Your garage door is probably the biggest moving element in your house. Fortunately for everyone, it doesn’t ask for much, only that you take care of it twice per year. The thing is, garage doors are often overlooked by most – but you shouldn’t make that mistake!
You might think your garage door is not that important, but you should know that this big door is the one thing that can make you get to work late if it’s not working properly. Here are 6 garage door tips to make sure that never happens!
Keep An Eye Out
Before you try anything with your garage door, the very first thing you have to do is take one good look at it. Open and close it and see how it moves, check if it wobbles or if it’s way too sturdy. Does it make any grinding noises or is it smooth? That’ll help you understand what’s going on – if anything is going on at all.
Make Sure Things Are Moving Nicely
The most important thing when it comes to garage doors is to keep things moving. The door is supposed to open and close – that’s it! If you want to keep it that way, you need to lubricate the moving parts: chain, screws, and overhead springs.
Even if the door moves smoothly, you should lubricate it just in case!
Understand That Balance is Key
Besides lubrication, balance is the most important thing. If your garage door is unbalanced, it’s bound to break sooner rather than later.
How do you check your garage door’s balance? Manually open and close your garage door and see whether its movement is balanced or not. If it isn’t, something is going on with your door’s springs – but don’t touch them! Let a professional handle it, it’s a dangerous job.
Check the hardware
There are a lot of things going on when you open or close your garage door. Whether it’s the tracks, the cables, the safety features, and many more things, you have to make sure everything is working properly.
For example, you need to clean the tracks every once in a while. Otherwise, your door will get stuck. Cables and springs should be checked out as well – but they are far too dangerous for you to handle, it’s best to leave that to the experts.
Test it out
Once everything is ready to go, you need to test it out. Your door should work smoothly after a routine maintenance.
If you find there’s something wrong (or something you don’t know how to handle), you should move onto the last tip!
Leave it to the professionals
Truth be told, garage doors are complicated. They are also rather dangerous! The springs and cables hold a lot of tension – so much that they could kill you if improperly managed. That’s why we believe you should leave it to the professionals – and that’s us!
At Door Dorks, we know how to handle your garage doors – and we know how to leave you with a garage door that is as good as new! We know our way around cables, springs, tracks, and everything garage door related.
If it’s time for a garage door routine maintenance or if you’re having trouble with your door, give us a call. We are more than happy to help!