Preparing Your Garage Door for the Spring
The cold winter months are behind us and Spring is arriving, such a great time to consider getting your garage and garage door ready for more activity.
Checking the parts, cleaning and repairing any damage can save you a lot of money later on. Here are some general tips to keep your garage door in top shape for the summer months.
Clean the Door
Garages aren’t exactly the cleanest areas of a home. It’s usually where you store your car, tools, boxes or supplies, which can collect dust, dirt and grease. And that’s just the inside!
The part of the door that is exposed to the elements will be filthy as well. You will want to wash the garage door, both the inside facing part and the outside. To prevent dust build-up, you can add a thin layer of car wax to both sides of the door.
With garage doors that are made out of wood, you may find that rotting can be an issue. You may want to consider adding a fresh coat of paint and apply a water sealant on both sides of the door to prevent rot from occurring. If the rot spreads, you may need to replace the garage door entirely. If you have a steel door, check it for rust. Any rust you find can be sanded down and painted over with a zinc primer.
Lubricate all moving parts (rollers, tracks, hinges) and the weather-stripping, as well as the garage door opener’s track. This is important to keep your garage door operating correctly and will help prevent any damage.
Check for Wear and Tear
First, check the cables to the garage door. Are they frayed or do they look worn? If so, you will want to replace them immediately by contacting a local garage door company. Replacing the cables yourself could be a dangerous job if you don’t know what you are doing.
You will also want to make sure the hinges, ball-bearings, rods and supports are in good shape as well. If you spot any damage or if anything is loose, you will need to fix the issue so you won’t have to deal with a hefty repair bill later on.
Check the Bolts
Check the bolts at the back of the track and make sure none of them are loose. Not only is this a maintenance concern, but it’s important for safety as well. The last thing you need is for the garage door to fall and damage your car or injure someone.
Weather-Stripping and Insulation
Clean and replace any damaged weather-stripping (bottom section and at the perimeter) and insulation. Weather-stripping helps keep the garage dry and prevents unwanted critters from making themselves at home.
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