Garage doors are both a matter of convenience and security. Most of us take for granted that each time we push the button, the garage door will raise or close, and dread the day that it doesn’t. Here are some tips to keep your garage door working smoothly:
• Metal doors are far more resistant to dings and the elements than wood doors, but any door will deteriorate if not properly cared for.
• Inspect your garage door at least once a year for damage that might affect the finish or lead to rust.
• Wood doors should be refinished/resealed at least every two years.
• Protect any type of garage door from water – especially runoff and splash back from the roof eaves. Direct water away from the door, including proper drainage in front of the lower section of the door.
• Keep kids from using the door as a backstop.
• Wash your garage door regularly, with water and a mild detergent. Use car wax on metal doors to protect the finish.
• Make sure the weather stripping along the bottom is in good condition. If it is cracked, it can easily be slid off and replaced.
• Lubricate tracks, hinges, rollers and springs with a light household oil – don’t use petroleum-based lubricants. Apply and wipe away the extra. Openers do not require extra lubricant.
• Test the safety-reversing sensor once a month.
• Always refer to the owner’s manual for your door and opener.
• Garage door companies do offer annual maintenance plans, and will come out, check your door, make sure it is lubricated and in good working order.
An investment in a garage door can range from a few hundred dollars for a new opener, to a few thousand dollars for a custom-designed door. While it’s not a feature of your home you think much about, it is an important part of your home. And, if it’s not well maintained, it can lead to unexpected and expensive repairs that have to be dealt with right away.