How to Maintain Your Garage Door for Longevity

We all want to get the very most out of the various high-value components and accessories in our homes, and some of the largest such items tend to be some of the most notable examples. Consider, for instance, the garage door, which is both one of the largest and most important items present in your home for everything from security and energy efficiency to aesthetics and more - and there are several basic ways to extend garage door lifespan and get the most out of your door. 

At Price's Guaranteed Doors, we're happy to serve as your one-stop shop for all things entry doors, garage door services, Pella window services and more to clients around Boise, Meridian, Nampa and nearby areas of Idaho, including garage door repair, garage door installation, garage door opener services and more. Whether on your own or with help from our professionals wherever necessary, here are some basic maintenance tips that will help keep your garage door functioning optimally for many years into the future. 

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Regular Lubrication

One of the single most important things you can do to extend your garage door's lifespan is regular lubrication of various moving parts. Just like with any complex mechanical item, the metal and other materials used in a garage door require proper lubrication to avoid deterioration over time - and this is especially true given that most garages are not climate-controlled areas, meaning there may be temperature fluctuations or even excess moisture in some cases. 

When you pick up lubricant for this process, there are a few important considerations to keep in mind:

  • Look for a lubricant that is specifically made for garage doors.
  • Ensure the lubricant is non-corrosive and safe for use on metal components.
  • Consider whether you want an aerosol or liquid-based lubricant based on your personal preferences.
  • If unsure about how to properly lubricate your garage door, consult with our pros for more detailed instructions. 

Regular Cleaning

In addition to lubrication, regular cleaning of your garage door is also important for extending its lifespan. Dirt, debris and other particles can build up on the surface of your garage door over time, causing damage or corrosion if not properly cleaned off. Simply using a mild soap and water mixture, along with a soft cloth or sponge, should be sufficient for regular cleaning - make sure to rinse the door thoroughly when done. 

Addressing Damage Immediately

If you happen to notice any damage on your garage door - whether from an accident, weather event or otherwise - it's vital to address this immediately. Even small damages can quickly escalate into larger ones if not properly taken care of, and this is an issue that often requires professional attention. Our team will not only assess the damage but also provide guidance on whether replacement or repair is the best option for your door. 

Balance Tests

While these don't necessarily need to be done on a regular basis, it's important to periodically test the balance of your garage door. An unbalanced door can put excessive strain on certain components, leading to premature wear and tear and potential malfunctions. If you notice any issues with the balance of your garage door, contact our team for assistance in addressing the problem.

If you're looking to test door balance on your own, you'll need to first disconnect it from the opener by pulling the emergency release cord. Then, lift the door manually and see if it stays in place or falls to one side - an unbalanced door will usually fall. 

Weather Stripping Replacement

Be mindful of the weather stripping around your garage door and replace it as necessary. This is important for both energy efficiency and security purposes, helping prevent drafts and keeping out pests or other unwanted elements. Weather stripping is relatively inexpensive and easy to replace, but can make a big difference in the lifespan of your garage door. 

Periodic Roller Inspections

Within a garage door setup, your rollers are responsible for supporting the door and keeping it moving smoothly. It's important to regularly inspect these rollers for any signs of wear and tear, replacing them as necessary. If left unaddressed, damaged or worn rollers can cause severe damage to other components in your garage door setup. 

Cable Checks

Down similar lines, it's important to periodically check your cables for any fraying or other damage. These are responsible for holding the entire weight of the garage door, so any issues with them can be extremely dangerous and should be addressed immediately. If you notice any problems, contact our team right away for assistance in replacing the cables.

Tightening Hardware

Especially if it hasn't been done for several years, it's a good idea to periodically tighten any hardware on your garage door, including bolts, screws and other fasteners. Over time, these can loosen due to vibrations or simple wear and tear - tightening them will help keep your door functioning smoothly and prevent potential breakdowns.

At Price's Guaranteed Doors, we understand the importance of proper maintenance for extending the lifespan of your garage door. If you ever have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out to our team for assistance - we're always happy to help keep your garage door in top shape, whether you're in Boise, Meridian, Nampa or any nearby part of Idaho.