How To Get Your Garage Door Ready For Summer

Summer is right around the corner which means it’s time to make sure your garage door is ready for the new season. With the weather more relaxed, you’ll probably be using your garage door more often, and likely leaving it open longer. You might even have some more free time on your hands, which makes summer the perfect time to maintain your garage so you don’t have any issues to deal with once the weather gets groggier. 

Check Your Springs For Rust

Springs are one of the most important parts of your garage door as they hold it up. Springs are the strongest part of your door and should they break, you’re in for some costly repairs. Take some time to investigate your springs and see if there’s any rust on them. Checking for rust annually is one of the best ways to maintain your garage door, as rust can signal potential issues down the road. 

Garages can be a great place to hang out, especially during the summer. If you’re going to be keeping your door open during the new season, we suggest you add another torsion spring to your garage system. An extra spring is relatively cheap and will take the load off the primary spring, making it less likely for the first one to break. Consult a garage door repair company to install the new spring if you’re not experienced. 

Make Your Door Spotless 

Summer’s easy living but it’s also a great time to do some cleaning, especially if you lazied out during spring. Take advantage of the cool weather and clean your garage door from the outside. Depending on how often you clear your overhead door, there’s a chance that dust, dirt, and grime have taken over your door. 

Cleaning your door is a must if you have a steel door as they’re prone to rust. Periodically check your door for rust, as the rust could eventually break the door. The same goes for wooden doors, which can eventually rot away. Should your door accumulate rust or rot, it might be time to replace your door entirely. 

Lubricate Moving Parts

One of the easiest and quickest ways to maintain your door is to lubricate the moving parts. Lubricating your garage door can help it open and close smoother and stave off any annoying grinding noises. You should lubricate the tracks, roller, hinges, and garage door opener tracks. Avoid using too much lubrication as it can result in dirt, grime, and dust building up over time, which can make your door even slower to open. Avoid using the “all-purpose” WD-40. Instead, use silicone or lithium based lubricants. If you want to keep it simple and safe, head to your local hardware store and pick up oils that are specifically made for garage doors. 

Summer is a fantastic time to ensure your garage door is in tip-top shape. The overhead door is the largest exposed entrance to your home so it’s always viable to spend some time making sure it’s in the best possible condition. 


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Buying The Right Garage Door Springs

If your existing overhead door springs have gone rusty, you’ll end up having to purchase new springs. On the market, you’ll find two types of garage door springs that should be strong enough to lift your door: torsion and extension springs. Torsion springs turn when the door is opened, while extension springs, as the name suggests, expand. Typically, you will only need one torsion spring to lift your door, while extension springs will arrive as a couple. Seeing as only professionals should work on garage door springs, speak with your installation and repair company to find the right springs for your door.