There are many items around the house that need some kind of maintenance periodically to keep them in tip-top shape. Garage roller doors, which are the types that are installed in most homes, are one of them. If you neglect this task, you could suffer some minor headaches or more severe consequences. Let’s take a look at what some of those are.
What Are Garage Roller Doors?
As we said above, these are the most common type of garage doors seen on homes. These doors use an electric pulley system, wheels, and a track to lift the garage door when a button is pushed. Simple enough! Now let’s look at five reasons why they need regular care.
This is probably the reason that comes to mind first for most people, and it is certainly the most important for many families. Think about it: do you have any other appliance in your home that is as large as your garage door? As heavy? Probably not.
Your garage door also keeps some pretty valuable stuff safe from the elements and weather, including your cars and very often lawn mowers and other expensive equipment. Regular maintenance helps your garage door do this very important job.
Before most people leave their homes, they are careful to lock doors and windows and close the garage door. This is because an open door could give unsavoury characters access to your home.
The same is true for a faulty door. While a burglar isn’t likely to smash through your door, they might test it to see if they can raise it enough to slide underneath. This is certainly also a safety issue for your family members, making it even more important.
Saving Money by Avoiding Repairs
Lack of routine maintenance on garage roller doors could potentially lead them to break, requiring repairs. Imagine, if you will, the inconvenience of being ready to leave for work on time, only to find that your garage door won’t lift properly and your car is trapped?
Neglecting care of your garage door can lead to all kinds of costly repairs. You’ll be pretty upset with yourself when you learn that they all could have been avoided.
…or Having to Replace Your Garage Door
Even worse, lack of maintenance and deterioration on the door can become so severe that the door breaks and needs to be replaced entirely.
Garage roller doors are not cheap, especially if you want a custom design or top-of-the-line materials. Protect your investment and prolong the lifespan of your door.
Protecting the Warranty and Your Home Value
Finally, especially if the door was purchased in the last few years, it’s more than likely that it is still covered by a manufacturer’s warranty. As with all appliances, though, they may not honour that warranty if it’s evident that you didn’t do your part in caring for and maintaining the garage door.
A warranty included on items such as garage doors can also add to the value of your home if you plan to sell in the near future. On the other hand, a broken garage door or one that does not work properly will detract from the home’s value. At the very least, letting potential buyers know that you’ve done routine maintenance on items that need it certainly puts a homebuyer’s mind at ease.
What Kind of Maintenance Do Garage Roller Doors Need?
In case you choose to do the maintenance yourself or are just curious to know what kind of care garage doors need, here is a pretty basic list of tasks that should be done annually:
- Tighten all screws
- Replace worn rollers
- Patch or replace weatherstripping
- Test the safety features, especially auto reverse
- Clean tracks
- Test the balance
- Lubricate various moving parts
- Reseal wood doors, repaint, and other routine aesthetic upkeep
Just as you trust professionals with regular maintenance on other items in your home, it’s a good idea to do the same for garage roller doors. Most companies that install and repair them will also come out to service them at a reasonable cost.
So, give yourself some extra peace of mind by scheduling maintenance on your garage door!