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How to Prolong the Life of Your Garage Doors

By properly maintaining your garage doors, their lifespan can be extended for many years to come. Proper care and maintenance of your garage doors is part of making your investment in garage doors a valuable one.

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You should do a monthly, visual check of your garage doors and their mechanisms. If you detect any signs of wear, you should contact us at Overhead Door Company of Charleston. We will have one of our friendly service experts come out and assess any damage and talk about repairs. It is important for your own safety that you do not attempt to fix any cables, springs or brackets. These items are under high-stress and tension that require special tools and skills to replace or repair them. Attempting to fix these yourself could mean serious safety consequences.

garage doors You can regularly lubricate the moving parts of your garage doors. When considering a lubricant to buy for this purpose, ensure that you buy a product that is made specifically for garage doors. Other general-use lubricants can clog, and in turn damage, the mechanisms for your garage doors. Lubricating the moving parts on your garage doors will ensure that your doors operate smoothly, and it will reduce any undue wear and tear.

The balance of your garage door is important.  You can check the balance of your garage doors by manually opening your garage doors by hand. (If you have an automatic garage door opener, pull the release cord to enable manual opening.) Open your garage doors slowly. They should open and move with ease. Lift the door to about three or four feet off of the floor and release. The door should balance. If it doesn’t balance, contact Overhead Door Company for assessment and adjustment.

Check the reversing feature on your garage doors. You can do this by placing a 2 x 4 board under a closing garage door. When the garage door comes into contact with the board, the garage doors should retract.  If your automatic garage door does not retract, this is cause for contacting the manufacturer.

These monthly checks can help you get your money’s worth out of your garage doors. Your garage doors are a valuable investment and worth taking care of. If you come across any concerns or questions, please contact us at Overhead Door Company of Charleston, and we will be happy to address any items of concern that you or your family might have.

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