Regular Maintenance Tips For Your New Garage Door
Regularly maintaining your new garage door will help you to prevent problems from occurring such as the rollers becoming worn, the springs being damaged or the hardware malfunctioning. Keep on top of these problems and your call outs to a professional garage repairman should be less frequent. Alternatively, you could monitor the health of your garage door to the best of your ability after it’s fitted, and then schedule regular, 6 monthly assessments from a professional.
Here are some top tips for maintaining your new garage door:
- Take care of the springs or chains:
The springs of your new garage door, whether they’re torsion or extension, will gradually rust if they’re not kept well lubricated.
Don’t use a common household product such as WD-40 since it won’t provide your springs with the long-term protection they require. Silicone lubricants or lithium grease are among the best products for keeping your garage doors well oiled, but if you’re unsure of what to use, speak to a professional.
Grease your garage door springs every year or have a garage door professional do it as part of their bi-annual service.
If your garage door operates using a chain-drive system, then this will also need to be well greased along with any connections, hinges and bearings.
- Check the safety sensor on your new garage door:
Since the sensor is an important safety element of your garage door, it’s essential that it’s functioning properly. The sensor is also a legal requirement in most states, so to have it working as it should, is important from a legal standpoint, too, and becomes especially pertinent should someone have an accident involving your garage door.
- Listen out for any squeaks or unusual sounds:
A garage door that squeaks when in use or makes a grinding sound, may well have developed a fault or become unbalanced, and if you suspect your door may be damaged in any way, you should get it checked over by a professional garage repairman.
- Lubricate and clean the tracks and rollers:
No matter how well you maintain your door, the tracks and rollers will get a little grubby, making cleaning them a vital aspect of garage maintenance that you can carry out every so often. Lubricating the tracks and rollers also helps to ensure that the door operates smoothly, but if you’re unsure about cleaning and greasing these parts, then simply have a professional come and do it for you.
- Keep an eye on the cables:
The torsion cables on your garage door come under a lot of pressure, making them susceptible to damage such as rust or fraying. Inspect your cables to check for any signs of wear and tear, and if you spot a problem, get if fixed professionally before it gets any worse or even snaps.
Repairing a broken garage door can be costly, so it makes sound financial sense to have it assessed by a professional at least twice a year to prevent any huge repair bills or injuries from being caused to you or anyone else, if the door is faulty.