Summer brings additional maintenance tasks, such as yardwork and air conditioner tuneups, but there are other household tasks, such as caring for your garage door that shouldn't be overlooked during the busy summer months. Proper garage door maintenance is important to help prevent problems and to recognize when you need overhead garage door repair in Bloomington, IL. This can help prevent more serious problems and help your door last longer. Here are some garage door maintenance tasks you should be sure to do this summer.
One of the easiest ways to improve the overall look of your garage door is to give it a thorough washing. Washing your door is as easy as using a bucket of water, mild dish soap, and soft brush or rag and scrubbing it down. Washing your door does more than improve its appearance, however. It also removes dirt and grime that will quickly build up and impact the performance of your door. Removing this buildup after and before the winter can help increase the longevity of the door's components.
Lubricating the moving parts of your garage door is another important maintenance task. This will help improve the motion of your door throughout the summer and cuts down on noise when the door moves as well. Overlooking proper door lubrication results in more wear and tear because the moving parts will begin to rub against each other. Avoid using grease and oil that isn't specifically designed for garage doors because using the wrong products will actually attract more dust and dirt and quickly undo the work you've done.
Rust is a common problem on older steel garage doors, but that doesn't mean your door is a lost cause if you notice rust on it. Small rusted areas can be sanded and then painted over with a primer and exterior latex paint. Not only does this improve the overall appearance of your door, but it helps slow down the corrosion that will often spread quickly when not addressed in the earliest stages.
Be sure to do a visual inspection of your door this summer. While you may not be a garage door expert, you can check the hinges, bolts, and tracks for any damage or looseness. If you notice any problems and you're not comfortable doing these minor repairs, call a garage door company to help minimize the amount of damage from loosening or worn parts.
When you visually inspect the door, be sure to do a balance test. Disengage the automatic opener and manually open the door halfway. The door should stay in place, but if it opens or shuts quickly, you have an issue that requires repairs.
If your garage is extremely hot, you may want to consider adding insulation to the garage door or replacing your current door with a new, insulated door. This can help cut down on your cooling bill because a cooler garage means a cooler home. An insulated door is also stronger and quieter during operation.
Finally, be sure to schedule an inspection with Midstate Overhead Doors. This will ensure minor adjustments are made and that any potential problems are identified. In addition, if you know your door needs repair, schedule those now before the winter hits. To schedule your inspection or repair, contact Midstate about garage doors in Bloomington, IL, today.