Best Tips to Make Your Garage Door Last Longer

Garage Door Last Longer

If you’re planning to have a new garage door installed or have your opener system replaced, one thing you’ll want to consider is the differences between overhead and wall-mount openers. Here’s a little about both of these garage door opener styles.

Overhead garage door openers

Overhead openers are attached to the ceiling of the garage and include a rail track and lift that can be operated with 3 different driving systems:

1. Chain openers: With a chain assembly, the garage door is opened by chain ropes that run on tracks. Chain drives are common in garages across Florida and are strong enough to last 10+ years. However, they require a little more maintenance than other styles and are louder.

2. Belt openers: This style is growing in popularity because belt systems are quieter than chain systems and do essentially the same job. Belts are typically made of durable fiberglass, polyurethane, or rubber reinforced with steel.

3. Screw-drive openers: Screw-drive openers lift the garage door with a metal rod that glides on the track. These are ideal for heavy wear and tear applications. To maintain a long life, screw-drive garage door openers must be lubricated regularly.

Overhead door opener advantages

  • Installation and repair of overhead systems are generally less expensive than for wall-mount systems.
  • All styles of overhead garage door openers are quieter these days than in years past. Quiet DC motors are included with many chain and screw-drive openers.
  • Will hold up under the heaviest loads.
  • Available timers, rolling door codes, battery backup, and MyQ can enhance overhead garage door openers’ performance.

Wall-mount garage door openers

Wall-mount openers are installed on the wall next to the garage door. This type of opener is connected to the door’s torsion bar to raise and lower the door. Wall-mount openers are ideally suited for standard, vertical and high-lift garage doors.

Jackshaft wall-mount openers are showing up in more and more residential garage door systems. Years of dependable service, advanced security, and smooth operation have made them popular in commercial applications for years. These openers are perfect when space is at a premium.

Wall-mount door opener advantages

  • Long-term top performance with jackshaft opener systems.
  • Great for garages with low ceilings or tall stacks of stored items. By contrast, overhead door openers need about 48 inches of ceiling space.
  • No emergency release cord that separates the door from the opener system. This design can be convenient, but it also can be controlled from outside the garage, giving burglars easy access. Wall-mount systems, therefore, offer added security.
  • Jackshaft openers can feature reversal systems and sensors for increased safety performance.

There’s a lot to know about the different styles of garage door opener systems and their features. When consulting with a company to have a new door installed or a garage door repair service to replace your opener, get all the details to help you make the best decision for your specific needs and budget.

Maintaining Garage Door Hardware

About every four months, you’ll want to clean and lubricate the door’s springs, hinges, and tracks. Your door system’s paperwork will tell you the ideal type of lubricant — or you can ask your garage door repair tech or installer.

Springs: Wipe off the torsion springs and then apply an even amount of lubricant. Don’t over-apply and cause the solution to drip down onto the floor. This garage door maintenance task will keep your springs quiet and prevent rusting.

Hinges: If you have metal hinges where the door pivots, apply some lubricant with a cloth to keep them working smoothly. For plastic hinges, a basic cleaning with a damp rag is sufficient — you don’t need to use a lubricant.

Tracks & rollers: These components attract dust and spider webs, which can be removed with a damp cloth. Once clean, apply lubricant to the metal sections but avoid getting it on nylon wheels. You can lubricate metal wheels.

All-Brace: this is a new product that allows your garage door repair man to fix dents, cracks, and dings quickly and less expensively.

Maintaining the Weatherstripping

The weatherstripping at the bottom of your garage door helps the door operate properly and protects the contents of your garage. As part of your regular maintenance, wipe down the weatherstripping with a damp cloth or towel to remove dirt and debris that eventually can harm the rubber.

Once it’s clean, use a silicone lubricant to treat the rubber and extend its life. Read lubricant labels and don’t use a formula that contains petroleum, which can harm the rubber.

Replace the weatherstripping if you notice it’s becoming cracked and overly dry. You can buy a kit for this or ask your garage door service company for help.

Inspect for Loose Bolts and Hardware

Periodically check to make sure nothing is loose or rattling within your garage door assembly. Basic tools are typically all you’ll need to tighten bolts and fasteners that may have loosened with repeated use.

This is an important task because if loose components are allowed to keep getting looser, you might be putting your family’s safety at risk.

How to Clean the Front of Your Garage Door

Cleaning your door a couple of times a year will help to prevent staining and keep it looking like new. A small amount of dishwashing soap and water usually will do the trick.

First, hose or brush off the door, then uses a soft cloth with the soap solution to clean the entire front surface, including in between the slats.

If you have stubborn stains, a little oxygen bleach mixed with water and a soft brush should solve the problem.

When all the cleaning is done, spray off the door with a hose.

Depending on the materials used to build your garage door, waxing it once a year will help it retain its beauty. Check with your owner’s manual or ask a professional before throwing on the wax.

These garage door maintenance tips will help you to keep your door looking good and working safely and effectively for many years.

When your door needs more help than you can give it, Safe Way Garage Door Repair & Service of Lakeland, FL, is ready to go to work. Our experienced team provides all types of garage door repairs and component repairs. Call (863) 701–9779 with questions or to schedule an appointment.

We also service homes across Polk County and Eastern Hillsborough County.

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Safe Way Garage Door Repair & Service of Lakeland, FL, can guide you in all your options for garage door opener systems as well as all the repair and maintenance needs your door may require. Call Florida’s trusted garage door experts at (863) 701–9779.