A new garage door can cost hundreds of dollars or more. It seals off your garage and protects any of the belongings that you store in your garage as well as the vehicles that you park inside. Many doors feature a spring system that allows the door to smoothly move up and down. As this spring is so tightly wound, you’ll want to avoid working on it yourself. Professional maintenance companies can come out and check your garage door a few times a year and make repairs too, but there are maintenance tips that you can use on your own to keep that door in pristine condition.
Both older and more modern garage doors feature metal parts that can rub against each other on a daily basis. These metal surfaces can also rust when exposed to any type of water like rain or melting snow. That rust can flake off as the metal bumps into each other and cause clogs or blocks to form that keep the door from opening smoothly. You can use any type of available lubricant like WD-40 to create a protective seal over the metal and to keep the metal parts moving smoothly.
Replace Old Weatherstripping
Whether you live in a warmer climate like Los Angeles or a chilly climate in the Midwest, you still need to check the weatherstripping on your door. Weatherstripping looks like thin rubber pieces that usually sit on the bottom of the door, though some garage doors also have weatherstripping on the sides. Good weatherstripping can last for a few years, but you will want to inspect those surfaces every few months and replace any broken or cracked pieces. Those cracks and breaks allow liquid to reach metal components and make those parts rust, and the excess moisture can damage the door itself too.
Wash the Outside
Between the dust and debris the wind blows across your yard and the wild animals running up and down your garage walls, your door can develop a dark patina on the outside that makes it look significantly older. All you need to wash your door is some water, mild detergent, rags and a bucket. Mix the detergent with warm water, use the rags to wipe the solution across the door and rinse with clean water. You can use a spray attachment on your garden hose or a soft brush to reach higher areas of the door.
Check the Opener
Having an electronic door opener connected to your garage door makes getting in and out easy. You can press a button from inside your car to open the door when you pull in and want to park and press a second button to close the door behind you. If that opener does not work properly though, it can cause the door to come crashing down on the roof of your car or even on one of your children. Changing the batteries, reprogramming the opener or replacing the system will keep your car and family safe and maintain the pristine condition of the door.
Inspect All Moving Parts
Though you can pay a professional repair company to come out and inspect your garage door, you can also do a short inspection on your own before calling for help. Make sure that you inspect all the moving parts of the garage door, including the rollers that move the door up and down, the brackets attached to the rollers and any chains in the system. Cleaning and lubricating the metal parts can help the door last longer and keep it from crashing down, which can damage the door. White lithium grease is a spray product you can use on your garage door that is safe for most surfaces.
Every time that a storm passes through your neighborhood, you’ll want to head outside and inspect your garage door. Blowing debris like tree branches can crash against the door and leave behind dents that take away from the door’s look. Maintaining your garage door also requires regular inspections of the metal parts and using lubricants to keep those parts moving smoothly. You can use mild detergents and soaps with warm or cool water to clean dust and stains off the door too.