Garage Door Maintenance Tips

Your garage door: An integral part of your home, but something that you probably don't think about too much. When you want to pull your car out or in, you open and close the door to your garage, and you don't give it a second thought. But, when it gets stuck, it starts to shimmy or it makes a lot of noise, your garage door is suddenly on the forefront of your mind.

In order to avoid these types of problems, your garage door should be something that you think about often. Why? Because you should perform regular maintenance on it. With routine maintenance, you can keep your garage door functioning properly and safe.

Here's a look at some routine maintenance tips that will keep this part of your home in good shape.

Inspect the Springs and Track

The springs and the track play a key role in the operation of your garage door and they should be inspected regularly. In order for the door to function properly and safely, they need to be bolted securely in place. If you notice that they are moving or shaking, adjustments need to be made. To be on the safe side, have a professional do this job. Even if you're a seasoned handyman, if you aren't well-versed in garage door repair, you could end up hurting yourself, or making the door unsafe.

Lube It

There are several components involved in the operation of a garage door, and these components need to be lubricated in order to operate properly.

Lubricate the hinges, wheels, bearings, rollers, springs and tracks once a year using grease, oil or a silicone-based spray lubricant. This is a job that you can safely do yourself. However, if you are uncomfortable doing it, call a professional to do the job for you.

Check the Weather Stripping

Every garage door has weather stripping around its edges. This weather stripping prevents wind, rain, snow, sleet and all other elements from penetrating your garage door. If the weather stripping is frayed or loose, you could end up having a wet, cold or hot garage. Replace the stripping as needed to ensure those elements stay out. This is another DIY job, but again, if you feel uncomfortable doing it yourself, have a professional replace it for you.

Your garage door is an important part of your home. In order to ensure that it operates properly and safely, routine maintenance by you and a professional, like Kim's Garage, is an absolute must.