10 Tips for Seasonal Garage Door Care

Garage Doors Repairs Attleborough

Garage door cleaning is frequently ignored, but it should be a part of your routine twice a year for maintenance. Neglected garage doors can place a lot of strain on an automatic garage door opener, so spending an hour or two per year in the early spring and late fall can save you money on repairs. You should schedule your Garage Doors Repairs Attleborough inspection to coincide with other seasonal activities, including winterizing your lawn sprinklers and reactivating them in the spring or putting your lawnmower in and out of storage for the season.

  • Remove the Obstacles

Make sure the tracks on both sides of the door are clean and free of dirt and rust. A level may also be used to ensure that the tracks are upright in their vertical parts. Small track adjustments can be made by you, but major track adjustments require the services of a specialist technician.

  • Hardware should be tightened.

The motion and vibration of a standard garage door moving up and down hundreds of times can loosen the door and track hardware each year. Tighten any loose bolts you find with a socket wrench.

  • Inspect and replace the rollers if necessary.

At least twice a year, the rollers around the garage door’s edge should be tested, and every five to seven years, they should be replaced. Fix any rollers that are chipped, cracked, or worn during your inspection. The brackets that hold the rollers to the door can usually be removed by simply removing them.

  • Make sure the cables and pulleys are in good shape.

Examine the lift cables and pulleys that connect the door’s bottom roller brackets. These attach the springs to the frame, allowing the door to be safely lifted and lowered.

  • Ensure that the moving parts are well lubricated.

Maintaining proper lubrication of the rollers and other moving parts can minimize tension on the rollers and door openers, extending their useful lives. Apply a high-quality sprig emollient such as white lithium grease to the rollers and hinges twice a year, and clean away any excess. On extension-spring openers, lubricate the pulleys; on torsion-spring openers, lubricate the bearings. If the torsion spring is rusted, apply a little oil to it.

  • Weather-stripping may be repaired or replaced.

The rubber weather-stripping on the bottom of the door keeps the cold out and water, dust, and dirt. Make sure it’s in good working order twice a year. Some weather-stripping uses a flange that slips into a groove in the bottom of the door to fit into the bottom of the door. Wooden garage door weather-stripping is usually nailed in place. Hardware stores and big-box home improvement stores sell garage door weather-stripping by the foot or in huge rolls.

  • The door should be cleaned and painted.

When you’re checking out the other parts, don’t forget to look at the door. Look for rust spots on steel doors, which should be sanded, primed, and painted. An all-purpose cleaner can be used to clean fiberglass doors. Please pay special attention to wood doors, as they are prone to warping and water damage. Remove any chipped or peeling paint before sanding and repainting.