Garage Door Maintenance
Your garage door will last longer with proper maintenance and care. Following a maintenance schedule will also keep your garage door more reliable, safe, and operational. During the course of this regular upkeep, if you ever run across a problem, be sure to address it immediately.
Start by cleaning your garage doors with a mild household cleanser. Use a brush with soft bristles to scrub the door. You should perform this task four times a year. Maybe you could remember to do it the same day you get the oil and filter changed on your car. Scrubbing your garage doors on a regular basis will lessen the chance of the buildup of destructive materials. If you have a wooden garage door, it is important to follow the manufacturer's recommendations for cleaning and maintaining it. They usually advise you to start off by painting both the inside and outside doors. They will also suggest that you repaint the exterior door at least once a year or once every other year. If you never paint the inside of the garage door, the door may become distorted over time due to the invasion of precipitation and humidity. Another cleaning ritual is to make sure the space where the door meets the ground is free of any blockages. Dirt, leaves, cobwebs, snow, ice and much more can build up in this area very easily. All these things can keep the door from having a solid seal with the ground, thus having an effect on how the weight of the door is distributed and the positioning of the garage door.
You should also oil any moving parts on the garage door on an annual basis. This includes the rollers, the end hinges with the rollers, and the center hinges. Coat all the pivot joints with lubricating oil. This will keep the door operating smoothly. The springs should be oiled about once every three months. 54 While maintaining all the moving joints, you'll also want to keep an eye on the hardware parts as well. This hardware is responsible for holding a lot of weight, and will over time begin to loosen with repeated use. If you notice any loose screws, bolts, or nuts be sure to tighten them right away.
Follow these maintenance tips and your garage door will be functioning well for a very long time to come.