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