Maintaining A Garage Door

Posted on: 26 July 2017

Your garage door keeps the snow from your car in the winter, keeps the dust out of the garage, and can give you a private working area. A garage and a garage door are great assets to a home, but they need to be maintained, or they can turn into a hassle. There are specific things that you want to do to your garage door to extend its life and keep it working properly. Here are just a few different actions that you can take that will extend the life and functionality of your garage door. 


It's important that your garage door can function properly. In order for your garage door to continue to work right, you will need to lubricate the moving parts. The chain is one of the most important aspects of the garage door that needs to be lubricated. The owners manual of the garage door will have specifics on what parts need to be lubricated, since every garage door is a little different. However, you need to ensure that no lubricant ever hits the tracks. If the tracts are lubricated, then the door can get off course and require professional maintenance. 


It is important that your garage door is balanced. If your garage door is not balanced, then you will need to call a professional technician to fix the door, or major mechanical problems can occur. To check the balance of your garage door, you want to first unplug the garage door from any electrical power. Once the power is shut off, look for any stop on the chain. You then want to lift the garage door to hip level and let go. If your garage door moves up or down, then it is not balanced properly. The balance of the garage door is what allows it to move properly, so it must be in balance at all times. 


You want your garage door to function properly, but if your garage door starts to look faded and dingy, then you may have to replace it anyway. Keeping your garage door clean both inside and out will help the door last longer. Most of the time, you will simply want to spray the garage door down with water to get the dust off, but once every other month or so you should clean the door with a mild soap. Just be sure that you rinse properly because you do not want the soap to bake in the sun and ruin your garage door.