All machines need proper maintenance at one point or another. Whether it’s a toaster or a rocket ship, eventually, you’ll need to do regular maintenance to make sure that machine functions properly. Your garage door is no exception to that rule. In order to help prolong the life of your garage door, and to help it operate normally, you’ll need to perform regular maintenance in order to ensure that nothing bad happens to it or those who use your garage. In today’s blog, G Brothers Garage Doors, the best garage repair, replacement, and installation company in Lakewood, will go over some spring garage door maintenance you can do now in order to make sure that it’s operating as it should be.
Watch And Learn
First off, before you even break out your tools or your safety goggles, make sure you open and close your garage door a few times in order to find any possible problems that you may not have noticed at first. Listen for any uncharacteristic noises or movements as the door, or doors, open and close. If you hear a grating, squealing, or scraping sound, then it’s definitely time to inspect your garage. Likewise, if your garage is jerking, vibrating, or just generally moving in ways that it normally doesn’t, you’ll want to get to the root of the problem before it escalates.
If you already know you have a problem with your garage door, such as worn out cables or broken springs, then be sure to keep your garage door closed. Opening and closing a broken garage door will cause numerous problems and could lead to significant damage to your garage door, home, or yourself and others.
Clean Those Tracks
The tracks of your garage are some of the most important components of your garage door. Not only do they help your garage door go up and down, but they also keep the entire door in place while it’s opened or closed. If dirt and debris accumulate in or around the bottom of the tracks, your garage could suffer serious damage. If you’re hearing scraping or grinding noises, chances are that some debris is caught in one or both of your garage door tracks. Cleaning off the tracks can get rid of that annoying noise and help prevent serious damage from happening.
Also be sure to check for any rust along your tracks. Rust can lead to serious damage to your garage door, and because your track is often exposed when your garage door is open or the sealant on your garage begins to erode or break away, your tracks can become quite susceptible to the elements. This could all lead to a lot of maintenance and a possibly pricey visit from your local garage door repair company.
Make It Easier To Move
In order to make sure that your garage door opens and closes easily and safely, lubricating all of the joints and moving parts is highly recommended. After you clear out the tracks of any debris, lubricating the rollers will not only get rid of any unwanted noises, but it will also prolong the life of your garage door as a whole. Using lubricant on the hinges of your garage door will also help it to move easier. This is also a great time to inspect the cables and pulleys to make sure they’re both intact, there isn’t any debris clogging them up, and that no rust has formed. While you’re inspecting them, feel free to throw a little lubricant on the pulleys to decrease friction as your garage opens and closes.
More garage door maintenance you can do:
- Test your garage door’s balance
- Test auto-reverse features
- Replace weatherstripping
- Add a fresh coat of paint
- Tighten any loose hardware
- Make sure tracks are level
If you’re looking for expert garage door maintenance in Lakewood and the surrounding areas, then G Brothers Garage Doors is the company for you. We can inspect, repair, replace, and install garage doors of all shapes and sizes. Learn more about G Brothers Garage Doors, see what kind of garage door services we can offer you, or contact G Brothers to get a free quote for your next garage door project today.