Everything you need to know about maintaining and caring for your garage door

Everything you need to know about maintaining and caring for your garage door

Once you have chosen and installed your new garage door, you want it to continue looking and working as well as the first day you got it. Garage doors can be hefty investments, both literally and figuratively, so you will want to make sure that it lasts you for many years to come. This won’t be a problem if you continue to care and maintain it like you would any other part of your property, so here’s what you need to know:

Metal doors and moving parts
Keeping metal doors free from any contaminants means they are less likely to rust and cease working. There are going to be areas of the door that do not benefit from the natural cleaning that rainwater carries out, so at least every 12 weeks, make sure that you wash your garage door thoroughly.

There is no need to use harsh detergents. Clean hot water will do the trick, together with a soft bristle brush. You can use a gentle soap solution if there is a build-up of grease and dirt, or if you live by the coast, a salt layer that will corrode metal. In particular, make sure you clean the area of the curtain face next to the door head, and then go over the top of the roller door that is inside the garage.

Pay attention to the motor if the door is automated, obviously never get water inside the mechanism, but make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s servicing instructions. If there are parts that need lubrication, again, use the appropriate and approved solution so that the mechanism runs smoothly and does not rust up. Guide tracks do not need oiling, but cleaning them out with methylated spirits and a damp cloth helps the door glide easily.

Opening and closing the doors
In the same way that you carry out safe opening and closing of the doors, make sure nothing is in the way of the door either down the sides or at the bottom to stop it shutting or buckling when in use. In periods of adverse windy weather, take special care in opening the doors, not only to keep yourself safe, but to avoid damage to the garage door itself.

If you use an automated opener, then make sure this is looked after and maintained in line with the manufacturer’s specifications. Look at the door springs – if metal, ensure they are lubricated the same as the opener chain, but plastic ones can be sprayed with silicon spray if needed. Look out for hairline cracks or breaks so that if necessary these can be replaced before they pose a problem for opening or closing the doors.

Timber doors
Wooden doors are treated to ensure they are weather resistant and may be painted a colour of your choice. If the doors are stained, then to keep them looking good and waterproof, you will need to reapply the treatment every couple of years or so. (This depends very much on the climate and the amount of use to which the doors are put). Again, your garage door supplier can advise you on what to use. If your timber garage door is painted, it can also be sanded down and repainted as soon as you see signs of wear and tear.

When in doubt, or if there's anything that you feel needs to be checked out, it is advisable to contact your local garage door repairs specialist for an appointment to ensure your garage door functions as smoothly and effectively as it should.