Garage Door Maintenance Guide
As a prominent feature of your home's façade, the condition of your garage door can have a big impact on your home's appearance and value. Regular maintenance can help keep your door looking great and operating smoothly for years to come. Occasionally checking on your garage door can also prevent it from needing expensive repairs down the road.
A quick review of your garage door's components can be a great way to ensure your door continues to operate consistently. Review these areas at least annually and as often as every three months:
- Are your springs broken?
- Are the springs properly tensioned? If you have an automatic opener, test your spring tension by closing your door and pulling the string on your opener to disconnect it. Then open the door halfway. If it does not remain still, your springs are broken or need adjustment.
- If your springs are broken or improperly tensioned, do not adjust or remove them yourself. Contact a qualified garage door repair professional.
- Are there any worn strips hanging loose on the sides of your garage door?
- Are the cables frayed?
- If the cables are frayed, they are in danger of breaking and could cause serious injury or property damage. Worn strips could also get caught and cause issues. Contact a professional to replace the cables.
- Do the rollers on the ends of your door move smoothly and quietly? If not, they may require lubrication or replacement.
- Clopay® recommends a high-quality nylon roller for the smoothest and quietest operation.
- Is the paint peeling or fading?
- If the door uses metal in its construction, is it rusted or heavily dented?
- If dents are minor and your door is uninsulated, you may be able to push out the dings from the inside of the door. Have heavily dented doors inspected by a Clopay® Dealer.
- Care & Maintenance Tip: Lubricating Noisy Wheel Rollers
- Are the windows broken or cracked?
- If your windows are cracked or broken, contact your Clopay® Dealer, as they can provide replacement windows or sections as needed.
Bottom Weather Seal
- Your garage door's bottom weather seal is a flexible strip that helps prevent heat loss at the bottom of the door. It also helps to keep out water, dirt, and pests.
- Does the weatherstripping show cracks, or signs of visible wear?
- Place your hand along the bottom of your garage door. Do you feel a draft of cold air coming into your garage?
- If you feel a draft or your weather seal is cracked, it is time for replacement. Contact your Clopay® Dealer or The Home Depot to purchase a replacement.
- Are the tracks on either side of your garage door bent or twisted?
- Are they securely attached to the door jambs and the ceiling via the rear track hangers?
- If you have issues with your track, contact a professional for repair. Track issues can contribute to added stress on your opener.
- Are the hinges that join the door sections bent or broken? If so, they should be replaced.
- Caution: The bottom brackets on all garage doors must not be removed while the door is under tension. Clopay recommends contacting a garage door maintenance professional to replace your hinges.