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garage door costsA well-made, properly installed garage door will last for many years. That's important for Lakeland homeowners who want to get the most out of their garage doors.

New doors garage doors can average well above $2,000 for the door and installation. Yikes! There are some interesting insights at Home Depot and This Old House.

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So...let's keep your door in good working condition. There are a few maintenance tasks you can do to keep your garage door working right and looking good during those years and even extend its life.

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, basic cleaning with a damp rag is sufficient — you don’t need to use 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 use 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.

Polk County Garage Door Repair: Lakeland, Mulberry, Bartow, Fort Meade, Auburndale, Polk City, Bartow, Winter Haven, Haines City, Davenport, Lake Wales, Frostproof

Eastern Hillsborough County Garage Door Repair: Plant City, Lithia, Valrico, Brandon, Seffner, Crystal Springs, Zephyrhills

heated garage lakelandNobody likes to enter a cold garage on a winter morning — or at any other time. Even in Lakeland, Florida it can get cold during our shortened winter season.

But can you get a heated garage door here in Lakeland?

Sure. Keeping your garage warm during the cold months isn’t difficult if you follow these three steps.

1. First, stop the air flow in your garage

Before looking at heating your garage, you’ll want to make sure that neither the structure nor the garage door are letting in excess cold air. If there are warps or other compromises in the garage door, get them fixed. Replace the gasket along the bottom of the door, if necessary.

Holes in the garage walls should be repaired. Caulking around windows will make a difference in how well the garage retains heat and blocks cold, as will shrink film insulation applied to the window glass. Side or top gaps between the garage door and its frame can be blocked or have gaps in weather-stripping.

2. Insulate the walls and ceiling

After you take care of any open areas where cold air can get into the garage, the next step is to properly insulate the walls and ceiling, if this hasn’t already been done. No matter what kind of garage heating system you use, no garage will stay warm if your walls and ceiling are bare.

Fiberglass batt insulation is ideal for this purpose and fairly easy for the average person to install. When the insulation is in place, finish the surfaces with drywall and then paint according to your tastes.

Depending on the level of heat you want inside your garage during the winter, the above two steps may be all the action you need to take. These steps definitely will prevent the majority of cold air from getting into the garage. If you want your garage to be even more comfortable, you can install a heating unit.

3. Add a heater to your garage

Now that the structure is well-sealed and insulated, any type of heating system you bring in will make a positive difference. However, based on the square footage of the garage, a small electric heater may not be sufficient.

Several space heaters are an option, if one isn’t enough. But if going around and turning heaters on and off isn’t something that excites you, consider a ceiling-mount forced-air heating unit.

Your local home center (Lowes, Home Depot, Ace) should carry several models of heaters that are attached to the ceiling of the garage. These appliances come in different sizes and BTU outputs and run on electricity, so they’re completely self-contained. They’re often available with remote controls and thermostats, so you can keep your garage exactly as warm as you want it all the time.

Garage Door Repair

Garage doors often are the main culprits when outside air is flowing at-will into your garage. If you’re not familiar with garage door repair and the various parts and components included in a garage door system, it’s a smart move to have a professional take a look at the door as part of your garage-heating project.

Safe Way Garage Door Repair & Service of Lakeland, FL, can help with all types of garage door issues. We offer expert spring repair and replacement, car-impact repair, opener repair and replacement and roller, track and cable repair. For all garage door repairs, call Safe Way first at (863) 701–9779.

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

Polk County Garage Door Repair: Lakeland, Mulberry, Bartow, Fort Meade, Auburndale, Polk City, Bartow, Winter Haven, Haines City, Davenport, Lake Wales, Frostproof

Eastern Hillsborough County Garage Door Repair: Plant City, Lithia, Valrico, Brandon, Seffner, Crystal Springs, Zephyrhills

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