Just like many people do spring cleaning indoors and around the yard, it’s a good idea to give your garage door a thorough cleaning in the spring as well. Your door likely could benefit aesthetically from a good cleaning because of the built-up dirt and grime, but the mechanical components of your door will benefit as well. Wash the garage door on the inside and outside, and if you want to prevent grime buildup, add some car wax to both sides. Check for any problems, such as rot on a wood door or rust on a steel door. Some of these problems can be repaired if they’re minor and in the early stages.
Proper lubrication is essential for the door to move smoothly. When you’re cleaning the door, it’s usually best to remove all the old lubrication because it’s likely filled with dirt and small particles that prevent smooth motion. Once you’ve removed the lubrication on the rollers, hinges, tracks, and along the weather stripping, be sure to lubricate it properly. This is done using a lubricant that’s specifically made for a garage door. Using improper oil attracts more dust and causes more wear and tear on the components you’re trying to protect. Any moving parts should be lubricated, including the pulleys, chains, hinges, and screws.
Check out the condition of insulation on your garage door. If your door has very little insulation, you may want to consider adding some or having a new insulated door installed. A well-insulated garage door not only helps keep your home cooler this summer, but minimizing heat transfer throughout the year can also place less stress on the components of your garage door and help it last longer. It will also help prevent moisture problems, such as rust and mold, on your garage door.
When you’re doing any cleaning, lubricating, or insulating to your garage door, you should be doing a thorough inspection of the door at the same time. Check the windows for cracks or other signs of damage. Make sure the auto-reverse feature is working properly so that children and pets are kept safe. If you notice any signs of fraying cables or issues with the hinges, rails, supports, rollers, springs, or any other component, be sure to call garage door repair technicians to get repairs. This will ensure your door works properly and will last longer as well.
Finally, be sure to get a professional garage door tune-up every year. Many garage door problems are difficult for an untrained eye to detect, but they can become a major problem that results in a lot of hassle and cost if left unaddressed. A regular inspection will make sure minor repairs are done and that the door is adjusted and lubricated properly to make sure it works well. If you need an inspection, repairs, or new garage door installation in Alpharetta, call IDC Garage Door today!