How to Extend the Life of Your Garage Door

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How to Extend the Life of Your Garage Door

Getting the most out of anything you purchase is important. And that includes your garage door. Whether you had a new garage door installed or want to get the most use out of your current one, be sure to do these preventative measures to get the most bang for your buck. Make sure to do preventative maintenance on all parts of the door. This includes the working hardware, weatherstripping, the door, and the floor of your garage.

Hardware

First, understand the hardware involved on your garage door and how you can maintain them.

  • Rollers and Tracks: The rollers are the wheels that move back and forth on the tracks of your garage door. These are located on either side of the door. To keep these in the best shape they can be, wipe them down with a cloth to remove any debris that may be stuck in the tracks. To keep it running smoothly, dampen a clean cloth with lubricant and wipe down the metal components. Be sure that the lubricant does not touch the wheels if they are nylon. However, if they are metal, lubricate those too.
  • Hinges: The hinges help with the moving joint of your garage door. To prevent corrosion and rust take a clean cloth with lubricant and wipe down the area where the door pivots. However, if you have nylon or plastic hinges, lubricant is not advised.
  • Springs: The springs help with the force of gravity when opening and closing the door. To maintain this part of the door apply a thin layer of lubricant. Be sure to only apply what is needed and to not over lubricate as this can cause issues as well.

TIP: It is important that you use the correct lubricant! It is a common mistake to use WD-40, when in fact it is the worst thing to use. Our maintenance techs here at Overhead Door Company of Green Bay reccommend to use 5W-30 motor oil with an oil can and then to wipe away the excess oil for best possible results.

Weatherstrip

The weatherstripping is the rubber band that runs along the bottom of your garage door. This helps with preventing drafts and damage to the door and floor. It’s important to clean it every few months, possibly even every month depending on where you live. Simply take a damp cloth and wipe it down to remove any debris and dirt. A weatherstrip should only need to be replaced every few years, unless it has become dry and cracked. Therefore, every now and again make sure that it is still clean and in good shape.

Door and Floor Maintenance

Keeping your door and the floor of your garage door clean not only helps your garage door stay healthy, but also keeps the exterior of your home in great shape, as well as adds that curb appeal. Keep an eye on both the front of the door as well as the area surrounding the bottom and door frame. Objects such as leaves and spider webs can get caught in the sensors and cause unwanted safety issues. Sweep out any debris that could cause your door to malfunction. Also, make sure that there isn’t any debris at the foot of your door to ensure that it closes all the way.

To keep the exterior of your door clean, take a damp microfiber cloth to clean any dirt or salt stains from the door and frame.

Preventative Maintenance Will Save You Time & Money

Preventative maintenance can extend the life of your garage door immensely. Therefore, make sure that when you do your spring cleaning you include your garage door.

Want to make sure that everything on your garage door is working the way it should? Schedule your yearly maintenance appointment today!

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