The garage door is often overlooked when it comes to doing the yearly or bi-annual home repairs. With regular DIY garage door maintenance, the chances of dealing with emergency repairs drop drastically. The good thing about doing a routine maintenance check each month is you get to not a few tune-ups that will go a long way in keeping your garage door functional. Here are several tips on several issues that you need to be aware of when doing the maintenance checks.
A garage door that has a small problem in its function will not have that flawless response, it will make a sound. Sometimes, the sound might not be that loud so it might go unnoticed. The reason behind the sound might as well not be plainly visible. Whether you have a wooden door or metal door, you need to pay a close attention to everything about how the door opens and closes. The joints may be making some noise, and all they require is a bit of oil and the will be working properly again. Repaint the door if the paint job is peeling off to minimize issues of water damage.
The roller all the features that allow the garage do to open and close. They should regularly be inspected, and those that are cracked or damaged should be replaced to ensure a smooth, flawless function. Lubrication should be a routine maintenance practice. You should use the right kind of lubricant based on the materials used to make the rollers. Remember to check the roller hinges so that you can tighten any loose bolts before you clean the bearings using mineral spirits. It is important to handle one hinge at a time to avoid complications with the garage door function.
You need to ensure that the tracks are properly aligned from the bottom to the top, adjust them where necessary if you find they are not plumb. Often, the adjustments will be less than half an inch; otherwise, anything higher than that should be reason enough for you to calling a garage door repair expert to take care of the problem.
A garage door can close and open using tension that is in its cables and springs. The amount of tension in the springs and cable is adjustable, but this should be left to the experts. If you find that the cables and springs are busted, rusted, or pitted, you should call in professional help immediately. The only routine maintenance practice you can do for the springs and cable is to ensure they are well lubricated using a silicone-based spray.
A routine DIY garage door maintenance practice that you can do like every other day is taking a moment, as often as possible and look at the garage door whenever you open and lift it all the way up to see the state of the weather stripping. Installing a weather stripping in your garage is important. You need to check if the strip is in good working condition. If it is not, replace it. You can get the weather stripping from your local garage door installation companies.