A garage door protects your home’s parking area and provides security to your vehicles and personal belongings. That’s why it’s important to maintain your garage door properly. Here are some preventive maintenance tips to keep your garage door in good condition:
Check the rollers
Check if the roller brackets are attached to the cable system. If not, make some adjustments by removing and reinstalling them. If there are chips or cracks, replace them immediately. To keep your rollers in good condition, check them twice a year and replace them every seven years.
Grease the moving parts
Apply oil or grease to the chain or screw of the door opener as well as the overhead springs. Do the same thing with the hinges, rollers, tracks, and latches. Bearing and pulleys should also be greased. Lubricating these parts will lessen friction and promote smooth movement. Make sure to clean them first before applying the lubricant.
Screw up the hardware
You use the garage door every day for a number of times. Its movements cause vibrations that shake the hardware and loosen them up. Look closely at the roller brackets and bolts. Use a socket wrench to screw them up and tighten the loose parts.
Meanwhile, if the hinges or rollers get fixed, dip them in kerosene. Remove the rust with a steel wool. When thoroughly cleaned, apply lubricant.
Replace the weather seal strip
Inspect the strip that seals the door for signs of damage. This material covers the joints of the door to keep rain, snow, and cold air from getting into the garage. A crack means it has to be replaced with a new one as soon as possible to keep these elements out of your home.
Clear the tracks of any obstructions
For the garage door to move smoothly, the tracks or the metal bars on each side should be free of debris or any obstructions. Use a level to determine if the tracks need adjustment. For major adjustments, Price’s Guaranteed Doors recommends hiring a professional garage door technician to be sure that they’ll do the job well.
A garage door is an integral part of your home just like your front door and all the doors in your household. To avoid having function problems that could be hazardous, maintain your garage door just like the other parts of your home.