Keeping Your Garage Door in Good Condition

The garage can often be one of the last rooms of the house that we invest our time and money into. However, properly maintaining your garage space can save you time and money in the long run. It can also be important for you and your family’s safety, as garage doors can become hazardous when not working correctly.

Even the best-made garage doors can still break down or get stuck, with anything from broken springs and loose cables, to dents and other surface damage from a car collision. That's why routine maintenance and repairs are so essential to preserving a garage door's longevity.

Routine Maintenance

It’s important to remember to regularly check and clean your garage door.

Routine maintenance of both your garage door and remote control opener is critical to ensuring smooth, quiet, reliable operation, and in most cases is necessary to ensure your warranty remains valid.

Regular Cleaning

A good way to remember to maintain your garage door is this: when you think of cleaning and washing your car, think about checking and cleaning the garage door too! For most garage doors, it’s recommended that you wash the door with clean water and a cloth every 14 days, with more frequent washing advised in salty or industrial areas. Even the highest quality products will require some TLC to guard against corrosion and other elements.

Note: do not wash the remote control opener, it will void the warranty and could cause electrocution.

Regular Checking

There are some parts of the garage door you can keep an eye on yourself.

First, check all screws, nuts and bolts to ensure they are secure. Also check all springs for any natural loss of tension. Through checking regularly, and becoming familiar with the parts of the garage door, you’ll be able to notice any dramatic changes.

You can then check the door’s cables for any signs of fraying or corrosion. However, remember: these cables are under extreme tension and should never be adjusted, except by a qualified technician. If there are signs of cable damage you will need to contact your garage door technician.

Routine Repair Work

When something goes wrong with your garage door, you may sometimes find you’re able to fix the situation yourself – for example, reattaching a loose cable or finding what is obstructing the door from closing or opening. However, for more technical problems or serious damage repairs, you will need to speak to a qualified, experienced tradesperson.

A professional garage door technician will be able to ensure that both the door and remote control stay in good condition, all year round.

Can the Door Be Repaired, or Will it Need Replacing?

After your tradesperson evaluates the damage, they may recommend replacing the whole unit. You can then think about upgrading to a newer model with better features, or using the opportunity to switch to an insulated door, for more effective cooling and heating and also sound-proofing. Find out more about your options when replacing your garage door.

Garage Doors are trained qualified professionals, providing maintenance and repairs for garage doors – both commercial and residential. Call us on (08) 6323 1262 or contact us online for a free quote, or to book an appointment with an experienced tradesperson.

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