Garage doors are amazing modern contraptions of convenience. When they work, we hardly think about them. One press of a button and the safety and the security of the garage opens before our very eyes. It’s one less thing we have to worry about as we leave for work and when we come home. It’s a luxury that’s easy to take for granted.
But garage doors can be surprisingly easy to damage if we’re not careful. And many garage door repairs can be very expensive. Follow these 5 rules to avoid expensive garage door repairs.
Keep Up on Regular Repair
So many people never think about their garage doors until there’s a problem. This is a mistake. Regular repairs and maintenance help your garage door run more smoothly and they extend the lifetime of your garage door. Regularly oil all the moving components of your garage door with an approved garage door lubricant. Tighten down any loose bolts every few months to keep rattle to a minimum.
Keep the Garage Door Clear
Misplaced objects, say a rake or a broom, can easily jam a garage door. In most cases, the object is so small you hardly notice it. Sometimes the obstruction can be as small as a pebble or a stick. But when something gets lodged in the track with the full force and weight of the garage door, it can be difficult to pull out. Sometimes removing the object may even require the services of a garage door professional.
There are garage door problems that can wait, such as if your door doesn’t open or close all the way. And then there are garage door emergencies, say if your door completely jams and won’t move one way or the other. This is when you need to stop and call us. Forcing the door could cause serious and expensive damage to your door and tracks. It can also result in serious injury.
Look for Worn Out Rollers
Like everything else in life, rollers wear out overtime. They can chip, crack, fall off the door. It’s a good idea to inspect them occasionally so you can spot worn rollers before they break. If a roller breaks, your garage door might not open, which means you have a garage door emergency. Worn out rollers are one of the many things we look for in our professional garage door inspections. It’s worth examining your rollers every few months.
Inspect Garage Door Springs
Garage door springs will also wear out. Each spring has a lifecycle, meaning the number of times a garage door is opened and closed. Most springs will last between 5 to 7 years, depending on how often you use your door. Take a close look at the springs. Look for signs of rust, looseness or slack. If there’s any concern, contact a garage door professional right away for a more thorough inspection.
Be Proactive with Garage Door Repairs
The bottom line is its important to take a proactive approach to garage door repairs, especially if you have an older door. Don’t let break downs catch you by surprise. Have a pro inspect your garage door for any issues you might be overlooking. Your door will run smoother, quieter, and lasts a long time.