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June 10, 2021

10 DIY TIPS FOR GARAGE DOOR MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR

A garage door is one of the most vital parts of a home, but it's frequently overlooked when it comes to upkeep. Taking the time to properly care for your door will yield extremely beneficial results, such as saving time and money on repairs and energy bills. Since managing an overhead door isn’t a difficult task, it isn’t always necessary to call a garage door specialist for such repairs. There are numerous maintenance and troubleshooting steps to invest in a long and issue-free life for the biggest door in your house. Here are a few simple do-it-yourself solutions:

TIP #1: LOOK AND LISTEN TO YOUR GARAGE DOOR

The most crucial preventive measure you can take is to monitor your garage door. Each time you use it, take note of the following: Is it lifting in a smooth manner or catching at times? Is the lift system (springs, pulleys, and cables) symmetrical on both sides? Is it quiet, or does it make screeching or grinding noises? Does the lift motor sound like it's struggling?

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TIP #2: INSPECTION OF THE TRACKS, ROLLERS, AND HINGES

The next step in the maintenance process is inspection. It's critical to fully inspect all door components for wear, cracks, and damage. Every garage door has several moving elements, such as chains, rollers, and hinges. If any of these parts fail, the door will not function properly. Considering how heavy garage doors are and how much of a part they play with a home's security, no one wants their door to fail.

Being ready to replace any moving parts before they wear out is important. We'd recommend keeping extra on hand to avoid delays or inconvenience. The ROP Shop’s garage door parts are some of the best and most reliable you can buy. Plus, if you plan for future repairs, you can take advantage of our bulk buying discount options. Get a quote on larger quantities to save even more!

TIP #3: INSPECT AND TIGHTEN SCREWS AND BOLTS

Hardware tends to loosen up and work its way out with continuous use, no matter what it's secured to. Most people don’t have the spare time for constant hardware maintenance. We get it, life can be crazy! Just pay attention to the key screws that, if ignored, can lead to complications. If your garage door's hardware is loose, it's likely to be loud and noisy. Check and tighten all of the nuts and bolts as soon as your door starts making more noise than usual.

TIP #4: YOUR GARAGE DOOR IS A BALANCING ACT

If your garage door is not properly balanced, your door opener will have to work harder, and its lifespan will shrink. To test the balance of your door, disconnect the opener by pulling on the release handle (typically a red cord). Then physically raise the door halfway. If it doesn't stay in place, the counterweight system and springs are out of balance. Contacting a professional repair technician is recommended.

TIP #5: APPLY LUBRICATION TO GARAGE DOOR COMPONENTS

This is one of our simplest maintenance tips, bit it can have a significant impact on the life of a garage door. Lubricating a garage door is straightforward and necessary. The less friction a door generates, the less likely it is to wear down and the longer the opener will last. It's a good idea to grease all moving parts, including hinges, rollers, and pulleys.

TIP #6: GARAGE DOOR WEATHER SEAL REPLACEMENT

Failing to replace the rubber weather seal strip on the bottom of your door when it becomes brittle or cracked could end up inviting the elements in. The ROP Shop's replacement rubber threshold weather seal comes in both 10’ and 16’ lengths.

TIP #7: TEST YOUR GARAGE DOOR'S AUTO-REVERSE SAFETY FEATURES

When it comes to your door's auto-reverse safety feature, both mechanical and photocell mechanisms are used. Test the mechanical functionality by placing a piece of wood or a block on the ground in the route of the door. Never use a body part to test this function since this could result in injury. When the lowering door comes into contact with that object, it should reverse direction and return to the top.

To test your photocell mechanism, start the closing cycle and simply pass your leg or foot into the path of the sensor beams at the bottom of the door. The door should immediately reverse direction.

If your opener is more than 20 years old, it may be missing these fundamental safety features, indicating that it's time to purchase a new garage door opener.

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TIP #8: CLEAN YOUR GARAGE DOOR FOR LONGEVITY AND CURB APPEAL

Garage doors play an important function in increasing a home’s curb appeal. A door should be captivating and attractive in order to improve the aesthetic value of your residence. Clean it thoroughly once a week with a clean cloth or brush. This will help the door hold up better over time as well. You can also apply a top-grade car shine wax on the outer part of the door in harsh or coastal environments to provide an added protective barrier and sheen. Keep in mind that your garage door accounts for at least one-third of the outside of your home, so keep it looking fresh and tidy.

TIP #9: EXAMINE THE GARAGE DOOR ITSELF FOR WEAR AND WEATHERING

While you're cleaning the outside of your door, make sure you inspect the panels for wear. Water damage and warping will need to be checked on wood doors. Steel doors may have rust areas that require attention.

TIP #10: REGULAR PAINTING TO PROTECT GARAGE DOORS

Also related to tip #8 and tip #9, an overhead door is designed to withstand all types of weather, including snow and rain. Even so, a garage door will fade and corrode over time, and it will likely lose its brilliant color as a result. To keep a door from deteriorating or fading, repaint using weatherproof exterior paint every two to three years.

STAY ONE STEP AHEAD, AND STAY RUGGED

Staying ahead of the repairs can help reduce their frequency and severity. The ROP Shop and Rugged U are committed to providing you with the best parts and information to make that a reality. We hope this will bring you many more years of a functional and enjoyable garage door. As always... Stay Rugged.

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