Prep Your Garage Door for Spring
The winter months bring a lot of wear and tear to garage doors—especially those in the Salt Lake City area in Utah—so it’s always a good idea to give them a good inspection and “tune up” as the spring season begins. Here are some easy ways that you can prep your garage door, and your […]
The winter months bring a lot of wear and tear to garage doors—especially those in the Salt Lake City area in Utah—so it’s always a good idea to give them a good inspection and “tune up” as the spring season begins. Here are some easy ways that you can prep your garage door, and your garage as a whole, for spring.
Perform a thorough inspection.
First, it’s important to give your garage door and the associated lifting mechanisms a good inspection. The cold, ice, and accumulated dirt so often associated with the winter months have the potential to do a great deal of damage to garage doors, and it’s best to catch it now as the weather begins to warm up. Start by checking the inside and outside of your garage door for any cracks or visible damage. Don’t forget to examine the rubber trim along the bottom for any damage as well. Next, look at the door’s hardware and lifting mechanisms. Look for any dirt or grime accumulation on the tracks, bending in the tracks, fraying in the cable system, rust on metal parts, etc. While you’re at it, examine the garage door as it opens and closes, paying particularly close attention to any snags in operation and to any unusual noises. It can help to open and close the garage multiple times and stand in multiple areas inside and outside of the garage as you look for irregularities.
Of course, if you notice anything unusual about your garage door during your inspection, you should contact a garage door specialist immediately. Performing a quick repair now is much better than dealing with a preventable, more expensive repair later.
Clean the tracks.
If needed, wipe out the garage door tracks and vacuum out any accumulated debris.
Lubricate moving parts.
Even if things seem to be operating smoothly, chances are the moving components of your garage door system could use some lubrication. The main areas you want to hit here are the rollers, bearings, hinges, and spring. You need only a small about of engine oil or another lubricating agent (such as WD-40) for lubrication here.
Check your garage door opener.
This is a great time to replace the batteries in your handheld garage door opener and to inspect any other means of opening your garage door (namely, the opener installed at the entrance into your home and the password-enabled opened installed outside the garage door if there is one) for proper operation. Be sure to call a professional if you have any uncertainties regarding your garage door openers.