The garage door is the biggest moving part of your house. It is the most heavy-duty structure in the house, with lesser parts like windows and doors. The garage door is operated by a motor that runs on electricity. The motor runs with the help of a chain that is attached to two tracks. The tracks move or lift up and down when needed.
A garage door consists of several moving parts like springs, rollers, hinges, pulleys, panels and springs. All these parts must fit properly for smooth operation of the door. The weight of the garage door is distributed through tracks so they are not easily damaged. Garage doors are designed to provide maximum strength and security against intruders as well as weather elements.
The garage door is a significant portion of your home’s security and value. It should, therefore, be equally as well-maintained as the rest of the home. The garage door is the first and last thing you see when you leave and enter your home. It may also be one of the most important entrances to your home. Here are some tips to keep your garage door in top shape:
The frame of a garage door is typically made from steel or wood. Steel frames are popular because they are strong and durable. If you choose a steel frame, make sure that it is galvanized to prevent rusting. Galvanized frames can also withstand dents and dings better than non-galvanized steel frames. Wood frames are also very sturdy but they do not hold up well in damp environments like basements or garages where moisture can collect on them. Wood frames tend to warp over time, which causes them to sag or become misaligned with the rest of the garage door structure.
Wooden frames can be very attractive; however they should not be used if you live in a wet climate because they will eventually rot away. Find out more information below.
The following guide will help you maintain and repair your garage door:
- Lubrication: Check all hinges and joints for wear and tear. Use lubricant on the hinges, rollers, springs or other moving parts. Wipe away excess lubricant with a dry cloth. If the garage door opener is installed on the wall beside the door, be sure to apply lubricant to both sides of the track because it can collect grime from shoes during operation.
- Rollers: If there is a problem with the rollers, check them for damage or cracks by lifting them gently from underneath with a screwdriver or a piece of wood. Replace if necessary.
- Springs: Sometimes a spring breaks due to excessive use or old age. This can be dangerous as it may cause the door to fall down suddenly when opened by its weight alone without any support from the spring mechanism. Inspect your garage door springs periodically to make sure that they are still in good condition and attached well to their respective brackets on either side of the doors