A typical garage door lasts about 30 years, especially if it’s properly maintained. If you’re not in the habit of maintaining your garage door the way you should, this is your opportunity to change! Make performing garage door maintenance one of your new year’s resolutions. In this article, we’ll discuss the many things you can do to improve the functioning of your garage door in 2022.
1. Get a Tune-Up
Garage door maintenance starts with a garage door tune-up. Hire a professional to do this for you once a year. During the tune-up, your professional will lubricate the moving parts, check connections, tighten nuts and bolts, test the safety systems, identify problems and recommend repairs if needed.
It’s best to get a garage door repair person who has experience with your type of garage door opener. If you hired Overhead Door Company of Oklahoma City to install your garage door, then you should hire us to perform the tuneup as well! Hiring someone who has expertise with your garage can help ensure the best results.
2. Perform an Inspection
About six months after your tune-up, perform an inspection of the garage door yourself, checking for loud noises, loose nuts and bolts, and trouble with the safety features like the photoelectric eye. Want to know more about testing your garage door safety features? Check out our article from last year on the subject.
3. Weatherize Your Garage Door
Take time to weatherize your garage door in winter. Install weatherstripping to keep out moisture and drafts. Weatherstripping for your garage door usually takes the form of a rubberized strip that can be nailed around the door opening. Install weatherstripping on your own or have your garage door installer do the work for you during your upcoming tune-up.
4. Keep Your Garage Door Clean
Clean your garage door with a sponge, warm water, and mild detergent. Rinse the water with a strong jet of water from a hose. Do this at least once per year to prevent dirt, grime, mold, or mildew from staining your garage door. If your garage door has a way of getting dirty, do this twice per year to keep your door looking its best.
5. Know When It’s Time to Replace
Is your garage door several decades old? Does it need frequent repair, or is it looking shabby? Sounds like it’s time to replace! Work with the experts to install the best quality garage door for your home. Call Overhead Door Company of Oklahoma City to make an appointment and discuss your garage door replacement.