The garage door is the main access point to the home for more than 70 percent of homeowners, and as the winter weather approaches, it’s important for homeowners to ensure the operation and safety of your household’s main point of entry.
Check the weather stripping on the bottom of the garage door to ensure it is keeping out the cold air and not damaged or missing.
Maintaining the Hardware
Older garage doors can malfunction in the cold weather, so garage door maintenance and inspections are even more important during the Winter months. Metal parts of a garage door can contract during cold weather, which can lead to broken springs and other issues.
Homeowners should use a garage door lubricant on any moving parts. Lubricate the rollers, tracks and hinges and all moving hardware parts every three months. Wipe off excess oil with a cloth. As for the springs, use the same oil applied with a cloth. You are not only prolonging the spring’s life, but also reducing the noise the springs make when the door is operated.
Keeping it Clean
Clean your garage door regularly with mild soap, such as car detergent, and a soft bristle brush. Avoid using abrasive cleaners and very strong liquid cleaners which could damage the paint or cause delaminating.
Open Sesame: The Garage Door Opener
Pull on the trolley release cord and operate the door manually. Is it difficult to open and close? The electric operator only replaces manual operation, therefore it must move freely. If you have trouble operating it, contact Overhead Door Company of Brookfield. For your safety as well as your child’s, check the automatic safety reverse system of the door opener every month.
Get Your Annual Exam
Consider your garage door as an important part of your home. With appropriate annual maintenance, it will operate beautifully.
Ask Overhead Door Company of Brookfield to lubricate and adjust yourgarage door at least yearly. In a 10 step check-up, they will check the following:
– the sturdiness and adjustment of the hinges;
– the rollers for worn-out ball bearings, flattened rollers, and crooked rods;
– the tracks for premature wear and tear, loose bolts, and loose supports;
– the cables for wear and tear; especially near the pulleys and the lower support (corner bracket).
With these helpful tips, homeowners can ensure their garage door is safe, functional and secure well through the winter.
Overhead Door Company of Brookfield can be reached at 203-740-7691.