Garage doors are an essential part of our homes, providing security and convenience. To ensure they function optimally and have a long lifespan, regular maintenance is important. Fenland Garage Doors have put together a guide to garage door maintenance, covering what every homeowner should know.
What maintenance does a garage door need?
To guarantee the longevity and efficiency of your garage door, it’s essential to perform regular maintenance and checks – here’s a closer look at what you should keep an eye on:
Springs – garage doors typically have either torsion springs (located above the door) or extension springs (mounted on the sides). These springs bear the weight of the door and facilitate smooth movement. When checking your garage door, make sure there are no signs of rust, corrosion or wear.
Rollers – rollers are responsible for guiding the door along the tracks during opening and closing. You should check these parts for wear and tear as worn-out rollers can cause the door to move unevenly and create unnecessary strain on the system. Replacing damaged rollers ensures smooth and quiet door operation.
Tracks – Inspect the tracks to ensure they are clean and properly aligned. The slightest of misalignment can cause the door to fall off its tracks, causing damage to the door and leaving your garage exposed. Clean out any debris, dirt or obstructions that might cause a door to catch or prevent movement.
Hinges – garage door hinges connect the panels, allowing the door to bend as it opens and closes. Check these hinges for signs of wear and tear, especially at the pivot points. Lubricate them regularly to prevent friction and replace any hinges that show signs of rust.
Weatherstripping – weatherstripping lines the edges of the garage door, providing a seal that keeps out dust, drafts, and moisture. Inspect the weatherstripping for any cracks or gaps, as damaged weatherstripping can affect your garage’s insulation.
Regular garage door maintenance is essential to prevent unexpected breakdowns and expensive repairs. It’s recommended to perform a basic inspection and lubrication every three to six months, however if you notice any unusual noises, jerky movements, or difficulty opening or closing your garage door then immediate attention and maintenance is necessary.
What is the best garage door lubricant?
As mentioned, it’s important to lubricate parts of your garage door – and choosing the right lubricant is important. Silicone based or lithium based lubricants are widely recommended due to how long they last.Avoid using heavy oils or grease as these can accumulate dirt and debris, potentially leading to further issues. Apply the lubricant to rollers, hinges, springs and tracks to ensure smooth and noise-free garage door operation.
Do garage doors need an annual service?
While regular DIY maintenance is important, an annual professional service can come highly recommended. Professional garage door technicians have the expertise to identify potential problems which may be missed during routine check-ins. They can perform in-depth checks, adjust spring tension, and ensure all safety features are functioning correctly.
Garage Door Installation & Maintenance
Fenland Garage Doors provide garage doors & electric garage door installation and maintenance services across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Our advisors and installers have extensive experience, providing garage door installation and services for homeowners. We offer a free, no obligation quotation service with a range of garage food options for you to choose from. Get in touch with us at Fenland Garage Doors today to find out more about our services or to book in for a free quote.