5 Garage Door Maintenance Tips

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The garage door is most likely the largest moving part of your home.  It's also one of the most utilized, with people coming and going all day long. Winter is on the way, and proper garage door maintenance not only keeps your door running smoothly, it can help maintain warmth throughout the rest of your home during the chilly months. These simple maintenance tips will help extend the life of your garage door and keep you well protected throughout the year.

1.    Check for bent or broken moving components.
Things to look out for are broken wheels, a bent track, bent or loose hinges and loose or missing bolts.
2.    Clean and lubricate hardware.
Use a clean rag to remove any buildup and lubricate moving parts with light oil. Make sure the axels are secure and tight. 
3.   Take care of the exterior.
Wipe down the door with household detergent and rinse with water. Applying car wax to the surface can help the door maintain its finish in harsh environments.
4.    Remove rust.
Visible rust means moisture is taking a tool on the garage door. To get rid of it, sand the rust and paint with primer, followed by an exterior latex.
5.    Check the weather seal.
The weather seal traps heat in and keeps cold air out of your home. Make sure there’s no gap between the bottom of the garage door and your driveway when the door is closed.
Finally, if you have an automatic garage door opener, consider installing a battery back-up unit. It will keep you from getting caught in the elements during a power outage and give you peace of mind before the first big winter storm hits. Several systems also come with timers, to make sure your door is shut tight when you’re not home. Your home stays insulated and cold air is kept outside.
If you have questions about garage door maintenance or finding the right battery back-up for your home, the experts at Fireside Home Solutions are here to help. Click here to schedule your free in-home consultation.