Summer is an excellent time to complete home maintenance, especially on components like your garage door. The average garage door lasts 15 to 20 years, but it all depends on how well you take care of it. During the summer months, there are several things you should do to keep your garage door reliable.
Inspect the Hardware
Visually inspecting the hardware on your garage door is one of the easiest things you can do. Check for clear signs of wear and tear, such as missing bolts, misalignment, or loose hinges. Fixing these issues in their early stages prevents more expensive repairs down the road.
Lubricate Moving Hardware
Lubrication is key to smooth movements and preventing excessive wear and tear. Use a three-in-one type of oil to lubricate any moving parts to eliminate noise and keep parts running smoothly. Never use grease.
Wash Your Garage Door
It’s essential to wash your garage door every summer to remove grease, dirt, and other grime. Use water and a mild house detergent to complete the cleaning process. It’s the best option for steel and aluminum doors.
Once your garage door is clean, you can evaluate whether it needs a new coat of paint. Either use the same color to refresh your garage door or consider giving it a whole new look.
Insulate the Garage Door
Insulation is a key component for any garage door, not just in the winter months when a warm garage is beneficial. Proper insulation during the summer months keeps the heat out of the garage and the air conditioning inside, increasing the overall energy efficiency of your home. Checking the insulation between your house and garage is also essential to keep warm air from the garage out of your home.
Reinforce the Door
If you live in an area susceptible to severe weather, reinforcing your garage door is essential. Check for holes or openings in your garage door that can cause issues during severe weather events. Patching these holes will protect your home from damage when bad weather hits.
If your garage door is made of steel, rust can be problematic over time. Be sure to check for rust in its earliest stages, so you can stop the problem before it gets worse. If you notice signs of rust, sand the area and use a primer and paint to restore the damage and stop rust progression. Your garage door will last longer and look fantastic.
Test Your Garage Door
After you have repaired any damage and completed necessary maintenance, it’s time to test your garage door to check how well it operates. Pay close attention to the sounds and visible performance of your garage door when you open and close it. If anything seems out of place or it makes unusual noises, hire the professionals to diagnose and repair your garage door.
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