Did you know that your garage door is the biggest moving part in your entire home? When you stop to think about it and consider how many times it is opened and closed each day throughout the year, you won't be surprised to learn that experts recommend looking after your garage door. Luckily, it's relatively simple to do this by performing regular care and maintenance routines, which will keep it in good working order for years to come.
Here are 7 things that all homeowners can and should do on a regular basis:
1. Take the time to visually examine your garage door regularly
Prevention is better than a cure, so each time you use your garage door, check that is operating smoothly. Look out for signs of wear and tear such as lopsided or jerky movements, grinding noises, or peeling paint, although this last is cosmetic rather than operational.
2. Test your door’s balance
If your garage door is imbalanced, the mechanisms will be under more stress and will have a shorter lifespan. You can test the balance of your garage door by pulling the cord (which is usually red) on the inside of your garage door. This will manually release it. Then open the door until it is in a halfway position. If it is in balance it should remain fixed in the position in which it was left. If it slips back, it is off balance. It's not an urgent job but getting it re-balanced is a task that should be done by professionals sooner rather than later to prevent more serious damage occurring to the mechanisms.
3. Keep your door looking spick and span
Over time, the tracks of your garage door will be affected by the build-up of debris, such as cobwebs, leaves and twigs. Give the tracks a brush every now and then. If you have a wood garage door, check it for signs of water damage or warp and annually treat it with a protective coat of varnish if unpainted. If you have a steel garage door, check it for signs of rust that you can sand, prime and paint. It's a good idea to get into the habit of giving your garage door a quick wash with an all-purpose cleaner whenever you wash your car.
4. Apply lubrication to the moving parts
This simple task which takes as little as five minutes every year will add years to the lifespan of your garage door, preventing it from sticking. Contact Shutter Spec Security for advice on the right type of lubricant to coat the overhead springs and grease to use on the internal springs.
5. Inspect the rollers and replace if necessary
The rollers, whether they are made of steel or nylon, are an essential component of your garage door. If they are damaged, your garage door will not be able to properly open and close. The rollers should be inspected twice a year. You need to look along the entire length of the track and check that all the ends evenly come together. Check that each of the rollers is not bent or broken and check the roller wheels - over time they can become flat and worn. Rollers generally need to be replaced at least every seven years and more often if your garage door is used frequently.
6. Check the condition of the cables
Never be tempted to adjust the high-tension cables yourself as they can easily cause a serious or even fatal injury. However, it is a good idea to look for signs of wear and tear, such as broken strands so that you know when to use the services of a professional.
7. Replace the weathers tripping
This is one job you can do yourself if you have some basic DIY knowledge. Sealing the bottom of a garage door is necessary to prevent water from coming in the bottom and general exposure to the elements - or even rodents! If the weather seal strip - also known as an astragal - on the bottom of your door has become damaged or cracked, replace it right away to keep your garage well-insulated and dry.
Your garage door is a significant part of the outside of your house, so it is important to keep it looking its best as well as fully operational.
At Shutter Spec Security, we understand that many busy homeowners simply don't have time to carry out these types of maintenance task. If you would like more information about how we can help to keep your garage door in top condition for many years to come, contact Shutter Spec Security.