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How to Extend the Life of Your Garage Door

A garage door has an average lifespan of 15 to 30 years. Why is this number so broad? Well, it depends on one thing: proper maintenance. It’s extremely important to keep up on maintenance for your garage door to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. To help you get the 30 years out of your garage door we have assembled a small guide of things you can do to make sure that your garage door stays healthy and functioning.

Weatherstripping or Weatherseal

This part is located at the very bottom edge of the door and also around the sides and top of the door frame. It’s purpose is to prevent moisture and debris from entering your garage when it is closed. Most weatherstripping or weatherseals are made of vinyl, rubber, or PVC. These materials do become compromised over time and may cause the door to become less effective. You can tell if it needs replacing if there are cracks or chips in the weatherstripping itself.

A few things you can do to extend the life of the weatherstripping is by keeping it clean and properly lubricated to prevent those cracks and chips. To do this, look at the weatherstripping and take a clean, damp cloth to remove any debris. If your weatherstrip is a little dirtier, an all-purpose cleaner might be needed to remove the heavy buildup. After you clean it, apply a thin layer of silicone-based lubricant. This will help prevent it from becoming dry and cracked. It’s recommended to inspect, clean and lubricate your weatherstripping or weatherseal every three months.

Hardware

Your garage door requires a lot of moving parts to function. Make sure to look at these parts as well when you maintain your garage and garage door. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself, give us a call or visit our website to set up a service appointment and we will gladly help you.

The main components to look at are your springs, hinges, rollers and tracks. These all require regular cleaning and lubrication to function properly. Here is what you can do to make sure they are working as they should:

  • Springs: Gently remove any dust or debris from the door’s springs. Apply a lubricant to each spring, but make sure to not over lubricate and wipe away any excess.
  • Hinges: Clean the hinges using a clean, damp cloth. Once they are dry, apply a thin layer of lubricant to each hinge and door joint.
  • Tracks and Rollers: Take a clean, damp cloth and run it along the tracks attached to the roof of your garage. Make sure any debris or objects are removed that would obstruct the garage door from opening or closing. Then, apply a thin, even layer of lubricant to the tracks and rollers and remove any excess.

NOTE: It is important to not over lubricate parts, as this can cause things to slip. Also be sure to use the correct lubricant! It is a common mistake to use WD-40, when in fact it is the worst thing to use, as it is a degreaser. Our maintenance techs here at Overhead Door Company of Green Bay recommend applying 5W-30 motor oil with an oil can and then wiping the excess oil for best possible results.

Door Balance

A door that is unbalanced will often close quicker than it should, and this can be a potential danger to you and your family. A door that opens at a faster than normal rate can also put excessive strain on the mechanical parts of your door, causing them to wear out faster. To avoid this safety hazard and to extend the life of your door, test the balance of your garage door at least once a year, or schedule a service appointment with us to do it for you.

To balance your door:

  1. Close the door and disconnect it from the garage door opener.
  2. Manually raise the door until it is approximately two feet above the ground.
  3. Step back several feet from the door and observe whether the door moves.

A door that is balanced correctly should not move when it is disconnected from the opener, the springs should fully support the weight and keep it from moving. An incorrectly balanced door will most likely move on one side or the other due to slack or tension in one of the springs. If you discover that your door is unbalanced, we recommend contacting us to schedule a service appointment.

Garage doors are not a frequent purchase, and we want to make sure you get the most out of your garage door whether it is brand new or already 20 years old. Be sure to maintain your garage door every three to six months and to schedule a yearly service appointment with one of our certified technicians here at Overhead Door Company of Green Bay.

 


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