While remembering to do a few things a month to maintain your garage door sounds like a waste of time, it’s not. Small tasks as outlined in this post can help prevent problems before they become big ones, and can extend the life of your garage door and parts.
If you take just 10 minutes a month to do the following 4 things, your garage door will be in great condition!
So this isn’t a monthly task, but something that might take 30-60 minutes, once a year.
Cleaning your garage door includes washing it with soapy water and rinsing it well, both inside and out.
Give it a thorough visual inspection. If you are maintaining your doors monthly, then anything out of the ordinary should be obvious.
Check specific areas, including your springs for any rust, and other metal parts for signs of rust. Get rid of cobwebs and other debris you see anywhere, including on the tracks. Wipe down your tracks as well. This can be down with a wet towel. Ensure you dry the tracks when you are done cleaning with a dry rag.
This is something to do every 2-3 months or once every quarter that only takes 2 minutes. Promise! Take a silicone or lithium-based spray (not WD40)! You want a spray that isn’t greasy or sticky so that it dries clean. Otherwise, other debris or dirt can get stuck in the lubricant and cause other problems.
With your proper spray, spray down tracks, rollers, locks, hinges, springs. Basically, any moving part.
Springs are metal, so rust is always a concern. During your monthly visual inspection, take a look at your springs and check for rust. Any rust can mean your spring is in danger of breaking. This is expensive and a safety hazard!
A true thorough inspection should be done very spring (ha!) or once a year. But monthly with your visual inspection, or at the very least, every quarter, is good!
Whether you’d rather pass along a maintenance service to the professionals, or you need a company to call when your own maintenance leads you to have questions or notice a problem: make sure you have one! It’s so helpful not just with your garage door, to have a “go-to” company or professional to call when you really need them. Instead of scrambling when you have a garage door emergency, know who to call if the need arises.
Vet any garage door company! Check online 3rd party views, read their website, check BBB, and ask them questions. Questions include whether they are licensed and bonded, and beyond!
If you are in the Greater Miami area, get in touch!