Garage door repairs can sometimes be prevented with the proper level of maintenance. If not preceded completely, then at least somewhat and to the point where less money needs to be sent to restore the door to its normal level of functioning.
If you maintain and clean the door of your garage faithfully then it will reward you with a longer life. To get the most out of the door and to not require garage door repairs on a regular basis you need to make sure that you do not get lazy with the maintenance you do. When a problem does arise then you need to do something about it immediately in order to prevent further damage from taking place.
What then should you do to keep garage door repairs at bay? Clean the doors approximately four times a year with a mild detergent. To do this simple task, use a soft car brush. By washing the doors regularly the build up of corrosive elements will be cut down. Make sure though that you refrain from using any harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners on or near the doors to your garage.
If the doors on your garage are wooden then the cleaning and maintenance of them should be according to the recommendations of the manufacturer. In most instances you will be encouraged to first paint the doors on both the interior and the exterior and then to repaint the surface of the exterior every one to two years. If you paint only the outside of the door initially then over time it may warp because of moisture.
Take a close look at the area under the door. You want that part to be as free of obstacles as possible. Where the door meets the ground is a spot that can easily accumulate leaves, dirt, cobwebs and debris. It can also build up ice and snow during the winter months. When anything clogs the bottom section of the door it will prevent a solid seal with the ground to be maintained. By so doing this can cause problems with the alignment and weight distribution of the door. This will mean that a garage door repair is required! To prevent this from taking place check the bottom of the door often and rid it of any problematic issues.
You need to keep the parts of the door moving properly. This is a preventive maintenance measure that will take very little time or money. Apply lightweight oil such as spray oil or a product such as WD40 to the hinges and rollers on a yearly basis. The center hinges as well as the end hinges both need lubrication. When you lubricate all of the pivot points this helps to keep the door working properly and means that garage door repairs are less likely.
by Andrea Avery