How to Maintain Your Garage Doors

If you want to avoid your garage doors looking like the following three images, periodic maintenance is essential.

Broken Garage Door
In this picture, you can see that the centre spring bar has worn through and snapped, due to lack of maintenance.
Broken Garage Door
Notice that the cable here is really frayed? Once this is broken, the door will come crashing down – which can prove pretty dangerous.
Broken Garage Door
And due to zero maintenance, the cable for this garage door has broken, resulting in a garage door that’s not much good to anyone.

Now, the good news is there’s a way to avoid any of these things happening to you.

All it takes is a little bit of work each month. And when we say little, we really do mean little. You only need some maintenance spray, an oil can, and a cloth.

To make it even easier for you, here’s a step-by-step guide of where you need to focus your efforts to get the best results.

Maintaining up & over garage doors

If you’ve got an up and over garage door, here’s what you need to do…

To lubricate the spring mechanism, use an old oil can filled with oil. This will help make sure everything runs smoothly so no damage is caused.

So, without further ado, let’s look at where your focuses should lie:

For the side runners/tracks, all you’ll need is some maintenance spray. Looking after this section will make sure the rollers run up and down with ease.

Maintaining Garage Doors
Apply penetrating oil to the garage door’s spring mechanism
Maintaining Garage Doors
Make sure the spring mechanism’s moving parts are well oiled.
Maintaining Garage Doors
Oil all of the moving parts on an up and over garage door to keep it in good condition.
Maintaining Garage Doors
Keeping the spring mechanism well oiled can help prevent damage and rust.
Maintaining Garage Doors
We use basic penetrating oil to get the job done.

For up and over garage doors, the picture below shows you exactly where you need to spray the inside tracks. It doesn’t take long to do at all but will keep your garage door in great condition.

Maintaining Garage Doors
Apply penetrating oil to maintain your garage door’s inside tracks for up and over garage doors.

Maintaining electric garage doors

And if you own an electric door, you’ll be pleased to know that they’re virtually maintenance free.

Now, we did say virtually – the tracks the door slides up and down on will still need a bit of a helping hand to make sure they stay as good as new.

The good news is this only requires a damp cloth.

Keep your tracks free of dirt and grime to ensure smooth door movement.
Keep your tracks free of dirt and grime to ensure smooth door movement.

With the door fully open, get your damp cloth and run it up and down the inside of the track. This will help to keep it clean and in working order.

When we said it was a little bit of work each month, we weren’t lying. And yet, so many people don’t do it. Then, over time, their garage door breaks.

If you take a few minutes each month to perform some maintenance on your garage door, you’ll be able to save money on repairs or even a replacement, if the damage is that bad.

What if my garage door is already broken?

If your garage door currently looks like the first three pictures we showed you, don’t worry – you don’t necessarily need to splash out on a replacement.

Here at Garage Door Repair Man, we do exactly what our name suggests – we repair garage doors. So if you’ve been told by other companies that you need a new garage door, why not let us take a look at it first? Because if we can repair it, it’ll save you a lot of money.

Let’s say your cable’s snapped. We can fit a new cables from just £50. Now compare that to how much you would have been spending on a new door.

Or maybe your spring’s broken. From just £60, we can replace it with a new spring.

Perhaps the motor of your electric door’s stopped working. Well, before you start looking at new doors, you might be interested to know that a new motor can be fitted from just £170 – saving you a lot of money AND a lot of stress.

So call us now on 0800 542 7652 to see how we can help you.

How to Maintain Your Garage Doors