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    Investing 10-20 minutes a month in garage door maintenance can make a world of difference for the lifespan of your garage doors.

    This post outlines a few tips to help keep your garage doors working well and spot any potential issues before they blow up!

    Clean your garage doors!

    This is simple to do with a hose and a rag!

    Rinse down your doors and use a rag with warm soapy water to clean inside and out. This is something you can do quarterly as well.

    While you are washing, give it a visual inspection and note any rust or other metal parts that show signs of rust. You can also clean up any cobwebs and other debris you see, including on the tracks.

    Wipe down your tracks with the rag, and ensure you dry it off with a dry rag when you’re done cleaning.

    While remembering to do a few things a month to maintain your garage door sounds like a waste of time, it’s not. Small tasks as outlined in this post can help prevent problems before they become big ones, and can extend the life of your garage door and parts.

    If you take just 10 minutes a month to do the following 4 things, your garage door will be in great condition!

    Clean Annually

    So this isn’t a monthly task, but something that might take 30-60 minutes, once a year.

    Cleaning your garage door includes washing it with soapy water and rinsing it well, both inside and out.

    Give it a thorough visual inspection. If you are maintaining your doors monthly, then anything out of the ordinary should be obvious.

    Check specific areas, including your springs for any rust, and other metal parts for signs of rust. Get rid of cobwebs and other debris you see anywhere, including on the tracks. Wipe down your tracks as well. This can be down with a wet towel. Ensure you dry the tracks when you are done cleaning with a dry rag.

    Lubrication on Garage Doors

    This task is only 2 minutes and very important! Using a silicon or lithium based spray, lubricate the tracks to ensure your garage doors run smoothly along the tracks.

    Do NOT use WD-40! You want a spray that isn’t greasy or too sticky, so that when it dries it’s clean. If it’s sticky, debris and dirt and dust can get stuck onto the areas you’ve lubricated.

    The spray can be used on your tracks, rollers, hinges, locks and springs. Essentially, you want to lubricate any moving part of your garage.

    Check Your Springs

    Although you should be visually inspecting your springs along with the rest of your garage door parts, take an extra moment each month to look at your springs.

    Since the springs are metal, rust is always a concern. Rust can cause your springs to break, which can be a safety hazard if they break while the door is open and you, a loved one or valuable object is underneath.

    Find a garage door company you trust!

    A professional garage door company can perform a thorough yearly maintenance service for you if you don’t want to check your doors each month.

    Whether or not you have maintenance done professionally, it is always a good idea to have a company you trust so you can call if your inspections bring up anything troubling. If you notice your springs have some rust, you can quickly call a professional to inspect them and replace if necessary!

    Oftentimes as well, the tech can quickly perform a visual inspection while out on the call to note any other pressing items.

    Staying on top of your garage door maintenance will allow the garage door and parts to perform optimally and for a long time.

    If you don’t have a professional company you trust – google one! Make sure to find independent, 3rd party review sites to research different options, including Yelp, Facebook and BBB.

    Green is the name of the game, and everyone is looking for ways to make every part of their life and home more green. The benefit to going green with your garage door is the money savings you can enjoy.

    Below are a few ways you can make your garage door eco friendly, and save money while you do it!

    Eco-Friendly Garage Door Materials

    Wood and steel are the best choices for a green garage door. They are both durable and do well in a variety of temperatures. Wood and steel doors come in a variety of sizes and styles as well.

    Composite material is also a good option, especially on a budget. Since they are made with recycled materials, they are also very eco-friendly as well!

     

     

    Eco-Friendly Garage Door Insulation

    Insulating your garage door is easy, and inexpensive. It’s also a great way to go green since it saves on energy bills! It helps regulate the temperature inside your garage door, so for attached garages this is great. It can help keep the interior of your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

    Some insulation options include a perforated garage door. This is great for warmer climates, as it allows more light and ventilation to come in to your garage, without compromising your privacy or the security of your garage door.

    Some homes have their HVAC system run into their garage. If this is the case, not only insulating the door but also the walls of the garage is a good idea. This adds a protective layer, which will help reduce your heating and cooling costs.

    Garage Door Maintenance

    Part of any garage door maintenance routine should include checking the weather stripping on your garage door for any tears or cracks. Replace any bad parts quickly. Air can come through those cracks, and not only counteract your insulation if you have any, but lets cooler or hot air (depending on the season) into your garage which can affect the temperature inside your home.

    Replacing the weather stripping is easy and can be done as a quick weekend DIY project. Or you can call a professional to do it!

    If you have any questions about how to make your garage door more green or would like a FREE “green” plan for your garage, give us a call! 832-532-3032

    If your garage door is making excess noise when you are opening or closing it, it could just need a simple repair or a little maintenance. The first step in determining the reason behind the noise is figuring out the origin of the sound. Eliminate as much background noises as possible and try to determine the exact part of the garage door that is making the sound. Once you’ve located the source, it will be easier to identify and fix the problem.

    These are the top 5 reasons behind garage door opener noises:

    1.      Automatic Opener

    If the noise is coming from the automatic opener, it may need to be replaced. If it is a newer opener that is still under warranty, you can probably get it fixed or replaced for free. If the opener is older and no longer under warranty, it will usually be more cost-effective to just replace it with an updated model.

    2.      Track Rollers

    Garage door opener noises can come from the track rollers if the bearings have severe wear-and-tear after years of use. Most track rollers have unsealed bearings that vibrate as you are operating the door. If they are not periodically lubricated, the bearings repeatedly rub along the metal tracks, which will deteriorate the original shape of the bearings. You can prevent this from happening by investing in nylon rollers with sealed bearings. They won’t require lubrication and they are quieter than steel bearings.

    3.      Grinding Hinges

    You might hear a grinding sound from your hinges if the holes are stretched out. Hinges need to be tight and secure, otherwise the metal hinge will grind on the metal track every time the door is opened or closed. Make sure to immediately replace any hinges that are damaged. Your hinges may also require a little lubrication if you hear a squeak coming from the hinges.

    4.      Torsion Spring

    If the sound is coming from the torsion spring, you should immediately call a professional. The spring at the top of the opening mechanism is under extreme tension and can cause severe injury or damage. The trained technicians at Sugarland Texas Garage Door will be able to assess and adjust your springs if that is the source of the noise.

    5.      Unbalanced Door

    An unbalanced or unstable garage door will make a lot of excess noise. If the sound is caused by the door shaking when it is opening or closing, it will need to be realigned. If you think your garage door is unbalanced or you can’t diagnosis the problem yourself, please contact Sugarland Texas Garage Door for a free quote.

    If you cannot fix the problem with your garage door on your own, it is always better to determine the cause before contacting a garage door technician. Although the team at Sugarland Texas Garage Door has a solid reputation for honesty and fair pricing, there are some companies that will try to convince you that there is a more expensive reason behind your garage door noise.