We asked our expert technicians to write down important tips that will help homeowners keep their garage door system in great condition for years to come. Check them out below.
Know which parts should NOT be lubricated
According to our specialists, although lubrication is an important part of garage door maintenance, not every moving part can benefit from it. Plastic or nylon door rollers, as well as the garage door tracks, will actually become sticky if you try to lubricate them, and your door's movement could be negatively impacted as a result.
Choose a door made from strong materials
Even if the weather is mild in your region, it's good to have a strong garage door in order to ensure your property is as protected as it can be. After all, it needs to keep your home secure and keep thieves out, not just rough weather. Our experts recommend that you only use durable materials for the panels and low gauge steel for the brackets and tracks.
Treat your wooden garage door properly
Wood requires more maintenance than other materials, but it's usually worth it. To protect your wooden panels, coat them with a waterproof paint. Hemlock, cedar, and redwood are some of the different types of timber you can choose for your door, and some may need more maintenance than their counterparts. Since this material is a natural insulator, you need to decide how durable you want your new door to be, which means choosing between two or three-layered door panels. Contact our experts if you have any questions.
Consider getting an insulated garage door
Make sure the door you choose has a high R-value. The different kinds of insulation to choose from are fiberglass, reflective foil, and foam panels, each with its own advantages (consult with our experts for more information). Don't forget you can also add weather stripping to your door, which will boost its insulation rating and help you prevent rain, snow and various pests from getting inside your garage.