If you are in Scottsdale, AZ or any parts of Arizona, garage doors are used in homes and commercial establishments. It provides a combination of convenience, security, and refinement that is often under-appreciated that is until something breaks. Being the largest moving part of most people’s homes, garage doors are susceptible to wear and tear that can degrade usability, reduce visual appeal, and even compromise safety and security.
It’s easy to take your residential or commercial garage door for granted. It opens, closes and looks great, but what about the day it stops working? Few things can be as frustrating as a garage door that won’t open or as dangerous as a door that doesn’t work properly. There are a lot of ways you can do to keep your garage door in good condition. Here are the top five residential and commercial garage door maintenance tips:
Grinding or screeching metal not only sounds terrible, but it can also lead to a major failure of your garage door. That’s why having lubricant, especially white lithium grease, is a top preventive maintenance tip for garages.
Once the door is properly lubed, raise and lower the door several times to be sure the lubricant spreads evenly.
Tip: Don’t overuse lubricant — use a clean rag to wipe off any excess material.
Nuts and Bolts
Garage doors are heavy. Regular use of a garage door all but guarantees that nuts and bolts will eventually work themselves loose.
You’ll want to check with your garage door manufacturer regarding proper torque specifications, but if anything is loose: tighten it or call professionals to help if you don’t know what to do. They will know what to do.
Motor and Roller Check
Damaged garage door rollers are often the reason that a garage door may not close or open properly. Garage door rollers are little wheels that track along the side of your garage door. The rollers slide up and down the track in order to raise or close the door.
Also, if the door is taking longer than usual to open or close, that’s a good indicator that maintenance is needed. There might be something wrong with the motor. Always listen to your garage door. Sound is a good way to indicate if there is something wrong with your garage door motor.
Check Your Weatherstripping
A working weatherstrip keeps the weather out of your garage! Regardless of what type of weather you have, a weatherstrip is a simple way to prolong the life of your garage door.
Weatherstrips are typically made of rubber. You’ll find that weatherstrips eventually dry out and fall apart. If you notice that parts of your weatherstrip are decayed, broken, or flaky, it’s time to get a replacement.
Tip: Be sure to purchase the right type of weatherstripping for your garage door. If you’re unsure which one to buy, check with the manufacturer of your garage door.
Get the Help you Need from the Professionals
Garage doors are complicated, heavy things. If you’re looking to delve into the world of garage door maintenance, it’s better to do it with a professional at your side. After all, safety is paramount — there’s no point risking your health and safety.
Carry out these garage door maintenance checks every six months, and you will prolong its working life. If you are ever unsure, call in the professionals.
We are Cookson Garage Door Company and we are here for your residential or commercial garage door installation, service, or repair. Call (480) 377-8777 for an estimate for your garage door maintenance in Scottsdale, AZ!