Looking after your Garage door.

Easily one of the most neglected parts of the house is the humble garage door. This is the home of your faithful car, or, as seems to be increasingly the case, it’s an area of storage for all the stuff you don’t have room for in your house, maybe it’s a gym or even a home cinema.  Nevertheless, and for whatever reason you use it for, the garage door is an essential defence on keeping out those blasted elements and making sure that whatever is in there is kept nice and dry. When your garage door is looking a little worse for wear it is worth searching for a Garage Door Repair company to come and give it a new lease of life.

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Garage doors come in all shapes and sizes. Many of them are the simple reverse drawbridge type that simply lift up and slide into the top of the Garage, job done. Others follow the concertina persuasion, smaller doors that fold into themselves. The sliding variety is usually metal, and the concertina is usually wood based.  The basic way of maintaining your door is to make sure that you have a monthly inspection of the workings of it. The uplifting types are usually based on hydraulics and springs so they will need to be kept full off fluid if hydraulics based and well-oiled and greased if they are spring based. A good rule of thumb is if the door makes a terrible screeching noise when you open it (at least more than normal) then you might want to have a look at it. For the concertina door the most important thing that you can do is check that the hinges are greased. The main problem is the grooves that the doors run in. It’s not so much of an issue at the top but the lower floor-based part can become filled with dirt, debris and other rubbish making it impossible to close them. This really does need to be maintained and cleaned out regularly.

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The easiest way that you can maintain a garage door is by painting it annually. A decent wood preserver is needed and this really is a yearly job as the elements can severely impair the doors life if rot and mould get in.  With metal doors it is the scourge of rust that you need to be careful of. Again, a protective paint is the best defence.

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