A broken garage door is one problem best left to the experts. Yet once Metro’s garage door technician has gotten your door working again, there is plenty you can do to keep it in tip-top shape. If you would like to learn more about preventing breakdowns through basic maintenance, read on. This article will introduce you to two simple yet effective things you can do.
Ensure that your rollers are lubricated.
Garage doors are equipped with several sets of rollers. These keep the door correctly oriented inside of its roller tracks while opening and closing. Unfortunately, over time the rollers tend to acquire a nasty layer of gunk and build up. When severe enough, such buildup can restrict the rollers’ movement, thus causing all manner of whining and squealing and screeching when the door moves up and down.
The good news is that you can eliminate these annoying sounds and get your door moving smoothly again with little more than a can of silicone spray lubricant. Yet before you apply the lube, you will have to clean the roller as thoroughly as you can. By leaving the gunk in place, you will only ensure that the problem recurs down the line. When spraying your lubricant, do your best not to get any of it on the roller tracks; if you do, wipe it off carefully so that it does not cause dangerous slippage as the door moves up and down. But, it’s probably best to hire Metro Garage Door to ensure the cleaning is done properly.
Keep your hinge bolts good and tight.
The rollers are attached to the door by means of metal hinges. These are fastened to the door with hex-head bolts. While lubricating your rollers, it is always a good idea to check that these bolts are as tight as possible. They have a tendency to loosen up from the vibration of the door.
If your garage door is in need of more serious upkeep or repair, please don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Metro Garage Doors.