Garage door maintenance tips to extend its lifespan

As many homeowners know, garage doors can be expensive. It’s imperative to do everything you can to keep your garage door in tip-top shape. And the best way to avoid having to spend thousands replacing your garage door?

Garage door maintenance.

But what steps can you take to ensure your garage door stays working as long as possible?

At Broadmark Doors, we are committed to exceeding expectations, whether that’s matching you with a new garage door that suits your personal requirements, or simply giving some friendly advice on keeping your garage door in full working order.

Here are our our top tips to help you maintain your garage door:

What is garage door maintenance?

So you’re aware that maintenance is essential, but what exactly is it?

Garage door maintenance is exactly what it sounds like – taking steps to maintain the correct function of your garage door.

An unmaintained garage door can lead to major problems, and in some cases even serious injury.

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So, what can you do?

Check your garage door regularly

Checking the function of your garage door regularly and thoroughly is one of the most important steps to avoid the extra costs associated with new garage doors. We advise that you do a full check at least once every 6 months, looking for any flaws in the mechanism.

Carry out a basic visual inspection

Even a quick visual inspection can give you an indication of if your garage door is working properly, and an inspection of the moving parts during function could save you money on future costly repairs.

Prioritise fixing or replacing parts

Say you find a problem with the mechanism… do you wait for it to get worse?

Absolutely not.

Leaving existing problems can only escalate the situation. Arranging for any necessary replacements to be fitted will minimise the chance of you needing to replace bigger parts, or potentially the whole garage door, in the near future.

A common problem is spring failure, where damage to the torsion springs prevent the garage door from opening. For torsion spring problems, it’s essential to contact a professional, as opting for a quick-fix can cause more harm to your door opener and mechanical parts.

Hardware inspection

Periodically inspect all hardware, including bolts, nuts, screws, and hinges, to ensure they are tight and secure. Replace any damaged or worn-out parts promptly to prevent further issues.

Ensuring loose bolts are tightened with a socket wrench is important, as door vibration can cause these to come loose during operation.

To tighten loose bolts, it is best to speak with a professional, as it can be dangerous to touch anything that requires special tools yourself.

Lubricate moving parts

Using a silicone based lubricant on the moving parts of your garage door regularly, such as garage door springs, will reduce friction and help keep your garage door in working order. This includes oiling moving parts every few months with an all-weather product, as low temperatures can cause lubricants to become thick and viscous. This makes it harder to open and close the door.

For help with choosing the correct oil for your garage door, contact our team and speak to a garage door specialist.

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Keep running tracks clean

Garage door tracks are the stationary lanes on which facilitate the movement of your garage door. Regardless of the type of tracks your door uses, it is important to keep these clean and free from debris to ensure smooth operation.

Check hinges and rollers, ensuring they are cleared of dust and dirt. Adjust, clean and replace weather stripping, if necessary, as this is responsible for keeping your garage insulated.

Regular cleaning also maintains the aesthetic of your garage door year-round, keeping it looking brand new for much longer.

At Broadmark Doors, we recommend never using harsh chemicals when cleaning your garage door. Wiping over components with a soft cloth, mild detergent, and warm water is a great place to start, and prevents build up on parts that are likely to accumulate dirt.

Gentle cleaning products

Test the door balance

An unbalanced garage door makes the opener work harder, shortening its lifespan. The good news is, homeowners can easily check this themselves to determine if there’s a problem. Here’s how to test balance:

Close the door and pull the release handle, which disengages the automatic opener. Then manually lift the door until it’s about halfway open.

The door should not go up or down more than a foot, and then remain in place without help. If it creeps up or down, the door is not balanced or the springs are worn. This type of issue needs professional intervention, as it can be a complicated problem.

Test safety features

Auto-reverse systems

The safety features on your door are crucial for avoiding mishaps. The auto reverse safety feature forces the door to quickly reverse if it detects an obstacle, like a car, animal or child. It’s activated by a pressure sensor or photocells on each side of the door.

Auto reverse sensors detect objects that are obstructing the door’s path. Place a small object in the door’s path during operation to test the auto reverse mechanism. If the door doesn’t automatically reverse after contact, get help from a professional immediately to fix the problem.

Photoelectric sensors

As well as auto reverse, many garage doors use a photoelectric system. To test the photoelectric sensors, take a broom or other long object and close your door using an opener remote. Wave the broom in front of the sensors. The photo eye sensors should detect the object if working properly.

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Does the type of door matter?

When it comes to garage door maintenance tips, some are specific to certain door types.

Electric garage doors

Electric garage doors that are remote control operated are particularly susceptible to maintenance issues, due to using more complex mechanisms such as an automatic opener. Therefore, checking the mechanism more frequently is useful for preventing potential issues down the line.

Electric door

Roller garage doors

Roller doors have more components than other types of garage door, so monthly cleaning is a great idea if you have one!

You should also check roller tracks for misalignment, inspect the rollers and examine the springs for any signs of stretching. Addressing issues promptly can prevent them from escalating into problems further down the line.

Roller door, rollers

How can we help?

Maintenance for garage doors doesn’t have to be complicated, but sometimes it can be beneficial to have a professional deal with your maintenance service.

Regularly servicing your door can save you time and money.

Garage doors that are regularly maintained by an expert are likely to last much longer. Maintaining your garage door balance springs, cleaning tracks, and regular checks will keep your garage door opening and closing as it should.

This is where we come in.

At Broadmark Doors, our experienced team can give homeowners the most useful maintenance tips depending on your garage door type and personal circumstances.

Take a look at our FAQs for more benefits, including up to a 10-year guarantee on certain garage door types, if you ever need a replacement.

Professional maintenance is something we specialise in, and we’re passionate about making sure your door opens and closes like it’s brand new for as long as possible.

So, if you’re looking to prevent wear or just have questions about garage doors, you can be rest assured you’ve come to the right place.

Broadmark Doors, West Midlands

Need a new garage door?

Ensuring we provide you with the best service possible is important to us, and that’s why we like to make the process stress-free and simple.

Firstly, we arrange a free survey to assess your personal requirements. You can request your free survey via our website, or contact us on 01384 889779 to arrange a time that suits you.

Once we have an agreed time and date, one of our professional team members visits your home, and provides a same-day quote.

We then install your new garage door at a time that suits you.

Our team are always on-hand to answer any questions you have following your garage door installation. We offer our customers superior quality and 5-star customer service from enquiry to installation, and beyond.

Summary

Following Broadmark Doors‘ garage door maintenance tips will help ensure your garage door lasts as long as possible. However, if you need any assistance or professional regular maintenance, be sure to contact our team for unbeatable customer care and advice.

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