Change Your Home One Step at a Time

Change Your Home One Step at a Time

How To Have A Long And Happy Relationship With Your Garage Door

by Aiden Carroll

Your garage door works hard for you. It conveniently opens several times a day to let you in and out of your garage. It keeps your family and personal belongings safe. Are you giving it the love it deserves for all of that hard work? Do you think much about your garage door, or spend much time with it? You should. A little TLC, and that garage door will be faithful to you for years.

There are lots of things you can do to show you care about your garage door--no flowers required. For those things you can't do, a professional has got your back. The important thing is to know what to do, when to do it and when to call in your professional back up.

When to DIY

The nice thing about your relationship with your garage door is that it doesn't require a lot of time. A few minutes every three months and a good annual inspection will keep your door rolling safely and quietly.

Every three months

  • Pull out the WD40 and lubricate the moving parts of your garage door and opener. This includes the springs and rollers on the door and the chain or cable on the opener. Don't use a heavy lubricant. It will attract dirt, defeating the purpose of lubricating. This should only take 5 to 10 minutes.

Once a Year

Plan a couple of hours to give your garage door a complete inspection and do a few repairs.

  • Gather your tools and supplies. You will likely have what you need in your home. You may need to purchase a new door seal or rollers. You will need:
    • pliers
    • wrenches
    • flat head and Philips screw drivers
    • a 2x4 piece of wood
    • broom
  • Unplug your automatic door opener to ensure that it is not mobilized.
  • Inspect and tighten all bolts on the door, roller track and opener. These will become loose due to the regular movement of the door.
  • Check the spring for wear or cracks.
  • Check the rollers for wear. If they are broken or tilted, you can replace all but the bottom rollers. You should be able to find new rollers at a hardware store.
  • Check the lift cable for broken strands. This damage is most likely to occur by the bottom roller.
  • Manually open your garage door and check the weather seal on the bottom of the door. For safety, place clamps on the roller track under the bottom roller to ensure that the door won't fall closed. The seal can be worn down by contact with the cement or chewed on by rodents. It is important to have a good seal to keep out debris, water and unwanted pests. If needed, you can purchase a new seal at a garage door dealer.
  • Plug your automatic garage door opener back in and test the auto reverse feature. Place the 2x4 piece of wood on the floor in the center of the garage door. Close the door. When it touches the 2x4, it should automatically open within a couple of seconds.
  • Open the door, then close it again to test the sensor alignment. As the door is closing, wave the broom up and down under the door near the ground. If the sensors are properly aligned, they should sense the movement and the door will reopen. If necessary, realign the sensors.
  • For some extra TLC, wash both sides of the door with a mild detergent and wax the outside for additional protection from the elements.

When to Go Pro

While there's a lot you can do to keep your garage door working well, there are some jobs that should be left to a professional garage door technician. They are too dangerous to attempt yourself. Call a professional if:

  • Your spring is worn or broken or needs to be adjusted.
  • Your lift cable is worn or has broken strands.
  • Your bottom rollers need replacing.

It is also a good idea to call a professional to install a new door if yours needs replacing. If your door has cracks or bent panels, it's time to buy a new door.

Your garage door is there for you. Make sure you take some time to be there for it. It's an investment that is worth the effort. For more information, you can check out related sites or contact a local garage door repair company. 


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Change Your Home One Step at a Time

The best way to handle major home renovations is to take them one step at a time. Instead of trying to change your whole home at once, start small. I started with the guest bathroom, then the guest bedroom, then moved on to my kids’ rooms, my bedroom, and the living room. Now I’m working on remodeling the kitchen. I started this blog to help other people who are attempting major home renovations. I’ll show you how to change your whole home by breaking it up into manageable chunks. Wondering which kitchen counters are right for you, or how to add more space to your bedroom? We’ll go over the pros and cons of different materials and discuss DIY renovation projects. Before you know it, you’ll have created your dream home.