Garage doors are specifically designed to be able to withstand significant wear and tear. Because of this, a lot of homeowners tend to forget to maintain their garage doors. It should be part of a spring cleaning to-do list. After garage doors are exposed to winter weather, it is essential that garage doors undergo an inspection and routine maintenance to ensure that any repairs that are necessary are performed.
If minor repairs can be performed early on, significant repair costs can be avoided. Here are a few tasks that you should take care of this spring.
Clean the Tracks
Harsh winter weather may have left a significant deal of dust, dirt, and debris lodged within the tracks of the garage door. Take the time to clear out the buildup that has accumulated inside the tracks with a wet cloth. In doing so, your garage door will become smoother to operate and ensure that there is not anything that is affecting the safety sensors.
Wash and Paint the Door
Taking a powerwasher to the garage door will remove any dust, dirt, and grime that has built up on the door through the winter months. As soon as the door is clean, consider applying a fresh coat of paint to the exterior surface of the door to liven it up a bit. Washing and painting the door will enhance its aesthetic appeal and protect it from various outdoor elements.
Apply Lubricant to Moving Parts
All moving parts of a garage door need to remain lubricated, which will help reduce the stress that's placed on the door opener and rollers and extend their lifespan. It is important that an appropriate amount of lubricant is used—not too little and not too much—so you may want to speak to a garage door service prior to applying lubricant to any moving parts.
Test the Balance of the Door
In the event that a garage door is not properly balanced, it poses a significant risk to anyone around and the opener will work much harder than usual. The balance can be tested by simply pulling the release handle on the opener and lifting the door manually until the door is open halfway. The door should remain in this spot on its own. If it fails to do this, the springs either need to be replaced or the door needs to be balanced.
Your spring cleaning to-do list may consist of a lot of things, and this includes garage door maintenance. If you need professional help, contact a garage door service in your area.