Your Garage Door in the Summer

garage_doorAfter a long winter of snow, ice, salt, and mud your garage door gets pretty nasty, and all the moving parts take a beating from the cold temperatures. If you set aside a little bit of time to perform some basic maintenance you can end up saving a lot of money in the long run.

First start off by cleaning the inside and outside of your door to prevent grime build up. If you have wood doors rot can occur so you might consider a fresh coat of paint. Steel doors should be checked for rust, if any is found it can be sanded down and painted over with a zinc primer.

Make sure to lubricate all the moving parts (roller, tracks, hinges) and the garage door openers track.

This will keep your garage door moving smoothly, preventing future damage. Stay away from using oils like WD-40; use a lubricant that is specifically used for garage door use. Don’t put on too much either as excess will just collect dust and dirt.

Check the lift cables for any rust or fraying.

If they look worn get a hold of us for immediate replacement. Replacing the cables yourself can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Also check all the hinges, ball bearings, rods and supports. If anything is loose tighten it down so you don’t run into a bigger problem down the road.

Check all the bolts as well.

Some could have become loose and you run the risk of your garage door literally falling apart. Check your spring as well for rust. If you happen to have a broken spring, contact us. Replacing the torsion spring should only be done by a professional.

Lastly take a look at weather-stripping and insulation.

If it’s in good condition you’ll keep the garage dry and all the stuff you keep in it will be better protected from the elements as well.