donít have to be an expert to extend the lifespan of
your garage door. In fact, there are a few simple DIY
tasks that will keep any garage door looking good and
running smoothly for years.
Check the tracks, rollers and hinges
important to give your garage door a once-over every
once and awhile.
are a lot of moving parts on a garage door ó from the
chain that moves it up and down, to the rollers that
bring it up, to the hinges that allow it to bend. All of
these items need to be inspected for wear and tear. All
it takes is for one of these items to break or go off
track for the entire system to fail.
Tighten all screws and bolts
worth paying attention to all of the moving parts of the
garage door, but specifically loose bolts and nuts,
which can cause larger problems. The opener is likely
loud on its own, but if things are loose, such as the
connection from the motor to the ceiling, the sound is
likely going to be amplified. Check all the connecting
nuts and bolts to be sure that they are tight.
Apply lubrication liberally
biggest preventive maintenance task a homeowner can do
is making sure that all the moving parts of the garage
door are well lubricated.
the less friction you have when the door opens, the less
work the opener has to do, and the longer that motor
will last. Itís worth noting that not just any
lubricant will do, so be sure to invest in one designed
specifically for garage doors.
want to use a spray grease, and if they go to the garage
door section of the big-box stores like Home Depot or
Loweís, they can usually find a good garage door
lubricant," says Jon Jacobs of Sound Door Services
in Seattle. "WD-40 is not great to use for garage
sure to lubricate all the moving parts, such as the
hinges, rollers and the bearing or pulleys.
maintain your homeís curb appeal, itís important the
garage door looks its best.
rid it of grit and grime, you can wash steel and
aluminum door surfaces with a mild household detergent
and then rinse with water. In harsh or coastal
environments, apply a quality car wax to the front side
of a steel door surface twice a year, immediately after
cleaning, to help maintain the finish.
Paint the garage door
garage door is exposed to the elements the same way the
exterior of your home is, but it has the added challenge
of also moving and vibrating several times a day. If the
paint is flaking off, this added movement will
accelerate your need to paint.
the garage door can likely be accomplished in a weekend.
Make sure that you prepare the door for paint before you
start the process by removing any dirt, caulk, flaking
paint, oil, wax, mildew and rust. A steel garage door
can be painted with a high-quality acrylic latex
exterior grade paint. Do not use any type of oil-based
paint or Alkyd modified acrylic latex paint.