Looking after overhead garage doors will inevitably mean that they last longer, so that you don’t have to pay out for any costly replacement overhead garage doors for many years to come. So, apart from periodically painting or treating your overhead garage door – what else can you do to protect it and keep it in good working order?
To keep your overhead garage door operating smoothly and noiselessly, brush or squirt some light machine oil on to the springs, which will also help to prevent any build up of rust. Apply the oil when the garage door is in the open position, so that the springs are extended to their maximum, allowing you to apply the oil over the largest part of the spring.
Dirt and Rain
A problem with an overhead garage door is that, unless you have a perfectly level drive, it’s virtually impossible to get the door to make a good fit at the bottom. The result of this is that rain water can get blown or splashed into your garage and, in the Fall, leaves will litter the floor of it.
This can easily be prevented by screwing a draught excluder along the bottom edge of the garage door. You’ll probably be able to get extra long lengths of these door draught excluders from your DIY store and, ideally, fitting one continuous length is preferable to having to join up shorter ones; mainly because a single length of the draught excluder will look a tidier job when done.
Keeping on Track
When opening overhead garage doors it can be easy to pull them out of a track, especially if you try to open it too far and too quickly. In extreme instances you could pull it out of both tracks – risking it then falling on to you or your car. However, there are a couple of tricks to hopefully remove this risk.
First you can try crimping the C-shaped open ends of the tracks with a pair of pliers. Alternatively, if you drill a hole and fix a nut and bolt through the end of each track, that should also prevent the door from being wrenched out of the track.
You wouldn’t want to be doing this everyday you have to get you car in or out of the garage – but if you’re going away on a vacation then you might want to consider it. Any garage door is potentially a security weakness to your property if your garage has a connecting door into your home. However, you can burglar-proof an overhead garage door with a couple of simple G-cramps. Simply fix the G-cramps onto each track behind the door wheels. Then, even if the lock is forced off, the door will not open.
Painting Overhead Doors
Keeping your overhead garage doors looking good with a new coat of paint will, of course, also protect it from the ravages of the weather. If you’ve got a timber door and you prefer to leave it looking natural – no problem, just remember to apply a timber preservative at least once a year. Whether you’ve got a timber or steel painted door, if the paint gets chipped or damaged; see to it immediately to prevent any corrosion or rotting. Finally, don’t forget – aluminum doors should not be painted, just wipe them clean with a damp cloth.