As the leaves start to change color and fall begins, it's important to think about maintenance for all parts of your home, including your garage door.
Neglecting to do regular upkeep can result in several problems, from decreased energy efficiency to safety hazards.
Luckily, keeping your garage door in top shape doesn't have to be complicated or time-consuming.
Here are six tips to help you maintain your garage door this fall...
1)) Check for Drafts
Start by checking around the perimeter of your garage door for any cracks or gaps.
If you find any, seal them with caulk or weather stripping to help keep cool air out and warm air in.
2)) Inspect Your Springs and Cables
Next, look at your springs and cables to make sure they're not frayed or worn.
If they are, it's best to replace them before they break and cause serious damage (or even injury).
3)) Lubricate Moving Parts
Another easy way to keep your garage door running smoothly is to lubricate all the moving parts, including the hinges, rollers, tracks, and springs with a silicone-based lubricant.
4)) Test Your Opener Regularly
It's also a good idea to test your garage door opener regularly to make sure it's working properly.
A quick way to do this is by placing a piece of wood under the door as it closes; if the opener senses the object and reverses direction, then it's functioning correctly.
5)) Clean Off the Sensors
The sensors on your garage door are what tell it when something is in the way and prevent it from closing.
So, it's important to make sure they're always clean and free of dirt, dust, and debris.
You can use a soft cloth to gently wipe them down.
6)) Schedule Annual Service
Finally, you should schedule an annual service with a professional garage door company.
They'll be able to inspect and service all aspects of your door, from the opener to the tracks, and make any necessary repairs so you can rest assured that your door is in good working order all season long.
Garage doors are an important part of your home's security and should be maintained all year long, but especially in the fall.
By keeping on top of routine maintenance tasks like cleaning the tracks and lubricating the rollers, you can help keep your garage door functioning properly and looking good.
Neglecting these simple tasks can lead to expensive repairs down the road, so it's always best to stay ahead of any potential issues.
By taking a little time to care for your garage door now, can help ensure that it will continue to work properly for years to come.