 2023
Garage doors are often major centrepieces to the external view of a home and offer great practical value. Though, for many its maintenance is often overlooked. Garage doors may become damaged over time, so they require frequent maintenance to ensure they can function correctly for many years.
A well cared for door can last for over triple the amount of time a neglected door. There are multiple things you can do to properly take care of your garage door.
So, let’s take a look at some independent steps you could take:
After your garage door is installed, it would be wise to learn how it’s meant to work. Having an understanding of how it’s supposed to move and what it typically sounds like will be greatly beneficial for the future. If a problem later occurs, you will be better able to identify what the cause is and be able to find problems more quickly.
You should inspect your garage door frequently to keep an eye out for any loose screws or bolts, or anything that doesn’t seem quite right. Recognising issues early on is vital to the longevity of the door. Any prolonged issues with materials are bound to be more expensive and time-consuming to repair.
Cleaning around the door is a crucial step in garage door maintenance. For many of us, the garage is the place we fill with clutter, boxes of unused items, and greasy tools. The grime and dust collecting on these can often transfer onto the door, filling the mechanisms with dirt and grime too. Clearing around the door will help prevent build-up and stop the mechanisms from premature aging.
It’s also important to ensure the doorway is free of clutter and debris. If the garage door was to accidentally hit something or get stuck, this could cause significant damage that may require costly repairs.
A garage door can come with many moving parts and with continuous and repeated use, they can very quickly become rusty and covered in dust. Lubricating the different moving parts such as the rollers, hinges, and other main components will help keep the garage door functioning as it’s supposed to and prevent the wear and tear caused by friction.
The average garage door is used about 3-4 times daily at the minimum, which can equal over a thousand cycles in a year. This movement is most likely going to lead to a few bolts and screws coming loose which is normal. For the majority of these parts, you are fully able to tighten them yourself with the correct tools.
This simple task may only take 5-10 minutes and can prevent a lot of stress in the future. However, it’s important to note that you should never touch any mechanisms that are painted red; for an untrained professional these could be a safety risk. If you see that red mechanisms need to be tightened, contact us at Diamond Garage Doors for a general check-up to address these issues.
Keeping your door clean, tight, and lubricated is essential to the longevity of your door. If you are interested in learning more about garage door maintenance, Diamond Garage Doors can help. We are an expert team dedicated to the care and upkeep of your garage doors to ensure they stay newer for longer. Contact Diamond Garage Doors today for more information and guidance.
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