Ask most people how they care for and maintain their garage door, and they will probably just stare at you for a second and then say “nothing!”
However, your garage door is expensive! And it’s something you use every day. Taking time to care for it can help keep it working longer, and can also help catch a problem early before it becomes a bigger problem.
Here are a few things you can do to help take care of your garage door.
Even if you have a professional company come out one time a year, it’s a big step in the right direction.
Many garage door companies offer a maintenance option. They will come out and ensure the opener is set properly, that the garage door is lubricated, and all the hardware, tracks and rails are functioning as they should.
Even taking care of some minor repairs yearly can avoid the costly expense of a big problem later on.
Visual Inspection Every Month
You can also give your garage door some love once a month just with your eyes!
Here are a few things you can look for:
- Is there any paint peeling? Schedule a painter ASAP if so, to avoid rust and unnecessary wear.
- Everything looking good – the door is running smoothly on the tracks? You hear anything that doesn’t sound normal? Does all the hardware look tight?
- You can take a moment to wipe down the tracks, rinse off the door and clear any cobwebs from corners.
Lubricate Your Garage Door
You can have a professional garage door tech do this for you during a maintenance call, or you can do this yourself. A good rule of thumb is to do it every time the season changes or once a quarter. Even twice a year is better than nothing!
We recommend using a silicone based lubricant and grease your garage door wires and cylinders. This will help your garage door open and close properly and smoothly.
As you can see, there are a few things you can do once a month or quarter to help keep your garage door working well and avoid any costly big repairs that come out of the blue!
If you are in the Roseville or Sacramento area, give us a call and we are happy to come perform a maintenance service for you!