Garage Door Repair Maintenance

Overhead doors

It has been estimated that around 50% of all home burglaries can be traced to an open or unsecured garage door. You don’t want to be that house! In order to prevent theft in this way, always make sure to undergo routine garage door preventative maintenance.

First things first: Inspect ALL of the hardware and the door itself at least twice a year for and wear and tear, looseness, binding, or scraping. You may want to call up a garage door services company so they can assess any damage and decide whether or not you will need a new door. Surveys posted that 71% of homeowners who recently replaced their door believed it increased their home value, so this could be the best option.

All moving parts of the door must be lubricated every four to six months in order to prevent them from deteriorating or rusting, as this could be a very costly repair to make. The U.S. garage door installation industry generates around $5 billion every year, and it would be best to not have to contribute to that annual amount because you forgot to lubricate the door chain!

Cleaning the door may be time consuming, but it is not very difficult a task. At the very least, clean the door once a year. Most of the time, a simple hose-down or pressure spray wash is enough to clean the door. However, around the bottom edge of the door you may need to put in a bit more elbow grease in the form of these materials:

  • 1/3 cup powdered detergent
  • 2/3 cup tri-sodium phosphate
  • 1 quart sodium hypochlorite, 5% solution (think Clorox)
  • 3 quarts water
  • Use a stiff bristle brush in order to scrub off any mold or caked-on mud

Repainting the door, on the other hand, may take a bit more time. Be sure to prepare the professionally coated door first in order to make the new paint stick. New metal doors must be wiped with mineral spirits to remove and waxes present on the new surface. Use a commercial-grade primer and let it dry completely. Lightly sand the surface to create a the best possible surface for the new paint to stick to. Once prepared, coat the door within 24 hours with quality latex exterior house paint.

If you are unsure how to do any type of garage door repair, call a repair services company and they will be more than happy to help maintain your door. More.

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