For many people, their garage is more than a convenient place to park their car—it’s a storage space, a work area, a home-gym, and even the most commonly used entrance to their home. The garage door itself keeps everything inside the garage safe, and when it breaks, it can be a real nuisance. Getting the door repaired quickly keeps your home safe and allows your family to keep up with their busy schedules. Even if you like to tackle home improvement projects yourself, there are some repairs best left to the professionals for your safety.
Perhaps your garage door has been battered by a storm, or has very obvious damage to it due to a car driving into your garage door.
There may be less obvious signs of damage, such as fraying cables, rusting springs or it’s just slow or noisy when opening and closing your door.
3. Check it’s weather proof
You’ll want to check that your garage door is weatherproof.
Rain, snow, storms and sun can damage garage doors, and let in wind and water.
You don’t want the first sign of a leaking garage door to be everything in your garage is wet.
4. Check the screws
Ensure that all the screws and other fittings are tight and secure, and replace any that are missing.
Whilst you might have suitable screws already, you’ll want to check that they are up to the job.
5. Check the frame
Check the garage door frame.
If it’s damaged or rotting, then your garage door may not be as secure or work as it should do.
6. Clean the tracks
Cleaning the tracks regularly will remove the dust and other debris that might cause problems.
You can brush the worst out, and then use a cloth to make sure you’ve got them really clean.
Once clean you’ll want to lubricate the rollers, tracks and pulleys.
You can get garage door lubricant as a spray which will make it easier to get to those hard to reach places.
8. How often?
This depends on where you live, what’s in your garage, how often you use your garage, and what you use it for.
You may need to check once a month, or just a couple of times a year.
9. Safety first
Safety must come first.
Obviously you may not have the tools, parts, skills, experience, time or inclination to even think about repairing your garage door, so you might not be able to attempt even the seemingly easy maintenance tasks.
Garage doors are not toys, and are under a lot of tension, and have many moving parts.
We wouldn’t recommend that you fix any major problems yourself.
10. Know your limits
You might not be physically capable of making these checks, or feel comfortable working by yourself carrying out these garage door maintenance tasks.
Perhaps it’s raining or dark, or your children want you to play with them, or you don’t really have the time to spend on your garage door.
If in doubt, leave garage door maintenance to the professionals.
Whether you’re able to carry out these garage door maintenance tasks or not, you might still need some help, advice or guidance, and we’re only too happy to help.
Even if you can’t fix it yourself, you might have still saved time and money by diagnosing the exact problem, and what replacement parts are required, before contacting us.