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Have you recently had a new garage installed? Or maybe you have refurbished your original garage? In order to increase longevity, not compromise security and also keep the aesthetic it had when it was first built, this guide will assist you in doing just that. Take our professional advice on how to maintain your garage door and keep it operating at its best, as well keeping your roof and windows looking great.
Garage Door Maintenance
Generic garage door maintenance
Testing your garage door
There are two types of tests you can apply to the garage door to ensure it is working properly.
The first is the door balance test which involves lifting the closed door with the automatic opener off and determining whether it lifts smoothly and remains fully open– if not – call a trained technician.
Force setting test
The second test is the force setting test; for this you need to open the garage door fully then close it using wall opener or whatever you may have. As the door closes, if the door does not automatically reverse when you lift against the motion, the force settings are too great, and you need to contact a technician.
Specific garage door maintenance
Garage doors come in all different materials and specific materials require specific types of maintenance. Apply the following points that are relevant to the door that you have.
Wooden garage doors
If you have a wooden garage door that is painted, make sure to recoat it one a year to prevent warping. Furthermore, ensure any weather stripping on the bottom does not prevent the door from opening or closing.
Steel garage doors
Steel garage doors on the other hand are long-lasting and sturdy – however, they are susceptible to rust if it has been exposed through the paint. If any paint is chipped, paint over the area and apply a full new coat to the door to avoid attack from rust.
Fibreglass garage doors
Lastly, fibreglass doors do not require as much maintenance as the previous doors mentioned, other than cleaning, however they are susceptible to cracking in cold weather. If this does occur, make sure you replace the door straight away as it can compromise safety and security.
Garage Roof Maintenance
Guaranteeing maximum longevity in regard to the roof of the garage is very important. Make sure to remove debris from the roof as twigs, leaves and branches can accumulate. Even though the roofs of most garages are concrete or galvanised steel, this build up can still potentially cause rot to any wooden parts of the structure. Reduce this risk further by trimming back nearby trees so that it eliminates the danger of them hammering the roof during storms.
Similar to the previous point, it is important to clean out any drains and gutters than may form part of the garage roof. This will keep the drainage system effective and prevent water build up. No one wants a leaky roof, so ensure you examine the roof for possible leaks such as in the joints or areas of sealant, and if any are found, call a professional to fix the issue before it worsens. However, if you choose to take it upon yourself to fix the damage, be careful up there!
Cleaning Your Garage Door Windows and Garage Windows
There are a few things that you should be aware of when cleaning your garage door windows and garage windows. Firstly, you should never use a pressure washer – perfect for brick and patios but not for windows! Next, you should never mix bleach and detergents dissolved in water as this can cause harmful fumes. Finally, never clean the windows in direct sunlight as the sun will dry out the chemicals in the cleaning products you have applied, leaving smears and streaks which we do not want.
We at VSF hope this information has been useful and you can take it away to apply to your own garage. Garage maintenance may not be at the forefront of most people’s minds, however if left too long you will regret neglecting it and will have to deal with costly repairs and maintenance that could be avoided.
We know you can handle the cleaning and minor repairs but remember with any serious repairs always call a trained technician. Sometimes, a new garage refurbishment or new garage installation will be necessary, but don’t worry, we are the UK’s leading garage refurbishment specialists, so we definitely have you covered. We offer refurbishments, asbestos roof replacements and garage new builds so get in touch!