Keeping your garage doors in good working condition is relatively simple. Maintenance is usually done twice a year: in the early spring and late fall. By doing this, you ensure the performance of every door component. Not only that, but it may also save you from an expensive repair bill.
Watch and Listen
Well-tuned garage doors are relatively quiet while in operation. That said, listen carefully for any grating or scraping sounds as the doors are opening or closing. There could be problems with the automatic opener, which manifests in the form of a jerky movement. Also, see to it that the springs, pulleys and cables are aligned perfectly.
Consider the Weatherstripping
Worn-out weatherstripping at the bottom of your garage doors must be given as much attention as you would a leaking roof. You want to keep the cold, water, dust and dirt out of your garage so make sure to replace the entire length of stripping if it’s damaged. Otherwise, you can just reattach any loose spots to the bottom of the garage doors.
Tighten the Hardware
The continuous use of garage doors can loosen up the door and track hardware. With a socket wrench, tighten up any loose bolts on the brackets holding the door tracks to the wall and ceiling, and the fasteners connecting the opener unit to the framing.
Check the Tracks
Check the tracks on both sides of the door, making sure they are free of debris and rust. Using a level, see to it that the tracks are perfectly aligned along their vertical sections. You can perform small tweaks yourself, but you may have to seek help from a professional technician for any major track adjustments.
At Benjamin Brothers Construction, our crews are trained to install new siding, soffit, fascia, gutters, downspouts, windows, doors and garage doors to update your exterior and make it maintenance-free. Expect us to provide flawless workmanship as we tackle your home improvement project.
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