Considering your garage door is probably your main entry point to your home and a key part of your security system, the extra time you spend checking it over before winter sets in is time well spent. Put the following on your garage door inspection checklist.
- Check the cables and springs for signs of wear and have a professional replace them as needed. Winter’s cold, damp conditions can cause worn cables and springs to snap and potentially cause additional damage to your garage door or opener.
- Use a socket wrench to tighten bolts that may have loosened with frequent use during the summer months.
- Check the rollers and tracks for debris and signs of wear. Keeping the tracks clean can extend the life of the rollers by preventing damage. Your garage door specialist can advise you if rollers are chipped or need to be replaced because of wear.
- Lubricate all moving parts with a silicone-based spray lubricant designed for garage doors. A quality lubricant will keep your garage door running more quietly and efficiently, as well as protecting all parts from the cold and damp.
- Check your door’s balance by releasing it from the opener and opening it manually halfway. If it holds that position, the balance is good. If it does not, have your garage door specialist adjust the springs so the motor is not overtasked.
- Check the weatherstripping, paying special attention to the bottom of the door where it meets the ground. Worn, cracked or missing weatherstripping exposes your garage and ultimately your home to moisture, dirt and pests, so replace it to be sure you have a good seal for the coming winter weather.
Above & Beyond Door Systems provides a fall-winter maintenance check that covers all these important items to be sure your garage door is in good working order. Contact our team today for an appointment.
Always hire a professional to address repairs to your garage door or opening system. Garage door parts are under extreme tension and can cause serious injury if not handled properly.