Garage Door: Maintenance Tips & Signs That It's Time For A Replacement

You probably do not pay much attention to your garage door aside from opening and closing it. But your door is protecting the contents of your garage from many elements. Unfortunately, your garage door cannot last forever. The following will show you how to maintain your garage door to help extend its life and a few signs that it may be time to replace it.

Maintenance Tips To Consider

The following are just a few ways to help maintain your garage door:

  • Have your garage door specialist service your door regularly.
  • Inspect your garage door from time to time for loose wires or broken parts. If you see any, have those checked immediately.
  • Spray all the rollers, hinges, roller-tracks, or latches with a lemon-based natural cleaner. The citric acid in lemon will help remove any grime. Just combine the juice from 1 small lemon with a 16 ounce spray bottle filled with water, and shake. 
  • Test the balance of your garage door. To do this, disconnect the garage door. Pull down the garage door, and stop when the height reaches your waistline. Slowly let it go, and see if it pulls up or drops. Both of these are signs that your garage door needs servicing. 

Signs That You Need To Replace Your Garage Door

The following are a few signs that may reveal it is time for a garage door replacement:

  1. Break downs that keep occurring, even after several attempts to correct the problem. The pieces may just be too worn out. Besides, replacing the door might help you save money since you won't need frequent service calls. 
  2. Your garage door is simply not energy efficient and too old. Newer garage doors come with bottom seals, weather strips, sealing joints, and insulation to keep the temperature in your garage acceptable and save you some money on energy.
  3. Your garage door does not have a built-in safety feature that modern garage doors have. This important safety feature protects you from getting hurt while the door is opening or closing. It detects obstructions and immediately retracts. 
  4. The garage door moves unevenly or shakes. These symptoms usually mean that your garage door has broken parts. You can try to replace them, but replacing them may end up costing you too much money. 

Talk to your garage door specialist if you notice any of these signs so that he or she can get to the bottom of your garage door issues.