The cold season is behind us and the weather is finally warming up which makes it the perfect time to look at home maintenance. Winter weather can be harsh on the exterior features of your property like garage doors. If you don’t inspect and repair the damage caused by cold weather or snow, your garage door might not work well or last long. Fortunately, summer garage maintenance is easy and quick. Here is some essential maintenance to do during summer:
Garage doors can become very dirty on both sides. The inside of it is exposed to dirt, grease, and grime, which can form a thick layer on its surface. The exterior is exposed to moisture, dust, and temperature changes. It can have pockets of mold along with a thick layer of dirt. These problems can build up and not only compromise your door’s appearance, but also its structural integrity. That’s why it’s important to wash it thoroughly after winter has passed and the temperature is reasonably warm.
2. Consider Re-staining
Many garage doors are made out of wood and are susceptible to rot. After your door is completely clean, check for signs of rot, pest infestation, or mold carefully. Once the inspection is complete and your door is in relatively good shape, consider re-staining it. This doesn’t just improve its appearance, but will also protect it from future rotting.
3. Look at the Hardware
Constant movement and vibrations can loosen the nuts, bolts, and screws that keep your garage door system together. Summer is a good time to tighten them to ensure they don’t fall off. This doesn’t require much time or effort but will help a door function efficiently. Loose nuts and bolts can also damage a door because it isn’t properly secured.
4. Test The Door’s Balance
Poorly balanced doors are a hazard because their movements are uncertain. Door openers have to work harder to open or close them safely in a controlled fashion. Check the balance of your door every year to ensure it performs well and doesn’t consume too much energy. The best way to do it is to disconnect your door from its automatic opening system, which can be done by pulling a release handle. Once it is disconnected, manually open the door until it is about halfway up. If your system is balanced well, the door will stay in place. If it moves or drops back down, your door’s counterweight system isn’t working well and it needs a professional repair.
A garage door system consists of many moving parts and these are subjected to a considerable amount of friction. It’s a good idea to keep these components clean and well-lubricated as that will help reduce wear and tear. Use lubricant oil specifically designed for garage doors and apply it to all moving parts like rollers, hinges, tracks, as well as the weather stripping. Make sure you don’t apply too much oil as that will lead to grime build-up.
6. Check the Springs
Garage door springs are resilient, designed to withstand wear for several years. Most springs will tolerate nearly 10,000 operation cycles before you need to replace them. It’s important to check these essential components regularly. Look for signs of excessive rust, cracks, or breaks. If your spring is damaged, call professionals for repair or replacement immediately.
Regular inspection can help ensure your garage door stays in good condition for a long time. Conduct this inspection every summer and if you find a serious problem, call a professional to resolve it.