Unfortunately, we can’t always avoid costly repairs. As a homeowner, you’ll face an unexpected and sometimes expensive repair at some point. Your garage door is often forgotten when it comes to maintenance, however. We tend to only realize how important our garage door is to us is when it breaks. Depending on what part of the door broke, you may have a costly fix on your hands. The number one way to keep costs down for garage door repairs is keeping up with regular maintenance.
Below are a few easy maintenance projects you can do that will help with saving costs on garage door repair.
When we’re using our garage doors, our minds are usually occupied — either on where we’re going or what we need to do now that we’re home. However, you should try to always keep an eye and ear out when you’re using your garage door. When you pay more attention to your garage door, you’re more likely to notice when something is wrong. Maybe you hear a strange noise, or the door doesn’t seem like it’s moving as smoothly as it usually does. If you can catch a potential issue before something breaks, you can usually save on the cost of the repair.
Give us a call, and schedule regular inspections of your garage door and its parts to have expert eyes (and ears) checking things out for you.
Grease Your Moving Parts
Routine lubrication of the moving parts of your garage door will help keep it moving smoothly. Without proper lubrication, the moving parts on your garage door can start grinding and potentially cause damage. This is one of the simplest types of maintenance you can do for your garage. You should apply one type of grease to the chain or screw, depending on what kind of door you have. You should also spray a lubricant onto the springs. Greasing the moving parts on your garage door only takes about 10 minutes to do once a year, but it makes such a big impact.
Insulate Your Door
Over time, your garage door can develop small holes and cracks. The longer you let this go on, the less insulated your garage door becomes. These holes let in warm air in the summer and cold air in the winter. They can also let in moisture. When you install weatherstripping to your garage door, you’re covering up those holes and cracks. Weatherstripping your garage door will keep your garage at a more stable temperature and prevent outdoor elements from getting inside. It’s likely that your garage door already has weatherstripping, but replacing it when it ages is key, and often skipped. You can buy weather stripping at a hardware store and follow the installation instructions.