Most people don’t think much about their garage doors until they stop working, but it shouldn’t be that way. In fact, garage door maintenance is one of the best ways to keep it up and working, so you won’t have to spend a lot of money to get it fixed. Here is a list of things that you can do yourself.
Keep your garage door painted
If you have a wood garage door, there will be some extra things that are not necessary for most other doors. Keeping it painted is the most important. Wood is sensitive to moisture, and if you allow the paint to deteriorate, it will expose the wood. If the wood is exposed then moisture will work its way into the wood and eventually it will buckle and not hang properly.
Keep the moving parts lubricated
Go over the parts that can wear with a little silicon lubrication. Don’t use WD-40 unless the parts are really dirty. WD-40 is good at cleaning but not lubrication. If do use it, be sure to wipe everything down. Use a small wire brush to get the tough parts if there are any. and apply your silicon lubrication. Especially important are the hinges, and rollers, as these get the most work. Wipe it down
Maintain your opener
There’s not much to a garage door opener, and they don’t really require maintenance, but you should still check to make sure the safety features are still working. First make sure the the door is properly balanced. There should not be any wide spaces between the door and the ground, the top of the door or the sides. Then put a small box on the ground. It can be anything like a small toolbox or even a brick. Close the door and make sure it reverses.
Perform this once every 6-12 months.