Tips For Maintaining Your Garage Door

Posted on: 13 May 2015

Garage door maintenance isn't high on most home owner's list of tasks, but it's actually pretty important. The garage door is the largest moving component in your home, not to mention one that tends to get used quite frequently. Regularly caring for your garage door can help prevent malfunction and damage, potentially saving money on repairs down the road.

In addition, a well-cared-for garage door is less likely to cause malfunction-related injuries, which is especially important if you have small children or pets. Here's how to take great care of this important but often overlooked aspect of your home:

Keep it Lubricated

If your garage door has metal moving parts, you will want to lubricate them with oil annually in order to keep your garage door opening and closing smoothly. Before lubricating the moving parts, be sure to clean them. You can clean the metal parts with a warm soapy rag, or even use a leaf blower if there is an excess of debris such as dead leaves.

Once the garage door is clean, apply a lubricant like WD-40 to all moving metal parts, including the rollers and overhead springs.

Replace the Weather Stripping

Check the rubber weather stripping (also called a rubber gasket) across the bottom of your garage door. Over time, it's common for weather stripping to become cracked and brittle. If that's the case, you can either call a garage door repair company to handle the task for you, or you can purchase replacement weather stripping, cut it to size, and replace it yourself. Here is a guide to replacing your garage door's weather stripping if needed.

Tighten All Bolts and Brackets

Garage doors are used frequently, so it makes sense that over time some of the metal hardware may come loose from the vibration caused by opening and closing. Once or twice a year check all of the bolts and brackets to make sure that they're tight. If you find any hardware that is loose simply tighten it with a wrench.

Check the Rollers

A common cause of garage door problems, such as the garage door no longer opening or closing smoothly or quietly, is rollers that need to be replaced. Once or twice a year be sure to take a look at the rollers. If you notice that the rollers or the track the rollers are on are bent or otherwise damaged in any place, it's a good idea to call a repair company to come out and either repair or replace the rollers or track.

Test the Safety Mechanism

Statistically, around 30,000 injuries are caused by garage doors each year. Garage doors can be especially dangerous to children and pets. Garage doors are required to have a safety mechanism that causes them to reverse when they make contact with an object. As long as this safety mechanism is working properly, your garage door will be much less likely to cause an injury.

To test this safety mechanism, simply place a durable object, such as a wood block, in the path of the open garage door. If the garage door does not stop and then reverse when it makes contact with the object, shut it off manually. You will then want to call a repair company to fix or replace the safety mechanism. In many cases, the problem may be as simple as a worn-out sensor that can easily be replaced.

By following these tips, you will be able to help your garage door function properly for years to come. Be sure to add these tasks to your calendar so that they don't slip past you. For help with garage door repairs, contact a professional near you on the phone or by visiting a site like