If spring has just arrived, it may be a good time to start paying attention to some of the exterior areas of your home that may have been neglected over the winter months. Taking on some garage door maintenance is a great place to start. You may have noticed some extra creaks and groans that developed as the weather changed. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to have your garage door looking and working as good as new for the summer.
Typically, the first time you will notice a problem with your garage door is when you hear a noise. If your door is making a squeaking sound, it may simply be the result of dry rollers, bearings and/or hinges that are in need of lubrication. However, if it sounds more like scraping, it could signify a frayed tension or extension spring cable that will need to be replaced.
Tasks You Can Tackle
* Cleaning: All you need is a hose, a bucket, and some soap. Give the garage door a good scrub and be on the lookout for any paint flaking off. You will want to repaint these areas in order to prevent rust. Not only will a quick cleaning improve overall appearance, it will also prevent dirt from accumulating in the tracks and help ensure smooth operation.
* Lubrication: In most cases, 3 in 1 motor oil can be applied to dry parts to help with lubrication and eliminate squeaks, although it is always a good idea to check the manufacturer’s recommendations for proper lubrication before applying anything.
* Visual Inspection: Take a few minutes to complete a visual inspection and look for any signs of rust, excessive wear or damage. Be sure to check that the bottom seal is still intact, make sure that the tracks are not bent or uneven, and look for rust along the garage door hinges.
When to Hire a Professional
The best way to ensure proper operation and maintenance is to work with a repair specialist. While you may be able to handle minor tasks like cleaning, lubrication, and basic troubleshooting, it is best to let the experts handle repairs, especially considering the average door can weigh upwards of 150 pounds. If your spring cleaning routine reveals the need for garage door repair or replacements, your best bet is to give us a call.