Friday, June 28, 2013

Are You Maintaining Your Garage Door Correctly?


The garage door is one of the most important parts of your home. Not only does it protect many of your important belongings, but it also seals off the harsh elements of the outside world and prevents them from seeping into your garage. Many people don’t realize how important it is to properly maintain their garage door. Although at first glance it might not appear as though garage doors need much maintenance, this simply isn’t the case. Just like any other part of a home, garage doors need to be cleaned and adjusted on a regular basis. Failing to maintain proper care of your garage door can result in expensive repairs and/or a complete replacement. So before you call a Jacksonville garage door specialist or a Seattle garage door retailer, listen up. Here are some tips for keeping your garage door in tip-top shape.

Basic Things to Check Every Month

Once a month, take a look at the rubber sealing on the bottom of your garage door. This rubber sealing can begin to erode with time and use, causing it to become hard and cracked. When the rubber sealing becomes cracked, it fails to prevent outside elements from seeping into your garage (such as water, debris, insects, etc.). This is a pretty quick fix; you can find sealant at most hardware stores for fewer than 100 dollars. If you have a garage with metal hinges, tracks, and rollers, then you will also want to make sure that these parts stay well lubricated. Over time, the metal can begin to wear down and grind against other parts, resulting in permanent damage. Every month check the metal hinges, tracks, and rollers to ensure that they’re running smoothly.

Clean Debris and Cobwebs Every Week

A plethora of undesirable things can begin to gather on your garage door, specifically around the hinges and tracks. These things can include dead insects, cobwebs, leaves, dirt, dust, and trash. The best way to prevent a buildup of these items is by using a leaf blower to clean off the garage door once a week. Simply run the leaf blower alongside the areas where debris and cobwebs tend to collect. If you encounter a problem that’s beyond your reach, call in a professional. Whether it’s a Jacksonville garage door technician or a San Diego one, don’t neglect to seek professional help when you need it. 

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3 comments:

  1. great reminder! not something we think about everyday, but its important

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  2. Good tips. Something I should remember, as we once had a repair on our garage door and it was really expensive.

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