Investing in a garage door will provide service and satisfaction over many years. Yes, it will at some point break down and may even have to be replaced. But with a few simple precautions there’s a lot you can do to extend its life and so save you money over the long haul.
Even if you are on the verge of concluding that a new door is the only solution to your problems, consider calling in a specialist to overhaul your existing door. Sometimes this much lower-cost option can extend a door’s life by years. A specialist can repair a broken door if that’s what’s needed but regular maintenance can save money in the long run and keep your door in good working order, longer.
Keep your eyes and ears open for early signs that something isn’t working right. Slow or noisy gears for example might suggest replacing the gears. Then call a specialist to arrange an assessment an quote for an overhaul.
Basically: Inspection, replacement and lubrication covers most of it. Inspection is obvious so I’ll not explain that here. The inspection usually throws up items that should be replaced, but a good garage door specialist on a maintenance contract for your garage door will take note of any parts reaching the end of their lifetime but which have not yet failed and plan to replace them later.
Your garage door is a largely mechanical device. It is comprised of mechanical parts which in common with any other mechanical systems which should be lubricated for effective working over the long term: Rollers, springs, hinges, bearings etc.
All modern doors come fitted with safety features nowadays — such as the widgets that prevent a door going into free fall. So it’s a sobering thought that despite these features tens of thousands of injuries a year result from accidents involving garage doors.
To ensure that you or your loved ones never become part of that statistic, you should take pro-active steps to encourage the safe use of your garage door. Actions such as the preventative safety measure of maintaining garage door cables. You might also consider explaining to your children that the garage door and the remote which operates it are not toys and should never be played with.
Don’t forget that garage door maintenance can increase the value of your home — handy if you’re thinking about putting it up for sale.