Replacing a garage door can be expensive, so if you’ve found yourself in a position where you need to hire a company to replace the system you currently have, it’s natural to want to get the longest life our of your new garage door as possible.
Most people don’t give much thought to their garage doors until they stop working. At Above the Rest Garage Door Repair we caution against this. Why? Because when you inspect your garage door and you perform semi-annual maintenance checks, you may be able to extend the life of the system you’re about the purchase.
Things you can do on your own
When you open and close your garage door, you’ll want to pay attention to the sounds its making. If anything sounds off, or if you hear something that sounds like a snap, or a crack, you’ll want to contact a Colorado Springs garage door repair company as quickly as possible.
A second way you can keep your garage door running smoothly involves performing regular visual inspections. Are the springs solidly in place, or have you noticed that one looks like it’s started to stretch? Do they look as if they might be broken, or as if they’re well on their way to failure? If you see anything that’s concerning, be sure to contact a repairman as quickly as possible.
T-he same holds true if you notice that the chain belt and door opener seem a bit “off.”
It’s also worth mentioning that you can test your springs on your own, as well. To do this you’ll want to disengage the trolley from the garage door opener (this can be done by pulling on the emergency cord.)
Can you open the garage door on your own, with relative ease, by using the handle? Your door should feel light, and you should be able to open it easily. On the other hand, if the door feels heavy, call Above the Rest Garage Door Repair right away.
Things to do twice a year
Now that we’ve covered the basics, we wanted to make sure you knew there are more in-depth things you should be doing about twice a year (the spring and the fall are great times to do this.)
First, you’ll want to apply lubrication to the metal components; a silicone-based lubricant should be used on the parts that are made from PVC (ie: exterior weather stripping.)
Second, inspect the bolds that are on the trolley. This is especially important if your trolley is a three-piece model.
Lastly, you’ll want to check and tighten the hinges, if necessary.
If you’re in the market for a new garage door, call Above the Rest Garage Door Repair today at 719-499-0491 today to speak with an experienced technician in your area.
Our company has more than two decades of experience in helping Colorado Springs homeowners with all of their garage door replacement and maintenance needs.