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Homeowner Maintenance Tips for Your Garage Door

Maintaining your home’s doors is essential for aesthetics, security, and energy efficiency. To ensure your garage doors work smoothly throughout the year, consider these helpful tips to prevent common issues and prolong their lifespan:

  • Regular cleaning is key to keeping your doors in top condition. Dust, dirt, and other pollutants can accumulate on the surface and moving parts like hinges and tracks. Use a wood-friendly cleaner for wooden doors and mild soap and water for metal or vinyl doors to remove buildup and prevent damage over time.
  • Lubricating hinges and locks is crucial to prevent wear and damage. Squeaky hinges or stiff locks indicate the need for lubrication to maintain smooth operation. Check and tighten screws and hardware to avoid misalignment that can strain the frame and locking mechanisms.
  • Don’t overlook weather stripping, which seals gaps around the door to regulate temperature and prevent drafts. Inspect weather stripping regularly for wear and tear, replacing it as needed to maintain energy efficiency.
  • Ensure your doors are properly aligned to avoid sticking or closing issues, which could signal structural problems. Check the door frame for squareness and correct hanging regularly. Minor adjustments can be made with basic tools, while significant alignment issues may require professional assistance.

By following these simple maintenance steps, homeowners can keep their doors functioning well, extend their lifespan, save money, and enhance home security. If you have any inquiries regarding garage door maintenance, feel free to contact North Idaho Garage Door, and we will guide you through the necessary maintenance steps.