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The lifespan of a garage door nowadays can reach a good 20 years if properly maintained—emphasis on the “if properly maintained”! If you treat it right, your garage door will be able to withstand two decades’ worth of wear and tear, daily use, and perilous weather. Just like any other part of your house, however, you have to make sure you are doing what is needed to keep it healthy and in shape. This may involve just general routine maintenance, or some TLC in the event of a turbulent storm or twist of fate. Regardless, it is important to know how to take care of your garage door so that it serves you to the longest possible extent.
Fortunately, Summer tends to be among the milder months, and maintenance tends to be minimal. Let’s take a look at some of the routine maintenance you should perform on your door each Summer.
Check Out the Hardware
It’s never a bad idea to make sure your garage door’s hardware is in good shape, and there’s no better way to make sure it’s done at least once a year than to do it at the same time. Why not Summer? This one is easy—simply give a good look at the hinges, bolts, tracks, and any other moving parts that keep your door opening and closing. If any parts are looking a little worn and rough around the edges, replace them. Tighten any loose pieces.
Lubricate the Hardware
Lubrication of your garage door’s hardware is the easiest and best way to keep your door operating smoothly all summer. Not only will the movement be smoother and more dependable, but this will also prevent loud scraping and grinding noises while the door opens and closes (Note that those scraping and grinding noises are usually the sounds of damage occurring!). The best lubricant for your garage door is the 3-in-1 type of lubricant but be mindful to never use grease on any part of a garage door!
Give the Door A Good Scrub
Over the months and seasons, garage doors in Miramar can acquire a bit of dust, grease, grime, and other debris through all of the weather events that occur throughout the year. Summer is the perfect time to give a nice, clean appearance to the part of your garage that is seen the most prominently. Steel and aluminum doors can be cleaned easily with plain household water and a mild detergent on a sponge. It’s a simple solution that will make a great difference.
Give the Door A Makeover
Of course, a simple once- or twice-over wash job may not take care of the whole issue of the façade; perhaps the elements have caused paint to chip, or the sun has dulled it. Give the door a fresh coat of paint with any you may have had left over from the previous paint job, or mix things up and change the look of your whole property by painting it a fresh, new color!
Update the Insulate
Insulation is an important aspect of any structure. It can keep the cold out in the winter, and it can mitigate the sweltering heat in the summer. Your garage should be no different. Especially if living areas exist atop the garage, you’ll want to make sure that the building is well insulated from the temperatures of the great outdoors—unless, of course, you’d like them indoors!
Reinforce the Integrity
Especially in a climate that is prone to inclimate weather such as hurricanes and tropical storms, garage doors are susceptible to wear, tear, and even holes and other damage. Inspect the door closely to ensure that there are no such issues, and if there are, you may want to call a professional to patch or replace the door entirely.
Sand Down Any Rust
If rust exists on the surface of your garage, you’ll want to sand it down promptly. Rust spreads and can eat through steel and other metals. Once it’s sanded away, it can do no damage.
If you have any questions about garage door maintenance, need a professional inspection or repairs, or just want someone to double check your work, we are happy to assist you at any time. Call your favorite garage door repair Miramar today!