Summertime will be here soon, and making preparations now will help to ensure that you start the summer season right. It may not seem that important to check your door, but now is a great time to make sure that it’s in great shape and perform any necessary maintenance before you need repairs. Here are some tips to help you prepare your garage door for summer and beyond.
Get it Clean
The first step to getting your garage ready for summer is making sure it is clean. Garage doors often become dirty during the winter and spring months because they are opened and closed so often. Be sure to clean both the inside and outside of your garage door. You can probably get the dirt, dust, and grime off with soap, water, and elbow grease. You may need to use teak oil to remove stubborn grime. Be sure to inspect the paint or finish while you are cleaning. Now may be a good time to apply a coat of sealant or another coat of paint.
Check For Signs of Damage
Carefully inspecting your garage door is also important. Wear and tear is common, especially if you use the door frequently. Make sure that you check the rollers for chips and cracks, as well as abrasions. Ignoring these minor issues for too long often leads to extensive repairs.
Check the cables to make sure that they are not worn or frayed. Cables that are used often can become damaged over time, especially if you live in a climate where extreme temperatures are common. If you find any signs of damage, it’s important to have the cables looked at by a professional. This will keep your door operating safely.
Inspect the Bolts and Springs
There should be no visible signs of rust on the springs on your garage door, as rusting can cause the springs to break. A broken spring can fly across the garage, which may hurt someone. You can test the spring tension by closing the door and pulling the emergency release cord. Lift the door up a couple of feet off the ground after you have pulled the release. Your springs need more tension if the door closes by itself after you have lifted it. The tension on your springs is correct if the door stays at the same height after you have opened it. Some doors have springs that are inside a tube. This type of spring doesn’t require maintenance.
Your garage door has many moving parts, and they should all be kept lubricated so they can move easily. This includes rollers, hinges, tracks, and springs. It’s best to use a lubricant that is specifically designed for garage doors, as some types of lubricant can cause damage to the moving parts and cause your door to malfunction. Try to apply a thin layer, as too much lubricant is known to cause dirt and dust to collect on the moving parts. It’s best to apply the lubricant directly to all of the parts that move.
Inspect the Weather Stripping
Weather stripping on the bottom of your garage door is important for energy efficiency, even if your garage is not heated and cooled by your home’s heating system. It also keeps your garage cleaner and helps to keep out the bugs. Be sure to look for cracks and holes in your weather stripping. You can repair small cracks, but it’s best to replace the stripping if it has become worn. Proper weatherstripping on your garage door will help keep out the warm summer air, which keeps your home cooler and helps to lower your energy bills.
October 18, 2016